Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share juicy snippets from upcoming and past releases, and works-in-progress.

Those of you who are regular readers of the blog will know that Jim and I recently had some fun tooling around the outback (you can find more info and lots of photos on the blog post This Writing Life: An Outback Queensland Adventure).

One of the things I noticed about Queensland’s western downs was how many windmills there were, and how important they still are in maintaining water supplies to stock and rural properties. There are reasons for that – they’re reliable, efficient, relatively cheap and low maintenance. The big 35-foot Comet windmill at Hughenden, which is now a tourist attraction but was originally at Wirilla Station, could pump a million litres of water a day and supplied water for stock via bore drains that stretched up to 45 kilometres long. They’re pretty impressive figures.

Every windmill reminded me of Danny from Santa and the Saddler, and how much he’d love seeing them, especially the monster sized ones. For those of you who haven’t read this story, Danny is a metal fabricator and windmill engineer, and he’s passionate and proud of what he produces. And it’s kinda sexy. Well, I think it is. But it’s nice when you come across someone who’s enthusiastic about what they do and believe in it.

Anyway, here’s a little taste of Danny and Beth from Santa and the Saddler. Make sure you read to the end because there could be a GIVEAWAY!


‘So this is your grandfather’s saddlery,’ he said.

‘Yes. And Grandma’s. They own it jointly.’

‘But you’re English?’

‘Actually, I was born in Australia. In Adelaide, but my dad’s a Brit so I’m both.’

Danny blinked. ‘Your accent’s from your dad?’

She looked up, laughing softly. ‘No. We moved to England when I was five. I did all my schooling there, and my apprenticeship. I only moved back to Australia sixteen months ago, when Mum decided to come back. What about you? I’m betting a born and bred Levenham local. In fact, I bet you can trace your ancestors back to settlement. Am I right?’

Cover of Santa and the Saddler by Cathryn Hein‘Not quite settlement but the Burroughs have been here a while. I went to St Joseph’s Primary and then on to Levenham High, same as Mum and Dad and my grandparents.’

‘After that?’

‘Like you I got an apprenticeship. Metal fabrication.’ He shrugged. ‘Been in the same job since. The boss is decent bloke, the money isn’t too bad, and I like what I do.’

‘And what’s that? What you do, I mean.’

‘I build windmills. You know, that pump water. Other stuff too, but mainly that.’

She set down her awl and flexed her hands as she regarded him with interest. ‘Do farmers still use those?’

The question didn’t surprise Danny. A lot of people were sceptical when they heard about Levenham Windmills.

‘Yep, and with good reason. Windmills are cheap and last forever — well, not forever, but a long time. Plus they pump day and night whenever there’s wind, and with a well-engineered mill it doesn’t take much of that for it to work. There are no power bills, bugger-all maintenance — with ours at least, can’t speak for our dodgy opposition — and you can install them most places. Hard for stock to damage them too.’

‘You sound proud.’

He liked the smile in her voice, the approval, and his chest swelled with it. ‘I suppose I am.’


Sigh. I so love Danny as a hero. I’m currently writing the next Levenham Love Story which features Danny’s brother Nick and having a brilliant time. When a Burroughs boy falls in love, he goes all in and will do anything to take care of his girl, even if he ends up looking like a twit to do so.

But enough of that. I’ll be sharing more about that next story – Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy – when it’s done, which will hopefully be soon.

In the meantime, you can buy Santa and the Saddler from your favourite ebook or print retailer. Try Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play, Nook, Bookdepository, Booktopia or Angus & Robertson Bookworld.

Now, as mentioned in the intro, we have a…


This one’s easy-peasy too. Simply share your dream job and you’ll go into a random draw to win a print copy of Santa and the Saddler.

I’m opening this internationally too. So wherever you are in the world, you could win.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday AEST, 28th April 2017. Open internationally. Rah!

If you’d like to learn more about Santa and the Saddler, including the story behind the book, reviews and more, please visit its book page on this website.


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35 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarJanine Kimberley

    It took me 52 years to find my dream job, and now I’ve been there over 8 years – I work in a library! I love the busyness of the job and talking to readers about books. I have recommended your books to many people and have discovered so many new authors myself my TBR list is out of control! But it’s all good 😊I haven’t read this one of yours Cathryn thanks for the chance 😀

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I’m laughing here, Janine, because… LIBRARY!!!! Such a wonderful thing to be surrounded by books and people who love them.

      Thank you so much for sharing and an even bigger thanks for recommending my books. That’s really kind of you. All the best in the draw.

      And let’s not talk about TBR piles, they’re too scary. Good, mind you, but still scary. Will we EVER get through them?

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ha ha!!! I think we’d all love that one, Mary. But as long as it was for books we WANT to read. I’m not sure I’d find it much fun to read a bunch of non-fiction about topics I had no interest in, even if I was being paid for it.

      Thanks and good luck!

  2. Avatarelyse

    i had my dream job as a alpaca farmer, i ran over 500 of the beautiful animals. they are my world. But it was all taken away. i still have about 30 and do it as a hobby for my self and my kids. but i am lucky to do another passion of mine and that is landscaping, very hard work with fantastic payoffs.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Really? That’s brilliant, Elyse. I’ve had a story idea involving an alpaca farmer swirling around my head for ages. I might have to pick your brain one day! I’m so sorry you lost your dream job caring for 500 of them though, that’s very sad, but it’s good you still have some as a hobby. Glad you’re enjoying landscaping too. I bet that’s hard work.
      Thanks for sharing and all the best in the draw!

  3. AvatarAshley Linnane

    My dream job would be working on a cattle station in outback Queensland again where I met my fiancé. We would love to do it again in the future when our kids are older.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I hope you manage to get back out there, Ashley! It’s a remarkable landscape, that’s for sure. I’m planning another trip back in June to do some research for a book.
      All the best in the giveaway!

  4. AvatarJess Hosie

    My dream job would be having my own cattle farm whether it’s beef or dairy I wouldn’t mind at all, my Dad has a dairy and every time I go on holidays to see him I go to work with him and absolutely love it

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I can understand why you’d love to do that, Jess. Cattle are the funniest creatures, especially dairy cows. I love how curious they are. You know, how if you enter their paddock they’l gradually creep up to check out what you’re up to, and you end up surrounded? That’s so funny.
      Hope you reach your dream one day.
      Thanks and good luck in the draw.

  5. AvatarCatherine

    It probably sounds blase but if I could do my working life all over again I would like to work as a Librarian 🙂

  6. AvatarJenny Evans

    Hi Cathryn,
    I think I have my dream job but just do not have the money for it. It is retirement and I get to travel when the budget allows, I get to enjoy my hobby of sewing, mainly quilting and patchwork/embroidery. But the best bit is I can read when I want to.
    Cheers Jenny

    1. AvatarSue Newton

      Firstly I must say that I love your books, I love it when an author carries the characters over and weaves them into another story line as you did in the Rocking Horse Hill Books, they are my favourite but I have read all of them except this one so fingers crossed.
      I was fortunate to have lived my dream job for 24 years. I love sewing of all kinds and as a result of a TAFE sewing course while my children were young at school I was asked if I would like a job as a demonstrator or a Sewing Machine Company. I jumped at the opportunity and loved every minute of educating customers, sewing classes and demonstrating machines. Now that I am retired my 2nd dream job would be to do a getaway type travel person in Australia, my most favourite place in the world. We love our Outback & country regions.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Sue, thank you so much for your comment re Rocking Horse Hill and the continuing stories. That’s really great to know. I’m having a wonderful time setting more books in and around the Levenham township and being able to sneak in characters from previous books you know and love, as well as introducing new ones. The Country Girl, which will be out late December will be a new setting, and unrelated but I will have another Levenham novella available soon. Just need to finish it first.
        Anyway, that’s so lovely you got to use your passion – sewing – and turn it into a job. It’s something not enough of us have happen. As for being the Getaway type person – yes please! Although perhaps only a guest reporter. I suspect doing it all the time would get pretty tiring.
        Thanks and good luck!

        1. AvatarSue Newton

          Thank you for your kind words. I am really looking forward to the Levenham Series to continue, love all your books and will watch for the Novella coming soon. Yes I agree a guest presenter would be much nicer as a dream job. I love my life as it is now so if that does never happen I will be happy.
          Happy writing.

          1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

            Fingers crossed you won’t have to wait too much longer for another Levenham book. I’ve nearly finished this next novella. Only a couple of chapters to go. Wheeee!

    2. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ah, yes. I’m pretty sure you’re not alone there, Jenny. Imagine what retirement would be like if money were no issue. Bliss!
      Quilting is such a lovely pastime. A good family friend has just finished a bedcover that has taken her years and over 5,000 pieces to make and it’s magnificent.
      Thanks for sharing and all the best in the draw.

  7. AvatarKaren Leeman

    My dream job is exactly my life now!!!! Being married to the perfect man for me!!! I love my life and being a wife!!!!!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oooh, lucky, lucky you, Karen! You certainly sound happy and that’s what we all wish for.
      Thanks for sharing and good luck in the draw.

  8. AvatarKath Stokes

    I have my dream job, I’m a proud Mumma to 4 beautiful Children who are growing up way too quickly in to upstanding citizens, 2 of which are planning to wear this Nation’s uniform. Best job is the world.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      And what a wonderful and important job it is too, Kath. So you have 2 planning to join the forces? That’s great, really great. I’m a bit sentimental over that because my Jim is in the Defence Force too and naturally think its wonderful. Good luck to them.
      And to you!

  9. AvatarEmma Foley

    My dream job is to become a rural GP and own a decent amount of land to run some beef stock. I grew up on a dairy farm but there’d be no way i could be a doctor and have dairy cows sadly. I am studying currently to achieve my dream for the medicine part, while i work as a nurse so hopefully in the next ten years I’ll be working somewhere rural helping my community and riding a tractor to visit my cows whenever i get a chance ♡

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      That’s brilliant, Emma. I wish you all the best in your endeavour to achieve your goals. As I’m sure you’re well aware, country areas are desperate for medical staff so wanting to practice in a rural area is a wonderful thing. As for riding a tractor to visit your cows – yeah!!
      Thanks and good luck.

  10. AvatarMargaret

    I sometimes think I missed out on my dream job working in the natural environment but then I look at my wonderful family and garden and opportunity to get out walking and camping in the bush and cooking and reading and being part of the church and realise the job actually came to me in the end!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Well, that’s just lovely, Margaret. Being content is something we all aspire to I think and it’s wonderful you have it all.
      Thanks and all the best in the draw.

  11. AvatarLisa howells

    My dream job was to become a chef, which i did and have been doing for 10 years. But no matter how much u enjoy your dream job it can always become boring and repetitive and can lose its appeal. I love cooking just not as much as i first did . I will have to find another dream job, which i guess i will one day stumble upon .

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Being a chef would be hard work I reckon, Lisa, but oh, the joy of creating with food! I know what you mean about things wearing off thought. Perhaps it’s a matter of tweaking what your love to keep it fresh. Not sure how you can do that but I bet you find a way.
      Thanks so much for sharing and good luck in the giveaway.

  12. AvatarJulie Zammit

    If I had my life over again, my dream job would have been to be a rural midwife, working in particular with
    Indigenous Mums.


    My dream job would be to dress your book models and make sure they are well looked after… ha ha ha!
    Now seriously my dream job is to be a midwife. Someone to help the mother through her journey and be there to see the fruits of her labour. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ha!!! That would indeed be a dreamy job, Michelle! Especially Jack form Wayward Heart. He’d be lovely to look after.
      Midwives must have the most amazing jobs, on hand for the miracle of birth.
      Thanks and good luck!

  14. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    What wonderful dream jobs you all have! Thanks so much for sharing, that was a lot of fun.

    The giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Jenny who has won a copy of SANTA AND THE SADDLER. Rah! I love Danny and Beth’s story and wish Jenny a wonderful time with them.

    Sorry to those who didn’t win but never fear, you’ll have another chance this week when Christine Wells drops by with a teaser and giveaway of her brand new release THE TRAITOR’S GIRL. I recently read this book and loved it. So make sure you’re in that one. It’s a beauty.

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