Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to the tempting goodness that is Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share snippets from my novels, past, present and in progress, and occasionally con author buddies into taking over.

In breaking news…

I’ve just finished the first (and usually hardest) round of edits on my next full length release. RAH!!

And guess what? We finally have a title. It’s going to be called:

The Country Girl title announcement

The Country Girl is scheduled as a January release but you should be able to find it in stores in late December. I’ll confirm that nearer to the date.

I am so excited about this book, and I know I say that with all my releases but this one is special. The feedback from my agent and editors has been fantastic, and I just adore this story and its characters and can’t wait for you to learn about their lives. Tash and Patrick are gorgeous, if I do say so myself!

It seems only fitting to celebrate the end of first edits by sharing a snippet of The Country Girl. Make sure you read to the end though, because there could be a GIVEAWAY!


The Country Girl’s heroine is Tash Ranger, a star food blogger who’s just landed a major cookbook deal. For research and inspiration, she’s moved back to her parents’ property in the far western districts of Victoria. In this scene, her city friends Thom and Ceci have trekked to the country for a visit. Ceci is riding Khan, a horse Tash has acquired, without a helmet when Tash’s neighbour Patrick, with whom Tash has been clashing, rocks up. Sparks fly!


Tash was so lost in her thoughts she failed to notice that a vehicle had pulled into the farm until it was too late. Her heart bounced high into her throat. She snatched at Ceci’s leg as Patrick’s ute veered away from the flat and speared straight for Khan’s paddock. ‘Quick. Get down.’

‘What for? We haven’t finished filming.’

‘Please, Ceci.’

Ceci narrowed her eyes at the rapidly approaching vehicle. ‘Who’s that?’

Tash tugged even harder on her leg. ‘Someone who’s going to kill me if you don’t get down.’


Too late. Patrick was already through the fence and striding towards them. Thom had the camera up, filming everything.

In seconds Patrick’s face was in hers. ‘Are you crazy?’

‘Oh, wow,’ said Ceci, openly ogling Patrick who was, Tash had to admit, looking stupidly sexy in jeans and a white polo shirt that hugged his chest and showed off his broad shoulders and muscular arms. Whatever. He was in his butthead mood and while Ceci clearly found it attractive, Tash didn’t.


As you can probably guess, the hero of The Country Girl is Patrick and he’s a bit of a babe, even if he does drive Tash crazy – in more ways than one. Over coming months I’ll be sharing more about him and all The Country Girl gang so watch out for that.

Now, as mentioned in the intro, we have a…


It feels like ages since I’ve done a giveaway so time to remedy that. For your chance to win a signed print copy of my latest release WAYWARD HEART, simply share your favourite way to spend Easter.

Wayward Heart by Cathryn HeinDo you love to spend the weekend curled up with a good book and scoffing chocolate or are you one of those who loves nothing more than to pack up a tent and trek off into the wilderness?

Growing up, we spent most Easter weekends at our beach shack on the lower south-eastern coast of South Australia. The weather was almost always foul but I adored it. There were some pretty dramatic storms and I loved watching the ocean churn and break over the reefs, and we had a pot-bellied stove that we’d load up so full its belly would glow red. I wouldn’t mind doing that again. It’d be perfect for writing.

What about you? Reveal your favourite Easter fun and I’ll pop you into the giveaway draw.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday AEST, 14th April 2017. Australian postal addresses only.

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37 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. Avatarkirsty

    easter is best spent with my partner and our two boys we usually go to our local lake with the boat and do some loops followed by a picnuc on the shore

  2. AvatarMary Preston

    I love to use the Easter break to catch up with family. A lot of chocolate, ham and Easter buns tend to be consumed.

  3. AvatarBronwyn smith

    Our daughter was recently married. They still want to keep the tradition of coming over for the big seafood feast we have every year. My husband still want to give our ‘Kids’ there humpy dumpty and elegant rabbit, they have received each year.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Isn’t that lovely your daughter wants to carry on the tradition, Bronwyn? I bet everyone appreciates that. More lovely memories for you.

      Thanks and good luck!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I bet you do, Sandie. That must be so much fun. Kids get sooooo excited which makes everyone feel lovely.

      Thanks so much for dropping by and sharing!

  4. AvatarMelissa Woods

    Easter is about the kids. We have the Easter Bunny visit and he leaves behind loads of chocolate. You can tell he’s been, as his foot prints or should I say Bunny prints are everywhere. Watching the kids faces make it so special.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      It’s a bit like Christmas, isn’t it, Melissa? Kids make it wonderful.
      Funny, your mention of bunny prints reminds me of primary school (many moons ago) where we arrived back after Easter break to find giant rabbit footprints on the carpet and eggs hidden in our desks. Of course the teacher did it, but the class thought it was magical and we were all left a bit breathless. So cute.

      Good luck!

  5. Avatarkaren murray

    Easter is Harbour Festival time where I live, heaps of great free family entertainment plus a street parade. My granddaughter also loves the rides in sideshow alley. And of course the yacht race is also a great tradition.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      That sounds wonderful, Karen. I bet it’s great fun and the kids have a ball. Definitely a lovely way to spend Easter. Enjoy!

      And good luck.

  6. Avatardeebebbington

    We spend Easter with family just hanging out and enjoying each other’s company. there is always an Easter egg hunt for the grandies and lots of love and cuddles.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Love, cuddles, kids and chocolate. Sounds absolutely blissful, Delores. May you receive many of all of those things this weekend!

      Thanks and all the best in the draw.

  7. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Easter weekend is different each year now that April is no longer a child. But as she was growing up, every year, the table would be filled with so much chocolate and always a fun pair of slippers – which she thought was hilarious and a cool tradition. After chocolate munching it would be time for church (a place we go to twice a week) then have lunch with family. This Easter weekend Steven is working so it will be a quiet one!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Love the idea of fluffy slippers, Sue. That’s so cute!
      If Steven’s not around, you’ll be able to scoff all the choccy yourself.

      Thanks, good luck and happy Easter!

  8. AvatarPeta-Lee Bartlett

    My favourite part is always the easter bunny’s visit to our 3 kiddies. But we are also planning to hit the Perth Hills this year to explore and adventure and ofcourse create more memories as a family

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Sounds a very pleasant way to spend Easter, Peta-Lee. I hope you have a wonderful time. Kids make these kinds of celebrations. Their excitement is catching.

      Thanks and all the best.

  9. AvatarShannon-lee staughton

    Easter fun for me includes a golfing charity day for good friday appeal whilst being away camping with great friends , bbques , bevies and clear country skies and tall stories told round the camp fire

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Golfing!!!! A woman after my own heart. Love golf, even though I’m terrible at it. Hope you play well, Shannon-lee and help raise lots of money for the appeal.

      Have fun camping – campfires, bevvies and friends sounds wonderful. I’m rather jealous.

      Good luck!

  10. AvatarHannah Gomez

    I like to spend my Easter just relaxing with my horse, dog & galah during the day & at night I sit back to treat myself to a nice dinner followed by a great movie with a block of Turkish Delight – my favourite chocolate.

  11. AvatarRos Simmonds

    To start with I so want to meet Patrick. Is it available on pre-order yet. 🙂 wishful thinking.
    Over the years I have built many Easter memories but my favourite thing is the family tradition of Granny (me) giving slippers and 1 Lindt bunny o each grandchild. These days I can’t just buy and give as their feet and likes vary. So this year I met up with all of my children and grandchildren at various stages last Saturday to try and buy. It was just like Christmas really. But I wonder how many will save their bunny until Sunday to eat as they were instructed.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I think you’ll like Patrick, Ros. He’s a babe! No pre-orders available yet but they should go up over coming months. We’re at the cover design stage right now which is always exciting. I can’t wait to see what Harlequin’s art department come up with this time.

      That sounds like such a wonderful outing with your grandkids. I bet you had a lovely time. They would have been so excited too. As you say, just like Christmas!

      Thanks for sharing and all the best in the draw.

  12. AvatarAnnette Hallett

    My favourite Easter fun is had by going to stay by the seaside with a supply of good books to read,good wine and my three corgis and maybe catch up with a few friends as well.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      The beach, books, wine, dogs and friends… yup, sounds like you have all the essential ingredients for a great Easter there, Annette!

      Thanks and good luck!

  13. AvatarRobyn Archinal

    My favourite Easter fun would be staying at home with my husband and eating beautiful seafood and having a roast dinner on Easter Sunday with my Grandies.

  14. AvatarMichelle

    Favourite Easter Fun, is taking time out of the everyday mundane tasks to spend it with loved ones and celebrate the true joys that have been so precious to us from when we were children, and passing them on our own children to carry on or make new traditions.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      That is such a lovely sentiment, Michelle. Traditions are such nice things, and you remember them when you’re older.

      Thanks and good luck!

  15. AvatarJenny wright

    Nothing better than a Easter long weekend with the grandkids. Watching their faces as they find their eggs after the Easter Egg hunt…and then seeing their chocolate covered faces as they eat their finds. After they all head home it’s time to snuggle up in my chair with a cuppa and a good book.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Easter egg hunts are the best fun! I bet you get plenty of smiles out of watching the grandkids, Jenny. As for snuggling up with a book… a must!

      Thanks for sharing.

  16. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Thanks so much to everyone who joined in the giveaway fun and shared their favourite way to spend Easter. I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend.

    The giveaway has now closed. I popped you all into a random number generator and the lucky winner was Rachael. Congratulations! Rachael will be receiving an email from me veeeery shortly.

    Thanks again and I hope you’ll all visit this week when there’ll be another giveaway, this time thanks to debut Australian author Amanda Knight whose new book SITUATION CRITICAL has just hit shelves. If you love a man in uniform, this one’s for you!

  17. AvatarMarguerite

    My family and I spend Easter sharing a table laden with boiled, coloured and hand decorated eggs, paska (Russian orthodox Easter cake) and a variety of tidbits (zakuski), such as pickles, aspic, fruits, etc. All of these goodies have been blessed beforehand.We have an “fight”…where each participant knocks the others egg and the cracked egg has to be eaten. Some people eat an awful lot of eggs if their “master”egg has a weak shell. We love it when we are altogether like this.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      That sounds HUGE fun, Marguerite. I adore traditions like that. Anything with food involved! I googled the Easter cake and am now drooling over recipes for it.
      Thank you so much for sharing. That was great.

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