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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday MemeWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share snippets from new and past releases and works-in-progress, and occasionally twist the arms of writer buddies to do the same.

I haven’t been doing a lot of cooking lately. I’ve tried out a few new recipes but none were exciting and none went on the keeper pile. Actually I lie. This recipe for Balinese Beef Curry was lovely. And this one for Banana Caramel Oat Slice from online magazine Beauty and Lace was pretty tasty too.

I’m not sure why I’m not cooking much. I suspect it’s because my head is too full of Eddie and the Show Queen (this book is taking forever to write, gah!) but also because we’ve been doing stuff on Fridays, which is my usual day for hitting the kitchen for a good cooking sesh.

So what’s this got to do with Teaser Tuesday? Well, the other day when I was tooling around in my files I found the raw footage for a Cooking The Country Girl video I’d planned to share with you (watch the first one here). That never eventuated because of house moving hell followed by internet connection dramas that still haven’t been resolved. Anyway, seeing those video files reminded me of how much I adore that book and that we haven’t featured it on Teaser Tuesday on it for a while. Since early February, in fact.

It also made me think that now my new herb garden is kicking along I should make a big serve of Tash’s tortelli di zucca. It’s perfect for the cold weather and because it contains pumpkin, I can claim it as healthy (we won’t mention the butter and sage sauce). It’ll also give me a chance to get out the pasta machine. I love that gadget. It’s so shiny and cool looking, and fresh pasta is awesome.

Which leads me back to The Country Girl and Tash’s gorgeous, gardening guru grandfather. Here he is with Tash.


Thursday morning brought Pa and a pumpkin the size, weight and colour of a small boulder.

The Country Girl by Cathryn Hein‘Did you put it on steroids or something?’ Tash asked as he hoisted the monster onto the bench.

‘No, Flossie. That’s just good old-fashioned poo.’

‘Nice. I’ll be sure to tell my fans that.’

She eyed it dubiously. A pumpkin of that size was bound to be woody. Maybe she could save it for October and do something Halloween-y with it.

‘Don’t look at my baby like that.’ Pa patted it as though it were a dog. ‘That’s prime Queensland Blue.’

‘A Queensland Blue I’ll need a chainsaw to cut into,’ said Tash, turning on the espresso machine. ‘Or maybe an axe.’


Ah, Pa. He was such a great character to write. Enjoy more of him, and Tash and Patrick, with your own copy of The Country Girl. Available now from these stores: | |
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Teaser Tuesday!

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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.


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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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The Country Girl ebook sale

Right now, for a limited time, you can pick up the ebook of my new release THE COUNTRY GIRL at a heavily reduced price.

And I mean heavily reduced.

This promotion is for a short period only, so secure your bargain-priced copy today before the offer runs out.

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Cooking The Country Girl!

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So, yesterday I made a silly video in which I cook one of Tash’s recipes from The Country Girl while wearing a ridiculously unflattering pink rabbit onesie. Honestly, the things we authors do for publicity…

Those of you who have already read The Country Girl (thank you, darling people!) will understand the onesie reference, but the rest of you will have to take it on faith that it fits the story perfectly. Which is more than I can say for how that onesie fits me.

Anyway, I hope you get a kick out of me making a tool of myself and enjoy this delicious recipe from Tash’s collection.

No excuses not to make this one. As demonstrated, it’s dead easy!

Mini Ricotta Cheesecakes with Currants Soaked in Sherry

4 tablespoons currants

4 tablespoons sherry

350g fresh ricotta

125g mascarpone

Grated rind of half a lemon

½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste

50 ml golden syrup

1 egg, lightly beaten


Soak currants in sherry overnight, then drain. Drink reserved liquid to put yourself in an excellent frame of mind.

Pre-heat oven to 140 Celsius.

Line a 6-capacity muffin tin with patty cake or muffin cases.

Beat ricotta and mascarpone together with lemon zest and vanilla until smooth. Mix through golden syrup, then egg, and stir until well combined. Stir through currants until evenly distributed.

Spoon mixture into patty cases.

Bake 20-25 minutes, depending on your oven. The cheesecakes should still have a slight wobble in the centre.

Cool in tin, then chill in the fridge for a few hours.

Gobble down accompanied by a glass of aged Pedro Ximenez.

Variations: sultanas soaked in marsala, raisins soaked in rum. Golden syrup can be substituted with honey, if you prefer.


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It’s THE COUNTRY GIRL’s Release Day!

The Country Girl by Cathryn Hein

Hand around that bottle of fizz and bust that box of chocolates open cos today is the day The Country Girl hits shelves around the globe!

That means it’s time for you to discover cool secret things about the book and for me to waltz around the house drinking champagne and giggling a lot.

It’s also a day when I wax lyrical about how excited I am and what a ball I had writing the book. And yeah, I know, I say that all the time. But it’s true, it really is. I did have a ball writing this book.

It’s because of Tash. That girl just radiates happiness and it’s contagious. Little wonder Patrick can’t resist, no matter how crazy-hard he tries.

The Country Girl is a boy-next-door or friends-to-lovers romance that will wring out your heart, tingle your tastebuds and leave you sighing with happiness.

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And now, as has become tradition on release day, here are…

6 Secret Things About The Country Girl

1/. The Country Girl’s original title was…

Castlereagh Road, after the road Tash, Patrick and Maddy live on. Then I decided to call it Quarry Road, except that made it sound like a serial killer novel so I reverted to the original.

Unfortunately, Castlereagh Road didn’t appeal to my publisher, and with solid reason. It’s more like an historical novel’s title and would probably fit awkwardly on a rural romance cover. It doesn’t give the right feel for the book either.

After much brainstorming – and I mean MUCH – we settled on The Country Girl.

2/. The theme song for The Country Girl is…

Just Another Girl by The Killers.

It’s perfect for the book and for Patrick because no way in hell is Tash just another girl. She’s special. Bright, joyous, big-hearted and irresistible, and the perfect girl to heal his sore heart.

3/. The Country Girl had quite a long music playlist…

The longest since Rocking Horse Hill (which had a whopping 49 songs on its playlist). Usually my playlists hover around 4-6 songs, with one or two setting the theme, but it really does vary between books.

Other songs on The Country Girl’s playlist included:

When Love is Dying – Elton John and Leon Russell

Everytime – Broods

Look Up – The Finish and Toni Collette

Nature’s Law – Embrace

Try – Pink

Be Still – The Killers

Come Around Again – Jet

Run – Snow Patrol

It’s Beautiful – Spiderbait

Steal My Sunshine – Len

Le Manque a Donner – David Hallyday

Black – Pearl Jam

Can you guess which songs belong to Patrick and which are Tash’s?

4/. I came up with Tash’s character during…

a beautician’s appointment after a misunderstanding about… um… female pleasuring devices.

You can read the full tale in The Magic Bullet: The Story Behind The Country Girl.

5/. The horse Khan’s original name…

was Flash. I changed it because it rhymed too closely with Tash and there were too many -ashes going on.

I didn’t settle on Khan straight away though. For a while he was Prince, but that was a P word like Patrick and Pa, and had to go. I also liked Mr Bojangles but that was too close to Tash’s old pony Bubbles.

6/. I have made every one…

of the recipes mentioned in the book. Sadly not with the same success as Tash. But I tried!


I hope you enjoyed these revelations about The Country Girl. Here are those links again for you to grab your copy: | | | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play | NookBooktopia | Dymocks | Angus & Robertson Bookworld

Thanks to everyone who has helped get The Country Girl onto shelves, including editors Rachael Donovan and Di Blacklock, all the amazing team at Harlequin, and my agent Clare Forster from Curtis Brown Australia.

Also to my writing buddies who are a delight and keep me from going potty when this writing biz threatens to send me bonkers. Last but never, ever least, thanks to my Jim. My rock and darling man.


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Teaser Tuesday!

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: | |

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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

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Teaser Tuesday!

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.’


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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!

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.

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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:,, 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!

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

Did you see the new cover for Wayward Heart that I revealed on Friday? Isn’t it lovely? Gorgeous colours and I like the hopeful feel it has, with the model lifting her chin as she stares into her future.

I also like how it fits in with The Country Girl’s cover. These aren’t related books but with The Country Girl coming out in December and the smaller paperback of Wayward Heart out the month before, it’s nice to have them matching.

Speaking of The Country Girl, only a few months to release now. I’m so excited I bet the weeks will skip by. It’s available for pre-order in all the bookstores, in print and ebook. Pre-orders are hugely important to authors because they help create buzz and get more books into stores, and into more readers’ hands.

For you – and let’s face it, you’re the most important part of this equation – it means you no waiting for your book. You can have it landing on your reading device or in your letterbox on the day. You’ll be able to swan around with a smug smile, cuddling it. Or spend the rest of the day on the couch laughing and crying and falling in love with Patrick, Tash, Thom, Ceci, Basil, Coco and all the gang, while everyone else is battling the Christmas shopping crowds.

Multiple wins!

So if you plan to purchase The Country Girl on release, please consider pre-ordering in either print or ebook. It’d be much appreciated.

Now that public service message is done, let’s have a leeeeeetle peek at The Country Girl.

Tash is with her silver fox grandpa, Basil…


When Pa remained silent, she lifted her head. ‘What?’

‘You should have a boyfriend.’

The Country Girl by Cathryn HeinAnd Tash would like one, but the buggers had a bad habit of falling for Ceci. Besides, she had enough on her plate.

‘I should have a lot of things.’ She smiled, appreciating her pa’s concern, and showing she was okay, which she was. Boyfriend or not, life was pretty damn good. ‘I’m fine, Pa.’

‘Young lass like you can’t live on scones alone. Hearts need feeding too.’ His eyes turned shiny. ‘Believe me, being lonely isn’t any fun.’

Tash slid off her stool and came to circle her arms around him. ‘I miss her too.’

‘She was a wonderful woman, your nan.’ Pa rubbed her shoulder and kissed the top of her head. ‘You should have what we had.’

‘I hope I get it one day.’

He gave her a squeeze. ‘And how do you propose to do that if you don’t have a fella?’

‘I’ll find one, eventually.’ The kettle clicked off. Tash stood on tiptoe to kiss his cheek. ‘Just not this year.’


*sigh* I bloody LOVE this book. It’s funny and heartbreaking and emotional and hopeful and so many things, and I cannot wait for it to hit shelves.

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I’m thrilled to bits to show off the GORGEOUS new cover and blurb for The Country Girl, hitting stores December 18th.

I’d love to hear what you think. I adore it. It’s so bright and happy, just like the book’s heroine Tash.

The Country Girl by Cathryn Hein


After landing a major cookbook deal, star food blogger Tash Ranger swaps city life for the family farm. But Tash’s homecoming is bittersweet, for now she can no longer avoid seeing her best friend Maddie, who was severely injured in a riding accident and unable to communicate. No one knows that Maddie and Tash had a deep falling out and with every visit Tash must pretend to be the friend everyone believes her to be.

Patrick Lawson, Maddie’s fiancé, battles despair and hope daily as Maddie lies imprisoned in her body, gradually losing his faith in her recovery. When Tash returns to Castlereagh Road with her joy and boundless appetite for life, he realises finally what his loved ones have been trying to tell him for months – that Maddie wouldn’t want him to throw his life away. It’s time to move on. But letting go is no easy feat, especially if moving on means Tash. He’s a country boy and she is a star on the rise with ambitions that could propel her out of reach.

Can these two friends step out of the shadow of Maddie’s tragic life and accept love, or is the past forever destined to dictate their future?


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I can’t wait to tell you more about it. You are going to LOVE this book!