Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday MemeWelcome to another super-special edition of Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share snippets from new and past releases and works-in-progress, and invite author buddies to do the same.

Ooh, it’s been an exciting week in the Hein house!

Book one in the stunning Outback Brides series, Maggie’s Run by Kelly Hunter, has hit retailers and is FLYING along. With good reason too. I finished Maggie’s Run last Friday and it was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. You are going to love this one. There is so much emotion and romance and OMG Max! Max of that body. Max of that hair. Max of that voice. Me waaaaaaant.

Eh hem.

It’s also very exciting to be hosting Kelly on the blog today. It’s her first visit and she’s clearly determined to arrive with a bang. Not only do we have a wonderful snippet from Maggie’s Run, Kelly is offering a super-generous giveaway that you will NOT want to miss.

For those of you who don’t know Kelly, she’s a USA Today bestselling author, a three-time Romance Writers of America RITA finalist, Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year (Ruby) winner, and multi Australian Romance Reader Award winner. She’s also author of the Jackson Family series, which you should all read after Outback Brides because it’s brilliant.

Enough of me fangirling. We’re here to talk brides. Outback Brides, the best kind.

This is a biggie, my lovelies, so buckle up and read on!

 

Kelly Hunter authorI vividly remember reading Cathryn’s wonderful opening scene to Elsa’s Stand for the first time and thinking, ‘Aw, hell. That’s so good! I’ve gotta lift my game.’. These stories are part of the Outback Brides series set in small-town Wirralong, and I for one had performance anxiety. On the upside, there was this world we were building and I loved it and the flavours we were bringing to the project. I need Elsa’s Hair Affair hairdressing salon in my life.  I needed a heritage grazing property in my life for a while too, and Maggie’s Wirra Station was born. I spent a small imaginary fortune setting it to rights after decades of neglect. Very cathartic! Surprisingly economical.

Cathryn’s Teaser Tuesday requires story words, and, this being Cathryn’s blog, I’ve chosen a snippet with my heroine, Maggie, and Cathryn’s heroine, Elsa, in it. They’re in Elsa’s salon and Elsa is with customer Max, who she’s known since childhood. Maggie and Max have history. It’s from Max’s point of view.

 

“I need a haircut,” said Max.

“You certainly do.” Elsa O’Donoghue ran a practised hand through his mop and studied him in the salon mirror. For kicks, she attempted to twist it into a bun and thankfully failed. It wasn’t that bad. Yet. “How short?” she asked.

Max shrugged.

“Okay, let’s aim for bedhead. You can pull that off. Do you have time for a wash?”

“Washed it this morning.”

“One of these days you’re going to let me wash it,” she told him. “And you’re going to enjoy it.”

Maggie's Run by Kelly Hunter - coverBut not today. She sprayed his head with a water squirter, attacked it with a comb and then picked up her scissors. Like him, Elsa was Wirralong born and bred and felt no inclination whatsoever to apologise for it. He knew her family and she knew his. Give him a minute and he could probably remember her middle name, date of birth and the name of the first boy she’d ever kissed. It wasn’t him.

“I hear you and Maggie are working miracles out at Wirra Station,” Elsa said and started cutting. “Stay still.”

A snort and a flash of pink alerted him to the presence of someone else in the salon. He turned his head a fraction and got Elsa grabbing both sides of his skull and setting him straight again.

“I have toddlers in this chair who can stay stiller than you.”

“Did you give him the booster seat?”

The voice clued him in. “Hey, Maggie. Elsa was just trying to gossip about you. I gave her nothing.”

“Sweet pea, I already know all about the kiss,” said Elsa smugly. “I made her run through the lead-up three times. In vivid detail.”

“Maggie, did you kiss and tell?” he rumbled, unapologetically delighted.

“O’Connor, if you don’t keep your head straight so I can cut properly, I’m going to get the clippers out and run stripes through your hair for the hell of it,” chided Elsa.

“What else did she say about my kisses?” Max asked, sitting very, very still. “Have they ruined her for all other men? Because that was the underlying intention.”

“She’s right there. Ask her yourself.”

“I’m not answering that,” said Maggie and came into view in the mirror. She wore sand-coloured trousers and a pink top with a picture of a cartoon grasshopper on it. Her hair was tied back in a messy bun and her oversized sunglasses perched on her head. She wore no make-up, as far as he could tell, and she still managed to look more appealing than any woman he’d ever met. “Elsa, I need your signature on a release form for the photos we took the other day. These are the ones I want to use.”

Elsa stopped snipping as Maggie held up two pics. All Max saw was the back of them in the mirror, and he was determined not to be curious, but then Maggie showed them to him next. “You can look too seeing as I’m interrupting your hair cut,” she said.

“Pretty.” Elsa was a beauty and Maggie had been the client in the chair and whether they’d been posing for the pic or not, the warmth between the women showed through. “Where’s it going?”

“On the Wirralong Homestead website under ‘Services’.”

“That’s me. At your service,” said Elsa cheerfully.

“You could be at my service a little more solidly,” offered Max, and wore their looks of disbelief and amusement with equanimity. Elsa might have been holding a really sharp pair of scissors but she wasn’t a mean one … was she?

“Don’t you know to be nice to your hairdresser?” Maggie said.

Was that a thing? God help him.

 

Ha! I remember that scene from reading Maggie’s Run, and it was one that gave me lots of smiles. But this is a book full of smiles, which means you need a copy, oh yes you do!

Purchase Maggie’s Run today from these retailers.

Amazon.com | Amazon.au | Amazon.uk
Kobo | iBooks | Google Play | Barnes&Noble

All set? Excellent. Now here’s Kelly with more goodness.

GIVEAWAY!

I love the names of all our Outback Brides. They felt right to me from the beginning. I could see them, work with them, and the covers brought them to life in the best way possible. For a chance to win all four ebooks in the series, tell us what name you would have chosen for your Outback Bride.

Outback Brides series with covers and short blurbs

Great question, Kelly! Obviously, the answer for me is Elsa but what about you? Perhaps an Annie would be your girl, or maybe a Nicola or Zoe. Comment below and you’ll go into the draw to win ALL FOUR Outback Brides ebooks, in your preferred format (for Kindle, Kobo etc). That’s Maggie’s Run, Belle’s Secret, Elsa’s Stand and Holly’s Heart. What a prize!

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight, Friday 29th June 2018, Australian Eastern Standard Time. Open internationally!

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

 

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93 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarKaren Leeman

    Kayla Jayne!!!!
    It is a name I always loved!!!! So looking forward to reading all 4 books!!!! The covers look amazing and I am thinking they will all be books that I will read each book in one sitting!!!!

    1. AvatarKelly Hunter

      Hope you enjoy the stories, Karen. Good luck in the draw. We could perhaps go double-barrelled names with the next lot of stories–although our cover designer might weep for the loss of simplicity 😉

  2. AvatarMelissa Woods

    I truly have loved the name of Genaya May. If I ever had a second daughter, that was going to be the name.
    All the books look so beautiful and sound so intriguing. I can’t wait to read all of the books and envelope myself in the town if Wirralong.

  3. AvatarHelen Sibbritt

    Woohoo congrats Kelly I have read this one and totally fell in love with Max and just loved Maggie, this story is filled with witty banter and so much love it is beautifully written and do very sensual I have the other 3 waiting for me on my kindle and can’t wait to read them.
    If I had to pick a name maybe Bec, Brooke or Kirsty 💖 but I have the books

    Have Fun
    Helen

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Max is just a leeeetle bit sexy, isn’t he, Helen? A bit hard not to fall for him. And Maggie was so gutsy! Loved Maggie’s Run too.

  4. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    I would choose Melissa (my all time favourite name) or Pressley, depending which name would fit the story.

    And hopefully soon all these gorgeous books will be displayed on my keeper bookshelf. Belle’s Secret is on its way and Cathryn I hope you have one put away for me, I just need to find out how to buy a print copy of Kelly Hunter and Fiona Mcarthur’s books?
    And wow, doesn’t Maggie’s Run sound terrific!

    1. AvatarKelly Hunter

      Sue, I should have some print copies arriving soon, and they should be going up on Booktopia in print also. At the moment, I don’t have any on hand.

  5. AvatarGeraldine Furini

    I have always loved the name Danica (pronounced Daneeka) so perhaps ‘Danica’s Dream’. I had two beautiful boys so never got to actually use it.
    I’ve only just finished reading Maggie’s Run this morning and have to say what a wonderful story, loved the setting and loved the characters. All I can say is “Oh Max!” I laughed, I cried, I couldn’t stop reading!!! I wanted it to go on and on. A first for Kelly’s book but definitely not the last. 💟📚

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Wow, you got in early, Geraldine! Wonderful to hear you enjoyed Maggie’s Run too. Oh Max indeed!
        Danica’s Dream sounds a brilliant title!

  6. AvatarJan Vanengen

    Love the Tuesday tease. All great names. Amanda (Mandy) Congrats on all the books. 🙂

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        I vote for a Mandy too, Jan. I’ll even admit to owning the Barry Manilow single of the song. Not embarrassing. Much. (But I love that song – so romantic!)

  7. AvatarCarole Burant

    All four of those books sound so fabulous, will have to check them out!! I love the name “Tara” so would probably have chosen that name:)

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      In both formats, Stacey. Print versions of both mine and Victoria’s Belle’s Secret are available from Booktopia, Angus&Robertson and Amazon.com.au. Maggie’s Run and Holly’s Heart will follow shortly. I’ll have details on purchasing signed copies of Elsa’s Stand direct from me soon in the release day newsletter (or you can sneak me an email now to pre-order a copy). Victoria can also supply signed copies right now. Email her at Victoria@victoriapurman.com for details.

      Hope that helps!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh, I LOVE that name, Diane. I have a Lucia in one of my unpublished manuscripts and have always wanted to use it again.

      Great character name. Good luck in the draw!

  8. AvatarEmma

    I would love to read a story about Emma. My name seems to be common at times but then also quite rare. I love all the nicknames that men produce when conversing, Em, Emsy, Emms, Emjoy haha i dunno i feel like i would fall a bit extra in love with a character if she shared my name!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I haven’t heard of Emjoy before! It’s quite a cute variation, Emma. Although I think there was a rather painful-looking electric leg hair plucker thing with that name that was advertised on the telly back in the 90’s.

      I hope you get your wish one day. I have an Emily heroine in Rocking Horse Hill (who gets called Em) but not an Emma. Good luck in the draw!

  9. AvatarIngrid

    I’d go with Grace – cool, calm and strong under pressure. I’m looking forward to heading online later to grab these!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      SUCH a beautiful name. Ingrid. It says so much, doesn’t it? And makes you feel an immediate affinity for the person. Lovely.

      Thanks for sharing and happy reading!!!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Yay! Another one for Lucy. Thanks Kristene. Now, I wonder what the full title would be? Lucy’s Luck? Lucy’s Love? Lucy’s Land? So many choices!

  10. AvatarKath Stokes

    I would choose Jessie after my late Grandmother. Maybe “Jessie’s Journey”.

    Can’t wait to read the series.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I hope you have a wonderful time with our Brides, Kath. Jessie’s a great name as is Jessie’s Journey as a title! I’ve loved variations of that name since The Man from Snowy River movie when Sigrid Thornton spent the entire film looking gorgeously romantic (and wilful and slightly wild) as Jessica. Did wonderful things to my teenage heart!

  11. AvatarMaria Fenech

    I’ve always liked girls names that are also boys names such as Toni, husband wasn’t so keen maybe becuase his name is Anthony. We did name our daughter Taylor though & it suits her to a T. I would probably choose Angie, short for Angela after my mum, who was a strong confident, determined person.

    Looking forward to reading these books all by fabulous authors. Great work Ladies 🙂

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Taylor’s a fabulous name, Maria! I have designs on that for one of my future heroines. How nice to choose a name after your mum. That’s cool. We could have Angie’s Acres or Angie’s Ambition or even sexy Angie’s Allure!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Good one, Rebecca. We could make her a winemaker and call her book Violet’s Vintage. Or maybe she could be hiding a secret promise and it’d be Violet’s Vow. Or Violet’s Vision or Violet’s Victory. Lots to choose from!

  12. AvatarDonna Robinson

    Caitriona is an Irish name which means Chaste and Pure. Sounds like what a bride should be. 🙂 Would love to win this as haven’t read any of these as yet. Fingers crossed.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Tully!!! That’s the title of one of my all-time favourite books – Tully by Paullina Simons (although I admit it’s not a book for everyone).

      Nice selection, Kate. Good luck!

  13. AvatarJudy Mills

    Tilly short for her full name of Matilda Ann. Tilly’s Trauma???
    I love all four authors and have a very generous library in paperback and kobo form of many many Aussie authors. I really hope to get a chance to read all four books and then the series after that. Happy Writing and may the thoughts and ideas flow strongly.

    1. AvatarJudy Mills

      Other choices would be Ailsa, Ailsa’s Ambition?
      Cally – Cally’s Confusion?
      Fiona – Fiona’s Fire (That one could be written by Victoria Purman as I absolutely loved the bushfire in South Australia and the Vineyards… a Novel for keeps that one (Hot Aussie Knights #3) Long Hot Summer – Victoria Purman)
      Jodi, Laylah, Nellie, Patsy, Sylvi, Tiella, Wisteria, Xanthy and lastly Zarina. So many names out there but I think these suit a fair Australian lass.

      1. AvatarVictoria Purman

        Thanks Judy! How lovely of you to mention Long Hot Summer. Boy, did I love writing that one!! And I’m madly taking note of all these incredible name suggestions. Don’t know what Cathryn, Kelly and Fiona think, but sometimes choosing the names is harder than writing the dang book!

  14. AvatarRachel Crossley

    Yes please,
    Fantastic giveaway!!
    Savannah would be the name of my Outback Bride.
    Thank you for the opportunity.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Kayleigh has a lovely ring, Stacy. We could have Kayleigh’s King or Kayleigh’s Karma(!!!) or Kayleigh’s Kiss. Hmm. I like that last one. It’s sexy!

  15. AvatarCoralanne Walker

    Thank you for your great books and cant wait to read about the brides

    as Coralanne is different u could use that or COZZA for short Ha Ha

    I cant decide between
    Jewel
    Alinta meaning “Flame”
    Bindi Meaning Butterfly in Nyungar language of WA

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      They’re all gorgeous names, Coralanne. Including yours! Cozza would be funny though. We could call the book Cozza’s Country. Or maybe have a policeman hero and call it Cozza’s Copper!!

  16. AvatarBronny Clelland

    My bride would be Sophie, the book Sophie’s Secret. It’s about a nurse Sophie who’s feisty, kind to everyone, caring & loves animals. But, Sophie has an inner secret of a genetic illness. Much like my own daughter, Sophie.

    1. AvatarKelly Hunter

      Genetic illness is the pits. Actually, any illness is the pits but especially when our children are involved. All best to Sophie and good luck in the draw.

  17. AvatarJessica Plug

    Linzey! I just think it’s such a pretty name!
    I can’t wait to read all of these books!!! Thanks for the chance to win them!!

  18. AvatarFelicity Staveley

    Bonnie. My Nana’s name was Ellen but she was often called Bonnie which on reflection epitomised her beautiful smile & laugh.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Bonnie would make an awesome bride name, Felicity. It’s such a happy sounding name. You can just picture her as a bright girl whose smile lights up the world.

  19. AvatarAndrea Cook

    Last minute entry. Lol. Ok this ones out of the ordinary but rwading the post and some of the story it came to my mind the name Aynslee. The meaning of Aynslee means wood or meadows. What a perfect and stunning name for an outback bride. Aynslee can be boy or girl and the reason i know the meaning is because thats what i called my little one when it became my angel. If i added more to the story about my little one being my angel i would surly send you all in goose bumps. Lol.
    Looking forward to reading this series of ouback brides been ages since ive read an outback romance. Nothing like an outback romance book particular if there based in Australia as a setting. The good authors write it that good its almoat like you were there. Havent had a chance to be a bride yet so i know im going to love reading these. One thing i must do if im ever wa bride is whipcrack in my bridal gown at my wedding and have some other whipcrackers cracking with me or get them to crack as i walk up the isle.

    1. AvatarKelly Hunter

      Whipcracker brides! That’d be fun. We loved writing this small town Aussie setting, Andrea. We’re all familiar with it. Good luck in the draw.

  20. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    This was so cool! You all came up with amazing bride names and my head has been a-whirl with story ideas to fit them all.

    Thank you so much for joining in the Teaser Tuesday fun. The giveaway has now closed and our lucky winner is Diane. On behalf of all the Outback Brides authors we wish you a fabulous time in Wirralong, Diane!

    Keep your eye out for more Outback Brides over coming weeks. It’s a positive festival of them.

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