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 twist the arms of author buddies and get them to do the same.

I didn’t realise until I did a quick check the other day that Teaser Tuesday has been running for over two years. That’s a lot of snippets! But it had me wondering whether the series has run its course and if this year should be its last.

What do you think? Would you like to see Teaser Tuesday continue next year? Drop a note in the comments and let me know.

In the meantime, enjoy this sample from The Falls, featuring Merlin the Magic Ram, our heroine Teagan’s glamorous Aunt Vanessa (Ness) and local busy-body Colin Walker.

 

Ness let out a groan as a pale-blue Falcon drove through the gate and rattled to a stop outside the house fence. She plastered a smile and rose, the high-waisted ecru linen trousers and bright top outlining her womanly figure. Merlin, who was picking young shoots near the shed, lifted his head.

‘Colin,’ she called sweetly, ‘what a nice surprise.’

Cover of The Falls by Cathryn Hein‘Have you heard?’

Ness barely blinked. ‘Heard what?’

Merlin let out an excited croak and lowered his horns.

‘Oh, just the alarm,’ remarked Teagan as the sheep broke into a gallop.

Colin turned, and with a yelp shot through the gate and banged it shut, retreating up the path backwards as a foiled Merlin skidded to a halt and stood panting on the other side of the fence.

‘Sorry, Col,’ said Ness with faultless sincerity. ‘I should have warned you Merlin was out. Anyway, you were saying? What is it I’ve meant to have heard?’

Deciding he was safe, Col swung around and gripped the stair rail. His bald pate was completely aglow, his age spots bright in contrast, giving the unfortunate image of something having pooed all over his head. ‘Expansion!’

‘Oh, is Maggie finally allowing you to attach an annex to your caravan? How wonderful. You’ll be able to hold canasta nights with Kathleen.’

‘No.’ Colin stamped his foot, causing the loose flesh of his leg to ripple in a wash of hairy wrinkles. ‘The centre!’

 

The Falls is available in print and ebook from these stores. Grab your copy today!

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Personally signed print copies are also available for purchase direct from me. Email me at cathryn@cathrynhein.com or via the contact form on this website for details.

Learn the story behind The Falls in Ovine Adventures. You can also discover its two theme songs and more in 10 Secret Things About The Falls.

Want another excerpt? Visit The Falls’s book page on this site or download a free sample from your favourite ebook retailer, kick back and enjoy!

 

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My Favourite Reads of September 2017

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Welcome to another edition of my favourite reads. It’s a tad late this month because I’ve been putting all my writing energy into a new book and, as much as I love the blog, the books must come first.

Talk about a cracking month for reading. I know I say that quite a bit but I truly read some beauties this month. The stand-out favourite has to be…

The Drifter by Anthea Hodgson

The Drifter by Anthea HodgsonAn absolute first class rural romance. Love, love, loved it. Wonderful characters, great setting, gorgeous romance and beautiful writing. Spot on.

In the interests of disclosure, I must reveal that I met Anthea (who is lovely) for the first time back in August at the Romance Writers of Australia conference in Brisbane, at which she gave me a signed copy of The Drifter. It sounded pretty good to me so I was happy to give it a whirl.

One of the cool things about knowing an author is that you feel perfectly fine sending them late night rave-y emails about their book. Which is exactly what I did with Anthea. I was so GOBSMACKED by this story that I had to let her know straight away. And warn that I would never speak to her again if she didn’t come good with the happy ever after I wanted.

So, if you’re a rural romance fan, and have yet to read The Drifter, hie thee to your nearest bookshop, library or ebook retailer and get your copy now. This book is amazeballs.

Defy the Stars by Claudia GrayDefy the Stars by Claudia Gray

A wonderful young adult sci-fi romance with lots of action and fantastic conflict between the hero and heroine.

I read Gray’s A Thousand Pieces of You and enjoyed that (really should read books 2 & 3 in that series) but I think this one tugged my heartstrings a lot more because the romance felt so impossible, yet I still wanted it. It was nicely paced too. I adore books where the characters keep hitting major setbacks and I suffer lots of ‘oh no!’ moments, but also can’t stop reading because I just KNOW they’re brave enough and will find something extra within themselves or each other to get through.

Bring on book 2 in this series!

The Dark Lake by Sarah BaileyThe Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey

An excellent Australian crime thriller that I liked a lot. Plenty of twists and turns and lots of atmosphere.

This is one of those books where the author had a great knack of making me feel anxious for the heroine. I love that. And what’s interesting is the heroine isn’t especially likable. She’s full of flaws, yet those flaws and her situation only makes the suspense more intense. Good stuff.

Kings Cage by Victoria AveyardKing’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Book 3 in the Red Queen young adult fantasy series sees Mare and the gang in all sorts of trouble with no apparent way out. There’s lots of political manoeuvring in this one and we also start to get a better idea of how Maven came to be the person he is.

I’m not sure this had the punch of the first two books. I loved those but this one not to the same degree, perhaps because it had less romance and more scheming and skulduggery. I’ll be curious to see where the fourth book goes.

Undiscovered by Anna HackettUndiscovered by Anna Hackett

This is the first book of Anna Hackett’s I’ve read and it won’t be the last. Undiscovered was a terrific read! Having written a romantic adventure myself with The French Prize, I’m a bit of a fan of the genre and Undiscovered had everything I love in spades.

Think Indiana Jones, The Mummy and Tomb Raider all wrapped up into one action-packed and sexy read, but with a whole bunch of hot men (and women) waiting in the wings to keep the Treasure Hunter Security series rollicking along for aaaages. Excellent.

Even better, Undiscovered is currently free on Amazon. Go get ‘em!

 

What were your favourite reads of September?

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

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

Did you see the new cover for Wayward Heart that I revealed on Friday? Isn’t it lovely? Gorgeous colours and I like the hopeful feel it has, with the model lifting her chin as she stares into her future.

I also like how it fits in with The Country Girl’s cover. These aren’t related books but with The Country Girl coming out in December and the smaller paperback of Wayward Heart out the month before, it’s nice to have them matching.

Speaking of The Country Girl, only a few months to release now. I’m so excited I bet the weeks will skip by. It’s available for pre-order in all the bookstores, in print and ebook. Pre-orders are hugely important to authors because they help create buzz and get more books into stores, and into more readers’ hands.

For you – and let’s face it, you’re the most important part of this equation – it means you no waiting for your book. You can have it landing on your reading device or in your letterbox on the day. You’ll be able to swan around with a smug smile, cuddling it. Or spend the rest of the day on the couch laughing and crying and falling in love with Patrick, Tash, Thom, Ceci, Basil, Coco and all the gang, while everyone else is battling the Christmas shopping crowds.

Multiple wins!

So if you plan to purchase The Country Girl on release, please consider pre-ordering in either print or ebook. It’d be much appreciated.

Now that public service message is done, let’s have a leeeeeetle peek at The Country Girl.

Tash is with her silver fox grandpa, Basil…

 

When Pa remained silent, she lifted her head. ‘What?’

‘You should have a boyfriend.’

The Country Girl by Cathryn HeinAnd Tash would like one, but the buggers had a bad habit of falling for Ceci. Besides, she had enough on her plate.

‘I should have a lot of things.’ She smiled, appreciating her pa’s concern, and showing she was okay, which she was. Boyfriend or not, life was pretty damn good. ‘I’m fine, Pa.’

‘Young lass like you can’t live on scones alone. Hearts need feeding too.’ His eyes turned shiny. ‘Believe me, being lonely isn’t any fun.’

Tash slid off her stool and came to circle her arms around him. ‘I miss her too.’

‘She was a wonderful woman, your nan.’ Pa rubbed her shoulder and kissed the top of her head. ‘You should have what we had.’

‘I hope I get it one day.’

He gave her a squeeze. ‘And how do you propose to do that if you don’t have a fella?’

‘I’ll find one, eventually.’ The kettle clicked off. Tash stood on tiptoe to kiss his cheek. ‘Just not this year.’

 

*sigh* I bloody LOVE this book. It’s funny and heartbreaking and emotional and hopeful and so many things, and I cannot wait for it to hit shelves.

Pre-order your copy of The Country Girl today from these retailers, or your favourite independent bookseller.

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A new cover for Wayward Heart!

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As mentioned in this week’s Teaser Tuesday, my rural romance Wayward Heart is getting a facelift.

Yes, that breathtaking clinch of the original cover will soon be no more.

Sad, very sad. I have fantasies about that clinch. Serious ones involving rugged men with big hands and sweeping hair and stubbled jaws, and lips like… Err, sorry about that. Got lost for a moment.

Anywaaaaay…

We may be losing the sexy clinch but it’s being replaced with something just as gorgeous.

Why? Because there’s a new edition coming out on November 20th – the smaller, cheaper ‘B’ format paperback. With The Country Girl hitting shelves on December 18th, this was a perfect opportunity to update Wayward Heart’s cover so it’s more in line with this new release.

So without further ado, here it is.

Wayward Heart by Cathryn Hein

Isn’t it beautiful? Stunning colours and I love the new tag line: They’ve found strength in each other, but can they find love? Pretty chuffed with that one. The quote from Yours Magazine isn’t bad either.

What do you think? Give your thumbs up (or down) in the comment box below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share snippets from new and past releases, and works-in-progress, and occasionally badger author buddies into joining in the fun.

Today is a bit special. Why? Because today we have some breaking news:

Wayward Heart is getting a facelift.

Yup, the sexy clinch that we all adore is being sidelined. I’m a bit sad, to tell you the truth. I LOVE that cover, but with the release of the smaller (and cheaper) ‘B’ format paperback edition on November 20th, Harlequin decided on a redesign to keep the cover in line with my December 18th release, The Country Girl.

All will be revealed veeeeery soon. On Friday, in fact. Right here on the blog. So make sure you pop back for a looksie.

In the meantime, enjoy this teaser from Wayward Heart and its totally sighworthy original cover.

 

She gave a soft laugh and just as quickly sobered. ‘God,’ she breathed, closing her eyes. ‘This is so weird. You’re my best friend’s brother. I’ve never … you know.’

Wayward Heart by Cathryn Hein‘Me either.’

‘But it feels right though, doesn’t it? For us?’

He stroked curled fingers down the side of her face. Her skin was like satin, warm from the fire and flush with her yearning. Eyes hooded, she pressed catlike against the contact, as if it was something exquisite. The start of a moan vibrated inside Digby.

How long since he’d touched someone with that kind of tenderness? How long since he’d found intimacy, since the burn of loneliness had been soothed?

‘Yes,’ he said as desire bulldozed over his guilt. Right, wrong, he didn’t care. He simply wanted.

 

Wayward Heart is available in print and ebook from these stores. Grab your copy today!

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Amazon.com | Amazon.au | Amazon.uk

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Personally signed print copies are also available for purchase direct from me. Email me at cathryn@cathrynhein.com or via the contact form on this website for details.

Learn the story behind how I came to write Wayward Heart in Of Beaches And Brothers, And Friends to Lovers. You can also discover its theme song and more in 6 Secret Things About Wayward Heart.

And don’t miss this interview with Wayward Heart‘s cover model, who reveals aaaaaall about that sexy clinch.

Want another excerpt? Visit Wayward Heart’s book page on this site or download a free sample from your favourite ebook retailer and enjoy.

 

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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 nag author buddies into do the same.

This week I’m delighted to host Fiona Palmer on the blog. Rural romance fans will know Fiona well from books like The Family Farm, Heart of Gold, The Outback Heart, The Saddler Boys and others. Stories that showcase and reflect Fiona’s love for this great country and her passion for rural life.

Fiona’s new release Secrets Between Friends sees a change of direction into women’s fiction, and a change of location. No farms here! But that doesn’t matter. We have a lovely cruise ship and the gorgeous Western Australian coastline instead. There’s one thing that won’t have changed though. You’ll still have your heart warmed with this tale of Aussie friendship.

Here’s Fiona to tell you more about Secrets Between Friends.

 

Fiona Palmer Author‘How well do you know your friends? Are you super close or are there still secrets you keep from them? Or maybe some friends know bits and another knows the rest or maybe you have no secrets to share?

You could be happily married with kids and yet confide to your friend that you’ve had dreams about the tyre shop man or some young guy who is flirting with you. The secrets don’t have to be big, some are just things we don’t say to anyone else. Then there are the BIG ones, ones that can tear apart your world. Would you trust these with your friends? Then there are the secrets we even keep from ourselves. We might know its lurking deep down but we keep it there, pretending it doesn’t exist. In my new book Secrets Between Friends the characters are doing just this, as well as all the others!!

They are not alone, life is a tricky thing full of emotions and feelings that we sometimes can’t control and other times we control them too much and don’t listen to our hearts.  Imagine all of that on a ship, where there is no escape when some of these secrets sneak out. That’s what happens for these three friends Jess, Abbie and Ricki. Then throw in best friend Peter. It’s going to be a rocky ride, that’s for sure. Here is a snippet from Abbie….

 

Abbie: Hell, where had the time gone? Abbie was twenty-seven with not much to show for it. Yet another thing to add to her list of Secrets Between Friends by Fiona Palmerfailures. It was growing day by day. If it kept up like this she might need more note paper.

She twisted the end of her long black hair as her eyes moved across to another bright sticky note. One o’clock, Doctor Rikes.

God, how she hated that sticky note. It had tortured her from the moment she stuck it up on her wall. Not even the bright pink could sway the feeling of dread it brought. But today was the day. With some luck she’d get some answers. Abbie let her head fall to the desk and rest against the cold melamine. She just had to get through the next few hours without screaming, swearing at Derek or curling up in a ball under her desk.

Her life felt as if it had derailed and she was travelling along unknown tracks, rough and bumpy as the world flashed past in a blur. She hadn’t told a soul. Too scared it would make it real. Too worried she would cry. Too fearful she would fall apart.

 

I hope you all enjoy Secrets Between Friends!

Cheers Cathryn for having me.

 

A pleasure, Fiona. I’m hearing amaaaazing things about Secrets Between Friends and readers are gobbling it up. Hard to resist a book loaded with secrets.

Secrets Between Friends is available for purchase in paperback and ebook from these retailers. Grab your copy today!

Booktopia, Angus & Robertson Bookworld, Amazon.com, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play, your favourite bookshop or chain store.

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

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share snippets from new and past releases, and works-in-progress and twist the arms of author buddies to do the same.

Ah, it’s always a joy to have historical romance author Anna Campbell on the blog. I adore her books and I know you do too, and she always chooses cool excerpts to share. Today is no exception, with a sneak peek at her gorgeous Christmas story Mistletoe and the Major. Love this cover. It’s so bright and seasonal!

If you read on, you’ll discover that Christmas could come early if you win Anna’s giveaway.

 

Historical romance author Anna Campbell

Hi Cathryn!

I love visiting your blog and sharing news of my latest releases with your readers. Thanks so much for having me as your guest today to talk about my Christmas story this year.

And doesn’t that blow your mind? That we’re already talking about Christmas??!!

Anyway, back to Mistletoe and the Major. I seem to be dwelling on military gentlemen returning from the wars at the moment – my last release Catching Captain Nash was about a naval officer coming back from the dead to reunite with his loving wife.

Actually I wrote MATM a year ago for an anthology called Under the Kissing Bough which was available for a limited period last Christmas. I’m now releasing this story of love lost and found as a standalone for anyone who missed picking up the anthology.

Mistletoe and the Major is about Major Lord Canforth who returns from fighting Napoleon to reunite with the wife he loves. Sounds like he should be overjoyed, doesn’t it? Well, he would be if he thought Felicity loved him back. Unfortunately, he doesn’t. And their awkward, uncomfortable honeymoon eight years ago has preyed on his mind since he left his new bride to join his regiment.

When he gets back to Otway Hall on Christmas Eve in 1815, he has a lot of ground to make up with his wife, and no real idea how he can do that. This scene takes place just after he’s arrived. He and Felicity are alone in the great hall of his rambling manor house, and he’s noticed the elaborate kissing bough that has hung from the ceiling since the staff Christmas party a few days earlier.

 

Otway Hall, Shropshire, Christmas Eve, 1815

Canforth’s lips quirked. “At least give me until dinnertime to feel like I’m back to stay.”

Felicity made herself smile again, although she remained closer to weeping than laughter. “Before you know it, you’ll be ordering me around and demanding your claret and tobacco and slippers like a real lord of the manor.”

Mistletoe and the Major by Anna Campbell“First, we have unfinished business here under the mistletoe. I’ve waited a devil of a long time to kiss my wife.”

The sudden purpose in his expression sent sensual awareness rippling along her spine. Her lips burned from the brief kiss, however chaste, she’d given him. She was blushing again. Blast this odd situation. She was both wife of eight years and bride of a couple of weeks. There was no solid ground beneath her feet.

When gentle fingers tilted her chin up, she caught her breath. He brushed his lips across hers in a kiss that was over almost before it began. She’d braced for something more passionate, which was absurd when he’d never shown her anything but the most delicate handling. The few times he’d used her body, he’d treated her as if the slightest roughness would damage her.

It hadn’t been enough then. It certainly wouldn’t be enough now. She was eight years older than that naïve girl. After Canforth left, she’d learned the meaning of longing.

The kiss was like a whisper. But even such brief contact turned her knees to water. Instinctively she reached toward him, to bring him closer.

Before she could touch him, he stepped away, leaving her floundering. “That was a fine welcome,” he murmured and gave her a brief bow, as if they’d only just met.

She remained poised under the mistletoe, lips tingling, although it was clear there would be no more kisses. “I’m so glad you’re home, Canforth.”

 

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

Mistletoe and the Major is only 99 cents on Amazon.com

Here are the buy links:

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One of my favourite scenes in Mistletoe and the Major occurs when Lord Canforth is reunited with his aged dog Digby. It always brings a tear to my eye when I read it. So I’d love to know about your favorite pet. Mine was a collie dog called Astro – smarter than most humans I’ve met, and that’s not being rude about the humans!

GIVEAWAY!

I’ve got a Kindle download of Mistletoe and the Major for someone who comments today. No geographical restrictions.

Good luck in the draw!

Please Note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday AEST, 22nd September 2017. Open internationally.

My favourite pet, Anna? Oh, that’s easy! My first horse Mysty. She was such a character and I adored her. I still remember the day she walked through the front door to say hello.

What was yours? Share and Christmas could come early for you thanks to Anna!

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

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 sometimes hustle writing buddies into doing the same.

As I think I’ve mentioned, I’m in the middle of a new story and have finally hit what I call the “obsessive” stage. This is the point where I can’t stop thinking about the characters. And I mean can’t stop.

Think of a movie that runs endlessly but with the scenes played out of order and changing constantly. They screen as I go to sleep, as I rise in the morning, as I shower and eat breakfast, as I zone out in front of the telly or exercise or shop or cook dinner. The buggers are even with me when I play golf, which is no doubt one of the reasons why I’m so bad at it.

That’s what goes on in my head when I hit this stage and I’ll now stay like this until I finish the book. That probably sounds weird and boring to a non-writer, but I love it. It’s exciting, and I adore testing different conflicts and dramas, and thinking up new ways to torture the hero and heroine and toy with their emotions. Nicely, of course.

So it seems only fitting that I celebrate reaching this point with a little taste of what I’ve been writing. No formal title for this one yet – it’s a secret. Not really, but the working title I have will probably end up changed and I’d rather not confuse the issue.

The hero of this one is Jack and he’s very much the strong silent type, while our hairdresser heroine is Elsa and she’s… not!

 

‘Perhaps I can tempt you into a shave too?’ Elsa took another breath and beamed her most tempting smile. ‘A proper cut-throat razor one. It doesn’t take long.’

Which wasn’t quite the truth. The deluxe version, which was a gloried man-facial, could take a good hour.

Jack’s gaze scanned her face, flicking from her mouth to her eyes and back again. The buzz she’d been experiencing since his arrival turned electric.

‘I’m trained. And I promise I’m not even remotely psychotic. No Demon Barber of Fleet Street here. That’s a film, by the way. Sweeny Todd, starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter…’ God, now she was babbling.

The corner of his mouth lifted in what Elsa was beginning to suspect was Jack’s version of a smile. ‘Not sure I have time.’

‘Somewhere better to be?’

 

If you’re wondering what my next release will be, The Country Girl hits shelves December 18th, just in time for Christmas but you can secure your copy today from these retailers. 

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Favourite Reads of August 2017

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Welcome to the booky goodness that is My Favourite Reads.

Not so many on my reading list this month, mainly due to the (wonderful) distraction that was the Romance Writers of Australia conference.

I’m having a hard time choosing my favourite read of August. They were all terrific and all very different, but I think I’ll have to go with…

And Fire Came Down by Emma Viskic

And Fire Came Down by Emma ViskicI loved Emma’s debut Resurrection Bay which featured hearing impaired private investigator Caleb Zelic. It was twisty and surprising, and a total page-turner. And Fire Came Down is book two in what I hope will become a long-running series.

Caleb is such an engaging character. He’s proud – too proud sometimes – and refuses to let his deafness dictate his life. He’s also loyal, clever, and very brave. And he loves fiercely. It’s no wonder I adore him.

Small town Resurrection Bay features again in this complex and often moving crime story about drugs, racism, family and much more, and it’s so well drawn that it’s its own character. As for the other players, they were brilliant too.

Highly recommended.

Executed by RR HaywoodExecuted by RR Hayward

Book 2 in the Extracted trilogy. My thoughts on book 1, Extracted, here.

Another rollicking read that I enjoyed hugely. There’s a lot of humour here, along the fighting, swearing, violence and technology we saw in the first book. To be honest, it does go a bit over the top, but that’s also what made me love it.

I find I’m becoming increasingly partial to these slightly bonkers books. They’re just so entertaining!

Hurry up book 3.

The Desert King’s Captive Bride by Annie WestThe Desert King’s Captive Bride by Annie West

Ooh, Annie really outdid herself with hero Huseyn. What a man! So rugged, so strong, so rugged… Okay, so I like them a bit rough around the edges but Huseyn is a man of many talents, and this desert warrior knows not only how to ride and fight, he also knows how to work a suit. And take over a kingdom. Fortunately, our heroine Princess Ghizlan is more than a match for him.

I cried in this one. Always a sign of a good romance.

Annie’s new release His Majesty’s Temporary Bride is on my to-be-read pile. Can’t wait!

Sherlock Holmes and the Labyrinth of Death by James LovegroveSherlock Holmes and the Labyrinth of Death by James Lovegrove

Regular readers will know that I’m a big Sherlock Holmes fan and have read not only all the originals multiple times, but many of the new ones that are out. So far, my favouites have been Anthony Horowitz’s The House of Silk and Moriarty, but James Lovegrove’s story was an excellent addition to the range, with the riddles and twists you’d expect from a good Sherlock mystery.

It seems the publisher Titan Books has published a whole lot of Sherlock stories. I’ll have to check them out.

Friend Request by Laura MarshallFriend Request by Laura Marshall

Domestic thrillers are all the rage currently and I’m a sucker for them too. This one had a great premise – our protagonist Louise receives a Facebook friend request from old school friend Maria. So far, so normal. Happens to all of us. Except Maria is dead, or so everyone believes. But if Maria is alive…

What follows is a high-stakes drama as Louise desperately tries to keep her past secret, her family safe, and her friendships intact, and all while uncovering the mystery of how a dead girl could seemingly come back to life.

Might make you think twice about accepting that next friend request!

 

What were your favourite reads of August?

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

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

I spent the weekend in gorgeous Newcastle, a city that will always hold a special place in my heart, not least because of the wonderful friends I’ve made there.

It’s also a place we’re likely to move back to, and sooner rather than later. That means I’ll be once again close to one of my favourite regions – the Hunter Valley.

If you’ve never been to the Hunter, I highly recommend it as a place to visit. The landscape is glorious, ranging from lush river flats to rugged ranges, and while mines also scar the area, they’re tempered with magnificent thoroughbred studs, dairy and beef farms and, of course, vineyards.

Oh, and it’s also home to some excellent golf courses. Very important.

I love the place so much I wrote a kind of extended love letter to it with my second release, Heart of the Valley. I’d always planned to set more books in the Valley but with Rocking Horse Hill and the advent of the Levenham Love Stories, I haven’t had the chance.

Somehow, when we move back, I suspect I’ll remedy that. No guarantees, but I can already feel myself mulling over ideas. Perhaps a Heart of the Valley sequel? With Brooke’s amiable older brother Angus as the hero? Never say never!

Now, while I’m on the subject of the Hunter, I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be appearing at the Scone Writers Festival – “The small rural writers festival with big names and big ideas” – on Sunday November 12th, on a panel called This Rural Life: Rural and regional stories from around Australia.

The festival runs over the whole weekend, from Friday 10th November until Sunday 12th. For the full program and tickets visit the Scone Writers Festival website.

Hope to see you there!

I’ve also just had new supplies of Heart of the Valley arrive, and they look super pretty. If you’d like to order a personally signed print copy of this book for yourself or as a gift, simply email me at cathryn@cathrynhein.com or contact me via the Contact page of this website and we’ll work out the details.

And that all leads, in a roundabout way, to this week’s Teaser Tuesday snippet which is, of course, from Heart of the Valley.

This book… oh this book!

There I was happily flicking through it looking for a suitable passage and next minute I’m reading and getting all emotional about Lachie and Brooke and all the things that happen, and all I want to do plunge back into their world and stay there. Which makes it very hard to choose a passage because I love them all.

But after much mulling (and drooling over Lachie) I’ve selected this one. Enjoy!

 

With the horse saddled, bridled and booted, Brooke led her toward the ménage, mind drifting to Lachlan, her skin prickling with heat as she recalled how close she’d come to exposing herself. The Heart of the Valley by Cathryn Heinmoment when she’d almost kissed him.

One more breath and she would have reached up on tiptoe, slid her arms around his neck, pressed her body against his and tilted her mouth for a kiss like a drunk, desperate spinster. What a fine reward that would have been for him after all he’d done. Lachlan had shown her nothing but kindness, and all she seemed capable of was embarrassing him and humiliating herself.

Except . . .

Brooke halted and touched her lips, remembering the way he’d cupped her face and run his thumbs gently under her eyes, across her mouth. The swirls of green-gold in his beautiful hazel eyes as they’d gazed at her. For a heartbeat she thought . . .

 

If you want to know what Brooke thought you’ll have to read the book!

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