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!


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.


Nix composite cover

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.

An Experiment Where There Will be Coffee Because Cafe

AntonellicoffeYou might know how I’m all about coffee. This explains why, when presented with a writing opportunity that mentioned the word ‘cafe,’ I jumped at the chance to write a short story that’s set in a cafe, because a cafe is A PLACE THAT SERVES COFFEE.

That place is Cafe Nix.

The trick here was to write a story that starred coffee and some driving smallcharacters from my novel Driving in Neutral, and link it to other short stories that take place at Cafe Nix.

This means, Fourteen authors with Escape Publishing, one contemporary romance, and fifteen happy endings. It’s coming soon. And this is what’ll happen when 14 Escape authors eye off Wattpad and wonder how to play: What we have is an experiment in a short story continuity.

Did I mention it was COMING SOON FOR FREE?

teaser 2Meet Nix and characters from the novels of favourite Escape authors in fresh original shorts, and experience a day in the life of Cafe Nix.

Authors in order of appearance:
Nicole Murphy
Juanita Kees
Sandra Antonelli (that’s me)
Jane O’Reilly
Nicole Flockton
Cate Ellink
Ros Baxter Ink
Jenny Schwartz
Ainslie Paton
Jennie Jones
Lee Christine
Lily Malone
Rhian Cahill
Amy Andrews

Thirty-one Days of Halloweenie Day 8: Who Do We Blame For Halloween?

multipbudCrass commercialism! American excess! Hollywood bullshit! Pumpkin Spice Overload! I figure it was only right, what with my gung-ho-Hell-Yeah-HALLOWEENNESS, that I give time to those of you who find Halloween to be a big ol’ steaming heap o’ WTF.


Take my author and fellow Naughty Ninja Andra Ashe. Here are her thoughts on the Day of The Great Pumpkin:

“It’s not so much the celebration, that’s all fine and dandy and who doesn’t love dressing Asheup? It’s that it’s an American thing, not an Aussie thing. We used to have Guy Fawkes night with bonfires and fireworks but that died in the arse and now we’re bloody ‘yankified’ and I’m not interested in any part of it. It so infuriates me when I see mums taking their kids around the streets ‘trick or treating’ In my head, I’m yelling, ‘if you want Halloween, go to America!’”

Author and Beanie Wearing Naughty Ninja Lily Malone has this to say:lilym_lowres

“Last year I experienced the first of what I might consider ‘real’ Halloween. It freaked me out completely. It freaked my kids too because they’d never seen anything like it. There were scores of children rampaging the streets in various guises, ringing doorbells/knocking on doors and in some instances not so politely demanding loot. Not being prepared (having not given the day a thought), I had zero in the loot department, and I had kids telling me I was stingy. Soon, I refused to answer the door. There were very few adults to be seen. And it occurred to me: what kind of message do we send to our children all year about stranger danger, to then tell them to dress up in disguise and go knocking on the doors of strangers? This is what really disturbed me about Halloween. I also take issue with the whole treat/candy/lolly thing—along the same lines. ‘Want a candy, little girl? Come over to my car. I have a whole box full.’ What message is it to say: “don’t accept lollies from strangers,’ oh, unless it’s Halloween. Then it’s fine. IMHO, Halloween is a psychopath’s dream. Stay at home and wait with treats for all the little kiddies to come calling. But it’s very possible I’ve read way too many psycho-killer crime thrillers.”

Halloween is slowly, very slowly taking hold in Australia. There are decorations, masks, costumes, parties, CANDY (although candy corn is conspicuously absent)—and it’s on the shelf right next to the mother scratchin’ Christmas stuff, which I witnessed in stores on September 12th.

decoween2It seems odd that Halloween never took hold earlier in Australia, because like the USA, Australia has a massive Irish and Scottish heritage. And here’s where things get interesting. History tells us that Halloween has its roots in the Celtic festival Samhain, the end of the harvest season for ancient Gaelic culture—which perhaps explains all the pumpkins. Ancient Gaelic culture believed that 31st October opened, if you will, a portal between the living and the dead. Costumes and masks were worn to frighten off any evil spirits who were keen on spoiling the crops. But there’s also this about costumes, from

The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays goes back to the Middle Ages, and includes Christmas wassailing. Trick-or-treating resembles the late medieval practice of ‘souling,’ when poor folk would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1), receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day (November 2). It originated in Ireland and Britain.

20shalloweencostumes1Yesiree, Bob. The Scots and Irish brought all that Gaelic Samhain festival goodness to America in the 19th Century. So look. If we’re gonna blame anyone for Halloween we really should look at Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander as an example of the whole portal between worlds on Samhain thing in action, and then, honestly, shouldn’t we blame Claire, Jamie Fraser, and all his mates?

The Americans, bless their apple and cherry pie hearts, simply took that festival, packaged it, made it bigger, and sold it because that’s what Americans do, and frankly, do well.

Hi I’m Sandra and I write smart-assed romantic comedies for grown-ups and smartasses. You can find my books here.