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Lia Riley’s Off the Map MAP!

IMPORTANT: This is a ‘Special Feature’ web post! Spoilers do pop up! If you don’t want to know about the locales of the Off the Map series or haven’t read where our couple end up in Inside Out, check back after you’ve read the book!

Never has love spanned across so many continents than Lia Riley‘s stunning duo of Bran and Talia: their relationship started on the busy streets of Australia, flew over to North America, Tasmania and Africa, settling finally at the doorstep of the Golden Gate Bridge . . .

As Bran and Talia explore the world, they do so in the footsteps of their creator Lia Riley! Did you know that every place they visit was inspired by her own experiences or the people around her?

As we celebrate this week’s publication of Inside Out, follow along on the map below to read into how each place in the Off the Map trilogy stemmed from the author’s own life.

And try not to get jealous. 🙂



‘I studied abroad in regional New South Wales, where I met and fell in love with my now husband. Long-distance international relationships are tricky, and often require a leap of faith to succeed. In our case, I moved to Hobart, Tasmania at twenty-two, leaving behind family, friends, a state I loved (Montana), two classes shy of finishing my degree. The first six months that my boyfriend and I lived together were challenging. I had to take remote college courses to graduate, visa issues limited my work options, and homesickness proved a struggle. Out of any of the Off the Map books, Sideswiped (Book #2 Off the Map), felt the most personal.’



‘I wanted Talia to experience the Peace Corps, so choosing Malawi as a destination was a no-brainer. My younger sister spent almost three years in the country, running HIV/AIDS education and women empowerment programs. She kindly spent the majority of our time together last Christmas reading my first few chapters of Inside Out (Book #3 Off the Map), and pointing out everything I got wrong (and promptly fixed). I’m in her debt on that one. Big time.’



Santa Cruz/San Francisco

‘I live in Santa Cruz, a quintessential California beach town, on the northern edge of Monterey Bay. It’s known for its great climate, stunning coastline, redwood forests, funky locals, and socially liberal leanings. It is also home to the University of California, Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, an oceanfront amusement park operating on the main city beach. Last winter, I strolled through the Boardwalk, and noticed a cave in the sandstone cliffs along the San Lorenzo River. As a good smutty-minded romance writer, a naughty plot bunny hatched, and I went straight home and wrote the whole Boardwalk cave smexy scene. It’s the only scene in the book that I didn’t make any edits on, LOL. Living local to a book setting has its advantages!

Only an hour away, San Francisco is an amazing, eclectic city perfect for a vibrant couple like Talia and Bran (although I predict these two will move around a bit).’


Inside Out is out now in ebook, along with Upside Down (#1) and Sideswiped (#2)! All three will be released in paperback in 2015!

Recommended Reads for Valentine’s Day 2014

Valentine’s Day is one of our favourite days of the year. It’s also the perfect excuse for the team to round up our favourite titles from the Piatkus Entice list. Download your favourite to read on Friday or why not make it a week of romance and read them all?

My Entice pick is The Taming of Ryder Cavanagh because it’s the perfect blend of delicious tension, wit and a heroine who can give anyone a run for their money! It makes me yearn to go to a ball and play cat and mouse with a handsome rake.


I had to choose A Little Night Magic. Lucy March is a gorgeous writer and I’m an absolute sucker for the mix of magic and small town chick lit – she reminds me of Charlaine Harris but with a side of comforting American pie!


My Valentine’s Day Entice title of choice is Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah Maclean. There’s a gorgeous hero, an amazing heroine, lots of humour and plenty of tension. What more could you want? Oh, and it’s the first in a series so plenty more pages to devour once you finish book 1!


My title is Jennifer Haymore’s  – The Rogue’s Proposal – Lord Lukas, with his rakish reputation, will stop at nothing to win the heart of the woman he loves – this book is passionate, sexy and a heart-stoppingly page-turning read!


Top Five Halloween Reads From Entice

Wondering what to read this Halloween? Look no further, Entice has it covered.

Eternal Blood by Laura WrightThe one with the sexy vampires
Eternal Blood is the seriously hot paranormal novella from Laura Wright’s Mark of the Vampire series. Perfect for warming up a cold Halloween night.



Undead and Unstable by MaryJanice DavidsonThe one with the undead
Ever wondered what would happen if Carrie Bradshaw met a vampire? Look no further than Mary Janice Davidson’s brilliant Undead and Unstable – the perfect spooky treat for 31st October.



Coveted by Shawntelle MadisonThe one with the werewolf
Fancy a fun read with an awesome, sassy werewolf heroine? Coveted by Shawntelle Madison is what you need. And with her brand new novel, Kept, out next month, there’s no better time to get involved.



Lair of the Lion by Christine FeehanThe gothic twist on a classic fairytale
Love Beauty and the Beast? Love Christine Feehan? The two come together in the gorgeous 19th century romance, Lair of the Lion.



Wilder by Christina DoddThe one with a dark secret
In Christina Dodd’s Wilder, a monster lurks beneath the city. But can Chosen One Charisma Fanghorn open her heart to him . . ?



What are you reading this Halloween? If there are any Entice favourites we’ve missed off the list, let us know!


Entice author Phillippa Ashley tells us why she loves ebooks

Phillippa Ashley’s brand new contemporary romance, Miranda’s Mount, is available in ebook from Entice now.Here she tells us exactly what it is that she loves about ebooks . . .

When I first began writing romance – actually, not so very long ago – the ebook was a rare and exotic beast. My first few novels were published in paperback because that’s the way books had always been made available. Slowly, gradually, ebooks became more popular… then the Kindle was launched and the floodgates opened.

Like many new relationships, I wasn’t entirely sure of how my affair with my Kindle would go at first. Would I ever get used to this new and unfamiliar way of enjoying my favourite pastime (reading, I hasten to add, what were you thinking?) My husband had even bought me a device with a sensual leather cover, so I had no excuse not to give it a thorough trial.

At first it was strange, clicking through the pages, watching the text grow at the touch of a button and making late night forays onto Amazon to satisfy my thirst for fiction.

Miranda's Mount by Phillipa AshleyNow I’m a total a convert.

You see, I’m an impatient devil. When I want to read a novel, I want it now. Maybe I’ve been hooked by the blurb or extract or heard about the book on Twitter. My Kindle lets me get instant gratification (and who doesn’t love that?)

I also read more books than I used to because e books are almost always cheaper than paperbacks – and that’s great for me as an author as well as a reader. Then there’s the fabulous thing that is free ebooks. I’ve discovered several new authors this way.
I’m off to Cyprus soon and I love the fact that I’ll be able to take my entire bookshelf with me not have to pay excess baggage. I don’t have *quite* so many paperbacks teetering by my bed these days or bowing down my shelves. My husband likes that too, as he was in danger of being felled by a pile of print at one point.

And while I’ve never been faint-hearted about being spotted on the train reading a ‘naughty’ book or even one that’s popular, I can now enjoy my reading pleasures in private, without being judged by less enlightened eyes.

No, I can’t imagine a world without e books, can you?

Miranda’s Mount by Phillippa Ashley is available from Entice now. You can find out more about Phillippa on her website here.

The most romantic book I’ve ever read: The Notebook

Here Editorial Assistant Sophie Harris tells us why she turns to Nicholas Sparks in times of romantic reading need . . . 

When I’m looking for the perfect romantic read I always come back to Nicholas Sparks’s The Notebook. It has everything that you would want from a good romantic book; hot summers, passionate love and a gorgeous hero!

I’m slightly in love with Noah and his quiet love for the headstrong Allie. Their love is tempestuous and raw but it remains a solid factor throughout the book even when Allie leaves the South.

You can’t help but picture yourself in the summer heat, caught up in the whirlwind of their first love. I’m guaranteed to cry every time when Allie sees the home that Noah spent so long building for her even though he thought that he had lost her.

The framework of the old Noah looking back and reminiscing and watching as Allie’s Alzheimer’s eats away at her and she no longer remembers the love that they have for each other is utterly heart-breaking.

The most romantic book I’ve ever read: The Princess Bride

Next up in our ‘most romantic reads’ feature, Editor Donna Condon tells us why she loves William Goldman’s fairytale story, The Princess Bride . . .

I simply adore The Princess Bride by William Goldman, which I read as an early teen and have returned to a few times since. I cannot hear the words ‘As you wish’ without thinking of it . . . and the dreamy Westley!

It’s escapist romantic fiction at its best: pirates, an evil genius, a swordsman with a vendetta, duals, magic, fantasy – and a perfect enemy in the form of Prince Humperdinck (and how great is his name?!).

We follow Buttercup, yearning for her to be united with the smitten Westley, who shows time and time again how he will go to the end of the earth for her and back, tapping into the common dream: to find someone who loves you back and who refuses to let life’s obstacles stand in the way.

It’s funny, touching, gripping , surprising, and highly original. If you’ve not yet read I couldn’t recommend more highly.

The most romantic book I’ve ever read: Wuthering Heights

In the second instalment of our brand new feature on Entice, Editor Lucy Icke remembers the romance of all-time classic, Wuthering Heights . . .

There’s nothing more likely to capture the imagination of a dreamy, hormonal teenager than a story that involves total heartbreak; of two people from different worlds, with everything conspiring against them in their quest to be together.

Before Edward and Bella, there was Heathcliff and Cathy. If you haven’t read Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights before, I really would urge you to do so. I first read it when I was fifteen and it’s one of the few books that I’ve re-read several times, and the only one that I’ve enjoyed even more each time I read it.

Aside from the fact that our hero has, quite possibly, the best name in the history of literature (my goal is to name a child, or at least a pet, after him in the future), the relationship between the two protagonists, which begins when they are children, is so well-realised, you can’t help but be drawn in by the purity of the emotion. And there’s no sugar-coating here; the writing is so visceral that it doesn’t so much pull on your heartstrings as practically rip them out of your chest. In a good way.

Like so many of the best love stories, Wuthering Heights is utterly tragic, but it also shows readers that love transcends everything, unequivocally shaping our lives and who we become, for better or worse.

The most romantic book I’ve ever read: One Day

To kick start a brand new feature on Entice, Publicist Hannah Hargrave tells us why she fell in love with One Day by David Nicholls . .

I would have to pick a modern classic – One Day by David Nicholls which I read while on honeymoon in 2010. The two main characters, Emma and Dexter, are drawn so accurately that I almost believed they were two of my close friends. It is such a wonderful book – funny, wise, absorbing, warm and utterly sad – that I completely fell in love with it.

The tale of their unrequited love is poignant and agonising, and it really resonated with me. The heart-breaking ending may be completely devastating, but observing Emma and Dexter’s relationship over the years is so incredibly romantic and touching. It is perhaps because of the characters’ genuine flaws that One Day pulls so strongly at your emotions, as they just seem so real, and their love for each other seems genuine when compared to the overly-dramatic, sentimentalised and clichéd love you often find in fiction.

One Day is a romance you can believe in, and makes you hope and believe that one day you will get to experience something similar.

Have you read One Day? Or maybe watched the film? If there’s a romantic novel or film you simply can’t get out of your mind, we’d love to hear about it.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with romantic reads from Piatkus Entice

Mother’s Day isn’t a date you’d necessarily associate with romance, but it is all about indulgence and treating someone you love. With the big day just around the corner (Sunday 18th in the UK in case you need to do a last minute dash to the card shop), we’ve come up with a list of unmissable reads available from Piatkus Entice.

Whether you’re looking for a story you can share with your Mum, or you’re a mother yourself, looking for a few moments of peace and quiet this weekend, we’ve got the perfect ebooks for you.

Coming Home by Mariah Stewart is Best magazine editor Jackie Hatton’s ebook of the month. She describes it as ‘a fast-paced and gripping love story with a twist’, and once you get stuck in, we promise you won’t be able to put it down.

Oracle’s Moon by Thea Harrison has soared into the Kindle Top 10 chart this week, and for very good reason. Fun, feral and fiercely exciting, this paranormal romance might be best kept to yourself rather than sharing with Mum!

If you’ve haven’t already heard of Sarah MacLean’s Love by Numbers series, you’re in for a treat. These ebooks are heartwarming historical romance at it’s absolute best, and the good news is that once you’ve finished 9 Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, there are two more titles already available from Piatkus Entice.

Winning the Wallflower is Eloisa James’s fun, funny fairytale, perfect for women of all ages.

And last but not least, if you’re looking for more of a racy read, look no further than Eternal Blood, Laura Wright’s sizzling, sexy Mark of the Vampire novella.