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Favourite Reads of October

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I read some pretty fab books in October, across a wide range of genres too. But the two highlights were both from Australian writers. Talented debut author Emma Viskic and well-established romance author Rachel Bailey, whose expertise in the genre shone through.

Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic

Resurrection Bay by Emma ViskicLoved this book. Just loved it. A great Aussie crime novel and apparently the first in a series. Rah!

When Caleb Zelic finds a friend dead, he’s determined to uncover the killer and prove his own innocence. With business partner Frankie, Caleb sets on a dangerous path, one that leads him around the city and to his home town of Resurrection Bay. But the person they’re chasing is always one step ahead and soon Caleb doesn’t know who to trust.

What makes this book so memorable – besides the clever plotting, smart and authentic dialogue and great observations – are the characters. Caleb is profoundly deaf and determined to not let it interfere in his life. His relationships with his family and love interest are tangled and sometimes uneasy, adding even more intrigue to an already layered plot. Then we have ex-cop and recovering alcoholic Frankie, the peripheral folk of Resurrection Bay, and investigating police, all of whom seem to have secrets. Even the settings have unique personalities.

This book had drama, action, plenty of twists, humour and even a touch of romance. Highly recommended.

The Finn Factor by Rachel Bailey

The Finn Factor by Rachel Bailey coverIf you love contemporary romances, in particular the friends to lovers trope, then this book is for you.

Convinced it’s her kissing skills – or lack thereof – that’s ruining her love life, Scarlett Logan cons her best friend and housemate Finn into giving her lessons. Finn is gorgeous and a babe magnet; he’s bound to know what she’s doing wrong and how to fix it. But their first “lesson” ignites something neither expected and something Finn definitely doesn’t want. With their precious friendship on the line, can these two control their passions? Find out!

This was sweet, fun and deliciously romantic. A book to make you feel wonderful.

Also on my list were:

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, a young adult zombie book I’ve wanted to read for donkey’s and which is apparently going to be made into a movie. I’d definitely watch that. I thought this had some fresh takes on the zombie genre – not that I’m an officianado but I liked it a lot for its different perspective.

Way Down Dark by James P. Smythe. Another young adult but this time sci-fi and the first in a trilogy. Great premise of a heroine trying to survive in a place called Australia. Except it’s not the country but a spaceship where people took refuge to escape a dying Earth. This started out sort of Hunger Games-ish and twisted into something else. Really rolled along.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith. I’m a sucker for a good crime novel and with Galbraith being a pseudonym of JK Rowling how could I resist? I enjoyed it too. Fab characters, especially the war veteran hero Cormoran Strike. I’ll be fascinated to find out how his relationship with Robin progresses.

Every Breath by Ellie Marney. Book blogger 1 Girl 2 Many Books put me on to this one. Being a Holmesian style tale (and I do love me some Sherlock), I had to give it a try. What a ride it was too. Loved the set-up with country-girl Rachel finding her way in the big smoke, and hero James Mycroft was wonderfully done, plus it was fun to read a book set in my favourite Australian city, Melbourne.

What were your favourite reads of October?

 

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Six Sleeps Until Rocking Horse Hill’s Release!

Ha! That heading sounds almost poetic.

Only six sleeps until Rocking Horse Hill officially hits the shelves and one of those nights includes a visit from the Easter Bunny. Well, lots of chocolate anyway. Exciting times… or maybe that’s just the sugar high.

Now for news.

REVIEWS

They’re coming in now and they’re WONDERFUL. I’m thrilled to bits that people are loving Em and Josh’s story. Here’s what a couple have said already:

I absolutely loved Rocking Horse Hill. Aussie author Cathryn Hein has created a masterpiece with this novel, her best yet in my opinion. Her beautiful descriptions are so well done as to make it easy to feel I was there with Emily and her animals, gazing at the cypress trees, laughing at the antics of the duck, and chasing the donkeys when they escaped their enclosure, ransacking Em’s vegetable garden. A wonderful novel which I have no hesitation in recommending highly.

5 stars from Brenda on Goodreads

This is a story that will pull you in from the start the charachters are rich and add so much to the story as do the wonderful pets that Em has on the farm. Josh and Em have a lot to overcome and with a bit of danger added to the mix and Granny B meddling they will get to their HEA. This is a story of family and friendships and love lost and won again don’t miss this one.

5 stars from Helen on Goodreads

A book of charming characters from Emily, Josh and Digby to the infamous Granny B, Rocking Horse Hill is a well written story set in South Australia, that has suspense, friendship, loyalties, family relationships and second chances all put to the test for each of the characters in the book. An enjoyable read that takes the steadfastly close Wallace-Jones family through challenges and circumstances that have you on edge in so many pages. Heart wrenching moments and tension that will keep your eyes to the book. Character stories intertwine to form one big story that was a impressive read.

4 stars from Talking Books

And 5 stars from 1 Girl, 2 Many Books with a review and 2 book giveaway to come. Watch out for the link.

GIVEAWAYS

Six sleeps until release means there are only 6 days to get your Goodreads giveaway entry in. Visit Rocking Horse Hill’s Goodreads page, or click on the graphic below. Simply click the Enter To Win button and you’re in. If you’re not a Goodreads member, it’s easy to sign up. It’s a great place to talk books with others, leave reviews and recommendations, and discover new stories and authors.

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If you miss out on Goodreads, there’ll be more opportunities throughout the blogosphere, including tomorrow here on Friday Feast. Stay tuned for details on this blog, on my Facebook page, Google+ and Twitter via @CathrynHein.

EVENTS & APPEARANCES

Come and join me for a booksigning at BigW Katoomba on Saturday 26th April. I’ll be there from 11am for an hour or two. I’d love to see you.

Catch me and fellow rural romance author Rachael Johns for A Romantic Morning at Penrith Library, 10am, Friday May 9th. Rach and I are good buddies so this is going to be a blast.

I’m officially launching Rocking Horse Hill in my home town. Come and help me celebrate at Mount Gambier Library, 7pm Tuesday May 20th.

I’ll be chatting at Hamilton Library on Wednesday May 21st from 5-7pm. This will be a lovely evening. About time I gave a chat here. I’ve been meaning too for ages.

Join me at Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre on Thursday May 22nd at 10am. I’m so looking forward to this visit.

 BLOGS

I’ll be visiting…

18th April – Friday Feast with me, here! I’m sharing my recipe for breadmaker hot cross buns. Or uncrossed buns in this case. There may be a giveaway…

22nd April – Rachael Johns’ Blog. Learn how we became friends. There’s even an embarrassing sample of our email correspondence.

24th April – A fun Q&A on bookblogger site Book’d Out. Discover my (second) favourite scene in Rocking Horse Hill, my love of sticky notes and more.

24th April – Write Note Reviews – My view on writing what you know.

30th April – Another fun Q&A, this time with best-selling rural romance author Fiona Palmer. Discover who I’d get to play Josh in the movie of Rocking Horse Hill.

5th May – I’m revealing my writing space to Helene Young (and the world). Scary!

7th May – Join me and Pamela Cook where I discuss my reading loves. Find out what books made me laugh and those that made be bawl like a baby.

I’ll also be answering Booktopia’s Ten Terrifying Questions – and they were! Plus in another post I’ll be revealing my 5 favourite Australian romantic novels.

 

Phew! Looks like I’m going to be one busy girl. Good thing there’ll be plenty of chocolate on hand!

HEARTLAND RELEASE DAY!

It’s here! And I came very, very close to popping the champagne before 8am this morning. Why? Because Heartland received the most gobsmacking review from Bree, at 1 Girl, 2 Many Books.

This is just a little of what she had to say…

“It’s easy to overhype books in your mind sometimes, which can lead to them not living up to expectation. That was definitely not the case with this one – it was everything I thought it would be and more. It’s a beautiful story of finding courage to be happy and letting go of the past but without forgetting it. Callie had such a touching vulnerability and Matt such a gentle strength but that didn’t stop it from being plenty saucy either! Another fabulous rural romance release that just proves why this genre continues to grow in popularity.”

9/10

Isn’t that the loveliest thing? Read Bree’s full review of Heartland here.

But wait, there’s more! Bree also has an in-depth Q&A with me, covering everything from how I choose my settings, to my love for the Sydney Swans, to what was the most difficult part of Heartland to write. Plus a teensy bit about my next book. Check it out!

Also around the net, I’m on the Australian Romance Readers Association’s blog, talking about what made Heartland special to write. All ARRA members who comment will go into the draw to win a copy.

Tomorrow, ANZAC Day, I’m at Book Muster Down Under with an author Q&A (including some seriously tricky questions) and with THREE copies of Heartland up for grabs courtesy of my publisher, Penguin Australia.

Friday will see me flopping about with exhaustion… or perhaps not. No rest for the bookish! I’m hosting myself here on Friday Feast and revealing some of the onerous research I had to undertake for Heartland. I’m talking winery visiting onerous. Terrible, but we authors are selfless creatures and don’t mind suffering for our craft. Oh, and there’ll be a Heartland giveaway too. But you’ll have to work for it with a wine-y story!

Also on Friday, I’ll be at Jenn J McLeod’s Author Harvest, discussing garden gnomes, what my protagonists think about me, and the current lust of my life, Inspector Davide Rivera from Rex in Rome…among other equally serious and important things!

Then on Sunday, 28th April, it’s back to ARRA for a guest post titled The Heart of Rural Romance. Find out what makes this genre so great.

Oh, and before I go, three things.

1/. Heartland is in this week’s BigW catalogue. Wheeeeee!

2/. The ebook price promo will run out soon. Get in quick if you want to score Heartland at a discount. Try Amazon (Kindle), Kobo, Google Play or iTunes. There’s also special pricing for Heart of the Valley and Promises.

3/. My Goodreads giveaway closes May 1st. Simply visit Heartland’s page and clickety-click the Enter to Win button.

To finish off , thank you to everyone for your amazing support. I’ve been overwhelmed with congratulations this morning and made to feel really special. I can’t express how much that means to me.

Nearly forgot! I have another Heartland quote for you.

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Mustn’t let all my photo fiddling go to waste!