Thursday, December 26, 2013

Happy Birthday Escape Publishing: It's Love, Dude by Jenny Schwartz- Excerpt & Giveaway


Today as part of my Happy Birthday Escape Publishing celebrations I have an excerpt from It's Love, Dude by Jenny Schwartz as well as another chance for you to win a fantastic NA bundle!


Zane Carlton grinned as he rested his butt on the railing that separated the cycle path from the top of the dunes. He was back home in Jardin Bay to bring glamour to the opening of a new skate park. No‐one cared that he was a surfer and not a skateboarder. What mattered was that he was a World Champion surfer and a hometown boy. But for all that he was meant to be the main media drawcard; the journalists weren’t clustered around him.

A few metres away, standing in the shade of a Norfolk pine tree, a bombshell brunette had the media pack salivating — and by the way she twisted one pretty foot around her other ankle, she didn’t know how to handle the attention.

‘Flip me,’ he muttered. ‘She’s shy.’

It was cute. It was hot. The woman was a babe. Long, curly, black hair was pulled back in a ponytail revealing an oval face that would have looked like a medieval painting of the Madonna, all serene and beautiful, except that this woman’s mouth was quite simply lush.

He took his time studying her figure.

She wore an orange sweater. The early spring morning was still cool, so she’d probably thought the sweater was sensible. But the way she filled it out was an invitation to X‐rated fantasies. Add in the narrow waist that flared out to a curvy bum, plus the knee length skirt that ended to reveal spectacular legs, and you had the reason the media had forgotten him.

Only one journalist proved immune, and she was a middle‐aged woman who’d buttonholed the local Member of Parliament, Greg Cooper.

The brunette twisted the strap of her handbag around her fingers and appeared ready to bolt.

Zane hadn’t caught her name, but he’d noticed her arrive with Greg Cooper. Evidently, the woman worked for him. Smart move. The local MP would have no trouble getting media attention despite his rumpled, grey appearance if he sent this woman to set up the gig.

Although just now she was probably rethinking her career choice. 

Welcome to the big leagues, sweetheart.

The additional media — the national sports journalists who’d driven down from Perth to Jardin Bay for the chance to interview him — were too much for her. They were brash, demanding and relentless. He knew. He’d been dealing with them for years.

A good guy would haul ass and go rescue her.

Zane frowned down at his brand‐name sneakers.

Everything he wore was brand‐name. His sponsorship deals had set him up for life since winning the World Championship three years ago. In a bit over a year, he’d retire. Sure, 30 wasn’t old, but he wanted a life. Travelling the world sounded glamorous, but one competition blurred into the other. There were hangers‐on and users everywhere. People started thinking stuff was important that he knew wasn’t. It was a life in a travelling bubble and he was sick of it. Crazy tired.

He looked back at the woman.

One more year, then he’d come back to Jardin Bay permanently.

Once he was home he could think about chatting up a shy small‐town girl who probably dreamed of forever. Probably had a boyfriend. Hell, for all he knew, she was dating some guy he went to high school with. Lucky bastard.

She smiled suddenly.

He saw the impact it had on the media: a moment of awe and then a surge forward. He looked for the man who’d won that smile.


From our favourite short story writer comes a debut full-length novel about sand, sun, small towns, and surfing...

Zane Carlton is a World Champion surfer. Molly Georgiou is a shy, small-town girl. They have nothing in common except an instantaneous attraction and an impossible quest for a rare, endangered Australian marsupial. But Zane is determined to make it work, and invites Molly to take a step into his world. But Molly isn’t ready for the spotlights and attention — she loves her town, its quirks, its characters. Opposites attract, but can two such different people find both a woylie and forever?


I’m an Australian author of Coastal Romance. I have a degree in Sociology and History (people watching and digging into the past), a passion for books, a tendency to invent my own recipes in the kitchen and to take really bad photos that nonetheless make me happy.

I’ve always dreamed of living by the sea, and one day I’ll achieve it! Till then, welcome to my world of coastal dreaming.

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  1. This sounds like a great bundle.


  2. Merry Christmas what a wonderful selection of books.

    Kat ;)

  3. Merry Christmas! Great selection of books =)

  4. I have this one to read on NG I think. Positive..must check. Don't include me in the giveaway as I have some of them already :D This one sounds great!!!


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