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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 cajole an author buddy into doing the same.

Like today!

But first, news from the Hein House.

I missed my Serenity’s Song deadline. I hate that so much. Fortunately, the publisher has been very kind and given me an extension. Which means there’s nothing happening in the house except the sound of typing, usually accompanied with much moaning and muttering.

Chocolate crackle biscuits

Chocolate crackle biscuits

And cooking. I’ve been doing a lot of cooking, especially baking because it’s something I love and it gives me a break from the computer. I’m also self-isolating due all the immune-suppressant drugs I’m on and there’s bugger-all else to do. Besides clean, which is no fun at all.

So far I’ve experimented with a new pizza dough technique (first was a bit of a dud, second not too bad – my biggest issue is not owning a proper pizza oven but I’m working on that), chocolate crackle biscuits from the April edition of Delicious magazine (total win!), sour cream banana cake (another winner), a new technique for

Plum and Hazelnut tart

Plum and Hazelnut tart

getting super crackly crackling on roast pork, also from the latest Delicious mag (it worked!), a new stir-fry recipe using chilli jam (nothing to get excited about) and Neil Perry’s recipe for plum and hazelnut tart (very nice).

I hope you’re faring well and keeping safe and looking after your physical and mental wellbeing. It’s a stressful time and it’s important to be as kind to ourselves as we are to those around us.

Speaking of kind, today we’re being treated to another gorgeous guest. Please give a huuuuuge welcome back to Teaser Tuesday regular Anna Campbell!

Anna’s latest, The Highlander’s English Bride, released last week and looks and sounds fabulous. Luuuurve that kilty cover. Reviews so far have been glowing too. I already have a copy on my e-reader and am looking forward to getting stuck in.

It’s always a delight to host Anna on Teaser Tuesday. Her posts are such fun and often there’s a giveaway. Will there be one this week? You’ll have to read on to find out!

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Anna Campbell author - thumbnailHi Cathryn!

Lovely to be back on Teaser Tuesday. Thank you for having me as your guest today.

One of my favorite tropes as writer and reader is the marriage of convenience. It works particularly well in a historical setting where divorce was so difficult that it was basically impossible. I’ve written a few MOC stories, and they’re always fun.

Sometimes, but not always, the marriage of convenience comes about because the couple are caught up in a scandal and a wedding is the only way to restore the heroine’s reputation. That’s the case with my new release, The Highlander’s English Bride, book six in my bestselling Lairds Most Likely series. Hamish Douglas and Emily Baylor are discovered in a compromising situation at a public event, and they have no choice but to walk up the aisle together.

The problem is that Hamish and Emily have always had a volatile relationship – in fact, they fight like cat and dog. What on earth will become of them, this incompatible pair locked together for a lifetime?

Well, if you’re an old hand with romances, I think you can guess. Snicker.

But of course, it’s the journey that makes a romance fun – and Hamish and Emily have a long way to go before they get their happy ending, including a setting shift from London to Hamish’s estate in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland. This scene below takes place when Emily pursues her husband to Glen Lyon to try and convince him that they need to become more to each other than wary strangers. Hamish answers the door naked except for a bedsheet – which starts this topsy-turvy reconciliation off in high style.

By the way, if you’ve got a yen to read some of my other MOC stories, check out Lord Garson’s Bride, What a Duke Dares, Captive of Sin and Her Christmas Earl.

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Glen Lyon, the Western Highlands of Scotland, September 1823

For a long moment, they stared at each other. Emily wondered how different things might have been if Hamish had stayed in London. She had an inkling that he was thinking exactly the same thing.

Eventually he straightened in his chair and sent her a direct look. “Just what are you doing here, Emily?

The Highlander's English Bride by Anna CampbellShe swallowed. The moment arrived, and she was nervous. Which made no sense at all. Her explanation should be easier, now she knew that Hamish had missed her and that he’d stayed faithful. But those revelations remained too astonishing for her to rely on them.

She swallowed again and cursed that her voice emerged reedy and unsteady. “I decided my place was with my husband.”

If she expected him to react to that announcement with any gratification, she was to be disappointed. The chiseled features remained unreadable as he said slowly, “Did you indeed?”

She rose, hoping it might make her feel less at a disadvantage. “I did.” When he didn’t immediately respond, she forced out the hardest bit. “I hoped…I thought if you were willing, we might try to find some common ground in this marriage.”

Hamish stood up, hitched the sheet higher, and wheeled toward the steps.

Speechless, Emily watched him go. She felt as though she’d sliced out her heart and laid it at his feet, and all he did was run away. Again.

“Hamish?” she asked shakily. “Did you hear me?”

“Yes,” he said without turning back.

“So what do you say?”

At least she no longer sounded like a complete ninnyhammer. Shock receded under the more familiar urge to biff him with the nearest stick.

He didn’t look back as he started to descend the stairs. “I say that if this is what you’ve come all this way to talk about, I need to be wearing more than just a bedsheet.”

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You can read a longer excerpt and the blurb on my website.

or get instant satisfaction by purchasing The Highlander’s English Bride from any of these stores:

Amazon.com | Amazon.au | Amazon.uk

Apple Books | Kobo | Barnes & Noble

Thanks so much, Anna! This one gave me a lovely laugh. Not to mention a very pleasant mental image of Hamish in a bedsheet.

Now, my darlings, the moment you’ve been waiting for. Yes, we have a

GIVEAWAY!

Here’s Anna to tell you what you need to do to play along.

So who would you like to see answering the door in only a bedsheet? If you read The Highlander’s English Bride and you picture Chris Hemsworth as Hamish, you won’t be far off the mark, so I’ll vote for CH. And if he’s otherwise occupied, I’ll take Jason Momoa. How about you?

I’ve got a download of The Highlander’s English Bride to give away to someone who leaves a comment on this post. No geographical restrictions.

Rah! We do love a good giveaway on Teaser Tuesday and this question is a beauty. I do find myself hard pressed to choose anyone beyond Mr Hemsworth because… HEMSWORTH!

Mr Momoa is rather delicious too. Funny you should bring him up. He gets a mention in Scarlett and the Model Man for his deliciousness too.

Hmm. I think I’d also be quite happy with a semi-naked Sydney Swans star Buddy Franklin. Actually, I’m not particular. Give me any Sydney Swans team member and I’d be a happy, happy girl. I love my boys. Sigh.

It’s over to you now, my darlings. Let us know in the comments who you’d like to answer the door in a bedsheet and we’ll pop you into the giveaway draw to win an ebook download of The Highlander’s English Bride.

Please note: Giveaway draw closes midnight Friday Australian Eastern Standard Time, 10th April 2020. Open worldwide.

If you’d like to learn more about Anna and her wonderful novelsplease visit her websiteYou can also connect via Facebook and Twitter using @AnnaCampbelloz.

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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 occasionally con author buddies into doing the same.

Which is what we have today, but more on our super guest after news from the Hein house.

Scarlett and the Model Man has now been out in the world for a week and it’s been going WONDERFULLY! The feedback and reviews have been terrific, and I’m chuffed to bits that people are loving Sam and Scarlett’s story. As I mentioned in my Six Secret Things About Scarlett and the Model Man release day post, this is the most personal book I’ve written for a while so this booklove awesomeness means a great deal.

Speaking of booklove, those marvellous folk at Kobo are sharing lots of it thanks to their special boxed set promo. For a short time, you can score 40% off selected boxed sets, including my very own First Levenham Love Story Omnibus.

Kobo 40% off boxed set sale graphic

The omnibus already means you’re getting three books at a heavy discount – Rocking Horse Hill, Summer and the Groomsman and Santa and the Saddler – but with the 40% off it becomes huuuuge.

This is for a short time only (until April 1st), so go get ‘em while this promo is hot-diddy hot!

Now to our fabulous guest.

Let’s give a grand welcome back to medical romance writing queen, midwifery expert and fellow Outback Brides author Fiona McArthur. Rah!

Fiona is a regular on Teaser Tuesday and always shares a marvellous excerpt. She’s also a generous lady and you know what generous ladies do, don’t you? They have giveaways. And we luuuuurve a giveaway on Teaser Tuesday, oh yes we do, so make sure you read until the end so you don’t miss out.

Regular readers will remember Fiona’s December release, Midwife on the Orient Express. Well, she’s back with a new midwife story, this time set in Papua New Guinea, and appropriately titled Midwife in the Jungle.

Here’s Fiona to tell you more and to share a snippet.

Fiona McArthur authorHello again as I wave from Cathryn’s lovely Teaser Tuesday to celebrate the arrival of my latest author published book. Out today! MIDWIFE IN THE JUNGLE. I’m having such fun rewriting, recovering and bringing up to date earlier books I loved, as my own publisher, but I still write for PRH, HM&B, and TULE publishers and will shout out when those books pop up as well.

MIDWIFE IN THE JUNGLE starts in Sydney but is mostly set in the wild highlands of Papua New Guinea. Now I haven’t been back to New Guinea since I was the only girl (and 5 boys) on an 18 day school excursion, (without my parents and each kid billeted with a different family in every town ), and I have never forgotten the heat. BTW I was too busy to be homesick.

The point is, PNG captured me all those years ago and remains one of those instances where you can remember the scents, the sounds, the brightness and the sights of something incredibly different for a girl of ten to see and experience.

So I share that with you here and for those who have read MOTHER’S DAY, Jacinta McLeod reappears years later as a determined doctor following her jungle doc into the vegetation.

The excerpt comes from where Jacinta’s stepping off the plane in Port Moresby.

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The Port Moresby humidity hit Jacinta’s face like a hot damp towel as soon as she poked her head out of the air-conditioned plane, but February was the end of summer so maybe it would get cooler.

The heat and bombardment of aromas were overwhelming. The scent of bougainvillea, the heavy sweetness of what she later found out to be the betel-nut chewed by the locals, the overlying cloying smell of rotting vegetation and good old-fashioned sweat all vied for her attention.

Midwife In The Jungle by Fiona McArthurStrangely it was the brightness of the light and the vivid reds in the clothes of the native Papuans that caught her imagination.

Bright green vegetation around the airport made everything else look ordinary, even the aircraft, as she stepped down onto the steaming tarmac.

When she entered the terminal, huge rotating ceiling fans circulated the crowded bouquet of pungent aromas and she could feel the excitement in her blood almost fizzing and the smile on her face stretched.

‘Dr McCloud?’

Jacinta nodded at a grinning porter dressed in white. He waved the sign with her name on it. ‘I’m Jimmy Puk Puk from the mission. I’ll take you cross to the MAF plane.’ He had the brightest set of white teeth she’d ever seen, and Jacinta grinned back.

MAF Plane? Ah, Missionary Air Fellowship plane. Jointly owned by all the missions.

Dressed in shorts and shirt, Jimmy’s feet were dustily bare and he held out his left hand to take her bag. Her eyes were drawn to the healed stump where his right hand should have been.

He caught her glance and grinned again. “That’s why they call me Jimmy Puk Puk. Puk Puk mean croc, ‘cos I took more than his hand when I caught up with that puk puk.’

Jimmy directed her off to a side aisle and broke into a melodic Pidgin English discussion with the customs officer until they were waved through to another gateway and back onto the tarmac.

Hope you enjoy the story. xx Fi

I’m sure we will, Fiona!

Midwife in the Jungle releases today. Grab your copy from:

Amazon.com | Amazon.au | Amazon.uk

Kobo | Apple Books | Nook

Now, as we mentioned in the intro, we’re lucky enough to have a special

GIVEAWAY!

For your chance to win a copy of Midwife in the Jungle – paperback or ebook for Australian addresses, ebook only for international – share with us your hottest experience.

Yes, you may take that definition any way you want!!!

Mine? I have to say it was when we were living in western Sydney and the temperature hit close to 48°C. It was horrendous. The heat was almost tactile – the proverbial walking into a wall. It felt graspable it was so thick. Even breathing was hard. Fortunately we were in a modern, well-insulated house and could hide from the worst of it. Others weren’t so lucky, poor things.

What about you? What’s your hot experience? Don’t be shy now! Share away, we’re all friends here, and doing so could score you a copy of Fiona’s Midwife in the Jungle.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday AEST, 3rd April 2020. Australian addresses can choose from a print or ebook version of Midwife in the Jungle. Ebook only for international addresses.

If you’d like to learn more about Fiona and her booksplease visit her website. You can also connect on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using @FiCatchesBabies.

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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.

We’re going to be short and sweet this week because the deadline for Serenity’s Song is only fourteen sleeps away and I’m not sure I’m going to make it, and I hate being late for things. Gives me the shudders.

There hasn’t been much happening in the Hein house anyway. It’s been BISHOK here (bum in seat, hands on keyboard) and not much else. Except for the Pumpkin, sage and parmesan sconesoccasional spot of calm-inducing baking. Last weekend I made pumpkin, sage and parmesan scones (see piccie) and cheesecake brownies, a household favourite. So now the freezer is groaning with goodies again. Rah!

Well, not so rah for me. Beyond a taste test, I tend to leave my baking efforts for Jim and his morning teas. Deadline also means I’m spending far too many hours on my bum in front of this computer to be eating sugary or cheesy naughties.

Righty-o, time for our Teaser Tuesday snippet. With only ONE WEEK until release day, it should come as no surprise when I say it’ll be a teaser from Scarlett and the Model Man. Because… EXCITEMENT!

For those of you who have pre-ordered personally signed print copies – you lovely, lovely people – some are already in the post, with others heading out soon. If you haven’t ordered and would like one, it’s not too late. Simply fill in this form and we’ll take it from there.

Oh, and because it’s release day next Tuesday, there won’t be a Teaser Tuesday. Instead, as has become tradition with my releases, you’ll be seeing a Secret Things post. Watch out for that. They’re always a blast.

Hmph, we’re nearly up to 300 words and this was meant to be short. Time to get on with it!

Sam has been modelling for Scarlett...

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‘Are you trying to flirt?

Sam slapped his palm on his chest. ‘Wouldn’t dream of it.’

I’m glad to hear that because it won’t get you anywhere.’

‘It won’t?’

Scarlett and the Model Man cover‘No.’

Bummer.

‘You sure? Because I distinctly remember you calling me perfect. More than once.’

Scarlett set down her charcoal and sauntered towards him. Sam’s gaze skittered to her breasts and hips. She might not be as tall as one, but the woman could strut better than a supermodel.

She stopped in front of him. Close. Really close. Sam had to brace hard to keep his eyes on her face and stop them from dropping to see if her singlet gaped enough for him to see the top of her breasts.

Her head tipped to one side. ‘Do I need to remind you of our contract?’

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Ooh, silly Sam. He’s in trouble now!

Find out what happens with your own copy of Scarlett and the Model Man, releasing March 24th.

Pre-order today from:

amazon.com | amazon.com.au | amazon.co.uk

Apple Books | Kobo | Google Play | Barnes & Noble

Booktopia | Angus & Robertson | Bookdepository

Or fill in this form to purchase a personally signed copy direct from me, and receive a gorgeous bookmark to match.

Discover how I came to write Scarlett and the Model Man by checking out When Life Becomes Fiction – The Story Behind Scarlett and the Model Man.

See you next week for the release day Secret Things post!

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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.

Life in the Hein house last week wasn’t quite as dramatic as the previous week but it was busy all the same.

On Saturday I headed down Sydney for the Australian Romance Reader Awards that night and an Australian Romantic Rendezvous booksigning on the Sunday.

It was a blast catching up with so many author buddies. I was lucky enough to sit at a big table of authors for the awards dinner and there was much chatter and laughter. Also HUGE cheers for Keri Arthur and Anne Gracie who were on our table and took away awards. Eddie and the Show Queen missed out on a gong, but that’s okay. It was thrilling enough to be nominated.

The Sunday signing was great too. I got to meet readers, give away some Scarlett and the Model Man bookmarks and talk books for an afternoon.

Here’s me at my table. Like my t-shirt? Very appropriate!

Cathryn Hein at ARR2020 booksigning

Yesterday it was back to the grindstone as I try not to panic over Serenity’s Song’s (working title) fast approaching deadline. I’ll get there, but it’ll probably be a close run thing.

I’ve already shared news about the release of my first boxed set in my newsletter and on social media, so it’s about time I posted about it here.

The First Levenham Love Story Omnibus is now live in all the online bookstores and looking miiiiiighty pretty, if I do say so myself.

This omnibus contains the first three stories in the series – Rocking Horse Hill, Summer and the Groomsman and Santa and the Saddler – which means hours and hours of reading pleasure and delicious happy-ever-afters. But what makes it even better is that by buying the boxed set, you’ll score these books at a serious discount to what it would cost to buy them individually. How’s that for a happy-making bargain!

To celebrate the omnibus’s release, I think it’s only fitting on this Teaser Tuesday that we share a snippet from one of the books.

Can you guess which book this is from?

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The First Levenham Love Story Omnibus cover“Oh, Mum,” said Adrienne, “you didn’t.”

Granny B hoisted her chin. “I’m an eighty-year-old woman in fine fettle. I can, and will, proposition whomever I like.” She slid a look and wink toward the bridesmaids. “One even scores a yes every now and then.”

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The answer is obvious, if you give it a bit of thought.

It’s from Summer and the Groomsman, of course! With Summer getting her first taste of the formidable and very naughty Audrey Wallace aka Granny B.

The First Levenham Love Story Omnibus is available now from your favourite ebook store, including:

Amazon.com | Amazon.au | Amazon.uk

Apple Books | Kobo | Google Play | Barnes & Noble

For more information on each of the books in the omnibus, including excerpts and how I came the write the stories, please visit their web pages:

Rocking Horse Hill

Summer and the Groomsman

Santa and the Saddler

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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, news from the Hein house.

Sooooo tired!

Last weekend was full on, with two events over the two days. It was also brilliant. Trish Morey, Fiona McArthur, Jaye Ford and I had a wonderful turnout for our Coffee, Cake and Contemporary Women’s Stories events down at Lake Macquarie. So many lovely people! And as you’d expect with a panel of these ladies, there were lots of laughs to be had.

Here’s a piccie.

Attendee Jodie (L) with  Trish Morey, Fiona McArthur, me and Jaye Ford

Attendee Jodie (L) with Trish Morey, Fiona McArthur, me and Jaye Ford

Special thanks to Julie from Lake Macquarie Libraries for organising the event and to Lakeview Cafe at Speers Point for the venue and delicious treats.

Then on the Sunday it was off up the Hunter Valley for the inaugural Maitland Indie Festival with Jodi Perry and Michelle Douglas, where we spoke about publishing independently – the pros and cons and mostly how important is to be professional about it.

We were also hit by a nasty storm last Wednesday. It smacked right when I was powering along with Serenity’s Song (working title), and yes, I should have shut the computer down, but I was in THE ZONE and didn’t want to stop.

Yeah, you can guess what happened. The storm took out the power, with the damage particularly bad in my street, and stayed out for around thirty hours after something else went kaboom at 2am during repair work.

That was thirty hours of not knowing how much of my day’s work had survived. I was pretty confident it would be okay (I’m very particular about backing up my files), but it was still a nervous wait. Not helped by sponge baths, navigating the house by candlelight and trying to sleep with no aircon and the windows open, letting in all the repairmen’s noise. Although it did give us an excuse to trot over to our favourite pub for dinner.

In the end, Serenity’s Song was fine. The contents of our freezer, however, were not. Everything was partially defrosted. Rather than let all that food go to waste, Jim and I spent Friday and Saturday morning cooking up casseroles and making this delicious mango cake from defrosted mango pieces (highly recommended, this cake). And eating toast and bacon. NOT good for one’s waistline.

So I think it’s only fitting for this Teaser Tuesday that I share a snippet from the saved Serenity’s Song. Those of you who are part of the cool gang newsletter team will have already read these few lines, but I think you won’t mind if I share them here too.

It is only a few lines. Must keep that anticipation coming!

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I will worry,’ she said softly. ‘You know I will.’

She made it sound like she’d worried before. He shook off the idea. Serenity loathed him. And she’d loathe him even more once they got out of this shithole and realised whose fault this disaster had been.

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Serenity’s Song is a follow-on story to my Outback Brides novel, Elsa’s Stand. You can find out more about Elsa’s Stand here.

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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 tempt author buddies into doing the same.

What’s been happening in the Hein house? A lot of staring at the computer, that’s what. I’m deep into Serenity’s Song (working title) and having a great time. This is an enemies-to-lovers story so forcing Serenity and Jesse together against their wills is very satisfying.

Authors can be mean like that.

I’m also getting excited about Scarlett and the Model Man’s release. Last week I picked up my bookmark order from the printer and haven’t been able to stop grinning at them. They look gorgeous!

Scarlett and the Model Man bookmarksAll personally signed print books purchased direct from me will receive one of these bookmarks in their pack – details on how to order will be in this week’s newsletter and later posted on my social media and this website.

If you want to be the first to get your order in, make sure you’re part of the cool gang and join my reader group here.

I also have some events coming up where you’ll also be able to score a Scarlett and the Model Man bookmark. First, on February 29th, at I’ll be at Lakeview Café, Speers Point NSW, with Fiona McArthur, Trish Morey and Jaye Ford for Coffee, Cake and Contemporary Women’s Stories. Details here.

And on Sunday, March 8th, I’ll be at Sydney’s Castlereagh Hotel for an Australian Romantic Rendezvous, a booksigning and reader event featuring special international guests Darynda Jones and Susan Donovan, along with a line-up of your favourite local authors. More info here.

Right. It’s Teaser Tuesday teaser time.

It’s only ONE MONTH until Scarlett and the Model Man releases. Wheeeeee!

A milestone that needs celebration, and what better way to celebrate than with a bottle of champagne? Oh, sorry. I meant with a teaser. The champagne is for later.

Just a teensy teaser, mind. I wouldn’t want to spoil your future reading fun.

In this scene, Scarlett is lunching with Audrey Wallace (aka Granny B) and discussing her difficulties with finding her perfect model.

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‘I’d offer my grandson, Digby, but Jasmine—his girlfriend, Scarlett and the Model Man coveralthough I do wish they would hurry up and announce their engagement; this faffing about has gone on long enough, in my opinion—would be even more disapproving than Emily.’

‘Too pretty, anyway,’ said Scarlett, setting her chin on her fist. ‘I need someone good-looking without being pretty. Rough but not ragged. A perfectly imperfect man, like …’ She tried to think of an actor who’d match her criteria and instead caught sight of a man the size of a small country walking past the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows. She pointed her fork in his direction. ‘He’d do.’

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He he. So… who is the giant man walking past the window? You’ll have to read the book and find out!

Scarlett and the Model Man releases March 24th 2020. Pre-order your copy today from:

amazon.com | amazon.com.au | amazon.co.uk

Apple Books | Kobo | Google Play | Barnes & Noble

Booktopia | Angus & Robertson | Bookdepository

If you’d like to discover the inspiration behind Scarlett and the Model Man, check out When Life Becomes Fiction – The Story Behind Scarlett and the Model Man.

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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 arm of an author buddy to do the same.

Before we get on to today’s snippet, a bit of news from the Hein house.

I’m working on a seekrit project. *Cue evil snigger*

Actually, I’m working on a couple of secret projects but as I’m juggling them with my fast-approaching writing deadline for Serenity’s Song (working title and sequel to Elsa’s Stand) most aren’t getting a lot of attention. I hope to share at least one bit of this news with my newsletter subscribers soon so watch out for that.

If you’re not part of cool crowd, join here.

Other than that, it’s very much a case of what we authors sometimes call BISHOK, which is a rather ugly looking acronym for Bum In Seat, Hands On Keyboard.

Although I was naughty last weekend and tried out this Gordon Ramsay recipe for Mango, White Chocolate and Passionfruit Parfaits. Soooo bad but oh, soooo gooooood! Dead easy to make too. Gotta love a recipe you can whip up in minutes and looks and tastes brilliant.

Speaking of brilliant

Heeeeee! See what I did there? I am the segue queen!

Eh hem. Anyyyywayyy

Today’s Teaser Tuesday excerpt is brought to you by Eddie and the Show Queen. But we won’t be featuring Eddie (gorgeous hunk of manhood that he is) or bright, bubbly Alice. Nope, this snippet is about Scarlett Ash, star of Scarlett and the Model Man, up for pre-order now and a book you won’t want to miss.

Close-up of the male model on Scarlett and the Model Man

Cover detail from Scarlett and the Model Man. included purely for illustrative purposes.

Nothing to do with that Mr Bare-Chesty model blessing its cover. Nothing at all.

And I have not been running my finger over that image when Jim hasn’t been looking either.

Much.

Mr Bare-Chesty is very tasty though.

Sigh.

Err, where were we? Oh, yes. Our excerpt.

In this scene, Alice has driven town matriarch and champion nose sticker-inner Audrey Wallace out to visit Scarlett

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Scarlett was as eye-popping as her artwork. Her clothes were simple – khaki camouflage-patterned cargo pants, heavy lace-up work boots, and a black, paint-splattered fine-wool jumper. But it was her hair, eyes and skin that made her spectacular. Everything seemed overdone, from the cascading dark curls to the greenness of her eyes and the porcelain beauty of her face. Dramatic and finely drawn, like her art, and probably just as complicated.

Eddie & the Show Queen coverAlice also suspected she was more than a little drunk. A cosy-covered teapot sat on a bench, along with a sugar bowl and a half-empty bottle of gin. Having greeted Mrs Wallace with undisguised mistrust and Alice with strange interest, Scarlett now paced the studio, sipping from a delicate teacup and sliding narrow glances at Mrs Wallace as the older lady flicked through canvases.

‘I don’t do free, as you well know, Audrey.’

Alice had no idea what the relationship between these two was, but the use of Mrs Wallace’s first name suggested a long association. She hoped that was a good sign.

‘This would be a favour.’ Mrs Wallace smiled in a way that reminded Alice of a politician. ‘To me.’

Scarlett’s gaze sharpened even further. ‘Calling one in, are you?’

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Yep, she’s a tough cookie, our Scarlett.

Eddie and the Show Queen is available now from these stores:

amazon.com | amazon.com.au | amazon.co.uk

Apple Books | Kobo | Google Play | Barnes & Noble

Booktopia | Angus & Robertson | Bookdepository

Pre-order Scarlett and the Model Man here:

amazon.com | amazon.com.au | amazon.co.uk

Apple Books | Kobo | Google Play | Barnes & Noble

Bookdepository

I’ll have news on how you can order personally signed print copies of Scarlett and the Model Man in my next newsletter and later here on this website. Stay tuned!

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Teaser Tuesday MemeWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, where I share snippets from new and past releases and works-in-progress, and love it when author buddies can be conned into doing the same.

With today being such a day!

First, news from the Hein house.

As you probably guessed from last week’s post, it’s been a bit hectic here. I’m back home from our short-notice road-trip to South Australia and once again knuckled down to Serenity’s Song (working title), and trying not to think about its fast-approaching deadline.

Which always makes me think of that Douglas Adam’s (of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fame) quote: “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”

I’m not sure I do. I hate being late for anything. Gives me the heebie-jeebies!

Enough of that. Back to our most excellent guest.

I am absolutely delighted to host fellow Hunter Valley author Lee Christine on today’s Teaser Tuesday. You may know Lee from her Bindarra Creek and Mindalby rural romance novels, Shadows of the Heart and A Daughter’s Choice, or her romantic suspense novels In Safe Keeping, In Safe Arms, and In Safe Hands.

Lee has a new crime novel out and, wowsers, does it sound good. Loaded with atmosphere, intrigue and great characters.

I was lucky enough to attend the launch of Charlotte Pass last weekend and it was a fantastic event. Lee spoke so eloquently and passionately about the story, how it came about and her love for writing suspense that we were all left eager to get our hands on a copy. Which I now have. Rah!

Here are a couple of piccies from the day.

Lee Christine talking at her Charlotte Pass book launch

Lee being excellently interviewed by former Sky News reader and journalist Nicole Webb, entertaining us with her tales of writing Charlotte Pass.

Lee Christine with author buddies Kaz Delaney, Michelle Douglas and me.

Lee (centre) with (L to R) author buddies Kaz Delaney, Michelle Douglas and me.

And here’s Lee to tell you more about Charlotte Pass and to share a snippet. Make sure you read right through to the end. There could be a giveaway!

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Lee Christine authorThank you so much, Cathryn, for having me on your blog today.

Well, here we are almost midway through February already, and hasn’t it been a challenging few months for many Australians? My heart goes out to everyone suffering from the devastating effects of the bushfires and drought which have been wreaking havoc on our beautiful country for months.

Hopefully, as we move into the last days of summer, the temperatures will be kinder, and the much needed rains will come. If the mercury stays high, you can always turn on a fan or the air-con, pour yourself a long, cool beverage and curl up with Charlotte Pass, a crime novel with romantic elements set in an isolated village high up in the snowy Australian Alps.

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Ryder loosened his fingers on the rear grab handles, enjoying the surge of adrenaline as the snowmobile roared up Mount Stilwell. The late afternoon sun cast long shadows over the ski runs, but it was the view inches in front of Ryder that held his interest. Vanessa was leaning forward, the medic symbol emblazoned across her back, her upper body constantly in motion. There was a graceful physicality to the way she manoeuvred the snowmobile through the wooded terrain, avoiding the areas of loose deep snow where the machine was at risk of getting stuck.

The gradient increased as they neared the site and Vanessa slid back on the seat. She wriggled forward, putting an inch or two between them, only to slide back again as they climbed higher. With his spine pressed into the snowmobile’s backrest, Ryder had no room to move. Not that he wanted to. Eventually, she gave up fighting gravity and stayed put, her bottom resting snugly between his thighs.

Charlotte Pass by Lee ChristineRyder smiled at his good fortune but forced himself to focus on something other than the woman pressed against him. Instead, he inhaled a deep breath of freezing air and thought about Lewicki’s unexpected arrival. Ryder had been relieved to see his friend. Lew’s historical knowledge of the case would be invaluable, though he’d have to be prepared to take a back seat, which would be hard for someone with Lew’s temperament. Flowers had been doing some decent work, and Ryder didn’t want Lew upsetting their fledgling partnership because he was so invested in Celia’s case.

Ryder caught sight of the granite boulder through the trees and then the grave site came into view.

‘I hope this doesn’t prove to be a waste of time,’ Vanessa said, unclipping her helmet as they climbed off the snowmobile a few minutes later.

Ryder tried to keep his expression neutral. A waste? Never. Riding pillion behind her had been worth every second in the freezing cold. His body hummed with nervous anticipation, and it wasn’t because he was about to look at something called a tree well. He managed a casual shrug as they walked towards the tape. ‘It’s always best to check things out.’

He lifted the tape so she could duck underneath, then followed her into the cordoned off area. The snow was deeper away from the trails, and despite his calf-length hiking boots, Ryder sank to his knees in the snow.

‘Be careful here.’ She moved tentatively towards the base of the ancient gum. Snow weighed down its foliage, the lower boughs resting on the ground. Ryder watched as Vanessa squatted and took hold of one of the smaller branches. Even before she’d pushed it aside, he could see the circular void that had formed around its trunk.

‘Let me hold that.’ He squatted beside her and she let him take the weight of the branch. Pushing it out of the way, he leaned forward and peered down into a wide, deep hole.

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Oooh, I wonder what Ryder is about to find down that hole? I guess we’ll all have to read Charlotte Pass and find out.

Grab your copy today from:

AmazonApple Books | Kobo | Google Play

Booktopia | Bookdepository | Angus&Robertson | Dymocks

Now, as alluded to in the intro, we have a

GIVEAWAY!

Charlotte’s Pass is set in an isolated, snowed-in village during Winterfest celebrations. I don’t know about you, but finding dead bodies is not my idea of a good way to celebrate winter. I’m pretty sure we can come up with plenty of other ways.

So, for your chance to win a paperback copy of this fantastic new Australian crime novel, share in the comments how you love to celebrate winter (or would like to) or a winter celebration that you’ve experienced and enjoyed and you’ll be in the draw.

Me? My favourite way to celebrate winter is to cook comfort food. Slow-cooked soups and casseroles, rich and muscular with flavour. Decadent desserts featuring chocolate or caramel, or fruit like apples and pears. And red wine and Guinness. Mustn’t forget those.

See? Too easy. So get sharing!

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight AEDT, Friday 14th February 2020. Australian postal addresses only.

If you’d like to learn more about Christine and her books, please visit her website. You can also connect on Facebook and Twitter using @leechristine59.

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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 manage to twist the arms of author buddies to do the same.

It’s been an exciting week!

Scarlett and the Model Man is now up for pre-order and looking gorgeous everywhere. Feedback on the cover has been great. I knew you’d like it. It’s so pretty! And made even prettier by that dishy surfer model on the cover. He is sooooo Sam. Love him.

It’s also been a super busy week because I had to make a short notice road-trip to my home town of Mount Gambier, in South Australia, a 2800 km round trip, give or take a few kms. Visiting always gives me lots of inspiration for my Levenham-set stories, even if I’m there for only a few days, like this trip.

Speaking of inspiration, you can read more about my inspiration for Scarlett and the Model Man in When Life Becomes Fiction. It’s quite a personal story.

As you’ve guessed, we’re all things Scarlett and Sam at the moment, which means todays Teaser Tuesday snippet is going to be taken from their gorgeous romance.

Here’s Sam talking to his mum after Scarlett asked him to model for her.

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‘You do realise what life-modelling entails?’

‘Yeah.’ At least he thought he did. ‘A lot of sitting still, I imagine. Trying not to fidget.’ Sam lifted an arm and tightened his bicep. ‘Flexing a couple of muscles.’

Scarlett and the Model Man cover‘Life-models pose nude.’

Sam’s jaw dropped. He swallowed. ‘Nude?’

‘Yes, nude.’

‘As in no clothes at all?’

‘Yes, my darling son. That’s what nude usually means.’

He sat back and dragged his hand down his face. Not only did Scarlett think him perfect, she wanted him naked. ‘Holy shit.’

‘Holy shit indeed.’

‘Well, then,’ said Sam, chuckling as he stood up. ‘Good thing I’m not shy.

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Scarlett and the Model Man releases March 24th, 2020.

Pre-order your copy today from:

amazon.com | amazon.com.au | amazon.co.uk
Kobo |  Apple Books | Google Play | Barnes & Noble

Personally signed print copies will be available for purchase direct from me as well as online bookstores. Watch out for more information on that soon.

Add Scarlett and the Model Man to your Goodreads to-read list here.

Want to be the first to know when you can order a personally signed print copy? Join my newsletter team here. You’ll not only get first dibs on a print copy, you’ll receive a chain of sweet and fun short stories to enjoy over a cuppa.

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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 sometimes sweet-talk author buddies in to doing the same.

Yes, my lovelies, we’re baaaaaack!

And what a year we have ahead. The first Teaser Tuesday guests have already been booked so keep an eye out for those in coming weeks. I’ll be sharing snippets from my backlist, of course, but also occasionally short sneak peeks from my works-in-progress. Right now I’m writing Serenity’s Song (working title), an Outback Brides of Wirralong story and the sequel to Elsa’s Stand.

But in the next few weeks it’ll be all Scarlett and the Model Man. Why? Because it goes up for pre-order this week. Squeeeee!

I’ll be sending out a newsletter tomorrow with the cover, blurb and a preview of the entire first chapter, along with other news. If you’re not part of the cool team, join here.

I also have a few events coming up.

On February 29th, 2pm – 4pm, at I’ll be at Lakeview Café, Speers Point NSW, with regular Teaser Tuesday guest Fiona McArthur, along with Trish Morey and Jaye Ford, for Coffee, Cake and Contemporary Women’s Stories. Join us to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea and learn why we write women’s stories and why contemporary women’s stories matter. Details here.

And on Sunday, March 1st 09:30-10:30, I’ll be at Maitland Indie Festival, Maitland NSW, with Michelle Douglas and Jodi Perry discussing the ins and outs of indie romance publishing. More on that here.

Then the following week, we have the Australian Romantic Rendezvous at the Castlereagh Hotel, Sydney, Sunday 8th March 2020. This is a booksigning and reader event, featuring special international guests Darynda Jones and Susan Donovan, along with me and a line-up of your favourite local authors. Secure your tickets here.

Busy times ahead.

Now to our teaser, which you have already probably guessed is going to be from Scarlett and the Model Man. Rah!

Just a wee snippet, mind. Just like the cover, I don’t want to be revealing too much just yet.

This is from an early scene where Scarlett is having lunch with Audrey Wallace, aka Granny B, and lamenting her inability to find the perfect artist’s model.

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‘What are you going to do if you don’t find him?’ asked Audrey as they readied to leave.

Scarlett and the Model Man partial cover reveal‘I don’t know.’ Scarlett stared at the street. ‘Paint another Crowns in the hope it’ll cancel the curse?’

‘The only curse is the fantasy one in your mind. I suggest you try the livestock exchange. Sales are every Wednesday. You’re bound to come across a dishy farmer or stock agent there.’

‘Maybe. Or maybe I’ll keep painting Jed. Not the same, but …’ She lifted her hands.

‘Oh, do stop the misery act. It’s very unbecoming.’ Perhaps realising she’d gone too far, she patted Scarlett’s shoulder. ‘Chin up. You’ll find your man soon.’

Scarlett hoped she was right. Time was running out.

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Watch out for more on Scarlett and the Model Man soon!

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