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.

Today is such a day and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to host Australian author Anna Romer on the blog because I am a TOTAL fangirl. Anna’s first two books Thornwood House and Lyrebird Hill were amaaaaazing reads, full of beautifully lyrical writing, mystery and suspense, and descriptions that immerse you totally in the characters’ world.

Anna has just released Beyond the Orchard and I’m impatiently awaiting delivery of my copy because this story sounds even more amazing than the previous ones. You should all go out and buy this book for yourself today because it’ll be brilliant. But if you keep reading this blog, you might just find  a giveaway on offer.

But enough from me. Please give a big fangirl cheer and welcome to Anna!


Author Anna RomerHi Cathryn, thanks for having me on your wonderful blog!

The idea for Beyond the Orchard came to me during a long-distance phone conversation with a friend. We were reminiscing about a spooky old hotel we used to stay in along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. When we hung up, I was tingling with the story bug. I kept seeing a derelict old guesthouse (of course!) and someone guarding the terrible secret that lay buried inside it. There were many twists and turns along the way, as there is with any writing journey, but that first kernel of story remained.

The excerpt shows my main character Lucy struggling with her feelings for her teenage crush Morgan – a family friend who once rejected a much younger Lucy’s clumsy advances. He’s just arrived back at the guesthouse with a parcel of old photos…

I hope you enjoy!


Standing at the back door, I watched Morgan thump along the verandah towards me, oblivious. His head was down, as if he was battling a windstorm; he seemed deep in his thoughts. Tucked under his arm was a parcel.

He almost reached the door before he saw me.

The frown turned into a smile. His gaze flew over my arms, my shoulders, and then finally met my eyes. The jolt I’d felt upstairs hit me again, but it had morphed into something more reckless than simply pleasure; a flush of warmth sped through my veins, and a giddy yearning overtook me. The fading sunlight dulled, the afternoon sky receded, and the trees became a blur. Only Morgan seemed alive. I had the urge to reach out and touch him, pull him into my arms and savour the warm weight of him, just as I had the night of my party when I’d wound myself around him and pressed my lips to his—

Beyond the Orchard by Anna RomerMorgan grinned. ‘Going out for dinner, are we?’

I snapped back to reality. ‘What?’

‘Great, I’m starved.’

I glanced down at the dress. It seemed far skimpier than it had upstairs among the chaste shadows of my grandfather’s dusty room. ‘It’s Edwin’s,’ I blurted.

Morgan’s brow went up. ‘Not sure I wanted to know that.’

I scowled, but then remembered the parcel he carried. ‘That’s them?’

Smiling mysteriously, he brushed past me into the kitchen.

I stared after him, gathering my wits. I felt naked in the dress. The fabric was too thin, too shimmery. My skin was too hot. My pulse tapped irregular beats all over my body. The slipstream of Morgan’s warmth, the scent of him, his big bear-like presence seemed to wash around me, creating a whirlpool of what felt disturbingly like desire.

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

I shut my eyes, trying to conjure Adam’s face. I returned in my mind to the photo I kept in my wallet: Adam in one of his less formal outfits, pants and a blue cotton shirt, leaning in the doorway of our favourite pub in Camden Town, smiling sexily.

The photo of Adam dissolved.

In its place appeared an old Polaroid from the seventies I had glimpsed once. A young man leaning rakishly against a battered vintage Harley, helmet under his arm, bike jacket straining across his chest, snug Levi’s marked with motor oil and frayed at the knees. He glared unsmiling at the camera, and his face – not the craggy, lived-in face I knew now, but rather the face of a fierce, angry young man – seemed to mock me from the past. We can’t do this . . . not now, not ever.

I had made a mistake, I realised. I should never have come back. I should have burned Edwin’s cryptic letter, put it from my mind, stayed in London and tried to be happy—


I trailed him into the kitchen, grabbing my old cardigan I’d left on the servery. Slipping it over the dress, hugging it around me, I joined Morgan at the table.


Enjoy I most certainly did enjoy, Anna. Thanks so much for visiting and sharing. God, I hope my copy of Beyond the Orchard turns up this week. I want it more than ever now and I bet all you readers do too. In which case, get buying! And what better than instant gratification from purchasing your copy of Beyond the Orchard from Booktopia, Angus & Robertson Bookworld, Amazon, Kobo, iBooks or Google Play.

Oh, and Booktopia currently has a free shipping offer – promo code SMART (ends Nov 14th). No excuse not to stock up!

Now, lovely people, as hinted at the beginning of this post, Anna has kindly offered a…


For your chance to win a paperback copy of Beyond the Orchard, complete with gorgeous bookmark, reveal one of the silly, embarrassing or fun things you did to get the attention of a teenage (or any age) crush.

This ought to be fun!

Okay, at the risk of looking like a total twit, I’ll reveal that I once bought a ticket to see a concert for a band I loathed, just so I might stand near my crush, hear the music he loved, breathe the same air etc etc – God, crushes are PAINFUL. Anyway, I ended up selling the ticket (and kicking myself for my stupidity) when I learned he was taking his glamorous model friend to the concert.

What about you? Don’t be shy. There’s a brilliant book up for grabs!

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday AEST 11th November, 2016. Australian postal addresses only.

If you’d liked to learn more about Anna, please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook.


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13 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Great excerpt. I would definitely read this book. I can’t believe I’ve not read any of Anna’s novels yet. I must get to it very soon. I’ve just joined a book club – my first one ever and I’m going to suggest we read one of Anna’s books.

    Yes Cathryn, I totally agree crushes are most painful. My friend and I walked to the guys house I had the crush on and we made so much noise he had to come out and investigate. I was just so happy to be near his house and to get a glimpse of him but when I saw him, I’ve got to mention I was quite a distance away from him, I got the giggles and couldn’t stop and with each second I laughed harder, once I calmed down I asked why he was wearing funny glasses (you know, the ones with the big eyebrows and big nose) but when he turned side on it was just his ordinary specs and his hookish nose – the reflection of the sun on his glasses gave it that strange look. Without another word I ran home I was so embarrassed.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh, I feel your crush pain, Sue! Gawd, love makes us idiots, doesn’t it? Fortunately we tend to less idiocy when we get older and wiser. Mostly.

      I think you will LOVE Anna’s books. They are stunningly written. I can’t rave about them enough and very suited to book clubs. I have a copy of Beyond the Orchard coming to me and I can’t wait. I’ll be gobbling it down the moment it arrives. It’s set on the Great Ocean Road too. Smack in my zone.

      Thanks for sharing your crush story and good luck!

  2. AvatarDianne Cole

    Thanks for the Tuesday Teaser Cathryn. I love Anna’s writing style and enjoyed her first two books. Unfortunately I have been having hospital based chemo for the past. 11 Weeks and should be finished it all by about April. It won’t cure my lymphoma but will give me more time.
    I actually had a crush on a swimming squad team member, so what did I do to attract his attention, pretended to drown of course. How stupid of me. Things were never the same after that. I look forward to reading more of your blogs.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh, Dianne, I’m so sorry to hear about your health problems. I hope the chemo continues to help.

      Great to see another Anna Romer fan! Her books are beautiful. I just adore them.

      LOL on the attention-getting fake drowning attempt. We’re so silly when we’re young but at least the memories give us a (cringing) laugh later.

      All the best in the giveaway!

  3. Avatarlesley McIntosh

    Thanks Cathryn for the exert from Beyond the orchard . I am loving all these wonderful books coming out of Australia.
    Its many years since I tried to get a boys attention but it was silly notes at primary school , High school I was a bit bolder and actually asked a guy to dance at our dancing class but made a complete fool of myself falling over our feet as I was so nervous. Older and wiser I let a guy offer to teach me to drive but I tried to be smart and ended up in a 360 spin and nearly had us both killed. However after many months it did end ok and we have been married for 45 years!!!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      It’s wonderful to see so many Australian books on store shelves these days, isn’t it, Lesley? Makes me very proud.

      Thanks so much for sharing your crush antics. Your husband husband must have wondered what he was getting himself into with the 360 but clearly his head and heart were already spinning over you! 45 years… that’s wonderful and I wish you many more.

      All the best in the draw.

  4. AvatarMary Preston

    I used to sit behind the boy I crushed on in high school. I was forever asking to borrow pens etc, just as an excuse to talk to him. I got to know the back of his head very well.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh, I think many of us can relate to doing that, Mary! A crush means we’ll do anything to be near them, breathe the same air, touch the same things… it’s AGONISING!!

      Funny now though. Sort of.

      Thanks so much for sharing and all the best in the giveaway.

  5. AvatarMarilyn Forsyth

    I’ve read both Anna’s previous novels and loved them! I’m sure this one will be just as good.
    I had a crush on the boy next door and offered to help him polish his car, thinking it was a good way to get to talk to him. He made some excuse to go and do something shortly after we started and didn’t end up coming back until I’d finished the job. Then, to top it off, he took another girl for a ride in it!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh, the cheeky sod, Marilyn! That was mean of him.

      Beyond the Orchard sounds soooo good, doesn’t it? Anna’s books are fab. We can fangirl together.

      Thanks for sharing. Good luck in the giveaway.

  6. AvatarAstrid

    A friend of mine had a crush on a boy so we drove past his house hoping to catch a glimpse of him, or even better, chat to him but my car broke down right outside his house. We were too embarrassed to go in and have to admit that we were driving past so we ended up pushing the car for miles so it didn’t look like we were stalking him!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ha! Nice breakdown timing. Actually, Astrid, that would make a fun hero-heroine cute-meet for a romance novel. He could come out to help and whammo!

      Thanks so much for sharing and all the best in the draw.

  7. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Thanks so much to everyone for sharing your wonderful crush stories. What silly duffers we were. Ah, but that’s love for you.

    The giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Dianne who has won a copy of Anna’s new book, Beyond the Orchard. She’s in for some wonderful reading and so am I when my copy arrives. Can’t wait!

    Hope to see you here again next week for some more teasy fun.

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