We All Know How Much I Love Colin Firth, Yes?

So it goes without saying, I cannot WAIT to see this movie.

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Who wants to see it with me?

USA Today Recommends BLACKTHORNE (Lexxie Couper has fit of delight!)

Can you say Oh my god oh my god oh my god!!!

Cause that’s what I just did (as well as a rather ridiculous little dance) when I discovered USA Today’s Happy Ever After romance book reviews section gave Blackthorne a Recommended Read.

Blackthorne by Lexxie Couper

We first met Josh Blackthorne as a teenager in Love’s Rhythm, his father and rock ‘n’ roll superstar Nick Blackthorne’s story. Love’s Rhythm was well received, and eight books later Josh is all grown up and we are treated to his story in Blackthorne, the Heart of Fame series finale.

Nick has long since stepped out of the limelight, and his exceptionally talented son has followed in his footsteps. Thanks to Josh’s small-town origins and strong parental guidance, he has his feet firmly planted on the ground and hasn’t let the fame go to his head. In an effort to throw a crazy, obsessed stalker off his scent, Josh listens to advice and leaves New York and rendezvous with his best friend and soccer superstar Rhys in Australia, their home turf.

Catlin Reynolds hasn’t built her Sydney club Chaos Room to be the hottest nightspot in the city by being a push-over. She is unimpressed with celebrity and believes them arrogant and self-obsessed. Josh Blackthorn, however, proves to be the polar opposite of the stereotype and difficult to resist.

A smile played with her lips. “I’m just going to get my bag.”

“Okey dokey.”

She sniggered as she rounded the end of the bar and walked towards the private door on the other side of the dance floor. “What kind of rock star says okey dokey?”

He preened. “This kind.” 

Her laugh wafted back to him, full of relaxed life and humour. 

It was her laugh that made Josh move. Made him propel himself from the bar and follow her across the polished wooden floor, despite the dull ache in his knee and her assurances she didn’t want him. Her laugh and the simmering passion for life he heard in it. It was the first time he’d heard such intoxicating emotion from her and it stirred him. 

“Well, okey dokey then,” she tossed over her shoulder, unaware he was close. “Try not to be too famous and doable while I’m—”

He snared her wrist in a loose grip and tugged her to face him. He couldn’t do anything else. 

He had to kiss her. Now. 

“What the—” she began, a surprised smile curling her lips. 

Lips he claimed with his own. 

Josh is quite smitten with Caitlin and feels defeated when he discovers she has a fiancé, a doctor who went missing while working overseas with Doctors Without Borders. Matt has been missing for eight months and is presumed dead, and Caitlin is riddled with guilt at the thought of moving on for a variety of reasons. Josh respects Caitlin’s wish to not become involved. He does, however, institute a plan to help that completely wins her heart (and mine).

Blackthorne is a moving story about coping with grief after a devastating loss, altruism and new love. I’ve read many of Lexxie Couper’s books over the years and have watched her writing mature. I have to say: She ends the Heart of Fame series on a high note. Blackthorne is one of her best. Josh’s warmth and sensitivity shine through, and Couper’s signature sarcastic sense of humor provides a laugh a minute even when the characters struggle through some very rough times (have the box of tissues handy). As a bonus, Caitlin’s personable three-legged pet lizard named Fluffy is given a special role in the story. Yep, a three-legged lizard! lol

Couper has a knack for writing memorable secondary characters who shout out for their own story. Josh’s “best mate” and ladies man Rhys McDowell certainly makes his presence known. ;)

Blackthorne can easily be enjoyed as a stand-alone, as it focuses on Josh and Caitlin. That said, if you like rock-star romances, the Heart of Fame series is well worth a try.


Oh wow. How cool is that!!

If you haven’t read any of the Heart of Fame books, you can find the entire series at Samhain, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks and Kobo

Five Alarm Alphas…When Scorching Isn’t Hot Enough!

Are you ready to feel the heat? Or should that be, are you ready to get hot for a fireman…or eight? ‘Cause the Five Alarm Alphas box set is NOW AVAILABLE!

And for a limited time (and I mean, limited), it’s only .99c!


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Are You Ready to Meet the Rich and and Sexy? Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives


From the hottest writers in Australia comes a scintillating new series. Enter the world of Sydney’s elite, and find out what goes on behind the doors of the most exclusive addresses in the country…

Meet the Housewives of Sydney. They are wealthy, elegant, poised, and constantly in the public eye. But what goes on behind closed doors, in the private homes and parties where the cameras and paparazzi aren’t welcome? Delve into the most personal details of their relationships, their friendships and their lives. The only question is: can you handle the heat?

Rugged, athletic, and absolutely enormous, Mud is aggressive on the rugby field and off. It takes a special kind of woman to tame the beast and take on all that man, but Jorja has never been anything less than exceptional.

But something is going on inside her warrior man, something that she can’t see or reach or touch. She has always been the one able to get through and bring him down, so why does she feel like everything is slipping away?

Buylink for Jorja (C’mon…you know you want to ;) )

So, what is Escape Publishing’s Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives?

Let’s call it a decadent sin of erotic romance, sensual pleasure and secrets…all wrapped up in eleven hotter-than-hot short stories. Are you ready?


You’ve never met housewives as hot as these…

They’re wealthy, beautiful, glamorous – the elite of Sydney society.

But appearances can be deceiving.

And no one knows what goes on behind closed doors. 

Until now.

Eleven brand-new stories from 11 of Australia’s hottest authors, this scandalous, sexy, secretive series uncovers the privileged lives of Sydney’s affluent: their work, their families, their friends, and their men.

Each story unfolds in real time, revealing the secrets of one housewife at a time. Each is a member of the influential Double Diamond Dinner Club, and each has everything to lose if their fellow members learn of their needs, desires, and bedroom inclinations.

Debuting  6 November, with a new story every fortnight, nothing is hidden, nothing is forbidden – and nothing will ever be the same.


Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives throws open the doors to how the other half lives – and loves.

Consider this your invitation to the most exclusive dinner party in town – Chanel and Louboutins optional.

6 November 2014

Find out more at the Escapades Blog (click here) and join the housewives in the FaceBook Housewives Lounge here

Oh, and if you’re in the mood, follow the hashtag #Sydneywives on the all the awesome social networks. Trust me…you won’t be disappointed.



Sometimes In Life, You Need A Fireman…or Eight.

Who could say no to eight sexy firefighters? Seriously, who? I know I couldn’t. So can you imagine how happy I am to be apart of the Five Alarm Alphas box set?

Big time happy. I mean, seriously, look who is in this thing? Look! And then there’s me! Wow! How did this even happen?

They’re all-new, never before seen stories which is pretty bloody awesome, I think. The box set will be available from 7th November and for a limited time it will be priced at .99c.

BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU CAN PRE-ORDER IT NOW FROM AMAZON (pre-order links coming ASAP for other sellers, I promise) Click >>>HERE<<<< to pre-order Five Alarm Alphas from Amazon.

Check it out!!




Feeding the Flames ~ Leah Breamel: When chef Tabatha Morgan returns to Barnett Springs, her burning crush on firefighter Zac Buchanan flares back to life. Trouble is, Zac has made a promise to keep his distance from Tabby, so Zac’s best friend and fellow firefighter Quinn decides to help feed the flames of their mutual desire.

Combustible ~ Lexxie Couper: Arson investigator, Desmond Russell is the best in Australia. Cool, calm and collected, nothing ruffles him. Until he meets Outback fire brigade captain, Jess Montgomery, a woman who ignites all his sexual desires. The initial spark will engulf them both…but will their hearts survive the inferno?

Wet Down ~ Delilah DevlinOut with the old, in with the new…Or so Sherry Thacker thinks. Problem is, her ex is always on her mind and right across the street. When a “Wet Down” ceremony to retire an old fire truck is planned by the city council she has to put aside her hurt and anger and do her job. Blake Thacker wants his wife back—in every way and he’ll use whatever means necessary to win her back. Sex is always best served WET.

Two to Spark ~ Marie Harte: When a psychic predicts that a faulty toaster, a black cat, and the wrong address will bring Cooper together with Ms. Right, he shrugs off the notion as crazy. But before long, fate has something else in store for the sexy firefighter when a spark of attraction ignites into true love.

Controlled Burn ~ Desiree Holt: Montana Wade was home after writing off the past ten years of her life, but she needed one more night of courage before she faced her family. Boone Crider, hotshot firefighter, was burned out form the rash of malicious fires. They thought one night as strangers would cure them both, but the fire they started between them soon became a barely controlled burn.

Up In Smoke ~ Lissa Matthews: Half-brothers, Josh and Jay, share everything from a house, to a love of curvy, older women. So when their dream woman accidentally sets her kitchen on fire, they ride to her rescue, sirens blaring, promising to kindle flames that may never be extinguished.

Rekindled ~ Cari Quinn: Some blazes refuse to be contained. It’s been months since ex-firefighter Katie Kemp has spoken to her former lover and squad mate, Dash Carlton. But when a late night drive down memory lane leads her to a small fire at Dash’s house, she realizes she’s not willing to turn her back on the hottest flame of her life.

Into the Fire ~ Shelli Stevens: Shannon has always prided herself on holding her own in the male dominated field of firefighting. She likes to be in control. Until she strikes a bargain with a sexy man from her past who makes her give it all up in the bedroom.

Don’t forget, the box set will be only .99c for a limited time. YOU CAN PRE-ORDER IT NOW FROM AMAZON (pre-order links coming ASAP for other sellers, I promise) Click >>>HERE<<<< to pre-order Five Alarm Alphas from Amazon.


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