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 wrangle author buddies into doing the same.

Today is one of those days, but more on our delightful guest in a moment.

What has been happening in the Hein house? Well, other than me living up to my dad’s “Us Heins weren’t meant to play golf” lament, it’s been writing, writing, writing here. The light at the end of the Scarlett and the Model Man first draft tunnel is getting brighter, and I’m so keen to reach it. Alas, life has a habit of getting in the way which means it’ll be a while away yet. More on that next week because this week I want to talk about our guest, Nicki Edwards.

You probably know Nicki from her gorgeous medical rural romances. Books like Intensive Care, Emergency Response, Life Support and the wonderful The Peppercorn Project. This month she has a new title out and it’s the silly season all the way with Second Chance Christmas.

Ooh, I love seasonal romances, don’t you? They’re usually a lot of fun and very cute. Second Chance Christmas sounds like it fits this brief to perfection.

Here’s Nicki to tell you more about it. Remember, it always pays to read Teaser Tuesday posts in their entirety because sometimes we hold special giveaways. Will there be one today? Read on and find out!

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Nicki Edwards authorHi Cathryn,

Thanks so much for having me as your guest today. I’m thrilled to share my latest book, Second Chance Christmas with you. The story is set in Canada although it features an Aussie hero and all the language and spelling is Australian. My family and I spent last Christmas in Canada (a trip of a lifetime for our family) and we visited Niagara on the Lake, Lakefield and Huntsville which is why these towns feature in the story. For those who don’t know me, Canada stole my heart 30 years ago when I lived there as an exchange student.

I had a long break from writing during 2018 and most of 2019 and while deciding whether I wanted to continue telling stories, my muse showed up unexpectedly. The writing mojo returned in a rush in August and I started penning another Christmas novella (I’ve written two others, also set in Canada). Well, the book practically wrote itself and what started out as a novella ended up a full-length Christmas story!

Second Chance Christmas features Jack and Olivia and their daughter Scarlett. Their marriage is all but over when Olivia extends an olive branch and invites Jack to spend Christmas in Canada where she has returned home after the breakdown of their relationship. Jack has done some soul searching during the separation and sees the invitation as his opportunity to have a second chance with Olivia.

I hope you enjoy the story which features one of my favourite scenes ever – a dog sledding incident. I won’t give too much away, but let’s say I wrote it from genuine ‘lived’ experience. Lucky for my hubby, he didn’t end up in hospital though!

I hope you enjoy the story.

Much love, Nicki

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As the plane touched down on the tarmac with a shudder and lurch, Jack tipped his head back, closed his eyes and let out his breath.

The window-seat passenger nudged him with an elbow. Jack removed his headphones and glanced over at him. ‘Not a fan of flying?’ the guy asked with a grin.

‘Just glad to be here,’ Jack replied.

The flight had been delayed leaving Vancouver and he was now two hours behind schedule. Olivia hated his ability to be perpetually late. Not that he had any control over time, but if he did, he’d turn back the clock eighteen months. And he’d never be late again.

Second Chance Christmas by Nicki Edwards‘Where are you from?’

‘Australia.’

The man’s eyes widened. ‘That’s a long way, eh?’

‘Sure is.’

He’d taken off from Brisbane twenty-eight hours earlier, excited but nervous. Twelve months was too long. He wasn’t worried about whether Scarlett would remember him, but he was anxious about seeing Olivia. Last year was a disaster and he didn’t want a repeat of that.

‘Hope you like the cold.’

Jack glanced past him through the tiny oval window at blue, cloudless skies. ‘Looks okay out there. I expected snow to be honest.’

‘Still two days. Plenty of time for it to snow before Christmas.’

‘That’s good.’

A white Christmas would be nice, but that wasn’t why he’d flown halfway around the world. He’d come all this way to see his wife and daughter, and they were his priority. His stomach re-knotted itself, as it had done since Olivia’s invitation. A lack of snow was the least of his worries.

The guy was still making small talk, going on about the weather. Jack tuned back in.

‘It’s summer in Australia, isn’t it?’

Yeah.’

The guy shook his head. ‘Dunno why you’d come all this way in the middle of winter. Must be mad, eh? Where’re you headed?’

‘Niagara-on-the-Lake.’

‘Nice one,’ he drawled. ‘Got friends there? Family?’

The knot tightened. ‘Family.’ My wife. My daughter.

Missing Scarlett was a constant hum in the background, no matter how busy or chaotic his life was. And no amount of Facetime would ever compensate for holding her in his arms.

‘Nothing better than spending Christmas with family,’ the guy said, putting a hand to his heart and tapping his chest with a closed fist. A wedding ring shone. ‘Home. The best place on earth.’

‘Yeah, nothing better.’ Jack tried to smile but his face felt stiff and heavy.

When the flight attendant announced they could disembark, Jack quickly stood and retrieved his carry-on case from the overhead locker to avoid further conversation.

‘Merry Christmas.’

‘Yeah, Merry Christmas to you, too, mate.’

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Merry Christmas indeed, and in Second Chance Christmas we even have a white one. You’ve got to love that. Well, you will, when you grab your own copy. Purchase Second Chance Christmas right now from:

amazon.com | amazon.com.au | amazon.co.uk

Apple Books | Kobo | Barnes & Noble

Booktopia | Bookdepository | Angus & Robertson

Now, aren’t you lovely for reading all the way down to here! That means you get to hear about Nicki’s…

GIVEAWAY!

For your chance to be in the draw for a paperback copy of Second Chance Christmas, simply share where you’d like to spend a dream white Christmas and you’re in!

Sooooo many possibilities. Hmm. I think somewhere in Germany for me, perhaps Nuremberg or Cologne which hold spectacular Christmas markets. I loved Christmas markets when we lived in Europe. They were glittery and lovely and so very Christmassy! And even though it was freezing, visiting them gave us a great excuse to sip gluhwein while wandering the chalets and sampling all the naughty things on offer.

What about you? Where would your dream white Christmas be? Hunting for Santa at the North Pole? Strolling Charles Bridge in magical Prague? Or maybe skiing or adventuring in Canada? So many choices! Share and we’ll pop you into the draw to win a print copy of Nicki’s Second Chance Christmas.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight, Australian Eastern Daylight Time, Friday 8th November 2019. Australian postal addresses only.

If you’d like to learn more about Nicki and her books, please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook and Goodreads.

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32 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarAnnie West

    Hi Nicki and Cathryn! Thanks for the post. The story sounds just perfect for a Christmas read, especially as I currently have a family member living in Niagara in Canada at the moment and I’ve only seen a couple of photos! Hm, for a snowy Christmas I can recommend Germany (yes to the Christmas markets and lots of winter goodies) but I think maybe the Austrian lakes or Alps, would be great fun. I’m not much of a skier but so long as I had somewhere warm and snug to stay I’d be fine.

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    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I think you need a trip to Canada, Annie! Niagara sounds rather wonderful, especially if the falls actually froze. That would be an amazing sight.
      Ah, the Alps… beautiful choice. Thanks for dropping by!

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    2. AvatarNicki Edwards

      Thanks Annie. I’d love to go to Europe at Christmas so that’s on my bucket list too! When we were in Canada last Christmas, we really enjoyed the Toronto Christmas market…there’s just something amazing about a white christmas.

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  2. AvatarFiona McArthur

    Loved the excerpt, it sounds wonderful, Nicki. I’ll look forward to reading it. Waving to Cathryn, who always makes me smile on a Tuesday. Happy Melbourne Cup day, Ladies. xx Fi

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  3. AvatarNicki Edwards

    Hi Lydia. I would LOVE to see the Northern lights too. And Iceland would be the place to see them, that’s for sure. In my book, Jack and Olivia were lucky to see the Northern lights!

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  4. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    We’re on holidays and staying on the Gold Coast/Palm Beach at the moment, we met a lovely Canadian couple from Alberta they’re touring the east coast of Queensland before flying home again and they have invited us to stay with them when we travel to Canada again. Hubby would love to go in the winter and experience snow in Canada at Christmas time, I’m not sure how I feel about that as I just don’t do cold but it would be an experience of a lifetime as they live on a 160 acre property and also see the northern lights just about monthly (we’ve experienced the Northern Lights in Fairbanks it would be awesome to see them a second time). Christmas somewhere in Germany would also be my pick if I were to brave the freezing weather 😁

    Love the sound of Second Chance Christmas and am looking forward to reading it! So glad your muse showed up, Nicki, as I love your stories!

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    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Very jealous of you having seen the northern lights, Sue!! And how nice of that couple to invite you to visit. People can be so kind, can’t they?
      Good luck and enjoy that holiday!

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  5. AvatarNicki Edwards

    Lovely to hear from you Sue. How amazing to be able to stay with your new friends – definitely take them up on that offer!!! Enjoy your sunny qld break. xx

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  6. AvatarMichelle Parker

    I dream of finding Christmas in Heaven with my grandma. We would make plum pudding like she did and hide thripence inside. Deorate her silver tree and help unpack all the presents from a brown suitcase she bought to our house on christmas eve then snuggle in to watch the carols on tv.
    Merry Christmas to you all. Xx🎅🤶

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  7. AvatarSally Schmidt

    Lots of snow, ice in the trees, but I have to be in a nice warm cabin in the wood, fireplace, coffee, no need to leave.

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  8. AvatarSusann Newton

    I would love to experience a white Christmas (in December). We have just arrived home from Europe and we would enjoy a white Christmas there or our other choice would be eastern Canada. Would be happy with either place.
    Your good book about Christmas would make to a wonderful bonus ❤️📚

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    1. AvatarNicki Edwards

      Hopefully one day I can get to Europe and experience a Christmas there too.
      Thanks for your comment, You are now in the draw. x

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      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Funny how so many of us hanker to try a white Christmas, Susann. I think it’s because the contrast is so huge to what we’re used to here in Australia. Snow would seem so magical!
        Thanks and good luck.

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  9. AvatarEmma Nicholson

    I would love to be in New York for Christmas one year. All my favourite TV shows and movies over the years has made me fall in love with the giant Christmas tree in Times square and it is my absolute bucket list #1 to be there one year and absorb all the Christmas spirit rugged up in an ugly Christmas sweater haha

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    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Yes, Penny! Like a postcard Christmas.
      I could do with snow right now. I’m in outback Queensland at the moment, at my in-laws, and it’s going to be 39 today and 40 tomorrow. Urk!

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  10. AvatarChristine Hann

    This sounds just like the Christmas reading I need! While I do want to visit Canada one day, I think a white Christmas in Scotland would be the way to go – just for the traditional shortbread 🙂

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  11. AvatarJanine Kimberley

    Oh Nicki Canada is still on my bucket list- so hoping to get there one day and have a true white Christmas 🎄 I loved following your journey over there! Having a mulled wine at the Fairmont at Lake Louise in front of a roaring open fire 🔥- just bliss! Thank you for the chance 😊

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    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Mulled wine!!! Such a lovely thing, Janine. And even better enjoyed in front of an open fire at the Fairmont. Definitely one for our bucket lists.
      Thanks and good luck.

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  12. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    What a wonderful response to Nicki’s Teaser Tuesday! Thanks to everyone who took the time to comment and share where they’d love to be for their dream white Christmas.
    The giveaway has now closed. The winner is Michelle. Congratulations, Michelle! You’re in for a lovely Christmas treat.
    Thanks again and make sure you tune in next week for more Teaser Tuesday fun where for the first time I share a snippet from my next release Scarlett and the Model Man!

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