Teaser Tuesday!

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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!

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Author Fiona McArthur

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.

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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?’

Outback Brides of Wirralong: Lacey by Fiona McArthur

‘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.

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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.

Hell.

She was divorced.

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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:

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As we teased earlier, here’s the…

GIVEAWAY!

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

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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.

If you’d like to learn more about Fiona and her books, please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook.

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31 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarMelissa Woods

    Ohhhh Fiona, Lacey’s and Cameron’s story is going to be captivating. I know I want to continue reading.
    Thanks Cathryn for having Fiona on your Teaser Tuesday.
    I loved the story of The Trouble With Choices by Trish Morey. Don’t want to give away the storyline, but ohhhh it’s gooddddd…..

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Oh, stop recommending books, you two. My to-be-read pile is about to collapse on me. Death by books unread.
        It’s always a pleasure to have Fi on, Melissa and to see you here. Wishing you all the best in the draw!

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      Hi Astrid
      not sure where my reply to you went so will try again. You may get two if it catches up again 🙂
      I’m not sure if you mean ‘not heard before’ the idea of tropes in romance – see link here that talks about movies
      https://blog.reedsy.com/romance-tropes/
      or the Series 1 and Series 2 of the Brides – so here’s a link to some background on my webpage
      https://www.fionamcarthurauthor.com/blank
      I do hope you enjoy Lacey and Cameron’s story and good luck in the draw. Warm regards Fiona

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        It’s not one I’ve read a lot of either, Astrid, but I know it’s hugely popular. I admire authors who can pull this trope off, especially in a contemporary novel. Imagine how hard it would be to keep a baby secret these days!

        Thanks for dropping by and good luck.

  2. AvatarEmma Foley

    I loved The Doctor’s Outback Baby by Carol Marinelli. Medical, rural and Aussie. All great genres to read but combined make for a great read

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      Hi Emma
      I’ve loved Carol Marinelli books for so long. She has such wonderful characters. I’ll have to check I’ve read that one. Is that the one with the male midwife outback? Warm regards, hope you enjoy Lacey and Cameron’s story and good luck in the draw
      xxxFi

  3. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Ooh, sounds so good, looking forward to reading Cameron and Lacey’s story. I’m not sure if this one counts but I’m thinking The Kissing Season by Rachael Johns – if I remember correctly more of a secret pregnancy than hiding a baby. Off the top of my head I can’t think of any but I’m sure I’ve read a couple of secret baby stories – they’re one of my favourite tropes. I Googled them and wow, there are so many I’ve made a list of all the ones I want to read.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        I remember The Kissing Season, Sue, and yes it was a secret pregnancy. Lovely read too.
        Yay! I’m glad it’s not just my to-be-read pile that’s overflowing. We need to be like cats and have lots of lifetimes so we can get through them.

  4. AvatarJoanne Seaton

    Loved the Wirralong the first time can’t wait to get back there again.
    There are so many great secret baby books…
    1. The Trouble With Choices by Trish Morey
    2. Tattered by Devney Perry
    3. Almost Perfect by Susan Mallery
    4. The Kissing Season by Rachael Johns
    I know a couple have already been listed but they were the first to come to mind as well. I could go on but I won’t overwhelm to Cathryn.

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      Another recommendation, thanks, Joanna. I haven’t read any of Devney Perry – I will go hunt for that one. Hope you enjoy Lacey and good luck in the draw.
      warm regards Fi

  5. AvatarSusann Newton

    One book I loved was not about a hidden baby but a hidden pregnancy, Heart of Gold by Fiona Palmer. CJ and Lindsay are destined to be together but an accident keeps them apart. They are so in love but depression and disappointment keep him grim coming back to her. CJ is hiding her pregnancy from him until he can handle it. Very nicely written story that still warms my heart.
    A couple of other memorable favourites are Outback Ghost and my all time favourite Man Drought by Rachael Johns

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      Thanks, Susann, I haven’t read Heart Of Gold, will bead off and look for that one too. Love Fiona Palmer books too. I hope you enjoy Lacey and good luck in the draw.
      warm regards Fi

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Ooh, yes. Heart of Gold was a wonderful story, Susann. CJ was such a cool character and you really felt for both her and Lindsay. Fab choice.

  6. AvatarTina

    Outback Brides of Wirralong: Lacey and the other books in this series sounds wonderful.
    Baby, Come Back: A Bad Boy Secret Baby Romance (The Debt Book 2)
    by M O’Keefe and M. O’Keefe
    The Sweetest Mistake (Baby Surprises Book 1)
    by Layla Valentine and Holly Rayner
    Demanding His Secret Son (Secret Heirs of Billionaires Book 3690)
    by Louise Fuller
    Almost Perfect by Susan Mallery
    4. The Kissing Season by Rachael Johns

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      Oooh, a whole list. Thanks, Tina, I’ll check them out. Wirralong is a lot of fun I hope you do try the series 🙂
      Hope you enjoy Lacey and good luck in the draw.
      warm regards Fi

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Thanks for your list, Tina. It’s a trope that clearly tickles your fancy!
        I couldn’t help myself and googled the Susan Mallery. That one sounds great – a bit different with the heroine being the one from the wrong side of the tracks, instead of the hero. I’ll download a sample to try. Ta.

  7. AvatarGeraldine Furini

    I’m so glad Astrid asked the question as I wasn’t sure either! Thanks for the link, it was very helpful. I have read The Kissing Season as well but brain has gone blank but I am loving all these book recommendations. Absolutely loved the first series of Outback Brides so cant wait to get into these new ones.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I’m sure you’ll love the new series of Outback Brides just as much, Geraldine. And aren’t book recommendations fun? Booklovers just love hearing about books.

  8. AvatarFiona McArthur

    Thanks, Geraldine
    I’m a little red-faced I ended with 3 replies to Astrid 🙂 but great that the links have been useful. I’m thrilled you enjoyed the series, thanks so much for saying, Hope you enjoy Lacey and good luck in the draw.
    warm regards Fi

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      If you love secret babies then you’re bound to love Lacey, Melanie. Fiona has written many Mills&Boons so she knows exactly what she’s doing with this trope and others.

  9. AvatarFiona McArthur

    Gotta love, love, and angst. Of course, gives me the opportunity for babies :))) thanks, Melanie. Hope you enjoy Lacey and good luck in the draw.
    warm regards Fi

  10. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Thank you all so much for your fabulous secret baby recommendations, and for the reminder of how much fun this trope can be.
    The giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Astrid, who has won a copy of Outback Brides of Wirralong: Lacey and is in for a wonderful time.
    I hope you’ll return again this Tuesday when we’ll have yet another guest and maybe even another giveaway. So much for Teaser Tuesday going occasional this year. It’s rollicking along and all thanks to you lovely people who take the time to drop by and read it. Hugs to you all!

  11. AvatarFiona McArthur

    Thanks, Cathryn, as always you are a star. Thanks, everyone, so great chatting with you. Huge congrats, Astrid, you’re the winner, and thank you so much to you for blogging with us xx Fi

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