Happy birthday to Promises, happy birthday to my book! Yes, Feasters, it’s been one whole year since my debut rural romance was unleashed on the Australian public and what a wonderful time it’s had, from posing in Cosmo to lounging nonchalantly across the shelves of BigW and everywhere in between.

Birthdays need a party, even those belonging to inanimate objects, and I do enjoy an excuse to crack a bottle of fizz, so this week on Friday Feast we’re celebrating. But as regulars know there’s a style to this segment and, queen of fusspottiness that I am, I must keep the format intact or risk much twitchiness. So here’s Promises’ gorgeous cover and blurb, cos I just know you haven’t seen it enough…




A father with something to hide, a jockey with a taste for blackmail, a man with an agonising secret… and a young woman in love, defying them all.

Sophie Dixon is determined to leave her tragic past behind and forge a bright future on her beloved farm. While looking to buy a new horse, she is drawn into her neighbour Aaron Laidlaw’s orbit, despite the bad blood between their families. As the racing season unfolds, Sophie and Aaron’s feelings for each other deepen. But Aaron is torn, haunted by a dark secret he fears can never be forgiven – especially by Sophie.

Sophie believes herself strong, but the truth behind her mother’s death will test her strength, and her love, to the limit. She’s been broken once. No one wants to see her broken again. Least of all the man who has grown to love her.


Aww, now isn’t that just lovely? Yes, yes, so I’m biased but that’s my authorly prerogative and I’m going to indulge. Now, for those of you who don’t own a copy I just know – oh, yes I do! – that you are itching, itching I say, to buy one. So trundle on down to your local independent and ask or clickety-click right now over to Bookworld or Booktopia. Prefer the ebook? Promises is also available from the above sites, as well as ebook retailers like Kobobooks and Amazon (Kindle).

And now that little sales spiel is over, here’s…er…me!



Like the title of this post? I’d love to lay claim to it but, alas, it didn’t come from my RWA Conference exhausted brain but from Anne Gracie, much admired author of wonderful Regency historical romances. Clever lady.

So, yes, beefcake…

Oh, you mean you’re expecting sexy man piccies? Like this, perhaps?

Love the Old Spice Man. Such fun.


Not your thing? What about this chappie, looking sternly suave in breeches?



Can’t say he does anything for me but that’s probably because he’s my great-grandfather. Anyway, always a bit hard to go past a man in uniform and here’s a whole bunch.

These lovelies were snapped in Stockholm. There seems to be quite a few piccies of Scandinavian good sorts in my collection. No idea why. My finger must have accidentally slipped on the shutter button or something…

Now, seeing as we’re on the subject of beefy things, I suppose a recipe is in order. Except as I flick through my “favourites” self-made cookbook the only thing I can find that remotely fits the criteria of beefy and cakey is this pork and veal terrine recipe. Not quite the celebratory dish I had in mind but it’ll have to do. Besides, it’s simple to make, tastes good and can be enjoyed outside with a glass of dry rosé. My favourite kind of recipe.



Fits 28cm/1.2 litre Le Creuset cast iron terrine dish.

375g diced pork (a nice fatty cut)

375g diced veal

125g good quality smoky bacon, pancetta or speck, diced

1 large clove garlic, chopped finely

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

30g shelled pistachios

1 tablespoon cognac (substitute brandy if you don’t have any)

15 or so slices prosciutto (bacon can be substituted but the terrine will be very fatty, as you can see from the above pic)

Preheat oven to 180ºC

Coarsely chop pork, veal and bacon together in a food processor using the pulse function, making sure to keep plenty of chunky bits for texture.

Tip meat into a bowl. Add the garlic, thyme, pistachios and brandy, season well with salt and pepper, and mix well with your hands.

Line a terrine or loaf tin with prosciutto, making sure to leave plenty hanging over the edges as these will be used to cover the terrine top. Pack the terrine with the meat mixture, pressing down well, and drape prosciutto edges over the surface to cover.

Lay a piece of baking paper over the folded over prosciutto and place the terrine lid on top. Transfer to a baking dish lined with a folded tea-towel (this helps stop the terrine slipping about) and add enough hot water to reach halfway up the sides of the terrine.

Bake for 90 minutes, remove from the oven and then remove the terrine from the baking dish. Keeping baking paper in place, take off the lid and set aside. Place a heavy weight on top of the terrine to weigh it down – I use a small wooden board topped with tinned tomatoes but a brick is perfect if you have one handy.

Cool to room temperature, and refrigerate overnight. Turn out onto a board and serve with cornichons and a baguette.


Now, it’s a birthday party so that means pressies and it just so happens I have a goodie bag handy. Not only is there a very practical canvas tote, there’s a nice mug and all sorts of items for the discerning Promises fan. There may also be Lindt chocolates inside…

Tell me which of the above beefcakes you prefer – Old Spice Man, Breeches Boy or Sexy Scandinavian  – or your favourite beefy recipe and I’ll pop you in the draw. 

Giveaway closes midnight Tuesday, 28th August 2012 AEST. Australian addresses only, sorry.

If you wish to find out more about Promises or my second novel, Heart of the Valley, including extracts for your reading pleasure, please visit my website. You can also connect via my Facebook page and Twitter.

This giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Brenda, who has won a gorgeous goodiebag with bonus choccies. Thanks to all who joined in the fun and helped celebrate Promises‘ birthday. It’s been a hoot!


0 thoughts on “FRIDAY FEAST with me!

  1. AvatarKylie Scott

    I’m going to have to go with the guy in uniform. He just snagged my attention as a take charge big strong and burly kind of guy. Nice selection! AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY PROMISES!!!

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Excellent choice, Kylie! They snagged a lot of my attention too for some reason.

      Thanks for the birthday wishes. I appreciate it even if the inanimate object doesn’t!

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      I really wanted to post a closeup photo of a completely gorgeous Nordic hunk but decided to keep him all to myself. Some things just can’t be shared!

      Really great to catch up with you at the conference, Fee.

  2. Avatarshelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    I can’t resist Old Spice, I make my husband wear it 🙂
    Happy Book Birthday Cathryn!


  3. AvatarKeziah Hill

    Wonderful woman! I’ve been looking for a pork and veal terrine recipe that doesn’t contain offal (ick!). I inherited my mother’s Le Creuset terrine baking dish and have wanted to make one for ages.

    Regarding beefcake, I have to admit I’m not a fan of manly torsos. They all look the same after a while (boy, am I getting old!). I’m a face person. But I like the Old Spice guy cause he’s funny.

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Hi Kez. The original recipe did contain offal but I adjusted the recipe to make it easier to make and more taste friendly for those who don’t like other innardy bits. By the way, I have an excellent chicken recipe too which I can send to you.

      I LOVE my terrine dish. Took me a while to track one down and I ended up sourcing mine from Peters of Kensington. Came with a little recipe booklet which has a vegetable terrine recipe I’ve been meaning to make for ages. Must do get around to it this summer. Perfect picnic food.

  4. AvatarIngrid

    Old Spice man for sure! As long as the horse and setting are included too.

    FYI bacon and chocolate is an amazingly good combo

  5. AvatarJoan Kilby

    Cathryn, congrats on the one year anniversary of Promises! I’ve got to go with the Old Spice guy. Sexy and funny is an unbeatable combination. Love the terrine recipe. It would be perfect to take on a picnic with a nice bottle of shiraz and some crusty sourdough. Dreaming of summer…

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Thanks for the congrats, Joan. Hard to believe it’s been a year. Much learning and fun since then….and more books!

      Yes, dreaming of summer here too….

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Old Spice Man is definitely the front runner, but no surprises there. Nothing more gooey making than sexy and funny.

      Lovely to see you here, Christine, and wonderful to meet you at the conference.

  6. AvatarKym Wojtasik

    I’ve gotta go with the man on the horse… Congrats on your ‘birthday’ and it was great to meet you at RWA Conference 🙂

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      He does look rather dashing, doesn’t he, Kym? Must be that sexy moustache. Although given a certain book’s popularity, maybe it’s the whip!

      Lovely to meet you too and thanks for dropping by.

  7. AvatarLouise Reynolds

    Happy birthday, Promises! Oh, definitely bachelor no. 2. He looks like he’d have awesome descendants, lol. Thanks for the terrine recipe. That’s a hole in my culinary endeavours so I’m going to rectify it soon!

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Ha ha! Not sure about the descendants bit, Louise. Has to be the way he’s holding that whip and the glint in his eye!

      Looooove terrines. Besides the vege one I keep meaning to make I have a rabbit and prune recipe I keep meaning to try. Fantastic flavour combination. Bit more fiddly to make, mind you. Much easier to totter on out to a restaurant and have someone else slave in the kitchen.

  8. AvatarBec

    if its out of the top there then probally men in uniform but otherwise would be a cowboy definately! but as for a beef receipe i have to say i don’t actually cook with beef all the much so no help there 🙁 Loved Promises and hoping to read Heart of the Valley on my holiday!

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      I’m very partial to a man in uniform too, Bec, and the ones in the photo were rather scrumptious. But I agree it’s hard to go past a cowboy, especially a good Aussie Akubra wearing one.

      Thanks for visiting, enjoy your holiday and I hope you love Heart of the Valley too.

  9. AvatarJuanita Kees

    Oh look, you KNOW how much I love Promises 🙂 Happy birthday/anniversary. Both books have place of pride on my bookshelf. I’ve given hubby the Pork and Veal Terrine recipe to read while drool over the beefcakes. I’m a sucker for a uniform but oh…the smell of Old Spice! Can I have both?

    Looking forward to what comes next!

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Aww, you’re so lovely, Juanita. Wonderful to meet you in person at the RWA conference.

      Of COURSE you can have both. Simply dress hubby up in fatigues, splash him in Old Spice and your wish will come true!

  10. Avatarrachael johns

    Head too muzzy to make a sensible thought out comment but I just wanted to offer my HUGE congrats. So happy for you and your successful writing career. Here’s to many many more good books!

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      I know all about muzzy-headedness, Rach. I’m suffering from a disgusting post conference lurgy too. Such a shame after feeling so perky.

      Here’s to many more good books from us both!

  11. AvatarEden Summers

    Happy birthday!!! I never thought that once you became published you could celebrate the birth of all your babies…but why the hell not!! It is such a great idea Cathryn.

    I would have to say I like the gentleman in the uniform. My hubby is a fireman and so I have a little thing for uniforms.

    I hope you enjoy your celebrations!!

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Thanks, Eden. Celebrating book birthdays is probably a totally naff thing to do but who cares? It’s my blog and I’ll party if I want to. Why the hell not indeed!

      A hubby who’s a fireman? Ooooh. I have to say that’s just a wee bit sigh-making!

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      And there I was imagining you liked the Old Spice Man because of his horse! I bet you’re one of those erotica writers…

      Lovely to see you here, Christina, and thanks for the book birthday wishes.

  12. Avatartracy travis

    Scandinavian anyday. They have a great accent and the uniform is for me. Happy birthday promises. I hope you had a glass of wne for me.

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      I did indeed have a glass of wine, Tracy. And good food, too. Ventured out to my favourite Greek restaurant and stuffed myself silly. Ahh, the things we do for our books!

      Thanks so much for popping by.

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Hi Jaye. Another person of excellent taste, although I must admit a rather soft spot for Old Spice Man. He’s just so funny!

      Not too many takers for poor old great-grandpa. Must be that moustache…

      Thanks for dropping by and good luck in the draw.

  13. AvatarKatrina Whittaker

    Call me ol fashioned by I love me some Old spice. !! 🙂
    congrads on your new release will be adding this to my tbr pile for sure !!!

    Must say U make it hard with all the beef cakes above though !!!

    😉 My favourite beef receipe would be stuffed red capsciums with stir fry inside. TOpped with potato mash, chives, and cheese and bacon sprinked !!

    🙂 kat !

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      He he. He is rather hunky. But there was one better who I took lots of photos of. I nearly, NEARLY included him as my Scandinavian beefcake instead but I was feeling too covetous!

      Great to see you here, Kristy.

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Ha ha. Fingers crossed the random number generator is feeling in a birthday mood, Jodie. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY for yesterday!!

      Lovely to meet you, too. Wasn’t it a wonderful conference? One of the best.

  14. AvatarKatelyn Moore

    Happy belated birthday, Promises! I remember when I bought it. I was in Big W trying to decide between Promises and and a fantasy book I forget the name of. My friend was rushing me (I spend way too much time in the book section), so I just picked up your book and purchased it. Best spur-of-the-moment decision I’ve made. Promises is my current favourite novel. I’ve read it twice now, and many others in between, but nothing has reached the top of my Favourites list in about a year (although, Heart of the Valley is right up there). Just had to say that =) In celebration, I think I might have to read it for a third time.

    Yay for hotties in uniforms. Like many, I have a soft spot for servicemen. I rather enjoy the view when I’m marching in the ANZAC Day Parade in Sydney. I also like to walk by the police station when I get the chance. Luckily, it’s close to my local shopping centre. Great excuse, even if it is a little odd =P

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Aww, that is SUCH a wonderful comment, Katelyn. Thank you! I’m so delighted you enjoyed both books, especially Promises. That’s truly wonderful to hear.

      Yay for hotties in uniforms indeed!

      Thanks for dropping by and again for your gorgeous comment. Good luck in the draw.

  15. AvatarKelsey Barwick

    I would definitely have to go with Old Spice… but only because of the horse hehe and of course the beautiful background! Happy Birthday Promises xx

  16. AvatarJuliet Madison

    I’d have to go for the man in uniform I think, but I’ll still hold out hope of being swept off my feet by a guy on a white horse!
    Happy birthday promises!

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      I’m going to have to count the votes up but I think our Scandinavian beefcake might be winning the popularity contest.

      As for being swept off our feet by a guy on a horse, ooooooh yeah!

      In fact, I have a story percolating in my brain…. But maybe more on that another time.

      Really lovely to see you here, Juliet.

  17. AvatarCathryn Hein

    Okay, everyone,’s random number generator has spoken (so blame the universe if you missed out) and the winner of the PROMISES birthday goodiebag is…..


    Our very last commenter. Incredible.

    Brenda, I’ll be emailing you shortly. To everyone who played along, thank you all for your wonderful support, good wishes and comments. It’s been great fun.

    Remember to call in this coming Friday too. Two-time RITA finalist, Regency historical romance author and all-round good Aussie gal, Christina Brooke is sharing high tea with us. Plus there’ll be another wonderful giveaway.

    Thanks again!