Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday MemeWelcome to Teaser Tuesday where I share snippets from new and past releases, and works-in-progress, and sometimes twist the arms of author buddies to do the same.

I’m thrilled to say that today is one of those days, and even more thrilled to announce that our guest is Helene Young!

Romantic suspense fans will be very familiar with Helene’s work. She’s a multiple award winner, including winning the Romance Writers of Australia prestigious Romantic Book of the Year award (the Ruby) not once but twice, and winning the Australian Romance Readers Association Favourite Romantic Suspense award multiple times.

Photography and sailing fans will know Helene from her adventures aboard her catamaran the Roo Bin Esque. If that isn’t enough, Helene has also had a long career as a pilot.

I know, I know, TOTAL overachiever, but we love her anyway cos she’s awesome.

Best of all Helene has a new book coming out. Return to Roseglen releases 2nd July, 2018 and it looks brilliant. One read of this excerpt and you’ll be click-swipe-tapping your fingers like crazy pre-ordering a copy.

Because we’re the blog with the most-est, there may also be a chance to win a Return to Roseglen paperback. So give a big welcome to Helene, and read on.


Helene Young - AuthorCathryn, it’s lovely to be visiting your blog again and thanks for the opportunity to share a sneak peek inside the covers of Return to Roseglen. It’s a story that’s been 3 years in the writing and I think the issues of elder abuse and the ‘sandwich’ generation of women who juggle careers, children, parents, menopause and mid-life melt downs have never been more important!

This excerpt is the opening chapter where we meet fiercely independent Ivy Dunmore, who at 93, is battling to remain at home on her sprawling cattle property in North Queensland. Growing old is the least of her problems as she realises jealousy and greed are tearing her family apart.  She’s always known that the truth would come out in the end, but that doesn’t make it any easier to tell.


Ivy’s hand trembled as she drew the brush over her lips, in dan­ger of smudging the bright colour. Who would have thought at ninety-three she’d feel the need for war paint to stare down her son? Her Aunt Leonie always maintained that the devil caught most souls in a golden net. After last night’s conversation with Ken she finally understood what her aunt meant.

‘They’re going to foreclose on me,’ her son had said. ‘There’s only one option, one way to save both properties. You’ll need to sign them. No one needs to know.’

Her whole body had gone rigid. How could this be? But, in her heart, she’d seen it coming.

Return to Roseglen by Helene YoungShe pressed her lips together, smoothing the lipstick, then tilted her head to find a clear reflection in the mirror. The silver back­ing had starting to fall away around the edges. Another repair that would never be done now.

She peered at the face in the mirror. ‘Hello, Ivy Dunmore,’ she murmured, feeling like she was meeting an old friend for the first time in years. Wispy white hair was brushed back from a high forehead, the pale skin surprisingly unlined despite the years in the sun. Those summer blue eyes had paled to a frosty winter hue, framed by gold-rimmed glasses. There were creases in the cheeks, lines carved around the eyes – from laughter, she told herself – eyelashes that clump together, short and sparse. No point in batting them at a good-looking young digger anymore.

She tried a smile and examined her teeth. At least they were all her own, even if they wouldn’t be advertising toothpaste any time soon. She caught a glimpse of a feisty girl with her skirts flying as she whirled around the old Methodist Hall, bright eyes sliding towards the tall rangy cattleman who, dressed in his army uniform, lounged against the doorframe.

Wex and Lady interrupted the memory, their barks as creaky as her joints. The kelpies were the only survivors of the pack that helped Charlie rule sprawling Roseglen with benevolent care.

At the sound of a car speeding up the dusty track to the homestead Ivy sat taller on her wheeled walker. She looked to the faded photo of her husband beside their bed. Charlie’s battered felt hat was tilted back, his laughing eyes framed by a deep web of lines. There was strength in the chords of his neck and muscles of his shoulders. Behind him was Roseglen’s whitewashed chapel with the family graveyard and beyond that the ridgeline with the silhouette of towering gums. He was seventy that year, a man still vigorous and alive. That was the way he’d always be in her memory.

Hurried footsteps sounded up the stairs and across the verandah. She heard the front door swing open.

‘Mum? Mum? Where are you?’ Ken called.

No rush. I’m still alive, dear. She bit back the retort. Even at sixty-three he could be so needy.

‘I’m here, son. I’ll be out in a moment.’

‘Right.’ Ken stopped outside the door. ‘I’ve got the papers.’

Well, of course you’ve got the papers. Why else would you be here? She swallowed a laugh and hiccupped. ‘Put the kettle on, there’s a dear,’ she said, hoping her voice sounded bright.

‘I’m on a tight schedule, Mum.’

‘Yes, I know, but there’s time for a cuppa. I’ll just be a moment.’

His heels thudded on the hall runner as he strode back across to the kitchen. Why could he not remember to take his boots off outside? The drought had sucked the moisture from the dirt in the front yard and he’d be leaving a trail of dust behind him on the old Persian carpet.

She sighed and glanced around the room, taking comfort from the pressed metal ceilings, the painting of the homestead surrounded by lush pastures and sleek cattle, and the solid oak furniture, gleaming with beeswax.

It had been her home for sixty years, ever since they moved from the tiny manager’s cottage to care for Old Mrs Dunmore. She loved every plank, every French door, every polished floorboard. The memories were as thick and rich as the chocolate topping she used to make for Charlie’s favourite pudding. She fingered a linen and lace doily on the dressing table. One wet season, when Lissie was just a toddler and the road was cut by floodwaters for a month, she’d grown bored with baking. That had resulted in a collection of doilies and tablecloths. Not too shabby an effort if she said so herself.

Sinbad, her Siamese, lounged on the handmade patchwork quilt, his gaze unwavering.

‘Yes, lovely boy. You stay here.’ The tip of his tail flicked. Ken had no love for cats.

In the kitchen the kettle screamed. Ivy could picture Ken on his phone, trying to ignore it. If he wasn’t poking at the screen, then he was talking, like a disembodied head holding a conversation with a ghost. Bluetooth, he’d told her one day when she’d chipped him about it. Sounds like a reason to visit the dentist, she’d retorted.

The whistle shut off abruptly.

‘Mum!’ He was imperious this time.

All right, all right. I’m not one of the dogs rounding up cattle. She’d a mind to make him wait, but instead she stood and turned, straightened the skirt of her favourite blue dress, the fabric rippling over her legs, then gripped the handles of her walker and released the brakes. Let’s get this over and done with, Ivy Dunmore.

Doesn’t that sound fab? I adore this line: “Bluetooth, he’d told her one day when she’d chipped him about it. Sounds like a reason to visit the dentist, she’d retorted.” Made me laugh out loud and I suspect Ivy will give us plenty more of those in Return to Roseglen.

Return to Roseglen releases 2nd July 2018. Order your copy today from:

Booktopia | Angus & Robertson |Bookdepository | Dymocks
Amazon.com | Amazon.com.au | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

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


Ivy Dunmore is a demon Scrabble player who at 93 still likes to reign supreme. ‘No such thing as a free ride in this family,’ she tells her children. What board games do you and your family play? Do you have a favourite? One you played growing up perhaps?

Return to Roseglen by Helene YoungShare in the comments and you’ll go into a draw to win a paperback copy of Return to Roseglen.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday, Australian Eastern Time, 22nd June 2018. Australian postal addresses only.

Ooooh, so many board games to choose from. We played a lot of cards too (I was a crafty canasta player and there was another we called ‘spit’ which was sort of like snap but more violent), however I used to love Chinese Checkers when I was little – it was the coloured marbles I think – then when I was older we had some epic Monopoly battles. That game is the best.

What’s your favourite family board game? Or, if you didn’t play board games, what other game kept you amused? Reveal all and we’ll pop you into the draw for a copy of Return to Roseglen.

If you’d like to learn more about Helene and her books, please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using @HeleneYoung.


Join in the conversation as Jaye Ford interviews three of Australia’s favourite authors of stories for women

When:  Saturday, 14 July, 1.30pm

Where: Cardiff Library, Cardiff Marketplace, Cnr Main and Macquarie Road, Cardiff NSW 2285

Cost: Free

Be enthralled by Helene Young, Christine Wells and Cathryn Hein, as they discuss their writing careers, writing stories that resonate with their female audience and the inspiration behind their latest books; Return to Roseglen, The Juliet Code, and The Country Girl.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. Bookings are essential. To find out more call Cardiff Library on 4921 0775 or book online here.

Writing Popular Fiction That Sells Workshop

With over thirty published novels in romance, historical fiction, mystery, suspense and women’s fiction, Helene, Christine and Cathryn know what it takes to write a cracking yarn that publishers will buy and readers will love.

When:  Saturday, 14 July, 9.00 am – 12.00 pm

Where: Toronto Library, Brighton Ave & Pemell Street, Toronto, NSW 2283

In this workshop, you will learn how to get ideas and turn them into a working premise for a novel, how to write characters who leap off the page, and how to sell or self-publish your story once it’s finished.

Perfect for beginners and experienced writers alike, this fun, interactive workshop will both inform and inspire.

Bookings essential. For further information contract Toronto Library on 49210641 or secure your spot today here.

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99 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarHelen Sibbritt

    Woohoo what a great excerpt I am really looking forward to this one 🙂

    Board games we used to play a lot of Monopoly, and Trivial Pursuit and of course Scrabble hubby and my cousin would sit for hours playing scrabble with a dictionary on the table while they played LOL.

    Huge Congrats Helene

    Have Fun


    1. AvatarHelene

      Hi Helen, Monopoly was one of our favourites! I remember when the ’74 floods marooned us at Currumbin Beach we played endless games! And Scrabble was a nightly addiction for all of my childhood – up until we got a TV when I was 12… Then it became a weekend treat 🙂

  2. AvatarLyn

    Growing up on a sheep & cropping farm in Western Victoria my favourite game was Squatter. If you are not familiar, it is sort of a farming version of monopoly. I loved playing squatter with my father & brothers as a child.

    1. AvatarHelene

      Oh that sounds right up my alley, Lyn! I would have loved to play at being a Squatter – did the properties have wonderful names in the game?

        1. AvatarLyn

          Now I have looked at that website, yes the stations did have names! I had forgotten. I still have the Squatter we had as children, it is even still in its original box, although the box is very battered. I even still have most of the ‘sheep’.

          1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

            Oh, I wonder if it’s worth anything! People love to collect old games in their original boxes, and Squatter is a classic.

            PS. Sorry your comment didn’t appear straight away, Lyn. I have the comments set so that any with external links need approval before they go live. It helps keep spam comments down to a manageable level.

        2. AvatarHelene

          Oh that’s brilliant. I now have the perfect pressie for our niece and nephew in the UK who are getting married later this year – I wanted something uniquely Australian to go with the more conventional pressie. This is perfect as they’re crazy game players! Thanks, Lyn 😍

  3. AvatarDonna Robinson

    I loved a game called Candyland when I was a kid (we lived in the US and this was an American game I believe). But my two (can I have two?) favs now are The Game of Life as you get a job, get married, have kids, etc, etc and then you make lots of money and win! hehe. My second one is Cluedo… I always love saying ” Professor Plum, in the library, with the candlestick! hahaha! 🙂

    1. AvatarHelene

      That’s two ‘new to me’ games, Donna! I’ll have to check them out. Cluedo was always a favourite at a friend’s house – and it had to be played in our best British accents 😂

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Ha ha! I think we all love that about Cluedo, Donna. I suspect that’s one of the reasons it’s so enduring.
        All the best in the draw.

      2. AvatarDonna Robinson

        I love that you play with British accents Helene. Might have to try that one next time and you can guarantee there will be many laughs! 🙂

  4. AvatarGeraldine Furini

    Oh what a teaser! Sounds fabulous and another new Aussie author to try.
    As a child Monopoly was my favourite. I remember making doiley sets for dressing tables and my Grandmother used to sell them at her work. I used the proceeds to buy my first board game, of course it was Monopoly! Now I’d have to say Scrabble is my fav. Thanks for your Tuesday Teasers, loving them! 💟📚

  5. AvatarHelene

    Geraldine, what an enterprising young girl you were! I bet you’ve gone on to achieve a great deal with your life. Monopoly and Scrabble were the mainstays of boardgames for us. We didn’t have a TV until I was 12 so entertainment was reading or playing or talking! At the time I know I thought I was so hard done by with all my friends have TV but in hindsight it’s part of the reason I’m a writer 😊 Thanks for stopping by to comment!

  6. AvatarKaren Leeman

    My favourite game was monopoly!!! It was a game we always played as a family!!! My husband does not play cards or board games and I sure miss these family times!!!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Your hubby sounds like mine, Karen. I love him to bits but this no board and card games thing is a disappointment, and like you I really miss playing them. Ah well, it’d be no fun if they were perfect. We’d get bored!

  7. AvatarHelene

    It’s a great way to spend time with family, isn’t it! At Christmas a couple of years ago our niece and soon to be nephew produced Dobble – a really simple card game – and we had the most fun! Monopoly was a huge part of growing up for me – and I never quite got over the urge to own Mayfair!!😂😂

  8. AvatarJoanne Seaton

    Our game night would include Monopoly which I never seemed to win, Yahtzee which was my favourite. We also played Uno and Scrabble. If the girls got board games as gift then we would end up having a game night to play whatever they got. We also had lots of fun playing card games, we still find new games to play today. Lately we have been playing a card game called “Frustration” and believe me when I say you get awfully frustrated playing that one, but it is fun.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Loving all these memories of great family times playing games. Isn’t it amazing how something so simple can bring people together?
      Ooh, I remember Frustration, Joanne. I think the name gives away why I stopped playing!
      Thanks so much for sharing.

    2. AvatarHelene

      I’ve only played Yahtzee a couple of times, Joanne, and don’t think I was very good at it. But Uno, Scrabble and Monopoly are fabulous! I’ll have to check out Frustration – sounds like a great way to torment our nieces and nephews!

      1. AvatarJoanne Seaton

        Oh Helene it is a great game to torment them by. I have not won yet with it. But I keep going back for more as it is frustrating and fun at the same time.

  9. AvatarMelissa Woods

    Ohhh what a teasing part of the book that was. Certainly will be wanting to reading it all now.
    I grew up playing snakes and ladders with my nan. She made it more fun, by adding little things we could have if we reached the end (homemade bickies…mmmmm), which she always let us win, so we could have them. As we got older, she taught us to play euchre. I still love playing it today. Now I play Game of Life or Trouble with my children. I hope that someday I can get to play these games with my future grandchildren.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Return to Roseglen sounds brilliant, doesn’t it, Melissa? I’m looking forward to it too. Can’t miss reading more about Ivy!
      Trouble! Another I loved and had forgotten about. That one was cool because it was so tactile.
      Great stuff. Good luck!

    2. AvatarHelene

      Melissa, your Nan sounds awesome! Snakes and Ladders is one of the first games I remember playing, along with Go Fish. I’ve never learnt to play euchre but it’s always sounded interesting. And I’m sure when you have your own grandchildren you’ll be just as wise as your Nan 😊

  10. AvatarJanine K

    I remember getting Monopoly for Christmas when I was a young adult and my cousin and I played it every day of those school holidays. No screens back then, and we never got bored. As an adult I used to love Trivial Pursuit as well, got to keep those brains working!

    Thanks for the opportunity to read your book Helene 😀

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ah, Monopoly. It seems to be a favourite with everyone. I think all games are good for our brains, Janine – all that thinking ahead and strategising uses up a lot of grey matter!

      Thanks for dropping by and good luck!

    2. AvatarHelene

      Oh Trivial Pursuit is a ripper, Janine! Although when I tried playing it in the UK I was hopeless – who knew the questions could be so different… Monopoly was the mainstay of our Christmas holidays. And those games could go on for hours and hours, but I loved it!

  11. AvatarDanielle

    We always loved a game of cluedo as kids!! I’ve always enjoyed scrabble too. Loved the sound of ‘rose glen’!! Looking forward to reading it!!!

    1. AvatarHelene

      Thanks, Danielle, cluedo is a whole lot of fun. Our family was ridiculously competitive when it came to scrabble and as the youngest I was rarely the winner. Capt G and I still play on the boat and that’s a fifty fifty split – much more rewarding!

  12. AvatarVeronica @The Burgeoning Bookshelf

    The games I can remember we played as kids were scrabble, trouble, roulette ( can you believe it! We had a mini roulette wheel and board and chips) We also had a ouija board 😀 when my own children were young we played snakes & ladders, game of life, cluedo, family feud. We still have a big cupboard full of board games.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Roulette! I bet there was a lot of fun with that game, Veronica. Lots of oldies and goodies in your cupboard too and great that you still have them. Snakes and Ladders… I’d forgotten about that. The cause of much frustration at times.

      Thanks for dropping by and good luck.

  13. AvatarHelene

    You had a roulette wheel? Wow! That’s impressive, Veronica. We had a ouija board as well but were banned from playing with it after we broke the glass we were using to allegedly channel the spirits…

    Sounds like you have plenty of games to keep everyone amused if the weather sets in 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  14. AvatarAnn-Marie Day

    Tri-ominos. A game I play with my now Miss 14. Originally I was given the game by my grandma when I was about 12 and her and I used to play it together. Some 40 years later and with the same original game that I was given we play. Cluedo and Game of Life are other favourites.
    We have many board games (I love them) and usually try to play with them instead of looking at screens.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Like Helene, I’ve not heard of Tri-ominoes either. Naturally I had to google. What fun!! And lovely that the tradition is being passed down.

      Thanks, Ann-Marie and good luck.

  15. AvatarHelene

    I’ve never heard of Tri-ominos, Anne-Marie! I love the idea of playing something through generations – what a wonderful link with your grandma as well as your daughter! Game of Life was huge when we were last visiting family in the UK. It’s great to be able to all sit around a table and talk, laugh and have fun without a screen or tablet in sight!

  16. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Wow, Return to Roseglen sounds terrific, CAN’T WAIT TO READ IT!! Huge congrats, Helene!

    My parents had a german board game called Mensch Aerger Dich Nicht (tranlated: Do Not Get Angry) which is similar to trouble without the annoying bubble in the middle, lol, we played this game every chance we had until I moved out. When April was a child you name it we played it. Hubby and I are hooked on Yahtzee and Skipbo (a card game) and occasionally play Battleship especially when we’re caravanning. When April and her husband visit we play Yahtzee, Cluedo and Cards Against Humanity (a little rude but so funny). We also love Rummy-O and Game of Life. Oh, we just love board games and cards!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I reckon Return to Roseglen would be right up your alley, Sue.

      Battleship! That’s another I’d forgotten about. At the mention of it being like Trouble, I had to google your Mensch Aerger Dich Nicht and it seems similar but maybe more like Ludo? It’s been so long since I played I can’t remember how these games worked, but I do remember loving the Trouble bubble. It made such a great noise!!

  17. AvatarHelene

    Cards Against Humanity! Loved it, hated it and sadly kept winning when we were playing it in the UK… I think it was decided I was terribly manipulative…. sigh… I haven’t heard of the German Game but something that translates as Do Not Get Angry sounds like a good thing! Lovely to hear you all still play games as a family as well. Thanks for stopping by, Sue 🙂

  18. AvatarChrissie Mios

    Like most families in the ‘70s we loved our Monopoly… my dad’s and sister would hang out just to buy Park Lane and Mayfair, while I sat back and quietly bought anything I could afford! Another game – more frequently played was the card game — 500 ! This would go on and on into the night, team against team, scores trailing down the pages of white lined note pads. We played this all summer holidays with other families and friends. And when you had a hard where you could call ’Misere’ – the whole place would be alight with tension and excitement!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh, how could we forget 500! It used to be HUGE. People were massively addicted and had clubs and all sorts of things. I wouldn’t be surprised if that was still the case.

      That era seemed to be really big for card games, a sort of social thing. At least, it seems that way looking back.

      Thanks so much for sharing Chrissie. I’m absolutely loving these all these blasts from the past and the memories that go with them!

    2. AvatarHelene

      Chrissie, I can relate to the quietly buy anything and everything. Whenever we go to London I only have to visit Mayfair or Park Lane to remember those long school holidays and Monopoly.

      I’m sure we played 500 as well although I think I was quite young and probably a liability more than an asset….

      Thanks for stopping by to join in the conversation!

    1. AvatarHelene

      Diana, Capt G and I play scrabble onboard Roobi. I have the original set my parents bought in Canada 56 years ago with wooden tiles. The boar is barely hanging together still but I can’t part with it 🙂

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        You’re not alone there, Diana. Isn’t it amazing that a simple game about words can have so much appeal and be so enduring?

        Good luck!

  19. AvatarLynn Gillie

    Chinese Chequers was the one we all played as a family, both my children grew up playing it also. Now my daughter who’s 20 and I play Skipbo more than Chequers, as she can still beat me at that!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ah, Lynn, you spelled it Chequers which is how I always knew it to be spelled, but when I went a-googlng the other day it was all Checkers. I wonder when it changed?

      Off to google Skipbo now!

      Thanks for dropping by and all the best in the giveaway draw.

  20. AvatarHelene

    Lynn, I haven’t played Chinese Chequers in years but I used to love it! And I’ve never played Skipbo, but I’ve now watched a video on it and it looks a little addictive! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  21. AvatarMel Bowers

    I love Helene Young’s books….
    Favourite board games monopoly ( we own 7 different versions still!!) and the game of life! But my fave of all was scrabble with my grandparents – treasured memories.

    1. AvatarHelene

      Thanks so much, Mel! I didn’t realise Monopoly came in 7 different versions – we only ever had one… But I totally agree about Scrabble – it has so many treasured memories for me too. I remember the first time I was trusted to keep score. It felt like a defining moment 🙂 Thanks for dropping by.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        “I love Helene Young’s books….” You are not on your lonesome there, Mel!!

        SEVEN different version of Monopoly? *stands up and applauds* That’s awesome. Must admit, I do adore the themed games. Such fun. I still kick myself for not buying Marseille Monopoly when we lived in France. That had some really cool landmarks on it and would have resurrected some great memories whenever we got it out.

  22. AvatarEmma Foley

    Our family had a no tv policy on friday and saturday nights (after hey hey it’s Saturday of course!) So when we were little we all played Yahtzee. It was so much fun being a family, sitting around the table. It meant anyone had the chance to win despite age and skill! Once we were a little older Mum and Dad taught us card games, so we learned Poker with matches, we played ‘oh shit’ which we secretly loved because it was the only time we could say that word aloud, and we played Euchre. Gone are those days and i will always have fond memories. I hope to one day do the same when i have children of my own.

    1. AvatarHelene

      Emma, love that you could watch Hey Hey first before the no TV ban! It’s certainly a great way to bond and to learn about winning and losing – a very important life skill… Sounds like your family had a lot of fun playing cards. Mum would never have coped with ”oh shit’! And I do hope you can create lovely new memories with your own children 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        I’m with you, Helene. Such a great way to make family time by having a no TV rule, and with bonus lessons on how to be a good winner and loser.

        Thanks so much for dropping by and sharing your story, Emma. Wishing you all the best in the draw.

  23. AvatarMichelle Reuben

    My sister and I loved to play Game of Life! Looking forward to reading this book 🤓

    1. AvatarHelene

      Thanks, Michelle. Game of Life seems to be very popular as well! I hope you and your sister can continue the tradition with your own families. Thanks for sharing.

  24. AvatarNoelle Lindsay

    Well the excerpt has got me in, looking forward to the release of this book

    Had quite a few favourite board games, but most favourites would have to be Scrabble and Totopoly. Still got both of these in the cupboard. Crikeys, both of them must be close to 50 years old! Must teach the grandies when they are old enough.

    1. AvatarHelene

      Thanks, Noelle! Sounds like your grandies will have a whole lot of fun playing board games with you! I’d forgotten about Totopoly! Cathryn might remember that one too. The only time I played was when I stayed with a horse riding friend – she was addicted! Thanks for dropping by 🙂

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        We never had Totopoly, sadly. It’s funny, but I don’t think I’d even heard of it until I saw it on the TV show “Bargain Hunt”. I kept thinking, now why didn’t I get to play that growing up? I would have LOVED it.

        I bet you’ll have a ball with your grandies with these games, Noelle. Some wonderful moments to look forward to.

  25. AvatarMelissa jones

    Any family game is my favounite…..honest….. except no one in my family will play. Apparently I am too competitive! Reading it is lol

    1. AvatarHelene

      Lol, you would have fitted right in our household. It was mandatory to be competitive – a little embarrassing when friends came to stay… You’d swear we were all playing for sheep stations! Still, reading is a fabulous way to spend the evening 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  26. AvatarRachel Crossley

    Yes please.
    Awesome giveaway!!
    My favourite family board game is Snakes and Ladders.
    I grew up playing this game with my mum, dad and my sister.
    I still love to play it now with my kids.
    This would be an amazing opportunity for me to read one of your fabulous books for the very first time.
    Thank you.

    1. AvatarHelene

      Thanks, Rachel! Snakes and Ladders are awesome and something that everyone can play – a fabulous way to bond with your family. You’re in the draw so fingers crossed for you!

  27. AvatarValerie Chapman

    I can remember Mum buying a game from a 50c lucky dip. I don’t think any of us laughed so much in our lives. Can’t remember what it was called, but there were I think 6 x differently coloured plastic mice, a dice and a cup. You had to remove your mouse before the cup slammed down and trapped your mouse, and often you were left with a tail in your hand.
    We also played my Dad’s Monopoly set, which he still has, in pounds & with metal playing pieces; and not a boardgame – but his childhood Meccano set. (My darling Dad turned a very healthy 90 this year….and only looks early 60’s)

    1. AvatarHelene

      I wondered if that was Mousetrap. Valerie, but I think it must have been something different. It sounds like a whole lot of fun! Your Dad’s Monopoly set sounds like a collectors item which I’m sure you’ll keep to hand on to your children. Meccano was amazing! And I see it’s had a resurgence. I think part of my love of flying and all things mechanical started with Meccano 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        It’s so wonderful to hear these stories of family joy and laughter, and all because of a game. Electronic things just don’t have the same effect.

        Thanks so much for sharing, Valerie. Good luck!

  28. AvatarHelen Brereton

    My siblings and I loved Monopoly. We made our own version with local Victorian town names (Morwell, Warragul, Dandenong for example) and every school holidays we would play the same games for days at a time. It kept us entertained for ages. Great memories.

    1. AvatarHelene

      How enterprising, Helen! I love the idea of local names – so much more memorable if you’re buying properties you can relate to! I loved the monopoly could take over the entire table and still be there in the morning so we could pick up where we’d left off. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

    1. AvatarHelene

      Charlotte, maybe it’s time to track down a monopoly set, turn off the TV and the computers and have some fun! I couldn’t believe how quickly a group of adults settled in to playing Dobble – a card game – a couple of Christmas’s ago. I think there’s a lot of child in all of us! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  29. AvatarWendy Craig

    Would love to win a copy of Helene young new book! Thankyou for the opportunity! Also must look up the game of squatter! Have never heard of it before and sounds intriguing!

    1. AvatarHelene

      Wendy, I’m on a mission to find Squatter too! I think there’s a store in Melbourne that stocks it and I’ll be shopping when we’re back in the marina. Thanks for stopping by and you’re in the draw! Fingers crossed 🙂

  30. AvatarSandie

    We love Family Feud but had to ban it!!! Took it way too seriously and always ended in tears 🤣🤣🤣

  31. AvatarHelene

    Sandie, I can well remember Monopoly ending in tears a couple of times so Family Feud would be fraught! But fun 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  32. AvatarRebecca King-Gee

    I used to play monopoly growing up but I was always more partial to playing solitaire, easier than dealing with peoples egos. Lol

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Must admit, I’m a bit partial to solitaire too, Rebecca. And there are some REALLY tricky variations of it too. It was a favourite past-time at our beach house when the weather turned foul, which was often.

      Good luck!

    2. AvatarHelene

      Nothing like a game of solitaire on a rainy day and yes, Rebecca, no need to deal with egos or competitive siblings or the unlucky roll of the dice… Thanks for stopping by!

  33. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Wow! Now that’s what I call a fun Teaser Tuesday. What a great response to Helene’s games question. Thanks to everyone who shared their favourite games and associated memories. What wonderful times you all had, and I LOVED all the blasts from the past. So many games I’d forgotten about and now want to rush out and buy.

    The giveaway has now closed. The winner of a paperback copy of Return to Roseglen is Lyn, one of our early commenters and who had such a lovely time with Squatter while growing up in the western districts.

    Thanks again, and I hope to see you all next week when we’ll host another special Teaser Tuesday guest and giveaway. And not just any giveaway, this one is BIG!

    1. AvatarLyn

      Thank you Cathryn & Helene, I am looking forward to reading Return to Roseglen.
      Enjoy your weekend, I am Port Macquarie this weekend for my son’s basketbal.

  34. AvatarHelene

    Thanks for having me on Teaser Tuesday, Cathryn, I had such a wonderful trip down memory lane with all those boardgames and now I have some new ones to choose from!

    Congratulations to Lyn! I’m sorry you couldn’t all be winners but I hope you enjoy Return to Roseglen.

    Enjoy your weekend whatever you have planned!❤️

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