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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 con author buddies into doing the same.

Whoop! I’m home from the Romance Writers of Australia conference and road-trip to my hometown of Mount Gambier, South Australia. Both huge fun but last Sunday saw us suffocating under a mountain of washing. By the time we’d finished the peg basket was empty and the poor Hills Hoist groaning under the weight of all those winter clothes. Fortunately,  unlike Melbourne and Mount Gambier, Newcastle is being gorgeous weather-wise and everything dried easily. On the downside… ironing. Urk.

The conference left me very inspired. RWA conferences always perk me up. Hanging with my tribe – people who understand and celebrate romance writing – is such a positive experience. If you’re an aspiring writer, I can’t recommend our conferences and the value of membership enough. Find out more on the Romance Writers of Australia website.

Travelling home did wonders too. Many of my books are set in south-east South Australia or far western Victoria and although I was brought up in the area and have lots of memories it’s always good to reacquaint myself with the setting.

Jim and I had lovely time driving around Kongorong, a dairy farming district to the south-west of Mount Gambier and my inspiration for the setting of Scarlett and the Model Man, my next Levenham Love Story novella (you’ll meet Scarlett in Eddie and the Show Queen). We also visited the Grampians region, near where Elsa’s Stand is set, and the western district area that The Country Girl’s setting is based on.

Watch out in coming weeks for some This Writing Life posts on the conference and road trip.

Now, on to what we’re here for.

This week on Teaser Tuesday I’m featuring Wayward Heart. For two reasons:

1/. I wanted to remind you that its current super-bargain price Australian promotion ends on September 1st and there’s not much time left if you want to take advantage, and

2/. I got such a kick out of visiting both the inspiration for Rocking Horse Hill (Mount Schank) and Admella Beach (Browns Bay), locations that feature heavily in Wayward Heart, that the book has been on my mind.

Also, it’s a gratuitous opportunity to tie back to Eddie and the Show Queen (releasing September 10th) by featuring a little bit of Eddie’s brother Harry. Yeah, a loose association but I’m making it anyway!

This is a snippet from Josh and Emily’s wedding rehearsal scene, where big shy Harry tries to get advice on dealing with Summer, the girl he’s fallen head over heels for

They were halfway down the aisle when Harry attempted to quiz Teagan about what to do about some girl he’d met. Before Felicity, Digby hadn’t had the greatest success with women either, but Harry’s ineptitude put him in a class of his own.

‘You’re a woman,’ Harry said to Teagan.

‘I know this will probably come as a shock to you, Harry, but yes, I am.’

Wayward Heart by Cathryn HeinCatching Digby’s eye, Jas grinned and tilted her head towards the couple behind as if to say, ‘Have a listen to this.’

‘What?’ asked Harry, clearly flummoxed by Teagan’s answer. ‘Oh. Sorry. Didn’t mean it like that. I mean, you must think like one.’

Jas fell out of step as she listened in, slowing Digby with her.

Teagan’s bemused silence was broken by a sulky ‘Forget it’ from Harry.

‘Sorry,’ said Teagan, bubbling with suppressed laughter. ‘Can’t now.’

‘Definitely can’t,’ whispered Jas before calling loudly to Harry over her shoulder. ‘Girl problems, Harry?’

Which only brought Em in on the farce. ‘Does Harry have girl problems?’

Everyone stopped walking and turned around to face Harry, who was looking even sulkier than he’d sounded.

This scene makes me smile a lot. Poor Harry, he’s so bumbling but so sweet and very different to his brother. Shyness is definitely not something Eddie from Eddie and the Show Queen suffers!

Wayward Heart is currently heavily discounted in ebook but you’ll need to be quick. This promotion ends September 1st. Australia only.

Purchase your copy today from:

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If you’d like to learn more about Wayward Heart and how I came to write Digby and Jasmine’s story, check out Of Beaches And Brothers, And Friends to Lovers, The Story Behind Wayward Heart. For another except and other cool stuff, visit its dedicated book page.

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Teaser Tuesday!

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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 twist the arms of author friends to do the same.

It was an exciting week in the Hein house thanks to the utter brilliance that is the Eurovision Song Contest. Regular readers will know what a fan I am of this joy-fest, and that it’s not unusual for Eurovision songs to find their way onto my book playlists.

I have to say that apart from our own Kate Miller-Heidke’s faaaaabulous ‘Zero Gravity’ and Norway’s ‘Spirit in the Sky’, this year’s grand finalists were a bit lacklustre, although I did enjoy the Netherlands’ winning entry ‘Arcade’ and Sweden’s ‘Too Late For Love’. Unlike most years, I can’t really see any of the songs making it onto my book playlists but you never know. I’ll buy the album as usual and maybe something will stick, perhaps from the semi-finalists. There were a heap of songs I scored highly in the semis (like Poland’s groovy ‘Fire of Love’) that never made it through. Made me feel a bit like the kiss of death!

Which brings me to today’s teaser. Wayward Heart didn’t just have a Eurovision song on its playlist, it actually had one as its theme. Norway’s 2015 entry ‘A Monster Like Me’ couldn’t have fitted the story’s hero Digby more perfectly. At least I thought so until I saw its general release music video which made the song look like it was about a psycho serial killer. Something Digby is definitely not!

Anyway, here’s a teaser from Wayward Heart of Digby being sweet to the book’s heroine, Jas.

The fire had caught and was beginning to crackle in earnest, yet Jas remained shivering. Shock more than likely. Coming home from your best friend’s bridal shower to find your house vandalised would rattle anyone. Shrugging off his jacket, Digby draped it gently around her shoulders.

Wayward Heart by Cathryn HeinStay there,’ he said, stroking the silky dark curls at the back of her head. ‘I’ll be back in a tick.’

A few minutes later he returned, bearing filled wineglasses. He eased down close to Jas and passed one over. It was awkward sitting on the floor but he needed to be close.

‘It won’t be as good as the last,’ he said. ‘Everyone was still in the kitchen when I went across to the house. I just grabbed whatever was closest in the cellar and got out before anyone could corner me.’

‘Thanks.’ She took a small sip and stared back at the fire. The combusting logs seemed to almost pulse with life. ‘What a horrible way to end a good day.’

It was, no question, but the unsettling thing for Digby was that being with her right now it didn’t feel that way. Sitting alongside Jas, keeping her safe, gave him an odd sense of worth, the likes of which he hadn’t felt since Felicity.

Wayward Heart is available now in ebook and print from these excellent retailers. You can also purchase personally signed copies direct from me. Simply email me via the Contact page of this website and I’ll shoot you the details.

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Amazon.com | Amazon.au | Amazon.uk

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If you’d like to learn more about Wayward Heart and how I came to write this emotional story of healing and hope, please visit its book page.

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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.

First up, some disappointing news. I am no longer able to attend the West Coast Fiction Festival on November 3rd in Scarborough, Western Australia. I can’t tell you how sad I am about this. I was really looking forward to this event. There’s nothing quite so wonderful as meeting readers in person. Jim and I even had an epic road trip planned for the journey over. Have you heard about the Nullarbor Links? It’s the world’s longest golf course. How can a golf-mad girl resist that?

Ah well, we’ll just have to organise another trip over to WA. I’ll be keeping my beady eye out for opportunities I promise.

If you’re in the west or heading that way in early November, then this event is going to be brilliant, with 60+ authors coming from all over Australia and overseas, and every one of them eager to meet you and sign books. You can still secure tickets via the West Coast Fiction Festival website. Get in quick though. The VIP tickets are already sold out and day passes are going fast.

Righty-o, let’s get on to today’s teaser.

This one’s from Wayward Heart, a story of love, loss and new beginnings. Digby has arrived at Jasmine’s house only to find strange goings-on…

 

He frowned as he noticed her phone. ‘No wonder you didn’t hear the phone. The power cord’s slipped out.’ He reached to plug it back in.

‘Don’t!’ Jasmine grabbed his wrist, shaking her head with shallow jerky movements. ‘Please don’t.’

Wayward Heart by Cathryn HeinDigby eased away, alarm and anger churning. The grip on his arm was like a claw. Someone was hurting her. He felt icy with the need to hurt whoever it was back. ‘What’s going on, Jas?’

As if suddenly aware of how much she was revealing, Jas released him and waved airily, the action as fake as her smile. ‘Oh, it’s just a few crank calls. Kids probably. I figured it was easier to unplug it. They’ll get sick of the game eventually.’

‘Crank calls and a lock on your gate. Doesn’t sound like a game to me.’

She stilled, her eyes dropping to the floor, her tone barely more than a whisper. ‘Don’t, Digby. Just leave it. Please. It’s not—’ She breathed in hard and lifted her pleading gaze to his. ‘I can handle it.’

‘Handle what?’

But she shook her head again.

Fear made him harsh. ‘Handle what, Jas?’

 

Wayward Heart is available now in ebook and print from these excellent retailers. You can also purchase personally signed copies direct from me. Simply email me via the Contact page of this website and I’ll shoot you the details.

Booktopia | Angus & Robertson | Dymocks

Amazon.com | Amazon.au | Amazon.uk

Kobo | iBooks | Google Play | Barnes & Noble

If you’d like to learn more about Wayward Heart and how I came to write this emotional story of healing and hope, please visit its book page.

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WAYWARD HEART on sale!

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Wayward Heart on sale

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

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

Secure your bargain-priced copy today from:

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

 

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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 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!

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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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A new cover for Wayward Heart!

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As mentioned in this week’s Teaser Tuesday, my rural romance Wayward Heart is getting a facelift.

Yes, that breathtaking clinch of the original cover will soon be no more.

Sad, very sad. I have fantasies about that clinch. Serious ones involving rugged men with big hands and sweeping hair and stubbled jaws, and lips like… Err, sorry about that. Got lost for a moment.

Anywaaaaay…

We may be losing the sexy clinch but it’s being replaced with something just as gorgeous.

Why? Because there’s a new edition coming out on November 20th – the smaller, cheaper ‘B’ format paperback. With The Country Girl hitting shelves on December 18th, this was a perfect opportunity to update Wayward Heart’s cover so it’s more in line with this new release.

So without further ado, here it is.

Wayward Heart by Cathryn Hein

Isn’t it beautiful? Stunning colours and I love the new tag line: They’ve found strength in each other, but can they find love? Pretty chuffed with that one. The quote from Yours Magazine isn’t bad either.

What do you think? Give your thumbs up (or down) in the comment box below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

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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 badger author buddies into joining in the fun.

Today is a bit special. Why? Because today we have some breaking news:

Wayward Heart is getting a facelift.

Yup, the sexy clinch that we all adore is being sidelined. I’m a bit sad, to tell you the truth. I LOVE that cover, but with the release of the smaller (and cheaper) ‘B’ format paperback edition on November 20th, Harlequin decided on a redesign to keep the cover in line with my December 18th release, The Country Girl.

All will be revealed veeeeery soon. On Friday, in fact. Right here on the blog. So make sure you pop back for a looksie.

In the meantime, enjoy this teaser from Wayward Heart and its totally sighworthy original cover.

 

She gave a soft laugh and just as quickly sobered. ‘God,’ she breathed, closing her eyes. ‘This is so weird. You’re my best friend’s brother. I’ve never … you know.’

Wayward Heart by Cathryn Hein‘Me either.’

‘But it feels right though, doesn’t it? For us?’

He stroked curled fingers down the side of her face. Her skin was like satin, warm from the fire and flush with her yearning. Eyes hooded, she pressed catlike against the contact, as if it was something exquisite. The start of a moan vibrated inside Digby.

How long since he’d touched someone with that kind of tenderness? How long since he’d found intimacy, since the burn of loneliness had been soothed?

‘Yes,’ he said as desire bulldozed over his guilt. Right, wrong, he didn’t care. He simply wanted.

 

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

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Amazon.com | Amazon.au | Amazon.uk

Kobo

iBooks

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Barnes & Noble Nook

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.

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.

And don’t miss this interview with Wayward Heart‘s cover model, who reveals aaaaaall about that sexy clinch.

Want another excerpt? Visit Wayward Heart’s book page on this site or download a free sample from your favourite ebook retailer and enjoy.

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

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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 have writing buddies sharing the fun.

Those of you who follow me on Facebook know that I spent a goodly part of last week searching for the perfect man to grace the cover of Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy (coming soon!). Getting a book’s cover right is vital. Not only does it need to attract interest so readers pick it up, it must also satisfy in other ways. There’s nothing quite so delicious as stroking a cover you love, especially when you’ve finished the book and are feeling all gooey, and still thinking about the characters and their journey. I’ve even been known to cuddle them. These things aren’t quite as much fun with an ugly cover.

I’ve been lucky enough to score some gorgeous covers but must say that the one I love the most is Wayward Heart’s. It’s swoonworthy, and I’m not the only one who thinks so with Australian Romance Readers Association members voting it best cover in the 2016 awards.

I love everything about it, from the gorgeousness of the models to the bright red title to the golden background. From first concept it was a winner and best of all it yells ROMANCE loud and clear. A cover that’s out and proud? Gotta love that.

In case you missed it, you can learn about the photo shoot and that clinch on the blog post Wayward Heart’s Cover Model Reveals All.

Speaking of romance and awards, if you’re looking for a new read then you can’t go past the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year finalists, which I’m super chuffed to be one of with Santa and the Saddler. Check out the Booktopia blog for all the finalists and categories.

Right, on to this week’s snippet. This is from Wayward Heart which gives me an excellent excuse to grab a copy out and caress the cover, as you do. The hero Digby has arrived at our heroine Jasmine’s house and knows something is up. She’s keeping a secret, but what?

 

Digby followed, studying her as she fetched glasses. She’d sounded welcoming, yet every movement seemed stiff and self-conscious, and it was nothing like the gentle pleasure of his previous visits.Wayward Heart by Cathryn Hein

‘I can go, if you don’t want me here.’

She stopped, her expression appalled. ‘No! No, don’t think that, please. I like having you call in. It’s nice.’ She smiled and this time it felt genuine. ‘I’m just a bit distracted. Work.’ She shrugged. ‘You know how it is.’

He did. Or rather, he used to. Work seemed long ago now. He glanced around the room while Jas rummaged for a corkscrew. His late uncle James would be horrified they weren’t decanting the wine or letting it breathe, but Digby didn’t care. The faster they had their drinks and were settled, the sooner he could find out what was going on.

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome back to another scintillating edition of Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share snippets from new and past releases, and works-in-progress, and occasionally get writing buddies to play along.

Recently I had the great joy of attending the 2017 Australian Romance Readers Convention at Rydges Melbourne (check out all the photos in last week’s This Writing Life post). What a fantastic weekend was had, and made even better by my latest release WAYWARD HEART winning the member’s choice award for favourite cover in the Australian Romance Reader Awards. Rah!

I was so thrilled to win this, and even more so for my editor and the cover designers at Harlequin Australia. After all, it was they who did all the hard work. All I did was tell them that I loved it when I saw the concept.

After this lovely award, it only seems fitting to share a snippet from WAYWARD HEART.

Here’s a little taste from the hens’ night (some of the book centres around the wedding of Em and Josh from my previous novel Rocking Horse Hill), but if you want to discover exactly what mischief Granny B got up to, you’ll have to buy the book.

Enjoy!

 

Em was in fits of giggles. Non-drinking Teagan, as keen as Jas for Em to have fun, had been surreptitiously topping up Em’s glass whenever she wasn’t looking, and the Wayward Heart by Cathryn Heinresult was a wonderfully relaxed bride-to-be who’d danced the tango and the salsa, and happily joined in a very wobbly cha-cha snake of hysterically laughing women.

‘You’re brilliant, you know that?’ said Em, slinging an arm around Jas and kissing her heartily on the cheek. Despite her champagne consumption, Em remained as stunning as ever in a strapless burgundy satin gown that fitted and flattered her body beautifully. Her hair had been slicked back into a chic bun, exposing her swan-like neck and perfect shoulders.

In a bright blue halter-neck dress that flaunted her generous assets, Jas was feeling equally as wonderful. ‘You should thank your grandmother more than me. She organised most of it. Most of my time was spent calming her excesses. Did she tell you she wanted to hire Puppetry of the Penis?’

‘No, but it doesn’t surprise me in the least. I’m thanking my lucky stars she didn’t hire the Chippendales.’ Em smiled. ‘She was in a class of her own tonight.’

 

Wayward Heart is available for purchase right now from your local bookshop, discount department store and these excellent stores:

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Read about how I came to write Wayward Heart in Of Beaches And Brothers, And Friends to Lovers, the story behind Wayward Heart, or learn about the volcano at the heart of the story in This Writing Life: Tales From The Real Rocking Horse Hill.

 

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This Writing Life: The Australian Romance Readers Convention 2017

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Ooh, I do love a good get-together and the recent Australian Romance Readers Convention in Melbourne didn’t disappoint. It was a weekend packed with panels, gala events, keynote speakers and socialising. Everyone had a ball, from authors to readers to industry.

Hanging with your tribe… honestly, there’s nothing quite so affirming and though I came home absolutely stuffed I’m still on a high. ARRA events are loaded with positivity and warmth, but that should come as no surprise. We’re romance fans!

I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the organising committee: Debbie Phillips, Heather Kopp, Diane Robson, Pamela Diaz and Juliette Arthur. You created an amazing event that I hope you’re very proud of.

The ARRC 2017 organising committee.

My heartfelt thanks to the ARRC organising committee. Three cheers, huge applause and a big champagne toast to you all.

My sincere thanks also to the ARRA committee and to all the volunteers involved in the running of ARRC 2017.

I have so many highlights I don’t know where to start but I enjoyed the screening of the Love Between the Covers documentary about the billion dollar romance fiction industry hugely. I think I’m going to have to buy a copy so I can watch it again.

Keynote speakers Courtney Milan, Kylie Scott and Kristen Callihan were also wonderful to listen to. I love hearing about other writers’ lives and journeys, and how they approach their books. It’s endlessly fascinating.

Hot Choc Mark IIThe booksigning was a hoot, as always, and it was great to chat to so many readers, some of whom were new to me and some who now feel like old friends. Everyone laughed at the new, improved Hot Chocolate and he didn’t break down once. I think we might be on a winner with this little-but-loud horsey mascot.

The Australian Romance Reader Awards dinner was a wonderful night, and I was so thrilled for Anne Gracie who pretty much swept the pool. The Summer Bride and the Chance Sisters series were truly gorgeous and her wins were well deserved. You can find a full list of the finalists here and all the winners here.

I was even more thrilled when Wayward Heart won favourite cover. That was so cool! I love that cover to bits and it was such a rush to find others love it too. Thanks to everyone who voted for it. Enormous thanks also to editor Rachael Donovan for going with the idea and the Harlequin designers for their outstanding layout. If you missed the blog post where Wayward Heart’s cover model Kate Swan reveals all about the shoot and her sexy partner Jack, you’ll find it here. It’s great fun.

I was a bit slack on the photo taking front this time – too busy talking! But I managed to snap a few on my phone. Not the best of quality (sorry) but one thing all the photos show is what a brilliant event this was and the terrific time everyone had.

Enjoy!

Melbourne put on a lovely sunny welcome for us!

Melbourne put on a lovely sunny welcome for us!

Keynote Speakers

Courtney Milan's keynote address at ARRC was excellent.

Courtney Milan’s keynote address at ARRC was excellent. I particularly enjoyed her comments about issues such as cultural appropriation and diversity in romance.

Keynote speaker at ARRC17 Kylie Scott

Kylie Scott knows what kind of images turn romance readers on!

Keynote speaker Kristen Callihan entertained us all on the final afternoon.

Keynote speaker Kristen Callihan entertained us all on the final afternoon.

Booksigning

Amy Andrews and Keri Arthur at ARRC 17

Amy Andrews and Keri Arthur

Ebony McKenna and Bec McMaster at ARRC17

Ebony McKenna and Bec McMaster

Emily Madden at ARRC17

Emily Madden

Fiona Lowe at ARRC17

Fiona Lowe

Kandy Shepherd and Alli Sinclair at ARRC17

Kandy Shepherd and Alli Sinclair

Kylie Scott at ARRC17

Kylie Scott

Lisa Ireland at ARRC17

Lisa Ireland

Sandy Curtis, Anne Gracie and Donna Maree Hanson at ARRC17

Sandy Curtis, Anne Gracie and Donna Maree Hanson

Sarah Barrie and Amy Rose Bennet at ARRC17

Sarah Barrie and Amy Rose Bennet

Tea Cooper and Sandy Curtis at ARRC17

Tea Cooper and Sandy Curtis

TM Clark at ARRC17

TM Clark

Victoria Purman and MJ Scott/Melanie Scott at ARRC17

Victoria Purman and MJ Scott/Melanie Scott

Harlequin Author Drinks

Me, Rachael Johns and Alison Stuart at the Harlequin author welcome drinks.

Me, Rachael Johns and Alison Stuart at the Harlequin author welcome drinks.

Australian Romance Reader Awards Dinner

The ARR Awards dinner crowd.

The ARR Awards dinner crowd.

Rachael Johns did an excellent job as MC for the night.

Rachael Johns did an excellent job as MC for the night.

Anne Gracie collecting one of her many awards. ARRC17

Anne Gracie collecting one of her many awards. Love those cowboy boots!

Meeting reader Deb Bray at the ARR Awards dinner.

I was delighted to meet fan Deb Bray at the ARR Awards dinner. That was a great moment.

Wayward Heart's Favourite Cover Award.

Wayward Heart’s Favourite Cover Award. Wheee!

Panels and Other Miscellany

The Rise of Rural Romance panel featuring Pamela Cook, Charlotte Nash, Sarah Barrie and Nicole Hurley-Moore, with Victoria Purman moderating.

The Rise of Rural Romance panel featuring Pamela Cook, Charlotte Nash, Sarah Barrie and Nicole Hurley-Moore, with Victoria Purman moderating. I enjoyed this a lot. Everyone had insightful comments and I was fascinated by Pamela’s mention of the controversy around her Hendra virus themed book Close To Home. I was also lucky enough to win a copy of Charlotte’s The Horseman. Rah!

Amy Andrews, Christine Wells and me in the bar. Surprise, surprise!

Amy Andrews, Christine Wells and me in the bar. Surprise, surprise!

Loved this sculpture in the nearby Southern Cross Tower.

Loved this sculpture in the nearby Southern Cross Tower by husband and wife team Gillie and Marc. They also created the pit pony at Collinsville, some of the sculptures at Finger Wharf that I also featured on the blog, and the wonderful buried rhino at last year’s Sculpture by the Sea.

Lunch at Thai food guru David Thompson's new restaurant Long Chim at Crown.

The leftovers of lunch at Thai food guru David Thompson’s new restaurant Long Chim at Crown. Amaaaaazing. The Sydney version in Angel Place is now in my sights cos as we all know, a girl can never indulge in enough lunches!

I hope you enjoyed this look at the weekend. If you’d like to join the Australian Romance Readers Association and have opportunities like this to hang with friendly, like-minded people then please check out the ARRA website.

 

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