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.

Which is exactly what’s happening today. Yes, my lovelies, we have another guest and another GIVEAWAY and I know how much you love those.

But more on that in a moment.

First, news from the Hein house.


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Finishing a book is a fab feeling, even though there’s still a long way to go before it hits shelves. There’s the second draft to do, then edits and proof reading and covers and blurbs and all sorts of stuff, but the really hard work is done. Yay!

I’ll have news on its release date in the New Year. If you want to be the first to hear, make sure you join my newsletter team. It’s where all the cool people are.

Speaking of cool people…

Today’s guest is a Teaser Tuesday favourite. She’s a medical romance writing queen, a midwifery expert, fellow Outback Brides author (with the excellent Holly’s Heart), and an all-round lovely lady. Yep, we’re hosting Fiona McArthur again. Wahoo!

Now that it’s December the silly season has well and truly begun. Authors, like singers, love putting you in the mood with Christmas tales and Fiona is joining the fray with a faaaaabulous sounding Christmas story – Midwife on the Orient Express.

Gawd I love that title. So. Much. Fun.

Here’s Fiona to tell you about Midwife on the Orient Express and share an excerpt. Make sure you read all the way to the end because that’s where the giveaway details are and we wouldn’t want you to miss out.


Fiona McArthur authorHello everyone, waving madly as we all chug into the Christmas Season. Thanks so much for having me on your blog, again, Cathryn.  I must say, I loved your latest book, Eddie and The Show Queen, and readers, if you know someone who loves a book full of smiles, I’d be looking to Cathryn’s books for great gifts. Thanks so much for the fun gallop, CH. 🙂

Today I’d like to share excitement about another fun ride, with my new release Midwife On The Orient Express – A Christmas Miracle, which came out on the 29th November in ebook and 5th December as print through my website FionaMcArthurAuthor.com.

Midwife On The Orient Express revisits a shorter, reunion story of mine from 2011, with expanded characters, more fun and of course a baby born – I know –  I can’t help myself with a good birth. Plus, I had the joy of creating my own quirky cover with the fab Glen Holman, working with the lovely Bronwyn Jameson to polish, and availing myself of Annie Seaton’s huge knowledge on e-pubbing. Now Cathryn has offered to help me get the word out to you lovely readers, so here I am.

I’m feeling particularly blessed in my friends and my first author published book.

While I love writing for publishing houses and always hope to, I’ve been very slow to begin the indie path, but recommend the experience for those writers and readers who haven’t dipped a toe in yet. Having your fingers in all the publication pies and not just the writing is another fab journey. Please watch out for my next author-pubbed book, Midwife In The Jungle –in March 2020. The cover is going to pop up soon.

If you haven’t seen my Orient Express photos I’ve had such fun on Facebook in the two weeks prior to launch. I’ve been posting a different photo each day from our trip when medical romance author Alison Roberts and I travelled on the famous train between Venice and London back in 2011. The posted photos all depict scenes in the book and you can check them out if you’d like to drop into my author Facebook page or webpage – just for fun they are in the order they appear in the book. I’m running a ‘which photo which page in the book’ competition from my website starting 29th November and drawn the 29th February (leap year) for a print or e book copy of MIDWIFE IN THE JUNGLE (yes, there is a baby theme in my books 🙂 ) prior to release in March. Details on my webpage.

Of course, there will be a prize too, for commenting on today’s blog on Cathryn’s page for a print copy of MIDWIFE ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS which I’ll post in Australia after the first week in December. Cathryn will notify the winner on Sunday night. Meanwhile enjoy Kelsie and Lucas’s trip of a lifetime. With much love and appreciation xx Fi


Lucas Larimar watched the shoulders of the smartly dressed woman sag as she peered under her dark cap of hair with the perplexed countenance of the unseasoned traveller. Her head dipped down at what must be a horrendously heavy suitcase.

Amused, he wondered if she’d dare try and perch on top of it. He sighed and stood to offer his seat, brushing away the niggling feeling that he knew her.

He didn’t. He was in Venice. And if he didn’t offer her his seat Gran would poke him with her silver-topped cane as if he were a kid until he did. Un­fortunately, Gran knew she was his one big weakness and the only woman he loved.

He caught his gran’s glance as she nodded approvingly and bit back a grin. Despite her age she looked like a million Euros in her pink jacket and skirt with her snow-white hair fresh from her Venetian stylist.

Midwife on the Orient Express by Fiona McArthurThe pink Kimberley diamonds at her wrist and throat glit­tered under the electric lights. Lord, he would miss the old minx when she was gone. Had to be the reason he was standing here in the first place.

He had very special clients, the Wilsons, a couple he’d worked with for years, whose tenuous assisted pregnancy had been particularly challenging, and they were all on tenterhooks until Connie Wilson had this baby safely delivered.

He’d promised her influential husband, Harry, and more importantly the nervous Connie, he’d be available twenty-four seven. He was still a helicopter ride away if needed.

But, he should be somewhere closer to them, instead of sitting on a train for the next thirty-six hours play­ing nursemaid to an eighty-year-old lady who should be at home, knitting.

Even he laughed at the idea of Gran doing anything of the sort.

The original stickler for good manners was becoming impatient and inclined her head sideways towards the woman several times and he settled her with his nod. He’d better be quick about it.

If gran was going to order him around like a school boy, Lucas mused, this could prove to be a very long thirty-six hours. He stepped closer to the woman and spoke from be­hind her. ‘Excuse me, madam. Would you like my seat?’

The woman turned, their eyes met, and recogni­tion slammed into him harder than an express train pushing a suit­case twice the size of hers.

Good grief. Thick-lashed eyes. Snub nose. That mouth. The mouth it had taken him, admittedly in his callow youth, two years to banish from his mind. A face that seemed outlined with a dark crayon lines of accent in­stead of the blur every other face seemed to hold.

Fifteen years ago.

Kelsie Summers.

‘Or perhaps you’d rather stand.’ Luckily that was under his breath because his grandmother’s eagle eye had spotted his reaction.

Stunned blue eyes stared frozenly back at his. He saw the shudder in her fragile alabaster throat as she swal­lowed, and then her tongue peeped out. Yes, you damn well should lick your lips in consternation, he thought savagely, when you left me at the registry office, cool­ing my heels.

He gestured to the seat beside his grandmother with all the reluctant invitation of a toddler giving away his last lollypop. Damn if he didn’t feel like sitting down again and turning his back.

But that would be childish and he hadn’t indulged in such weakness for a long, long, time.

But to meet her here, and if he knew his grandmother it would be the perfect diver­sion for the boredom that despite her assurances, would ultimately descend on her before they reached London, they would meet again on the train.

There must be a black cat filled with bad luck standing behind him. He almost turned to see.


Ooooooh! A lovers-reunited romance! I love these stories. They’re wonderfully emotional because there’s much conflict and past to get over, and with Fiona at the helm in Midwife on the Orient Express, you know you’re in the hands of an expert.

Get all the Christmas feels by grabbing your copy today from:

Amazon.com | Amazon.au | Amazon.uk

Kobo | Apple Books | Nook

Now, as we mentioned there’s a …


For your chance to win a paperback copy of Midwife on the Orient Express, we want to hear about your favourite Christmas decoration.

Are you partial to a bit of tinsel? Maybe you have a beloved heirloom decoration or handcrafted star for the top of the tree? Perhaps you make stunning gingerbread houses (in which case you are indeed a cleverclogs).

Me? I collected hand-blown glass ornaments when we lived overseas and I ADORE them. They’re very fragile and I’ve lost a few over the years in our house moves but they still make me smile whenever I get them out. I think my favourite is my Tower of London Beefeater. Although I am very partial to my Spanish Riding School bauble that I bought in Vienna. Because horses.

What about you? Share your favourite decoration and we’ll pop you into the draw to win a paperback copy of Midwife on the Orient Express.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Australian Eastern Daylight Time, Friday 6th December 2019. Australian postal addresses only.

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

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33 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarJann Connor

    My favourite Christmas decorations are a box of wooden ornaments that belonged to my mother. They are small, faded and fragile, but each time I put them on the tree, I am reminded of the Christmases of my youth, with my siblings and I decorating the tree in anticipation of what was to come. We are now in different states, both parents no longer with us, and a Christmas gathering is rare. But these ornaments bring us together in our hearts every year.

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      Thanks so much, Jann, I loved reading your comment. Thank you. It is wonderful how special decorations from the past touch our hearts and our siblings hearts. We have a cardboard Reindeer face my dad painted. Dad’s been gone 19 years, but Reindeer pops up onto the chimney pipe every year at my house and he always makes me smile. 🙂 xx Fi

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        How lovely that you still have those decorations, Jann. As you say, a small but nice way to bring everyone together.
        Thanks for sharing and all the best in the giveaway.

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      I do love nativity scenes. I have three I put out each year, Michelle. One is a clay manger that fits in my hand from Matera, when I went with Alison Roberts and Trish Morey to the world fiction festival, and we saw a man making them. One is the fab kid kind with animals and people that assemble each year and are tough enough for the kids to handle. 🙂
      And the last we bought when we went on the Orient Express from Venice. It’s a glass half ball from Venice with the figures and manger all in one piece – but too fragile to hang on the tree with the twins. 🙂 Thanks for your reminder of special nativity scenes xx Fi

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Nativity scenes are always sweet, Michelle. I really wanted to collect santons when we lived in France. They’re little Provencale figurines that you can collect to make up the nativity along with a whole village of characters. People collect them for years and the artisinal ones can be very expensive but a whole village looked brilliant.
        Thanks and good luck!

  2. AvatarSusann Newton

    I just love everything Christmas 🎄
    My favourite is a decoration I purchased I Canada which is a bear wearing a Christmas hat. He gets pride of place on the front of the tree. My tree is a tribute to our travels as a special tree ornament is easier to carry and usually not too heavy. My last cute one is a pair of small ceramic clogs from Amsterdam.
    I also have Christmas balls with your names on them and each person gets to place theirs wherever they would like it to be. 🎄🎄🎄
    Love it all.

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      I love the balls with names. Did that for the grandkids, though there is nine of them now so I think I have to catch up on a few. Bad nanny.
      I Love the idea of each Christmas ornament reminding of an experience and place. Thanks, Susann, I love everything Christmas too. 🙂 xx Fi

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        I bought ceramic clogs in Amsterdam too, Susann! Must be one of those right of passage things.
        Love the idea of having named baubles. That’s a great idea.
        All the best in the giveaway!

  3. AvatarFiona McArthur

    I love the balls with names. Did that for the grandkids, though there is nine of them now so I think I have to catch up on a few. Bad nanny.
    I Love the idea of each Christmas ornament reminding of an experience and place. Thanks, Susann, I love everything Christmas too. 🙂 xx Fi


    My favourite Christmas Ornament apparently is a very old ornament which was made with Alfoil by my Great Grandmother for her tree when my Nana was little. So maybe from the early 1920’s. It has a Alfoiled circle on top with a hanging part, hanging lower is two carboard bells (which are abit flat now) but covered in Alfoil. When I was young, I asked my mother when we were decorating our tree, what is that and she told me that story. Now I am in my 50’s I have told my two daughters that story and its the first thing we find each year to hang on our tree. Amazing how you can see beauty in just about anything….Merry Christmas Ladies

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      It survives from the 20s? That’s amazing, Deb! What a wonderful, wonderful thing to have. I hope it lasts many more years for you and the story carries on.
      Thanks so much for sharing and good luck.
      And merry Christmas to you too!

  5. AvatarNaomi Lewis

    My favourite ornament is a group of Mickey ears with our names on them that from when we became a family of five. The littlest babe had the biggest set of Mickey ears bauble! We buy an ornament from each place we travel to, from the beautiful to the gaudy – they all represent our travels through time together.

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      How cool, Naomi, I was grinning as I read this. Can imagine. Another travel ornament collector. I do love this idea as I need to trim down my suitcases. 🙂 Good luck in the draw – xx Fi (waving to Mel) xx

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        That sounds like so much fun, Naomi! I love the idea of collecting ornaments when you travel. It gives you memories and stories to tell when you get them out at Christmas.
        Thanks for sharing and all the best in the giveaway.

  6. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    My favourite decorations are the ones that belonged to my dad, they’re made out of some type of plastic glass, very fragile, tiny and so cute, they always looked amazing on the tree. One is a gorgeous bird that clips onto the tree, I also have two churches, adorable mushrooms, acorns, a basket and a very mini bell. I’d say they’d be about 70 years old. Another favourite is my Santa boot which was filled with chocolates when I first received the boot, it’s made of sturdy plastic and has about an inch of white fur around the top of the boot I’ve had that boot for about 50 years now. All lovely reminders of the beautiful Christmases I had with my family when I was young.

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      How lovely to read, Sue, thank you. These are the things that bring extra joy to Christmas. Often the funny things stick too. Wonderful you still have these beautiful reminders. Thank you for sharing xx Fi

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Those decorations sound gorgeous, Sue. How amazing that they’ve survived too. You must take very good care of them. Given the memories they must hold. I can see why!

        All the best in the giveaway.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh, I love real candles too, Astrid! There’s something very romantic about flickering candlelight. But yes, definitely something that needs to be watched.

      Thanks and good luck!

    2. AvatarFiona McArthur

      Ahhh, yes, instant picture. Thank you. As you say, a wee challenge and not happening so often, even at carols. Sigh. I guess that’s why they are so special. xx Thanks Astrid for the lovely thoughts xx Fi

  7. AvatarMelissa Woods

    We have a glitter globe with JOY written in gold. We all love to give it a shake and make our Christmas sparkle even more.

    1. AvatarFiona McArthur

      My fave glitter globe has nine of my friends in it. A Christmas one would be beautiful. Thanks for the lovely idea and happy Christmas with your globe, Melissa. xx Fi

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Yay! Glitter globes and snow domes are the best! I was only watching a telly program on how to make your own the other night.
        Lovely choice, Melissa.
        Thanks and good luck in the draw.

  8. AvatarAnne

    Although I no longer put up a Christmas Tree by personal choice these days as we make a donation to local charities in lieu of Christmas presents. As a kid I always loved the little ceramic angels my parents had – there were blue, red & green ones that we used hang all over the tree.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      That’s a really nice idea, Anne, with the donations. As Fiona said, I bet they’re very appreciated. it’s can be a tough time of the year for a lot of people.
      Your parents’ ceramic angels sound very sweet
      Thanks for sharing and good luck!

  9. AvatarFiona McArthur

    I’m sure the local charities really appreciate your gift, Anne. Happy Christmas to you and I wonder where your parents ceramic angels were from or are now. I’m sure there is a story in there 🙂 Isn’t it lovely how we can remember these little snippets and memorabilia from the past which still touch us even when not there. May the new year bring joy to you xx Fi

  10. AvatarEmma Nicholson

    I found a little Christmas shop in Queensland in Tiaro. I got myself a gorgeous Christmas mouse that is now my tree keeper. My mum had a snow penguin as her tree keeper for over 30 years. I am hoping my little mouse can live that long too to keep the spirit of Christmas alive and well in my new family home

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Both the mouse and the penguin sound adorable, Emma! What lovely things to have. I hope your little mouse lasts a long time too.
      Thanks for sharing and good luck!

  11. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    What a wonderful response! Thank you all so much for sharing your favourite Christmas decorations. There was some truly gorgeous stories.
    The giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Jann, who has won a paperback copy of Midwife on the Orient Express and is in for some very pleasurable reading time.
    I hope you’ll join me again next week when there’ll be another delicious teaser for you to enjoy.

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