Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser TuesdayGreetings from the funhouse that is Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share snippets from current and past releases and works-in-progress. Except for the weeks when I con a writing buddy into revealing some of their work. Which is exactly what’s happening today.

It’s my great pleasure to welcome Susanne Bellamy to the blog. If you’re a follower of Teaser Tuesday you know I’ve been hosting authors from the Bindarra Creek Romance series. Well, Susanne is another of these ladies and she’s here to tell you more about the series and share a gorgeous snippet from her release Second Chance Love.

There might also be a giveaway, so read on!


Susanne Bellamy AuthorGood morning, Cathryn.

Thank you for hosting me on your site today for this week’s Tuesday Teasers and for this wonderful opportunity to talk about the group writing venture, A Bindarra Creek Romance series. This venture has thirteen members, all of whom have now released their books with the last one out in July 2016. Together we built a solid community with endearing characters and stories that can be read as stand-alones but are delightful as a series. The small rural town of Bindarra Creek feels so real that I know – somewhere – it truly exists!

I’m sharing a teaser from my book, Second Chance Love, where Angus and Claire and Ollie, Angus’s eleven year old son, share a meal at the Cyprus Café, home of the best coffee and home made baklava this side of Athens!


Angus watched Claire’s soft pink lips close around the two wide straws in her milkshake and his groin tightened. The last milkshake they’d shared, she had one straw, and he had the other. Holding hands across the table, their foreheads had touched as they bent over the anodised pastel-pink beaker.

In those days, one touch of Claire and his body had fired up with desire. Rampant teenage hormones sent them off to the creek where they shared lime-flavoured kisses. And more.

Some things hadn’t changed. He leaned forward, hoping his jacket covered his reaction to her. “Are they as good as you remember?”

Second Chance Love by Susanne BellamyClaire held up one finger and closed her eyes as she drank. In repose, her face had a classical, serene beauty that his fingers longed to trace—the line of her jaw, the arch of her eyebrows, the fullness of her lips.

Beside him, Ollie sat on the edge of his seat and watched her intently, his own drink forgotten as he waited for her reply.

She sat back and met Ollie’s gaze. “Heavenly. Your dad was right. Lime is definitely the best—still.” She licked her bottom lip, finishing in the corner.

Angus bit back a groan and dipped his head to his straw. Short of diving into his milkshake, he wasn’t going to be able to quench his definite interest in Claire anytime soon.

“See, Dad, I told you Miss Swenson would love lime, same as you and me.” Apparently satisfied with his success, Ollie tucked into his drink followed by the house special, a giant hamburger with chips and sweet chilli sauce on the side.

But just because Claire still preferred lime milkshakes didn’t mean Angus knew the grown up woman. Was she still into Powderfinger and Midnight Oil? Did she still adore ‘Die Hard’ movies? And right then, he knew he would be renewing his relationship with Claire.


Wasn’t that great? You can find out more about Second Chance Love and Susanne’s other releases via her website susannebellamy.com. But to satisfy that book craving I know is gnawing away at you, why not buy a copy of Second Chance Love from Amazon right now. You know you want to!

Now, here’s Susanne to tell you all about today’s…


I have a random giveaway of a paperback copy of Second Chance Love (if domestic winner) or if international winner, an e-copy of my book to be gifted from Amazon.

In Second Chance Love, Angus invites Claire home for a crayfish dinner cooked to a secret family recipe. In honour of that, share your answer to the following question and you’ll go into the draw to win a copy of my book:


What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten, and what made it special/great?


Ooh, where to start! I’ve had many memorable meals, mostly made that way because of the company I was in or the location. Great friends and/or a wonderful setting always makes food taste better in my opinion. Years ago, I attended a cooking school in Provence with a couple of friends and had the best time, but one of the meals we prepared still sticks in my mind. It was a simple Provençale dish of stuffed vegetables served with fresh tomato sauce that we ate on a terrace bathed in afternoon sunshine, and washed down with delicious local wine. It was amaaaazing.

What about you? What’s your best meal and why was it so special? Share, and you’ll go into the draw to win a copy of Second Chance Love.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday AEST, 28th October 2016. Open internationally. If the winner has an Australian postal address, they’ll receive a paperback copy of Second Chance Love. A winner without an Australia postal address will receive a gifted ebook from Amazon.

Good luck!


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34 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. Avatarlesley McIntosh

    The best meal I have ever eaten would be a great pork roast I cooked up recently when my brother and his wife were staying with us. Lovely occasion and the meal was great . Lovely vegetables from our garden and the pork crackling was superb!!!!!!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oooh, pork crackling! *salivates*
      That sounds gorgeous, Lesley. And with veg from your garden. Home grown is always the best.
      Thanks so much for sharing. Good luck in the giveaway.

    2. AvatarSusanne

      Oh, Lesley, pork roast is my favourite winter meal, but if we have it nowadays, it usually means my son is visiting, which makes it extra special!
      Good luck in the giveaway!

  2. AvatarMelissa Woods

    The best meal I’ve ever eaten us the spaghetti bolognaise that my 2 kids cooked for my husband and me. The kids cooked it with love, which is truly beautiful.

  3. AvatarMrs Deb Bray

    The best meal I have ever eaten & enjoyed the company was indeed my very first official date with a male work colleague with whom I have now been married too for 30 years. Albert had pre-arranged & selected a 5 course banquet at our local Chinese Restaurant along with a very large bouquet of flowers and (so embarrassing) . Plus a musician who came over to our secluded table and he played on his violin so close to my ear that I had to ask him to leave. Everyone in the room had their eyes on us two. I was very touched yet so embarrassed as well. Nothing like that has ever happened again. I do love this man.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Awwwwww! You’ve given me such an enormous smile with this, Deb. So sweet!
      That’s such a wonderful first date story. I bet you can remember every moment too. Your husband sounds like a total sweetheart.
      Thank you so much for sharing!

    2. AvatarSusanne

      What a lovely story, Deb; that’s pure romance! Clearly, he’s a keeper!
      Best wishes in the giveaway.

    1. AvatarSusanne

      Mary, what a beautiful thing to say. I bet with such an appreciative daughter, your mother loves cooking for you.
      All the best in the giveaway.

  4. AvatarVeronica

    The best meal I’ve had is Christmas when my sister-in-law hosts. She’s a great cook and I don’t have to do a thing. We share Christmas year around with our large extended family. I enjoy my year hosting but it’s a lot of work so every second year we each get to relax.

    1. AvatarSusanne

      Veronica, I know what you mean about Christmas! When it’s my turn, I usually ask each family group to bring a particular item but it’s still a big undertaking.
      Best wishes for the giveaway.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Now that sounds like a very easy Christmas, Veronica. It’s nice that you share the hosting too. Less stress! Thanks and all the best in the draw.

  5. AvatarJay Hicks

    This would be an ever-changing decision – but right now I would have to say that favourite meal would be when my sister and I had bush walked near the great ocean road and meandered our way down to the beach. A low tide revealed some nice mussels which we picked off with a handy sharp rock and took back to our beachfront holiday apartment to saute open and watched the ocean sunset from our balcony. My beautiful sister passed away with ovarian cancer in June, so this is the most poignant memory of a simple meal well earned and shared in style.

    1. AvatarSusanne

      Jay, I’m sorry for your loss. I know what it’s like to lose a sister. I’m glad you have this lovely memory of your sister, and of a very special meal shared with her.
      Best wishes in the giveaway.

  6. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    I’ve had a few amazing meals but right now the one that stands out was the meal hubby and I had at the Boardwalk cafe in the Daintree, the mud crab and mango salad was to die for and what made it special for me was the surroundings, first time visit to the Daintree, the steamy weather and of course being with hubby.

    1. AvatarSusanne

      Sue, the setting and company are often as important a part of special meals, aren’t they. The Daintree sounds wonderful. Still on my bucket list!
      Best wishes in the giveaway.

    1. AvatarSusanne

      Astrid, meals cooked with love by my family are my absolute favourites, although I never say no to a friend’s invitation to dinner!
      Best wishes in the giveaway.

  7. AvatarJane E

    Best meal would be one that my now husband of 15years cooked for me. Candlelit dinner and wine, roast chicken with all the trimmings with soft romantic music playing in the background. Special baked potatos that is a family tradition that our children love and help cook now too. The first meal of many we have shared together 💗

    1. AvatarSusanne

      Jane, sounds like a very special meal. What a lovely way to show how much he loves you. Sounds like a keeper!
      Best wishes in the giveaway.

  8. AvatarKristy

    The best meal ever was mum’s bacon-bone soup with some crusty buttered bread, and her special ingredient was a pinch of love! RIP Mum!

    1. AvatarSusanne

      Ah Kristy, same secret ingredient as my mum added. It always made every dish taste great.

      Best wishes in the giveaway.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Sad to hear your mum is gone, Kristy, but that’s a nice memory.
        My mum, bless her, was never much of a cook but she could make a mean pea and ham soup too. That was such a warmer in winter. But as you say, it would never taste as nice without that pinch of love.
        Thanks for sharing and good luck in the draw.

  9. AvatarSophia

    Hey Susanne & Cathryn,
    My favorite meal is Umai dish. Umai is a traditional dish(raw fish salad) with fish or prawns. The method of preparation is similiar to the Peruvian ceviche, where the seafood is marinated in citrus. Both umai and ceviche require no cooking, the citrus (in this case lime) does the “cooking”- the citric acid causes the protein in the seafood to become denatured, the same way as heat does.. what makes umai different from ceviche is the addition of red small chillies, small onions, mint leaves,lime and salt. I love this dish and goes with rice(2 plates of rice for me) ,refreshing and appetizing. Umai is a multi meaning word which means good. I love sharing.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      OH!!!! I’ve never heard of this dish, Sophia, and I adore learning about new recipes so that’s fantastic. Thank you so much! It sounds delicious and I can see why it’s a favourite with you. Perfect for summer too.

      Thanks again, that was great. And good luck!

    2. AvatarSusanne

      Like Cathryn, I haven’t heard of this dish either, Sophia. It’s always wonderful to learn new things.

      Best wishes, Susanne

  10. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Now, that was fun!
    Thanks to everyone who dropped by and took the time to share their best meal. There were some beauties too. The giveaway has now closed and the winner of a copy of SECOND CHANCE LOVE is Melissa. Congratulations and happy reading.
    I have some fab guests booked for November and there might be more giveaways, so even if you missed out on this one, there’ll be more opportunities to come. Stay tuned!

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