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 twist the arms of author buddies to do the same.

As is the case today!

But more on our lovely guest in a moment.

Eddie and the Show Queen appears to be giving lots of people the warm-fuzzies which is wonderful to hear and gives me even bigger warm fuzzies in return.

For those who have already savoured the delights of Eddie and are hankering for the next instalment, I can assure you I’m working hard on Scarlett and the Model Man. This week I had the horrible realisation that I might need to change the hero’s name so it doesn’t clash with a previous character. I hate that. I love the name I’ve chosen for him. But we shall see. There yet might be a way to make fun of the similarity and save it. Wish me luck.

Ah, this writing biz throws up some conundrums sometimes. Half the fun!

Speaking of fun

If you’re a rural romance fan (and who isn’t?), then you’ll be thrilled with our guest today. Pamela Cook galloped into the genre with her debut novel Blackwattle Lake and continued her success with Essie’s Way, Close to Home, and The Crossroads.

Pamela is now branching out into the women’s fiction market with her gorgeous new release Cross My Heart, hitting online stores in just a few days on September 26th. Never fear, country lovers, there’s still plenty of rural and small-town (and horsey!) goodness to be had, and today Pamela is on hand to tell you more about it, tease you with a lovely excerpt and maybe, if you’re good little Vegemites, offer a GIVEAWAY!

Please give Pamela a hearty Teaser Tuesday welcome.

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Author Pamela CookHi Cathryn and All,

Thanks so much for having me as a guest on Teaser Tuesday. I love reading the excerpts on the blog and getting a taste of so many great books. This week I’m celebrating the release of my fifth novel, a women’s fiction title called Cross My Heart. It’s the story of Tessa De Santis, a thirty-something career woman who becomes foster-mother to her oldest friend’s daughter, and is haunted by a promise she should never have kept. This one is similar-but-different to my previous rural fiction titles in that it still has a gorgeous country setting, a smattering of horses but focuses very much on the main character’s journey without any romantic elements (although there could be a teensy hint of things to come).

Cross My Heart is available on all major online retailers and signed copies via my website. To celebrate the release I’m giving away a copy to one lucky Teaser Tuesday reader who will be selected randomly from the comments. So be in it and please share the chance to win with your friends.

I hope you enjoy reading this excerpt.

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Something crinkled under the sole of her foot as she swung her legs over the edge of the bed: the mail she’d been too tired to deal with last night. She gathered it up and shuffled through the envelopes. As predicted most were bank statements addressed to them both, one was an electricity bill— overdue—and a few were for TDS. A thrill tripped through her veins. It was the same whenever she saw the acronym, especially in logo-form, the letters entwined with a rough sketch of a heart: Team-Driven Solutions. A play on her own initials joined by the heart of her own human resources consultancy, which just happened to be going gangbusters. Not bad for a thirty-five-year-old. Even if it was Plan B. One last envelope fell from her lap as she stood. This one addressed to Ms T. De Santis, her full name, and while it looked official, it didn’t seem to be a bill. She slid her finger under the seal and ripped, unfolding the single-page document.

     FACS, Department of Family and Community Services.

Cross My Heart by Pamela Cook     Why would they be writing to her? Her stomach hollowed as she skimmed over the first few lines, and she dropped back onto the bed. She needed to read from the beginning, but each word sucked her a little further out of her own skin, so by the time she reached the end of the letter she was watching herself from somewhere outside her body. She stared down at the signature and the department-speak at the bottom of the page, the muscles in her chest tightening as if a too-small elastic band had been wrapped too many times around her heart.

     This could not be happening.

     No.

     It was not happening.

     She folded the paper back into the torn envelope and placed it deliberately on the bedside table, pinching the points of her elbows tightly as she crossed her arms, holding herself together.

     ‘Tess?’ Josh’s voice came to her through a cotton-wool fog.

     ‘What’s wrong?’

     Somehow he was right there, standing by her side, already showered, the brown waves of his hair wet and towel-ruffled.

     ‘It’s …’ She tried to pick up the letter, but it fell from her grasp like a hot coal. Her hand flew to her mouth. If she didn’t say the words then they wouldn’t be true, would they?

     ‘Tess … what is it?’

     As much as she didn’t want it to be real it was right there at her feet, black print blurring into a haze of grey. She pressed her fingers against her palms, scoring the soft pads of flesh with her nails.

     ‘It’s Skye.’ The name was foreign on her tongue after all these years, like a rare fruit she’d tasted long ago, in another lifetime, and then forgotten. But it wasn’t as strange as the answer to Josh’s question. It came out quickly in a strangled cough, a bitter seed she couldn’t stand to swallow. ‘She’s dead.’

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Hooly-dooly, what a teaser! I bet that itchy buy finger is a-twitching right now. Cross My Heart releases September 26th but why not secure your copy today with a pre-order? Simple to do with any of these retailers:

Booktopia | Bookdepository | Angus & Robertson

Amazon.com | amazon.com.au | amazon.co.uk

Apple Books | Kobo | Google Play | Barnes & Noble

Now, as mentioned above and because Pamela is lovely and generous, and because we adore them, we’re having a

GIVEAWAY!

For your chance to win a paperback copy of Cross My Heart, simply share with us in the comments a favourite memory of a friend and we’ll pop you into the draw.

Easy!

One of my favourite memories is playing mud baths in the backyard with my girlfriend Megan and then being rinsed off in the old concrete laundry sink. There’s a great photo of us somewhere, grinning naughtily in our pink bikinis and covered in mud. Must dig that one out.

We’re still great friends, even though we haven’t seen each other for over 20 years. Special friends are like that though, aren’t they?

What cool memories do you have of friendship? Share for your chance to win a copy of Cross My Heart.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday, 27th September 2019. Australian postal addresses only.

If you’d like to learn more about Pamela and her books, please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using @PamelaCookAU.

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41 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarBecc McNally

    My favourite memory of friendship as a child would have to be with my best friend who I have known since I was 4. We didnt have mobile phones back then and there was only one phone in the house but that didnt stop us from knowing exactly what the other was doing at all times! Once we had eaten breakfast we were off for the day riding bikes, exploring areas we probably shouldnt have been in and of course making sure we were home before the street lights were on or I would guarantee you would hear mum calling!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      What a wonderful time you must have had with your friend, Becc. I bet you two had some great adventures. Thanks so much for sharing. That was lovely.
      Good luck!

  2. AvatarAstrid

    Being at school all day together, travelling home by train together. Saying good bye as we parted and headed home and then calling and talking on the phone for hours before we did it all again the next day. There was always so much to say!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Love this, Astrid! It brings back memories of growing up. How on earth did we find so much to talk about? You’d think we would have exhausted every topic but there was always something.
      Thanks so much and all the best in the giveaway.

  3. AvatarMelissa Woods

    My favourite memories of my childhood was dancing to music with my friends. All of us making different moves and falling into giggles when we did a crazy move. Those were the days of being young and carefree.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      And dancing like no one cared!!
      Another great memory. Thanks for sharing, Melissa. Might have to line up some golden oldies on the stereo later on for a trip down memory lane.
      Good luck!

  4. AvatarLisa

    Spending weekends and after school swimming in the local creek with my friend in summer. And When we weren’t swimming we were walking around in the bush, exploring. As we lived in the same street we always knew what the other was doing. Love living so close to the river and bush.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Now that sounds idyllic, Lisa. I bet you had loads of adventures with your friends and probably plenty of connections to nature too. Snakes, spiders etc. Ha!
      Thanks so much and all the best in the giveaway.

  5. AvatarMelanie Bowers

    My best friend is named Megan. I call her my soul sister , we’ve been friends for 35 years and we have so many happy memories, sad memories and we tell each other all the time that we wouldn’t be who we are today without each other and the way we were in the past . We live two hrs away but she was in my town town today, texted I’d I was home then surprised me with a visit. We had coffee and 3hr chat. I love that girl

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Another Megan best friend (mine was too). She must have been brilliant, Melanie!
      What a wonderful friendship you have. And how lovely for her to surprise you with a visit. I bet that’s made your week.
      Thanks so much for sharing such a lovely friendship and good luck!

  6. AvatarChristine

    Summer holidays catching the “runaway bus” down to the beach caravan park my friend Dianne stayed at with her family. Then lazing the day away on tubes in the water, on the sand (getting sunburnt – not so good) and grabbing an ice-cream before challenging the boys to game of park cricket. Always a fab time! “Cross my Heart” sounds very interesting, I look forward to checking it out

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh, I can just picture your summer days, Christine. I bet they were marvellous. Probably tiring too but I’m sure an icecream would have perked you and Dianne up.
      Thanks so much for sharing and good luck.
      And yes, Cross My Heart sounds fab!

  7. AvatarGeraldine Furini

    My best friend lives in Qld (I’m in WA) and I love that we don’t need to talk to archer every 5 minutes but when we do talk it’s like there is no distance between us. We have been friends for over 20 years, we share the same birthday, a love of books and one her sisters told her we are ‘soul sisters’ as we have the uncanny timing of ringing each other when most needed. There isn’t one stand out memory as any time we get to talk to or see each other in person is special!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Oof, auto-correct is so frustrating.
        That sounds like a very special friendship, Geraldine. I think many of us have precious friends like that and we thank the universe for them.
        Wishing you all the best in the giveaway!

  8. AvatarMarina Lohf

    We had the most magnificent tree for climbing in our backyard, where we would climb and meet our friend, a neighbour who climbed into the tree from her side of the fence. We would meet in there and play with our Barbies, eat sandwiches and sometimes treats. We thought we were totally out of sight from our parents. Just because we couldn’t see them did not mean they couldn’t see us.
    Kids today miss out, they cannot climb trees.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh, what fun to have a tree to share!! And yes, isn’t it funny how we thought our parents couldn’t see us when we did stuff like that? As if they hadn’t been kids once too. Or had eyes.
      Wonderful story, Marina. Thanks so much for sharing and good luck!

  9. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    I was invited by the parents of my best friend to go on a two week camping holiday with them. Stuart’s Point was a great place to go exploring, one morning my best friend, Mildred and I packed a picnic and headed off for the day, we walked through bush and up and down hills and somehow ended up on someone’s farm and there were cows, lots and lots of cows, I was terrified that one would chase us, cows, bulls all were the same to us, Mildred and I ran for our lives yelling, screaming and crying, we didn’t know where to run as we were lost a few more minutes of running we came to a road which looked familiar and before long we recognised the camps kiosk, we were relieved and laughed ourselves silly for being frightened for nothing and for thinking we had walked for many many miles apparently we only walked about two. Gosh, we had so much fun on that holiday and a happy memory that’s been with me since I was 14.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      The poor cows were probably more frightened of you, Sue!! You weren’t to know that, of course, but what fun. Sounds like a lovely holiday and friendship.
      Thanks for sharing and good luck!

  10. AvatarStacey Houllis

    My favourite memories of my best friends memories is hanging out with friends after school talking together about events at school, favourite singers, listening to music out loud. Now as an adult more about getting together chatting about our children, day to day things or just getting together for cuppa.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Isn’t it amazing how much we find to talk about, Stacey? The words might change but good friends never seem to run out of them.
      Wishing you all the best in the draw!

  11. AvatarSharelle

    My favourite memory goes back to my childhood, I spent a lot of time staying at my friends house as my parents were in and out of hospital with one of my sisters for many years, sometimes it would be a couple of day, sometimes a week sometimes longer and I always stayed at the same friends house. My favourite memory is of her introducing me to music, manly John Farnham! We had many a dance party in their living room singing and rocking it out to your the voice! I’ll never forget the hospitality her and her family showed me all those years and the fact we are still friends today makes our relationship even more special, not to mention every time I hear your the voice on the radio I think of her!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      What a gorgeous thing to share! Thank you so much, Sharelle. It must have been very tough on your family with your sister so sick but how kind of your friends to take care of you. I now have a great image of a couple of young girls belting out Your the Voice!!!
      Thanks and good luck!

  12. AvatarAndrea

    Well im going to give my answer as a bit of a twist. I have two many to choose from so going to say two favourite memories regarding some people i went overseas with in 1995. I was 15. I went to England with my high school Nagle college and Sale Cathlic college xom ined with us. We went as a combined group to play netball. We got to play netball and do site seing. One day we were at one of the castles. We visted two. Windser and one other. The castle was on a hill with the town sourounding it. Anyway one lady i toured with brought a poster of the castle. We were inside the castle but an open area. For some reason she decided to hold the poster up on her shoulder like the walking guards did with the guns. What happens next well turned out to be laughter. She copied the guard step by step even turned the same way he did. The guard then spoke. And of course guards arnt meant to speak. He chased her for a little bit but she stoped miimicking the giard. Those that saw it happen including myself just laughed.
    Second favourite memory was when i was in London we were seperated into small groups to tour London. I was with three other girls and my coach. Well we were on a train and my coach said were getting of here. Coach went one way and us girls went the shorter way and the door closed on my coach and she had to go to the next station and come back again to meet us all.
    Allthough im not friends with them it was good that we stuck togther while we were touring had fun and created memories we still laugh about.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      That sounds such fun, Andrea. LOVED the guard story. I can just imagine everyone cracking up and I bet the guard was laughing inside too. A fab memory.
      Thanks so much for sharing and all the best with the giveaway.

  13. AvatarAnne

    Having moved away from metro Melbourne to pursue my dream of working on a cattle station at 21 I lost contact with a lot of friends over the years as I lived in the NT for 13yrs & now in WA for 12yrs but have found a lot through FB & it’s been great rekindling those friendships & in some cases it’s like we picked up where we left off all those years ago.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Facebook is great for reuinting with old friends, isn’t it, Anne? That’s how I reconnected with my friend Megan. She messaged me on FB and we’ve been yacking like we used to as kids ever since. As you say, with good friends it’s so easy to pick up where you left off. That’s part of what makes that friendship special.
      Thanks and good luck!

  14. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Wow! What wonderful stories of friendship you all shared. Thank you so much. Your comments warmed out hearts!

    The giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Lisa who has won a copy of Pamela’s new book Cross My Heart. You’re going to love this, Lisa.

    Thanks again to you all for sharing your friendship stories. I hope you’ll join us again next week when a favourite author returns with a brilliant new romance and another giveaway. Not to be missed!

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