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Say hello to Elsa’s Stand!

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I’ve been keeping a secret from you …

I have a new release coming out this July!

Elsa's Stand by Cathryn Hein

When the sudden death of his mother forces outback opal miner Jack Hargreaves home to Wirralong, his plan is simple: mourn his mother, sort out the family farm, and get the hell out of the town that has always hated him. But Elsa O’Donoghue, the beautiful hairdresser with a big heart and even brighter smile, has other plans.

From the moment Jack strides into her salon and helps himself to her clippers, Elsa is in lust. He might be a poster boy for the strong silent type, but she senses there’s a good man behind that stoic facade. With her business taking off, Elsa is finally ready for a relationship and Jack is just her kind of man. Not to mention, she’s never said no to a challenge.

Worried their association will harm Elsa’s business, Jack tries to avoid her, but Elsa is irresistible. Soon, she has him believing and hoping for a future with her in Wirralong, but another family tragedy shatters Jack’s fragile dream. Jack knows he must leave Elsa to protect her, no matter the cost to himself.

 

ELSA’S STAND releases July 9th, 2018
Secure your ebook today with a pre-order from:

amazon.com | amazon.com.au | amazon.co.uk
iBooks | Kobo | Google Play | Barnes and Noble

 

Elsa’s Stand is part of Outback Brides, a wonderful new rural romance series set in the historic gold rush town of Wirralong, in the shadow of Victoria’s stunning Grampian Ranges.

You are going to adore Elsa. She’s smart, sassy, gorgeous and a force to be reckoned with. It’s no wonder our hero Jack can’t resist her, though he tries. Oh how he tries!

There are four books to the Outback Brides series (so far). Mine is Elsa’s Stand but you can also expect stories from Fiona McArthur, Victoria Purman, and Kelly Hunter. How’s that for a bunch of Aussie talent?

I can’t wait to share more about Elsa’s Stand and the Outback Brides series with you. This book was amazing fun to write, and I think you’re going to have even more fun reading it because Elsa and Jack are gorgeous together.

Elsa’s Stand releases July 9th. Pre-order your copy today.

 

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Huge 12 Days of Down Under Christmas Giveaway!

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12 Days of Down Under Christmas 2017

Welcome to the 12 Days of Down Under Christmas super giveaway.

I’m thrilled to be a part of this event. What authors! What prizes! What fun you’re going to have!

The promotion runs from Saturday December 2nd (December 1st for US folk) until Tuesday 13th December, and hops from author to author. Each day a new post will go live, featuring something fun and Christmassy, and an individual giveaway.

Feel free to go your hardest and enter all the giveaways for more chances to win great prizes.

But wait, there’s more!

On top of the individual blog prizes, you’ll have the chance, via Rafflecopter, to enter the overall prize which is for a $50 Amazon gift card. How cool is that?

We’re at Day 7 already, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed out on the previous posts and giveaways. They’re still open and will remain open for entries until December 13th.

You’ll find the list of participating authors and links, and the major Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of this post. Have fun reading and entering!

But first…

My 12 Days of Down Under Christmas Fun

I’ve decided on two special things for you, both with a suitably seasonal theme.

Santa and the Saddler by Cathryn HeinThe first is a beautiful recipe that will have friends and family oohing and ahhing over your cleverness. The second is a giveaway which, given it’s the season to be jolly, can only be for a paperback copy of my Christmas themed, Romantic Book of the Year finalist, Santa and the Saddler.

Those of you who have followed this blog for a long time might recognise this recipe from a 2011 episode of Friday Feast. I’ve decided to share it again because it’s truly delicious, one of my all-time favourite do-ahead desserts, not difficult, and looks stunning.

The kind of indulgent dessert that everyone should have on their Christmas party table.

WHITE CHOCOLATE DECADENCE

Begin this recipe one day ahead. The undecorated cake will keep for three or four days in the fridge (probably more if you can resist eating it for that long), which means you can make it well in advance. I don’t recommend freezing. I tried it once and it seemed to abnormally affect the texture.

Use full fat everything. This creamy cake is meant to be decadent!

White Chocolate Decadence

Ingredients

450g cream cheese, at room temperature

¼ cup (60 ml) caster sugar

3 teaspoons (15 ml) cornflour

3 eggs

1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla bean paste

3 teaspoons (15 ml) finely grated lemon zest

2 cups (500 ml) sour cream

1 cup (250 ml) thickened cream

240g block of good quality white chocolate, melted then cooled to lukewarm. I use Lindt.

Fresh seasonal fruit and fruit puree to serve.

Method

Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease a 20cm springform cake pan and line base and sides with baking paper. Wrap the outside of the tin tightly in a few layers of foil. It is important that the tin is made waterproof or water will leak into the tin during cooking and spoil the cake.

Or you can use a well-lined, plain round cake tin and pray like crazy that the cake doesn’t crack when you invert it at the end!

Whiz cheese and sugar in a food processor or mixer until smooth. With the motor running, add cornflour, then eggs one at a time, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides. Add vanilla, zest and creams, and ¼ teaspoon salt, and process until just combined, scraping down sides.

Add chocolate and pulse until smooth. Pour the mixture into the lined tin then set on a folded tea-towel in a large roasting dish (the tea-towel prevents the tin slipping around). Pour hot water into the dish until it comes halfway up the sides of the cake tin.

Bake for 45 minutes, then leave the cake in switched off oven with the door closed for one hour. Remove tin from roasting dish, remove exterior foil and cool cake completely on a rack, leaving it in its tin. Cover and chill overnight.

Turn out onto a plate or cake stand. Remove baking paper, top with fruit then drizzle with fruit puree. Slice using a hot, dry knife.

Go on, make it. I dare you.

GIVEAWAY!

What’s your favourite Christmas dessert? Do you have something special that you make, like a pudding using an old family recipe, or perhaps you prefer to whip up a simple but colourful fruit platter (much easier and more refreshing when faced with a stinking Aussie summer’s day)?

Share your favourite Christmas dessert for parties or the traditional lunch and I’ll pop you into the draw to win a copy of my gorgeous Christmas themed Australian rural romance, Santa and the Saddler!

Open worldwide.

Giveaway closes midnight Australian time, Wednesday December 13th 2017.

As promised, here are the links to all the other giveaways and the major Rafflecopter draw to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Good luck!

12 Days of Down Under Christmas participants

(remember, these giveaways will remain open until the end of the promotion, so make sure enter them all for even more chances to win)

Day 1 – Kris Pearson

Day 2 – Joanne Dannon

Day 3 – Cassandra O’Leary 

Day 4 – Annie Seaton

Day 5 – Monique McDonell

Day 6 – Kate O’Keeffe

Day 7 – Cathryn Hein

Day 8 – Tracey Alvarez (live from  December 9th Australian time)

Day 9 – Leeanna Morgan (live from December 10th Australian time)

Day 10 – Wendy Vella (live from December 11th Australian time)

Day 11 – Charmaine Ross (live from December 12th Australian time)

Day 12 – Aislinn Kearns (live from December 13th Australian time)

Major $50 Amazon Gift Card Prize

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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WAYWARD HEART on sale!

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Wayward Heart on sale

Ooh, I love a good sale and there are plenty happening right now, but WAYWARD HEART’s is the one you need to know about!

For a short time only, WAYWARD HEART is heavily discounted across major ebook platforms. This emotional rural romance is perfect for relaxing with over the summer holidays (or winter if you’re not Down Under), so why not grab it cheap while you can?

Secure your bargain-priced copy today from:

Amazon.com | Amazon.au

Kobo | iBooks | Google Play

But get your skates on, this discount is for a limited time.

 

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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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Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy is coming!

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Yes, my darlings, it’s time to reveal Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy to you! 

Oh, you are going to adore this one. It’s funny and romantic and gorgeous, and will warm your heart. Plus you’ll get peeks into the lives of beloved characters from previous Levenham Love Story titles.

Release date August 22nd, 2017. Make sure you pre-order today.

Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy by Cathryn Hein

No girl forgets her first crush. The least he could do is remember it.

Chrissy James has only been home in small-town Levenham a few weeks when her teenage crush plays hero and saves her from an aggressive drunk. Seven years ago, Nick Burroughs was the school hottie while she was the overweight girl with braces, bad hair, and an unrequited obsession with the sports star every girl in school wanted. Her failed efforts to attract Nick’s attention still burn.

Chrissy sure has his attention now, but she’s older, smarter and focused on settling into her new dream job as wine marketer. No matter how sexy he’s grown, or how keen his interest, Nick will need to do a lot more than see off a drunk if he wants to win her over.

But Chrissy doesn’t count on the determination of a Burroughs boy in love. Nick will do anything to recapture Chrissy’s heart, even if it means acting the romantic fool and embarrassing himself in the process.

Will Nick’s efforts to make amends for the past backfire or will Chrissy’s career thwart everything? Grab this cute small-town romance and find out!

CHRISSY AND THE BURROUGHS BOY releases August 22nd, 2017

Pre-order your copy today from:

amazon.com

amazon.com.au

amazon.co.uk

Kobo

iBooks

Google Play

Signed print copies will be available for purchase direct from me after August 22nd. Order details will be in the release day newsletter. To join the cool people, simply fill in the newsletter form on this site.

For extra fun, read an excerpt and Crushing It: The Story Behind Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy on its book page.

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Because too many books is never enough

We interrupt normal broadcasting to bring you news of this special book sale.

Lazy Days of Summer Sale 2017

Hungering for books to beat the summer heat (for northern peeps) or to keep out the winter cold (for us Downunder folk)? Then don’t miss this limited time promotion.

45+ FREE and bargain $0.99 romances in every genre, just for you!

From sexy and sweet contemporaries to romantic comedy, historical, paranormal, romantic suspense, erotica, women’s fiction, and urban fantasy/sci-fi/fantasy – you’re covered.

For the full list of books click, tap or swipe the banner at the top of this post or visit http://traceyalvarez.com/summer-sale/

Be quick about it though. This promotion won’t last and you need BOOKS!

 

 

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Rocking Horse Hill is Going Global!

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So much for great plans. I was going to share photos from my trip to outback Queensland today in a This Writing Life post, but I’m up to my eyeballs in edits for my next full length release and haven’t had a chance to organise it. As fun as blogging is, books must come first.

But I do have exciting news!

Rocking Horse Hill – the story that triggered the (loosely) related Levenham Love Story series – is currently available only to Australian and New Zealand readers, but very soon the rest of the world will be able to enjoy this book too, in both ebook and print.

So today it is my great pleasure to present to you its new, rest-of-the-world cover.

Rocking Horse Hill by Cathryn Hein - global cover

What do you think? I love it and that cover model makes a very sexy looking Josh. Slurp!

I’ll have news on the exact release date shortly, along with order links, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can discover more about Rocking Horse Hill, read an excerpt, reviews, and how the story came about on its book page.

Or, if you’re in Australia or New Zealand and have yet to savour this delicious tale, why not grab a copy today from your favourite retailer? ‘Tis easy with just a few clickety-clicks on:

Amazon.au | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play |Booktopia| Fishpond

 

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It’s Valentine’s Day and the presents are for you!

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We interrupt our regular Teaser Tuesday schedule for this most excellent Valentine’s Down Under announcement.

Love a good Aussie or New Zealand-set romance? Then you will LOVE this giveaway. It’s huuuuuge!

From February 14th to 21st (13th to 20th in the US), you have the opportunity to download 25+ Australian and New Zealand-set romances, including my very own Summer and the Groomsman, for free.

Yes, FREE!

Whatever your romance reading preference, from sweet to scorching hot, there’s a book to tickle your fancy. All you need to do is click on the Valentine’s Down Under graphic below or this link, and you’ll be immediately transported to a world of happy-ever-afters.

Valentine's Down Under promotion

Choose one book or all of them, it’s up to you. And feel free to share the Valentine’s Down Under promo link with all your romance-lovin’ buddies. We don’t mind a bit. In fact, the more the merrier.

Sure beats a box of chocolates, don’t you think?

Don’t miss out. Grab your books today!

 

This Writing Life: I’m an Australian Romance Reader Awards Finalist

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Silly Wayward Heart gif

Wheeeeeeee!

I am so, so chuffed right now. Not only is it my birthday but I’m an Australian Romance Reader Award finalist in 3 categories. THREE! How cool is that?

Both SANTA AND THE SADDLER and WAYWARD HEART are finalists in the Favourite Contemporary Romance category, and I’m up for Favourite Australian Romance Author 2016.

And something I’m particularly thrilled with, WAYWARD HEART is a finalist in the member’s choice category of Favourite Cover from a Romance Published in 2016.

I love that cover and it’s such a delight to know others do too. Have you read the interview with actress and model Kate Swan about the photo shoot for it? That’s great fun.

Check out all the finalists on the ARRA blog.  As you’ll see, I’m in amaaaaaazing company.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner, held at the Australian Romance Readers Convention in Melbourne on Saturday 25 February 2017. If you’re in town, why not join us? It’ll be a blast!

 

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