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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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Note: For free shipping use promotion code BIRTHDAY at the checkout. Code can be used as many times as you want. Ends midnight Australian Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday 14th Feb, so you’d better be quick. Minimum spend $17.

Go get ’em!

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Teaser Tuesday MemeWelcome to Teaser Tuesday 2018!

After our usual January blogging hiatus we’re now back for another year of bookish goodness, and I can’t wait to share more snippets from new, past and upcoming releases from me and good author buddies.

First, a gigantic thank you to everyone who has read The Country Girl. The response has been phenomenal. I can’t tell you how amazing it has been to read your emails and comments on social media. It seems Tash and Patrick’s story has touched a lot of people. I even had a reader email me about one of Pa’s gardening tips. Pa would be THRILLED by that!

Second, a heads-up about the next few months. I’m moving house soon (and city – hello, beautiful Newcastle!) and though we’ve done it many, many times before there’s always a degree of chaos. That means I might not be able to respond to comments here and on social media as quickly as I’d like, but I’ll do my best.

Third, watch this space for news about my coming releases. I can’t reveal anything right now but there are some exciting things happening. As soon as I’m able to share details I will.

Right, on to our Teaser Tuesday. I’m torn between teasing you with a snippet from a work-in-progress because it’s on my mind and I’m excited about it, or another taste of The Country Girl. I think it’ll have to be the latter. Mostly because my current work-in-progress is so messy I fear it’s in no fit state for sharing. Better to save that for later.

So here’s a few paragraphs about Patrick from Tash’s point of view. The man might be sexy, but that doesn’t mean she trusts him.

 

Patrick grinned. Tash wished he hadn’t. She preferred him bad-The Country Girl by Cathryn Heintempered. Grinning showed off his dark-haired handsomeness, sparkling blue eyes and straight teeth. And the sod hadn’t shaved today, leaving his jaw sexily stubble-flecked. Worse, he was wearing a pair of jeans that clung to his thighs and showed off his long legs. As for the rolled-up sleeves of his shirt, on Pa it looked agricultural and competent. Patrick made it both those things, and hot.

She didn’t trust any of it. Smiling and looking sexy was one of those things that beautiful people did when they were determined to get their own way and were being thwarted.

 

Purchase your copy of The Country Girl in print or ebook today from these retailers or your favourite bookstore.

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Discover how I came to write The Country Girl in The Magic Bullet, The Story Behind The Country Girl. Want another snippet to read? Check out its book page.

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share snippets from new and past releases, and works-in-progress, and occasionally badger author buddies into joining me.

Well, my lovelies, this is our final Teaser Tuesday for the year. Next Monday is release day for THE COUNTRY GIRL and I’ll be sharing lots of fun things that week, including, as is now tradition with my new releases, a list of secret things about the book. Then it’ll be Christmas and New Year and my usual summer blog holiday.

I’m still undecided whether to continue Teaser Tuesday next year or think up a new series to entertain you. A good mull over the holiday period will help me decide. Whatever happens, be assured that the blog will go on!

A few exciting things are happening right now that I’d like to alert you to.

First, the 12 Days of Down Under Christmas promotion that I’m involved in, where you can enter lots of giveaways, score free books, and enter a major prize draw to win a $50 Amazon gift card, is on until December 13th.

Check out my blog post for all the details and a truly scrumptious recipe.

Secondly, HEART OF THE VALLEY, one of my most popular books and which features the truly delectable Lachie Cambridge (I still sigh at the mention of that man’s name), is in Kobo’s current 50% off Christmas promotion. Visit Kobo and use code GIFT50 at the checkout to claim your discount. The code can be used multiple times so go your hardest with it. Find the full list of included titles on the promo page.

BUT, the deal ends Dec 11th US time, which means you have minutes to claim this. So hurry!

Finally, another bargain. WAYWARD HEART is currently heavily discounted (more than half price) across all the major ebook platforms. Again, this offer is for a limited time only, so if you want to snap up this emotional and uplifting romance at a bargain price, you’d better do it today. Try: Amazon.comAmazon.auiBooks, Google Play

Righty-o, on to our teaser, which is, of course, from my upcoming release THE COUNTRY GIRL.

Only SIX sleeps until release day on Monday 18th December. Sooooo close! If you haven’t already pre-ordered your copy, then there’s still time and you won’t have to suffer the stress of Christmas shopping chaos. Pre-order now from:

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

iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

Booktopia | Dymocks | Angus & Robertson Bookworld

Time for our teaser. Here’s a sample of Tash and Patrick shooting sparks off one another. Enjoy!

 

‘Don’t look at me like that. You know what that animal is capable of and, let’s face it, you were never in the same league as Maddy when it came to riding, and look what happened to her.’

The Country Girl by Cathryn Hein‘Maddy was galloping helmetless over makeshift jumps in thick scrub when Khan fell. All I plan on doing is pottering around Castlereagh. They are hardly the same circumstances. Besides,’ she said, her chin lifting, ‘you can’t stop me.’

‘I can and I will.’

Unafraid, she came to stand in front of him and looked up. The top of Tash’s head just reached the line of his shoulders and gave him a bird’s-eye view of her cleavage, along with the urge to bury his face between those soft, swollen mounds. An urge that only heightened his anger.

Tash’s smirk was as provocative as her voice. ‘I’d like to see you try.’

 

Discover how I came to write THE COUNTRY GIRL in The Magic Bullet, The Story Behind The Country Girl. You’ll also find another excerpt from the book on its book page.

For an even longer sample, the first two chapters are available for your reading pleasure at Harlequinbooks.com.au.

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, where I share snippets from new and past releases, and works-in-progress, and occasionally badger writing buddies into doing the same.

Only 13 sleeps until THE COUNTRY GIRL releases!

But more on that in a minute. First up, have you checked out the 12 Days of Down Under Christmas promotion? This baby is HUGE. 12 Australian and New Zealand authors, including myself, have banded together to offer 12 days of gorgeous giveaways and Christmassy fun stuff on our websites and blogs. Kris Pearson, Joanne Dannon, Cassandra O’Leary and Annie Seaton have already kicked off celebrations with their posts, with more authors to come.

I’m day 7, which will be this coming Friday (Aussie time), when you’ll not only have a chance to win a copy of my Christmas themed story Santa and the Saddler but salivate over a beautiful recipe.

Besides the individual author giveaways, there’s a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift voucher that you can enter too.

Each day I’ll be posting the links to my Facebook page. Follow me there to make sure you don’t miss out on my, or anyone else’s, giveaway.

As mentioned in the intro, THE COUNTRY GIRL is now less than 2 weeks away from release. Are you excited? I can’t wait for you all to see and hold it. A couple of early author copies turned up last week and the book is BEAUTIFUL! There’s gorgeous chapter art that you could even colour in for a bit of mindfulness, should you wish, and the spine and back cover have a pretty, homespun country feel. A perfect representation of THE COUNTRY GIRL’s heroine Tash.

Now for what we’re here for – a little taste of THE COUNTRY GIRL. Another short one this week. I don’t want to spoil things for you.

Here’s a little bit of Tash in foodie mode. Enjoy!

 

Tash continued to explain the recipe, measuring out ingredients while she chatted. It was a simple recipe, old-fashioned, using basic pantry supplies and indulgent quantities of muscovado sugar and The Country Girl by Cathryn Heinbutter. The spin of adding Pa’s home brew would also make it perfect for her cookbook.

‘And now for the ale,’ she said, levering the lid off the bottle. The liquid foamed as she poured. Grinning, she lowered her nose to the bowl. ‘You should smell this. It’s amazing but that’s hardly a surprise. My pa knows how to make a good drop.’

She sobered and stirred. ‘He also knows a thing or two about life. I’ve been mulling over what he said in his last video, about relationships and how you can’t grow them on stony ground. I’m a farm girl, and I know how important it is to look after our soils, to keep them healthy and fertile. If we don’t, nothing flourishes, and Pa’s right—it’s the same with friendships, or any relationship. You need to keep them nurtured. So today I’m going to nurture mine with indulgent food. Although it’s not really the food, but the thought and effort that matters. I want to show my friends that I care and that I’m thinking of them.’

 

Pre-order your copy of THE COUNTRY GIRL today from:

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

iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

Booktopia | Dymocks | Angus & Robertson Bookworld

Curious about how I came to write THE COUNTRY GIRL? Check out The Magic Bullet, The Story Behind The Country Girl. You’ll also find another excerpt from the book on its book page.

Tune back in this coming Friday when you’ll have a chance to win a paperback copy of Santa and the Saddler in our 12 Days of Down Under Christmas promotion. Not to be missed!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share snippets from new and past releases, and works-in-progress, and occasionally relentlessly nag author buddies into joining me.

With less than a month to go until the release of THE COUNTRY GIRL, I’m fairly bouncing with excitement. I wish it was out already so you could enjoy Tash and Patrick’s sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes funny girl/boy-next-door romance, but it’ll hit shelves soon enough on December 18th.

Just in time to fill your Christmas stockings!

Now, newsletter subscribers are already privy to this link, but here’s your chance to also dive into the first two chapters of THE COUNTRY GIRL. Simply tap, swipe or click the button below and start reading.

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Feedback has been amazing already which makes me even more impatient for everyone to read the rest of the book.

As I mentioned, THE COUNTRY GIRL hits ebook and paperback store shelves on December 18th, but you can order your copy right now and have it in your hot little hand release day. All you need to do then is kick back with a cuppa and indulge in a little ner, ner, ner, ner, nerr-ing to everyone else who’s been forced to brave the madness that is the Christmas shops while you’re home, smiling, sighing and perhaps even sniffling a little with Tash and Patrick’s gorgeous story.

Pre-order from:

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

iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

Booktopia | Dymocks | Angus & Robertson Bookworld

 

Watch out for more fun THE COUNTRY GIRL promos over coming weeks and an upcoming 12 Days of Christmas celebration that I’m involved in, featuring LOTS of cool giveaways from DownUnder authors.

Now for a brief snippet from THE COUNTRY GIRL.

Tash’s grandpa plays a lovely role in the story. Here’s a taste of him. Just a morsel, mind. We don’t want to spoil that main course!

 

The front door opened revealing the tall figure of her pa in a stockman’s shirt, a pair of faded shorts and bare feet. Despite the daggy outfit, his full head of thick wavy silver hair was slicked back with Brylcreem, his jaw was clean-shaven and he wafted the comforting scent of freshly applied Old Spice cologne. Tash immediately wondered if he was entertaining, or expecting to.

The Country Girl by Cathryn Hein‘Flossie!’ Pa exclaimed, using the nickname he’d had for her since childhood. ‘What brings you here?’

Tash held up the tea-towel bundle.

Pa’s eyes widened, his nose twitching like a rabbit. ‘Are they …?’ He regarded her hopefully.

She nodded. ‘They are.’

He slapped his hands together with glee. ‘I was about to move Munch but that calls for a cuppa.’

Tash glanced at the aptly named sheep, head down, stuffing herself. ‘I think she’ll survive.’

 

Here are those pre-order links again.

Paperback: Booktopia, Dymocks, Angus & Robertson Bookworld

Ebook: amazon.comamazon.com.au, amazon.co.ukiBooks, Kobo, Google Play

Want to read the story behind how I came to write THE COUNTRY GIRL? Check out The Magic Bullet, The Story Behind The Country Girl. You’ll also find another excerpt from the book on its book page.

Watch out for Friday and my latest This Writing Life post where I’ll be sharing some pics from Scone Literary Festival.

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the series 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.

So much happening!

Yesterday was the official release day of the smaller (cheaper – yay) ‘B’ paperback format of Wayward Heart, complete with its gorgeous new cover.

I’ll always treasure the original version with its breathtaking lovers’ embrace, but I do love this new one. I like the way the designer has Wayward Heart’s heroine Jas looking up and out into her future. It suits the book perfectly because the story is all about two damaged people finding their way forward. And finding love too, of course. It’s a romance, after all.

The second thing that’s happening is that it’s now LESS THAN ONE MONTH until the release of The Country Girl. Oooooooh, I can’t wait. So ridiculously excited about this book. Stay tuned for lots of upcoming goodies, including more snippets, sample chapters and possibly even some recipes from Tash’s kitchen.

Release day is December 18th in paperback and ebook, but you can avoid the Christmas rush with a pre-order. Try: amazon.comamazon.com.auamazon.co.ukiBooksKoboGoogle PlayBooktopia, Dymocks, or Angus & Robertson Bookworld.

But today it’s all about Wayward Heart and the release of the ‘B’ format paperback. Watch out for it in stores.

Enjoy this bit of sexual attraction between Digby and Jas.

 

Jas was in the garage when Digby arrived back, tins of paint and some ratty bristled paintbrushes lined up on the concrete. The way she grinned on seeing him killed any lingering trace of the bad Wayward Heart by Cathryn Heinmood brought on by the scene with his mother at Camrick. Jas was sexy, exciting and real. His blood, so long sluggish and viscous with sorrow, surged life once more through his veins.

She sauntered towards him in a pair of well-fitting faded jeans and a purple polo shirt that was either ancient or had shrunk in the wash. The hem skimmed the waistband of her jeans, revealing a tiny sliver of pale skin with each sway of her hips. The neck gaped from the strain over her breasts. Eyes on his, Jas stopped right in front of him and placed her hand over his heart, before standing on tiptoe to kiss him.

A kiss that had him dumping the plastic bags he was carrying to lean her against the rear of her car and shove his hands up her shirt.

Wayward Heart is available in print and ebook from these stores. Grab your copy today!

Dymocks

Booktopia

Angus & Robertson Bookworld

Amazon.com | Amazon.au | Amazon.uk

Kobo

iBooks

Google Play

Barnes & Noble Nook

Learn the story behind how I came to write Wayward Heart in Of Beaches And Brothers, And Friends to Lovers. You can also discover its theme song and more in 6 Secret Things About Wayward Heart.

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share tasty teasers from new and past releases, and works-in-progress, and occasionally con good author buddies into doing the same.

Did you know there are only six weeks left until Christmas? You’re probably more than already aware given how much Christmassy stuff is already adorning the shops. They don’t like to let us forget the silly season’s arrival, do they?

I don’t mind so much this year. Why? Well, The Country Girl is scheduled to release on December 18th and that means there’ll be at least six days’ worth of Christmas shopping time for all you lovelies to grab a copy and stuff it into your, and all your bookaholic friends and families’ stockings. Woohoo!

Yeah, I know, I know. It’s all about me. But I LOVE this book and am so excited that you’ll soon be able to read it, and better still, be able grab a copy before you trek off on lazy summer holidays. The perfect book to make you even warmer and fuzzier, but without the sunburn (or frostbite for those in northern climes).

What you won’t have to wait for is our regular and hugely popular guest Anna Campbell’s new novella The Christmas Stranger because it’s coming out on Amazon this week. Rah!

Here’s Anna to tell you all about it. Make sure you read right to the end, because there could be a giveaway on offer.

Who says Christmas doesn’t come early?

Author Anna CampbellHi Cathryn!

Thank you for having me as your guest. I do so love to visit you – and what better time of year to swing by than in the run-up to Christmas?

I must be feeling particularly Christmassy this year because I’ve got two novellas out, and I’ve also put a previously published story into a great Christmas anthology called Romance Under the Mistletoe (check it out – great value!).

Today, I’m here to talk to you about The Christmas Stranger: A Regency Novella which touches on so many themes pertinent to the Season of Goodwill. Love at first sight. Finding a family. Taking a chance. Moving from darkness into light. Plus there’s a definite fairytale element to this romance!

Maggie Carr has been the housekeeper at isolated Thorncroft Hall for five years, and she’s convinced life is passing her by. But everything changes when architect Josiah Hale stumbles across her doorstep in the middle of a snowstorm. Joss brings the spirit of Christmas back into Maggie’s life, as you’ll see in this excerpt when our seemingly mismatched couple go in search of holly and ivy to decorate the rambling Jacobean mansion.

 

Thorncroft Hall, Yorkshire, 22nd December, 1821

Maggie laughed. And found herself laughing again and again, as she and Mr. Hale wandered the snowy woods behind the house in search of greenery. She’d thought they’d cut a few sprigs of holly before they headed home, but the cart was soon laden with boughs of pine and holly, enough to make the whole house bright.

The weather held while they were outside. Now and again, there was a glimmer of pale sunlight through the thick clouds. But as they turned back to the manor, the snow started again.

She turned her face up to the flakes and out of childish habit, stuck her tongue out to catch a couple. When she realized Mr. Hale was watching her, she blushed at her nonsense.

The Christmas Stranger by Anna Campbell“It’s supposed to be lucky,” she said defensively.

“I hadn’t heard that.” He stared at her as if he’d never seen a woman before.

“Mamma and I used to play games in the snow. I don’t know if it’s a real superstition or not, but we always did it.” Her eyes flickered down, then up again. “You must think I’m silly.”

He smiled at her, and her foolish heart stuttered, although surely only the fading light lent such tenderness to his expression. “It’s nice to see you being a bit silly. You mostly seem to take life very earnestly.”

She should tell him to mind his own business. But she found herself responding honestly. “In recent years, I haven’t had much fun. We used to. Papa was a very jolly vicar. Everyone loved him, and his parishioners were devastated when he died. They wanted us to stay in the village, but they were so poor themselves, we couldn’t take their charity. Mamma and I continued to celebrate Christmas after we came here. I just…I just seem to have got out of the habit.” She smiled at Joss. “Thank you for reminding me that it’s the season of goodwill, not the season for sitting around feeling sorry for yourself.”

“You’re such a sparkling girl.” Her gratitude didn’t seem to please him. Instead he looked troubled. “You should have the world at your feet.”

She fought to keep her smile in place, although she cringed at the poor figure she cut with her lack of sophistication and drab clothes. When she’d give anything to dazzle him with her wit and beauty.

And all was not lost. He’d called her sparkling.

“Well, I do have the king of Christmas in my thrall,” she said lightly.

To her surprise, he touched her cheek with one leather-gloved hand. The contact was over in an instant. Surely she must imagine the blast of heat sizzling through her, heat that made a mockery of the freezing air.

“You do at that,” he said softly.

 

You can read a longer excerpt and the blurb on my website.

The Christmas Stranger is only 99 cents on Amazon.com

Here are the buy links: AmazonBarnes and NobleKoboiBooks.

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So let’s talk Christmas decorations. Are you a pile it on everywhere, the more the merrier type? Or are you a decorations minimalist? Do you put up the tree the minute you hear the first Christmas carol at Coles? Or are you someone who waits until Christmas Eve to stick up one string of tinsel?

GIVEAWAY!

I’ve got a Kindle download of A Christmas Stranger: A Regency Novella for someone who comments today. No geographical restrictions.

Good luck in the draw! And wishing you all the best of the Season!

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday AEST, 17th November 2017. Open internationally.

Great question, Anna. We’re hopeless with Christmas here in the Hein house, mostly because we tend to head interstate for Christmas to spend Christmas with family. But even when we do stay home – as will be the case this year – half the time we end up forgetting to put up the tree. Then a few days before the big day we look sheepishly at each other and go ‘oops’.

Anyway, Christmas isn’t about decorations and trees. It’s about being with or thinking about the ones you love.

And drinking fizz.

And eating naughty food.

And squealing over all the awesome books you’ve received in your stocking, like The Country Girl (ooh, I am SHAMELESS!!)

Are you forgetful like us, minimalist or get totally in the decorating spirit the moment the calendar flips over to December (or earlier)? Share and you’ll go into the draw for a Kindle copy of Anna’s gorgeous new book The Christmas Stranger.

If you’d like to learn more about Anna and her books, please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook and Twitter using @AnnaCampbelloz.

 

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share snippets from new and past releases, and works-in-progress, and occasionally con writing buddies into doing the same.

After a quiet weekend at home, this week sees me zooming off to one of my favourite places – the Hunter Valley. I’ll be visiting for the Scone Writers Festival which is on from Friday 10th until Sunday 12th. You can catch me on Sunday at 11-50 am on the rural and regional stories from around Australia panel with fellow author Kim Kelly and author-photographer David Darcy. Full details and ticketing on the Scone Writers Festival website.

Books in the heart of wine and horse country? You couldn’t ask for a better festival!

Many of you will be aware that Summer and the Groomsman, the very first of my Levenham Love Story novellas, has been available for free across the major ebook platforms for much of this year. This will soon be coming to an end. Consider this blog post your heads-up that if you haven’t already snagged your free copy, then hurry up and do so before it returns to normal pricing.

Righty-o, seeing as we’ve been talking Summer and Harry, let’s have a snippet. Here’s Harry at Josh and Em’s wedding (the hero and heroine of Rocking Horse Hill), where he’s proud to act as one of Josh’s groomsmen, and aching for Summer to show…

 

The bride and groom were staring at one another with secretive smiles, as if only they knew how special this moment was, and once again Harry was overcome with sentimentality. Unable to help Cover of Summer and the Groomsman by Cathryn Heinhimself, he shot a quick, hopeful look toward the back of the church.

And damn near squeaked.

Summer was hovering at the very rear, looking heart-stoppingly sweet and pretty in a flowery knee-length dress and her hair tied up in a loose bun. She was standing with her hands folded in front of the skirt, a silver toolbox by her feet, and gazing at one of the church’s colourful stained glass windows. As he gawked, the window was hit by a shaft of sunlight, dappling her face and body in colour. And though Harry knew it probably ranked as one of the dumbest notions he’d ever been struck with, he couldn’t help feeling as though, somehow, the building was blessing her.

 

This is SUCH a cute story and Harry is a big darling, although Summer certainly doesn’t think so when she first encounters him. But we can’t have love coming easily, can we? That’d be no fun at all.

What is fun is that you still have a chance to score the ebook of Summer and the Groomsman for free from these stores:

Amazon.com

iBooks

Kobo

Google Play

Prefer print? Not a problem. Sign print copies of Summer and the Groomsman can be purchased directly from me for $12 including postage to your Australian postal address. Contact me for more details.

Or, simply order from these retailers:

Booktopia

Angus & Robertson Bookworld

Bookdepository

Amazon.com

If you’d like to read another excerpt, check out its book page on this website. Want to know how I came to write Harry and Summer’s story? Visit It all started in a Gold Coast spa . . .

 

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, where I share snippets from new and past releases and works-in-progress, and sometimes nag author buddies into doing the same.

Wow, what a brilliant weekend I had in Narrandera with the NSW Rural Women’s Gathering. Give me some time and I hope to share some photos from it.

It’d be lovely to have a rest after road-tripping, workshopping and book signing, but not for this little black duck. Not only do I have books to write, and another soon to release (The Country Girl – ooooh, I can’t wait!!), I have another big event coming up.

Scone Literary Festival runs over the weekend of Friday 10th to Sunday 12th. My panel is on Sunday at 11-50 am and runs until 12-45, where we’ll be discussing rural and regional stories from around Australia. This will fascinating, so please come along if you’re in the area.

Right, now for a nice snippet to whet your book lovin’ appetite.

We haven’t had something from Heartland for a while, and I do adore this book. Matt is so sexy and cheeky, and the perfect match for Callie. I particularly like the climax and final scenes of this one. They get me teary every time.

Here’s Matt attempting to coax Callie around for dinner…

 

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Only too aware how much work she had waiting but strangely compelled to watch him, Callie slid into the shade of the back eaves as Matt headed to the rear of the float.

In a few minutes the bike was loaded. Sighting her in the shade, he waved before walking to the LandCruiser’s driver’s door and tugging it open. He stared at the interior for a moment, then back at her. ‘Come round for dinner. Tonight.’

Callie regarded him uncertainly. ‘You mean like a date?’

Matt leaned his back against the cabin and puffed out his cheeks. ‘How about calling it being a friendly neighbour?’

She thought on it for a moment then shook her head. ‘Thanks, but I have a lot to do here.’

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‘You sure?’

‘Positive.’

He blew out a long breath and gave a ‘well, I tried’ shrug. ‘Your loss.’

‘If you say so,’ replied Callie, wondering if overinflated egos were a Graney family trait.

‘I do. I cook a pretty mean steak, you know. I’ve even been known to serve it with salad.’

‘I’m sure I’ll survive.’

A lazy smile hooked Matt’s mouth as he looked her up and down. ‘Of that I have no doubt.’

 

Heartland is available for purchase in paperback and ebook from these retailers.

Grab your copy today and get caught up in Callie and Matt’s gorgeous romance. There’s even a bonus naughty goose!

Amazon.com | Amazon.au | Amazon.uk

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Personally signed print copies are also available for purchase direct from me. Email me at cathryn@cathrynhein.com or via the contact form on this website for details.

Discover the inspiration behind Heartland in A Memory Story, or read another excerpt on its Book page on this website.

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome 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.

I’m off to Narrandera this weekend for the NSW Rural Women’s Gathering, where I’ll be running a writing workshop with fellow rural romance author Jane Carter (whose new book Prodigal Daughter is out now) and having a wonderful time. I’m so thrilled to be attending this event. It’s going to be brilliant. If I get the chance on my return, I’ll share lots of piccies in a This Writing Life post.

Another thing I’m thrilled about is hosting good buddy Rachael Johns on the blog today. Rah! Rach has a stunning new novel out that you are going to love. The Greatest Gift will tug at your heartstrings and leave you thinking long after you’ve finished the last page.

But enough from me. Here’s Rach to tell you more about The Greatest Gift.

 

Author Rachael JohnsThe Greatest Gift is not only the title of my latest release, but this book was also a GIFT to me. Last year, I was contemplating having a little break from writing, I was feeling creatively fatigued, life was crazy-hectic with other things and I didn’t have a solid idea I wanted to write about. I gave myself permission to take six months off and focus on house renovations and refilling the well, but my muse had other ideas.

When I was worrying that I’d never get another idea, suddenly I got a message from a woman on Facebook wanting writing advice. I helped her as much as I could and she told me she was an egg donor. What? I’d never met anyone who’d done anything like this before and I wanted to know everything about it. In only a few messages a character appeared in my head – a career woman who didn’t want children so decided to donate her eggs to a woman who does. And the idea took off from there – within a few hours, I had a whole plot in my head and trust me, this almost NEVER happens for me. So this book was a GIFT to me – it helped me find my love and passion for writing again – and I also hope it is a GIFT to those who read it.

The scene below is at Harper’s husband’s Christmas party and shows some of the reactions Harper gets when people discover she is donating her eggs.

 

‘Can we get you a drink, Harper?’ asked Elizabeth Carter, one of the partners’ wives as she looked around for a waitperson.

Within seconds a boy who looked barely legal appeared wearing the standard black and white uniform of restaurant wait staff.

‘I’ll have a soda water, thanks,’ Harper said.

‘Can I grab another soda and lime?’ Annika lifted her empty glass, confirming Harper’s CrossFit suspicion. You didn’t get a body like that without treating it like a temple.

‘Don’t tell me you’ve joined this ridiculous cult as well.’ Tracey Slater, the other partner’s wife, tutted. She took a large gulp of her red wine.

Harper opened her mouth to say ‘yes’ as that would be the easiest explanation, but Elizabeth got in first.

The Greatest Gift by Rachael Johns‘Oh my goodness! Are you pregnant?’

The chatter in the room died instantly as all eyes snapped to her and Samuel. Her stomach tightened.

Samuel snorted loudly. ‘You know our stance on babies.’

Harper cringed. Of course they did. Everyone who knew them knew ‘their’ stance on babies—how due to climate change, world poverty, war, famine, blah, blah, blah, it wasn’t smart to bring more babies into the world—but it embarrassed her when he went on about it in front of people who already had children, like many of the people at this party. She’d called him out on this once and he’d retorted with, ‘Well, why shouldn’t we make them question their decision? They sure as hell try to make us question ours.’

And although he might have a point, it still made for awkward social situations, but tonight he surprised her.

‘Harper’s abstaining from alcohol because she’s in the process of donating her eggs to a childless couple. You should see how brave she is, injecting herself every morning.’

The pride that shone from his voice was new—so far he’d given no indication that he admired her for what she was doing. Aside from a few condescending remarks, he’d shown so little interest that she’d hardly told him anything about Jasper and Claire.

Was he simply using her situation to make himself look good in front of the partners?

Whatever Samuel’s reason, she couldn’t help feeling a little pissed off that he’d made this public announcement. She hadn’t wanted anyone except her close friends knowing. Although she wasn’t exactly Kardashian famous, as a public figure she preferred to keep her private life just that. And there was also Claire and Jasper’s privacy to consider.

‘Wow, Harper, do you know the couple you’re doing this for?’ asked one of the paralegals.

‘Um … no.’ She bit down on her annoyance. ‘Well, I didn’t when I first set out but we’ve kind of become friends now.’

Everyone had something to say about this. The overall consensus was that donating her eggs made her some kind of angel and although this sentiment made Harper uncomfortable, it was preferable to the alternative.

‘I could never do something like that,’ Annika exclaimed, swishing her soda and lime around in her glass.

Nobody asked you to. Harper gritted her teeth and forced a smile.

But the worst came from one of the female solicitors, who’d recently returned from maternity leave. Isobel had twins and her husband was a stay-at-home dad. ‘How can you give away your babies like that?’ she spat, the expression on her face saying she could barely even stand to look at Harper.

‘They’re not babies. They’re not even embryos. They’re just eggs,’ Elizabeth said in her defence. ‘I think it’s a very noble thing to do. Infertility can be heartbreaking and I think what you’re doing is a priceless gift. Well done.’

Elizabeth raised her glass in a toast and no more was said in opposition; no one dared voice a contrary opinion to one of the partner’s wives.

 

How brilliant does that sound? You want this, oh yes you do. Think of it as a gift to yourself. A well-deserved one!

The Greatest Gift is available in paperback and ebook from these stores now.

Booktopia

Angus and Robertson Bookworld

Amazon.com.au

iBooks

Kobo

Google Play

If you’d like to learn more about Rachael and her books, please visit her website. You can also connect on Facebook, Twitter using @RachaelJohns, Goodreads and Instagram.

 

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