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Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser TuesdayWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the tantalising blog series where I share snippets from my works-in-progress, up-coming releases and published novels, and occasionally let good writing buddies take the reins.

Greetings from South Australia! I’m visiting my home state for the annual Romance Writers of Australia conference. The conference is being held in Adelaide but I’ve flown to Mount Gambier to see my family beforehand and will head north later in the week. The RWA conference is the best fun, with lots of learning, networking and catching up with new and old buddies. Usually I can barely speak at the end my voice is so worn out. Worth it though.

I’ll try to do up a blog post with lots of piccies when I get back, so keep your eye out for that. In the meantime, you can enjoy this little snippet from Heart of the Valley, and its totally sighworthy hero Lachie. Oh, how I love that man!

 

Brooke woke on Thursday morning at first relieved to find the last of the aches and fever gone, only to discover a few seconds later they’d been replaced with a cough so deep each convulsion felt like fish hooks jerking inside her lungs.

The humiliation seemed endless. She hung over the side of the bed, hacking and moaning, aware Lachlan would be in to check on her any second, but unable to stop. Cough or no cough, Heart of the Valley by Cathryn Heinshe had plans for today. Plans that required his cooperation, and she wouldn’t earn it by sounding like an emphysemic hag.

Bare footsteps padded across the polished floorboards. ‘Here,’ said Lachlan, handing her a glass of water.

She clutched it in her shaky grip and drank between half coughs and ragged, heaved breaths. The fit over, she sank back onto the mattress with her palm on her aching chest. Lachlan stood at the edge of the bed in a pair of faded jeans, the zip done up but the top button still loose, and a dark blue twill shirt hanging open over his chest. A fine line of inky hair ran up from his waistband and curled around his neat belly button before trailing toward his chest. The pale bronze skin of his torso stretched smooth over taut, well-developed muscles of the type seen more often in elite-sports change rooms than farm cottages.

Brooke blinked, wondering if this was a cough-induced hallucination. Two-metre-tall rugby-playing rural types didn’t stand by her bed looking sleep-ruffled and concerned and unbelievably sexy every day. Yet there Lachlan stood, evaporating every drop of water from her mouth and turning her insides fluttery and hot.

©Cathryn Hein

Heart of the Valley can be yours right now from Amazon, iBooks, Kobo or Google Play. For print copies, visit Booktopia or your favourite book store.

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Wayward Heart Cover Reveal

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Yes, my lovelies, we can finally reveal all the juicy details about my next release WAYWARD HEART, including its stunner of a cover, blurb and pre-order links.

Read on…

Releasing January 1st 2017

Wayward Heart by Cathryn Hein

The sequel to Rocking Horse Hill, Wayward Heart is a compelling rural romance, with a healthy sprinkling of suspense and family drama.

Jasmine Thomas should feel safe in her cosy cottage at Admella Beach after finally putting an end to an ill-advised romance. But her perfect sanctuary is shattered with the arrival of hand-delivered threatening notes. Someone has discovered her secret.

When the notes escalate to vandalism, Jasmine’s anxiety rises. But in such a small town, telling the police would mean the whole town finding out.

Digby Wallace-Jones is stumbling through the motions of life, wrapped in a fog of grief since his fiancée Felicity died. Withdrawn from his family, Digby doesn’t care about anything beyond his loss. But in a chance meeting with Jasmine, his sister’s best friend who he’s known forever, even he can see the tension she carries. Worried and feeling protective, he continues to drop by, but it’s more than that. Jasmine soothes him; and, unlike the rest of his family, he can talk to her about his pain without fear of judgement. But as much as he likes Jasmine, Digby’s enduring love for Felicity means he has nothing left to give and he pushes Jasmine away.

Jasmine knew they were supposed to stay friends ‘with excellent benefits’ but she can’t help her wayward heart from falling for this tortured, kind and sexy man. How can she ever loosen the grip Felicity’s memory has on Digby’s soul and remind him he still has a life ahead of him?

 

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Booktopia

Angus & Robertson Bookworld

 

As the cover and blurb suggests, Digby and Jasmine’s story is a deeply passionate one. There’s something quite wonderful about a friends to lovers story and I had a joyous time writing this one. I hope you’ll have just as much fun reading it.

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser TuesdayWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the most tantalising blog series where I share snippets from works-in-progress, up-coming releases and published novels. Unless I get excited and decide to show off teasers from writing buddies, like today.

My guest today is romance author S.E. Gilchrist, and my goodness is she a clever-clogs! Why? Because S.E. writes across multiple genres including science-fiction, post-apocalyptic, fantasy, ancient history and (best of all) rural romance.

She’s here today to tell you a little about the fantastic Bindarra Creek rural romance series, share a snippet from Bindarra Creek Makeover and, very generously, offer a giveaway. So read on!

Author SE GilchristGood morning, Cathryn.

Thank you for hosting me on your site today for this week’s Tuesdays Teasers and for this wonderful opportunity to promote a group writing venture called Bindarra Creek Romance series. This venture has thirteen members, all of whom have now released their books with the last one out in July 2016. I’m very proud of my fellow writers and the enthusiasm they brought to the table for this series. Together we built a solid community with endearing characters and stories that whilst can be read as stand-alones, continue our underlying premise of a small, rural town working together to build a vibrant community.

My teaser is from my book, Bindarra Creek Makeover and is roughly halfway into the story where the hero’s grandmother is up to her machinations to keep Tessa and her daughter in Bindarra Creek.

 

Footsteps crunched on the gravel around the side of the house. Dammit. I’d hoped for a quiet word with Edwina so we could leave without any fuss. That doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Oh well. I have to make my position clear and there’s no time like the present.

The door swung open and Dodge strolled in, taking off his jacket and beanie at the same time.

“Great. I’m just in time for elevenses,” he said placing his jacket on the hook.

Immediately the atmosphere in the kitchen changed, it seemed charged with the energy of his presence. His gaze swept over Tessa where she stood dithering beside the table, spoons in her hand. She couldn’t seem to tear her eyes from him. His uniform gave him an aura of power and coupled with his inherent sex appeal, a girl would have to be dead not to notice.

“Do you like Lord of the Rings, too?” Kaylee stared at him wide eyed above the rim of her glass.

Bindarra Creek Makeover by SE Gilchrist“Yep. Watched it five times already.”

“Me too.” A look that suggested adoration settled on her face.

“We can watch it tonight if you want to.” Dodge winked at her as he sat and gave the dog a long scratch behind his ear. Rufus thumped his tail madly.

“Mummy?” squealed Kaylee.

“Kaylee, don’t talk with your mouth full. And your homework has to be done before anything else.” What is he doing here? Checking up on us? She tapped her toe against the floorboards. “Do you come home from work every day for morning tea?”

He leaned back in his chair, his gaze travelling from her hot face down her neck, seemed to linger an awfully long time in her chest region before wandering down her legs and back up again.

Her nipples tightened. She prayed he couldn’t tell through the thickness of her jumper.

He grinned. “Only when there’s something tasty on the menu.”

He could tell.

Tessa could have thrown the tea towel at him.

With a dramatic sigh, his grandmother lowered herself into the chair.

A frown chased away Dodge’s smirk. “Something wrong Gran?”

Eyes half-closed, Edwina fanned herself with a napkin. “I must have done too much this morning. I don’t feel so good.”

Tessa narrowed her eyes. There’d been no problem with her when she was racing up and down that ladder.

“Renovating a house this size is really a young person’s job. My old bones…” she let her voice trail off suggestively.

Cunning old fox. Tessa ate cake and waited.

 

Bindarra Creek Makeover is available now at: Amazon AU | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Thanks, S.E. Ooh, a do love a naughty grandparent. They’re such fun!

And now folks, the moment you’ve been waiting for. Yes, we have a…

GIVEAWAY!

Here’s S.E. to tell you about it.

I have a random giveaway of a paperback copy of Bindarra Creek Makeover (if domestic winner) or if international winner, an e-copy of my book to be gifted from Amazon. Provide your answers to the following questions and go in the draw.

  1. Do you like rural romances and why?
  2. What is Dodge’s gran’s maiden name?

Have a great day!

Please Note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday AEST, 12th August 2016.

If you’d like to know more about S.E. Gilchrist and her fabulous books, please visit her website. To discover more about the Bindarra Creek series visit bindarracreekromance.com or stay tuned to Teaaser Tuesday where I’ll be featuring more books from the series in coming weeks.

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser TuesdayTime for another tantalising treat thanks to Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share snippets from my novels, old, new and in progress, and occasionally let author buddies take over.

Last week I finished tweaking the full-length romance I’ve been working on for most of this year (Rah!). Time to set the manuscript aside and let it stew for a while. I always try to do this if I have the chance. It’s amazing how much easier it is to pick up story and character issues after a break, and better all-round if I can identify and fix them before handing it to my publisher.

Which means I’m now free to work on what I hope will be my Christmas novella—Santa and the Saddler.

I need to get a wriggle on though. While I plan for Santa and the Saddler to be only novella-sized, there are still a lot of words to be written. Plus I need to get it edited, proof-read and formatted, and have a cover designed, preferably all before November. That’s tight!

I do have some rough first draft words though. Here’s a few I can share…

 

Danny tapped his fingers some more. Pretty bad manners to disturb someone this late but he needed to order the browband. Ebs would kill him if he failed to deliver on Christmas Day.

He stopped tapping and opened the ute door. If Saddlery Girl told him to piss off—which she had every right to—he’d cop it on the chin, but if she took the order then it was another thing he could quit worrying about.

He jogged across the road and slowed to a walk. Seeping from under the door was the unmistakable sound of 70s rockers Slade singing Merry Christmas Everybody. As the chorus came up, Slade was joined by another voice, out of tune but belted with gusto. He paused at the window and grinned as he spotted Saddlery Girl at the counter, singing loudly as she flicked through a loose pile of paper. Extracting a sheet, she belted out ‘It’s Christ-maaaaas’ at the top of her voice and disappeared into the rear workshop.

Danny laughed and went to rap on the door, only to stop as a burst of common sense assaulted him. It was quarter to one on a Friday night in a country town and he was a stranger dressed in a Santa suit. This could hardly end well.

©Cathryn Hein

 

In case you don’t know the song referred to above, you’ll find a video here. Slade are awesome. Luuuuurve them!

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser TuesdayIt’s Teaser Tuesday time again, the blog series where I tantalise you with snippets from works-in-progress, past and upcoming releases, and occasionally let writing buddies play around too.

Those who follow me on social media will know that last Friday I finished the first draft of my work-in-progress. I love finishing a book, it’s such a satisfying feeling and this one was especially enjoyable because I adore it so much. I’m going to be sad when it comes time to start my next story because that’ll mean leaving Patrick and Tash behind and falling in love with new characters. I don’t want to leave them. I want to stay in Patrick and Tash’s gorgeous world and play with them more. Nevermind. I’ll get over it … eventually.

So to celebrate the first draft of this untitled manuscript, here’s a wee sample. Enjoy!

 

Though she hadn’t offered, he followed her inside, piquing her temper even further. ‘No, please,’ she said in her archest tone, ‘come on in, why don’t you.’

It was Patrick’s turn to grin. Tash wished he hadn’t. She preferred him bad-tempered. 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. Pa made it look good. Patrick made it look awesome.

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.

©Cathryn Hein

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Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser TuesdayIt’s Teaser Tuesday again, the tantalising series where I share snippets from my novels, old, new and in progress, and occasionally let author buddies take over.

We’re going with a blast from the past this week, with a teaser from my debut rural romance Promises. Aaron and Sophie will always have a special place in my heart. These two were a joy to write, especially Aaron who is so wonderfully tortured. He just needs to realise that Sophie is strong enough for both of them.

Did you know you can purchase signed print copies of Promises direct from me for only $18 delivered? (Australian postal addresses only) These are the large sized books with the original (and very romantic!) cover design. Simply email me via the contact form on this website and I’ll shoot you the details.

Now please enjoy this taste of Promises.

 

Sophie nodded, told Aaron she’d see him tomorrow and headed for her car.

On impulse, as she reached for the door, he called to her. She waited until he walked over, eyeing him with curiosity.

Promises by Cathryn HeinHe swallowed, suddenly feeling stupid, like a bumbling teenager trying to ask a girl out for the first time. He shoved his hands in his pockets to stop them fidgeting, and kicked at the ground, dirtying his clean boots.

She waited, her frown deepening as he struggled to get the words out.

‘You do have friends, Sophie. You have me.’

‘Do I?’

He nodded.

She stared at him for a second and then with a smile, she wrapped her arms around his neck and buried her face into his chest. At first he stood stiff and unsure, but as her soft body pressed against him, the awkwardness passed. He relaxed enough to pull his hands from his pockets and carefully fold his arms around her, surprised at how good it felt, like he was giving her the comfort he’d always wanted to. A tiny touch of humanity and kindness as reparation for his sins.

Friendship was good. He could cope with that.

©Cathryn Hein

Promises is available right now from Booktopia, Bookdepository, Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play or your favourite retailer. If you’d like to take advantage of the signed copy offer, please email me direct via the contact page.

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser TuesdayGreetings from Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share fun paragraphs from past and upcoming releases, and works-in-progress, and occasionally invite author buddies on to do the same.

Over the weekend I was thrilled to learn that my sweet novella Summer and the Groomsman was voted best rural romance cover by Romance Writers of Australia members (rah!). Sounds like a good excuse to share a snippet from the book I reckon.

Our heroine Summer agists her beloved horse Binky on a property owned by alcoholic farmer Gavin Chalk. Each time she hands over her agistment money she knows where it’s going to be spent and it upsets her deeply. On this occasion sneaky Binky uses her distraction to escape…

 

Summer had barely reached the paddock gate when Gav reversed his ute out onto the road. She swung the gate open and turned her back as dismay yanked her insides. Thanks to her, Gav was about to destroy more of his body, not to mention his state of mind. She trudged back to the car, reminding herself that this wasn’t her fault. That Gav wasn’t her responsibility. He wasn’t grandpa.

Cover of Summer and the Groomsman by Cathryn HeinShe slumped heavily in the driver’s seat and put the SUV into gear, only for her dismay to worsen the moment she looked up.

“Binky!”

Taking advantage of her distraction, Binky was sauntering happily through the gate, his one-track mind intent on the lucerne growing so lushly on the other side of the road. Usually he could be relied on to stay by his feed buckets, but tonight his hunger for decent green feed proved too overwhelming.

Putting the car back into neutral, Summer snatched a lead rope off the back seat, alighted and strode after him, calling out. Usually he was easy to catch, but Binky appeared to be in one of his moods, and intent on playing funny buggers. Ignoring her, he tossed his head and broke into a trot.

Just as another car appeared through the dust left in Gav’s wake.

“Binky!”

The driver braked hard. Gravel spewed from behind the vehicle’s locked up wheels but the skid was flinging the car closer and closer to Binky.

©Cathryn Hein

Oooh, drama! Want to know what happens next? Then grab a copy of Summer and the Groomsman today. Purchase the paperback from Booktopia or Bookdepository and the ebook from Amazon, iBooks, Kobo and Nook.

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser TuesdayWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the tantalising blog series where I share snippets from works-in-progress, up-coming releases and published novels. Except for when I let writing buddies take over, like today.

I’m delighted to welcome Australian medical rural romance author Nicki Edwards to the blog. Nicki has a brand spanking new release out called The Peppercorn Project and Nicki’s publicist kindly sent me a copy. I read it and had a lovely time. This book is a real heartstrings puller let me tell you, and has a great premise, but I’ll let Nicki tell you more about it and introduce her juicy teaser.

Author Nicki EdwardsHi Cathryn. Thank you so much for having me here today as your guest blogger for Teaser Tuesday. The Peppercorn Project is my fourth book – a rural romance with medical dramas – and it’s available in stores and online now.

I started writing this story not long after a friend of mine lost her husband in a tragic accident and it got me thinking what it would be like if my heroine lost not just her husband but her house and her livelihood as well.

When Isabelle is awarded a $1 a week Peppercorn Lease, she leaves the security of family and friends and moves to the tiny township of Stony Creek in South Australia to start again. The last thing Isabelle needs is another man, but tell that to local policeman Matt Robertson. From the moment he lays eyes on Issie, he can’t get her out of his mind. Unfortunately, things don’t go according to Matt’s plans and Matt has to work hard to win Issie’s trust, and her heart.

 

Voices came from the old timber pew that had sat forever outside the front of the pub. Old blokes sitting in the dark, smoking, chatting and solving the world’s problems. No doubt watching the newcomers arrive in town, like Matt had done from his position at the station earlier. He could barely make out the features of the men sitting in the dark, but the orange glow of the tip of their cigarettes indicated there were three of them.

‘G’night, fellas.’ Matt stepped off the kerb onto the street, not bothering to check for traffic – there never was any. He touched his fingers to his forehead and tipped his head in a mock salute. ‘Hope none of you are driving home tonight.’

‘Nah, mate. Me missus’ll come and get all of us shortly. Just killin’ time, ya know. Keepin’ an eye on things.’ The voice belonged to Tom Morrison. Tough as nails and rough as an old leather boot.

The Peppercorn Project by Nicki Edwards‘Yeah, I know,’ Matt replied.

‘We’re missin’ one,’ Tom said, stopping Matt in his tracks.

‘What do you mean?’

‘Only nineteen arrived. One hasn’t made it.’

‘How do you know?’ Matt asked.

‘Lived ’ere all me life. I know which cars belong to locals and which one’s don’t.’

‘Maybe one of them changed their minds,’ Matt said.

‘Hope they didn’t hit a ’roo on the way.’ Tom blew out a puff of smoke.

Worry punched Matt in the gut. He swore under his breath. The last thing he needed now was to perform a late night search and rescue. Maybe they were just lost. A GPS on a smartphone was only useful if there was mobile phone coverage, and out here in the middle of nowhere it was patchy.

Two pale yellow headlights appeared. ‘Unless that’s them now,’ Tom said.

The headlights moved slowly, as though the driver was uncertain they were in the right place.

‘Yep, this is Stony Creek,’ Matt said to no one in particular, as he stepped back off the road.

Stony Creek wasn’t a ‘blink-and-miss-it’ kind of country town. Drivers heading to Port Augusta always expressed their surprise at the town that popped up out of nowhere just when they thought they were about to drive into the side of the mountain. Of course, in the dark, the driver approaching them wouldn’t be able to see the looming giant that was Mount Remarkable.

The car pulled up beside him and the first thing Matt noted were the registration plates: Victoria – On the Move. Somewhat ironic, he thought. The passenger window wound down and the tired eyes of a young boy stared out at him from the front seat. He wore his basketball cap low on his head.

‘Can I help you?’ Matt stooped to peer into the window so he could see the driver.

When he did, his breath caught in surprise. She was the prettiest woman he’d seen in a long time.

 

The Peppercorn Project is available right now in paperback and ebook from Booktopia, Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play, Angus & Robertson Bookworld or your favourite retailer. Grab your copy today!

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser TuesdayTime for another tantalising treat thanks to Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share snippets from my novels, old, new and in progress, and occasionally let author buddies take over.

I’ve just received edits for Wayward Heart which is very exciting. The book is definitely on its way! I had planned to share a little bit from it but the manuscript is covered in mark-ups and editing notes and a bit messy, and sharing is probably left best for another time, when it’s cleaner. I’m sure Jasmine and Digby would much prefer to be shown off at their best.

Instead, let’s have a few paragraphs from Rocking Horse Hill, the book in which Jasmine is first introduced. Jas is the heroine Emily’s best friend and known for her big heart and sense of fun. Here she is with Em and Teagan (Teagan’s story is continued in The Falls) at Em’s property where they’ve gathered for a girly gossip and to clip their horses for the show season. As you do when you’re horsey gals!

 

Hoping she might learn from the others, or at least calm a little, the girls agreed to leave fractious Astra until last. The filly paced the stable, poking her head out of the half-door before jerking back inside to wheel another agitated circuit. Lod paid her no attention, content to stand dutifully on the concrete in the sun, waiting for his clipping, off-hind leg cocked and his hoof resting on its point. His head was down and eyes half-closed in a doze like his old friend Ox, now equally slumberous in Lod’s stable.

Rocking Horse Hill by Cathryn Hein‘Honestly, you’d send her to the knackers if she weren’t so stunning,’ said Jas, shaking her head as Astra embarked on yet another restless round.

‘She just needs to mature,’ said Em.

Teagan reached up to scratch Astra’s nose. ‘She’s only four.’

‘Ox was calm at four.’

‘Yes, but Ox had no balls.’

Jas grinned and blew a kiss at Ox. The big grey twitched his ears and blinked across the half-door before returning to sleep. ‘Poor thing. I wonder if he misses them.’ She turned back to Em who was perched on a crate, clippers in hand, palm pushing over Lod’s mane so she could clip the top-side of his neck. ‘Speaking of balls, how are things with Josh the Sexpot?’

 

Rocking Horse Hill is available in paperback and ebook from Booktopia, Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play or your favourite retailer. You’ll also find photos and inside information about how I came to write the book on its ‘The Story Behind’ page.

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New Title Reveal!

Newsletter subscribers already know this piece of news, but now it’s time to shout it to the world.

The title of my next full length rural romance is…

*drum roll*

Cathryn revealing WAYWARD HEART title

The exact release date is still a secret but expect to see Wayward Heart on shelves early next year. I adore this story and can’t wait to tell you more about it. All will be revealed as soon as I get the nod from my publisher but what I can say is that it tells the story of Jasmine and Digby, two characters first introduced in Rocking Horse Hill, and it’s a very emotional journey to happiness for both.

For a sneak-peek at Wayward Heart, check out this Teaser Tuesday. This snippet is from the draft manuscript (back when it had the working title Admella Beach). There’s no guarantee these paragraphs will appear in the final release but it’s good for a taste.

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Can’t wait!

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