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It’s SCARLETT AND THE MODEL MAN’s Release Day!

Open that box of chocolates hiding in the back of your cupboard and quaff the lot because it’s time to celebrate Scarlett and the Model Man’s release day. Yippee!

Ooh, I’m excited. Can you tell? I’m doing little wiggle-jiggles in my chair right now because I KNOW you’re going to love Scarlett and Sam and their journey to happy ever after. It’s totally sighworthy. I’m getting all heart-fluttery just thinking about what you lucky duckies are in for.

Scarlett and the Model Man cover

He might be the perfect model, but is he the right man for Scarlett?

My heartfelt thanks to everyone who pre-ordered a copy. Depending on where you are in the world, your book should be hitting your e-readers veeeery soon. To those who ordered personally signed print copies, you’re probably holding them right now. Give cover model Sam a kiss for me!

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 of Scarlett and the Model Man from any of these retailers.

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Personally signed copies of Scarlett and the Model Man are still available for purchase for only $18, including postage to your Australian postal address. Fill in this form to secure your copy. Orders also include a gorgeous Scarlett and the Model Man bookmark.

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

Six Secret Things About Scarlett and the Model Man

1/. This is the most…

Personal book I’ve written for a while. Scarlett’s loss of creativity was inspired by my own battle. 2018 and 2019 were tough years, let me tell you, but I made it through. Will Scarlett? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

But if you’d like to learn more about my creative (and other) dramas, check out When Life Becomes Fiction, the story behind Scarlett and the Model Man, complete with glamorous photo of moi in hospital.

2/. Regular followers will know…

That it’s a rare book that doesn’t have a theme song or songs. What’s also rare is for a Eurovision Song Contest song not to make it onto the playlist. Because I luuuuuurve the Eurovision Song Contest and have done so since it first hit Australian screens twenty-plus years ago.

Scarlett’s number one theme song doesn’t come from Eurovision. I just talked about Eurovision because… LOVE! Eh hem. It’s a song that released way back in 1982 and I fell head over heels in love with. It’s also a song I’ve wanted to use as a story theme for a very, very long time. Probably since I first heard it.

I can also imagine Sam listening to it on repeat. You’ll understand why when you read the book.

What’s the song? One Perfect Day by The Little Heroes.

Also on the playlist were:

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

Enter Sandman – Metallica

Nothing Breaks Like a Heart – Mark Ronson (featuring Miley Cyrus)

Home – Kobi Marimi (because there had to be a Eurovision song in there somewhere!)

7 Minutes – Dean Lewis

Slide Away – Miley Cyrus

Show Me What I’m Looking For – Carolina Liar

Castles – Freya Ridings

The Lonely – Christina Perri

Neon Church – Tim McGraw

3/. Scarlett’s art is

Based on that by two-time Archibald Prize winner Del Kathryn Barton. Her work is amazing. I was lucky enough that during the writing of Scarlett and the Model Man The Nightingale and the Rose exhibition – a collaboration between Barton and filmmaker Brendon Fletcher to bring Oscar Wilde’s fairytale to life – was on at Maitland Regional Library. Perfect inspiration!

If you get the chance to see this exhibition, take it. It’s brilliant. Here’s a video to give you a taste.

4/. This is the first time...

I’ve had a bare-chested man featured on the cover of one of my books. Man-titty is everywhere in Romancelandia but I’ve never been blessed with one before. This chappie is my first. He’s a beauty too. Very Sam-like.

And very much how Scarlett sees him

No six-pack, gym-junkie here. Just a toned, healthy man who farmed for a living and surfed for recreation. A man whose belly she’d like to run her tongue over.

Indeed!

5/. As a present to myself

For writing Scarlett and Sam’s story, I bought myself a beautiful necklace featuring artwork by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. The pendant is made of Gustav Klimt porcelain pendantporcelain and has detail from Fulfillment, one of Klimt’s “Golden Phase” paintings.

I don’t usually reward myself with presents like this. Normally it’s champagne on release day and that’s it, but this book symbolised so much for me (see secret thing #1 above for reasons) that I wanted to attach it to something tangible. What better than a beautiful piece of wearable art?

I do feel Scarlett and Audrey Wallace would approve.

6/. There’s a special

Surfing beach featured in the book called The Shark Hole. I took inspiration for it from the landscape to the west of Port MacDonnell, a lovely fishing and holiday village at the very bottom tip of South Australia. This isn’t a good photo but it should give you an idea of the ruggedness of the coastline.

Beach near Port MacDonnell

If you ever get the chance to visit Port MacDonnell, do so. It’s a wonderful place and the library and community centre has a fabulous maritime museum detailing the area’s history and many shipwrecks. You can also stop in the historic customs house, visit poet Adam Lindsay Gordon’s home Dingley Dell, snorkle or dive at the spectacular Piccaninnie and Ewens Ponds, and stuff yourself silly with locally caught southern rock lobster. Bewdiful!

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I hope you enjoyed this little look behind the scenes at Scarlett and the Model Man. As mentioned in point one, there’s more to be learned in When Life Becomes Fiction, the story behind Scarlett and the Model Man.

If you’re after an excerpt, check out its book page on this website or these Teaser Tuesday blog posts where I share snippets from the story.

Or better still, buy the book!

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Or purchase a personally signed print copy direct from me by filling in this form.

Thanks to all who helped me get Scarlett and the Model Man into virtual stores and your lovely hands, including my editor Alex Nahlous from Alexandra Nahlous Editing Services, cover designer Kellie at Book Cover By Design, and my wonderful writing friends, especially the Battlesticks girls – those ladies are the best. And finally, my Jim. The hero of my life.

Happy reading everyone!

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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.

We’re going to be short and sweet this week because the deadline for Serenity’s Song is only fourteen sleeps away and I’m not sure I’m going to make it, and I hate being late for things. Gives me the shudders.

There hasn’t been much happening in the Hein house anyway. It’s been BISHOK here (bum in seat, hands on keyboard) and not much else. Except for the Pumpkin, sage and parmesan sconesoccasional spot of calm-inducing baking. Last weekend I made pumpkin, sage and parmesan scones (see piccie) and cheesecake brownies, a household favourite. So now the freezer is groaning with goodies again. Rah!

Well, not so rah for me. Beyond a taste test, I tend to leave my baking efforts for Jim and his morning teas. Deadline also means I’m spending far too many hours on my bum in front of this computer to be eating sugary or cheesy naughties.

Righty-o, time for our Teaser Tuesday snippet. With only ONE WEEK until release day, it should come as no surprise when I say it’ll be a teaser from Scarlett and the Model Man. Because… EXCITEMENT!

For those of you who have pre-ordered personally signed print copies – you lovely, lovely people – some are already in the post, with others heading out soon. If you haven’t ordered and would like one, it’s not too late. Simply fill in this form and we’ll take it from there.

Oh, and because it’s release day next Tuesday, there won’t be a Teaser Tuesday. Instead, as has become tradition with my releases, you’ll be seeing a Secret Things post. Watch out for that. They’re always a blast.

Hmph, we’re nearly up to 300 words and this was meant to be short. Time to get on with it!

Sam has been modelling for Scarlett...

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‘Are you trying to flirt?

Sam slapped his palm on his chest. ‘Wouldn’t dream of it.’

I’m glad to hear that because it won’t get you anywhere.’

‘It won’t?’

Scarlett and the Model Man cover‘No.’

Bummer.

‘You sure? Because I distinctly remember you calling me perfect. More than once.’

Scarlett set down her charcoal and sauntered towards him. Sam’s gaze skittered to her breasts and hips. She might not be as tall as one, but the woman could strut better than a supermodel.

She stopped in front of him. Close. Really close. Sam had to brace hard to keep his eyes on her face and stop them from dropping to see if her singlet gaped enough for him to see the top of her breasts.

Her head tipped to one side. ‘Do I need to remind you of our contract?’

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Ooh, silly Sam. He’s in trouble now!

Find out what happens with your own copy of Scarlett and the Model Man, releasing March 24th.

Pre-order today from:

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Or fill in this form to purchase a personally signed copy direct from me, and receive a gorgeous bookmark to match.

Discover how I came to write Scarlett and the Model Man by checking out When Life Becomes Fiction – The Story Behind Scarlett and the Model Man.

See you next week for the release day Secret Things post!

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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 tempt author buddies into doing the same.

What’s been happening in the Hein house? A lot of staring at the computer, that’s what. I’m deep into Serenity’s Song (working title) and having a great time. This is an enemies-to-lovers story so forcing Serenity and Jesse together against their wills is very satisfying.

Authors can be mean like that.

I’m also getting excited about Scarlett and the Model Man’s release. Last week I picked up my bookmark order from the printer and haven’t been able to stop grinning at them. They look gorgeous!

Scarlett and the Model Man bookmarksAll personally signed print books purchased direct from me will receive one of these bookmarks in their pack – details on how to order will be in this week’s newsletter and later posted on my social media and this website.

If you want to be the first to get your order in, make sure you’re part of the cool gang and join my reader group here.

I also have some events coming up where you’ll also be able to score a Scarlett and the Model Man bookmark. First, on February 29th, at I’ll be at Lakeview Café, Speers Point NSW, with Fiona McArthur, Trish Morey and Jaye Ford for Coffee, Cake and Contemporary Women’s Stories. Details here.

And on Sunday, March 8th, I’ll be at Sydney’s Castlereagh Hotel for an Australian Romantic Rendezvous, a booksigning and reader event featuring special international guests Darynda Jones and Susan Donovan, along with a line-up of your favourite local authors. More info here.

Right. It’s Teaser Tuesday teaser time.

It’s only ONE MONTH until Scarlett and the Model Man releases. Wheeeeee!

A milestone that needs celebration, and what better way to celebrate than with a bottle of champagne? Oh, sorry. I meant with a teaser. The champagne is for later.

Just a teensy teaser, mind. I wouldn’t want to spoil your future reading fun.

In this scene, Scarlett is lunching with Audrey Wallace (aka Granny B) and discussing her difficulties with finding her perfect model.

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‘I’d offer my grandson, Digby, but Jasmine—his girlfriend, Scarlett and the Model Man coveralthough I do wish they would hurry up and announce their engagement; this faffing about has gone on long enough, in my opinion—would be even more disapproving than Emily.’

‘Too pretty, anyway,’ said Scarlett, setting her chin on her fist. ‘I need someone good-looking without being pretty. Rough but not ragged. A perfectly imperfect man, like …’ She tried to think of an actor who’d match her criteria and instead caught sight of a man the size of a small country walking past the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows. She pointed her fork in his direction. ‘He’d do.’

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He he. So… who is the giant man walking past the window? You’ll have to read the book and find out!

Scarlett and the Model Man releases March 24th 2020. Pre-order your copy today from:

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

Apple Books | Kobo | Google Play | Barnes & Noble

Booktopia | Angus & Robertson | Bookdepository

If you’d like to discover the inspiration behind Scarlett and the Model Man, check out When Life Becomes Fiction – The Story Behind Scarlett and the Model Man.

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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 arm of an author buddy to do the same.

Before we get on to today’s snippet, a bit of news from the Hein house.

I’m working on a seekrit project. *Cue evil snigger*

Actually, I’m working on a couple of secret projects but as I’m juggling them with my fast-approaching writing deadline for Serenity’s Song (working title and sequel to Elsa’s Stand) most aren’t getting a lot of attention. I hope to share at least one bit of this news with my newsletter subscribers soon so watch out for that.

If you’re not part of cool crowd, join here.

Other than that, it’s very much a case of what we authors sometimes call BISHOK, which is a rather ugly looking acronym for Bum In Seat, Hands On Keyboard.

Although I was naughty last weekend and tried out this Gordon Ramsay recipe for Mango, White Chocolate and Passionfruit Parfaits. Soooo bad but oh, soooo gooooood! Dead easy to make too. Gotta love a recipe you can whip up in minutes and looks and tastes brilliant.

Speaking of brilliant

Heeeeee! See what I did there? I am the segue queen!

Eh hem. Anyyyywayyy

Today’s Teaser Tuesday excerpt is brought to you by Eddie and the Show Queen. But we won’t be featuring Eddie (gorgeous hunk of manhood that he is) or bright, bubbly Alice. Nope, this snippet is about Scarlett Ash, star of Scarlett and the Model Man, up for pre-order now and a book you won’t want to miss.

Close-up of the male model on Scarlett and the Model Man

Cover detail from Scarlett and the Model Man. included purely for illustrative purposes.

Nothing to do with that Mr Bare-Chesty model blessing its cover. Nothing at all.

And I have not been running my finger over that image when Jim hasn’t been looking either.

Much.

Mr Bare-Chesty is very tasty though.

Sigh.

Err, where were we? Oh, yes. Our excerpt.

In this scene, Alice has driven town matriarch and champion nose sticker-inner Audrey Wallace out to visit Scarlett

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Scarlett was as eye-popping as her artwork. Her clothes were simple – khaki camouflage-patterned cargo pants, heavy lace-up work boots, and a black, paint-splattered fine-wool jumper. But it was her hair, eyes and skin that made her spectacular. Everything seemed overdone, from the cascading dark curls to the greenness of her eyes and the porcelain beauty of her face. Dramatic and finely drawn, like her art, and probably just as complicated.

Eddie & the Show Queen coverAlice also suspected she was more than a little drunk. A cosy-covered teapot sat on a bench, along with a sugar bowl and a half-empty bottle of gin. Having greeted Mrs Wallace with undisguised mistrust and Alice with strange interest, Scarlett now paced the studio, sipping from a delicate teacup and sliding narrow glances at Mrs Wallace as the older lady flicked through canvases.

‘I don’t do free, as you well know, Audrey.’

Alice had no idea what the relationship between these two was, but the use of Mrs Wallace’s first name suggested a long association. She hoped that was a good sign.

‘This would be a favour.’ Mrs Wallace smiled in a way that reminded Alice of a politician. ‘To me.’

Scarlett’s gaze sharpened even further. ‘Calling one in, are you?’

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Yep, she’s a tough cookie, our Scarlett.

Eddie and the Show Queen is available now from these stores:

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Pre-order Scarlett and the Model Man here:

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I’ll have news on how you can order personally signed print copies of Scarlett and the Model Man in my next newsletter and later here on this website. Stay tuned!

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

It’s been an exciting week!

Scarlett and the Model Man is now up for pre-order and looking gorgeous everywhere. Feedback on the cover has been great. I knew you’d like it. It’s so pretty! And made even prettier by that dishy surfer model on the cover. He is sooooo Sam. Love him.

It’s also been a super busy week because I had to make a short notice road-trip to my home town of Mount Gambier, in South Australia, a 2800 km round trip, give or take a few kms. Visiting always gives me lots of inspiration for my Levenham-set stories, even if I’m there for only a few days, like this trip.

Speaking of inspiration, you can read more about my inspiration for Scarlett and the Model Man in When Life Becomes Fiction. It’s quite a personal story.

As you’ve guessed, we’re all things Scarlett and Sam at the moment, which means todays Teaser Tuesday snippet is going to be taken from their gorgeous romance.

Here’s Sam talking to his mum after Scarlett asked him to model for her.

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‘You do realise what life-modelling entails?’

‘Yeah.’ At least he thought he did. ‘A lot of sitting still, I imagine. Trying not to fidget.’ Sam lifted an arm and tightened his bicep. ‘Flexing a couple of muscles.’

Scarlett and the Model Man cover‘Life-models pose nude.’

Sam’s jaw dropped. He swallowed. ‘Nude?’

‘Yes, nude.’

‘As in no clothes at all?’

‘Yes, my darling son. That’s what nude usually means.’

He sat back and dragged his hand down his face. Not only did Scarlett think him perfect, she wanted him naked. ‘Holy shit.’

‘Holy shit indeed.’

‘Well, then,’ said Sam, chuckling as he stood up. ‘Good thing I’m not shy.

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Scarlett and the Model Man releases March 24th, 2020.

Pre-order your copy today from:

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Kobo |  Apple Books | Google Play | Barnes & Noble

Personally signed print copies will be available for purchase direct from me as well as online bookstores. Watch out for more information on that soon.

Add Scarlett and the Model Man to your Goodreads to-read list here.

Want to be the first to know when you can order a personally signed print copy? Join my newsletter team here. You’ll not only get first dibs on a print copy, you’ll receive a chain of sweet and fun short stories to enjoy over a cuppa.

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It’s heeeeeeeere!

Yes, my lovelies, Scarlett and the Model Man is now up for pre-order in your favourite ebook store.

Isn’t it gorgeous?

Scarlett and the Model Man cover

He might be the perfect model, but is he the right man for Scarlett?

When up-and-coming artist Scarlett Ash discovers the perfect model in small-town Levenham, she can’t believe her luck. Her creativity abandoned her months ago and with her move to London to take up a prestigious residency fast approaching, she’s desperate for a muse to bring it back.

Surfing dairy farmer Sam Greenwood is delivering milk when a gorgeous girl accosts him. Charmed by her invitation to model for a painting, Sam wants to say no. While Scarlett might be stunning, she’s arty-farty weird, and he’s flat out with his growing dairy business. Somehow, though, he can’t resist.

As Scarlett struggles to find her way with her new work, Sam becomes determined to help. Scarlett is smart, talented and sympathetic to the unremitting toil of dairy farming, and they’re both healing from failed relationships. Soon burgeoning friendship blossoms into so much more.

Knowing that London beckons and her time in Levenham is short, Scarlett resists the lure of love. She has no plans to return to Levenham, and big-hearted Sam deserves more than a brief fling followed by a quick goodbye. Except as their affair deepens, how can she leave the man who’s not only given her back her passion but her heart?

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Scarlett and the Model Man releases March 24th 2020, but you can pre-order it right now from:

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Kobo | Apple Books | Google Play | Barnes & Noble

Print copies will be available for pre-order from online stores soon. You’ll also be able to order personally signed copies direct from me. Details in my next newsletter. Not part of the cool team? Join here.

Add Scarlett and the Model Man to your Goodreads want-to-read list here.

I can’t wait for you to read this story! Sam and Scarlett’s meet-cute is a hoot, even if Sam isn’t too sure about the situation, but the way their relationship develops is lovely. I adore these two. They’re both smart and interesting and Scarlett’s history is a tough one.

You may not realise, but Scarlett’s situation was partially inspired by my own battle with creative issues. You can read more about this in When Life Becomes Fiction: The Story Behind Scarlett and the Model Man.

Let me know what you think of the cover and blurb. I’d love to hear!

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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 sometimes sweet-talk author buddies in to doing the same.

Yes, my lovelies, we’re baaaaaack!

And what a year we have ahead. The first Teaser Tuesday guests have already been booked so keep an eye out for those in coming weeks. I’ll be sharing snippets from my backlist, of course, but also occasionally short sneak peeks from my works-in-progress. Right now I’m writing Serenity’s Song (working title), an Outback Brides of Wirralong story and the sequel to Elsa’s Stand.

But in the next few weeks it’ll be all Scarlett and the Model Man. Why? Because it goes up for pre-order this week. Squeeeee!

I’ll be sending out a newsletter tomorrow with the cover, blurb and a preview of the entire first chapter, along with other news. If you’re not part of the cool team, join here.

I also have a few events coming up.

On February 29th, 2pm – 4pm, at I’ll be at Lakeview Café, Speers Point NSW, with regular Teaser Tuesday guest Fiona McArthur, along with Trish Morey and Jaye Ford, for Coffee, Cake and Contemporary Women’s Stories. Join us to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea and learn why we write women’s stories and why contemporary women’s stories matter. Details here.

And on Sunday, March 1st 09:30-10:30, I’ll be at Maitland Indie Festival, Maitland NSW, with Michelle Douglas and Jodi Perry discussing the ins and outs of indie romance publishing. More on that here.

Then the following week, we have the Australian Romantic Rendezvous at the Castlereagh Hotel, Sydney, Sunday 8th March 2020. This is a booksigning and reader event, featuring special international guests Darynda Jones and Susan Donovan, along with me and a line-up of your favourite local authors. Secure your tickets here.

Busy times ahead.

Now to our teaser, which you have already probably guessed is going to be from Scarlett and the Model Man. Rah!

Just a wee snippet, mind. Just like the cover, I don’t want to be revealing too much just yet.

This is from an early scene where Scarlett is having lunch with Audrey Wallace, aka Granny B, and lamenting her inability to find the perfect artist’s model.

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‘What are you going to do if you don’t find him?’ asked Audrey as they readied to leave.

Scarlett and the Model Man partial cover reveal‘I don’t know.’ Scarlett stared at the street. ‘Paint another Crowns in the hope it’ll cancel the curse?’

‘The only curse is the fantasy one in your mind. I suggest you try the livestock exchange. Sales are every Wednesday. You’re bound to come across a dishy farmer or stock agent there.’

‘Maybe. Or maybe I’ll keep painting Jed. Not the same, but …’ She lifted her hands.

‘Oh, do stop the misery act. It’s very unbecoming.’ Perhaps realising she’d gone too far, she patted Scarlett’s shoulder. ‘Chin up. You’ll find your man soon.’

Scarlett hoped she was right. Time was running out.

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Watch out for more on Scarlett and the Model Man soon!

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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 bribe author buddies in to doing the same.

Now, don’t cry, my lovelies, but this is the final Teaser Tuesday of 2019.

I know, I know. It’s very sad. Never fear, we’ll be back again next year from mid to late January with lots more teasers from me and our special author friends.

So let me take this opportunity to thank you for your support throughout this year and to wish you and your families a truly wonderful holiday season and a fabulous New Year. May 2020 be brilliant for us all!

Santa and the Saddler Christmas memeSpeaking of brilliant, make sure you pick yourself up a brilliant bargain from the good folks at Kobo. They have Santa and the Saddler on sale for only 99 cents. This Romantic Book of the Year finalist will warm your heart and make you sigh and maybe even sniffle a little. All the feels, my friends. All the feels.

Don’t miss out. Grab your copy today!

Now, because it’s Christmas, I have a suuuper special present for newsletter subscribers. Coming this Wednesday to an inbox near you is my Christmas newsletter, complete with special link to a short Levenham Love Story called Belle and the Perfect Present.Belle and the Perfect Present bannerThis story is sweet and cute and chock-a-block with Christmas joy. You will smile! But as I said, it’s exclusive to newsletter subscribers. If you’d like access – and of course you do! – please join the cool kids by clicking the newsletter tab on this website. Doing so will also give you access to three other short stories, plus you’ll never miss a new release.

Okey-dokey… what would be a good teaser to end the year with?

I think there can only be one answer. The book that I know you’re hanging out for. The book that will make you all squishy inside when you read it. The book that features a surfing dairy farmer and a talented artist and has a gorgeously sweet romance you’re going to adore.

Yes, book friends, I’m going to end the year with a teaser from Scarlett and the Model Man. Only a little teaser, mind. I don’t want to be giving too many secrets away yet.

Please note: This is an unedited snippet so please forgive any wobbly bits.

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Sam wasn’t a bad-looking rooster but no way was he model material. His nose was a bit big and kinked to the left thanks to being hit by a stray surfboard and most of the time his salt-damaged hair looked like Medusa’s. At five feet eleven, he wasn’t particularly tall either. His shoulders were good though, from years of swimming and surfing, and his mum and sisters reckoned he had nice hazel eyes, not that he could see it. To Sam they had all the colours of a swamp. Maybe a sunlit one when the light shone right, but still a swamp.

Good bloke, yeah. Model, no.

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Scarlett and the Model Man will go up for pre-order in the new year. If you want to be the first to hear about it (and don’t forget that special access to Belle and the Perfect Present), join the cool newsletter gang. Besides all the news, you’ll also receive access to a couple of free short stories to enjoy over a cuppa.

Thanks and see you in 2020!

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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 nag author buddies into doing the same.

What’s news from the Hein house? Well, not a lot because I’m currently in outback Queensland where we’re helping out my parents-in-law for a few days. As you’d expect when you’re north of the Tropic of Capricorn in November, it’s hot.

Speaking of hot (oh, I luuuuurve a good segue), have you snapped up your hot-priced copy of The Country Girl from Amazon’s Australian store yet? There are only days left to run on this promotion so make sure you do before it returns to normal price.

I mentioned this on my Facebook page, but I’ll mention it here too because I’m about to give you your first sneak-peek of Scarlett and the Model Man and with Facebook only showing a teensy percentage of page posts to followers, you probably missed it.

At the end of October, I travelled up to the Maitland Regional Art Gallery to see the Nightingale and the Rose exhibition, featuring artworks by two-time Archibald Prize winner Del Kathryn Barton. When I originally came up with Scarlett’s character while writing Eddie and the Show Queen, I used Barton’s style as the inspiration for Scarlett’s, although Scarlett’s works are a bit more… erm… risqué. Those who have read Eddie and the Show Queen will know what I mean.

The Nightingale and the Rose is a collaboration between Barton and filmmaker Brendan Fletcher, and brings to life Oscar Wilde’s fairytale in an animated work. It was gobsmacking. The colours were incredible, the intricacy of the works and their animation mesmerising, and Wilde’s short story tugs hard at your emotions. I could so easily imagine Scarlett being involved in a project like this. Perhaps if she gets a mention in another Levenham Love Story, she will.

This video gives a taste of the film Barton and Fletcher created.

And now for a taste of Scarlett and the Model Man. This is first draft stuff, so please forgive any awkwardness.

In this snippet, Sam goes snooping in Scarlett’s artworks and gets more than he bargained for.

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He wandered over to the wall of propped canvases. The colours were incredible, vivid and almost glittery, as if a series of jewellers’ trays had been upended and swirled about. Sam glanced at Scarlett and found her watching him as she poured water.

He gestured at the paintings. ‘May I?’

‘Sure. Knock yourself out.’

He crouched to flick through a layer. The first was painting of a woman standing in a whirlpool of colour that made him think of the oily rainbows that sometimes appeared in spilled fuel. The woman was strangely proportioned – her head overlarge, her body thin but with dramatically defined muscles. She had a sheet draped over one shoulder, her neck long and stretched as she stared at something behind her.

The next painting was of a green-eyed, dark-haired woman, her body pale and arched and surrounded by alien plant life that was creeping hungrily toward her. One arm was lifted as though beckoning the viewer to join her in her fantasy world.

Sam swallowed and flicked quickly to the next painting, and wished he hadn’t. The scene was similar but this time the green-eyed woman’s eyes were closed and her lips open, as though on a sigh. If that wasn’t disturbing enough, her thighs had been eased apart by plant tendrils that had wrapped around her ankles. In the swirly green and browns of the surrounding forest, hooded eyes glowed.

Sam jerked upright and shoved his hands deep into his jeans’ pockets. Now was not a good time to be thinking about naked women, and especially not naked Scarletts.

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He he. I love that scene and can’t wait to share more of Sam and Scarlett with you.

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You can also meet Scarlett in Eddie and the Show Queen. Check out its book page on this website for the cover, blurb, links and an excerpt.

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