Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser TuesdayGreetings from Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share snippets from past and upcoming releases, and works-in-progress, and occasionally rope author buddies into sharing pieces from theirs.

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to host Australian author Christine Wells on the blog today. I’ve just finished her new release The Wife’s Tale and loved it. Like, really, really loved it. This book has everything – intrigue, scandal, romance and a magnificent country house – and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Perfect for Mother’s Day. Perfect for any day!

The Wife’s Tale is available in stores and online now in print and ebook. Try Booktopia, Angus & Robertson, Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, or your favourite retailer.

Here’s Christine to tell you about the book. Oh, and keep reading because there just might be a GIVEAWAY!

Christine Wells authorCathryn, thank you very much for having me here today. I’m thrilled to be sharing a snippet from THE WIFE’S TALE with you and your readers.

This is the story of an Australian lawyer, Liz Jones, who visits an English stately home to hunt down the answer to a mystery buried deep in the past. Set partly in the present and partly in the eighteenth century, THE WIFE’S TALE is a novel about love, the special bond between mother and child, and the plight of women. Not to mention that it features several scrumptious men, including an Aussie billionaire, an English lord and a fiery eighteenth century rake!

The teaser focuses on the present day heroine, Liz, who arrives at the Isle of Wight thinking she is going to stay in a beautiful stately home. Instead, she is shown to a rundown cottage by the scruffy but gorgeous lord of the manor…


‘Hold on,’ Theo said, opening a cupboard under the stairs, ‘I’ll turn the power on.’

‘Are you the caretaker, then?’ asked Liz. She managed to keep her voice deadpan. Something about this man – perhaps his unwillingness to exchange more than monosyllables by way of conversation – made her want to needle him.

The Wife's Tale by Christine WellsWhen he didn’t answer her, she peered around at him, to see that he was watching her with a slightly bemused expression.

‘Actually, “caretaker” is a good way of describing it.’ He held up her carry-on. ‘Put this in the bedroom, shall I?’ He headed up the stairs.

Liz followed him. He hadn’t sounded offended by her cheek, which was just as well. She was supposed to be getting to know these people, after all. ‘Are you Lord Nash, then? Sorry. It’s just that you’re not dressed like a peer of the realm.’

‘My Order of the Garter is at the dry-cleaner’s,’ he said over his shoulder, but she caught the glimmer of a smile as he opened one of the doors off the landing.

‘Well, you can’t blame me,’ said Liz, encouraged by the spark of humour. ‘I expected a bluff squire type in tweeds and a waxed jacket, at the very least.’ Not a sun-drenched god in jeans and a ripped t-shirt. Not quite your average Mr Darcy.


How’s that for a tease? And I can assure you Theo is indeed verra sexy. Verra sexy indeed!

You’ll love this book I promise, and you should all go out and buy copies for yourselves and all your family and friends. But how about a chance to win a copy? Yes, lovely readers, we have a…


For your chance to win a signed paperback copy of The Wife’s Tale, tell us who you’d imagine could play a sexy Theo/Lord Nash in a movie version of The Wife’s Tale. I bags Chris Hemsworth!

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday AEST 6th May, 2016. Australian postal addresses only.

Get commenting and good luck!

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43 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarMelissa Woods

    I think it would need to be Stephen Peacock. Oh my, the voice and his body would be captivating. Congrats on the book release Christine.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh gawd, I’m so out of touch I have no idea who Stephen Peacocke is and had to google. A very pleasant exercise. Nice, Melissa. Very nice indeed!

  2. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Hiya Cathryn! Hiya Christine! Christine, congratulations on the Wife’s Tale – it’s a corker and I hope it’s rushing off the shelves. And I’m sure there will be lots of very happy mums after Mother’s Day. It’s the perfect present. And isn’t that cover pretty?

    Cathryn, so agree with you about what a great read it is – and how yummy Theo is.

    My latest crush is James Norton from Grantchester (although if he’s not available, I’m happy to go out on the town with you, Mr. Hiddleston). I think he’d make a LOVELY Theo – he’s tall and aristocratic looking but you know there’s a lot going on inside too.

    I’ve got the book already (obviously seeing I loved it) so please don’t count me in the draw.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      James Norton… hmm, I know the name, Anna but that’s it (I am HOPELESS with actors! Back to google… Oh my goodness, is he a READHEAD??? Cos…. redheads *swoons*
      Must admit, I just don’t get the Tom Hiddleston thing, although his accent is very sexy.
      We really need a The Wife’s Tale film. Really, really.

      1. AvatarChristine Wells

        Oh, that would be so amazing, wouldn’t it? James Norton is very dishy.

        I don’t find Hiddleston all that attractive in a pure looks sense but the whole package is amazing. He’s so intelligent and such a great actor. I am very taken with him!

  3. AvatarChristine Wells

    Hi Anna, thank you so much for dropping by. I’m so thrilled you enjoyed THE WIFE’S TALE. Thank you for your kind words. I have been watching Grantchester on your recommendation and love James Norton, too. He’s nicely tortured in that role! You’re right, he would make a beautiful Theo.

  4. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Oh that one’s easy – none other than Hugh Jackman! He is definitely the man that can play any role.

    Congrats on the book release, Christine! Really looking forward to reading this one especially since Cathryn can’t recommend it highly enough.

    1. AvatarChristine Wells

      Hi Sue, lovely to see you here. Cathryn has been marvellous–it’s so lovely of her to lend me her support. I hope you enjoy THE WIFE’S TALE!

      Another vote for Hugh Jackman. I like it!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        And Hugh take the lead! Lovely choice, Sue.
        You won’t go wrong with The Wife’s Tale. It kept me gripped every page. Good luck in the draw!

  5. AvatarDiane McKewin

    I love the sound of Theo/Lord Nash and as much as I love the Hemsworth Brothers, I would like to give another Aussie actor a go. And I would suggest Christopher Morris, aka Andy from “Janet King”. I have started reading The Wife’s Tale as an ebook but, of course, I also want to have a book copy too! I am not usually a reader of historic fiction, but I have really been enjoying how so many authors today are setting stories in multiple time zones…including present day and back to say the 18th, 19th and early 20th century (early 20th century is my very favourite time setting for books). Keep on doing this please as you are introducing readers into historic times where they may not usually go. Thank you for The Wife’s Tale, I am really loving it.

    1. AvatarChristine Wells

      Lovely to hear you’re enjoying The Wife’s Tale, Diane! Love Andy from Janet King–great choice for Theo as long as he can do the English accent!

      I really enjoyed writing the dual timeline–so glad this kind of novel is drawing people into different eras. Thanks so much for dropping in today.

    2. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Wonderful to hear you’re enjoying The Wife’s Tale, Diane. I love the multiple timelines too. It’s so fascinating, and I love how cleverly authors make parallels between the times and characters. I thought Christine did this really well in The Wife’s Tale.
      Another actor I had to google… He’s quite sexy!

      1. AvatarChristine Wells

        You’re so kind, thank you for all your lovely words about the book, Cathryn! A movie is unlikely in the extreme but it’s nice to dream, isn’t it?

  6. AvatarMary Preston

    THE WIFE’S TALE sounds marvellous. I have to put Travis Fimmel’s name down. I have just discovered him in VIKINGS. He is quite extraordinary.

    1. AvatarChristine Wells

      Ooh, very much yes, Mary! He would be a wonderful Theo. Makes me very sorry I can’t stomach Vikings. I couldn’t make it through one episode! Thanks so much for playing!

  7. AvatarHelen

    Woohoo Hi Christine and Cathryn

    I started this one yesterday I have it as an e-book and loving it you know I think Hugh Jackman would make a great Leo 🙂

    have Fun

    1. AvatarChristine Wells

      Woohoo to you too, Helen! Thanks so much for playing. I think Hugh would make a great Theo, too, Helen. And then of course, I would have to meet him, as the author 😉 So glad you’re enjoying The Wife’s Tale!

  8. AvatarRebecca

    Sounds great! Santiago Cabrera from The Musketeers has the accent and very spunky.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Gawd, I loved that show, Rebecca. Wonderful fun. And he was veeeeeeery sexy in it too. I was so sad when The Musketeers ended.

  9. AvatarChristine Wells

    Hi Rebecca, I didn’t know this actor but it seems I must take up watching The Musketeers! He has a real intensity hasn’t he? Thanks so much for dropping by!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Christine, The Musketeers is a blast. A bit silly but super charming and with lots of sword fighting, swashbuckling and stolen kisses. Totally sighworthy.

    1. AvatarChristine Wells

      Maggie, Anna Campbell chose James Norton, too, and I must say, I can certainly see why! Reminds me, I must catch up with Grantchester on iView. I keep missing it! Thanks for playing!

  10. AvatarJessy

    Hi! Cathryn and Christine,
    Congrats! Christine on the release of your book. Love Historical Romances. Sounds like an Awesome read. Looking forward to reading it. I’d suggest Alex O’Loughlin’s name from Bac- up plan . He would make a fantastic and sexy Theo.

    1. AvatarChristine Wells

      Hi Jessy, thanks for the congrats–that’s lovely of you. I like the amount of scruff on Alex O’Loughlin–nice choice there! Thank you for playing 🙂

  11. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Thanks, everyone, for all your wonderful actor suggestions. I’ve discovered some very sexy men I didn’t know about! The giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Mary Preston who has won a signed copy of The Wife’s Tale.
    For those who missed out, please beg, borrow or buy a copy of this book if you can. It’s a wonderful read and you’ll have a great time.

    1. AvatarChristine Wells

      Thanks Cathryn so much for having me and for your kind praise of The Wife’s Tale, and thank you to all who played. I agree–I now have a new group of good looking actors to appreciate!

      Congratulations to Mary! Hope you enjoy the book.

  12. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Thanks, everyone, for all your wonderful actor suggestions. I’ve discovered some very sexy men I didn’t know about! The giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Mary Preston who has won a signed copy of The Wife’s Tale.
    For those who missed out, please beg, borrow or buy a copy of this book if you can. It’s a wonderful read and you’ll have a great time.

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