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 am sometime lucky enough to have author buddies do the same.

Life is getting back to normal after the whirlwind that was Fictionally Yours, Melbourne. I can’t tell you what fun I had at that event. It was brilliant! I shared a bunch of photos in a This Writing Life post last Friday. Check it out here, if you missed it.

As I mentioned in our previous Teaser Tuesday, I’ve started work on a new book and it’s going marvellously. I’d love to tell you more but, sorry, you’ll just have to wait. I don’t want to jinx this goodness.

In other suuuuuper important news, Eddie and the Show Queen is one step closer with proof copies finally in production. As soon as they’re checked over and approved it’ll be all systems go. This one’s been a long time coming, but the warm glow of release is now truly in sight. Rah!

Enough of that. We’re hear for a Teaser and today we have an absolute cracker thanks to regular (and special!) guest Fiona McArthur.

You’ll of course remember Fiona from her involvement in the Outback Brides continuity which I was also part of with Elsa’s Stand. But Fiona is also a beloved medical rural romance author, with best-selling titles like Mother’s Day (ebook currently on sale for only $4-99), Red Sand Sunrise, The Homestead Girls, Heart of the Sky and The Baby Doctor. Her latest release – out today, in fact – is The Desert Midwife, and it sounds and looks gorgeous.

Here’s Fiona to tell you more and share a snippet. Make sure you read until the end because there could be a GIVEAWAY!


Fiona McArthur authorThanks so much for having me, Cathryn, and your readers, because I do love sharing my new books on Tuesday Teaser page with you all.

The Desert Midwife has been such a joy. The story is told in one of my favourite parts of the world, the magical landscape of Central Australia and Uluru and I do have fun sharing with you all my love of the setting.

View of Uluru from Yalara Resort

A view of Uluru from Yalara Resort

Author Fiona McArthur at KataTjuta

Fiona at KataTjuta in central Australia.

And it’s been fun, too, as an amnesia story, I mean – what IF your new lover, almost fiancée, love of your life, man you were besotted with but wondered it was all too good to be true – totally forgot who you were after an accident when you were driving? How would you feel? How would you get him back? And all of this in the middle of Australia in a place he was a stranger to?  It’s a dilemma Ava has to work through while doing the job she loves, caring for the family she knows she’s lucky to have, and all the while she can see Zac wonders if he knew her well – while her heart is breaking.

I do hope you love their journey as much as I do. I’d love to share an excerpt –

Ava. After she’d met Zac on the flight home to Alice Springs…


…The sunrise tinted a pink swathe across the wall of the room, blushed across the white duvet, and dusted the beginnings of Central Australian heat across Ava’s cheek, warming her skin. Hazily, as she shifted her head, she squinted at the unfamiliar rose-coloured room and frowned.

She could see the flecks of floating dust motes crystallise but, unfortunately, that wasn’t all that formed as clarity returned. Her cheeks burned as the fractured pieces of last night re-emerged and she stifled the urge to groan. Good ghastly grief.

She’d had a one-night stand.

Cover of The Desert Midwife by Fiona McArthurYou’re a grown woman. Her inner voice shut down the embarrassment.

That may be, but oh my. Though, she had to admit, she would hate to have grown much older without experiencing last night. Talk about lust at first sight. It had been complete enchantment and they’d been soulmates for at least the length of the spell.

She was no blushing virgin – though her virginity could quite possibly have grown back because it had been more than five years since she’d last been with anyone – for good reason – but darn, this morning felt uncomfortable. Especially when she was a novice at waking up next to a stranger from the night before, with the heat from his body still warming her hip.

She knew the outback rule: never leave your car if you break down. Were there rules for one-night stands?

Her stomach growled and she lifted her hand carefully to cover her eyes. Did this get any more awkward? Maybe she could slip sideways out of the bed. She wasn’t game to turn her head in case he woke up.

‘Would you like coffee?’ Deep, rumbling masculine tones with just a hint of amusement sounded, and she shifted her head to meet his eyes. Yep, those unfairly chocolate eyes were twinkling and not at all abashed.

She sighed and tried not to breathe her dragon breath on him. Another new skill she needed to learn.

Her hand dropped from her face. Right. Toughen up, Ava. ‘Weak black tea would be wonderful. Earl Grey, if you have it. Thank you.’ She wriggled up the pillows, strategically holding the sheet. ‘Then I have to go.’

‘Of course. Would you like a shower while I’m making it? There are extra towels in the bathroom and a bathrobe on the back of the door.’

She thought about a shower, feeling refreshed, more relaxed and restored to her normal unshakable composure, or, alternatively, the messy, crumpled walk of shame without one.

‘That would be great,’ she said. ‘Thanks. I won’t use the robe, though, I’ll just get dressed.’ She could do this. Calm and composure were her middle names; nothing fazed her. Everybody in Alice Springs knew that.

‘Umm . . .’ More amusement sounded in the dulcet tones of his voice, and she turned her head back his way. ‘I think we may have popped a few buttons on both our shirts.’

Her hand came back up and slapped her forehead palm up as the full glory of their lustful exuberance returned.

‘A night to remember,’ she managed in an even tone.

‘I’d like to think so,’ he said. ‘Your Central Australian charisma does fascinate me.’ Then with less amusement he said, ‘I’ll put the kettle on.’

Zac Logan – at least she recalled his name – tossed back the sheet, swung his long, muscled, naked body to the edge of the bed and stood. All six foot plus of solid, sexy, sinfully seductive stud. And he didn’t pause to put on any clothes. He just strode to the bench with the kitchen appliances and reached for the switch.

Ava blinked, dragged her eyes from his tantalising backside and scrambled to get to the bathroom before he turned around and gave her a front view…

Ooh-la-la, so sexy! And with The Desert Midwife hitting stores today you won’t have to wait. Trot on down to your favourite book or department store and pick yourself up a copy, or get instant gratification with an ebook (or print) from these online platforms:

Amazon.com | Amazon.au

iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

Booktopia | Angus & Robertson | Bookdepository

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


Yes, my lovelies, Fiona has very generously offered a print copy of The Desert Midwife to giveaway to one lucky reader.

Here’s Fiona to tell you what to do.

I have a book prize of a free copy of The Desert Midwife to send to one reader – if you will share your favourite place in Australia to visit and why.

Got that? Easy-peasy!

Hmm, what’s my favourite place … There are so many wonderful places in this gorgeous country of ours, but I’m going to choose my hometown of Mount Gambier, in the south-east of South Australia. Why? Because it’s where my family lives, it’s loaded with wonderful memories, it’s truly beautiful, and with so many of my rural romances being set in the area visiting fills my creative well.

What about you? Simply share your favourite place in Australia to visit and why and we’ll pop you into the draw to win a copy of The Desert Midwife.

Please Note: Giveaway closes midnight Sunday 21st July 2019, Australian Eastern Time. Australian postal addresses only.

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

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74 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I have the BEST guests!

      A farm at South West Rocks sounds perfect, Fi. But yes, Uluru is incredible. There is nothing else like it.

  1. AvatarMichelle

    I love to visit Sydney cause i finally got to visit the Opera House and Sydney Harbour it was beautiful on the water.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Isn’t the harbour spectacular, Michelle? I never tire of going there, or having breakfast at The Opera Kitchen .
        All the best in the draw!

  2. AvatarMichelle

    I loved going to Sydney my first time ever seeing the Opera House and Harbour was beautiful.

  3. AvatarMaria Fenech

    I would love to explore Australia & see more of our wonderful country. But home is always where my family are and that is Camden. There is so much history in this gorgeous town & surrounding areas.

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur Simpson

      Camden is a lovely place, Maria. I went to Leppington Public School, best school ever, and we lived at Catherine Fields when it was all five and ten acre blocks. How fab. Thanks for sharing your fave place. Good luck in the draw xx Fi

  4. AvatarRebecca King-gee

    I really loved bitcheno in Tasmania. It is a beautiful little place and every one is really lovely

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      Wow. Bicheno is beautiful. Yes, great choice, Rebecca. I stayed at Freycinet Bay with Melanie Milbourne a couple of years ago and it’s gorgeous along that part of Tassie. Thanks for sharing your fave place. Good luck in the draw xx Fi

  5. AvatarJacqueline gray

    I like inverloch victora love beach always was happy there all good memories don’t have many of them

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      I haven’t been to Inverloch, Jacqueline. I looked it up after your comment, and it looks spectacular. Will put it on the list when we travel that way. Thanks for sharing your fave place. Good luck in the draw xx Fi

  6. AvatarJanine K

    I love the Coonawarra region of South Australia, the gorgeous wines and the small town of Penola, great food and such a relaxing place to visit.

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      What’s not to love about wineries and wine-growing regions. Sounds gorgeous, Janine. Penola. Petticoat Lane looks very special. On the list it goes. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your fave place. Good luck in the draw xx Fi

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Yes!! *punches air* A vote for my home district. Rah!
        A most EXCELLENT choice, Janine. Not that I’m biased or anything. Much.
        Good luck!

        Fi, I had a boyfriend whose mum owned a cottage on Petticoat Lane and sold the most gorgeous things. Loved visiting. I still have a scented lace cushion from there.

  7. AvatarSusann Newton

    One of my favourite places to visit is Hervey Bay in Queensland. It is such a beautiful place and the winter weather is just magic. There are so many places I love but there is just something special about walking around in that magnificent red sands of Central Australia Alice Springs is amazing. We have such a beautiful country and we love to get out there and experience it all ❤️❤️
    That is what makes all you Aussie writers do special as you can put the reader in so many beautiful places, thank you 😊

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      I’ve been to Hervey Bay but I obviously need to take more notice. Will do that as my bestie lives up there and a great reason to visit. Thanks for that, Susann. As for red sand and Central Australia, I’m in. Could go there once a year no problem and just soak it in. Shame its as far as NZ to get there. 🙂
      Thanks for sharing your fave place. Good luck in the draw xx Fi

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Great choice with Harvey Bay, Susann. I have a relative who lives there and it’s lovely looking out across the beach.
        We’re so lucky to live in such a beautiful country, aren’t we?
        Good luck!

  8. AvatarAstrid

    Tarra Bulga National Park in Victoria. A beautiful serene part of the world to recharge and glory at the wonders of Mother Nature

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      Tarra Bulga NP. It looks fab on the pics, Astrid. We have something like there at Dorrigo National Park. Aren’t we so lucky to have these beautiful places? Thanks for sharing your fave place. Good luck in the draw xx Fi

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Wow, Astrid, Tarra Bulga looks beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing. That’s definitely one for the bucket list.
        All the best in the giveaway.

  9. AvatarDelores Bebbington

    I love Yardie Creek and Turquoise Bay which are both located in the Cape Rnage National Park, Exmouth. Western Australia. such a wonderful sight to see after travelling so far through kilometres of barren landscape. Thank you for the opportunity.

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      Oh wow. Just looked that up, Delores, Yardie Creek looks amazing. Someone was raving about Exmouth recently, that has to go on the list. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your fave place. Good luck in the draw xx Fi

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Another beautiful location! How lucky you are to have visited, Delores. They look stunning. As for the colour of that water… gorgeous!
        Thanks so much for sharing and good luck.

  10. AvatarMelissa

    My favourite place is the beautiful area of Beechworth. It has history, it is near the mountains and has the nicest people to meet.

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      Beechworth? Near Wauchope, in NSW? That’s getting close to home and it’s a gorgeous place. Waving to Melissa. Thanks for sharing your fave place. Good luck in the draw xx Fi

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Mustn’t forget the great food at Beechworth too!! Love that place. Thanks for sharing, Melissa. Fab choice.

        Fi, I think Melissa might mean Beechworth in Victoria.

  11. AvatarMalvina

    A place we return to every year is Crescent Head in NSW. The whole family congregate for two weeks of nothing to do but enjoy that beautiful beach and each other’s company, creating special memories with precious time together.

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      Gotta love Crescent Head. We did a stint at Crescent Head Nippers when the kids were little. Fab place, Malvina and a great place to reunite every year. About an hour from my place now. Thanks for sharing your fave place. Good luck in the draw xx Fi

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        That sounds like a wonderful holiday, Malvina! Definitely a lovely spot to create special memories.

        Thanks for sharing and all the best!

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      Kids see the stuff we miss, that’s true, Mel, and put a shine on the rest of it. Anywhere those you hold close to your heart are – is perfect. Thanks for sharing your fave place. Good luck in the draw xx Fi

  12. AvatarRachel Crossley

    Yes please!!!
    Awesome giveaway!!

    My favourite place to visit in Australia is Margaret River, because it pretty much has it all. There’s over 150 wine producers, numerous breweries, incredible beaches, gourmet food, coffee houses, chocolate makers, cheese factories, caves to explore, forests to walk through, mountain bike trails, whale watching, surf culture, artists, and stunning landscapes.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      Now there is another gorgeous place. I’m with you, Rachel. I need to spend more than a few days there. We paused in a ship a couple of years ago and I went into the Ngiligi Caves and did the crawling down to the river bed tour. Amazing. And fab people running it. In fact, I wrote a scene based on that in a book that comes out in January : ) But loved the whole area. Thanks for that and will work on that. Good luck in the draw xx Fi

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        You’ve sold me, Rachel! I’ve only been to WA once and (sadly) didn’t make it down to Margaret River but I won’t be missing out next trip. Sounds perfect!

        Thanks and good luck.

  13. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    It’s so hard to choose just one place. Tropical North QLD is my all time favourite place ever, I love every location from Airlie Beach up to Cooktown (the coast and inland)- the weather all winter is just amazing (I don’t do cold), the scenery – spectacular, things to see and do – it’s never ending. Hervey Bay is also a huge favourite, many cafes line the esplanade/bike track which could take you all day when cycling from one end to the other as it’s hard not to stop at the cafes lol. Love Sydney too. Wollongong is breathtaking for it’s mountain views, beaches, cafes, restaurants, 20 minutes drive to Kiama, half hour to Robertson, not far from Picton and Camden (and Sydney) and we’re halfway between Melbourne and the Gold Coast. In saying all that I love Australia!

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      Yep, love all those. Great touches you mentioned everywhere, Sue. Australia is so beautiful and different, and extreme, and then soft and serene, it’s a feast for the soul. Thank you. No wonder we find lots to write about 🙂 Good luck in the draw xx Fi

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        It IS hard to choose one place, isn’t it. Sue? We’re so lucky here. All the places you’ve described are gorgeous, although it’s been a while since I’ve been to Woolongong and the south coast. Must remedy that. I used to adore travelling down there.

        Thanks for dropping by and all the best in the draw!

  14. AvatarBree @1girl2manybooks

    Ooh so hard to choose! I would probably have normally said Port Macquarie. I grew up there & all my family still live there. And the winter weather is a balm to my cold Melb soul!

    But! Recently we went to Phillip Island & it quickly became my favourite place. It’s so beautiful. Amazing moody beaches & some nice bush walks. Great for taking photos. And we went to see the little penguins which are my faves! We loved it so much we are returning in September & probably March next year as well!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      The winter is definitely much nicer in Port Macquarie but how wonderful about Phillip Island, Bree. Penguins! Who doesn’t love penguins? Too cute.

      Thanks and all the best.

  15. AvatarJodie Warke

    I love visiting Hamilton Island such a beautiful place and Whitehaven is just amazing

  16. AvatarKaryn D

    Cape Range National Park – everytime you put your head in the water you never know what sealife you’ll come across! It’s amazing!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I had to google and WOW. Cape Range sounds amazing, Karyn. Thanks for sharing. One to add to my bucket list.
      All the best in the giveaway!

  17. AvatarRenee Finn

    My favourite place to visit is the great ocean rd. There are so many amazing things to see an do and so many beautiful beaches.

  18. AvatarKylie lee

    My favourite place to visit would have to be Coober pedy, searching for bits of opal, meeting new people. Such an interesting and different way of life

  19. AvatarRebecca King-Gee

    My all time favorite place in Australia is a place called Bitcheno in Tasmania. Beautiful countryside and even lovelier people.

  20. AvatarAnne L

    I’m yet to get there but the Kimberley region of WA. I’ve always loved the scenery from the region & it’s red dirt country. After living in the NT for 13yrs before moving to the Great Southern of WA, they say the red dirt gets under your skin & never leaves you & I’d have to agree.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I suspect the Kimberly is on a lot of people’s bucket lists, Anne. I haven’t been either but it looks wonderful. Lovely saying about the red dirt!
      Thanks for sharing and all the best in the draw.

  21. AvatarDEBORAH BRAY

    My favourite place in Oz would have to be where my childhood holidays were every May School Holidays in 1976, 77 & 79 with my Popie Crust & his ramshackle beach house, at Agnes Waters Central Qld. Absolute bliss, no shoes, canoe’s, Red Rover on the Beach, sunrises and sunsets & bonfires and boiling up our crabs in a post for tea. Never forget those special hols.

  22. AvatarCarolyn Holm

    Bribie Island Qld is my favourite place in Australia now because it heals both mentally and physically. I came to visit relatives here after my father died five years ago and it offered me peace and time to deal with
    My grief. Each year since then we have returned to spend winter here as living in Victoria with arthritis in the cold is debilitating. We can both enjoy the sunshine, the moderate temperature and I can manage my pain relief without resorting to the stronger addictive medications to allow me to function physically. We have made new friends, enjoyed our time on the island and return to spend the rest of our year close again to the rest of our family. Each time we return my heart opens fully in the glorious sunshine and company.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Bribie sounds better than any medicine for you, Carolyn. How wonderful that you have this island to help heal you.
        Thanks so much for sharing and good luck.

  23. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Wow, what a response! Thanks so much to you all for sharing your favourite places to visit. There were some wonderful places and lots I’m adding to my bucket list. Also thanks to Fiona for being such a great guest. You’re welcome any time!
    The giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Anne L who has won the paperback of The Desert Midwife. What a wonderful reading time you have ahead.
    Thanks again for playing along. Make sure you tune in tomorrow when I’ll be hosting another guest who will also be offering a fab paperback giveaway. See you there!

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