Hi everyone, today I am participating in the Escape Publishing blog tour and have the great honour of sharing with you a guest post by Managing Editor, Kate Cuthbert.
Escape Publishing was launched by Harlequin on the 14th November and is their digital-first imprint. Escape Publishing is a portal where authors can openly and easily submit their work online, which creates the opportunity for more potential new authors.
Hi Sharon! Thanks for inviting me to speak about Escape Publishing on Obsession with Books. I know this is totally off-topic, but I love visiting your blog because my daughter (she just turned two) is obsessed with owls – it's one of the few words she's got down – so your banner always gives me warm fuzzies.
Ahem. There's a little piece of Kate-trivia! So, my name is Kate, and I have a daughter who's obsessed with owls...no wait, I'm the Managing Editor of Harlequin Australia's new digital first imprint Escape Publishing. I'm very pleased to be here today to tell you a little bit about Escape, and also introduce our December titles.
Escape launched in the middle of November with five launch titles. Our goal is to bring Australian voices and stories to a global audience, with a new flexible, free, fast publishing model. We're looking to take some risks, work with some niche titles, set some new trends, as well as publish really fantastic examples of traditional romance. You can find out more about us by visiting our website: www.escapepublishing.com.au
On to the fun stuff, yeah? The books!
So we have six titles coming out in December:
New Year’s Kisses by Rhian Cahill is a very romantic, surprisingly sweet, subtly sexy sequel to Rhian’s Christmas Wishes, one of our launch titles. Emily has a five-year plan, and romance isn’t on it. But no one told Wade that. When he blackmails her into a date, he makes it the date to end all dates: a New Year’s Eve party for two.
Short Soup by Coleen Kwan is set in a small coastal Australian town, about best friends, mistakes, and the healing power of Chinese food. Toni returns to her sleepy home town after a disastrous marriage, and finds everything like she left it–except her childhood friend Dion, who has new ambitions. But Toni has always been on Dion’s wishlist, and he’s not about to put the chance to be with her on the back burner.
Summer Fling by Serenity Woods is our first New Zealand story! It starts on top of the world–in an airplane with a very very sexy jump instructor and a very nervous chocolatier. After an ex declared her boring as he walked out the door, Chloe decides to take on the world by doing something truly terrifying. But this is not who she is, and she’s not sure that she’s ready for someone who flings himself into life as exuberantly as Garth.
Drawing Closer by Jenny Schwartz is a short little story that still packs a sizzle! Zoe has been in love with her cohort Nick for ages, but only she and her sketchbook–full of steamy nude drawings–know. Nick has a secret too, and the blackmailer is the only thing stopping him from going after Zoe full throttle. In the world of art, though, passion overrides everything.
No Strings Attached by Bridget Gray is a sweet, funny, surprising story set against the aftermath of the Boxing Day Tsunami. Mei Jing rescues Rod under extraordinary circumstances, and when they meet again years later, she remembers–he doesn’t. But the attraction is instantaneous. Mei Jing wants more from Rod than gratitude, and she struggles to find the right time to tell the truth. Will she be able to trust that he truly loves her, or is he just grateful to the woman who saved his life?
The Danger Game by Caitlyn Nicholas is a techno-thriller, suspenseful, surprising, and a little bit sexy. Flick likes computers. She’s good at them, and she can trust that they will do what she needs them to do. People, however, are less certain. But she can’t do this alone–her program, the one she developed, the most dangerous program in the world, has been stolen, her mentor murdered, and she’s being set up to take the fall. She needs Ben. Then together, they need to save the world.
At Escape Publishing, we're very focused on what readers want, so I'd love to know what you think of these or our November titles. You can find a million (slight exaggeration) ways to get in contact with me on the website. Thanks so much for inviting me along, Sharon!