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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 arm-twist author buddies into doing the same.

I hadn’t planned on doing a Teaser Tuesday this week. Life’s still a bit chaotic in the Hein house, with medical appointments and whatnot, and I need every moment I can spare to make up for the writing I’ve missed this past year. But I’m too excited that Eddie and the Show Queen is finally finished and ready to go to my editor to let the moment slide without at least a little wahoo.

So here are some (unedited) lines to whet your appetite. Not much, mind. Just a few to give you a taste of Eddie’s and Alice’s gorgeous lovers-reunited story.

When is Eddie and the Show Queen’s release date, you ask? It’s a-coming, I promise. Let me get through edits first and I’ll let you know.

In the meantime, enjoy!

Eddie grinned and plonked himself down, his shoulder pressing against Alice’s as though he was homing in for a kiss. Her breath caught, suspended between her ridiculous want and the need to desist, but the kiss didn’t come. He settled for a low ‘Hey’ instead.

A good thing, the non-kiss. Of course it was. Those lips were probably all over Zoe Robertson on Saturday night.

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Welcome 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 this same.

Ha! You thought TT wasn’t returning, didn’t you? Well it is, although more on an ad hoc basis than weekly, but with the same news and juicy teasers from myself and guests.

Last year was a difficult year for me personally and the beginning of 2019 isn’t being much kinder. The things I’m going through continue to have a major effect on my productivity, which is stressing me out, quite frankly, and stress is a demon none of us need. I have a LOT of writing to catch up on and that means I need to prioritise. Books must come first. The blog will be a lagging second.

I’ll do my best to keep it rollicking along though. I like blogging and I know a lot of you enjoy the posts but if I’m not making my word count, then it’s blog that will miss out until they’re done. I’m sure, like me, you’d much rather a new book than a new blog post!

Speaking of writing, I’ve finally come to the last chapters of Eddie and the Show Queen. Rah! Once I get those done, I’ll settle in for a full read. I’m looking forward to that. This book has taken a long time to write and revisiting Eddie’s and Alice’s romance will be fun. I love this couple. They’re ridiculously cute and Eddie is a sweetheart, and the Levenham gang are great to hang with.

Here’s a little sample of what you can expect from Eddie and the Show Queen. Please note that this is from an unedited manuscript, so you’ll have to forgive any wobbly bits.

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Eddie might have sauntered up to the microphone like a seasoned rock star but the truth was he was crapping himself.

What if Alice hated his poem? Or the footy boys laughed and made him look like a numpty in front of her? Dressing up as Elvis and belting out “It’s Now or Never” to a bunch of shoppers was just a bit of stupid fun, as was modelling jocks and socks in McAdams front window, but this was serious. He’d watched Alice’s face as she’d listened rapt to emo fringe-kid and the urge to create that same reaction ached like hunger.

He glanced at his poem. Sheep. He wrote about frigging sheep. Great way to impress a girl.

Not.

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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.

The stunning spring weather continues here in Newcastle, begging me outside. It’s tempting, so tempting, but a girl has books to write. This is no time for slacking off, gorgeous weather or not. I’ve been sitting on Eddie and the Show Queen’s amazing cover for months now, but I don’t want to reveal it until we have a set release date and its pre-order links are in place. And that won’t happen until I have the first draft done.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t tease you with a snippet!

Here’s Eddie arriving for his first Show Queen entrant meeting. Please note that this is a draft version and unedited.

 

‘I had hoped to introduce our new entrant,’ said Sarah, ‘but it appears he’s been waylaid.

‘Nah, I’m here,’ said Eddie, tipping his wide-brimmed hat as he strode in. His colossal size made the high-ceilinged Institute feel small. ‘G’day,’ he drawled, sounding like an Aussie tourism advert.

One of the younger girls tittered. Alice felt an overwhelming urge to shoot daggers at her.

Even she had to admit that, with his broad smile and undeniable rugged handsomeness, Eddie was country boy babelicious. That he’d clearly come straight from farm work only added to his appeal. He wore jeans tucked into a pair of calf-high heavy-duty leather boots, a checked flannelette shirt with the cuffs folded up one turn, and a sheepskin-lined oilskin vest with a thread of blue baler twine dangling from one of its pockets. Eddie looked capable, trustworthy, fit and more than a bit sexy.

‘Eddie Argyle. Sorry I’m late. We’re still calving at home and the buggers have no respect for meetings. Or dinnertime.’ His gaze connected with Alice’s. He waved his hat her way. ‘You can blame Alice here for me joining in the fun.’

 

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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 occasionally con author buddies into doing the same.

Ooh, you’re in for a treat today. Oh, yes you are!

I don’t often share snippets from works-in-progress, but today I can’t help myself because I’ve seen a cover concept for this book and it’s left me veeeeery excited.

Regular readers will know that I’m working on another Levenaham-set story called Eddie and the Show Queen, featuring Alice Lindner, who you met in Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy, and Eddie Argyle, who is mentioned in a few books, and is brother to Harry from Summer and the Groomsman.

I can’t share the cover yet because it still needs tweaking and I don’t want to put it up until I have pre-order links, but I can whet your appetite with a snippet.

This is unedited, which means it could change a lot between now and publication, or might not make it into the final book at all. So please forgive awkward bits and typos.

I hope you enjoy this teaser from Eddie and the Show Queen!

Alice is having a post-netball training drink with the girls when she bumps into Eddie …

 

Ignoring Eddie wasn’t easy when he was so big and so close. His beer was on the bar and from the corner of her eye she could see his long fingers circling the glass. Worse, she could feel his gaze. Alice wished he’d go away. His presence was spoiling her excitement over Nick and Chrissy.

‘I entered,’ he said.

Her head whipped around so hard it shot a pain through her neck. ‘You what?’

‘The Show Queen thing. I entered.’

Alice could only stare. Eddie entered? Oh, no, no, no. That was not meant to happen. The thing with the form was just to rile him. He wasn’t actually meant to go through with it.

 

Poor Eddie. All he wants to do is impress Alice and has no idea that he’s going about it all wrong. The harder he tries, the more of a mess he makes. Expect plenty of smiles with this one, and maybe a tear or two.

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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 occasionally pester writing buddies into doing the same.

Things are bumbling along in the Hein house in the lead up to our move. I really need to cull my paperback library but it’s so hard. I don’t want to part with any of them. Even if I never read them again I like having bookcases bulging with books. They’re comforting. Maybe it’s a bit weird, but I have moments when I pull books out just to look at them or remember the stories and characters, and the pleasure they gave me.

Do you do that too? Please tell me I’m not alone!

Right, onto this week’s Teaser Tuesday snippet. I’m having a BALL writing Eddie and the Show Queen, although progress is not as fast as I’d like thanks to the many distractions life is throwing up right now. If you missed last week’s sneak peek at this work-in-progress, you can check it out here.

What I didn’t reveal last week was that Eddie and Alice’s story happens concurrently to Chrissy and Nick’s in Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy, which has required a lot of rereading of that book. Not much of a chore because I adore that story. Nick is so lovely. Sigh.

So I thought I’d share a little bit from Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy, featuring all four characters and a cameo from Danny from Santa and the Saddler. Enjoy!

 

Chrissy looked up, then up some more. ‘Eddie.’ She gave Alice’s giant-sized ex-boyfriend a brief hug. She’d always liked him, even beyond his and Alice’s breakup, the cause of which was cloaked in mystery. Other than saying he’d let her down badly, Alice had never really explained it. ‘You’ve grown even taller since I last saw you.’

He hugged her back. ‘Grown bigger muscles, too. Want to see them?’

She laughed. Eddie’s flirty nature hadn’t changed, then. ‘Thanks, but I’ll give it a miss.’

‘I hear you’re working at Ryan’s now.’

‘Uh-huh. Marketing and customer service manager, and loving every minute so far.’

‘Sounds impressive. Glad to be home?’

‘Yeah.’ She smiled. ‘I didn’t realise how much I missed the place until now. And it’s great to be close to my family again.’

‘Jesus, Chrissy, don’t talk to him,’ interrupted Danny. ‘He’s a sleaze.’

‘Am not,’ said Eddie, puffing out his chest.

‘Are so,’ chorused two voices behind them.

When Chrissy jerked round, she discovered that one belonged to an unusually fiery-eyed Alice.

The other was Nick’s.

 

Poor Eddie… he hates being called a sleaze but laughs it off to save face. Ooh, I can’t wait for you to read his story. Must write faster!

In the meantime, there’s Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy, available in print and ebook from these retailers.

amazon.com | amazon.com.au | amazon.co.uk

Kobo | iBooks | Google Play | Nook

Booktopia | Angus and Robertson Bookworld |Bookdepository

You can also order personally signed copies direct from me. Just shoot me an email using the contact page.

Want to know how I came to write Chrissy and Nick’s romance? Find out in Crushing It, the story behind Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy.

 

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Teaser Tuesday MemeWelcome 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 writer buddies to do the same.

Are you all ready for Valentine’s Day tomorrow? We’re not! Not that the Hein house doesn’t have its romantic moments but with a house move coming up we have other things on our minds. Cleaning out accumulated junk being the biggest. I swear stuff breeds at night.

As for books… ay yi yi! They definitely breed.

Speaking of books, on this week’s Teaser Tuesday I thought I’d tease you with a couple of lines from a work-in-progress. Those of you familiar with the Levenham Love Story books might remember a minor character called Eddie Argyle. Eddie is Harry from Summer and the Groomsman’s younger brother, and has popped up in a couple of books, namely Santa and the Saddler and Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy.

Now he’s getting his own story – Eddie and the Show Queen.

And who’s the Show Queen? That’d be Alice Lindner, Chrissy’s perky blonde friend from Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy.

No release date for this one yet, but it’s likely to be around October/November.

A word of warning. This is an unedited snippet, which means it might change a lot between now and release day. In fact, it might not even make the final cut. I think it will though. I’m rather fond of this scene.

 

For a long moment Alice said nothing. Eddie held his breath as her gaze flicked over his face. A chance was all he wanted, to prove that he wasn’t who she thought, and to make amends for the hurt he’d somehow caused her and still didn’t understand.

That he was still the bloke she’d once loved.

‘Go on then,’ she said. ‘Surprise me.’

He tapped the raffle book. ‘This Show Queen thing is open to anyone. I could have a go.’

Alice laughed. Eddie didn’t. He’d thought it was quite a clever idea.

‘What’s so funny about me entering? No reason I couldn’t win this thing.’

‘You? As Show Queen?’

‘King, not queen.’ There was nothing queenly about Eddie. ‘Why not? It’s not like it takes any special skill. It’s just running a few raffles.’

‘Just a few raffles, huh?’

He shrugged. ‘Maybe a sausage sizzle.’

Alice’s blue eyes took on a dangerous glitter. ‘Go on then. Enter. I dare you.’

 

As you can probably guess, Eddie takes up the challenge, leading to all sorts of shenanigans in his race to impress Alice.

But will it work? Sorry, can’t tell you. You’ll have to wait until release to find out!

By the way, those fab folk at Booktopia are celebrating their 14th birthday with a sale and free shipping offer. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, you could grab the paperbacks of Santa and the Saddler, Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy, Summer and the Groomsman or any of my novels freight-free. Cool, huh?

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Go get ’em!

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