Welcome 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.
Did you enjoy last week’s visit from Jennie Jones? That was fun, and we loved your wonderful airport stories. I hope you’re in another sharing mood this week because, my little darlings, we have another guest and another giveaway. Whoop!
But first, news from the Hein house.
After much tweaking and several moments of brain hurtiness caused by maths calculations (you’ll understand when you read it), I finished the second draft of Eddie and the Show Queen. Now it’s time to move on to stage three of my process: the full read-through. This is kind of scary because it’s looking at the big stuff. Things like characterisation and story flow that can lead to whole lot of rewriting or just more tweaks. As you can imagine, I’m hoping for the latter.
Enough of scary things, let’s get onto the fun stuff.
Today’s guest is a blog regular and an author I know you all adore. Fiona McArthur writes gorgeous rural romances, medical dramas and women’s fiction. You’ll also know her from Holly’s Heart which was book 4 in our hugely successful Outback Brides series (my Elsa’s Stand was book 3) and a beautiful story that really tugged those heartstrings.
Well, our brides are going from strength to strength and this month sees the launch of a second series – Outback Brides of Wirralong – and this time Fiona’s in the lead with her new release Lacey.
Here’s Fiona to tell you a little about Lacey and to share a snippet. Make sure you read until the end. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on your giveaway chance!
Thanks so much for having me, Cathryn, and it’s such a fun thing to be introducing “Series 2 of The Outback Brides Of Wirralong,” tada!! Especially after all the crazy reader love of the first series. We were all so excited that Wirralong proved to be a fun place for readers.
Last series started with Maggie, Belle, and right after your gorgeous ELSA, finished with Holly. It was at Holly’s wedding that my new book starts. LACEY and Cameron have been on opposite paths but still magnetically attracted. And fighting it.
Lacey was celebrating her freedom finally from a disastrous secret marriage and Cameron just couldn’t seem to look anywhere else than at Lacey. She seemed so different tonight…
Ahem. And that was that.
It was just because he’d had fantasies. About her. For what felt like a year, but it had only been months.
Why was she so different to any other lovely lady he’d danced with? His hand drifted down the shimmery fabric on her back. ‘I love your dress,’ Cam murmured.
She twirled in his arms and laughed up at him. Her eyes dark pools of promise? ‘A present to myself to celebrate. Wicked, eh?’
‘As sin,’ he said huskily and pulled her closer into his arms, still grappling with this new Lacey, and wondered what she was celebrating. Wondered more if he could join the celebrations.
She filled his senses like a potent wine and, while there was so much about her behaviour that baffled him, he wanted to protect this fragile bubble of make-believe because he knew she would slip through his fingers and disappear tomorrow like Cinderella.
When the wedding party left and the guests drifted toward the gate, he looked at the clock with indecision. He felt like a randy sixteen-year-old and just as unsure of himself. Not the usual Cameron. He couldn’t let her go yet.
‘I’d rather this evening didn’t end, Lacey. Will you come home with me and stay the night?’ He gazed down at her and her eyes were like blazing jewels in her face, glittering as she stared up at him.
Lacey looked at the ridiculously sexy man standing there with that wicked promise in his eyes, asking her home after chatting her up all night.
Long-suppressed excitement fizzed and popped in her belly and her skin felt warm and wanton with the need for a good man’s touch. No strings. They both knew it was only one night.
She glanced at the strong masculine fingers reaching out to her. The small dark mole on Cameron’s wrist looked almost like a heart. She did have it bad if she was seeing cosmic signs.
Well, hadn’t this been a night of unexpected performances.
First the breaking of the obscurity she’d hidden behind, by standing up and playing her saxophone at a wedding—and yes, it had been confronting when she’d opened her eyes, but she still buzzed from the incredible joy of revelling in her music and seeing those who watched lost in it too. Seeing Cameron James drinking in the music like an addict.
And now, flirting with the bad-boy lawman who all the girls gossiped about. Was this some sort of post-divorce rebirth strategy? Maggie had said auspicious.
Step one. Play in public.
Step two. Get back in charge of her own sexuality with a man she’d fancied and banned herself from as a married woman.
She was divorced.
Ooh, now this sounds sex-citing! I bet you’re now as hungry as I am to read the full story. Satisfy that hunger immediately with an ebook download from these stores:
As we teased earlier, here’s the…
Here’s Fiona again to tell you about it.
I love that Lacey makes Cameron totally unsure of himself – not like the confident swooner that he normally portrays. I hope you enjoy ‘Lacey and Cameron’s story’ and I’d love to offer an ebook version (or print book for Oz readers if they prefer) for your thoughts on secret baby books. Not what Cameron and Lacey expected.
Warmest regards xx Fi
So, my lovelies, we’re talking secret babies. Have you come across this trope before? What did you think? Can you recommend some secret baby titles for those who haven’t tried it or are looking for more?
Share your thoughts and we’ll pop you into the draw for an ebook download of Outback Brides of Wirralong: Lacey. Or, if you’re an Australian reader, you have the choice of ebook or print.
Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Sunday 17th March 2019, Australian Eastern Daylight Time. Ebook giveaway open worldwide. Choice of paperback giveaway available for Australian postal addresses only.