Sunday, December 9, 2012

$30 Amazon voucher up for grabs!

Kia ora (that's Kiwi for hello!)

Win a $30 Amazon voucher!


Only 99 cents!

Welcome to the December Escape Party - the blog hop of Escape Publishing's December release authors - known collectively as Escape Artists!


There are six of us: Rhian Cahill, Bridget Gray, Coleen Kwan, Caitlyn Nicholas, Jenny Schwartz, and me, Serenity Woods.

We're promoting our new releases that are available for purchase this week from Escape Publishing - Harlequin's new digital branch that's publishing fresh and distinctive voices from Australia and New Zealand.


I'll tell you a bit about my new book, and then you can hop to the other authors' blogs and check out theirs. And there's an added bonus - several chances to win a $30 Amazon.com voucher - and it doesn't matter where you are, New Zealand, Australia, USA, Europe, or the North Pole! (Yes, Santa, you are eligible to enter.)

My competition closes at midnight Friday 14th December, and winners will be announced on Saturday.

Anyway, enough of the boring stuff. Let me tell you about Summer Fling. It's a category-length 60k sexy contemporary set in the beautiful, sub-tropical Northland of New Zealand during a hot and sultry summer. Here's what the story's about:


A love story that starts at the top of the world.

For Chloe, a tandem skydive seems like the perfect opportunity to prove to her ex that she’s not as boring as he declared. But planning to jump and actually jumping are very different things. Luckily, there's a gorgeous instructor who is happy to come up with an ingenious way to distract her.

After escaping captivity in Afghanistan, Garth Rowland spends most of his time outdoors, trying to forget the terrifying memory of being imprisoned and tortured. Then he meets Chloe, who embodies freedom with her sky-blue eyes and hair the colour of the summer sun…

Soon, a one-night stand on the beach quickly leads to a summer fling. But they both have ghosts to exorcise before love can set them free…


The new Escape books are currently only 99 cents! Buy from EscapeAmazon, Kobo, ITunes


It's set just after Christmas, and I know that's going to be weird for any of you northern hemispherites (yes I know that's not a real word) who have Dickensian-style snowy Christmasses. Can you imagine spending Christmas Day around the pool, with a barbecue for Christmas dinner? Or taking the Christmas tree to the beach, baubles and all? Actually lots of us celebrate Yule at midwinter, June 21st, which feels much more like a traditional northern hemisphere Christmas. Our December Christmas is more like a midsummer party, with the sun setting late, ice cream for dessert and the air conditioning on!

Would you fancy a hot Christmas? What's the weather like at Christmas in your part of the world? Leave a comment below for once chance to win - plus there are several other ways to enter - check out the Rafflecopter below :-)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

And here's how to hop to the other five December Escape Artists:

Rhian Cahill: New Year’s Kisses
Hop here: http://www.rhiancahill.com/blog/

https://www.facebook.com/RhianCahillAuthor
https://twitter.com/RhianCahill

Bridget Gray: No Strings Attached
Hop here: http://www.bridgetgray.com.au

Coleen Kwan: Short Soup
Hop here: http://www.coleenkwan.com
http://www.facebook.com/coleenkwan.authorpage
https://www.twitter.com/ColeenKwan

Caitlyn Nicholas: The Danger Game
Hop here: http://www.caitlynnicholas.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/CaitlynNicholasAuthor
https://twitter.com/Caitlynnicholas

Jenny Schwartz: Drawing Closer
Hop here: http://authorjennyschwartz.com/
https://www.facebook.com/authorjennyschwartz

20 comments:

  1. I live in Ohio. The weather can be anything on Christmas. It's sorta cold right now highs in the 40's and it's gloomy and rainy. A white Christmas is so pretty just as long as it doesn't snow on the roads. We've had snow on Christmas before, it just didn't snow on the 25th, it was from what had already fallen. One year it was so cold, I thought the plastic on my coat was going to crack. It was -20. That's dang cold.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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    1. -20, jeez! I used to live in the UK and occasionally we'd get colder temperatures, but never anything like that! I hope you have a lovely white (but not too cold) Christmas this year :-)

      Serenity x

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  2. I live in the mountains in Germany. So there is a lot of snow and temperatures hover at around -10 to -15C. Santa needs a thick warm coat here! :)

    claudigc at msn dot com

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    1. I was actually born in Germany, in a little town called Rinteln, somewhere near Munich I think. Dad was in the British army. Wrap up warm this winter!

      Serenity x

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  3. You guys should send me some snow! Seriously. In my corner of Australia summer has barely started and I'm already melting...

    Good thing there's great books and air conditioning to revive me ;)

    Happy Release Day, Serena!

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    1. Yay, fellow Escape Artist! Let's hope we have a nice sweltery summer! And best of luck with the book :-)

      Serenity x

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  4. Christmas in Sydney is usually hot and sticky, which means lounging around after Christmas lunch is even more imperative!

    Congrats on the new release.

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  5. We were just talking about this at work today! The majority vote was they'd appreciate a warm Christmas. Of course, I live up north, so that'd be really novel for all of us.
    Personally, I like the idea of it, or maybe I'd want to experience it once, but I'm attached to the white Christmas. Although I'm picky ;D I want a white Christmas, and then for the snow to all melt and clear in the next few days.
    Sadly, Mother Nature doesn't comply.

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    1. Yes it would be nice if we could order the snow and then have someone pick it all up when it's time to go to work! Hope you have a pleasant dusting for the day :-)

      Serenity x

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  6. Here in Texas its a crap shoot on what you get. just two days ago it was almost 80. now it is supposed to be 32 tonight. We've worn shorts at Christmas some years and others coats, it keeps you guessing. Thanks for the post and introduction to the Escape books. lisagk(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. 80 to 32 degrees is a pretty drastic drop! Do you ever get snow in Texas? I hope you have a lovely Christmas whatever the weather :-)

      Serenity x

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  7. I grew up in Uruguay, so I'm used to having bbqs for Christmas! I usually go back for a visit over the holidays, as well, so I've had just the one white Christmas since I've lived in England. I chose that one well, though, it was a year where it actually did snow!

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    1. Yes I used to live in the UK and white Christmases were so rare. We lived in hope of the Dickensian perfect Christmas every year and hardly ever got it! Hope you get a dusting this year!

      Serenity x

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  8. PS - I'm not quite sure what email address I'm signed in on rafflecopter (I can't seem to click on my name to check, it starts moving!).

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    1. I'll make sure you're entered in the competition!

      Serenity x

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  9. Congrats! It's kind of cold here.

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  10. Melbourne weather on Christmas Day is usually hot, but you never know. Look forward to reading your new release as well as the other Escape authors. :-)

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  11. i live in toronto canada and TODAY it's sunny +6 and NO SNOW

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  12. It is hot in FL, about 75. No snow - yeah! I liked on FB and followed on Twitter!

    Happy Holidays,

    Lasha
    mslasha at gmail dot com

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  13. Thank you to everyone who entered the competition! The winner is ClaudiaGC from Germany! An email is winging its way to you at the moment ;-)

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    Serenity x

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