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 22: Nicole Flockton’s UnHollywood Halloween

driving smallA Romantic Comedy, like Driving in Neutral, A Basic Renovation or For Your Eyes Only, has certain expectations that come attached to it: that cute meet, the sharp, snappy, smartass dialogue, the kiss, the happy ending. Sounds easy, right? Lately, in Hollywood, something’s gone wrong with the rom com. It’s as if all the HOLLYWOOD has been removed, as well as the comedy and romance.  Halloween, on the other hand, is something Hollywood keeps doing right. Halloween is a GIANT multipbudPARTY on TV and in movies. Everyone wears a costume, goes trick-or treating, gets candy, meets Dracula, carves a jack-o-lantern, and stops in at the Haunted House on the way back from the hay ride.  There are expectations up the wazoo for Halloween and Hollywood gives ’em to you, but it seems that for Nicole Floctkton, as it is with me the rom com, her Halloween was anything but Hollywood.

It’s Saturday 31st October 2009 and you know the significance of that date – Halloween!!

We’d moved to Houston, Texas in August and after seeing how much fun Halloween looked on all the American TV shows, as a family, we were excited to experience it.

We’d just moved into our new house and the kids wanted me to decorate the garden. Seeing as iflocktont was right on Halloween there wasn’t a lot of good stuff left. But I found some things and the kids were happy. I did notice that no one near us had any decorations in their garden but didn’t give it a second thought.

Having seen the TV shows my husband and I thought we had to get dressed up as well. Like decorations, decent costumes were scarce but we found some and all of us got dressed up.

We decide to venture out around 7pm. It was starting to get dark and the kids were anxious to get going. We hit the street all dressed up flockton2and were shocked to the core. The street was empty!! Where was everyone? Where were all the large groups of kids in costumes wanting candy?

We’d been told to only go to the houses that had outside lights on. The houses surrounding us were all dark. What was going on? We persevered and continued on our way and found a couple of houses with lights on. The kids got their candy and really they had no idea that my husband and I were in a state of shock. They were having fun and that’s all that mattered.

We were still the only people in the street but we found a group of people who were having a party outside. Finally a little bit of the Halloween spirit was alive.

In the end we only went around the block and the kids were happy with their stash of candy.

When we got home groups of people started to filter into our street. We had people come to the house and we handed out the supply of candy I’d bought. The kids enjoyed giving it as much as receiving

All in all I can honestly say that our first experience of Halloween in the US was really disappointing. And I also learned that, like anything, TV exaggerates everything!

Flcok3However, we still decorate the house each year – even if we are the only ones in the street that does.