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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6 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarJessy

    Hi! Cathryn,

    A Christmas Novel sounds fantastic. Thanks for sharing a bit from the book. Enjoy reading your books and hope you had a great and relaxing Australia Day. Good Luck ! with all your writing.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Thanks, Jessy! I’ve been wanting to write a Christmas themed story for a while and was thrilled when the idea for Santa and the Saddler came to me. Looking forward to sharing it with you.

      1. AvatarJessy

        Hi1 Cathryn,
        Not many Aussie Authors have written a Christmas themed Story. I read Author Jennie Jones , Christmas themed story in the — Swallow’s fall series. That will be exciting to read.

        1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

          There aren’t many Aussie Christmas stories, are there? Margareta Osborn had The Bush Christmas a few years back, and Anna Campbell writes wonderful Regency historical Christmas stories but there hasn’t been much in the way of rural romances.

          I’ll try to give you at least one with Santa and the Saddler!

  2. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Ooh, Cathryn, Santa and the Saddler (gosh, I love that title) sounds so fabulous and heaps fun. I can imagine when reading this story there will be lots of laugh out loud moments.

    Will you have this one in print too? How great would it be if lots more novellas were in print I could have a seperate shelf for all small books (novellas), I think it would look great.

    Looking forward to April’s Rainbow and your next full length novel.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I hope there’ll be some funny bits, Sue. Right now it’s just lots of hair tearing on my part!

      Unless the novella turns out longer than I intend I doubt it will end up in print, but never say never. The problem with print copies of novellas is that they’re very expensive for what you get, and with low sales because of that they’re unlikely to cover costs. We’ll see with Santa and the Saddler. It’ll really depend on how long it turns out.

      As for my next full length novel, news on that in coming weeks!

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