Welcome to teaser Tuesday, where I share snippets from new and past releases and works-in-progress, and occasionally con author buddies into doing the same.
Are you ready for Easter? I hope the weather behaves for us all and we can get out and about. Jim and I won’t be travelling far, mainly catching up with friends locally and enjoying the beach and harbour. And enjoying my beloved Sydney Swans AFL team. Although, given the number of losses we’ve suffered so far this season, I’m not sure enjoying is the right word. It’s felt more like despair and frustration. Still, early days. Our hopes for the season aren’t dead yet.
The eternal optimism of fandom, eh?
I’ll probably make another batch of hot-cross buns too. They’re so easy using a bread-maker and they’re beautiful fresh out of the oven, and they make the house smell heavenly! I’ve been making them for ages from a recipe that I adjusted for use. You can find it here in this old Friday Feast, if you want to give it a try. (Remember that blog series? Faaaabulous recipes from a stack of even fabber Aussie authors.) Honestly, these hot-cross buns are dead simple and the most work you’ll have to do is kneading in the sultanas.
Looking at that Friday Feast reminded me that it was very close to this date five years ago that Rocking Horse Hill released. Rocking Horse Hill has now gone onto to spawn the (loosely related) Levenham Love Story series which has been huge fun to write, and for which Eddie and the Show Queen will be the next addition.
So to celebrate its five year anniversary, here’s a little snippet from Rocking Horse Hill. This one features Audrey Wallace, aka Granny B and matriarch of the privileged Wallace family. She’s naughty, clever and doesn’t suffer fools but she’s also generous, loyal and adores her family and community. I love her and I know many of you do too.
Here’s Granny B with the book’s hero Josh, who she invited to the Wallace family’s historic home for a drinks party …
‘Thinking about the last time you were here?’
He turned to Granny B. ‘How did you know?’
‘We all have.’
‘Yes. Rather nicely, in your case. Although you always were a good-looking boy.’
He leaned in close and lowered his voice to a tease. ‘Granny B, are you flirting with me?’
She cocked her head and considered. ‘Do you know, I think you’d rather like it if I was.’
‘You bet I would.’
She laughed throatily. ‘Oh, I do so like you, Joshua. It’s good to have you back.’
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