Let’s go on an Escapade! With Dolce – Post + Giveaway

April 11, 2016

Let's go on an Escapade


Hello! My name is Dolce and I’m a fiction writer. My new contemporary romance novel, Escapade, will be released on Monday April 11, 2016 by Dreamspinner Press. I’m very excited to meet you, and truly hope that you enjoy Escapade!

I started writing fan fiction around nine years ago as a hobby during the summer between undergrad and graduate studies. I was working a telemarketing job to pay the rent (and support my diet of cheap white wine and chicken souvlaki from the nearby greasy spoon) and found myself with a lot of free time. Writing was a fun way to be creative and get some scenes out of my head. It also brought me to a fandom community that was supportive and caring, where I met many dear friends that I am still close with to this day.

I have a background in theatre and music. My writing started very script-like—very barebones. My style has grown through the years, but I still tend to prefer simple. I write in a way that mimics, in my mind, the eye of a camera or the view of an audience. We live in a world where most watch television and films regularly, and I definitely try to tell stories in a similar style. Luckily, the wonderful editors at Dreamspinner helped me get some of my floating limbs and eyeballs under control!

Escapade was inspired by my own summer reading experiences. When I was younger, I would stock up on romance paperbacks from the library before I went on vacation. There were many different genres and scenarios, but the pairings were only men with women—no same sex couples. I wanted to write a romantic comedy that featured two men falling in love in an exotic, beautiful location with lots of adventure and fun. It might sound silly, but it’s always been a dream of mine to have my book published and available in an airport bookstore. Maybe someone who feels left out by the standard romance novel pairings on the shelf would pick up my book to read on vacation.

DOLCE Escapade blue trio art

Escapade is light and something to read at the beach, but also tackles realistic issues people face. Loneliness, the prick of discomfort you feel when you’re single amongst couples—even if you don’t want a relationship, balancing your personal and professional life, and growing into adulthood with your family.

The main character, Lucas, deals with all of those things. He is wealthy and successful, but in the eyes of his family, he’s still just Lucas. The secondary main character, the charismatic Jack McQueen, deals with the same issues, though he comes from a completely different place compared to Lucas. My hope is that in reading Escapade, readers see both characters growing together to conquer loneliness with love, laughter, and kindness.

I wrote Escapade over the course of about five months. It began in a writing challenge where a friend prompted me to write a story about someone needing a date for their ex-boyfriend’s wedding. I didn’t give myself any sort of word count goal per day, though I knew that this was going to be novel-length based on the journey I wanted the characters to go on.

Escapade came at a time when I was about to make a jump from working two time consuming jobs to one that had more of a freelance vibe. Something in my gut told me I should move on to the freelance job to free up time for writing. Looking back, I’m so, so happy I did it!

Research for Escapade was fun! Not to spoil anything about the plot, but I had a chance to write luxurious accommodations and activities that I’ve never included in my other stories. I’m a foodie and love incorporating cooking/meals into my stories. It was cool to learn that, if you vacation in the Bahamas, you might drink Kalik beer or eat fresh conch. Now I just need to manage a beach holiday of my own!

Music plays a huge role in Escapade. I love soundtracks and while I wrote Escapade, I listened almost exclusively to music from the eighties. Something about that era of music fit with Escapade. Fun, sexy, a bit silly—songs that when the DJ throws them on, you know all the words (even if you’re a bit tipsy) and want to dance. Here is a link to a playlist I made while writing, that includes lots of songs from my process:



Strangely enough, when I was editing Escapade, I listened to a mix of pieces from the Star Wars soundtracks, especially “Rey’s Theme” “Cantina Band” and “The Imperial March.” I have no idea where that mix came from, but I listened to “Rey’s Theme” for hours on end while editing in a café. Maybe that’s why one of my next planned projects has to do with a futuristic world!

All this talk about music and the beach makes me want to go on holiday. Please leave a comment with your favorite song (or songs) that you would put on a vacation playlist for a chance to win an Escapade eBook! I will randomly pick the winner in three days. My choices would definitely include some tropical Duran Duran (much like the Escapade soundtrack), along with the Beach Boys and Weezer.

Thank you for taking the time to read my guest post! I hope you enjoy Escapade!



Check out Escapade today!

DOLCE Escapade Cover



Twenty-nine-year-old Lucas Thompson is at the top of the corporate ladder. But when his lifelong friend and ex-boyfriend invites him to his last-minute destination wedding in the Bahamas, Lucas realizes his corporate success can’t hide his private loneliness. Nor will he be able to escape seeing his family at the wedding—and having to explain, yet again, why he’s rich, handsome… and still single.

Fate and a taxi ride change everything when Lucas meets the charismatic and clever Jack McQueen, who just so happens to be a male escort. Jack’s presence on Lucas’s arm at the wedding keeps questions at bay, but their pretend relationship turns into something more after ten days of sun, sand, and sex. And before the trip is up, both men will discover that what started as a simple escapade in paradise might just lead to their very own happily ever after.



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DOLCE Escapade Blue text art


Dolce is a twentysomething New Yorker who loves to write, cook, sing, and laugh. She got her start writing fan fiction and is excited, and a touch frightened, to make the jump to original fiction. She is a big fan of the band Muse, who inspired her to choose a single word for her pen name: DOLCE. Plus, Cher has the one name thing going for her, too. Everyone loves Cher.


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15 Responses to “Let’s go on an Escapade! With Dolce – Post + Giveaway”

  1. Nessa says:

    I would definitely include Stir It Up by Bob Marley.

  2. Kimmy says:

    One of my favorite songs for vacationing is “Where The Boat Leaves From” by Zac Brown Band. I also love “Toes” by ZBB for vacations. I guess ZBB is a very vacation-friendly band in general ;)

  3. Jamie says:

    I have to say, my beach playlist would include songs such as “Kokomo” by the Beach Boys, and “Summer of ’69″ by Bryan Adams. I would throw in some One Direction because, of course, why not? Songs such as “Act My Age” and “Summer Love. Those are just a few of course! A playlist for the beach needs to be much longer than that:)

  4. Dolce says:

    @Nessa: Excellent choice! One of my favorite Bob Marley songs is “Turn Your Lights Down Low” and your comment inspired me to give it another listen! Thanks for your comment :)

  5. Dolce says:

    @Kimmy: Ahhh! ZBB would totally work on a vacation playlist! They’re so fun to listen to. Thank you for your comment!

  6. Dolce says:

    @Jamie: “Kokomo” *almost* made the Escapade list! I don’t think I’ve made a vacation playlist before and not included that song. It’s a classic. “Summer of ’69″ too! It’s like you found my mix CDs from middle school ;) I do love One Direction, so I would be happy to have them on a summer playlist anytime! :D Thank you for your comment!

  7. Hataixa says:

    This is a tough question! I also used to go on holidays with my family (only my parents though) and, even if nowadays I go on my own, I always link certain songs to roadtrips and holidays thanks to them. The “must” in my holidays playlist is without any kind of doubt “Sultans of Swing” by Dire Straits, because my parents love this band (and I do too!) and it will forever remind me of car journeys with that brilliant and otherworldly Mark Knopfler’s guitar playing in the background while I observed the landscape pass by the window <3

  8. Michelle says:

    I grew up in the 80′s so I love most of that music. That is an awesome playlist. I wonder if I download Spotify if I can save it? Hmmm…I am a fan of almost all genre’s of music, but right now my most favorite song is the cover of Sound of Silence by Disturbed… Makes me tear up every time I hear it.

  9. Angela says:

    Congrats on the release of Escapade, i love the blurb and the cover is beautiful.
    I grew up in the eighties and me and my sister were big fans of Duran Duran so i would definitely have a song by them on my list, maybe The Reflex or Girls on Film or Rio or all of them LOL. I also would love to have Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen and Paradise by the Dashboard Light by Meatloaf because they are just awesome and i love to sing along ;)

  10. Dolce says:

    @Hataixa: That is SO funny that you love “Sultans of Swing” because I too love that song, but I have an inside joke with my brother about that song that makes me die laughing every time I hear it. Long story short, we always seem to hear it in the grocery store when we’re together, or it’ll come on the car radio, and for the longest time we never could remember the lyric “And Harry doesn’t mind…” We kept singing “And Johnny doesn’t know…” at that part. I’m sure you didn’t need to know that lol but your comment made me smile thinking of that song, which I think is a good mark of an awesome song! Thanks for your comment!

  11. Dolce says:

    @Michelle: So happy you like the music on the playlist. I was born in ’86, but I think my parents must have listened to a lot of 80′s music when I was growing up, because I’ve always loved it. If you download Spotify, you can subscribe to the playlist, then listen to it on your computer!

    All of those Duran Duran songs would be PERFECT for a vacation mix. “Rio” was actually one of the first songs I thought of for the list, but then felt like “Hungry Like the Wolf” worked much better overall, so it made the cut. Songs to sing along to are always fun, too!

    Thank you for your comment!

  12. Dolce says:

    @Angela: Thank you so much! I love the cover, especially the colors, and I’m lucky to have gotten such a talented artist. All of those Duran Duran songs would be PERFECT for a vacation mix. “Rio” was actually one of the first songs I thought of for the list, but then felt like “Hungry Like the Wolf” worked much better overall, so it made the cut. Songs to sing along to are always fun, too! Thank you for your comment!

  13. Trix says:

    I’d start with the Nerves’ “One Way Ticket” (of course!), then go to Tacocat’s “Stereogram” and anything by Redd Kross…

  14. Dolce says:

    @Trix: I’d never heard of The Nerves before but am so glad you listed them! They would definitely be fun vacation music :D Thanks for your comment!

  15. Dolce says:

    Congrats, Hataixa! You have been randomly selected as the winner! Please email me at: dolce at dolcewrites dot com and I can get you in touch with Dreamspinner to receive your Escapade eBook. Thank you to everyone for entering!

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