Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesday MemeWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, where I share snippets from new and past releases and works-in-progress, and sometimes con author friends into doing the same.

Spring has sprung gorgeously here in Newcastle. Last Saturday the temperature was over 30°C (86F) and that was at the beach, where it’s normally cooler. Back to normal now in the low 20s, but if that’s a sign of things to come I’d better dig out some shorts and gird myself for the usual startled glances from passers-by as they spot my deathly white legs.

That’s the trouble with being fair-skinned, there’s never much tanning. Just lots of freckles and sunburn. Although these days I’m so smothered in sunscreen that I’m lucky to develop a light fawn sheen by summer’s end.

Hmm. I seem to have gotten off track here.

Right. Something important.

West Coast Fiction Festival

Are you going to the West Coast Fiction Festival at the Rendezvous Hotel, Scarborough, WA on November 3rd? Did you know you can pre-order my books so that you don’t miss out on a signed copy? Time is running out to do so. Deadline for final orders is September 30th but you can secure your copies via this Google form https://goo.gl/forms/FN2fM2bN0kLHGkRy2

More information about the WCFF can be found on its website.

Now to what we’re here for: a bit of booky goodness.

This week I thought I’d share a few paragraphs from The Country Girl. This one features Pa, who everyone loves for his down-to-earth nature and rural charm. Here he’s being filmed giving garden and other advice for Tash’s online fans.

 

Pa tapped his nose and resumed writing labels for the crops they were about to plant. Old egg cartons filled with seedlings were spread in organised rows at his feet. Pa had used his own growing mix formula and the plants were vibrant with health. All they had to do was tear off each egg cup and bury it straight into the well-composted soil. An old ice-cream tub held packets of seeds they were direct sowing.

Been a few nasty comments,’ he said. ‘You right with that?’

The Country Girl by Cathryn Hein‘I wouldn’t say I like it but I’m used to it. It’s an emotive topic. People are going to argue.’

Still. Sylvia said one of them called you a murderer.

‘Probably a troll. The internet’s full of them.’ Tash was thankful Pa didn’t get on the sites himself; there had been a lot worse name-calling than murderer. She’d removed the more offensive comments but a few always slipped through. ‘Some people get a kick out of inflaming others and starting fights. Makes them feel big.’

‘Hmph. Idiots.’

She thought he’d let it slide but it was obviously still on Pa’s mind when they began to film.

‘Carrots,’ he said, ‘can be tricky to grow if you don’t have the right soil.’ He tilted his head to the side and gazed at the camera in his familiar direct manner. ‘It’s a bit like friendship in a way. You can’t grow carrots on stony ground and you sure can’t grow a relationship. All you’ll end up with is something warped. What you need is soil that yields a bit. Not too soft, but not too firm either.’ He used a trowel to form another narrow channel and sprinkled in the seeds. ‘It’s all right to stand up to your beliefs, but let others have theirs too. Unless they’re one of those stupid terrorist sorts. Those fools need their arses kicked.’ He looked up and grinned. ‘Pardon me. Probably shouldn’t say arse on telly.’

 

You can purchase The Country Girl online in paperback and ebook from these stores.

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Booktopia | Dymocks | Angus & Robertson

If you’re quick, Angus & Robertson currently has a free shipping deal. Use promo code SPRINGTIME18 and shop your book-lovin’ self silly!

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For more about The Country Girl, including another excerpt and a fun video of me attempting one of Tash’s recipes, please visit its book page. Discover how I came to write the story in The Magic Bullet.

 

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My Favourite Reads of August 2018

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Welcome to my favourite reads of August.

Not a huge list this month but what reads they were! Each of them is highly recommended but my absolute favourite was

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

The Silent Companions by Laura PurcellThe Silent Companions is the best horror novel I’ve read in donkey’s. Damn clever and brilliantly creepy, and the Victorian time period is one I adore too.

Purcell knows exactly how to unsettle the reader and keep the tension rising. Our heroine Elsie is kept on her toes with the goings on at The Bridge, the ominous, isolated country house where she’s been sent to wait out her pregnancy and where her husband recently met his death. As for the ‘silent companions’, they were just plain scary.

Love, love, loved it. Purcell’s new one The Corset releases on September 20th. Gimme!

 

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin KwanCrazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

I picked this up in ebook way back when it first released in Australia and though I tried a couple of times I just couldn’t get into it. That happens sometimes and is often a mood thing.

With the movie just released and looking like a blast I figured it was time to give Crazy Rich Asians another go, and this time I had a ball!

Completely over the top and great fun, with drama and fashion, romance and a LOT of food, Crazy Rich Asians was a satisfying read. The only thing that disappointed me was the end. It didn’t give me the closure I craved but I (kinda-sorta) forgive it because I believe this is the first in a trilogy.

Can’t wait to see the movie.

 

The Dark Before Dawn by Jaima FixsenThe Dark Before Dawn by Jaima Fixsen

Another historical read, this time in 1840s Vienna and featuring the cracking character of Kasper Stark, a secret police officer with a very big secret of his own.

From the setting to the murder-mystery to the romance, The Dark Before Dawn was very enjoyable. There are crosses and double crosses, fascinating characters, wealth and poverty, lots of drama and more than a bit of derring-do.

Huge fun, and if you hurry you can pick it up for under $2 on Kindle.

 

The Nowhere Child by Christian WhiteThe Nowhere Child by Christian White

Talk about unputdownable. The Nowhere Child was an excellent read from start to finish. Loved the twists, loved the concise writing, the small-town goldfish bowl and its social divisions, the split timelines, but most of all I loved Kim’s/Sammy’s bravery. She was cool.

Good stuff.

 

What reads have you enjoyed lately?

 

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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 twist the arms of author buddies to do the same.

First up, my apologies for the lack of Teaser Tuesday last week. I’ve been a bit under the weather with an inner ear problem and have had to limit my screen time significantly. Still working my way to a diagnosis so the blog might remain a bit hit and miss for a while.

The big news for today is that book one in the Outback Brides series. Maggie’s Run by Kelly Hunter has been chosen as an Amazon monthly deal for September. That means you can pick up this fab read (and it’s very fab indeed) for a bargain price. If you have yet to read any of the Outback Brides books, here’s your chance to dip your toes.

Obviously, we’d love you to read the whole series, but don’t worry of you want to pick and choose. All the books – Maggie’s Run by Kelly Hunter, Belle’s Secret by Victoria Purman, Elsa’s Stand by moi, and Holly’s Heart by Fiona McArthur – can be read as stand-alone stories.

Many of you have asked about sequels, with Serenity, the music-bombing beautician from Elsa’s Stand, being a popular choice to have her story told. I’m working on it. Well, not working as in writing, but I’m mentally plotting and scribbling down notes. A start!

Which is a good lead-in to this snippet, featuring Elsa, Jack and Serenity in Elsa’s salon Hair Affair.

 

‘This is Serenity,’ said Elsa. ‘She has the beauty rooms at the back. In case you’re wondering, she chooses her own hair colour. Nothing to do with me. I just apply the stuff.’

Elsa's Stand by Cathryn HeinSerenity grinned at him. ‘Nice to meet you at last, Jack. We’ve been discussing you in great detail.’

‘Serenity,’ warned Elsa.

She threw up her hands. ‘What?’

‘Go wax your toes or something. I need to talk to Jack.’

It was then that Jack realised Elsa still had hold of his hand. He looked at it, so delicate in his. Which was kind of funny. Elsa was anything but delicate. She was a steam train of sexy determination.

‘Alone, Serenity,’ said Elsa when Serenity remained behind the counter, her grin growing even broader.

‘Oh, all right,’ she huffed, before moving to stomp off. Suddenly she stopped, her focus on the street. ‘You might want to change your mind on that.’

 

Elsa’s Stand is available in ebook and print from these retailers. Grab your copy today!

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If you’d like to read more about Elsa’s Stand and how I came to be involved in the Outback Brides series, please visit its book page on this website.

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday MemeWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, where I share snippets from new and past releases and works-in-progress, and occasionally pester author buddies into doing the same.

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

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

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

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

Yeah, perfectionist. Or procrastinator. Take your pick.

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesday MemeWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, where I share snippets from new and past releases, and works-in-progress and sometimes twist the arms of author buddies to share theirs.

First up, there will be no Teaser Tuesday next week. I’m heading off to Sydney on Thursday for the Romance Writers of Australia annual conference and it’ll be a veeeeery busy weekend. History has shown that it’ll take a good four or five days to get my voice back properly and catch up on all the sleep I’ve lost. So I’m thinking ahead and cancelling next week’s Teaser Tuesday so I have one less thing to worry about, but we’ll be back on the 28th for certain.

I can’t wait to catch up with all my author friends. Romance writers are huge fun. They’re also very savvy, generous with sharing what they’ve learned, and inspiring. Just the sort of people to rev me up for the rest of the year.

Onto what we’re here for: a teaser!

Last week we had Wal from Heartland being grumpy. This week I thought we might show popular character Granny B in full stride. She’s appeared in a few books now and I hope to see her in a few more. She’s too much of a hoot to write to let go of yet.

Here’s Granny B in full flight in Rocking Horse Hill.

 

‘You look amazing,’ she said, as her grandmother helped Em out of her coat and hung it up. ‘Been somewhere?’

Today Granny B’s elegance had reached an even more impressive height. A pair of navy cigarette pants showed off long legs enhanced by a pair of low-heeled patent pumps. Her gold silk shirt sported a high collar, the neck fixed with a tasteful but expensive pearl brooch that matched the triple-stranded pearl bracelet around her left wrist. Her make-up was deftly applied: rouge adding colour to her heavily powdered cheeks, eyes smoky with eye shadow and liner.

Rocking Horse Hill by Cathryn Hein - global cover‘A late afternoon tea with Barry McClintoff and that idiot new councillor, Herriott.’

‘I gather it wasn’t fun.’

‘I do so loathe vegetarians. Ridiculous people.’

‘Could have been worse,’ joked Em, desperate to keep things light. Granny B’s tumultuous mood did not bode well. ‘She could have been vegan.’

‘Indeed.’ Granny B maintained a special dislike for vegans. ‘Hard to trust these people, though, isn’t it? As I pointed out, if nature had wanted us to be vegetarian she would have given us a rumen. Anyway, how does the silly woman think we grew brains the size we did?’ Granny B huffed. ‘And she refused wine.’

‘She probably had to work.’

‘That may be true, but it’s hardly supporting local agriculture. Barry and I made up for it. Enjoyed a rather nice pinot from Ryan’s. That winery is doing very well for itself. I proposed to Barry that we host a local wine festival to run concurrently with Art Week, but the Herriott woman thought the idea “unwise in light of the town’s youth drinking culture”. What about the rest of us? Just because she’s part of the lunatic greenie fringe doesn’t meant the rest of us should suffer.’

‘Gran.’

Granny B rolled her eyes. ‘Don’t start, Emily. I’m seventy-nine years old. I’m permitted my prejudices.’

 

Ah, I do so love Granny B. She’s so haughty and naughty!

Rocking Horse Hill is available now in print and ebook. Try these retailers:

Amazon.com | Amazon.au | Amazon.uk

iBooks | Kobo | Nook | Google Play

Bookdepository | Booktopia

If you’d like to know more about Rocking Horse Hill or read another excerpt, check out its book page on this website. For extra background, read The Story Behind Rocking Horse Hill.

Granny B also appears in Wayward Heart, Summer and the Groomsman and Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy. She’s also up to her usual mischief in my current work-in-progress Eddie and the Show Queen. Stay tuned for news on that one!

See you again on the 28th.

 

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My Favourite Reads of July 2018

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Welcome to another friendly edition of My Favourite Reads.

Ooh, I read some cracking books in July. Without further ado, let’s see what they are.

My favourite was…

Return to Roseglen by Helene Young

Return to Roseglen by Helene YoungWith Return to Roseglen, Helene Young has moved away from the romantic suspense she’s renowned for and stepped seamlessly into women’s fiction. Now, women’s fic isn’t normally my thing. I enjoyed it when I was younger but not so much these days. I expected Return to Roseglen to be good – it’s a Helene Young book, after all – but it turned out more than good. It was fabulous!

There was so much I loved – the excellent writing, the vivid setting – but mostly I adored the characters (Ivy was brilliant, as was Georgina) and their all too believable family dramas. And there are plenty of those to be had in Return to Roseglen. Some of the elder abuse scenes had me seething. Our vulnerable elders should be protected not exploited, yet there are those in society who think nothing of taking advantage, and usually for no other reason than greed. The bastards. I’m glad Helene tackled such an important topic. It needs more airing.

Do yourself a favour and grab a copy of Return to Roseglen. Yes, I’m friends with Helene but I honestly loved this story and I think you will too.

 

Smoke and Iron by Rachel CaineSmoke and Iron by Rachel Caine

Book 4 in the Great Library series and probably the best book since the first, which is saying something because every book has been fantastic.

Jess and the gang are in serious strife this time. It seems impossible that they won’t all be dead by the end, but our heroes and heroines are people of courage, brains and multiple talents. They’re book lovers. We expect no less!

Apparently, this is meant to be a 5 book series. If that’s true, then the next will be the final. I don’t even want to think about that. It’s too horrible. This series is the best.

 

Holly’s Heart by Fiona McArthurHolly’s Heart by Fiona McArthur

Holly’s Heart is book 4 in the Outback Brides series, which includes my own Elsa’s Stand.

This is such a sweet story. There’s nothing like the pain of unrequited love, and our hero Ben suffered badly in his youth when he fell for Holly. Now life has brought him back to Wirralong, grown up, a doctor with a newly established surgery, and looking to settle down to country life. Who should he find in town also? Yup, his Holly. And the attraction hasn’t faded a scrap.

A gentle and emotional second-chance romance.

 

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine ArdenThe Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

A magical historical fantasy set in northern Russia, where winters are harsh, long and dangerous, and the locals hold on to their superstitions. Or they did until an ambitious and charismatic priest arrives and determines to change their ways.

The heroine of the story is Vasilisa and she’s a beauty. Wild, tough, stubborn and brave, she defies the priest and her step-mother, who want her married off and her strange talents out of sight. The villagers begin to think her a witch but this stubborn girl might be the only one who can save them.

I didn’t realise this is going to be a trilogy. Book two, The Girl in the Tower released recently and now I’m torn over whether to gobble that down straight away or wait until closer to the third book’s release. Decisions, decisions!

 

Inherited for the Royal Bed by Annie WestInherited for the Royal Bed by Annie West

What a premise! Sayid has only been sheikh a short while when he returns, exhausted, to his rooms to find he’s inherited not just a war-weary country but the former ruler’s young concubine.

Being a man of decency and honour and liking Lina’s fight, Sayid makes Lina his ward and sends the tempting girl away to receive the education she’d always dreamed of. Four years later, Lina returns and this time she’s all woman – smart, cultured and even more irresistible.

This was fun and emotional, and I loved it. As for the ending… wowsers!

 

What reads have you enjoyed lately?

 

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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 nag author buddies into doing the same.

Wow. What a month we’ve had on Teaser Tuesday, with lots of guests, fabulous book giveaways and a whole lot of fun. Now we’re on the home run to the end of the year and I’m hoping to score you some super guests over that period. I reckon next week’s Romance Writers of Australia conference in Sydney will be the perfect place to arm-twist friends into a visit.

I thought we’d check out an oldie today. Heartland first came out in 2013 and it’s a book I still take a lot of pleasure from. I adored the characters in this. Matt and Callie, our hero and heroine, were lovely to write, but it was Honk the mad goose and Wal, Matt’s great uncle, who gave me the most laughs. They were both grumpy and snappy, and yet their hearts were in the right place. Well, Wal’s was. I have no idea what goes on in a territorial goose’s heart or head!

Here’s a taste of Wal, who’s unhappily stuck in hospital after an accident.

 

Like the previous day, Wal was in a cranky mood when Callie called into the hospital with a fresh bag of grapes and The Weekly Times. Thanks came in the form of a grunt, but he kept sharp eyes on her when she dragged up a chair and sat down.

Heartland - rest of the world cover‘Hope you’re looking after Phantom properly.’

‘I am.’

‘And Honk.’

‘Him too.’

Wal worked his mouth for a moment and Callie had to clench her teeth to stop from smiling. She’d known a lot of men like Wal from all the bars and clubs where she’d worked. Nine times out of ten the crankiness hid a kind soul. The saddest were the old men still coping with the loss of their wives. The pain was so acute they wanted to take their anger out on someone, especially the young who had so much in front of them, but scratch a little and they were simply lonely men, fearful for the future.

What Wal was scared of Callie couldn’t fathom, but she planned to find out.

 

Purchase Heartland in ebook and print from these retailers.

 

Amazon.com | Amazon.au | Amazon.uk

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Bookdepository | Booktopia

 

For another excerpt, the story behind the story and more, check out Heartland’s book page.

 

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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 twist the arms of author buddies to do the same.

This week I’m delighted to welcome back Teaser Tuesday regular and multi-award winning historical romance author Anna Campbell. Anna not only has a new book out, she’s starting a whole new series with it – the Likely Lairds. Think SCOTLAND! Men in KILTS (I hope)! STUNNING SCENERY! And all the gorgeous romance we know Anna does so brilliantly.

If you read until the end, there might also be a giveaway.

Please welcome Anna as she tells us about The Laird’s Willful Lass and shares a smouldering excerpt.

 

Anna Campbell author - thumbnailHi Cathryn!

I’m so excited to be here to talk about my new series, the Likely Lairds, and the first book, The Laird’s Willful Lass, which is out today on Kindle, with all other platforms to follow on 7th August. Thank you for having me as your guest.

I had such fun writing The Laird’s Willful Lass. Fergus Mackinnon, the Laird of Achnasheen, is one of those lord of all he surveys kind of guys. Think benevolent tyrant! He has pretty much everything figured out—until, that is, he meets independent half-Italian artist Marina Lucchetti.

Poor Fergus! Marina is everything he doesn’t approve of, yet everything he wants. And she’s stuck in his Highland castle tormenting him until her father’s broken leg heals. It’s enough to drive a laird wild!

This short scene takes place on Marina’s first night at Achnasheen when she and Fergus are eating dinner alone together. Despite knowing he’s asking for trouble, he’s trying to persuade her to stay on at the castle while her father recovers from a carriage accident on Fergus’s estate.

 

Achnasheen, Scottish Highlands, September 1817

“I told you it’s difficult for a woman to make a career as an artist.” Signorina Lucchetti raised those remarkable eyes, and desire hit Fergus so hard, he wondered why he couldn’t smell the sizzle of lightning striking. “I’ve worked too long and hard to let scandal destroy everything I’ve built.”

“I understand,” he said.

The Laird's Willful Lass by Anna CampbellHe did. Which didn’t stop him from scheming to bring them together.

Good God, he wanted her now, but it was too early to invite her into his bed. Hell, he hadn’t even convinced her to stay past tonight. He couldn’t risk his sensual intentions frightening her off just yet.

Fergus learned to respect her formidable will, unusual in the women of his acquaintance. He needed to persuade her to tumble into his arms without stirring that stubbornness.

Somewhere in the back of his mind, he wondered why he was so determined to have her. He liked compliant women. Compliant was the last adjective he’d apply to Marina Lucchetti.

But while his head warned him she was nothing but trouble, the heat swirling in his blood couldn’t be denied. Perhaps a stroll on the dangerous side of passion would remind him how much he appreciated the tranquil waters of his usual dalliances.

Perhaps the fire he sensed in Signorina Lucchetti would burn him to ash.

Whatever the future held, he’d made his decision. He wanted her, and it was too late to turn away.

 

Need more? I know I do! Visit Anna’s website for a longer excerpt.

Or you could buy your own copy of The Laird’s Willful Lass and lose yourself in Fergus’s and Marina’s passion with just a click, swipe or tap.

 

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Here’s Anna back with a

GIVEAWAY!

As you can probably tell, this is an irresistible force meeting an immovable object kind of romance. As a reader, I just love those, and I hope you do, too. Daddy Long Legs video coverIt makes me think of that wonderful old Johnny Mercer song, Something’s Gotta Give, from Daddy Long Legs with Leslie Caron and Fred Astaire. If you don’t know either the movie or the song, check out this clip on You Tube. And when you do, I’m sure you’ll drool over that gorgeous dress she’s wearing and that stylish diamond necklace arranged in such a French fashion!

So musicals, yea or nay? Personally I love them, especially the old-school ones like Sound of Music or My Fair Lady or Top Hat. Do you have a favourite musical?

I’ve got a Kindle download of The Laird’s Willful Lass: The Likely Lairds Book 1 for someone who comments today. No geographical restrictions.

Good luck in the draw!

 

Ooh! I ADORE a good singalong, Anna, so definitely a yea from me on the musical front. I’m going to be predictable and choose ‘Mamma Mia’ as my favourite because… ABBA! So happy-making.

What about you? Are you a musical fan? Care to share your favourite? Leave a comment below and we’ll pop you into the draw to win a Kindle edition of The Laird’s Willful Lass.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday Australian Eastern Standard Time, 3rd August 2018. Open internationally.

If you’d like to learn more about Anna and her books – and there are lots of those – please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook and Twitter using @AnnaCampbelloz.

 

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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 lure unsuspecting writing buddies into doing the same.

I’m all wriggly with excitement this week because we have a brand spanking new guest for you. Sarah Williams rocketed into the best-seller lists with The Outback Governess and The Brothers of Brigadier Station. A New Zealander by birth, Sarah now calls Queensland home where’s she’s kept very busy with her exciting writing career and being mum to four gorgeous children (visit Sarah’s about page for a beautiful pic of her family).

As you can probably tell from the titles, Sarah writes rural romance, which, as we all know, is the bestest of genres. Her latest release is The Sky Over Brigadier Station, a sequel to The Brothers of Brigadier Station and one you won’t want to miss.

Here’s Sarah to tell you more and share a snippet. Enjoy!

 

Author Sarah WilliamsG’day, g’day lovely readers, I’m Sarah Williams, Romance Author, Independent Publisher at Serenade Publisher and Podcast host of Write with Love. Thanks for letting me share some space today. Cathryn is my all-time favourite Rural Romance author and I am so excited that I will get to interview her for my podcast soon! Stay tuned for that!!

The Sky over Brigadier Station was released on July 4, 2018 and is the second in the Brigadier Station series which is set near Julia Creek in the isolated Queensland Outback of Australia.

In this novel I reversed the gender stereotype. Riley, my heroine, is very Alpha and dominates the relationship while Noah is the one who gets left behind on the station, so she can go Helicopter mustering!

The Sky over Brigadier Station also touches on Domestic Violence and PTSD. These are both big issues I wanted to draw attention to.

This excerpt is from the very beginning, Chapter one:

 

“You can’t blackmail me into coming back.” Noah McGuire ran his hand through his hair in frustration. His mother still had the power to make him feel like a naughty child; he hated her for it, among other things.

“It’s been ten years, Noah. He’s dead, has been for a long time.” Harriet’s voice resonated shakily down the phone line. “It’s time you came home.”

“It’s not my home anymore.” He had turned his back on Brigadier Station, in Australia, many years ago and had never looked back. There was nothing but bad blood and awful memories left for him there.

The Sky Over Brigadier Station by Sarah Williams“It’ll be different now. Lachie’s grown up and Darcy’s getting married.”

His older brother, Lachie, was the main reason Noah didn’t want to return to the family station. Lachie had always been a bully and spoilt child. But Darcy, the middle son, was his friendly, caring brother. He had always had Noah’s back. Darcy had been his protector against the bullying, against the pain.

Then Darcy had gone away to boarding school and Noah had been left to fend for himself. His mother had been in no state to protect him from his father.

“I understand you’ve made a life for yourself in New Zealand and I’m so proud of all you have achieved.” Harriet’s voice turned pleading. “Please, just come back for the wedding and look after Darcy’s station while they’re on their honeymoon. Four weeks, that’s all.”

She fell silent as if holding her breath.

Noah thought about the situation with Jade. It was becoming almost unbearable, especially since she had started seeing Kahu.

After their separation, Noah had so easily been shifted from boyfriend to employee on the farm. After almost a decade of family dinners and summer holidays at the beach with Jade’s parents, he was suddenly sleeping in the shearers’ quarters and eating cold baked beans at every meal.

Of course, he had seen their break-up coming. Their friendship was solid, but the spark had long since died. Now she had her big, burly Maori warrior. The retired All Black had money, land and was a genuinely nice bloke. Noah couldn’t help but begrudgingly like his replacement. Besides, Kahu made Jade deliriously happy, and after all these years, that was what Noah wanted most for his first love. It was hard to watch though. Plus, with the farm coming into the quiet winter time, Noah wasn’t essential to the running of the Otago property. Until spring lambing started he was sitting here twiddling his thumbs and watching his bank account diminish.

The inheritance his mother was offering would certainly settle the debt on his credit card and maybe even help him put a deposit on his own place.

“Four weeks?”

“Four weeks. I’ll pay for your flights and at the end of the month I’ll give you everything you’re owed,” Harriet said.

“Then that’s it? You promise you won’t ask anymore?”

“I promise.” Her voice lifted with the hint of a smile.

“Fine.” He sighed into the phone. “I better go find my passport.”

 

Ooh, we’re looking at lots of adventure to come with The Sky Over Brigadier Station and you can purchase your copy in an instant with a simple click/swipe/tap on any of these stores:

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday MemeWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share snippets from new and past releases, and works-in-progress, and sometimes twist the arms of author buddies to do the same.

You may have noticed that Teaser Tuesday was absent last week. That’s because it was Elsa’s Stand’s release week and you scored the traditional Secret Things post on Monday instead of a Teaser Tuesday. Did you also catch Friday’s post, Sexy Songs From Elsa’s Stand? When you’ve finished here, go visit, hit ‘play’ on the video and crank the sound up. You’ll have a ball I promise.

As of last Thursday, with the release of Fiona McArthur’s Holly’s Heart, all the books in our brilliant Outback Brides continuity are out. You know what you can do now? You can binge read the whole series, in ebook or print. Rah!

But this is a Teaser Tuesday, and that means we need a juicy snippet to tempt you with. We’ve already had excerpts from Kelly Hunter’s Maggie’s Run and Victoria Purman’s Belle’s Secret, and multiple excerpts from Elsa’s Stand, so naturally today’s teaser can only be from Holly’s Heart.

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

 

Author Fiona McArthurIntroducing HOLLY’S HEART, released 12th July, and the last of the 4 Outback Brides. The series is set in Wirralong, our fabulous Aussie town created from four Aussie authors who have very vivid imaginations, namely Kelly Hunter, Victoria Purman, Cathryn Hein – yay Cathryn – and me.

The name Wirralong had something to do with a label on a wine bottle.

As you can imagine, we had the best time creating the townspeople, and the Wedding Venue, and some reappearing quirky characters.

I’ve so loved being a part of the Outback Brides world but, being me, I did feel it needed a doctor just in case somebody felt sick. 🙂 So I gave this book two doctors. This would be because I love medical drama and heroic medical heroes. And we just had twins in our family.

I hope you love the stories as much as we loved writing them. Warmest wishes for a fun four days of reading with our 4 OUTBACK BRIDES books.

 

Dr Ben Brierly twirled his wide-brimmed Akubra on one finger as he surveyed the empty consulting rooms. Wirralong Family Doctors Surgery. His!

Finally.

It felt fantastic to be home. He’d never thought the town would grow enough to sustain a general practice, but here he stood about to open his own business.

Today, his temporary and outrageously expensive secretary-cum-office-manager Mrs Burrows, hired from Melbourne with vast experience of opening general practice establishments, had completed his new world. During the organisation she’d been worth her weight in pharmacological shares, even loading the computers with the software for patient files. She’d assembled and installed all the furnishings and additional software a small practice needed, outfitting the reception area with waiting room chairs and a water cooler. She’d even hung his medical degree and his nameplate with surgical precision.

Holly's Heart by Fiona McArthurHer registered nurse helpers had set up his consulting room and the procedure room, plus the smaller nurse’s consult room, created and signed off the emergency drug kit with the pharmacist in the main street, and they’d put the rest of his equipment and paraphernalia in the silent, non-existent, partner’s room.

Thus, his appointment book would be accessible for the next week before he officially opened his doors for four days a week … keeping Wednesdays free to sort his grandmother’s rundown property with the new farm manager.

He shouldn’t have stayed away so long.

Mrs Burrows’s final task would be to interview applicants for her replacement, and the practice nurse, then the whole relocation exercise would have happened without any physical effort on his part. Mostly because he currently had more money than time.

Which was lucky. He couldn’t believe the mess Brierly Park had been in. Or the guilt that rode him like a snowy mountain brumby for leaving Gran to deal with an incompetent manager on her own after Gramps had died. But he hadn’t known, and—seriously? There were reasons he hadn’t wanted to come back here, and his grandmother was … a little difficult if he suggested she needed help. Which was why he chose to reside in town and not butt heads over the small stuff.

She’d wanted him to commute from the Park, but having a flat here in Wirralong made much more sense. Thankfully the premises came with upstairs quarters. Mrs Burrows had found Gran a saint for a housekeeper and that would help everyone.

Remembering Brierly Park and the sunset-dusted hills little more than an hour ago, when he’d turned his horse for home, made him breathe deep and let his shoulders drop.

The air had been filled with the scent of gums, the spaces so open, and the excitement of the muster had lifted his spirits higher than they’d been for months. Even bending his back with the fencing contractors on the new cattle yards earlier today had felt good.

He glanced at the hat in his hand and twirled it again. The cowboy doctor, eh? He blew a breath out between pursed lips and jammed the hat on his head. Home.

Ben turned out the office light and the door he remembered as clunky, swung silently to lock with a gentle click. Mrs Burrows had hired a handyman for the week and it was ‘the little things’ she professed to be proud of. Darn right she should be proud.

Ben slapped the rail in approval and vaulted up the stairs three at a time until he reached the landing and unlocked the door to the spacious two-bedroom apartment and tossed his hat, which obligingly landed on the hall stand hook, and surveyed his private domain with pleasure.

Freshly painted, the room’s age and character melded and his stuff didn’t look out of place, considering he was above street level of a country town, and it felt … homely. Which he wasn’t quite sure his Melbourne flat had ever been.

When he’d dropped in here on Thursday the entry had been filled with boxes. Now, the dark leather furniture from his inner-city pad lay tastefully arranged, his paintings positioned, and … he strode across to the bedroom and slid open the wardrobe door. Yep, his clothes were hung, and his drawers filled. The woman was a marvel.

After a quick shower, he stepped out onto his tiny verandah, the one perched over his office entry below, and gazed down the main street of a town he’d worked his way back to since he’d left. Since someone else’s dream had somehow become his dream and she hadn’t returned to fulfil it. Wirralong.

Shame it had taken a personal tragedy to make him see the time had come to return home.

He shook his head at the loss of Tobias. One of his group from med school, Tobias had been a senior registrar with a brilliant mind and a determination to be the perfect doctor. That was the problem with perfection. A fatal medication error during a frantic resuscitation had devastated Tobias into shock, even though he hadn’t drawn the drug up. When the miscalculation had been realised too late and the patient died, his friend had tried to self-medicate himself out of his spiralling depression and, to all their horror, a week later he’d overdosed.

That incident had been the final straw for Ben, spurring him to leave the fast lane of major hospitals and make his life where he really wanted it. Home to be the support when needed for his independent-but-ageing grandmother and home to be the rural GP in a community he planned to be an intricate part of.

Of course, absolutely, he’d let go of any disappointments about Wirralong.

 

I’m reading Holly’s Heart at the moment and loving it. Satisfy your want too by ordering your own copy in either ebook or print. A swipe, tap or click will do it. Try:

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Personally signed print copies are also available for order direct from Fiona. Contact her via the contact page on her website for details.

GIVEAWAY!

Who doesn’t love a wedding? For your chance to win a signed print copy of Holly’s Heart, Fiona would love to hear your favourite wedding anecdote, story, golden moment, or mishap. She also says you can exaggerate.

This ought to be fun! Weddings tend to be full of adventures, from pets and children running amok, to friends and relatives misbehaving badly. They can also be incredibly romantic and moving. Get typing and share your favourite wedding story in the comments and we’ll pop you into the draw for a copy of Holly’s Heart.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time, Friday 20th July 2018. 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.

 

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