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Escape Publishings December Releases!

We have Escape Publishing's Managing Editor Kate Cuthbert with news of their December releases from this digital-first division of Harlequin Australia. Over to Kate ...



Hi Nas,

Thanks for inviting me back to talk a little bit about Escape Publishing's December titles.
As you know, Escape launched on the 14th of November, with an aim of bringing Australian and New Zealand voices and stories to the world. We're so pleased to continue to do so in December and introduce our very first New Zealand title from author Serenity Woods. 

Our six December titles are:

New Year's Kisses by Rhian Cahill: a very romantic, surprisingly sweet, subtly sexy sequel to Rhian's Christmas Wishes, one of our launch titles.

 
 
 
 
Short Soup by Coleen Kwan: a lovely multicultural contemporary romance about best friends, mistakes, dreams, and the healing power of Chinese food.

 
 
 
 
Summer Fling by Serenity Woods: our first New Zealand story, a contemporary romance about a chocolatier and a sky-dive instructor.

 
 
 
 

Drawing Closer by Jenny Schwartz: proving that short stories can still sizzle!

 
 
 
 
 
No Strings Attached by Bridget Gray: a sweet, funny, surprising multicultural contemporary romance, and set against the aftermath of the Boxing Day Tsunami.

 
 
 
The Danger Game by Caitlyn Nicholas: a quick-paced, breath-taking techno-thriller.

 

 Also, if you're into science fiction romance, look out for our January titles: I can't tell you much, but I can tell you that we're releasing two science fiction romance stories – one is a very hot adult SF romance, and the other is a YA space opera with a great young heroine.
 
All Escape Publishing titles are available without DRM or geographic restrictions, from major and local e-booksellers. They are specially priced for the launch at the moment, so if you'd like to give us a try, now would be a great time to do so!

 If you would like more information, please visit the website, escapepublishing.com.au, or you can find us on social media: facebook, twitter, and pinterest.

Thanks so much for hosting me – I can't wait to hear what you think.

 

35 comments:

  1. These sound great. I'm definitely going shopping before I head off on holiday.

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    1. Yay! Shelley! You'll get some very good reads from the December batch!

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  2. All of these sound so interesting- I don't know where to start!

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    1. Hi Shelley,

      These are some great reads and as you can see from the genre mix, something to cater to all tastes!

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  3. Lots of interesting goodies!! Looking forward to picking up some great reads :)

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    1. Hi Jemi,

      You can't go wrong with the choices here!

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  4. I'm not a big fan of short stories (they're too short for me lol), but I love these covers. :)

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  5. Stina, I'm *determined* to convert you :) Actually I just finished writing a post on Short Fiction to go up in January at Magical Musings. By the end of the post I was amazed at how well the argument that 2013 is the year of short fiction hangs together. It's been a long time coming. Back in 2008 there were already lots of articles about the success of "cellphone fiction" in Japan. Tech is definitely giving a new niche to short fiction.

    *dismounts from hobby horse*

    The covers are all gorgeous! and the stories are wonderful ... um, yeah ... I've read them all already! What will I read over Xmas? :)

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    1. Hi Stina,

      Not all stories are short! To my knowledge NO STRINGS ATTACHED is a 55,000 word novel!

      I'll get the other authors to come by and explain about their stories.

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    2. Thanks Jenny for coming by to explain about short stories!

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  6. Hey Nas :)

    The Danger Game IS a novella, at around 35,000 words, its about 2/3 the size of a Mills&Boon (which is 50,000 words).

    I've seen demand for shorter stories increase dramatically over the last 5 years, and I think its due (in part) to the use of phones and ipads for reading. It seems that people like something that they can read in its entirety on their commute, in a couple of evenings, or over a day.

    The Danger Game is very fast paced and action packed, and the story line really suited a shorter format. If it'd been longer I think it would've lost a lot of its energy. Also the situation the hero and heroine are in doesn't make for a relationship to develop in a lingering way!!

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    1. Hi Caitlyn welcome to Romance Reader!

      The Danger Game sounds so intriguing! Congratulations on it's release and thanks for dropping by to explain about the word count!

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  7. Hi Nas.
    Thanks for featuring our December releases.

    SHORT SOUP is a novella at 38,000 words. I like to think it's not too short, not too long!

    I enjoy immersing myself in long sagas but sometimes I also want a quick break and a complete story. (I'm still struggling to finish Nicholas Nickleby.)

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    1. Hi Coleen!

      Welcome to Romance Reader!

      Thanks for explaining about SHORT SOUP, it sounds interesting! Congratulations on the release!

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  8. Hi Nas

    I'm a fan of all story lengths. A friend of mine has been writing micro-fiction (up to 300 words) that's a bit tricky! No Strings Attached really has three interconnecting stories. I love it when different stories interact... in fact I'm inspired to go watch Love Actually now!

    Thanks Nas
    Bridget

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    1. Hi Bridget!

      Welcome to Romance Reader and thanks for the information!

      Congratulations on the release of your NO STRINGS ATTACHED!

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  9. I am a fan of shortstories they are perfect for when you need a little romantic pick me up! All of these look and sounds simply fabulous! Thanks for sharing Nas !

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  10. Hi Nas - what a great selection you've put up here .. and I must get into short stories .. well done to Escape Publishing for their releases and the authors being pro-active ... cheers to you - Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary!

      Thanks for coming by and for your comment!

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  11. Those all look like great books!

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  12. Oooh, I love looking at covers of possible things to read. It's like eye candy.

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    1. Hi Medeia!

      Looks good, doesn't it? Thanks for dropping by!

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  13. The stories look great! And that's awesome to hear about the SF ones coming up too.

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    1. Cherie, have you seen the cover for Donna Maree Hanson's "Rayessa & the Space Pirates"? I think it's a gorgeous combo of retro & modern attitude.

      http://donnamareehanson.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/cover-love-rayessa-and-the-space-pirates/

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  14. Hi Cherie!

    Thanks for checking them out!

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  15. Hi Nas! This is a wonderfully interactive comment thread. I'm a little disappointed in the Harlequin Escape covers--I wonder why they don't have 'Harlequin Escape' on the cover and a little one-liner about the story? I look for these when I'm choosing a book. Do you have any info on why these covers are minimalist? (No one else seems to be complaining, but I'm very big on choosing a book by its cover and little blurb, especially an e-book.)

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    1. That's an interesting point Denise. Thank you.

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  16. Interesting! I always enjoy reading short summaries of novels, especially when they are accompanied with the covers.

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    1. Blurbs (summaries) and covers give a taste of the novels.

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  17. All these titles sound interesting. Hmm, I've got a friend who might be especially interested in the New Zealand one...

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    1. They are good, Denise. Worth checking out.

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  18. I'd really love to know what a space opera is - is it a type of sci fi?

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