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 occasionally pester author buddies into doing the same.

Yep, we’re back on deck after missing last week’s Teaser Tuesday due to post Romance Writers of Australia annual conference exhaustion. It was worth it though. There is something truly inspiring about hanging with your tribe, and romance writers are a generous and joyful lot, happy to share their experiences and expertise. I always come away enthused and full of new ideas and learning. Well done to the organising committee and all those involved. I’ve already blocked out my diary for next year’s conference in Melbourne.

Now onto to what we’re here for: booky goodness!

I’ve been wondering what to share for this Teaser Tuesday. Sometimes I worry I’m boring you with things you’ve already read and while I’d love to show off more of Eddie and the Show Queen, my work-in-progress, it’s a bit of a mess right now. Nor do I want to give too much away. There’ll be plenty of that in the lead up to and after release.

So today I thought I’d do something different. I’ve been tooling around with a short story called The Race since – would you believe it – 2009. It’s a cute story about an elderly couple that I was going to share with newsletter subscribers as a special thank you but didn’t because it never felt quite right.

Yeah, perfectionist. Or procrastinator. Take your pick.

One of these days I’ll happy with The Race, and you’ll get to read it in its entirety. In the meantime, here’s the (unedited) opening few paragraphs.

 

Molly squeezed the throttle of her mobility scooter and leaned forward. The path lay clear of pedestrians, the bridge within sight. The race was on.

She glanced behind her. Damn. Jack was closer than she expected. Like a geriatric Biggles, he’d pulled the goggles of his canvas Korean war era flying helmet down. Its black communication ear cups stuck out like Frankenstein’s bolts, the chin straps flopping and flailing around his jaw.

Molly turned back to concentrate. Speeds like this could be dangerous. Not to her. There was never any danger to her. She was a pro, a veteran mobility scooter racer, undisputed champion of Acacia Lodge. But walkers and joggers had a habit of getting in the way

 

It’s funny but reading the full story now (it’s very short – only 1200 or so words) I’m actually quite pleased with it. You never know, you might find it in your inbox sooner rather than later. Which means you’d better join my newsletter now, if you haven’t already. Sign up using the newsletter tab on this website. Easy!

 

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4 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarGeraldine Furini

    Haha I love the sound of this and would love to read the rest of it. My husband has always been interested in anything motor related and we always joke when he can’t drive anymore and has to get a gopher he will want to turbo or supercharge it LOL. As soon as I read this it was my first thought. I hope you do decide to share it, it sounds like a fun read.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Thanks Geraldine! This story is actually based on a couple I saw who appeared to be racing each other on their gophers. They were motoring! Leaning into the corners then hunching over the handlebars, not giving two hoots if anyone was in their path and having a great time. I laughed myself silly then immediately took a bunch of notes, and those notes eventually became The Race.
      I’m not sure when I’ll share this one, it depends on what happens with Eddie and the Show Queen, but maybe a Christmas present for newsletter subscribers. We’ll see!

  2. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Haha cute! Gave me a good chuckle. For some reason this reminded me of my dad and Steven’s mum they were both maniacs with the shopping trolley, people had to skedaddle or be run over. I can laugh about it now but at the time I was always embarrassed to go shopping with dad I always new what was coming and it wasn’t pretty. Shopping was always like one big race to get to the counter before everyone else. Lol.

    Yep, I’d love to read the rest of it too.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Thanks Sue! There’s something about shopping trolleys that make you want to race I reckon. It’s the combo of wheels and that nice rounded handle bar. It practically begs you to whizz along. Your dad probably thought your embarrassment was a great laugh!

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