It’s a A Coffee Date at Cafe Nix! Now with Niagara Falls and ‘mature langage’

It’s all happened so fast and ahead of schedule, but we’re rolling them out. Yes, Kids, it’s FREE STORIES on Wattpad with more on the way!nixlist

It Happened at Cafe Nix 14 authors, 15 short stories for FREEEEEEEE!

Read the first five by Ainslie Paton, Elizabeth Dunk, Juanita Kees, ME, and Jane O’Reilly,

Read ’em as the drop, read them individually, or read them all in one huge luscious brownie bite washed down with your choice of delicious coffee!

driving smallMy menu offering Niagara Falls at Cafe Nix, features Ella the frazzled, Southern-fried Bride and her patient, true love, Craig, from Driving in Neutral, and a word I’ve never been fond of. It’s a little bit suggestive, a little bit naughty (mature language!), a little bit smart-ass because sunburn never felt so….good.

Link to The Whole Shebang of It Happened At Cafe Nix  here

It’s Fourteen Authors. One contemporary romance. Fifteen Happy Endings

Edited by Belinda Holmes
Authors in order of appearance:
Elizabeth Dunk
Juanita Kees
Sandra Antonelli (meeee)
Jane O’Reilly
Nicole Flockton
Cate Ellink
Ros Baxter
Jenny Schwartz
Ainslie Paton
Jennie Jone
Lee Christine
Lily Malone
Rhian Cahill
Amy Andrews

I Love You a Latte: The Cafe Nix Cover & Parade of Authors!

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Fourteen Escape authors, one contemporary romance, fifteen happy endings. Welcome to Cafe nix

Long distance relationships don’t work
Nix Sutherland is at a crossroads. She loves running the family business, the famous Sydney Harbourside Cafe Nix, and she also loves Linc, whose vet practice is in Melbourne.

After months of jumping on planes and swapping cities, both of them too stressed and tried to enjoy being together, it’s all come to a head. In the middle of a typically busy day at the cafe that includes everything from broken hearts to breaking waters, cops to canoodling couples, Nix realises that loving the cafe means giving up Linc.

Meet Nix and characters from the novels of your favourite Escape Publishing authors (like me!) in fresh original shorts, and experience a day in the life of Cafe Nix. You know there will be coffee.

WELL LOOKEE HERE! WE HAVE A COVER!!

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Edited by Belinda Holmes It Happened at Café Nix is a FREE 50,000 word collaboration between 14 Escape authors to bring readers epilogues, extra scenes, and all new material featuring favourite characters in original short stories from books published (or soon to be published) with Escape.

Did I mention FREE?

For FREE you can read a single chapter from your favourite author or the entire compilation! The contributing authors are, in order of appearance are:

Elizabeth DunkThe Silver-haired Saviour:  In the style of The Lies We Tell
Juanita KeesUnder His Persuasion:  Characters from Tag Raiders Series
Me, Sandra AntonelliNiagara Falls at Cafe Nix:  Craig and Ella from Driving in Neutral
Jane O’Reilly: Hunk of the Month:  Characters from The Holiday Survival Guide
Nicole Flockton: Bound by Their Wedding Plans:  Characters from Bound By His Desire
Cate Ellink: Deeper Diving:  Characters from Deep Diving
Ros Baxter: Stand and Deliver:  Characters from Lingerie for Felons
Jenny Schwartz: Kissing Time:  Characters from Hero Duty
Ainslie Paton: No Dick Moves:  Characters from Insecure
Jennie Jones: 12 Bells and a Baby:  Characters from Swallows Fall series
Lee Christine: In Safe Company:  Characters from Grace & Poole series
Lily Malone: Angry Birds and Turtle Doves:  Characters from So Far Into You
Rhian Cahill: Christmas Wishes Do Come True: Characters from Christmas Wishes
Amy Andrews: Risqué Business:  Characters from Risky Business

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

Thirty-one Days of Halloweenie Day 20: A Festival of Nicole Murphy

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As we all know by now, Halloween stems from a Gaelic festival that has evolved into what is now, for some a festival of frightening fun, a festival of WTF, an excuse to party and eat a Pumpkin-shaped bucketload of candy, Sandrabooksor a shameless plug for the smart-assed romantic comedies I’ve written. Or the idea of a ‘festival ‘is the inspiration for writing a book series, like author Nicole Murphy has.

As you’ve no doubt guessed by now from posts in this series, we Aussies are only just getting on the Halloween bandwagon. Come this time of the year, you can find Halloween decorations available in the stores (right next to the Christmas stuff, Nicole), and I’ve got friends with kids who trick or treat. I have a vague recollection of someone knocking on my door once, but really it’s so vague I might as well say it’s never happened.

So for me Halloween is a concept, but not a reality but I like it. The thing that I really admire Nicole-2about Halloween (and Thanksgiving) is the idea of festival. Some cultures really get into the whole festival thing – finding an idea, a concept, a moment in history that is worth stopping the usual life roundabout to take a break, have fun, celebrate. Americans are one culture that seem to really get into this, judging by all the holidays (particularly at this time of the year).

We Aussies have traditionally been much more laid back, but we’re getting there. Australia Day has become a really interesting day (because it’s both a good and bad news story, depending upon how you view it) but people now actually get out and do something on that day, rather than just have another day off work as they used to. Christmas has always had it’s traditions. NYE has become a big one, with huge parties in the cities. And there’s the tradition of stopping everything on Melbourne Cup Day (only one part of Australia gets a holiday that day – we need to work on that).

Exploring festival in my stories was something I hadn’t really thought about, until I read Tansy Rayner Roberts’ brilliant Creature Court trilogy (http://tansyrr.com/tansywp/books/the-creature-court-trilogy-harpervoyager-2010-2012/) . Her epic fantasy/urban fantasy mash-up is based in some parts on Ancient Rome, a culture that had a mad love affair with festivals. Tansy spoke about needing to bring that aspect into her book and in fact the action in the first book starts around a festival and it got me thinking.

I’d never written a festival into one of my books – time to remedy it.

COV_DreamOfAsarlaiLuckily, I read Tansy’s post about festivals as I was writing the third book in my Dream of Asarlai trilogy and bam – the Festival of the Star was born. It’s kinda like Christmas for my gadda (the secret magical race I invented) where everyone, no matter where they are in the world, gets a present. But there’s also a parade in the main street of Sclossin, and a concert, and everyone just forgets all the crap that’s going on and gets out and has fun.

I loved the idea of the Festival of the Star so much (despite the horror that is perpetrated during it in my trilogy) that the sequel novella is set solely during the next year’s festival and the next trilogy (not yet published, but I have hopes) begins during yet another festival.

Since then, I’ve done a few festivals. The third book in my SF trilogy (being published by the fabulous Escape Publishing) has a festival (you’ll have to wait until mid-next year to read that though).

But, I don’t think I’ve EVER come up with a festival as good as Festivus (Seinfeld fans, laugh now). For those who have NO idea what I’m talking about – behold (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus)  So tell me – if you were to invent a festival, what would it involve?

In the meantime – may the dead stay peacefully sleeping and may you get a bucketload of candy!

Nicole Murphy is the author of the Dream of Asarlai trilogy, a couple dozen speculative fiction 0714 Loving_mdmshorts. Loving the Prince, the first in The Jorda Series science fiction romance trilogy, is out from Escape Publishing. Nicole writes contemporary romance as Elizabeth Dunk, and has  released a collection of paranormal erotic novellas. She lives in Queanbeyan, near Canberra, with her husband Tim and their beloved budgie Freddie.

Find out more about Nicole Murphy and Elizabeth Dunk books here and here nicolermurphy.com