Thursday, August 23, 2012

Welcome To Harlequin Escape ! Any aspiring Aussie Authors check it out !

Welcome to Harlequin Escape!

Harlequin Australia, the leading publisher of romance and reading entertainment announced the launch of its very own digital-first imprint, Harlequin Escape.
Managing Director - Asia Pacific Harlequin Enterprises, Michelle Laforest explains, “The launch of Harlequin Escape is an exciting new initiative we believe will leverage our expertise in romance to take Australian authors to a global audience. The call for open manuscript submissions will enable Harlequin Australia to expand its local author programme and importantly unearth new Australian writing talent. For many, the traditional publishing model can be daunting and difficult to navigate. By creating a website where authors can openly and easily submit their work online, we believe we are opening up the publishing opportunity to many more potential new authors.”
“Harlequin Escape is encouraging manuscripts from all romance genres, including erotic fiction, gay romance and non-fiction romance. Successful manuscripts will be published as eBooks and housed on a newly created website,, which will be supported with digital marketing initiatives, including social media activity. The eBooks will also be distributed globally to maximise the distribution footprint," says Laforest.
It’s an exciting time for publishing and with this initiative Harlequin will continue to lead the way in providing readers with new and interesting Australian stories. 

Pop over to this link to find out how to send of your manuscript !!
Harlequin Escape

Notorious by Nicola Cornick Book Review

Notorious (The Scandalous Women of the Ton #4) 

by Nicola Cornick 

When the ton's most notorious heartbreaker…
Dangerously seductive and sinfully beautiful, Susanna Burney is society's most sought after matchbreaker. Paid by wealthy parents to part unsuitable couples, she's never yet failed to accomplish her mission of diverting a groom-to-be. Until her final assignment brings her face-to-face with the man who'd once taught her an intimate lesson in heartache….

Meets London's most disreputable rake… 

James Devlin has everything he's always wanted: a title, a rich fiancĂ©e and a place in society. But the woman who's just met his eyes across a crowded ballroom threatens it all. Not because she'd once claimed his heart, or that every sinuous swirl of her ball gown takes his breath away. But because the secrets she carries could cost him everything. To put the past to rest once and for all, Dev just might have to play Susanna at her own wicked game….

Let the seduction begin!

My review

Notorious is another great read from Nicola Cornick  and The  Scandalous Women of the Ton series.

   In Notorious we meet Lady Susannah, she helps the Ladies of the Ton rid their sons of woman whom  they think that are not suitable enough for there sons. Normally ladies who are poor and unable to bring anything to the marriage worth cashing in.  Lady Susannah helps the families rid there sons of these women  by  seducing  the men from under the women's clutches, getting  her marriage proposal,   and months later cancels the wedding. Leaving the poor suitor unwed and heartbroken. But parents happy of this forth coming.

Whilst Susannah is on her latest assignment = She meets her husband of 9 years,  James Devlin. This comes as a surprise to both. 

James is suspicious of Susannah's motives  and want to exploit her , but delves much further and finds out more than he bargained for.,  And also the fact that is  still married to his x- wife  and the marriage was never annulled.

My thoughts.

Nicola Cornick always portrays historical romance, in exactly that way. Her vivid descriptions, background information, and her storylines are always well scripted giving the reader a feel for the era in which she is depicting. 

I have enjoyed all her characters in this story , as whiny as James Devlin may have come forth at times; I enjoyed his sexiness and his constant lusting for Susannah.  He was loving and passionate and a great catch for any woman of the ton. Despite his past and the rumours of being a rake, Devlin was a man of many colours. Green was certainly one (( lol )) 

We certainly see the Chemistry between Lady Susannah and James Devlin. He was hot, smoking, and passionate and his Lady Love  could not resist this man in pantaloons.  The fire works  were certainly scripted with passion, love and heat between the pair that was undeniable .  

I enjoyed Susannah's character - she was faithful, and with a heart of gold, her end to a means may not have been everyone’s cup of tea but her heart was certainly in the right place. I felt her heart ache at the loss she suffered, her struggle to provide for a family she was given, and the struggle to give away her love for unselfish reasons, to give him the life she thought he wanted.

Overall, Nicola Cornick always put forth a wonderfully scripted Historical romance, with a wonderful storyline and plot to go with.  This one started a little slower than most, but certainly picks up after 3-4 chapters. 

Be drawn into the pages, to a world Of Scandal, Rakes, and Marriages of convenience, Seduction is at its finest in this story ! 

This book was provided to me via the publisher, for my honest opinion of why I enjoyed it.. Thanks to Harlequin  Australia 

The link to the site for the author and book can be found here at Harlequin the link to purchase if you desire and author info is also available here at this site .