Guest Author: Alicia Dean and the Escape to Africa Anthology

I’ve participated in several anthologies, and with each one, the story of how the project begins and takes flight varies. It’s never easy for a group of authors to work together to create a single product. So when author Alicia Dean announced that she had joined five other authors to create a book in which all the stores are set in Africa, I was intrigued. The authors are from six different places (three in America, one in Canada, one in the UK, and one in Spain). How would a group of authors come up with a theme like this? I asked Alicia to share, and luckily for me, she agreed!


Alicia Dean

Thank you so much for inviting me to your lovely blog! I’m proud to share my latest release, a collective effort with 5 other authors. The Escape to Africa Anthology was written by authors in the World Romance Writers group. The seed for the group was planted when two authors decided to collaborate on a collection of romance stories with the theme ‘Summer Love in Europe.’ They each contacted several author friends…and the WRW were born.

There is a core group of authors, Denyse Bridger, Gemma Juliana, Lynn Crain, Rose Anderson, and Cara Marsi. They invite one ‘newbie’ to join in on each new project, which was how I came to be part of the Escape to Africa Anthology. The theme was already decided before I joined in. Apparently, it was conceived when the WRW authors were discussing locations. They decided pretty much from the start to keep the locations global for variety. Denyse Bridger mentioned Africa early on because of her love of the movie Casablanca. And, here we are!

Regardless of how it began, I think the end result is fantastic. I hope your readers agree!

Africa coverEscape to Africa Anthology ~ 6 stories by 6 Authors for ONLY 99 cents!!

Take a trip to fascinating, breathtaking, beautiful Africa, without ever leaving your home! These stories will send you on a journey filled with danger, love, and excitement. Travel from Casablanca to Morocco, across the plains of the Serengeti, to the ruins of Carthage, from the desert of Algeria, to the shores of Tripoli. Six international romance authors share spellbinding love stories told across time.


Here’s a little bit about each story:

Dangerous Liaison – Historical Romance by Denyse Bridger
In late 1942, Casablanca, liaisons can be deadly, especially those that involve intelligence the Germans are willing to kill for…

A Pirate’s Lady – Time Travel Romance – Lynn Crain
Amanda Hoskip, a Time Travel Bureau agent, is intent on discovering who is tampering with time. But when she’s captured, she must pretend to be the wife of fellow agent and rescuer, Trevor Haines, which seems impossible because he thinks she’s failed her mission.

Dying to Love You – Contemporary Romance with Paranormal Elements by Alicia Dean
To avoid purgatory, unloving and unlovable Autumn Baines is sent to the Serengeti where she must perform a selfless deed and find someone to fall in love with her. What she didn’t count on was falling in love herself, or that her selfless deed could save a life, but sentence Autumn to eternal damnation.

Treasured Times – Romantic Suspense – Gemma Juliana
Nerissa Noir is a woman with many secrets. Leon Rizzo intends to figure them out, without revealing his own. From the shops of the exotic souk in Tunis to the ancient ruins of Carthage and beyond, deadly mysteries must be solved before time unravels… can they trust each other?

The Ravine of the Wild Woman – Historical Romance by Marie Laval
Algeria, North Africa, 1865.

Lenora Sharp is Azerwal’s perfect woman. Brave, determined and unconventional, she is also related to the man who stole his name, his childhood and his identity – the very man and he has vowed to destroy, even if it takes him all the way to hell. Will love get in the way of revenge, or will Azerwal lose his soul before he loses his heart?

An Object of Desire – Romantic Suspense by Jenny Twist
Two students on holiday in Morocco discover that two sinister looking characters are following them. They meet an attractive man who offers to take them to their next destination. All seems well until one of the girls disappears.

Purchase here: Amazon

Find excerpts and more here: World Romance Authors

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About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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30 Responses to Guest Author: Alicia Dean and the Escape to Africa Anthology

  1. Ooooh, I love the exotic setting and mysterious atmosphere in these stories. I wish you great success with this anthology, Alicia. I’m off to order my copy right now!

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  2. vlynchauthor says:

    what a treat to see Alicia’s blog post on her story while another Escape to Africa author [Lynn Crain] is visiting my blog this week. Talk about synchronicity!
    this sounds like a keeper.

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  3. jeff7salter says:

    Great idea to travel the globe with anthologies.
    And each of these stories sounds very interesting.
    Hope the project continues to cover more and more geography.

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  4. What a fabulous idea for an anthology! And what variety in the stories. Best of luck with the release!

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  5. Wow! Makes me want to join your cool group, Alicia! You guys always come up with such fab anthology ideas. Loved the interview. Big hugs 🙂

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  7. Diane Burton says:

    How very interesting. I love reading how a project comes together. Best wishes, Alicia, and to all of the other authors.

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  8. pamelasthibodeaux says:

    sounds like a great anthology Alicia!
    good luck and God’s blessings

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  9. Thanks for sharing about how the anthology came together. Each story sounds great.

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  10. darcyflynn says:

    So interesting how this group came about. And How cool to receive an invite to join! I’m not at all surprised they wanted you as a part of their group. You’re such a talented and creative writer!


  11. Lynn Crain says:

    Great post, Alicia…Veronica told me early this morning…so I shared then! Yes, I really loved how this project came together!


  12. What a great concept! I started reading and really love the characters in “Dying to Love,” especially Autumn.

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  13. I am sorry that I am so late in welcoming you to the blog,Alicia. What a fascinating concept! I really enjoy anthologies and wish you all the best with this one …and with your international group.

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  14. Anni Fife says:

    Hi Alicia. Sorry for being a day late, I’ve been away for a long weekend in the Cape Winelands! Your anthology sounds wonderful, and Africa is such a great reservoir for exotic (and erotic!) stories. Hope your book flies. Best, Anni xx


  15. We authors do get around these days thanks to the internet. I love how romance authors in particular are so supportive of each other. Best of luck on this!

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  16. okay I’m sold, I have to read it! thanks alicia

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