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It’s EDDIE AND THE SHOW QUEEN’s Release Day!

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Crack that French champagne and break open the good chocolate because it’s Eddie and the Show Queen’s release day. Rah!

Oh, I hope you fall in love with Eddie and Alice the way I have. These two are adorable and deserve to be happy. Not so easy to achieve given their painful past and made even harder by them being in competition for the inaugural Levenham Wine Show Crown, but Eddie is determined to win Eddie & the Show Queen coverback the heart of the girl he never stopped loving.

Nothing like a man on a mission!

Anyway, who wants an easy to achieve happy-ever-after? All the reading fun comes from watching characters struggle and suffer. ‘Tis one of the great joys of romance.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who pre-ordered a copy of Eddie and the Show Queen. For those who love the thrill of the release day one-click, it’s time for you to exercise your finger. Click-swipe-tap now to secure your copy from any of these retailers.

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I have a limited number of Eddie and the Show Queen paperbacks available for direct purchase. If you’d like one of these personally signed editions, order now using this form. Strictly first in, first served. Orders also include a special Eddie and the Show Queen bookmark.

Now, as has come tradition on release day, here are some secret things about the book.

Five Secret Things About Eddie and the Show Queen

1/. Eddie was originally…

an Edward but we had a plumber come to our house who was an Edmond. He was such a lovely (and rather dishy) country lad that I decided to pinch his name.

2/. Regular ‘Secret Things’ followers will know…

that most of my books have a theme song, sometimes several theme songs. Eddie and the Show Queen’s is ‘I’m Not Over’ by Swedish-American alternative rock band Carolina Liar.

It fits Eddie’s feelings perfectly.

Also on the playlist was ‘Wildest Dreams’ by Taylor Swift, ‘Still Loving You’ by the Scorpions, ‘Just Give Me a Reason (featuring Nate Ruess)’ by Pink, ‘Keep Me Coming Back’ by Casey Barnes, and ‘Never Ever (featuring Sarah)’ by the Rubens (explicit lyrics). Oh, and the German version of ‘Mamy Blue’ by Ricky Shayne for no other reason than I love it.

3/. This book holds the record for…

taking the longest amount of time to write. I should have had the first draft done in six weeks, instead it took me thirteen months. There were two main reasons for this. One, it was meant to be a novella but the story took more words to tell than I anticipated and, two, 2018 (and most of 2019) turned out to be a total annus horribilis. I spent a fair whack of it in hospital sorting out a serious medical issue, and writing proved a major challenge. On the road to recovery now, so all good!

4/. I originally wanted to…

call the story Eddie and the Showgirl because it was to be about a fierce battle for the country showgirl title at the Levenham Agricultural and Horticultural Society annual show. I had to bin it though. The definition of showgirl varies around the world, and I didn’t want readers thinking Alice was an adult dancer when what I was aiming for was a representative for the local A&H Society.

5/. Eddie and the Show Queen features…

several favourite characters such as Granny B (who somehow manages to push her way into most Levenham Love Story releases), Chrissy James (Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy), Eddie’s brother Harry (Summer and the Groomsman, Wayward Heart) and Danny and Nick Burroughs (Santa and the Saddler, Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy).

It also introduces some lovely new characters for at least three of whom I have story ideas – Paige, Tiffany and Scarlett. Yep, the Levenham Love Story series has more to come, starting with Scarlett and the Model Man which I’m working on right now. Keep an eye out for that on in 2020.

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I hope you enjoyed these insights into Eddie and the Show Queen. Remember, you can discover even more about how I came to write Alice and Eddie’s romance in Country Shows and Title Woes – The Story Behind Eddie and the Show Queen.

If you’d like to read an excerpt, you’ll find one on Eddie and the Show Queen’s book page. For a longer sample, grab a preview from your favourite ebook retailer.

Here are those buy links again:

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

iBooks | Kobo | Google Play | Barnes & Noble

Booktopia | Angus & Robertson | Bookdepository

Or purchase a personally signed print copy direct from me via this form.

Thanks to everyone who has helped get Eddie and the Show Queen onto virtual shelves and your hot little hands, including my editor Alex Nahlous from Alexandra Nahlous Editing Services, cover designer Kellie at Book Cover By Design, and the good buddies who make this writing life such a joy, in particular Annie West, Michelle Douglas and Jaye Ford (aka Janette Paul) who were a huge support during my health woes. Friends who bring picnics and big smiles to your hospital bed are special. Last but never, ever least, my darling Jim. The man who is my rock.

Happy reading everyone!

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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 sometimes twist the arms of author buddies to do the same.

This time next week it’ll be Eddie and the Show Queen’s release day. Wahoo!!! Yes, my lovelies, there are now only SEVEN sleeps until Eddie hits the world. I can’t wait. This book is so sweet and funny (if I do say so myself) and I think you’ll fall in love with Eddie and Alice as much as I have.

It should come as no surprise, with the book’s release so close, that today’s Teaser Tuesday will be Eddie-centric but before we move onto Eddie gorgeousness, did you catch Sunday’s This Writing Life post on the recent Romance Writers of Australia conference? There are loads of piccies and some thoughts from me about the conference. If you want to peek at what romance authors get up to when they get together, check out the post here.

Did you know that Summer and the Groomsman is Apple Books Free Book of the Week in the Australian store? Yup, freeeeeee!

APPLE BOOKS REVIEW

“Each week, we feature a free and entertaining Book of the Week. What Cover of Summer and the Groomsman by Cathryn Heinimmediately sets this rural romance apart is Cathryn Hein’s commitment to detail. In the fictional South Australian town of Levenham, around the budding connection between burly local Harry Argyle and blow-in beautician Summer Taylor, Hein builds relationships and connections in a way that may lull you into thinking you’re a resident. You’ll pick up a fair bit of local knowledge on looking after horses, repairing fences and what happens when a male customer gets too excited during a spa treatment. If you haven’t read Hein’s other Levenham-set romances, this is the perfect welcome. And if you have, welcome back.”

Summer and the Groomsman features Eddie’s older (and slightly taller – a fact the irks Eddie no end) brother Harry. Unlike Eddie, who could charm the socks off anyone, Harry is desperately shy when it comes to women. How he finds happiness with Summer is a hoot.

If you don’t already have Summer and the Groomsman, why not grab a freebie while you can? Be quick though. Offer ends September 7th.

Back to Eddie

With next Tuesday being release day for Eddie and the Show Queen, there will be no Teaser Tuesday for that day. Instead, as has become tradition with my releases, you’ll get a Secret Things post, revealing lots of little titbits about the writing of the book, including its fabulous (and very apt) theme song.

Now for our juicy snippet. In this scene, Eddie is quizzed by the Wine Show Crown committee about his latest fundraising dare.

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‘Eddie,’ said Tiffany, stepping forward with her tablet. ‘We just need to check your next dare. You’ve called it …’ Colour flooded Eddie & the Show Queen coverher cheeks as she paused to read the screen. ‘Wax Me Happy?’

‘Yeah. Although I’m not sure about the happy bit. More like miserable after a full body wax.’

Mrs Wallace, who until then had been looking bored, perked up.

‘Full?’ asked Sarah in a high-toned voice.

‘Uh-huh. I was hoping I could get away with just my chest, but the boys insisted on full and the money on offer was too good to knock back.’

Stunned silence fell.

Eddie’s grin faded as he registered everyone’s faces. ‘What?’

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He he. I love this scene and I think you will too. Find out what happens next by ordering your own copy of Eddie and the Show Queen. Out September 10th and available in paperback and ebook from these stores:

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

Apple Books | Kobo | Google Play | Barnes & Noble

Booktopia | Angus & Robertson | Bookdepository

If you’d like to learn more about Eddie and the Show Queen and how I came to write this story, check out Country Shows and Title Woes, The Story Behind Eddie and the Show Queen. For another snippet, check out its book page here.

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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 con author buddies into doing the same.

Whoop! How cool has Teaser Tuesday been these last few weeks with our guest authors Fiona McArthur and Bronwyn Parry? And both generously offering giveaways too. What fun!

Well, you’re back to me now, lucky-duckies that you are, and I just so happen to be feeling generous too, but more on that in a minute.

The Romance Writers of Australia conference is less than ten days away and I can’t wait. I adore our conferences. They’re incredibly inspiring and it’s such a blast catching up with writer buddies. This year the conference is being held in Melbourne, one of my favourite cities, and the program looks fab.

If you’re an aspiring writer, or even an established one, I cannot recommend the RWA and its conference more highly. Without this organisation and its members, I very much doubt I’d be where I am today. You can never stop learning either. Find out more on the Romance Writers of Australia website.

Right, on to Teaser Tuesday.

Last week Eddie and the Show Queen went out into the world. Well, its cover and blurb and pre-order links did. The response was gorgeous, with plenty of love for the cover and lots of people pre-ordering the ebook and paperback. Thank you all so much. You warmed my heart!

As you’d expect, today’s Teaser Tuesday is going to be from Eddie and the Show Queen because 1/. it’s promo time, and 2/. I want you to fall in love with Eddie as much as I have, and what better way to show him off than with a Teaser Tuesday spot?

Make sure you read all this post because there could be something veeeeeery special at the end.

Now, to our snippet. Alice has run into Eddie at the pub

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 on her. 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?’

Eddie & the Show Queen cover‘The Show Queen thing. I entered.’

Alice could only stare. Eddie had 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.

A line formed between his brows. ‘What’s wrong?’

‘Nothing.’ She focused on the mirrored back of the bar and the fragments of stupid, silly blonde girl reflected there. Eddie was popular, good-looking and practical, and even though he’d be joining the competition a few weeks late, he was more than capable of making up lost ground. Threats didn’t come much bigger than this. ‘Nothing at all.’

‘Alice.’ He lowered onto his elbows, his deep voice hushed. Danny glanced at Alice as he continued to pour, letting her know he’d pull rank if needed. Alice was fine. Eddie would never hurt her. Not that way. ‘I thought it was what you wanted.’

As you can probably guess from that teaser there are plenty more fun and games between these two to come as Eddie does his utmost to charm Alice back into his arms.

Eddie and the Show Queen is available for pre-order now. Secure your copy today!

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Personally signed print copies will be available for purchase direct from me for $22 AUD per copy, including postage to your Australian postal address. To order, simply fill in this form and I’ll send you an invoice.

Are you on Goodreads? Add Eddie and the Show Queen to your Want To Read list here.

As you’ve probably worked out from my hint in the introduction, we have a

GIVEAWAY

For your chance to win a personally signed advance review copy of Eddie and the Show Queen, tell me the best, funniest or cleverest fundraiser tactic you’ve come across.

I can’t go past Cow Pat Bingo. In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s where a piece of pasture or grass is fenced off and marked with a grid. Punters buy a square and when they’re sold a cow is set to graze the grid. The square in which it poos is the winner.

What’s your favourite fundraiser? Share in the comments and I’ll pop you into the draw to win a signed print copy of Eddie and the Show Queen.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight, Friday 2nd August, 2019, Australian Eastern Time. Open internationally. Rah! Also, this is for a review copy and not the final edition. While in pretty good shape, the book may contain small errors.

If you’d like to learn more about Eddie and the Show Queen and how I came to write this story, check out Country Shows and Title Woes, The Story Behind Eddie and the Show Queen. For another snippet, check out its book page here.

Get commenting and good luck!

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Are you ready for Eddie?

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Yes, my lovelies, it’s time to show off Eddie and the Show Queen, now available for pre-order in your favourite online store. This book will charm your socks off!

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Can Levenham’s biggest ladies’ man make good – and recapture the heart of the girl he’s always loved?

When horticulturalist Alice Lindner goads her ex-boyfriend Eddie Argyle into a fundraising contest, she doesn’t expect him to take it seriously. Winning small-town Levenham’s inaugural Wine Show crown will take dedication and hard work, and all Eddie cares about is chasing skirt. Besides, a win will be Alice’s tribute to her late mum. No way is Eddie getting his hands on the crown.

Big-hearted farmer Eddie never understood why love-of-his-life Alice dumped him. Yeah, it’d been a difficult time with her mum’s illness, but he’d loved her the best he could and losing her left him adrift. Now he has the opportunity to prove himself by winning not only the crown but maybe Alice’s heart in the process.

Will Eddie’s enthusiasm ruin Alice’s tribute and with it all hope of a second chance? Or will Alice realise that the real prize isn’t in the past but with the man who wants to be her future?

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Eddie and the Show Queen releases September 10th 2019. Pre-order your copy today!

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

iBooks | Kobo | Google Play | Barnes and Noble

Booktopia | Angus & Robertson | Bookdepository (coming soon)

Personally signed print copies will be available for purchase direct from me for $22 AUD per copy, including postage to your Australian postal address. To order, simply fill in this form and I’ll send you an invoice.

Are you on Goodreads? Add Eddie and the Show Queen to your Want To Read list here.

For a bit more fun, read how Eddie and Alice’s tale came about in Country Shows and Title Woes, The Story Behind Eddie and the Show Queen.

Want a taste? Check out the Eddie and the Show Queen book page, Teaser Tuesday excerpts here, here and here, or use the links above to download a preview sample from your favourite ebook platform.

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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 con author buddies into doing the same.

What an exciting week it was in the Hein household.

First up, I FINISHED MY EDDIE AND THE SHOW QUEEN EDITS!

Sorry for the shouting, but this is a big deal. With all my health dramas it’s been a serious effort to get this book done, and now it nearly is!

This also means I’ll be showing off its awesome cover, releasing its blurb and putting it up for pre-order very soon. If you want to be among the first to know when this happens, make sure you’re part of my newsletter team. Join here.

The other exciting event was that we trekked down to Sydney for Vivid, the annual light, music and ideas festival, and it was spectacular. If I get the chance I’ll do up a This Writing Life blog post with photos (hopefully better ones than my 2017 Vivid efforts). They won’t do it justice. Like Sculpture by the Sea, Vivid is something that needs to be experienced. The festival runs until June 15th so if you can, get to Sydney and take in this wonder.

Now, on to our Teaser Tuesday snippet and I bet you can guess which book it’s going to be from.

Yep, Eddie and the Show Queen.

Here’s a teeny taste of Eddie’s first encounter with Alice, along with a little hint of its gorgeous cover.

Eddie and the Show Queen partial cover revealHe wandered over to the counter. Alice glanced up, pursed her pretty lips and went back to whatever she was doing.

Another tug hurt his heart. With everyone else, Alice was a cute-as-a-button girl whose sweet bubbliness was so infectious people couldn’t help but smile in her presence. With him she was stiff and cold, and nothing like the Alice he once had loved.

Still loved.

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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 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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Teaser Tuesday!

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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