FRIDAY FEAST with Lisa Heidke

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Hello, lovely readers, and welcome to another delicious edition of Friday Feast. This week we’re playing in the snow with one of Australia’s best popular women’s fiction authors, seriously overdosing on sugar, and giving away a book!

But first, the rollercoaster ride that is Us Heins Weren’t Meant To Play Golf. I’m on the improve! There are signs of life! I even managed not to dunk my ball straight into the dam off the 15th Author Lisa Heidketee two times in a row. Tis a miracle! It has to be the weather. The days have been glorious here lately and I think it’s tricked my feeble golfing brain into thinking it’s spring and therefore time to play better. Perhaps a dodgy theory but let the sun shine on, I say!

Now to our fab guest. Many of you will know Lisa Heidke from her novels It Started With a Kiss, Stella Makes Good, Claudia’s Big Break, What Kate Did Next and Lucy Springer Gets Even. Lisa’s books cover all the feel-good bases with plenty of love, drama and fun, but most of all they’re entertaining.

Her latest release is The Callahan Split and it looks a cracker.


The Callahan Split by Lisa HeidkeIn tennis, as in life, nothing ever goes truly to plan.

Samantha and Annie Callahan are successful doubles champions — the toast of the Olympics, Wimbledon, and Flushing Meadow. But their winning partnership spirals out of control when Annie’s new boyfriend announces their engagement at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Bear, the sisters’ coach, guides Annie as much as she’ll allow. But when she insists on dropping Samantha in favour of a singles career, her game and rankings plummet.

Samantha is left floundering. Disillusioned, her only sweet spot is the growing passion between her and Bear. Amidst rising anger and betrayal, Samantha completely changes both their destinies when she does the unthinkable after a devastating Wimbledon loss.

The sisters are driven to create new lives by confronting the past and taking control of the present. But can Samantha and Annie both win?

I adore the sound of this book. Clashing tennis sisters? Wheee! I’m sure you’ll love it too. The Callahan Split can be yours with just a few clickety-clicks. Try Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, or Kobo.

Now prepare thee for a grand slam sugar hit with Lisa!

Christmas in July

I’ve just returned from a magical few days in Leura, NSW, where not only was I celebrating Christmas in July with friends, but it actually snowed!

Yippee. And I have photographic evidence to prove it!

Lisa Heidke in the snow

It was a stroke of luck, really. Even though snow had been predicted, I didn’t believe it.  But indeed it did.

Snow at Leura

After we played in the snow and built some daggy snowmen, we lit the fire and it was time to get down to some Christmas business!


Lots of champagne, yummy food and way too much dessert.

My contribution was this magnificent Yule Log!

Lisa’s White Christmas Yule Log

(not for the faint hearted)

Lisa Heidke's Yule Log


125g caster sugar, plus extra to dust

3 large eggs

100g plain flour

25g cocoa powder, plus extra to dust

For the filling

300ml double cream, whipped

For the white chocolate fudge icing

110g (4oz) butter

90g (3 1/4oz) 70% white chocolate

425g (14oz) icing sugar

½ tsp vanilla extract

175ml (6fl oz) milk


Whipped cream

Reindeer Droppings (chocolate drops)


Preheat the oven to 200°C. (fan 180°C) Line a 33 x 23cm (13 x 9in) Swiss roll tin with nonstick baking paper.

Whisk the sugar and eggs with an electric whisk for 10 minutes, until pale and thick. Sift the flour and cocoa into the mixture, plus 1 tbsp of lukewarm water. Fold into the mixture until evenly mixed.

Pour the mixture into the tin. Bake in the centre of the oven for 10-12 minutes until risen and just firm.

Meanwhile, lay out a clean, damp tea towel. Place a piece of nonstick baking paper larger than the sponge on top and dust with icing sugar. Turn the sponge onto the paper and peel the paper off the base.

Make an incision line about 1cm from one short edge, being careful not to cut through the cake. This will help you start rolling. Use the paper to roll the sponge tightly. Wrap in the tea towel. Allow to cool, then unroll and spread the cake with whipped cream and roll back up again.

To make the icing, melt the white chocolate and butter in the microwave. In a large bowl combine the icing sugar, vanilla and 120ml (4fl oz) of the milk. Add the melted chocolate mixture and stir well.

Add the remaining milk, a little at a time, until you have the desired consistency. Let the icing stand until spreadable, it will thicken as it cools.

Spread the icing over the Yule log, then whipped cream and sprinkle with reindeer droppings.

Eat, sit back and wait for the sugar coma to hit.

When not gobbling food or playing in the snow, I can be found at my desk or out in the wild promoting my latest book, The Callahan Split, a story about sisters, love, lies and loss.

I loved writing this novel and I really hope readers enjoy reading it. I have 1 print copy to give away.

Do you have a sister? If so, what’s your most memorable experience together? If not, what’s a memorable experience you shared with another family member?


Thanks, Lisa. I luuuurve the sound of your cake and the photos are fabulous. What a lovely time you must have had.

So, did you hear that, Feasty people? Lisa is offering a…


Yes, a paperback copy of Lisa’s brand new release, The Callahan Split could be yours. All you need to do is reveal your most memorable experience shared with a family member.

Hmm. I’m going to have to think hard on this one because there’s been quite a few, but I did go on a hot air balloon ride in Alice Springs with my brother when he was living there that was pretty cool. The scenery was amazing and the ride so peaceful! I managed three trips to “the Alice” while he lived there so managed to do some wonderful touring around the area. Australia’s red heart is a definite must-see.

So what’s your memorable experience? Share away in the comments and feel-good book joy could be yours!

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Tuesday AEST, 4th August 2015. Australian postal addresses only.

If you’d like to learn more about Lisa and her books, please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook, Twitter using @lisaheidke, Goodreads, Instagram, LinkedIn and through her blog.

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18 thoughts on “FRIDAY FEAST with Lisa Heidke

  1. Avatarchristine stinson

    Hi, Cathryn and Lisa! Congratulions on the release of ‘The Callaghan Split’, Lisa, and Cathryn, I’m glad your golf is on the improve! Loved the snow photos, and that Christmas log looks fabulous !
    My closest girlfriends are my ‘sisters’, and whenever possible, we head off for a whole day or even better, for a whole weekend together. Can’t share the stories, however: what happens on those weekends stays right there…

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ha ha! Can’t betray the girlies! I’m sure you have wonderful times though.

      Aren’t the snow pics great? I really wanted to go look as the mountains are so close but the traffic was horrendous. Ah well. Maybe there’ll be another fall. Although given our current glorious weather it doesn’t look likely.

      Thanks for dropping by, Christine. Always lovely to see you.

  2. Avatarlisa heidke

    Hi Christine,
    I agree. What happens on those girlie weekends stays right there. The weekend at the mountains was fabulous and I was really expecting it to be a lot colder, but once the sun came out, it was lovely being outside. Of course, later when the temperature dropped, I hogged prime position by the open fire…

  3. AvatarLouise Reynolds

    Hi Catherine and Lisa! I love Christmas in July and what better place than in the Blue Mountains complete with snow outside and a roaring fire inside? Bliss. Congratulations on the release of The Callahan Split. It sounds wonderful 🙂

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Did you see DB Tait’s photos of the snow, Louise? It was stunning up there. In a complete turnaround yesterday there was a bushfire at Wentworth Falls and it’s going to be 25 here today at the base of the mountains. Amazing!

    2. AvatarLisa heidke

      Hi Louise,
      Thank you.
      I heard it’s going to snow again this Wednesday August 5, in Katoomba. sadly I won’t be there…but the weather does seem a bit odd, given Cathryn’s comment about it being 25 degrees at the mountain base! x

  4. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Hi Cathryn and Lisa! What a yummy looking cake and the photos are great. Just recently I had the most memorable experience with my cousin when hubby and I were visiting Ft Lauderdale she drove 5 hours to see me, we had two fantastic days together. I’ve always wanted to visit Miami and she was kind enough to drive us there, we did a boat cruise around the mansions at South Beach, that was fun. Walked around the markets and lunched in a gorgeous German restaurant. The next day she drove around and around looking for a Walmart just for me. I couldn’t go back to Australia and not have stepped into a Walmart. It’s huge, I loved it! And while doing all that we just talked and talked non -stop.

    Congrats on the release of The Callahan Split.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      What a wonderful experience that must have been, Sue! And kind of your cousin to make the effort to drive down to you. I’ll bet you’ll treasure that memory.
      Thanks for sharing. That was lovely.

    2. AvatarLisa heidke

      Thanks, Sue! I do love this book.
      As for Walmart, I felt the same. Had to visit…and then got totally overwhelmed! Sort of like when I went to Cosco once…

  5. AvatarColleen Goth

    Sharks seem to be the flavour of the social media month at the moment so I will tell my shark story. My brother John and I were young teenagers enjoying the annual family holiday at Coffs Harbour in January . We both loved to body surf and I just had to be the the one furthest out . We were enjoying the beautiful waters and I was teasing john that I was braver than him – as sisters do – when he suddenly grabbed me and threw me in front of a wave . I was too shocked and angry to do more than just catch it into the shore and when I stood up to round on him he simply shouted Shark ! And I saw some black fins out in the waves where we had just been . For once I was speechless

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Yikes!!!! I would have been speechless too. Not to mention close to fainting. How terrifying!
      Great story, Colleen. And great brother too!

    2. AvatarLisa heidke

      Wow, Colleen. what an experience. What a brother! How long did it take for you to swim in the ocean again?
      Do you swim in the ocean much now?

    3. AvatarLisa heidke

      Wow, Colleen. what an experience. What a brother! How long did it take for you to swim in the ocean again?
      Do you swim in the ocean much now?

  6. AvatarHelene

    Oh your Christmas in July looked divine, Lisa, and so does the Yule Log!

    The most memorable moment with my sister, who’s four years older than me, was on a ride at the Brisbane Eckka. I was about 12 and she’d talked me into getting on this dodgy thing with cages on the end of spidery arms.

    The ride seemed to go on forever and I wasn’t entirely convinced I was enjoying myself and then it stopped… We were hanging face down with the ground a million miles below us and only a wire cage door to prevent us falling out. I started to freak out demanding she get us out of there. I still remember the glee in her eyes as she reached through the mesh for the pin that held the door closed and said, ‘well alright, but I don’t think it’s a good idea.’ At which point I realised the stupidity of my demands and sulked until the ride finally brought us back down to ground level. Oddly enough I became quite hooked on crazy rides after that!

    But she still teases me about it…

    Love the sound of your new book but please don’t put me in the draw and I already have a e-copy waiting for me to read!!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ha ha! She certainly made her point, didn’t she, Helene. Mind you, I think you were perfectly entitled to freak out. That does not sound fun at all!

      Happy reading with The Callahan Split. Sounds a cracking read.

    2. AvatarLisa heidke

      Hi Helene,
      So…are you still friends with your sister?
      Sounds like mine, except Dianne is seven years older than me. We are friends…now!
      Thanks for buying a copy of The Callahan Split. Can’t wait to hear what you think.

    3. AvatarLisa heidke

      Hi Helene,
      So…are you still friends with your sister?
      Sounds like mine, except Dianne is seven years older than me. We are friends…now!
      Thanks for buying a copy of The Callahan Split. Can’t wait to hear what you think.

  7. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Thanks, everyone, for all your lovely comments. The giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Colleen who has one a copy of Lisa’s fab new release, The Callahan Split. Great reading ahead for Colleen and all of you too when you go out and buy your own copies!

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