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This Writing Life: E-book Update

A quick heads-up for e-book readers. My debut rural romance PROMISES is now available on Kindle and from Kobo, Borders and other ebook retailers for $10. Bargain!

Here are the links:

If you have a Kindle, you can buy Promises here. Currently $10-03

If you own a Kobo, Sony or other e-reader that accepts the ePub format then you have a wider choice of stores and the book is slightly cheaper at $9-99.



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HEART OF THE VALLEY is also available as an ebook from the same retailers for around $19-99



Blog visit & giveaway alert

A quick heads up to let you know I’m chatting in the back paddock at Mission Romance this weekend, talking home towns and heartstrings.

Drop over and share the Australian place that resonates most in your heart and you could win a signed copy of my rural-set romance, Promises.

See you there!


I’m baaack!

A belated happy New Year to you all!

It’s been a busy start to 2012 for us, with a big interstate move and all the joy of unpacking and re-organising the house. We are now officially inhabitants of footy central, aka Melbourne, and I never thought I’d say this, but it’s a bit of a culture shock. It’s been twenty years since I finished my agriculture degree at Roseworthy College and moved here to work for a pasture and turf seed company, and while I’ve visited plenty of times in the interim, and wandered around even bigger cities than Melbourne, I can’t seem to get over the traffic and noise and sheer number of people hustling and bustling their way around.

Adjustment will come though, and it’s not like this is forever. Given Jim’s job next year could see us somewhere else. In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy the experience.

And now for some wonderful news. Promises is a finalist in the Favourite  Contemporary Romance section of the Australian Romance Readers Association Awards. I’m so proud to be on that list and offer a very heartfelt thanks to all who voted. Award winners will be announced at the ARRA Awards dinner on the 11th February at Cello’s Restaurant, Castlereagh Hotel, Sydney.

Check out the ARRA website for the full list of awards and finalists. There are some great names there.

And if you aren’t already a member of ARRA, please take a look at joining. It’s a great way to connect with other romance readers and to keep up with all that’s going on in the Australian and international romance world. Plus members have benefits. Lots of book giveaways and other swag type benefits, as well as a very informative newsletter, a conference, lunches, a dedicated discussion loop…the list goes on. All for $20 a year. Bargain.

Friday Feast returns this week with a special guest – paranormal and fantasy romance author Shona Husk. You will not believe the recipe she’s sharing. Talk about drooly. Which is almost the word I’d used to describe the list of authors I have booked for guest appearances this year. Friday Feast is going to be so much fun and if Shona’s recipe is any indication, very, very fattening!

Finally, my Hunter Valley set rural romance, Heart of the Valley, is on its final run through and will soon be off to the printers. Keep your eye out for the cover and blurb, coming soon.

Speaking of which, I’d better get back to work.

Enjoy your summer!


Fantastic Promises Review

What better way to start the morning than with a fantastic review? This one from Mission: Romance put me in such an awesome mood I managed to zoom out an entire chapter of Where Hope Lies.  Here’s the link if you’d like to take a look.

Mission: Romance – A ‘Must Read’ – Cathryn Hein’s Promises

Not since my introduction to Nora Roberts, has an author had me so completely and utterly spellbound.”

My cheeks still turn pink at that!


Now, don’t forget Friday Feast tomorrow. I have the most wonderful guest – best-selling historical romance author Anna Campbell.

AND she’s giving away to one lucky commenter a copy of her latest release Midnight’s Wild Passion. Can’t wait!



News and a Promises giveaway

Well, the first round of edits for Heart of the Valley is complete and the next will be here any day. In the meantime, I’m working on my next book, which I’ve christened Where Hope Lies. Not sure if that title will stay but it’ll do for the moment, and WHL is a nice easy acronym to use in emails when I’m chatting with my writing buddies. Not as good as HotV, mind. That one was a beauty!

Heart of the Valley is scheduled for release in May 2012. No sign of a cover yet but I promise to post it as soon as I get the go ahead. Can’t wait to see what it’s like. It’s always a huge buzz to see a new cover.

On the blog touring front, today I’m a guest on Rachael Johns’ Theory on Thursday segment, talking about writing craft and also giving away a signed copy of Promises. So if you want to be in the contest, click on over to Rachael’s blog, discover the answer to the simple question I’ve posed and leave it in the comments. Entries close at midnight Sunday, 20th November 2011. Australian addresses only, sorry.

While you’re there, check out Rachael’s debut release, One Perfect Night, available in December from Carina Press. I have a preview copy of this book and I can honestly say it’s fabulous. A great romantic romp from a wonderful new Australian writer.

If you happen to be wandering down Beaumont Street, Hamilton, NSW on Sunday and are wondering where all that laughter is coming from, it’s probably all the attendees at the Australian Romance Readers Association lunch. A great group of local readers and writers are coming along so it should be a fun day. We’ll be at Cafe de Beaumont from 11am. Please feel free to stop by and say hello. I promise you we’re all very friendly!

And last but not least, I’m very excited to announce that I have some fabulous Australian writers booked for Friday Feast guest appearances over coming weeks, including best-selling historical author Anna Campbell, and gorgeous Harlequin Desire author and website designer Paula Roe. Can’t wait to see their feasts!


Fantastic review

My nephew called the other night to tell me that his friend’s mum is the library manager of Mt Gambier library and that she said Promises was the best book she’d ever, EVAH read. I was thrilled but also took it with a grain of salt because, you know, she’s a librarian who’s probably read a bazillion books, and calling it the best book EVAH (to use Mason’s overexcited description) was a pretty big call.

And then I saw Cathryn Harris’s review on her Recommended Reading Blog.

This is probably one the best books I have read, not only is it Australian, but it is based in the South East of South Australia, so the local favour is very strong with mention of areas such as Penola, Naracoorte and Beachport. Even the description of the limestone buildings and the crushed limestone driveways conjure up images close to home.

The characters are strong and some may be recognizable to locals and the drama keeps the reader guessing until the end, so much so I had to continue reading through the night to find out the ending. Hein is yet another powerful Australian fiction author whom I am sure we will come to love as more of her books become available.

That’ll teach me to doubt my nephew.

As an aside, Cathryn Harris is also a finalist in the 2011 SA Telstra Business Women’s Awards. I hope she wins!




This week on the blog tour…

I’m talking writing with Australian fantasy and futuristic author, Golden Heart winner and all round good egg Kylie Griffin. Want to discover my worst writing mistake, the one that taught me a valuable lesson? Then mosey on over to Kylie’s blog and read all about it.

And while you’re there, check out Kylie’s upcoming release Vengeance Born. Honestly, you’d buy this book for the cover alone. It’s gorgeous!

Don’t forget the Promises giveaway running on Helene Young’s blog. Today is your last chance to enter, so if you haven’t posted your comment, go do it now!