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Ready for bite-size reading? Coming soon @ Cafe Nix

14 Escape Publishing authors (including me!), one contemporary romance, 15 happy endings. Welcome to Cafe Nix.

31140939-256-k709664Cafe Nix is a collaboration between 14 Escape authors to bring readers epilogues, extra scenes, and all-new material featuring favourite characters from Escape contemporary titles. Each chapter is an original short story of its own, dropping you straight back into the lives of characters already let loose in the world in previously or soon to be published Escape books as they spend time at Sydney’s harbourside cafe, Cafe Nix.

My story is called Angry Birds and Turtle Doves, and it features Seth and Remy from my next Escape Publishing title, So Far Into You. (No release date unfortunately – this book won’t be out till much later in the year).

Who are the Cafe Nix authors?
In order of appearance they are:
Elizabeth Dunk – The Silver-haired Saviour:  In the style of The Lies We Tell
Juanita Kees – Under His Persuasion:  Characters from Tag Raiders Series
Sandra Antonelli – Niagara Falls at Cafe Nix:  Characters from Driving in Neutral
Jane O’ReillyHunk of the Month:  Characters from The Holiday Survival Guide
Nicole FlocktonBound by Their Wedding Plans:  Characters from Bound By His Desire
Cate EllinkDeeper Diving:  Characters from Deep Diving
Ros BaxterStand and Deliver:  Characters from Lingerie for Felons
Jenny SchwartzKissing Time:  Characters from Hero Duty
Ainslie PatonNo Dick Moves:  Characters from Insecure 
Jennie Jones12 Bells and a Baby:  Characters from Swallows Fall series
Lee ChristineIn Safe Company:  Characters from Grace & Poole series
Lily MaloneAngry Birds and Turtle Doves:  Characters from So Far Into You
Rhian CahillChristmas Wishes Do Come True: Characters from Christmas Wishes
Amy AndrewsRisqué Business:  Characters from Risky Business

Where can you get It Happened at Café Nix?
It will be released on Wattpad on April 2 and later will be available as a complete volume through Smashwords.

I’ll let you know when my story comes up!

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in Marketing and promotion

 

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“You’d never cheat. I know you.”

FairWayToHeavenFinal-harlequin 200_200x315The Amazon gods have put my April 8 release, Fairway To Heaven on sale for less than a dollar most of this week. I don’t know how long the sale will last. You can pre-order Fairway for 94 cents from Amazon in Australia, and from iTunes right now.

Amazon: Australia link here:

Amazon: US link here:

iTunes link here:

Here’s one of my favourite snippets from the book. It’s just after Jenn and Brayden have been reunited at the beach shack in Busselton, and they’re sitting on the beach at Geographe Bay watching Jenn’s son, Seb, play in the sand. They have a lot to catch up on.

“So, have you been playing any golf, Jenn?”

Now he’s kicked off on another topic destined to screw with my insides. Yesterday’s golf course visit is a blazing scar in my mind.

“Not since before Seb was born.”

He fixes me with a look. “You hook up with a golf pro and you’re not playing golf? That sucks.”

“Jack plays or coaches all day. The last thing he wants to do is play another nine holes with me. And anyway, we’ve got Seb. I’d just slow him down. Jack hates wasting practice time.”

“Bullshit,” Brayden scoffs. “Your golf game can keep up with anyone.”

“I haven’t hit a ball in two years.”

“You’d still run rings around me. You were a better golfer than most people I know, even when we were in school.” He’s doing it again, talking about the past, making ‘us’ sound natural as breathing. “Remember when your Dad made that driving range in the scrub at the back of your place? Emmy and I had bets on how far you could hit. We used to fetch buckets of balls for you.”

“Yeah.” I remember.

My life revolved around Brayden then. There wasn’t a minute of the day where I didn’t know where he was. When I came out of my science class on Tuesday afternoon, I knew that if I stopped for thirty seconds at the drink fountain, he’d come out of English and I’d see him on his way to Technical Drawing. Sometimes he’d sneak close, flick his hand in the water and make it spurt in my face and I’d squeal, like I never saw him coming.

On Fridays, I had piano lessons. I could walk halfway home with Emmy and Brayden before I’d turn at Swan Street to get to old Mrs Hampson’s. I got later and later for my lessons because I’d linger longer and longer with the Culhanes, and finally my parents said they wouldn’t waste their money if I couldn’t even get to the lessons on time.

“We should play at the weekend. It’ll be fun.” His voice jolts me from the Pilbara to Busselton.

I tip my nose at Seb—now burying the dozer up to its windows in sand. “Aren’t you forgetting something?”

“Bring him with. He can run around. He’ll love it.”

“Most golfers I know don’t deal well with small children who run around while they’re trying to line up a putt.”

Brayden scoops a handful of dry sand and lobs it five metres from us, then another, making the grains scatter and roll. Then he turns to me and says,  “You gonna tell me the story with Jack?”

“There’s no story.” I can’t look at him. His question starts that prickle behind my eyes, same as when I peel onions. I hate peeling onions, and I refuse to cry here on this beautiful beach.

“Come on, Jenn. Something happened. You and Emmy cooked up this beach shack sabbatical, and Jack’s not invited. It’s not rocket science.”

I pick at something trapped behind the fingernail of my left hand, banana probably, while I debate over how much to say. It sounds so cheap to admit Jack’s affair—if a quickie in a bunker can even be called an affair—and I’m not sure it’s any of Brayden’s business. It’s crazy really, Jack’s the cheat and yet I’m the one who feels disloyal talking about it behind his back.

“Jenn?” He prompts.

Bloody pushy Culhanes. Eventually I settle for, “I’ve moved out.”

“Forever? For the weekend? What?”

I get a horrible flash of Marnie James’ knickers on the grass. “Forever.”

“When you two had Seb… I thought things were good. Emmy said—”

He stops, picks up another handful of sand.

Let it go, Jenn. But I can’t. I don’t care how many cats curiosity killed. “What did Emmy say?”

Throwing the sand at his feet, he turns to me. The breeze surfs through his hair and I want to reach out and smooth the tangle, test whether his beard is long enough to be soft.

“Em said she thought I’d pretty much blown my chance. She thought you and Jack were a done deal.”

Why does he choose now to talk about blown chances? Now when everything’s so complicated and I’ve got no easy answers.

God. I hug my knees to my chest. “I can’t do this… I can’t talk about Jack… with you.” I’ve got no hope of keeping any of my armour intact if Brayden can open my weak spots like this.

“It’s okay, Jenn.” His arms constrict around his knees, all the muscles outlined. “Just tell me this: he didn’t hurt you? Or Seb?”

“What? Like hit us? No. I’d have been out the door in a flash.”

Seb has had enough of pushing the bulldozer in the sand. He’s wandering toward the water. I don’t want him to get wet because it’s almost time to go home.

“He couldn’t keep his dick in his pants,” Jack says. It’s not a question.

“What?”

“Jack. He cheated, didn’t he? That’s what you won’t tell me. He’d be the one who strayed. You’d never cheat. I know you.”

My mouth works without making a sound, and the hesitation is all it takes. It’s written all over Brayden’s face: he knows he’s guessed right.

“It’s not your fault,” he says.

“I know it’s not my fault. I don’t need you to feel sorry for me.” Abruptly, I’m on my feet, shaking out the towel, sending sand flying. “Seb and I better get back. It’s getting late.”

He stands too, slings his towel over his shoulder. “Jenn…”

Please. Just leave it.” I bristle. I won’t cry if I bristle.

Seb doesn’t want to leave the beach. He kicks at me when I pick him up. Screams, and when that doesn’t work, goes limp, trying to slip through my hands like a wet fish.

Brayden appears beside us. “Do you think he’ll let me give him a lift home?”

“Who knows? Give it a try.”

Brayden throws Seb in the air a couple of times and I don’t know if it’s shock at being tossed so high, or that instinctual little boy love of rough games that cuts through, but he stops screaming and lets Brayden swing him onto his shoulders. They start up the beach.

I pick up Seb’s hat, the bulldozer, my bag, and I follow the trail Brayden blazes, like I’ve done most of my life.

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2015 in Excerpts

 

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Fairway To Heaven | It’s Pre-Order SALE Time!

FairWayToHeavenFinal-harlequin 200_200x315Sometimes you really should just go to bed, but before you go to bed you have a check of Amazon and ITunes and a little poke and putter around to see what’s happening with your books… I just did that, and discovered Fairway To Heaven is on sale, right now. It’s less than a dollar. 94 measly cents in Australia and with the exchange rate, something like 74 cents in the US.

Amazon: Australia link here:

Amazon: US link here:

iTunes link here:

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I have no idea how long such a pre-order sale might last. And please do check before you click, just in case something has changed overnight :)

Here’s what some other authors and readers have said about Fairway.

“This was a don’t-put-down one for me.” Georgina Penney, author of Fly In Fly Out and Irrepressible You.

“I don’t read a lot in the romance genre, but love every word of this one.” Kylie Kaden, author of Losing Kate and Missing You.

“It would be years, decades even, since I read a romance novel and I don’t know why I chose to delve into this genre at this particular time, but I’m glad I did—it was pure escapism, and exactly what I needed on a Saturday afternoon.” Louise Allan, author & book lover.

“I loved reading this book! The strong and imperfect heroine and hero, who both have some serious issues to deal with. I even felt a heart string tug for the cheating ex.” Ryanne, Goodreads review.

What’s the book about?

When Jennifer Gates drives to Sea Breeze Golf Club to kick off date-night with her boyfriend, the last thing she expects is to find Golf-Pro Jack giving one of his lady students a private—and very personal—lesson in bunker-play.
Luckily for Jenn, her best friend gives her the keys to the Culhane family’s beach shack on the white-pepper shores of Western Australia’s Geographe Bay. Jenn hopes a weekend on the coast with her young son will give her the space she needs to rebuild her confidence after Jack’s betrayal.
But she’s not the only person seeking sanctuary by the sea. Brayden Culhane is there too, and Jenn can’t look at Brayden without remembering the tequila-flavoured kiss they shared on the shack steps years ago.
As long-buried feelings are rekindled, and a friendship is renewed, Jenn knows it is more than lazy summer days bringing her mojo back. Romantic sunsets, ice-cold beers and the odd round of golf can only go so far, because this time, trusting Brayden with her heart won’t be enough. Can Jenn learn to trust her body, too?
 
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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Marketing and promotion, News

 

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Cover reveal: New Fairway To Heaven

Here’s the new cover for Fairway To Heaven – out on April 8 by Escape Publishing.

It’s very different to the original Fairway cover. I love them both.

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Hope you’re enjoying your Saturday!

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2015 in Marketing and promotion, News

 

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Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop

2015-ausdayHappy Australia Day to Aussies and ex-pat Aussies everywhere. Thanks for visiting me as part of this great book-blogging frenzy!
This year, Australia Day is a Monday and I’ll be enjoying a long weekend. I’ve had the last two weeks on leave from work and I’ve had in-laws visiting, which has been great fun for my two boys. They haven’t seen their grandparents for a while.
I’m hoping the weather is warm and my Australia Day might include a trip to the beach and hopefully, some writing!
I’ve been working feverishly on revisions for my fourth complete novel, called So Far Into You, and sent them back to my Escape Publishing editor last week. This means I’m now in that nail-biting “waiting” time (hate this stage), to see if she likes the way I’ve reworked it.
In April, I’ll have my previously self-pubbed, now picked up by Escape, coastal reunion romance called Fairway To Heaven coming out in e-book stores.You can read more about Fairway (including a Chapter 1 excerpt) if you visit the My Books tab on this site.
It’s been a busy year since I was part of Shelleyrae’s BookdOut blog in 2014. I hope the year ahead is a great one for you and your family.

To celebrate Australia Day, I’m offering every visitor who emails me at lilymalone@mail.com an e-copy of my novella The Goodbye Ride. (Sorry – Kindle only)

And for the chance to win something extra:

unrestraineda) If you like your romance a little steamy (okay, a lot steamy) I’ll gift an e-copy of Rhyll Biest’s Unrestrained. Rhyll is an Aussie author I love, and this was my favourite e-book of 2014 about Aussie girl Holly and German stonemason, Stein.

b) If you like your romance sensual, I’ll gift an e-copy of Perth author Jennie Jones’ new book, The House On The Bottom Of The Hill from Jennie’s bestselling Swallows’ Fall series set in a fictional small town in the snowy mountains.thatboth

UCODc) If you like your romance with a touch of suspense, I’ll gift an  e-copy of Perth author Juanita Kees ARRA nominated finalist, Under Cover Of Dark. Set in Perth, this is part of Juanita’s Tag Raiders series – showing Perth’s darker side.

Please tell me in the comments if you’re up for steamy, sensual or suspense, and why you’d enjoy the above book of your choice. I’ll contact the winners on Tuesday January 27.

Goodbye_RideThanks for visiting! Remember to email me lilymalone@mail.com for your copy of The Goodbye Ride!

To return to the Blog headquarters and visit other authors and book-bloggers, please click here. I’m on Facebook and Twitter – I love Twitter – so come visit me there if you’d like. @lily_lilymalone

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2015 in Marketing and promotion, Uncategorized

 

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AUSSIE MONTH: Lily Malone

AUSSIE MONTH: Lily Malone

Lily Malone:

My turn to visit AusRomToday! Did you know you can win $1000 cash in January by completing a reader survey when you visit AusRomToday on Facebook?

Originally posted on AusRomToday:

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AUSSIE MONTH with Lily Malone

Describe yourself in one word:
Loyal

What is your background with regard to writing?
I was a journalist and magazine editor for years, with a specialty in wine industry magazines. I think this is why I like writing about wine and vineyards.

Tell us about Fairway To Heaven:
Fairway to Heaven is my new book, it will be out in April 2015 with Escape Publishing. This is my ‘golf’ story that isn’t really about golf at all. It’s set in Geographe Bay (Busselton and Margaret River area in Western Australia). It is about a mother’s attempts to regain her sexual identity and her mojo after splitting up with the father of her young son. She runs into an old flame, and… magic happens.

What inspired this novel?
Many (many) discussions in playgrounds with other mothers about the physical and mental trials and tribulations we…

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Posted by on January 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Booklovers: Would you like cash with that?

PrintDuring 2014, a new romance website launched called AusRomToday (Australian Romance Today) run by J’aimee Brooker, one of the great supporters of Australian romance authors and romance writing.

For Aussie month, AusRomToday will feature 93 of Australia’s romance authors, at the same time offering you the chance to share in a $1000 prize pool, kicked in by the authors involved. (Of which I am one!)

Yes, you have to do a little bit of work to be in the prize draw. Entries are earned through joining a reader survey – sharing your romance reading preferences – and also by assisting us in spreading the word, through sharing news of Aussie month on your own social media networks.

So please support an Aussie romance author today and visit these links below!

For the terms and conditions, visit: http://ausromtoday.com/aussie-month/

And if you just want to get stuck into the survey and the other options, this is the place for you: https://www.facebook.com/AusRomToday?sk=app_228910107186452

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Marketing and promotion

 

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