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Cathryn Hein

About Cathryn Hein

Best-selling Australian romance author, mad keen but inept golfer, and die-hard Sydney Swans supporter. For news, excerpts and more visit cathrynhein.com

Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to the tasty titbit that is Teaser Tuesday! (I nearly typed Friday Feast there, a series that long-term followers will recognise, but which finished up a few years ago and was VERY COOL). Anyway, TT is where I share snippets from upcoming and past releases, and works-in-progress, and occasionally sucker writing buddies into doing the same.

Today I delighted to host Alli Sinclair on the blog. Alli and I share the same publisher, which is why she has amaaaaazeballs covers (and excellent books). As a very well-travelled lady, it makes sense that her stories are filled with adventure, excitement and, of course, romance. She loves sexy guys with sexy accents (don’t we all… sigh), exploring the world’s amazing cultures, and dancing.

Alli’s latest release is Beneath the Parisian Skies, a sweeping saga about love, truth, grief and passion–and what it takes to fulfil a dream, and it looks and sounds beautiful. And today you have the great fortune of reading a special scene from the book.

Make sure you read to the bottom because you could discover a way to get your hands on a FREE prequel to Beneath the Parisian Skies!

Here’s Alli.

 

Author Alli SinclairThis excerpt takes place in the present-day story, between Yves and Lily. They’ve already met twice and even though she doesn’t believe in muses, Yves is convinced her presence inspires him and will help him finish the ballet score he’s writing. She’s been trying to distance herself from ballet since quitting two years prior. Yves opens up the scene:

 

‘I understand. Not everyone is like me and will talk about their life to strangers. Although, we have met more than twice so that makes us acquaintances now.’ He grinned and dabbed his mouth with a serviette. ‘Do you mind if I have one more thing to say about Natalie? Then we change the subject.’

‘Sure,’ she said, figuring Yves wouldn’t let up. And even though Lily hardly knew him, she enjoyed his warmth and friendliness.

‘I overheard Natalie say you are wasting your life and she does not want you in hers.’

Her fingers turned ice cold. ‘You heard that?’

‘I am sorry but it is impossible to switch off ears, yes? Plus, you two were yelling.’

‘Was it really loud?’

That chunk of hair fell over his eye again and she resisted the urge to lean over and gently brush it away. ‘You were not too loud but using my ears is part of my job and I can hear even the softest sound.’

Beneath the Parisian Skies by Alli Sinclair‘Your neighbours must hate you.’

His laugh spurred her to join in. ‘Luckily, they travel a lot. Back to you and your sister, though; why does she think you are wasting your time?’

‘Long story.’ Such a long, long story.

‘You are hard to get to know, Lily Johansson.’

‘Sorry. It’s just I’ve spent a lot of time alone recently and I’m not used to deep conversations.’ She placed her elbows on the table and placed her forehead on her hands. ‘God, that sounds pathetic. I’m not a social leper, I promise.’

‘You are having some troubles, that is all.’

‘Wish it was only some,’ she mumbled.

‘Do you want to be out of Natalie’s life?’

‘She’s always been melodramatic.’ Once more, Lily didn’t properly answer.

‘I understand your sister well enough to know that what is normal for most people is a big drama for Natalie.’ He drummed his fingers on the tablecloth. ‘I believe I can help you.’

‘How?’ She leaned forward, trying to suppress the rising hope.

‘I am one of the few people Natalie will listen to. I don’t know why but it is so.’

Lily knew exactly why her sister would pay attention to what Yves said—his charm, openness, and ridiculously good looks for starters.

‘She is dancing as understudy in the current ballet for Bohème but will be auditioning for Turning Pointe. This means my score must be completely finished very, very soon.’ She nodded for him to continue, not sure where he was headed. ‘So I have a proposal for you.’

‘Dare I ask?’ Heat flushed across her face.

‘I will smooth the way for Natalie to listen to you.’

‘Good luck on that.’

‘I do not make a promise unless I can keep it. I will get your sister to listen but I cannot guarantee her reaction.’ He leaned back against the chair. ‘In return, I will have the pleasure of your company while I put the finishing touches on Turning Pointe.’

Lily’s mouth dropped open then she quickly closed it. Of course Yves Rousseau was too good to be true. For a moment he’d convinced her he wasn’t the peculiar composer she’d met in the park yet here he was, spouting ridiculous proposals once again.

‘I’m not your muse.’

‘Maybe we should not use that word.’

‘You were happy to call me that when you grabbed me the other day.’ She scraped her chair against the stone, ready to make a hasty exit.

‘And I apologise.’ He held his hand over his heart. ‘I get carried away at times, just like your sister.’

‘Hmmm.’

‘I’ll be honest and tell you I am desperate. The ballet company hired me in good faith to deliver this ballet but I am stuck. It is written but it is not to the point where I am fully happy. It does not have …’ He waved his hand in the air as if trying to grasp the right word. ‘Zest. Passion. Je ne sais quoi. But the two times I have seen you in the park the spark returned. And now that I have seen you today …’ he pushed out a long, low whistle, ‘I am inspired again.’

‘Muses don’t exist. They’re just used by artists as an excuse not to work.’

‘Are you always this cynical?’

‘No.’ At least, she hadn’t always been like this. She used to be a glass is half full kinda gal but since Aiden’s death her demeanour and view on life had changed. She’d struggled with it every day but just couldn’t be the person she once was.

Yves said, ‘I shall call you my inspirationist.’

‘Your what?’

‘Inspirationist.’ His lips twitched then broke into a wide smile. ‘Deal?’

‘I don’t know.’ Although, she couldn’t see another way to achieve her goal. She had to get to the bottom of Natalie’s behaviour and if she had to sacrifice a few hours with an odd composer then so be it.

‘Fine.’ She crossed her arms.

‘Are you saying yes?’ His wide eyes sparkled.

‘Yes.’

‘Excellent! And so we begin Project Inspiration.’

 

Beneath the Parisian Skies is available now from your favourite bookstore, in print and ebook. Try Booktopia, Angus and Robertson Bookworld, amazon.com, amazon.com.au, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play or your preferred retailer.

Parisian Dreams by Alli SinclairNow, as mentioned at the start, there’s a freebie. And don’t we adore those! Grab your ebook copy of Parisian Dreams, the prequel to Beneath the Parisian Skies, for free from amazon.com, amazon.com.auiBooks, Kobo, Google Play. The perfect way to try one of Alli’s books and ease you into Beneath the Parisian Skies.

Go get ‘em!

If you’d like to learn more about Alli and her stories, please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook, Twitter using @allisinclair and Instagram using alli_sinclair.

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Favourite Reads of June 2017

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Welcome to another edition of My Favourite Reads, a bit late this month thanks to Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy excitement.

My reads for June were the usual eclectic mix, ranging from crime to fantasy and horror to pure romance. After previous failures, I again tried to read books that had been languishing on my to-be-read list for a while, and it sort of worked. I managed to get through three until some lovely new releases caught my eye and had me hitting the ‘buy’ button.

What was my favourite? This one!

Origin by JA Konrath

Origin by JA KonrathAbsolutely nuts but HUGE fun. I adore books like this. They’re completely over the top in terms of plot but the pacing is so fast and the characters so cool, that I can’t put them down. Entertainment by the bucketload.

Okay, I admit Origin might not be everyone’s cup of tea. It’s horror. Well, horror combined with techno-thrills but it also came with lots of laughs and even a smidgen of romance.

A linguist is sent to a secret military compound buried under the desert where a hibernating demon that may or may not be Satan has been kept secure for years. Now, the demon has woken up and Andrew Dennison is coerced into acting as its translator. As with all good horror-thrillers, things soon go very, very wrong.

I enjoyed this so much that I immediately bought and read another Konrath book – see below.

 

Haunted House by Jack KilbornHaunted House by Jack Kilborn

Jack Kilborn is one of JA Konrath’s aliases. Some of you might recall that I read Konrath’s The List a few months ago. Well, Haunted House has some of the characters from that as well as one of the characters from Origin, so this was like playing with old friends.

Haunted House was as brilliantly bonkers as Origin and The List. Fast, funny, gory and weirdly hopeful. I’ll be reading more.

 

Last Breath by Robert BryndzaLast Breath by Robert Brydnza

I’m really enjoying this Detective Erica Foster series. I’ve read all of them so far and the characters and mystery never let me down. Last Breath proved no different and was another excellent crime novel from Bryndza, who is pretty much auto-buy for me now.

Am very curious to see how Erica fares in the next book. Is she softening a little? Can’t wait to find out!

 

Reckless by Amanda QuickReckless by Amanda Quick

Impulsive but clever Phoebe Layton is convinced Gabriel Banner is a latter-day Lancelot, and seeks his help to discover the killer of a man whose death she carries on her shoulders. But Phoebe has no idea that Gabriel plans to take revenge on her family for ruining him years before.

A gorgeous historical romance. I really need to read more Amanda Quick. Her books are lovely.

 

The Apothecary’s Poison by CJ ArcherThe Apothecary’s Poison by CJ Archer

The Glass and Steels series continues to get better and better. Loaded with intrigue, magic and romance, these are great comfort reads.

This one ended on a terrific hook that has me itching for the next. Fortunately, there’s not a long wait with The Magician’s Diary releasing in September. Yay!

 

Foxglove Summer by Ben AaronovitchFoxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

This was a nice return to form for Aaronovitch after Broken Homes, which I thought was okay but nowhere near as good as the previous books in the series.

Foxglove Summer was fun though, with Peter Grant being sent to the English countryside to investigate the disappearance of some children. Great characters in this one.

 

The Queen and the Cure by Amy HarmonThe Queen and the Cure by Amy Harmon

This is the follow-on book to The Bird and the Sword which I adored (read what I thought of it here) and The Queen and the Cure didn’t disappoint. It was nice to see Kjell fall in love – I liked him so much in first book – but finding happiness was never going to be easy. Mind you, I never expected it to be this hard for him either. The poor man!

Wonderful read. I still have Harmon’s From Sand and Ash and A Different Blue on my to-be-read pile and probably should have read one of those, but I could resist re-entering the world of Jeru again. I hope there’ll be more of these. Harmon’s writing is beautiful and the romance, characters and world-building are outstanding.

 

What were your favourite reads of June?

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share snippets from upcoming and past releases, and works-in-progress.

Ooh, last week was exciting. Seeing Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy up for pre-order in ebookstores was such a thrill. I can’t wait for you to read this book. Nick and Chrissy’s story was a delight to write and I had a ball coming up with ways for Nick to embarrass himself as he did all he could to win Chrissy’s heart.

Review copies are making their way out and already Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy has scored a fabulous five-star review on Goodreads from Talking Books Blog who says:

“The family, mateship and friendships depicted between the characters were outstanding reading. So too, the noteable quick one liners and the friendly banter along with the actions that went with said banter by each of the characters, was completely attention grabbing… From the start I could not put this book down. Chrissy And The Burroughs Boy by Cathryn Hein is a story to look out for in a series not to be missed.”

Rah!

An excellent excuse to share a teaser from the book. This is from an early scene after Nick has seen off the drunk who was harassing Chrissy.

 

Nick followed as she stepped out, casting an appreciative gaze over her bum as he Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy by Cathryn Heinprobed his soupy brain for who she could be. She wasn’t the kind of girl he’d forget in a hurry, yet he was stuffed if he could place her. It was clear she knew him though.

‘How did you know my name?’

‘Everyone knows the Burroughs boys.’

Nick blinked. This was news. Sure, he’d had his photo in the paper a few times for footy, but that didn’t mean anything.

‘They do?’

‘Of course.’

‘Huh. How ’bout that.’

Suddenly the girl whirled around, causing Nick, who’d been admiring her bum again, to almost crash into her. ‘You haven’t got a clue who I am, have you?’

 

Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy releases on August 22nd. Secure your copy today!

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Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy is coming!

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Yes, my darlings, it’s time to reveal Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy to you! 

Oh, you are going to adore this one. It’s funny and romantic and gorgeous, and will warm your heart. Plus you’ll get peeks into the lives of beloved characters from previous Levenham Love Story titles.

Release date August 22nd, 2017. Make sure you pre-order today.

Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy by Cathryn Hein

No girl forgets her first crush. The least he could do is remember it.

Chrissy James has only been home in small-town Levenham a few weeks when her teenage crush plays hero and saves her from an aggressive drunk. Seven years ago, Nick Burroughs was the school hottie while she was the overweight girl with braces, bad hair, and an unrequited obsession with the sports star every girl in school wanted. Her failed efforts to attract Nick’s attention still burn.

Chrissy sure has his attention now, but she’s older, smarter and focused on settling into her new dream job as wine marketer. No matter how sexy he’s grown, or how keen his interest, Nick will need to do a lot more than see off a drunk if he wants to win her over.

But Chrissy doesn’t count on the determination of a Burroughs boy in love. Nick will do anything to recapture Chrissy’s heart, even if it means acting the romantic fool and embarrassing himself in the process.

Will Nick’s efforts to make amends for the past backfire or will Chrissy’s career thwart everything? Grab this cute small-town romance and find out!

CHRISSY AND THE BURROUGHS BOY releases August 22nd, 2017

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Signed print copies will be available for purchase direct from me after August 22nd. Order details will be in the release day newsletter. To join the cool people, simply fill in the newsletter form on this site.

For extra fun, read an excerpt and Crushing It: The Story Behind Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy on its book page.

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share snippets from new and past releases, and works-in-progress, and occasionally tempt author friends into doing the same.

Oh, it’s so good to have historical romance author Anna Campbell on the blog again. She is SUCH a delight and we all love her here.

I’ve been very jealous of Anna lately. She’s had the most wonderful time gallivanting around Scotland and other far-flung places (they’re far-flung if you live in Australia), gaining inspiration from all the beautiful sites and history, not to mention all that lovely Scottish burr-ing. Check out Anna’s Facebook page for all the piccies but beware, they’ll make you want to book a holiday.

Speaking of Scottish things, I watched Sunshine on Leith a few weeks ago, a musical made entirely of songs by Scottish band The Proclaimers, and it was BRILLIANT. I was so excited I emailed Anna halfway through and told her she had to watch it too. It was great fun and I got to do movie karaoke. Rah!

Enough of me and my movie watching and burr-ing jealousy, Anna is here to tell you about her gorgeous new romance Catching Captain Nash. Anna’s books are terrific reads but take a look at that sumptuous cover. Honestly, you’d buy this book for that alone.

Anyway, please give a warm welcome to Anna, and make sure you read to the end because there could be a GIVEAWAY!

 

Historical romance author Anna CampbellHi Cathryn!

I’m so excited to visit you today to give you a sneak peek of my latest release, Catching Captain Nash. CCN is the last in my Dashing Widows series – well, for the moment, anyway. I’m seriously thinking of coming back and giving the younger generation, including Brandon, Carey, and Meg, their happy endings, but I won’t be writing those books for a while yet.

Catching Captain Nash has a strong Australian connection. My hero disappears, presumed dead for five years, and I needed somewhere for him to be. So I took inspiration from the life of Matthew Flinders (1774-1814), a famous explorer from very early days of Australian history.

Matthew Flinders was a dashing and heroic character – he proved Australia was a continent by circumnavigating it; he and George Bass explored large areas of the NSW coast near Sydney in a rowboat; Matthew and George also proved Tasmania was an island by circumnavigating it; he was a brilliant cartographer like my hero Robert; and he was the first to suggest calling my native land Australia. He joined the navy as a 15-year-old boy, much against his family and friends’ wishes, because he was mad about Robinson Crusoe. Definitely hero material!

In 1803, on a voyage back to England, he called in at Mauritius for supplies. This was in the middle of the Napoleonic wars, so the powers that be imprisoned him for six years as a spy, an experience that broke his health. Voilà, a backstory for my hero.

Matthew Flinders collage

One of the reasons Aussies remember Mr. Flinders so fondly is that a black and white cat named Trim accompanied him on many of his adventures: “The best and most illustrious of his race, the most affectionate of friends, faithful of servants, and best of creatures. He made the tour of the globe, and a voyage to Australia, which he circumnavigated, and was ever the delight and pleasure of his fellow voyagers.” Trim is honored with several statues, including one at the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney, where he receives considerably more visitors than his master does several feet away. The vagaries of fame!

As a romance writer, my heart warmed to the fact that Matthew Flinders jeopardised his career by trying to smuggle his new bride on board his ship when he left London to go back to Australia. Sadly, it didn’t work out. Even more sadly, this was the voyage where he ended up imprisoned. Poor Ann didn’t see her husband for another nine years.

Even more interesting, I discovered that Matthew Flinders’ grandson is the famous Egyptologist Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie who was the model for Emmerson in the fantastic Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. Goodness, you couldn’t make this stuff up, could you? Cathryn, I thought you, with your interest in archeology, would find this connection fascinating.

Trim gets his own Wikipedia entry.

If you’re interested in knowing about the real life inspiration behind dashing and damaged Captain Robert Nash, here’s the link to Matthew Flinders’ Wikipedia entry.

Now for an intro to the Teaser this Tuesday. This scene takes place the first night Robert returns from the dead to find himself gate-crashing his wife’s engagement party to another man. Oops! Awkward! The newly reunited couple have retired to her bedroom…

 

Nash House, Berkeley Square, London October 1829

 

Robert sank into another of those ridiculously feminine chairs and bent to take off his boots. The intimacy of the mundane act knocked the breath from Morwenna, although of course the moment he’d said he was coming upstairs, she’d understood that they’d share a bed. After all, there was only one bed in the room.

With unsteady fingers, she started to braid her hair.

He looked up from unlacing his boots and shot her a sharp glance. “No.”

Her fingers stilled, as her eyes met his in her dressing table mirror. Was the monosyllabic man who’d come into the ballroom back again? “No?”

One of his scarred hands gestured in her direction. “Your hair. Don’t…”

“Plait it?”

“Please.”

Catching Captain Nash by Anna CampbellOh, dear. That was a statement of intent, if she’d ever heard one.

Ridiculous to feel nervous, but trepidation settled like a boulder in her stomach. She’d desperately missed the Robert she’d married, wanted him back in her bed. But this man, despite occasional glimmers of familiarity, remained very much an unknown quantity.

His touch had always set her alight. She’d starved for it since he’d gone away. But so much remained unresolved. While she owed him her duty as his wife, was it too much to ask him to wait?

She gulped in a mouthful of air and made herself nod. “Very well.”

“Thank you.” He rose on bare feet and prowled up behind her.

Without turning, she watched his approach in the mirror. Her stomach seethed with nerves. The skin prickled across her shoulders as she braced for contact.

He stared down at her as he loomed up, so she couldn’t see his eyes. He paused, and her skin tightened in anticipation that she couldn’t describe as wholly fearful or wholly eager.

Did he mean to kiss her? Sweep her up into his arms and into the bed? Then prove himself her husband in the most basic way?

But he merely lifted a tress of black hair and let it drift down through his fingers.

Now she could read the expression on his face.

More hunger.

He mightn’t like her anymore. But after this, she couldn’t doubt that he wanted her.

She gave a visible shiver and placed a hand over her churning stomach.

 

You can read a longer excerpt and the blurb on my website.

Catching Captain Nash is only 99 cents on Amazon.com! Buy now from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iBooks.

Anna Campbell Dashing Widows Series

GIVEAWAY!

So I’ve talked today about someone from history I admire very much. I’m curious to hear if you have any historical characters you find attractive or admirable or just plain interesting.

I’ve got a Kindle download of Catching Captain Nash for someone who comments today. No geographical restrictions.

Good luck in the draw!

 

Thanks so much, Anna, especially for the insight into Matthew Flinders. It’s so cool that you’ve taken inspiration from him. I’ll make sure to give Trim an extra pat for you next time I’m at the State Library too.

How to choose a historical character I admire out of the hundreds on my list (and yes, Anna, Flinders Petrie is one of them)?

As much as I love a man in a kilt I’m also partial to a man in a toga, so I’ll pick either Julius Caesar or Augustus. They must have been incredible generals, politicians and statesmen. And if Colleen McCullough is to be believed in her Masters of Rome series, Julius was a hell of a pantsman!

So my lovelies, which historical character do you find attractive, interesting or admire? Share away and we’ll pop you in the draw to win a Kindle copy of Anna’s gorgeous new release Catching Captain Nash.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight AEDT, 7th July 2017. Open internationally.

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

 

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This Writing Life: The Bowen River Rodeo and Campdraft 2017

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At long last, the much-awaited Bowen River Rodeo and Campdraft photo essay is here!

This is up there with one of the best book research trips I’ve done. There’s nothing quite like heading out into the country, getting coated in dust and people watching. All excellent food for the writerly soul. I went a bit trigger-happy with the camera, taking well over 500 shots, which is why they took me a while to work through. That and the fact I’m currently madly editing CHRISSY AND THE BURROUGHS BOY. My guess is you’d much rather have a new book than a few photos, no matter how fun they are.

The Bowen River Rodeo and Campdraft started over 130 years ago, and is held next to the Bowen River Hotel on (obviously) the Bowen River, north Queensland, 110 kilometres south-west of Bowen and 35 kilometres west of Collinsville. The event attracts people from all over Australia, most of whom camp at the grounds. The campdrafting competitions run over all three days with the rodeo on Saturday and Sunday, and junior bush sports on Sunday.

There’s also live entertainment and a bar operating into the night, bush poetry, stalls selling clothing, rural paraphernalia and other goodies, and plenty of country fare to keep visitors sustained. It’s dusty, sprawling, packed with drama overlaid with country music, and set in a fantastic historic location. Definitely one for your bucket lists.

Perhaps you’re wondering why I’m doing research at a rodeo in north Queensland in the first place? It’s for a book I’m in the throes of plotting out, the climax of which occurs at an event similar to the Bowen River Rodeo and Campdraft. But the story doesn’t involve rodeo riding. It’s about something else which you’ll find aaaaall about in the future. I’ll leave you to speculate!

Except for a few photos where I felt a caption was needed to give context, I’ve left the rest to speak for themselves, otherwise it’d be endless quips like “man takes nose-dive off bull” or “drool-worthy man in hat ‘n chaps on horsey, looking sexy”, of which there seem to be many. Funny that.

Now enjoy!

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Excited to be here!

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Miss Rodeo Australia

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Hard to find a park at the campdraft

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Mini campdrafting for under 8 years. Too cute!

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With a bar, food and entertainment running into the nights, pretty much everyone camped.

Bowen River Rodeo and Campdraft

Sorry, Mum and Dad-in-law, we dirtied your car again.

If you’d like to find out more about the Bowen River Rodeo and Campdraft and put it on your bucket list (which you should do), check out their website or Facebook Page where you’ll find plenty of info and photos.

Back to editing I go!

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share snippets from new and past releases, and works-in-progress, and love to host author buddies.

This week Australian author Annie Seaton makes her debut on the blog and I’m delighted to have her here. Annie spent most her working life in the education sector but now enjoys a full-time writing career, and is multi-published in the romance genre. More recently she’s been focussing on women’s fiction, with gorgeous books such as Kakadu Sunset, Daintree and the soon to be released Diamond Sky. Kakadu Sunset was a finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia 2016 Romantic Book of the Year awards, aka the Rubys.

It’s hard to stay away from romance – the BEST genre, as we all here know – especially when it’s set in our wonderful outback, and Annie has a fabulous new one for you to enjoy. Here she is to tell you more about Her Outback Cowboy, part of the Prickle Creek series.

Make sure you read until the end because Annie has a special blog tour promo running where you could win a $15 Amazon gift card. Think of all the lovely books you could buy after Her Outback Cowboy!

 

Author Annie SeatonI am enjoying writing the Prickle Creek series—more stories set in the Outback. These stories are a little bit lighter than my recent books. In Prickle Creek romance and family are the main focus.

Lucy Bellamy has come home to the Outback and is struggling with all the things she hated before she moved to the city. Hooking up with her gorgeous neighbour makes it all bearable; after all she and Garth were an item in their teens and he knew she wasn’t home for keeps. The hardest part of it all was putting up with the teasing from her family.

 

“Have a good night, Luce?” Seb looked like the cat who’d swallowed the cream as the screen door slammed behind her. “Get all your work done?”

Her three cousins and her grandmother were all sitting at the kitchen table finishing off their cereal and toast. No bacon and eggs for this house. Maybe she’d have to think about cooking a hot brekkie for the boys before they went out to work each day.

Lucy had lived by herself since she’d moved to Sydney, and she wasn’t used to “the morning-after” post mortems. Not by anyone, not unless she’d chosen to share her private life with a close girlfriend, which she hadn’t done very often.

And certainly not with her cousins, and even worse, not with her grandmother.

God forbid!

Her Outback Cowboy by Annie Seaton“Yes, I got a lot of work done over there.” Lucy ignored his teasing. “It was late when I finished my work and Garth had gone to bed, so I bunked down over there.”

Just a little white lie.

Heat ran up her neck as Liam stood and crossed to the sink with his cereal bowl, flicking the side of her face with his finger on his way past.

“Nasty rash you’ve got on your neck, there, Luce. Tell Garth to buy some softer pillow cases.” He turned back to her with a knowing smile. “Or if needs be, I can lend him a razor.”

Oooh. You two. Stop teasing.” Lucy glared at them but her lips twitched. Being an only child, her cousins had teased her constantly as they’d grown up and even though it had been a few years, she was well used to it.

And she loved them for it.

“Half her luck, I say.” Jemmy’s voice was soft as she looked up over her tea cup. “Any more gorgeous neighbours live nearby?”

Lucy closed her eyes as Gran chimed in. “Leave the girl alone, you lot. It’s her business who she wants to sleep with.”

Heat flooded Lucy’s face and she crossed to the sink, hands shaking as she filled a glass with water as she tried to regain her composure. She felt sixteen years-old again.

Gran continued and Lucy almost dropped the glass in the sink. “Although Garth Mackenzie has certainly grown into a studly young man.”

Seb and Liam howled with laughter. “Way to go, Gran!”

“Studly!” Jemmy’s laugh joined the hilarity. “Oh, Gran, I love that word.”

“And you tell that young man of yours, I owe him a big apology,” Gran said. “I was too quick to judge him. Invite him over for dinner tonight.”

Lucy put the glass down and turned to find four happy faces, all grinning at her. One week she’d been here and it was the first time Gran had really smiled. She could put up with their teasing just to see that.

 

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This Writing Life: Vivid Sydney 2017

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I know you’re eagerly anticipating a This Writing Life photo essay about my trip to the Bowen River Rodeo but I went a bit click-happy while I was there, resulting in a bazillion images go through. I figure you’d much prefer me to be working on another rural romance instead of poring over photos, even if they are juicy ones of Aussie cowboys being all sexy and manly as they wrestle steers and ride bulls and gallop about and tip their hats and offer up laconic winks and make me want to… *clears throat* Sorry, got a bit drooly for a moment.

The post is coming though, I promise!

In the meantime, please enjoy these snaps from Vivid Sydney, the annual light, music and ideas festival that brightens the city for around 3 weeks each winter, which Jim and I managed to sneak a look at the night we flew back from Townsville.

We would have loved to have seen the whole thing but were too knackered from travelling to visit all the sites, and there are a LOT of them, along with night markets and other festivities. With the festival closing in a few days there was no chance of a return visit either, so we made the most of the time and energy we had and took a harbour cruise. Cold, but oh so wonderful.

I should probably have taken more photos but we’d parked ourselves on the prow and I was terrified of dropping my phone in the water, and quite honestly I couldn’t be stuffed. I wanted to experience the beauty of Vivid without whipping out my phone every two minutes.

I hope this small selection brightens you up. Vivid certainly brought Sydney harbour to life.

Vivid Sydney Circular Quay

Circular Quay and the Opera House

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Looking back at the Opera House and Bridge

Sydney Opera House

The colours on the Opera House were glorious, like the colours of the Great Barrier Reef.

Sydney Opera House

So pretty. Almost makes you wish the Opera House looked like this all the time.

Botanic Gardens Vivid 2017

The Botanic Gardens had a display of sunflowers that followed the light. So cute.

Barangaroo - Vivid Sydney 2017

Barangaroo was like opening your eyes underwater. Just beautiful.

If you’re ever in Sydney in May-June then make sure you take in Vivid. These pictures don’t do it a shred of justice – between not understanding the new settings on my phone and the wobbly boat it was hard to take decent shots. We only scratched the surface of the festival, but what we did experience was STUNNING!

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share snippets from upcoming and past releases, and works-in-progress, and occasionally con author buddies into doing the same.

Phew! What a week we had in north Queensland, and what a ball I had at the Bowen River Rodeo and Campdraft (having been multiple times, Jim didn’t share my enthusiasm). I took LOTS of photos and it’ll take me a while to sort through them but there’ll definitely be a This Writing Life photo essay on the trip in the future. I can’t wait to share all the drama and dust.

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Onto this week’s Teaser Tuesday. Did you know Summer and the Groomsman is currently free across all ebook platforms? Yes, you can pick up this sweet rural romance novella for nothing. Nothing! How cool is that?

This offer won’t last though, so make sure you get in quick-smart and download your copy today from Amazon, Amazon.au, Amazon.uk, iTunes, Kobo, Google Play or Nook.

And now for today’s teaser which is, of course, from Summer and the Groomsman. This is the story’s opening. Enjoy!

 

Harry Argyle never saw the horse. Not fully. He saw something with a huge black arse and, knowing that hitting things with big arses never turned out pretty, he swerved. A sideways skid and spray of gravel later and his ute was nose down in the Cover of Summer and the Groomsman by Cathryn Heinovergrown gutter that ran alongside Redbank Road – the one the district council never mowed or repaired no matter how many times he complained – and repeating a word that’d earn him a solid clip over the ear from his mum, should she hear it.

He swore again to dispel the last traces of his shock and jammed the ute into reverse, easing it out of the gutter and back onto the unsealed road. Fat arse had turned around and now stood blinking at the headlights and puffing steam into the cold night, and regarding Harry as if he was the anomaly in this scene.

“A horse. Jesus.” He scratched his head and stared at it.

The dumb thing took a step forward, its fine ears at attention. He could see now that its coat wasn’t black but a rich dark brown. A white star shone in the middle of its forehead.

“To line up where the bullet goes,” muttered Harry, although he didn’t mean it. He liked horses. They reminded him a bit of himself: not the smartest animals in the world, but big, brown-eyed, friendly, and kind of sweet.

 

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