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Teaser Tuesday!

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

Are you all ready for Valentine’s Day tomorrow? We’re not! Not that the Hein house doesn’t have its romantic moments but with a house move coming up we have other things on our minds. Cleaning out accumulated junk being the biggest. I swear stuff breeds at night.

As for books… ay yi yi! They definitely breed.

Speaking of books, on this week’s Teaser Tuesday I thought I’d tease you with a couple of lines from a work-in-progress. Those of you familiar with the Levenham Love Story books might remember a minor character called Eddie Argyle. Eddie is Harry from Summer and the Groomsman’s younger brother, and has popped up in a couple of books, namely Santa and the Saddler and Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy.

Now he’s getting his own story – Eddie and the Show Queen.

And who’s the Show Queen? That’d be Alice Lindner, Chrissy’s perky blonde friend from Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy.

No release date for this one yet, but it’s likely to be around October/November.

A word of warning. This is an unedited snippet, which means it might change a lot between now and release day. In fact, it might not even make the final cut. I think it will though. I’m rather fond of this scene.


For a long moment Alice said nothing. Eddie held his breath as her gaze flicked over his face. A chance was all he wanted, to prove that he wasn’t who she thought, and to make amends for the hurt he’d somehow caused her and still didn’t understand.

That he was still the bloke she’d once loved.

‘Go on then,’ she said. ‘Surprise me.’

He tapped the raffle book. ‘This Show Queen thing is open to anyone. I could have a go.’

Alice laughed. Eddie didn’t. He’d thought it was quite a clever idea.

‘What’s so funny about me entering? No reason I couldn’t win this thing.’

‘You? As Show Queen?’

‘King, not queen.’ There was nothing queenly about Eddie. ‘Why not? It’s not like it takes any special skill. It’s just running a few raffles.’

‘Just a few raffles, huh?’

He shrugged. ‘Maybe a sausage sizzle.’

Alice’s blue eyes took on a dangerous glitter. ‘Go on then. Enter. I dare you.’


As you can probably guess, Eddie takes up the challenge, leading to all sorts of shenanigans in his race to impress Alice.

But will it work? Sorry, can’t tell you. You’ll have to wait until release to find out!

By the way, those fab folk at Booktopia are celebrating their 14th birthday with a sale and free shipping offer. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, you could grab the paperbacks of Santa and the Saddler, Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy, Summer and the Groomsman or any of my novels freight-free. Cool, huh?


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

Go get ’em!

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Teaser Tuesday!

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

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

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

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

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


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

And damn near squeaked.

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


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

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




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

Or, simply order from these retailers:


Angus & Robertson Bookworld



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


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Teaser Tuesday!

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

Phew! What a week we had in north Queensland, and what a ball I had at the Bowen River Rodeo and Campdraft (having been multiple times, Jim didn’t share my enthusiasm). I took LOTS of photos and it’ll take me a while to sort through them but there’ll definitely be a This Writing Life photo essay on the trip in the future. I can’t wait to share all the drama and dust.

I’ll be sending out a newsletter this week and it’ll be chockers with news, including a limited time offer, cover updates, future releases, and more. Not to be missed. If you’re not already a subscriber, simply sign up here.

Onto this week’s Teaser Tuesday. Did you know Summer and the Groomsman is currently free across all ebook platforms? Yes, you can pick up this sweet rural romance novella for nothing. Nothing! How cool is that?

This offer won’t last though, so make sure you get in quick-smart and download your copy today from Amazon, Amazon.au, Amazon.uk, iTunes, Kobo, Google Play or Nook.

And now for today’s teaser which is, of course, from Summer and the Groomsman. This is the story’s opening. Enjoy!


Harry Argyle never saw the horse. Not fully. He saw something with a huge black arse and, knowing that hitting things with big arses never turned out pretty, he swerved. A sideways skid and spray of gravel later and his ute was nose down in the Cover of Summer and the Groomsman by Cathryn Heinovergrown gutter that ran alongside Redbank Road – the one the district council never mowed or repaired no matter how many times he complained – and repeating a word that’d earn him a solid clip over the ear from his mum, should she hear it.

He swore again to dispel the last traces of his shock and jammed the ute into reverse, easing it out of the gutter and back onto the unsealed road. Fat arse had turned around and now stood blinking at the headlights and puffing steam into the cold night, and regarding Harry as if he was the anomaly in this scene.

“A horse. Jesus.” He scratched his head and stared at it.

The dumb thing took a step forward, its fine ears at attention. He could see now that its coat wasn’t black but a rich dark brown. A white star shone in the middle of its forehead.

“To line up where the bullet goes,” muttered Harry, although he didn’t mean it. He liked horses. They reminded him a bit of himself: not the smartest animals in the world, but big, brown-eyed, friendly, and kind of sweet.


Make sure you grab your free ebook copy of Summer and the Groomsman before the offer runs out.

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It’s Valentine’s Day and the presents are for you!

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We interrupt our regular Teaser Tuesday schedule for this most excellent Valentine’s Down Under announcement.

Love a good Aussie or New Zealand-set romance? Then you will LOVE this giveaway. It’s huuuuuge!

From February 14th to 21st (13th to 20th in the US), you have the opportunity to download 25+ Australian and New Zealand-set romances, including my very own Summer and the Groomsman, for free.

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Whatever your romance reading preference, from sweet to scorching hot, there’s a book to tickle your fancy. All you need to do is click on the Valentine’s Down Under graphic below or this link, and you’ll be immediately transported to a world of happy-ever-afters.

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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.


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.


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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50% off Summer and the Groomsman!

Summer and the Groomsman cover memeThose good folk at ebook retailer Kobo are offering a special 50% off deal on select books at the moment, and that includes my gorgeous rural romance novella Summer and the Groomsman.

Don’t miss out on your chance to read this truly heartwarming story at a fantastic discount. Simply visit the Kobo store, click Buy Now, and use promo code JAN1650 at the checkout.

This code is for unlimited purchases on select titles, which means you can keep using it for even more books, should the urge take you.

Don’t have a Kobo e-reader? Not a problem. Simply download the app from the iTunes or Android store to your phone or tablet and away you go. Easy-peasy.

Hurry! This offer ends January 31st so snap up your copy of Summer and the Groomsman 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.

Today a couple of paragraphs from a Christmas novella I’ve been working on called Santa and the Saddler. I’m only a couple of chapters in and can’t give it too much attention at the moment because my next full-length rural romance must take priority, but it’s looking to be fun.

The story is set in Levenham, the same as Rocking Horse Hill and Summer and the Groomsman, and introduces a couple of new characters. I’m not sure yet if any of familiar crew will rate a mention but I suspect they’ll sneak in somewhere, even if it’s only for a line or two.

Here’s a little taste of hero Danny Burroughs.


The pub was already rocking when he arrived. Thanks to boisterous young singles returning from university or new careers elsewhere to their hometown for Christmas, this time of year it always was. Drawn by the fun atmosphere, plenty of regulars and other assorted locals had sidled in for a drink too, and Danny endured calls of ‘Nice suit!’ and ‘Ho ho ho!’ as he made his way to the bar. He surreptitiously gave those he knew well the finger, the others he just waved off, smiling through gritted teeth.

The publican –  a bit too much into the spirit of things for Danny’s liking – had decided that this year, for the week leading up to Christmas, the staff would dress as Christmas characters. Danny had drawn the short straw and scored Santa. Tall and rangy, with spiky dark hair and blue eyes, Danny was as far from Santa as a bloke could get. Barry, the grey-haired night manager, had fared even worse as Mrs Claus, while Karen Simms, who’d been working at the pub almost as long as Barry, had drawn Frosty the Snowman. The only person who looked good was Lily, one of the casual female bar staff, who instead of appearing ridiculous like him, looked as cute as a button in her elf suit. If Danny’s mate Ben hadn’t already claimed dibs, Danny would have tried for her himself, but the two men had their code and Lily was off limits.

Which meant another Christmas spent single.

©Cathryn Hein

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2016 Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop!

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2016 Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop!Welcome to the 2016 Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop brought to you by that most excellent of book blogs Book’d Out.

And what is the hop all about? It’s all about giving you, lovely readers, the opportunity to win lots of books by Australian authors, along with other goodies. For the full list of participants simply visit Book’d Out’s blog hop page.

Cover of Summer and the Groomsman by Cathryn HeinSo what giveaway am I offering?

How about a signed print copy of the utterly charming rural romance novella Summer and the Groomsman? You will love this story. It’s gorgeous, not to mention a lot of fun, and has the added bonus of featuring hat-tipping Mr Sexy on the cover.

But that’s not all!

Because it’s Australia Day, and because I’m feeling all summery and cheery, I’m going to throw in a signed copy of my debut rural release Promises. I adore this story. It’s beautifully romantic, with lots of horses, secrets and drama in a fabulous setting.

But you’ll have to work a little to be in the giveaway. Nothing too onerous because that wouldn’t be in the spirit of things, would it? No, all you have to do is reveal what you’ll be scoffing (or want to be scoffing) this Australia Day.

Promises by Cathryn HeinDo you hanker for snags or a lamb chop on the barbie, or can’t wait for a great glistening platter of fresh seafood? Perhaps a pavlova or lamington sugar-high is on your agenda, or even the deep-fried awesomeness of a Chiko Roll! Whatever Australia Day fare you’re indulging in or wish you were having, share it in the comments below and I’ll pop you into the draw to win the above book package.

Please note: Australian postal addresses only. Giveaway opens midday AEDT, Sunday January 24th, 2016 and closes midnight AEDT on Wednesday January 27th, 2016. Winner notified by email within 7 days of closing date and announced in the comments.

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And don’t forget to have a fantastic Australia Day!

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This Writing Life: Finalist Fabulousness!

The Australian Romance Reader Awards finalists were announced last Friday and I was thrilled and honoured to be listed two categories: Favourite Australian Romance Author 2015 and Favourite Cover From A Romance Published In 2015 with Summer and the Groomsman. Yay!

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Seeing as Friday was my birthday, that was a very, very nice present.

Thanks to everyone who nominated me and Summer and the Groomsman. I’m grateful and humbled, and did I mention thrilled to bits? If I weren’t trying to be good at the moment, I’d crack some celebratory fizz, but we’ll save that for another day.

If you’d like to see the full list of finalists, you’ll find them on the Australian Romance Readers Association blog. And if you’re looking for your next great read, why not try an author or book from the lists? You’ll be guaranteed of a top-notch read and help our home-grown talent.

Winners will be announced at the Australian Romance Reader Awards dinner, Cello’s Restaurant, Sydney on Saturday 19th March.  Hope to see you there!

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