Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday MemeWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, where I share snippets from new and past releases and works-in-progress, and occasionally invite author buddies along for the ride.

Ooh, you’re lucky things. As if last week’s fun with guest Fiona McArthur wasn’t enough, today we have another guest who might also be offering a giveaway.

But first, news from the Hein house and it’s big. Really big!

Watch your inboxes, my lovelies, because Eddie and the Show Queen is about to go live. Yup, this week I’ll be sending out a newsletter with its cover, blurb and all the linky goodness so you can pre-order this funny, big-hearted read. There’ll also be the chance to pre-order personally signed print copies too, along with the entire first chapter for you to enjoy.

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Done? Excellent. Now to our lovely guest.

Many of you will know Bronwyn Parry from her rural-set, romantic suspense novels like As Darkness Falls, Darkening Skies, Dead Heat, Sunset Shadows and more. Well, Bronwyn has now turned her pen to historical romance. The Clothier’s Daughter released on July 11th and is already making lots of readers happy, if the gorgeous reviews are anything to go by.

Here’s Bronwyn to tell you a bit more. Make sure you read the whole post, because there could be a giveaway in the offing and we wouldn’t want you to miss out.

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Bronwyn Parry authorThanks so much for having me, Cathryn, and hello to all your readers! Some of you may know me already as I’ve written six romantic suspense novels set in New South Wales. However, my new book is a little different. It does have my usual gritty suspense and fast pace, but I’ve let my inner historian loose and The Clothier’s Daughter is set in Yorkshire, in 1816.

It’s been an interesting and enjoyable journey, writing my first historical novel, creating characters and imagining how their lives might have been in a time of huge social and technological change. Emma and Adam came to life in my mind quickly and I loved writing their story—although I did put them through a great deal before their happy ending!

I’ve been fascinated by historic costumes and textiles and other aspects of social history since I was a child, and making Emma the daughter of a clothier, a traditional textile manufacturer, was partly inspired by my Honours degree research on late 18th century British worsted textiles. I loved spending time in the West Riding of Yorkshire, and in the Dales to the north, and discovering the textiles once made in those areas, all spun and woven by hand. These wonderful fabrics were once a huge industry in Britain, exported around the world, but as the Industrial Revolution took hold and made cotton and other machine-made fabrics much cheaper, the traditional fabric industry died out.

There’s nothing like a time of turbulence and change to make a good setting for a book! With her father dead and her brother missing, Emma is trying to keep their family company running, even more of a challenge for a woman in a man’s world of business—especially when someone seems determined to send her to debtors’ prison. The sweet summer of her youth when she’d loved Adam Caldwell and regretfully rejected his proposal seems a lifetime ago.

And now for the teaser! I’ve chosen a scene from the first chapter, where Emma is in the weaving loft on the top floor of the company’s warehouse when a fire breaks out in the stairwell. The ladder only reaches to the office floor below, and she’s trapped in the loft with an unconscious weaver and his (very) young assistant. Adam, riding home after eight years away at war, stops to help at the fire, having scrambled up the ladder to assist the clerks in the office to safety….

The younger clerk was half-way down the ladder when the man at the base shouted, looking up, and Adam twisted to see above the window. Two small legs dangled, one shoe hanging loose, as someone in the loft lowered a child, inch by inch. As the legs came level, Adam grabbed them, guiding the swaying child towards the ladder. A wide strip of fabric wrapped around his chest, tied in a knot almost thicker than the skinny body, long ends of threads hanging. Braithwaite must have cut a web from a loom. Good thinking. Up to thirty yards on a piece of cloth, long enough to reach the ground.

While the boy—young, maybe eight or nine years old—clung to the ladder, Adam tugged the knot loose so the cloth could be used for another person.

“Down you go, lad. You’re safe now.”

The Clothiers Daughter by Bronwyn ParryThe boy’s lip trembled. “Miss Braithwaite and Uncle Jacob—you’ll save them, won’t you?”

His words shattered Adam’s detached focus. “Miss Braithwaite? Miss Braithwaite is up there?” He must have said it forcefully, because the boy barely nodded before he scampered down the ladder.

“Yes, sir,” the clerk behind Adam said. “Miss Emma Braithwaite. She’s the senior partner now, sir.”

Barely hearing anything past the confirmation, Adam leaned half his body out the window, straining to see upwards. “Emma!” The length of fabric obscured his view and he pulled it out of his way. There was no-one at the window. She was somewhere inside there, in the smoke and the fire. “Emma!”

He saw movement, and then her face, almost as pale as the white lace of her collar. She saw him but with the smoke all around she didn’t recognize him, didn’t know him. “I can’t lift Jacob,” she called down to him, to those below, panic sharpening her voice. “I can’t lift him and I won’t be able to hold his weight.”

He closed his fist around the fabric, gripping it tight. “Fasten the cloth to a beam or something heavy. I’m coming up.”

She properly saw him then, visibly startled. “Adam?” She shook her head, urgency overpowering her astonishment. “I can’t. There’s only the loom, and it’s not heavy enough. It just moves.”

Adam swore. He strode across and opened the office door so that he could check the door to the stairs, twenty feet away, near the front wall of the building. The smoke flowed under it, but he could see no flames licking the edge of the door itself. At the other end of the wall, where it met the back wall, the paper curled and smoked, but not near the door.

He returned to the open window and called up again, “Stay near the window, Emma. I’m coming to get you.”

He still wore his great coat, thick wool wet through after hours in the rain. Woollen breeches, leather boots, leather riding gloves. His beaver hat had fallen to the floor when he’d clambered through the window, and he swept it up, jamming it on his head as he pulled his damp cravat up over his face.

The clerk began to follow as he crossed the room. “Sir, you’re not going to…”

“Yes. Get down that ladder, man. Now.”

The metal of the door handle was warm through his gloves, but not searing hot. Not yet. With his ear to the door he held his breath and listened. Over the sound of his heart beats, the harsh crackling of fire eating wood, but not right outside the door. He opened it cautiously, keeping behind it. Smoke rushed in, and noise and heat, but not flames.

Immediately to his left, the stairs rose from the small landing to the upper floor. But there was a hole in the back wall, near the top landing, and the stairs leading to the lower floors were well alight, flames leaping upwards, and thick, choking smoke filled his nose and throat despite the small protection of his loosened cravat. Flames worked on the bannisters, and some of the steps smoked, small pockets of flames breaking through. He could make it. He had to make it.

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Wow. Now that was exciting. Find out what happens next by purchasing your own copy of The Clothier’s Daughter today from these stores:

Amazon.com | Amazon.au | Amazon.uk

iBooks | Kobo

Booktopia | Angus & Robertson | Bookdepository

Righty-o, you saw the hints in the intro, it’s time for a

GIVEAWAY!

Here’s Bronwyn to tell you the details.

I have a book prize of a free paperback of The Clothier’s Daughter to send to one reader. Simply share in the comments a place and time you’d like to visit if you had a Tardis or other time machine, and we’ll draw the winner from those who have commented.

Oooh, now this is a hard one. So many choices! It’s hard not to want to go into the future but I’m not sure it’s a good idea. What if I discovered something horrible, like… I don’t know, that I died from a shark or crocodile attack or something? Eeek!

But I would dearly love to see dinosaurs in the wild, preferably Australian ones. Or maybe even visit a bit later when giant mammals roamed the land. That would be very cool.

What about you? Share what place and time you’d like to visit and we’ll pop you into the draw to win a copy of The Clothier’s Daughter.

Please Note: Giveaway closes midnight Sunday 28th July 2019, Australian Eastern Time. Australian postal addresses only.

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

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42 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarMel Bowers

    Mines easy – and safe…ish….. I would go back to Woodstock and Haight Ashby . The clothes, the music and the ‘vibe’ I think would be ‘cool’.
    BUT I would like to be on the fringe of fame to fully experience the ride 😊

  2. AvatarMelissa

    I would love to go back to King Arthur’s time. I would love to see how the people lived, how they survived and most of all the clothes that each part of society could wear.

    1. AvatarBronwyn Parry

      I’ve always been fascinated that time and the Arthurian legends, Melissa! There’s an active reenactment group in my area that have a dark-ages gathering every second Easter in a nearby pine forest, and I’ve been a few times. They’re very serious about authenticity and It’s almost like travelling back in time!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Oh, lovely choice, Melissa. It’s an era that evokes so many romantic thoughts. All those knights doing good deeds and being chivalrous. Mind you, they were a bit smelly so maybe something to watch from afar!!

        Good luck.

  3. AvatarDelores Bebbington

    I would so love to go back to 1854 and meet my family who were pioneers in the wheatbelt of Western Australia.

    1. AvatarBronwyn Parry

      Delores, that’s a great thought! Those WA pioneers were strong people to endure the conditions. I’d love to travel to around 1848, and found out more about how my g-g-grandparents got together. He was a bushranger, and she was already married. There’s a story there, but I’m not sure what it is!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        What a lovely idea, Delores. I can’t even begin to imagine how tough life must have been for them and so alien too.

        Bron, you’ll HAVE to follow that up. There ‘s got to be a fab book in that tale!

        Good luck, Delores.

  4. AvatarAnn-Marie Day

    I’d like to go back to the 1920’s and own some gorgeous flapper dresses.
    All the beading and feather accessories.
    Those dresses were so flamboyant and girly. 😀

    1. AvatarBronwyn Parry

      Ann-Marie, it was such an exciting time for fashion! I volunteer at our local Folk Museum, and we have 3 lovely beaded 1920s dresses, plus some other day dresses. We’re going to do a display to coincide with the release of the Downton Abbey movie. I’m also part of a costume group, and we’re planning to go to the movie, all dressed up.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Wonderful choice, Ann-Marie. Such a glamorous time for fashion. And the cars were cool back then too.
        Thanks and all the best in the giveaway.

      2. AvatarAnn-Marie Day

        Please post some photos on your Instagram when you do Bronwyn. I love seeing your dresses/costumes.

  5. AvatarChristine Hann

    Ancient Egypt has always fascinated me – so hopefully meeting Ramses II at time of peace and prosperity would be a fantastic.

    1. AvatarBronwyn Parry

      Christine, ancient Egypt would be really interesting – although I’d much rather be one of the elite than a pyramid builder! But that’s probably true of all ages.Alas, my origins are somewhat more humble than my tastes 🙂

    1. AvatarBronwyn Parry

      Astrid, that period in India would be fascinating! Unsettling perhaps, but so interesting to see the last days of the empire, and the rise of the new nation.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Ooh yes, that would be fascinating, Astrid. I suspect modern India is on lots of people’s bucket lists, but how cool to see it during that period too.

        All the best in the draw.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        That is the loveliest sentiment, Carolyn. Wanting to see and hug loved ones is something we can all relate to. Wonderful choice.
        Good luck!

  6. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    I’m with Michelle, to go back and see Elvis in concert – that would be the ultimate dream come true. Or I’d love to go back to the early 80s and experience the disco scene again – best music and the clothes were gorgeous, taffeta, puffy sleeves, lace, slinky dresses, mini dresses, stilettos… and life was so much simpler back then.

    1. AvatarBronwyn Parry

      Sue, seeing Elvis would definitely be a blast! And I also have a soft spot for the 80s 🙂 The diversity of fashion was fun, and the historical costumer in me did like the Laura Ashley feminine lace look! Plus, or course, I was a whole lot younger then 🙂

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        LOL re the 80s, Sue. They were such fun. I had the BIGGEST hair back then. And shoulderpads. Shoulderpads in everything. The music was fabulous too. Not exactly Elvis, mind…

        Inspired choice! All the best in the giveaway.

  7. AvatarRachel Crossley

    Yes please.
    Fantastic giveaway.

    I would travel back in time and see music concerts of the greats. I would love to see a Big Band performance with Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald in the height of their careers!

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  8. AvatarDeborah Bolam

    Would love to go back in time to see all the beautiful dresses the women wore to the balls, and watch the dancing as well

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh yes, especially in Regency times. Although I’m not sure it was all fun with all the underthings they had to wear. And being laced in. Beautiful to look at though!

      All the best in the giveaway, Deborah.

    2. AvatarBronwyn Parry

      Oh yes, Deborah! This is one of the reasons why I love going to the Jane Austen Festival! It’s not quite the original, of course, but it does give a hint of how it might have been. Seeing al the colourful dresses moving with the dance figures, and the men do look wonderful in their formal attire. Much more masculine than in modern wear. I was chatting with a male friend at JAFA this year and he said that when he puts on Regency clothes, he is aware that his stance and posture changes. Which is possibly why men loo so good! And for we ladies it’s lovely to wear gorgeous fabrics and long skirts!

  9. AvatarEmma Foley

    I would love to be a late teen/early 20s in the 60s/70s in either Australia or the US. I love the fashion from that era as well as all the music, the way kids were raised, the friendliness of neighbours etc. Even if it was for just a week to give me a taste of what it was like for my parents.

    1. AvatarBronwyn Parry

      Emma, such an exciting time, the 60s and 70s. I only scraped to late teens by the end of the 70s (it was only ten years ago, right?) but one of the things that has stuck in my mind is how anything and everything seemed possible. Plus the clothes were fun, and the music was the best! And yes, regular impromptu bbqs with neighbours, parties, street tennis and cricket – I do miss that.

  10. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Well that was a fun Teaser Tuesday and what brilliant ideas for going back in time! Thanks so much to you all for sharing and thanks to Bronwyn for being a great guest.

    The giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Astrid, who has scored a copy of Bronwyn’s brand new romance The Clothier’s Daughter. You’re in for a treat, Astrid!

    Thanks to everyone who played along. Make sure you visit tomorrow because there’s going to be a veeeeery special teaser and an even more special giveaway. Not to be missed!

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