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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 invite author buddies to play along too.

After making way for Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy’s release and fun 6 Secret Things post last week, we’re back to normal programming.

I’m in the middle of writing a new book and, for various reasons, it’s been giving me a bit of grief. I’ve managed to wrestle it back on track now but it had me worried for a while. Some books are like that though. They refuse to come easy, with every sentence taking forever to write. Others pour out like word fountains.

April’s Rainbow was a book like that. I had the first draft down in thirteen writing days and that still remains a record for me. It also one of the reasons why I continue to be besotted with the story. Another being that my crush on its hero Tristan has never dimmed. That man… *deep sigh*

It’s been a while since I shared a sample from April’s Rainbow, so today I’m going to make up for it with this lovely scene between Tristan and April.

 

She turned her head away and stared toward the horizon. ‘You should try to find a nice local girl.’

I dropped the axe head to the ground and leaned on the shaft, staring at her. When April refused to look at me I let the axe go and crouched in front of her and took her hands. She regarded me with eyes filling with tears.

April's Rainbow by Cathryn Hein, an Australian country love story‘Love hurts, Tristan. Really hurts.’

‘Not mine.’

She bit her lip and shook her head. ‘You’re too much.’

‘I’m not enough.’

She laughed at that. ‘Oh, you’re enough, Tristan, believe me.’

I frowned, not understanding.

She cupped a hand around my jaw. ‘Do you ever look in the mirror?’

I did, most days when I shaved, but I guess that’s not what she meant.

Wonder spread across her face. ‘You really have no idea. Tristan,’ she said, this time cupping both palms around my cheeks, ‘you’re a babe.’

 

April’s Rainbow 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 how I came to write April’s Rainbow in Of Daydreams, Cairns and Rainbows’ Ends. You can also discover its theme song and more in 6 Secret Things About April’s Rainbow.

Want another excerpt? Visit April’s Rainbow’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 TuesdayWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the tantalising blog series where I share snippets from my works-in-progress, up-coming releases and published novels, and occasionally let writing buddies play around.

This week, a little taste of the book of my heart, April’s Rainbow. I am so proud of this book and very grateful to everyone who has bought and read it. Recently I was thrilled to bits to discover that ebook retailer Kobo had given it and Summer and the Groomsman a little best-seller banner. So thank you to everyone who has made that happen. It’s so cool!

Screenshot of April's Rainbow's best seller banner on Kobo

Anyway, without further rambling, here’s a taste of gorgeous Tristan. Sigh. I don’t care if he’s fictitious. I still love that man a ridiculous amount.

 

April approached, coloured skirt swirling, thick black curls bouncing around her shoulders, shimmering with light. I wanted to touch that silky hair, wrap a long tress around my fingers and feel it slide away. Even then, on our first meeting, I’d wanted to touch every part of April. Looking back now, the strength of my reaction to her feels a bit over the top and stalkerish, but I owned one of those hearts that could fall in love in an instant and then spend years broken when it all turned sour. Too sensitive for my own good, Mum said. A bloody great sook, according to my brothers. Maybe I was both, but at least the only person I ever hurt was myself.

©Cathryn Hein

Here’s what book blogger 1Girl2ManyBooks had to say about April’s Rainbow: “April’s Rainbow is a really beautiful story exploring terrible grief but from a very interesting perspective which sets it apart. It’s heartbreak and love, despair and fragile hope that packs an emotional punch that will stay with you. 9/10” Click here for the full review.

Grab your ebook copy today from Amazon, iBooks, Kobo or Nook, or the paperback from Booktopia or Bookdepository.

Love to know more about April’s Rainbow? You’ll find the story behind the book, reviews, and another excerpt on its book page on this website.

 

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6 Secret Things About April’s Rainbow

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Today the book of my heart hits virtual shelves around the world and I couldn’t be more proud or thrilled.

April’s Rainbow is special. Really special. I adore it to the point of obsession, and am ecstatic that at last you’ll have the chance to meet my darling hero Tristan and the woman he comes to love like no other, and perhaps fall for them and their incredible journey as hard as I did.

This is a story about grief, courage, art, landscape, love, family and so much more. So very much more.

I bawled while writing this book. I laughed occasionally too, did silly stuff, reminisced a lot, and gave it all my heart. Now, as has come tradition on book release day, here I am to share a few of the secret goings on behind the story.

Enjoy!

SIX SECRET THINGS ABOUT APRIL’S RAINBOW

1/. I was so obsessed with April’s Rainbow during writing that I sang about it non-stop to the tune of Siete Horas, a song by Spanish band BeBe, replacing the words siete horas with Ap-ril’s Rain-bow, followed by a tra-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. This song is the theme for the cooking show Made In Spain, featuring chef José Andrés, and is such a happy sounding thing I couldn’t help but pinch for my own use.

2/. Major Mitchell’s commemorative cairn that sits alongside the highway opposite the property of Rainbow was based on one at the top of Muntham Hill, between Casterton and Coleraine in western Victoria. Except the real cairn isn’t one at all, more a squat obelisk and dedicated to settler Edward Henty rather than the explorer Mitchell. Somehow I had memorised it differently, despite having driven past the site a bazillion times.

The Edward Henty memorial at the top of Muntham Hill, western Victoria

The Edward Henty memorial at the top of Muntham Hill, western Victoria

I blame brain confusion between this memorial and that dedicated to great horseman and poet Adam Lindsay Gordon at Coleraine, which looks more like the one I imagined for April’s Rainbow, and is also really cool. If you ever come to travel this beautiful part of the world, stop and take a look. The plaque describes how Gordon rode in the Great Western Steeplechase in the years 1862-1866. This is the point where the race, which was first run in 1858 and was about four miles long, crossed the road.

Concerning the race, Gordon wrote:

On the fields of Coleraine, there’ll be labor in vain.

Before the Great Western is ended, the nags will have toiled & the silks will have soiled.

And the rails will require to be mended.

The Adam Lindsay Gordan commemorative cairn at Coleraine, Victoria.

The Adam Lindsay Gordan commemorative cairn at Coleraine, Victoria.

3/. I wrote the first draft while listening almost exclusively to Afterglow by INXS. To me, that’s what Tristan was like – one touch from April and he would follow her anywhere. On the playlist for the second draft was The Unforgiven I and II by Metallica, I See You by Mika, Behind Blue Eyes by Limp Bizkit, I Can See Clearly Now by Hothouse Flowers, and Goodbye My Lover by James Blunt. A rather eclectic mix!

4/. April’s Rainbow has been in my head for well over twenty years. I used to do a lot of driving in my pasture seed sales rep days which gave me plenty of time to daydream. I imagined hundreds of stories but two were so powerful they embedded themselves in my heart and never left. One was April’s Rainbow, the other you’ll have to wait for!

5/. April’s Rainbow is the fastest book I’ve ever written. The first draft was just over 40,000 words (it’s shorter now, thanks to the wonders of editing) and I completed it in 13 days. If only all books could be like this! But the truth is that this book was written in my head a long time ago, all I had to do was type it out.

6/. If Tristan was real and I wasn’t already attached, I’d marry him.

 

I hope you enjoyed these secret things, but more than anything I hope April’s Rainbow finds a place as deep in your heart as it has in mine.

If you’d like to read an excerpt, you’ll find one on the April’s Rainbow book page on this website. You can also download samples from the ebook retailers, but I know you want to grab a copy right now. Oh yes, you do!

To purchase your copy of April’s Rainbow, simply clickety-click on your favourite retailer below:

Amazon.com | Amazon.au | Amazon.uk

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For those who prefer print, I have a special offer: Personally signed copies of April’s Rainbow delivered to your Australian postal address for $15, payment via Paypal. Simply email me using the Contact page of this website and I’ll shoot you the details.

Today is a day of celebration. There’s fizz in the fridge for later this afternoon, when I’ll raise a toast not only to April and Tristan and their stunning property Rainbow, and to those who helped bring this story to life and to shelves, but to you, my lovely readers, for supporting me and reading my stories. Thank you.

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser TuesdayTime for another tantalising treat thanks to Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share snippets from my novels, old, new and in progress, and occasionally let author buddies take over.

Tomorrow April’s Rainbow releases. This rural love story is really special to me and I can’t tell you how excited I am to be sharing it with you. I’m also a little nervous because it’s a bit different to my previous stories. Mostly because it’s written in first person, from the hero Tristan’s perspective.

He’s a remarkable man though – decent, kind and courageous – and I hope you’ll fall for him as hard as I did.

Watch out tomorrow for Six Secret Things About April’s Rainbow, where I share some fun facts about the story and how I came to write it. You can also find out more about the book on The Story Behind April’s Rainbow page on this site, including photos of the gorgeous area in which it’s set.

In the meantime, enjoy this taste of lovely Tristan.

 

April stepped back and clapped her hands together. ‘Right. I’d better get myself organised. Thanks for checking on me.’

April's Rainbow by Cathryn Hein, an Australian country love story‘Are you sure you don’t need a hand?

‘Positive.’ She regarded the horizon once more and instinctively I looked over my shoulder to see if I could identify what had caught her attention, but there was nothing. Green paddocks, blue sky, white clouds. A distant stand of remnant forest. The grey steel sheep yards and shearing shed. A crow sweeping past. The usual scenery.

Perhaps she wanted to paint it or something.

‘Can I borrow you tomorrow?’ she asked suddenly.

I wanted to make a joke, like my middle brother Jeremy would. Wink and say something clever like ‘I’m all yours’ or ‘You can borrow me anytime’, but talk like that had never been my go. Half the time I was lucky to get a yes out. Not because I didn’t want to talk or was incapable, but because I had a fear of saying the wrong thing. I had every confidence in my livestock and farm management skills, even my mechanical ones when pressed. Talking though, especially to women, was a bugger. Usually it was easier to just ‘do’.

©Cathryn Hein

April’s Rainbow officially releases tomorrow but you can secure your copy right now from Amazon.com, Amazon.au, Amazon.uk, iBooks, Kobo or Nook.

If you’d prefer a personally signed print copy, notice of how to order will go out to subscribers in tomorrow’s release day newsletter and in the 6 Secret Things blog post. Not a newsletter subscriber? Then sign up today! You’ll not only score all the news first, you’ll have access to TWO exclusive short stories to enjoy over a cuppa. Plus I’ll love you.

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April’s Rainbow Cover Reveal and Pre-Order!

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Tra la la! April’s Rainbow is here at last and I can’t express how proud and excited I am. This story has been inside me for over twenty years, and to have it out is an honour and a thrill.

This is the story of my heart. I hope it becomes the same for you too.

Releasing February 3rd, 2016

April's Rainbow by Cathryn Hein, an Australian country love story

From the spectacular beauty of Victoria’s lush western districts comes this deeply emotional story of grief, courage and love.

When shy farmer Tristan Blake is given free rein to manage iconic local property Rainbow, he soon finds himself living his dream. Even more so once the farm’s dark-haired artist owner April Tremayne arrives. April is mysterious and slightly wild, with an air of tragedy, and Tristan is captivated. The more involved he becomes with April and her eccentric projects, the harder he falls for her. April might believe the price of love is pain, but Tristan vows that is one thing she’ll never experience with him.

But even the sweetest dream can turn dark. April is haunted by the very heartbreak she’d come to Rainbow to heal, and as her demons tighten their grip, Tristan is torn between keeping his promise or betraying the woman he loves. And the risk of either choice is losing her forever.

Pre-Order April’s Rainbow today from:

Amazon.com | Amazon.au | Amazon.uk

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For those who prefer print, never fear. It’s coming very soon and as with my previous release Summer and the Groomsman you’ll be able to order personally signed copies direct from me. Make sure you subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss this limited opportunity.

If you’d like to learn more about April’s Rainbow and how I came to write it, please visit Of Daydreams, Cairns and Rainbows’ Ends on The Story Behind April’s Rainbow page on this website. Want to read an excerpt? You’ll find it on the book page.

What do you think of the cover? I love it. Kellie, the designer has done a wonderful job. It looks dreamy and romantic and fits the book perfectly.

Come release day I’ll be toasting it with a nice glass of fizz. Speaking of which, time for me to pop a bottle in the fridge. One must be prepared!

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THIS WRITING LIFE: The Writing Process Blog Chain

Are you old enough to remember chain letters? They were all the rage when I was a kid. Someone would come up with a daft pretence about creating good fortune or happiness or some other such thing, and write a (usually) naff letter to ten friends advising them they’re a recipient of all this good fortune and joy, but only if they send this letter on to ten of their acquaintances.Shocked person exclaiming: You're going to reveal what? How, in those pre-internet days, Australia Post must have loved these! Think of all those stamps that were needed, with demand growing exponentially as long as everyone kept the chain going.

I was never much of a participant. Probably sheer laziness on my part but I also thought they were pretty ridiculous.

NOT something that can be said about today’s post, which is why I’m taking part!

This is a writing process chain letter – or the modern, internet based equivalent – where writers reveal all.

Okay, so not all. But you get the picture.

My participation in this is all thanks to good buddy Rachael Johns who tagged me in her post to play along. Rachael is an English teacher by trade, a mum 24/7, a supermarket owner by day, a chronic arachnophobic, and a superstar of the rural romance genre. Her best-selling novels include Jilted, Man Drought, Outback Dreams and her Christmas novella, The Kissing Season. Keep an eye out for the second release in her Bunyip Bay series, Outback Blaze, coming May 2014!

And now onto my answers to the chain questions…

 

1) What am I working on?

My next rural romance The Falls. This one is set in a lush New South Wales valley whose idyllic facade hides a community simmering with tension. Some of it rather naughty! Lots of fun animals in this tale, including an evil cat, a couple of guinea pigs named Betty and Wilma, a dog named Goldi and an oversexed ram called Merlin. Oh, and we mustn’t forget the sexy farrier hero who bares more than a passing resemblance to a certain hunky Australian actor (makes for excellent research fun) and an emotionally battered heroine trying to find her heart again.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I’m a sucker for an emotionally charged romance and try to bring that to all my books. I also can’t help including animals that are characters in their own right. I know I shouldn’t anthropomorphise, but I can’t help it. It’s such a blast to have the animals getting up to all sorts of mischief and I think they also act as a great foil to the romance story.

3) Why do I write what I do?

The answer to that is pretty simple: Because I love these stories and want to read them myself.

4) How does my writing process work?

Messily.

Actually, that’s not quite true. It’s messy at the moment because I’m allowing it to be. My goal is to get basic story of The Falls written as fast as possible and then go back and fix it up. That’s not how I’ve operated for the last few books, though. When I first started out I was a complete fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants author, aka “a pantser”. But as I developed I learned to plot a lot more and concentrate very hard on the quality of writing. Unfortunately, as time went on, this search for perfection left me with an awful lot of hang-ups and my output became slower and slower. I went from taking 3 months to write a 100,000 word novel to 7 months. Finally, at the end of last year, I decided I’d had enough.

In December, while I was waiting for Rocking Horse Hill’s line and copy edits, I thought I’d try a new, just-get-the-words-down process. Thirteen days later I had a 40,000 plus word novella. I’ve NEVER had that level of output before. To be fair, I’d been brewing that story – April’s Rainbow – for a long time. Years, in fact. But the exercise proved I could write fast when I wanted. Most of all it gave me back my passion.

The experiment worked. Since January 6th I’ve polished April’s Rainbow and sent it to my agent, and written nearly 65,000 words on The Falls. Most of them pretty ugly but they’re there and editable, and that’s what matters. Because as (I believe) Nora Roberts once said, you can’t edit a blank page.

So at present, I’d call my process that of a born-again pantser. Long may it reign!

 

In the manner of all good chains, I’ve tagged the following excellent authors to keep the chain going. Check out their blogs on February 10th to read how they’ve answered the same questions.

Karly Lane

Cover of Poppy's Dilemma by Karly LaneKarly Lane lives on the beautiful Mid North Coast of NSW in Australia. A certified small town girl, she is most happy in a little town where everyone knows who your grandparents were. She writes women’s fiction – everything from romantic suspense to family sagas and life in rural Australia. Find out more about Karly and her excellent books (I’m a massive fan), including her latest release Poppy’s Dilemma, on her website.

Victoria Purman

Cover of Someone Like You by Victoria PurmanWhen Victoria Purman woke up one day and realised she’d spent most of her working life writing for other people, she decided it was finally time to tell stories of her own. Victoria is published by Harlequin Australia and is now thrilled to spend her days creating dialogue and happy-ever-afters for her imaginary characters. Her Boys of Summer series is set on the south coast of her home state of South Australia, somewhere she feels compelled to do a lot of research. Nobody But Him was released in October last year, and Someone Like You is out now. When she’s not writing, Victoria spends time with her husband, three sons, a disobedient dog, her loving, extended family and dear friends. She keeps promising to buy herself surfing lessons. Visit Victoria’s website for more.

Kris Pearson

Cover of Christmas Holiday Husband by Kris PearsonKris lives in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. She’s used this lovely city as the setting for six of her novels.  She writes hot, passionate, contemporary romances full of love and laughter. She has an advertising background and is the current membership secretary for Romance Writers of New Zealand. She writes and gardens, and these days is in business with her husband in the decor field. Check out Kris’s books and much, much more on her website.