The Falls Release Day!

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Wheee! My new rural romance The Falls has now officially hit the shelves.

Talking Books Blog had this to say about it:

5 star review and quote from Talking

Isn’t that cool? I’m so chuffed. You can read the full review on Goodreads.

Have you spotted any copies of The Falls out and about yet?  I would love to hear if you have. Even better, maybe take a pic and share it on my Facebook page, Google+ or Twitter via @CathrynHein.

Now, to celebrate release day here are…

TEN SECRET THINGS ABOUT THE FALLS

1/. Teagan’s last name Bliss comes was taken from Bargain Hunt’s Kate Bliss. I’m a huge fan of this TV show. It’s always so interesting and I adore Tim Wonnacott.

2/. Lucas Knight bears more than a passing resemblance to actor Chris Hemsworth.

I had to study a lot of bare-chested photos of our home-grown Hollywood star to ensure I had the look just right. Ah, research. It can be such a chore sometimes.

3/. There are two songs I listened to over and over while writing and editing The Falls.

The first is Pearl Jam’s incredibly romantic Sirens. The words “I study your face and the fear goes away” seemed to encompass the way Teagan would come to feel about Lucas. Sigh. Makes me feel gooey just thinking about it.

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The second song is Karma Police by Radiohead. It seemed to offer a way into Teagan’s head, especially at the end of the song with the lyrics “I lost myself.”
 

4/. Vanessa’s dress sense and voluptuous looks were inspired by Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks.

5/. Merlin the Magic Ram is real. Or, rather, he was.

He’s based on Ram-Lamb, the completely psychotic ram my parents kept and who would attack anything, from people, to cars, to sliding glass doors. We used to have “I ran the paddock with Ram-Lamb races” where one person would keep hold of the ram until the other was halfway down the paddock and then let go. You had to sprint to make the other fence because that ram could really motor.

Ram-Lamb left us the day he took on Dad…

Me with a baby Ram Lamb

 

6/. Domenic Ashe looks like Richard Roxburgh, whom I adore. A verra sexy man.

7/. I wrote the first draft of The Falls in 34 writing days.

It was an experiment in changing my writing process, which is normally a pedantic edit-as-I-go style system. NEVER AGAIN. I might have produced a lot of words in a short period of time, but it took me the next 6 months to rearrange them into a decent order.

8/. At over 116,000 words, The Falls is the longest book I’ve had published. The next closest is Heart of the Valley at around 100,000.

9/. It’s also the first time I’ve introduced an extra character’s point of view in addition to the hero’s and the heroine’s. In this case, Teagan’s aunt Vanessa.

Telling Vanessa’s story through her own eyes was lovely. She’s such a great character.

10/. After deciding that Flopsy was just too naff a name for the rabbit that appears late in the book, I ran a Facebook competition to rename it.

Reader Jan came up with Nibbles, which I thought was really cute.

 

I hope you enjoyed these ten secret things. But most of all I really hope you enjoy the fun and romance of The Falls!

Keen to learn more? Visit The Story Behind The Falls for an insight. You can also hear me talking about the inspiration behind the book, my favourite parts and more on this video. For an excerpt, visit The Falls book page on this website. You can also read the entire first chapter at Penguin.com.au.

Feeling that itchy urge to buy right now? Then canter on down to your local book shop or Big W, or simply clickety-click on any of these retailers.

Booktopia

Bookworld

Boomerang Books

Angus & Robertson

QBD The Bookshop

Collins Booksellers

Amazon Kindle

Kobo

iBooks

Google Play

Right. I’m off to crack some celebratory fizz. Oh, perhaps not. It’s tad early. Never mind, there’ll definitely be some later!

8 thoughts on “The Falls Release Day!

  1. AvatarPaula Beavan

    Sounds great, can’t wait to read it. It’s interesting to read that you tried doing the crazy first draft thing, I’m not a fan of the fast writing either. I am currently rewriting a story I fast drafted years ago. Some of it’s ok, but mostly it’s all over the place. LOL

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Yeah, the flat out first draft did NOT work at all for me with this book. I much prefer a slower approach but I do think that it varies from book to book. Some come easier than others. The new one I’m working on now is kicking along nicely.

      Good luck with that rewrite, Paula, and thanks for dropping by to say hello on this special day.

  2. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    I was hoping to check out the stores today to buy your book but the weather is just too crazy.
    A huge congrats Cathryn! I can’t wait to see it on the shelves.
    That was fun to read the ten secret things about The Falls. I love reading the extra little things you write about your novels. I must’ve missed the Facebook competition to rename the rabbit that would’ve been fun to enter. Next time.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      The weather has been diabolical, Sue. I haven’t been out anywhere either. Can’t wait to see it on the shelves either.
      Thanks for the congrats. It’s been a busy day so far!

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