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…


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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29 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarJuanita Kees

    A wonderful way to start this series if you haven’t read it yet. No need to enter my name in the draw because I already own a copy, but I love Australian rural romance because we have such amazing material to work with. Our landscape is rich, our people are warm, funny and full of stories of the outback, and even though our history is young, we’ve packed it full of action and adventure. May Australian Rural Romance live long and prosper! <3

  2. AvatarMelissa Woods

    I adore rural romances as I live at the beach, but am a country girl girl at heart. But also as the characters are strong, compassionate, always willing to help and just down to earth.
    Dodge’s gran is Edwina. What a lovely name for someone who has fantasies too.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ah, that’s so well put, Melissa. Compassion and down to earthedness are such wonderful traits. Thanks for dropping by and good luck in the draw.

  3. AvatarMary Preston


    Rural romances tend to have a lovely feel to them. Sort of like memories of childhood.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      That’s so true, Mary. It’s the old-fashioned values of the characters almost, isn’t it? That honesty and as Melissa pointed out, compassion.

      Good luck!

    2. AvatarS E Gilchrist

      What a lovely idea Mary – memories of childhood. I like that – perhaps its more a case of a simpler way of life although it certainly isn’t an easy way of life. Thank you for dropping by.

  4. AvatarLen Klumpp

    Being a Country boy and having lived in a lot of rural towns I can relate so much with Rural Romance, especially the Bindarra Creek series as it’s set in my home area. I love the dynamics of the small towns, the landscape and the great stories. The characters are real to me. I love them as friends and family. In the last four or so years that I have been reading Rural Romance and it associated genres I have had so much enjoyment, read so many great books and met so many wonderful people….and Dodge’s Gran is Edwin Lette. One of my favourite Characters.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oooh, I didn’t realise the Bindarra stories were set near you, Len. What a thrill!
      Isn’t it wonderful to have so many rural romances to choose from? Home grown stories in places we love with characters we can relate to. Bewdiful.

      1. AvatarLen Klumpp

        Yes, they used Manilla, which is a small Town about half an hour from Tamworth. My Mum, Aunties , Uncles and Cousins live there. Carolyn and I owned our first house there before moving into Tamworth. As we know with all these small towns, employment is a problem and this is the reason we decided to move into town.

        1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

          I know Manilla! I used to cruise around there during my pasture seed days. Great setting, but yes, employment is an issue for many places, sadly. Thanks, Len.

        2. AvatarS E Gilchrist

          I didn’t realise you had such history connected with Manilla, Len. Our two map is based on Manilla’s too. I read a lot of articles about the economic and social problems rural small towns face and find it very worrying. Our rural towns are really the backbone of Australia and we need them to thrive. Not certain what the answer is tho. Thanks for dropping by Len.

  5. Avatarlesley McIntosh

    I love rural romances as they have good solid characters and the author always portrays the rural settings beautifully.I was born on a farm in South island ,NZ and married a farmer so lived a wonderful rural life myself . These rural romances coming out of Australia are just stunning and keep me occupied on a cold winters day now I have retired to town. Dodge’s Gran is Edwina Lette .

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      The South Island must have been a stunning place to farm, Lesley. A wonderful rural life indeed.
      But you have local rurals too with Danielle Hawkins. Her two books were WONDERFUL. Loved them. I see she has a new book coming out in November too. Yay!

      Thanks for dropping by and all the best in the giveaway.

    2. AvatarS E Gilchrist

      New Zealand is on my list of must visits – sadly to say, Lesley, I have yet to go there however my daughter and I are planning a trip in the next year or so. I agree – there are some fabulous rural stories set in Aust these days and you cant beat reading any time of the year lol.

  6. AvatarJanet

    Aaah,, rural romance, what can I say? It transports me from inner city Melbourne to the beautiful, broad expanse of country and outback Australia. Immersed in the characters’ lives, they become family to me and I would love nothing more than to step into those pages and laugh, cry and love along with them. I harbour a fond fantasy of meeting a mature, 60-something craggily handsome, country guy who’s looking for the love of his life…me! Dodge’s gran is Edwina Lette.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      That’s such a great description, Janet. Books are the best things for transporting us to other places and what better place than country Australia. Good luck with the handsome country guy hunting. They’re out there!

      All the best in the Bindarra Creek Makeover draw.

  7. AvatarJay Hicks

    Rural settings in any genre give people a glimpse of how others live. Life is so rich, raw, brutal and beautiful in the country and there is much to be learned through the extensive range of fabulous Australian rural romance authors whose books are so popular now. With a touch of romance woven in, we can be drawn further into the lives and emotions of these characters we get to meet between the pages. What fun! Jay.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Absolutely what fun, Jay! And lovely words about the contrasts in rural life. Glad you’re enjoying all the rural romances on offer and all the best in the Bindarra Creek Makeover draw.

  8. Avatarmaria Fenech

    Love reading your novels… Edwina Lette is Dodges grandma. I love reading rural romance as it combines my love of living of growing up on a farm surrounded by family & animals, a little romance thrown in never hurt.

    Keep writing & looking forward to reading many more of your novels , thank yu

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      You can’t beat a bit of romance for making you feel good, Marie.

      Thanks for dropping by and sharing your love of rural romance. Good luck!

  9. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Thanks to everyone who joined in the Teaser Tuesday fun. I loved hearing your thoughts on why you like rural romance. That was great. Not to mention heartwarming! The giveaway has now closed and we have a winner. Congratulations to Lesley who has won a copy of SE Gilchrist’s gorgeous rural romance BINDARRA CREEK MAKEOVER. Happy reading, Lesley!

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