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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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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share snippets from past and upcoming releases, and works-in-progress. And occasionally invite writer buddies along for a ride.

Greetings from north Queensland! Yep, I’m up north again and having a ball. You’ll laugh I’m sure but this isn’t a holiday. I’m actually working. Truly-rooly! I’m on a research trip for my next full-length rural romance and spent the weekend at the Bowen River Rodeo and Campdraft, watching the people and events, taking lots of photos and notes, and generally soaking up the atmosphere. Keep your eye out for a This Writing Life photo essay about the trip. I think you’ll enjoy it.

On to Teaser Tuesday business. Did you know that you can purchase my romantic adventure The French Prize in ebook for only $2-99 (Australia and New Zealand only). A bargain! I adore this book. It was such fun to write and who can resist a sexy French soldier hero?

For those of you wondering what happened to The Carlyle Code, the next romantic adventure I’d planned, I haven’t forgotten it I promise. I would love to see that book out but it’s a matter of priorities and right now my rural stories take precedence.

Back to The French Prize… Here’s a small snippet from a scene where the heroine Olivia wakes to find the hero Raimund tooling around with a precious artefact called La Tasse, a relic she’s spent all her life searching for, and the key to finding the mythical sword Durendal.

 

He seized her shoulders and held her down on the mattress. Olivia attempted to punch him, only to discover her hands were covered in bandages.

The French Prize by Cathryn Hein‘Olivia, stop. Go back to sleep. There is nothing to fear. We are under no threat at the moment. I promise.’ His voice was soft and even, as though he were talking to a panicky child. It made her furious.

She glared at him. ‘And leave you alone with the cup? Not a chance.’

‘You need sleep.’

‘The only thing I need is the cup. And to get it the hell away from you.’

His grip on her shoulders tightened, his mouth stiffening into a thin hard line. In the low light, Raimund’s dark eyes seemed to smoulder like burning peat. The kind, concerned man was gone. When he spoke, his voice was obdurate, the tone indicating he had no more tolerance for her petty tantrums.

La Tasse is mine.’

‘The cup belongs to the world, Raimund. Not just to you.’

 

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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 have writing buddies sharing the fun.

Those of you who follow me on Facebook know that I spent a goodly part of last week searching for the perfect man to grace the cover of Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy (coming soon!). Getting a book’s cover right is vital. Not only does it need to attract interest so readers pick it up, it must also satisfy in other ways. There’s nothing quite so delicious as stroking a cover you love, especially when you’ve finished the book and are feeling all gooey, and still thinking about the characters and their journey. I’ve even been known to cuddle them. These things aren’t quite as much fun with an ugly cover.

I’ve been lucky enough to score some gorgeous covers but must say that the one I love the most is Wayward Heart’s. It’s swoonworthy, and I’m not the only one who thinks so with Australian Romance Readers Association members voting it best cover in the 2016 awards.

I love everything about it, from the gorgeousness of the models to the bright red title to the golden background. From first concept it was a winner and best of all it yells ROMANCE loud and clear. A cover that’s out and proud? Gotta love that.

In case you missed it, you can learn about the photo shoot and that clinch on the blog post Wayward Heart’s Cover Model Reveals All.

Speaking of romance and awards, if you’re looking for a new read then you can’t go past the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year finalists, which I’m super chuffed to be one of with Santa and the Saddler. Check out the Booktopia blog for all the finalists and categories.

Right, on to this week’s snippet. This is from Wayward Heart which gives me an excellent excuse to grab a copy out and caress the cover, as you do. The hero Digby has arrived at our heroine Jasmine’s house and knows something is up. She’s keeping a secret, but what?

 

Digby followed, studying her as she fetched glasses. She’d sounded welcoming, yet every movement seemed stiff and self-conscious, and it was nothing like the gentle pleasure of his previous visits.Wayward Heart by Cathryn Hein

‘I can go, if you don’t want me here.’

She stopped, her expression appalled. ‘No! No, don’t think that, please. I like having you call in. It’s nice.’ She smiled and this time it felt genuine. ‘I’m just a bit distracted. Work.’ She shrugged. ‘You know how it is.’

He did. Or rather, he used to. Work seemed long ago now. He glanced around the room while Jas rummaged for a corkscrew. His late uncle James would be horrified they weren’t decanting the wine or letting it breathe, but Digby didn’t care. The faster they had their drinks and were settled, the sooner he could find out what was going on.

 

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Favourite Reads of May 2017

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Welcome to another book-loving edition of My Favourite Reads. I had a bit of a slack reading month in May. Between finishing CHRISSY AND THE BURROUGHS BOY, completing second round edits on THE COUNTRY GIRL and touring visitors around the Blue Mountains and Sydney, I was a tad busy! But the books I did finish were fab and one of them was so big it surely counts as two anyway.

So, without further rambling, my favourite read of May was…

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

It Ends With Us by Colleen HooverI loved this book so much. It’s powerful, wonderfully written and will make you think very hard about domestic abuse. In fact, I’m still thinking about the dilemmas drawn in this story and my reactions at different points. As for the ending… the message from that will stick with me always. It’s that important.

This is one of those rare books where I wish I had it in paperback so I could easily flip back and forth through the pages and make notes as I try to work out what Hoover did to make the tension so strong. Not only the tension but my empathy for the characters. At times it made me so anxious that the moment I set the book down all I wanted was to snatch it back up again and make sure everyone was okay.

I’m afraid to talk too much about the plot or the characters in case I give anything away, but I will say that Lily is incredible. She strong, smart and kind and makes you cheer like crazy for her.

If you get the chance, read this. It’s special.

NOS4R2 by Joe HillNOS4R2 by Joe Hill

Joe Hill is one of my favourite authors and his novels are an auto-buy for me (Horns is one of my all-time favourite reads), so it’s kind of weird that I’ve had this copy of NOS4R2 sitting on my shelf for well over a year. But it was just so huuuuuuge. I bought it in paperback because the ebook was priced ridiculously, but at nearly 700 pages this thing is heavy and I knew trying to hold it in bed (my preferred reading space) would give me the irrits. I kept putting it aside, promising I’d read it on holidays or something, until last month when I went “stuff it”, and picked it up.

Hill is such a brilliant storyteller and writer that NOS4R2 was easily worth the hand contortions and getting smacked on the nose every time I lost my grip. This book is scary, funny, suspenseful, action-packed, and even sweet in spots, and the characters are brilliant. I loved Vic – what a heroine! – and Charlie Manx was a blast as the villain, along with Bing. And Lou was… well, I’ll let you find out.

A wonderful horror novel.

Dirty by Kylie ScottDirty by Kylie Scott

Ooh, this was a blast. Great premise with a runaway bride and a sexy musician, and a solid romantic conflict to keep me worrying that the hero Vaughan and heroine Lydia might not get the happily-ever-after they clearly deserve. But what stood out was the dialogue. This is snappy, clever stuff and hugely entertaining.

Lydia’s voice was brilliant. She’s sassy and smart and likeable, and I loved her from the get-go, while Vaughan is hot-hot-hot but also decent and kind.

I gobbled this down in no time and finished it with an enormous smile on my face.

I’m adding the next book Twist to my to-be-read pile.

The Rose Garden by Susanna KearsleyThe Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley

With completion of The Rose Garden I’ve now read every Kearsley release. Rah! On the other hand, that means I’ll have to wait until she puts out another, which, from her website, looks to be called Bellewether. No news on when it’s coming but I hope it’s soon. I’m a total fangirl.

In case you’re wondering, The Rose Garden was lovely and romantic and a gorgeous read, but I never expected any less.

Invasion by Luke RhinehartInvasion by Luke Rhinehart

Earth is invaded by hairy beach balls, one of which happens to bounce onto self-confessed old geezer Billy Morton’s boat and follows him home. ‘Louie’ settles in fine, making friends with Billy’s family and generally being cute and fun. Until he starts using Billy’s computer to hack into the government.

I mostly enjoyed this book. It was funny and subversive and Billy was a wonderful character, but it did lose a bit of pace and the cliff-hanger ending was unexpected.

 

What were your favourite reads of May?

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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 let good writing buddies join in the fun.

I’ve had an exciting week. My next Levenham Love Story novella Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy is with my editor getting her expert treatment, and my cover designer presented me with some amaaaaazing cover concepts.

With edits to be done, proof-reading and other bookish things to be sorted, there’s still a bit of work to do before Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy will be available for pre-order, but it’s definitely a-coming.

Because my head is still in the Levenham zone, I thought today we’d go back to the book that started these stories – Rocking Horse Hill. The other day, while I was making a few last tweaks to Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy, I had to go back to Rocking Horse Hill to check a few things. Reading this book reminded me how much I love this setting, not to mention the characters. After four published works set in Levenham and another not far away, and with more to come, I’m so comfortable with this place it feels like home.

Anyway, here’s a little paragraph from Rocking Horse Hill in the heroine Emily’s point of view, describing her feelings about the volcanic crater she’s had an affinity with since childhood. Enjoy!

 

Her grandmother turned from the avenue to contemplate the crater. Em followed suit, grateful for the change of weather and the weak, though welcome, cast of sun. The day was sad enough without drizzle.

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The ashy paths that once snaked to Rocking Horse Hill’s summit were fading, overgrown with weed or hidden by an encroaching rash of plastic-collared seedlings, planted by a local Landcare group determined to rehabilitate the crater’s eroded and denuded slopes. No matter how important their work, Em couldn’t suppress her dismay at the sight of all the trees. They spoiled the hill’s majesty; made it just another extinct volcano in a land dotted with many. Some of the best afternoons of her childhood were spent on those slopes: sliding from top to bottom on her bum, riding the hill like a giant, dirty slippery dip. Her mother exasperated by her wrecked jeans and inevitable scrapes, while her grandmother and uncle secretly encouraged the fun.

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‘Ugly, aren’t they?’ said Granny B, as though reading her mind.

‘Just a bit, but they’ll go. Eventually.’

What the crater would look like then, Em didn’t know. Darker, she supposed. Perhaps a little mysterious, with the soft trees masking the hill’s true stony nature. She smiled slightly. As a child Em had cultivated all sorts of romantic ideas about the hill, and spent countless days exploring its slopes and crags, imagining secret passages that led, Narnia-like, to parallel universes of mystical animals, kings and brave knights. But there never was and never would be anything mysterious or romantic about the volcano. Thousands of years ago the earth suffered indigestion and burped up molten rock and Rocking Horse Hill was the result. Even so, her heart continued to resist logic. Em loved the hill too intensely for pragmatism, and a person’s sense of home wasn’t something that could be rationalised or calculated. That connection belonged to the soul.

 

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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, and occasionally invite writer buddies along to play too.

Ooh, I had an exciting week last week. Not only was Santa and the Saddler announced as a finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia’s 2017 Romantic Book of the Year Contest, aka the Rubys, I finished the first draft of its follow-on story Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy. Whoop!

I love this story. It’s so cute. The hero is Nick Burroughs, farmer and brother of Danny from Santa and the Saddler. He’s a bit cheeky and a lot sexy, and he unexpectedly takes a big tumbling splat into love when he bumps into wine marketer Chrissy James.

Chrissy, though, is unimpressed. She had a massive crush on Nick at school and he never noticed her existence. It’s going to take a hell of lot more than a sexy smile to win her heart.

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Now for a tiny taste of Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy. This snippet has yet to be professionally edited so you’ll have to forgive any awkward bits, typos or bad punctuation.

Chrissy is at work when a special customer strolls in …

 

He moved casually into the light of the cellar’s skylight, his gaze never leaving the office window, and lifted his hands slightly, as if to say, ‘Well?’

God, he was attractive, even more so than at school. Maturity had honed his masculine edges, filled out his shoulders, chest and legs and chiselled his jaw with a precision edge. Eyelashes of a thickness and density no mascara could ever match fringed beautiful brown eyes so velvet soft that looking at them was like being cuddled. Chrissy had lost count of the fantasies she’d had about those eyes. Of her and Nick lying face to face, staring at one another, lost in love.

Wanting him had been agony, an agony made worse by his indifference. But as she’d told the girls, that was all in the past. Chrissy was a grown woman now, with a degree, a career and, more importantly, life experience. Pretty faces and old crushes didn’t cut it anymore. Nick was just another customer.

Just. Another. Customer.

 

Yeah, like Nick would ever be just another customer. He sure wouldn’t be for me!

Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy is coming soon so keep your eye out for details. In the meantime, you can catch snatches of Nick, fondly known as Numbnuts, in Santa and the Saddler, available now in print and ebook. Try Booktopia, Angus and Robertson Bookworld, Bookdepository, Fishpond, Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Nook or Google Play.

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to the fun that is Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share snippets from upcoming and past releases, and works-in-progress and occasionally pass the reins on to writer buddies.

Today I’m delighted to welcome back best-selling rural romance and life lit author, and ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year winner Rachael Johns to the blog. Rachael’s rural romances are much loved and this month sees the release of her latest, Talk of the Town. The cover of this book is a story in itself. If you’d like to find out how it came to be made, check out all the behind the scenes videos and more here. It’s a hoot!

Anyway, here’s Rach to tell you more.

Author Rachael JohnsHI Cathryn – thanks so much for having me on your fab blog. I love reading your Tuesday Teasers, but it’s much harder to choose an excerpt than I thought. Despite this difficulty I’m excited to share some of TALK OF THE TOWN with you and your readers!

This book is the story of Lawson, a widow with a young son who is still in love with his dead wife and Meg, the intriguing young woman he meets who has moved into a local ghost town. Although both characters are grieving and trying to recover from terrible losses, I like to think there are a lot of fun and light moments in the book. Some of these involve a puppy that Lawson buys for Meg – but he keeps it a secret from his sister and friends. The below scene is when he’s discovered and they all start wondering if there’s more to the situation than him simply wanting to help a stranger!!

 

‘You bought a puppy?’ Ned asked, his mouth full of ice-cream.

Lawson didn’t have the chance to reprimand him before Tab perched her hand on her hip and demanded, ‘Well, if this is true, what on earth have you done with it?’

This felt like the bloody Spanish Inquisition. Adeline, Ned and Tabitha were all glaring at him as they waited for an answer. Ethan licked his ice-cream and looked on in obvious amusement.

‘It’s true.’ Lawson looked to Tab and then to Ned. ‘I did buy a puppy, but not for us.’ He swallowed, drew his suddenly sweaty hands out of his pockets and wiped them against his shorts. ‘I bought him for Meg, the woman Ned and I met in Rose Hill.’

Tab’s lips transformed from a thin line into a wide grin. ‘Oh, really?’

‘You dark horse!’ Ethan slapped him on the back in obvious approval. ‘I thought you said she wasn’t very keen on socialising. Hang on a minute, is she the girl who baked those cakes?’

Talk of the Town by Rachael Johns‘What cakes?’ asked Ned.

Lawson had shared the cakes Meg had given him with Ethan for smoko over the last couple of days, knowing that if he’d brought them into the house, Tab would have wanted to know where they’d come from. He’d led Ethan to believe one of the old dears in town had gifted them.

He nodded in confirmation at Ethan.

Ethan grinned. ‘That orange cake could give the CWA a run for their money.’

‘Sounds like you have a bit of talking to do, big brother,’ Tab said, not sounding cranky in the slightest.

The same could not be said for Adeline. ‘You never said you were taking a puppy for a … a woman.’ Hurt and surprise flashed in her eyes. Lawson felt a tiny pinprick of remorse—he didn’t want to hurt Adeline—but perhaps if she thought there was something going on with him and Meg, she’d finally get the message that the two of them were never going to be more than friends.

‘I didn’t say I wasn’t,’ he countered. ‘Is there a problem?’

‘That girl sure can cook,’ Ethan said, still stuck, as usual, on the food thing.

Adeline glared at him and then looked back to Lawson, her eyebrows raised expectantly. ‘Of course there’s a problem. I take great care finding good homes for my dogs and I don’t feel comfortable with one going to a stranger.’

‘Dad?’ Ned tugged at his shirt. ‘Can we go visit Meg and the puppy?’

Lawson ignored him. ‘She’s not a stranger. I’ve met her twice now and she fell in love with the puppy the moment she laid eyes on him. Relax, Adeline: she’s a young woman living on her own in Rose Hill. You know how isolated that makes her. Your dog will have all her attention. He’ll be fine, more than fine.’

‘Having met someone twice, you can hardly give her a character reference.’ Adeline sniffed and clutched the raffle tickets and tin close against her chest. ‘What else do you know about her? Why is she living all on her lonesome in such a place?’

Lawson bristled, feeling defensive on Meg’s part. ‘I don’t know. Not all of us waste so much time prying into other people’s business.’

‘Are you going to see her again? Are you going to check she’s taking proper care of my dog?’

‘I paid you for that dog, Adeline. It isn’t yours anymore. Now, if you don’t mind, I’ve got to go buy some—’ he glanced up and across the car park ‘—candles. See you later.’

Lawson strode off before she could say another word and didn’t return to the ice-cream stall until she’d moved on.

‘Dad,’ Ned said the moment he arrived back, ‘can we please go visit Meg?’

‘No,’ Lawson snapped. Ned was just as persistent as Adeline when he wanted something, but at least he had the excuse of childhood. ‘Will you just stop asking?’ There were enough voices in his head telling him to take another drive to Rose Hill, and he didn’t like the way he felt not quite himself around Meg.

 

Doesn’t that sound fab? A copy of Talk of the Town can be yours in an instant by simply visiting Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play, Booktopia, Angus and Robertson Bookworld, Fishpond or your favourite retailer.

If you’d like to learn more about Rachael and her books, please visit her website. You can also connect of Facebook, Twitter using @RachaelJohns, Instagram and Goodreads.

 

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SANTA AND THE SADDLER is a Romantic Book of the Year finalist!

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Cover of Santa and the Saddler by Cathryn HeinI’m thrilled to bits to announce that SANTA AND THE SADDLER is a finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia’s 2017 Romantic Book of the Year Contest, aka the Rubys, in the novella category.

Squeeeeeeee!!

This is my first Ruby final so I’m over the moon, and it’s for a story that I adore and had the most joyous time writing. Beth and Danny were such sweethearts and so cute together the book almost wrote itself.

Also exciting is that I’m very close to finishing its sequel, Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy, which features Danny’s sexy older brother Nick. This novella will be out later in the year so keep an eye out for the cover reveal and pre-order links. They’re coming veeeeery soon. As always, newsletter subscribers will be the first to hear. If you’re not already a subscriber, simply tap, click or swipe here to join the cool people.

In the meantime, if you’ve yet to enjoy Santa and the Saddler, it’s available right now in ebook and paperback from these excellent retailers. Grab your copy today!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to another delectable edition of Teaser Tuesday, the blog where I share snippets from upcoming and past releases, and works-in-progress. And occasionally con writer buddies into doing the same.

This week I’m delighted to host Marilyn Forsyth on the blog. Marilyn writes in the best genre – rural romance. Her stories feature hunky heroes (of course!) and huggable heroines and are set in remote and rugged outback locations. You may know Marilyn from her debut novel The Farmer’s Perfect Match, book one in her Outback Gems series.

Well, book two has just released and it sounds a beauty. Here’s Marilyn to tell you more about it.

 

Marilyn Forsyth authorThanks so much for having me on Teaser Tuesday, Cathryn!

Falling in Love Again is a story about star-crossed lovers reunited (my favourite trope 😊). Gemma and Jamie meet by chance in an outback town seven years after the demise of their youthful relationship. Gemma is now a single mum struggling to recover from an abusive marriage, while Jamie is an opal miner who has recently unearthed a treasure in the form of an opalized skeleton. Though the old pull is still there for them both, there is a major obstacle. Gem is desperate to buy the unique fossil for the museum she works for, but Jamie—in order to repay a debt owed to someone close to him—needs to sell it to the highest bidder.

Gem tries everything she can think of to convince Jamie of the need to save the fossil, but to no avail. In this excerpt, they are having drinks in the only pub in town. Jamie makes it clear that he is still very much attracted to her, and Gem is considering giving in to the old feelings he arouses, in the hope that in doing so she can persuade him to sell the skeleton to her. It’s a moral dilemma made even more problematic by the prospect that, maybe, just maybe, she’s starting to fall in love with him again.

 

Gem stared at Jamie’s mouth, remembering the feeling of being kissed by him, knowing that if she allowed it to happen, she could be experiencing that same unforgettable sensation again before the night ended.

Towards the end of her counselling sessions, her counsellor had stressed the importance of ‘moving on’ from her abusive marriage—when she was ready.

Was she finally ready?

It had been two years since the separation, longer still since sex had been enjoyable. Roger had liked things on the rough side as their relationship worsened. It hadn’t been hard for her to suppress any longing to be with a man after that.

Until now.

Falling in Love Again by Marilyn ForsythMuch as she hated to admit it, the thought of making love with Jamie, this man she’d once loved, intrigued her. What would it be like? Beneath the table, her thighs pressed together as her body recalled the intimate touch of Jamie’s long, square-tipped fingers. The impact on her senses—the thundering heartbeat, the rapid breathing, the somersaulting stomach—was instant. And unstoppable.

That’s what made this man so dangerous.

But the appeal of giving in to her sensual side was suddenly almost overwhelming and, if she and Jamie were as good together as memory served, it might be exactly what she needed to help her move on after Roger. The question remained though: could she allow herself to respond to Jamie freely, knowing that love was not a part of the equation?

Or would this habit of hers, of overthinking everything, prevent her from even going through with it?

Maybe this isn’t such a good idea.

Jamie fixed his unsettlingly perceptive storm-blue eyes on her. Was he reading her thoughts again?

Without a word, he pushed off his chair and walked to the jukebox. Next thing, the soft and beautiful strains of Can’t Help Falling in Love floated through the air. The music caught and held her and she smiled despite herself; they’d both been fanatical Elvis fans.

He sauntered back. ‘Dance with me?’

How could she say no? She nodded, her insides quivering like a bungee-jumper on the verge of a leap into…nothingness.

He led her onto the floor and, locked within the confines of his strong arms, she fell into the song’s smooth rhythm. They moved perfectly in step. Like old times.

His hand firmly on the small of her spine, he pulled her against him, folding their fingers together on his chest. Pulsatingly conscious of his heartbeat under her hand, of his cheek pressed against her hair, of his warm breath on her neck, every nerve in her swaying body palpitated with the awareness.

‘This feels good,’ he murmured into her ear.

‘Mmm,’ she hummed back.

The agreement was unfeigned; it felt way better than good. He held her the way he had when they’d first fallen in love. Tightly. Protectively. His body felt so solid, so reliable, and his arms provided such a sense of safety it was difficult to resist the dangerous ground he represented.

But she had to resist it. And with a lot more success than she was currently experiencing. She breathed in his spicy aftershave, her eyes slid closed and she surrendered to the sensations, forgetting everything else.

 

Doesn’t that sound fantastic? And it’s a lover’s reunited story. Rah! One for us rural romance fans and anyone who loves Aussie stories.

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