Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the series 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.

So much happening!

Yesterday was the official release day of the smaller (cheaper – yay) ‘B’ paperback format of Wayward Heart, complete with its gorgeous new cover.

I’ll always treasure the original version with its breathtaking lovers’ embrace, but I do love this new one. I like the way the designer has Wayward Heart’s heroine Jas looking up and out into her future. It suits the book perfectly because the story is all about two damaged people finding their way forward. And finding love too, of course. It’s a romance, after all.

The second thing that’s happening is that it’s now LESS THAN ONE MONTH until the release of The Country Girl. Oooooooh, I can’t wait. So ridiculously excited about this book. Stay tuned for lots of upcoming goodies, including more snippets, sample chapters and possibly even some recipes from Tash’s kitchen.

Release day is December 18th in paperback and ebook, but you can avoid the Christmas rush with a pre-order. Try: amazon.comamazon.com.auamazon.co.ukiBooksKoboGoogle PlayBooktopia, Dymocks, or Angus & Robertson Bookworld.

But today it’s all about Wayward Heart and the release of the ‘B’ format paperback. Watch out for it in stores.

Enjoy this bit of sexual attraction between Digby and Jas.

 

Jas was in the garage when Digby arrived back, tins of paint and some ratty bristled paintbrushes lined up on the concrete. The way she grinned on seeing him killed any lingering trace of the bad Wayward Heart by Cathryn Heinmood brought on by the scene with his mother at Camrick. Jas was sexy, exciting and real. His blood, so long sluggish and viscous with sorrow, surged life once more through his veins.

She sauntered towards him in a pair of well-fitting faded jeans and a purple polo shirt that was either ancient or had shrunk in the wash. The hem skimmed the waistband of her jeans, revealing a tiny sliver of pale skin with each sway of her hips. The neck gaped from the strain over her breasts. Eyes on his, Jas stopped right in front of him and placed her hand over his heart, before standing on tiptoe to kiss him.

A kiss that had him dumping the plastic bags he was carrying to lean her against the rear of her car and shove his hands up her shirt.

Wayward Heart is available in print and ebook from these stores. Grab your copy today!

Dymocks

Booktopia

Angus & Robertson Bookworld

Amazon.com | Amazon.au | Amazon.uk

Kobo

iBooks

Google Play

Barnes & Noble Nook

Learn the story behind how I came to write Wayward Heart in Of Beaches And Brothers, And Friends to Lovers. You can also discover its theme song and more in 6 Secret Things About Wayward Heart.

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share tasty teasers from new and past releases, and works-in-progress, and occasionally con good author buddies into doing the same.

Did you know there are only six weeks left until Christmas? You’re probably more than already aware given how much Christmassy stuff is already adorning the shops. They don’t like to let us forget the silly season’s arrival, do they?

I don’t mind so much this year. Why? Well, The Country Girl is scheduled to release on December 18th and that means there’ll be at least six days’ worth of Christmas shopping time for all you lovelies to grab a copy and stuff it into your, and all your bookaholic friends and families’ stockings. Woohoo!

Yeah, I know, I know. It’s all about me. But I LOVE this book and am so excited that you’ll soon be able to read it, and better still, be able grab a copy before you trek off on lazy summer holidays. The perfect book to make you even warmer and fuzzier, but without the sunburn (or frostbite for those in northern climes).

What you won’t have to wait for is our regular and hugely popular guest Anna Campbell’s new novella The Christmas Stranger because it’s coming out on Amazon this week. Rah!

Here’s Anna to tell you all about it. Make sure you read right to the end, because there could be a giveaway on offer.

Who says Christmas doesn’t come early?

Author Anna CampbellHi Cathryn!

Thank you for having me as your guest. I do so love to visit you – and what better time of year to swing by than in the run-up to Christmas?

I must be feeling particularly Christmassy this year because I’ve got two novellas out, and I’ve also put a previously published story into a great Christmas anthology called Romance Under the Mistletoe (check it out – great value!).

Today, I’m here to talk to you about The Christmas Stranger: A Regency Novella which touches on so many themes pertinent to the Season of Goodwill. Love at first sight. Finding a family. Taking a chance. Moving from darkness into light. Plus there’s a definite fairytale element to this romance!

Maggie Carr has been the housekeeper at isolated Thorncroft Hall for five years, and she’s convinced life is passing her by. But everything changes when architect Josiah Hale stumbles across her doorstep in the middle of a snowstorm. Joss brings the spirit of Christmas back into Maggie’s life, as you’ll see in this excerpt when our seemingly mismatched couple go in search of holly and ivy to decorate the rambling Jacobean mansion.

 

Thorncroft Hall, Yorkshire, 22nd December, 1821

Maggie laughed. And found herself laughing again and again, as she and Mr. Hale wandered the snowy woods behind the house in search of greenery. She’d thought they’d cut a few sprigs of holly before they headed home, but the cart was soon laden with boughs of pine and holly, enough to make the whole house bright.

The weather held while they were outside. Now and again, there was a glimmer of pale sunlight through the thick clouds. But as they turned back to the manor, the snow started again.

She turned her face up to the flakes and out of childish habit, stuck her tongue out to catch a couple. When she realized Mr. Hale was watching her, she blushed at her nonsense.

The Christmas Stranger by Anna Campbell“It’s supposed to be lucky,” she said defensively.

“I hadn’t heard that.” He stared at her as if he’d never seen a woman before.

“Mamma and I used to play games in the snow. I don’t know if it’s a real superstition or not, but we always did it.” Her eyes flickered down, then up again. “You must think I’m silly.”

He smiled at her, and her foolish heart stuttered, although surely only the fading light lent such tenderness to his expression. “It’s nice to see you being a bit silly. You mostly seem to take life very earnestly.”

She should tell him to mind his own business. But she found herself responding honestly. “In recent years, I haven’t had much fun. We used to. Papa was a very jolly vicar. Everyone loved him, and his parishioners were devastated when he died. They wanted us to stay in the village, but they were so poor themselves, we couldn’t take their charity. Mamma and I continued to celebrate Christmas after we came here. I just…I just seem to have got out of the habit.” She smiled at Joss. “Thank you for reminding me that it’s the season of goodwill, not the season for sitting around feeling sorry for yourself.”

“You’re such a sparkling girl.” Her gratitude didn’t seem to please him. Instead he looked troubled. “You should have the world at your feet.”

She fought to keep her smile in place, although she cringed at the poor figure she cut with her lack of sophistication and drab clothes. When she’d give anything to dazzle him with her wit and beauty.

And all was not lost. He’d called her sparkling.

“Well, I do have the king of Christmas in my thrall,” she said lightly.

To her surprise, he touched her cheek with one leather-gloved hand. The contact was over in an instant. Surely she must imagine the blast of heat sizzling through her, heat that made a mockery of the freezing air.

“You do at that,” he said softly.

 

You can read a longer excerpt and the blurb on my website.

The Christmas Stranger is only 99 cents on Amazon.com

Here are the buy links: AmazonBarnes and NobleKoboiBooks.

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So let’s talk Christmas decorations. Are you a pile it on everywhere, the more the merrier type? Or are you a decorations minimalist? Do you put up the tree the minute you hear the first Christmas carol at Coles? Or are you someone who waits until Christmas Eve to stick up one string of tinsel?

GIVEAWAY!

I’ve got a Kindle download of A Christmas Stranger: A Regency Novella for someone who comments today. No geographical restrictions.

Good luck in the draw! And wishing you all the best of the Season!

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday AEST, 17th November 2017. Open internationally.

Great question, Anna. We’re hopeless with Christmas here in the Hein house, mostly because we tend to head interstate for Christmas to spend Christmas with family. But even when we do stay home – as will be the case this year – half the time we end up forgetting to put up the tree. Then a few days before the big day we look sheepishly at each other and go ‘oops’.

Anyway, Christmas isn’t about decorations and trees. It’s about being with or thinking about the ones you love.

And drinking fizz.

And eating naughty food.

And squealing over all the awesome books you’ve received in your stocking, like The Country Girl (ooh, I am SHAMELESS!!)

Are you forgetful like us, minimalist or get totally in the decorating spirit the moment the calendar flips over to December (or earlier)? Share and you’ll go into the draw for a Kindle copy of Anna’s gorgeous new book The Christmas Stranger.

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

 

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My Favourite Reads of October 2017

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It’s time for My Favourite Reads again, where I share the cool books I’ve been reading and love hearing about yours.

Although I didn’t get as much reading done as I’d like in October, the books I did get through were great fun, and included 3 new-to-me authors that I’d happily read again.

No question about which was my favourite read. Loved this book. LOVED!

Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland

Lost for Words by Stephanie ButlandOh, this book! It made me smile and cry and generally want to cuddle everyone in it. Well, almost everyone.

This was a recommendation from Miranda, who writes on the excellent Breathless in the Bush blog. It sounded smack in my zone so I downloaded a sample and was immediately hooked by the voice of its heroine, the wonderfully named Loveday Cardew.

Loveday is bookish, introverted and calls herself ‘hard work’ and to be fair she is but, as with all flawed characters, there’s a reason for that which you’ll discover as you read.

I won’t give any more away. You can read the blurb and other reviews for yourself and work out if it’s for you. But if you like heart-warming stories about love and books and finding courage, and gorgeous characters you can’t help but adore, then take a look at Lost for Words.

Utterly charming.

Suicide Forest by Jeremy BatesSuicide Forest by Jeremy Bates

I enjoy a good scare and like trying new authors, and the premise and setting of Suicide Forest sounded interesting which was more than enough excuse for me to grab this book when I saw it advertised. The title pretty much says it all. This is a book about a forest in Japan near Mount Fuji called Aokigahara. Sadly, it isn’t fictional. Aokigahara really is a suicide forest, with many people choosing to end their lives there.

This story is about a disparate group of people whose plans to climb Mount Fuji are waylaid when bad weather sets in. Instead, they choose to explore Aokigahara, with Blair Witch Project (a movie from the late 90s) type consequences. A bit bonkers in places but still a fun horror-thriller, and I enjoyed Bates’s writing and will look for more in his World’s Scariest Places series. The next one, The Catacombs, sounds cool.

If you’re interested in giving Suicide Forest a try, it’s currently listed as free on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks and Nook.

The Night Parade by Ronald MalfiThe Night Parade by Ronald Malfi

Malfi’s writing reminded me of Joe Hill, who is an auto-read author for me. After reading The Night Parade I suspect Malfi might become the same.

The Night Parade was an enjoyable post-apocalyptic road-trip tale in which much of the population has been struck down by a strange virus. Hope could lie within an eight-year-old girl except she’s on the run with her father, who’s wanted for questioning over his wife’s death.

My local library has a copy of Malfi’s December Park. It’s going on my to-read list.

His Majesty’s Temporary Bride by Annie WestHis Majesty’s Temporary Bride by Annie West

Annie never lets me down. Her romances are sexy, sumptuous and emotional, and the opening scene in this one was an absolute cracker!

The rest of His Majesty’s Temporary Bride was just as terrific. Our heroine Cat Dubois’s normal job is bodyguarding celebrities but thanks to her uncanny resemblance to Princess Amelie of St Galla, she’s been coerced into impersonating the missing princess (can’t wait to read Amelie’s story). All very simple… But this is an Annie West romance, and nothing is ever that simple.

Cat is tough, smart, and the perfect foil for visiting monarch King Alexander who might look regal and untouchable on the outside, but is a caring, sensitive and honest man inside. He’s also totally hot and dead snoggable, and when these two get together… fireworks!

A lovely Cinderella-type romance.

Darkest Place by Jaye FordDarkest Place by Jaye Ford

Ah, I do love Ford’s books. She’s an absolute master of tension and suspense, and Darkest Place was no exception.

This one’s set in Newcastle, a city I adore and will be moving back to next year, and I had a fab time recognising landmarks while reading. Darkest Place is clever too. Pretty much everyone was a suspect and there were times when it was equally plausible to think that the heroine Carly’s experiences might all be in her head.

Another terrific thriller. Ford’s books also tend to have a subtle romance thread that makes them even more appealing.

Hmm. I wonder when her next will be out…

 

What were your favourite reads of October?

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share snippets from new and past releases, and works-in-progress, and occasionally con writing buddies into doing the same.

After a quiet weekend at home, this week sees me zooming off to one of my favourite places – the Hunter Valley. I’ll be visiting for the Scone Writers Festival which is on from Friday 10th until Sunday 12th. You can catch me on Sunday at 11-50 am on the rural and regional stories from around Australia panel with fellow author Kim Kelly and author-photographer David Darcy. Full details and ticketing on the Scone Writers Festival website.

Books in the heart of wine and horse country? You couldn’t ask for a better festival!

Many of you will be aware that Summer and the Groomsman, the very first of my Levenham Love Story novellas, has been available for free across the major ebook platforms for much of this year. This will soon be coming to an end. Consider this blog post your heads-up that if you haven’t already snagged your free copy, then hurry up and do so before it returns to normal pricing.

Righty-o, seeing as we’ve been talking Summer and Harry, let’s have a snippet. Here’s Harry at Josh and Em’s wedding (the hero and heroine of Rocking Horse Hill), where he’s proud to act as one of Josh’s groomsmen, and aching for Summer to show…

 

The bride and groom were staring at one another with secretive smiles, as if only they knew how special this moment was, and once again Harry was overcome with sentimentality. Unable to help Cover of Summer and the Groomsman by Cathryn Heinhimself, he shot a quick, hopeful look toward the back of the church.

And damn near squeaked.

Summer was hovering at the very rear, looking heart-stoppingly sweet and pretty in a flowery knee-length dress and her hair tied up in a loose bun. She was standing with her hands folded in front of the skirt, a silver toolbox by her feet, and gazing at one of the church’s colourful stained glass windows. As he gawked, the window was hit by a shaft of sunlight, dappling her face and body in colour. And though Harry knew it probably ranked as one of the dumbest notions he’d ever been struck with, he couldn’t help feeling as though, somehow, the building was blessing her.

 

This is SUCH a cute story and Harry is a big darling, although Summer certainly doesn’t think so when she first encounters him. But we can’t have love coming easily, can we? That’d be no fun at all.

What is fun is that you still have a chance to score the ebook of Summer and the Groomsman for free from these stores:

Amazon.com

iBooks

Kobo

Google Play

Prefer print? Not a problem. Sign print copies of Summer and the Groomsman can be purchased directly from me for $12 including postage to your Australian postal address. Contact me for more details.

Or, simply order from these retailers:

Booktopia

Angus & Robertson Bookworld

Bookdepository

Amazon.com

If you’d like to read another excerpt, check out its book page on this website. Want to know how I came to write Harry and Summer’s story? Visit It all started in a Gold Coast spa . . .

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, where I share snippets from new and past releases and works-in-progress, and sometimes nag author buddies into doing the same.

Wow, what a brilliant weekend I had in Narrandera with the NSW Rural Women’s Gathering. Give me some time and I hope to share some photos from it.

It’d be lovely to have a rest after road-tripping, workshopping and book signing, but not for this little black duck. Not only do I have books to write, and another soon to release (The Country Girl – ooooh, I can’t wait!!), I have another big event coming up.

Scone Literary Festival runs over the weekend of Friday 10th to Sunday 12th. My panel is on Sunday at 11-50 am and runs until 12-45, where we’ll be discussing rural and regional stories from around Australia. This will fascinating, so please come along if you’re in the area.

Right, now for a nice snippet to whet your book lovin’ appetite.

We haven’t had something from Heartland for a while, and I do adore this book. Matt is so sexy and cheeky, and the perfect match for Callie. I particularly like the climax and final scenes of this one. They get me teary every time.

Here’s Matt attempting to coax Callie around for dinner…

 

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Only too aware how much work she had waiting but strangely compelled to watch him, Callie slid into the shade of the back eaves as Matt headed to the rear of the float.

In a few minutes the bike was loaded. Sighting her in the shade, he waved before walking to the LandCruiser’s driver’s door and tugging it open. He stared at the interior for a moment, then back at her. ‘Come round for dinner. Tonight.’

Callie regarded him uncertainly. ‘You mean like a date?’

Matt leaned his back against the cabin and puffed out his cheeks. ‘How about calling it being a friendly neighbour?’

She thought on it for a moment then shook her head. ‘Thanks, but I have a lot to do here.’

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‘You sure?’

‘Positive.’

He blew out a long breath and gave a ‘well, I tried’ shrug. ‘Your loss.’

‘If you say so,’ replied Callie, wondering if overinflated egos were a Graney family trait.

‘I do. I cook a pretty mean steak, you know. I’ve even been known to serve it with salad.’

‘I’m sure I’ll survive.’

A lazy smile hooked Matt’s mouth as he looked her up and down. ‘Of that I have no doubt.’

 

Heartland is available for purchase in paperback and ebook from these retailers.

Grab your copy today and get caught up in Callie and Matt’s gorgeous romance. There’s even a bonus naughty goose!

Amazon.com | Amazon.au | Amazon.uk

iBooks

Kobo

Nook

Bookdepository

Personally signed print copies are also available for purchase direct from me. Email me at cathryn@cathrynhein.com or via the contact form on this website for details.

Discover the inspiration behind Heartland in A Memory Story, or read another excerpt on its Book page on this website.

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share snippets from new and past releases, and works-in-progress, and occasionally con author buddies into doing the same.

I’m off to Narrandera this weekend for the NSW Rural Women’s Gathering, where I’ll be running a writing workshop with fellow rural romance author Jane Carter (whose new book Prodigal Daughter is out now) and having a wonderful time. I’m so thrilled to be attending this event. It’s going to be brilliant. If I get the chance on my return, I’ll share lots of piccies in a This Writing Life post.

Another thing I’m thrilled about is hosting good buddy Rachael Johns on the blog today. Rah! Rach has a stunning new novel out that you are going to love. The Greatest Gift will tug at your heartstrings and leave you thinking long after you’ve finished the last page.

But enough from me. Here’s Rach to tell you more about The Greatest Gift.

 

Author Rachael JohnsThe Greatest Gift is not only the title of my latest release, but this book was also a GIFT to me. Last year, I was contemplating having a little break from writing, I was feeling creatively fatigued, life was crazy-hectic with other things and I didn’t have a solid idea I wanted to write about. I gave myself permission to take six months off and focus on house renovations and refilling the well, but my muse had other ideas.

When I was worrying that I’d never get another idea, suddenly I got a message from a woman on Facebook wanting writing advice. I helped her as much as I could and she told me she was an egg donor. What? I’d never met anyone who’d done anything like this before and I wanted to know everything about it. In only a few messages a character appeared in my head – a career woman who didn’t want children so decided to donate her eggs to a woman who does. And the idea took off from there – within a few hours, I had a whole plot in my head and trust me, this almost NEVER happens for me. So this book was a GIFT to me – it helped me find my love and passion for writing again – and I also hope it is a GIFT to those who read it.

The scene below is at Harper’s husband’s Christmas party and shows some of the reactions Harper gets when people discover she is donating her eggs.

 

‘Can we get you a drink, Harper?’ asked Elizabeth Carter, one of the partners’ wives as she looked around for a waitperson.

Within seconds a boy who looked barely legal appeared wearing the standard black and white uniform of restaurant wait staff.

‘I’ll have a soda water, thanks,’ Harper said.

‘Can I grab another soda and lime?’ Annika lifted her empty glass, confirming Harper’s CrossFit suspicion. You didn’t get a body like that without treating it like a temple.

‘Don’t tell me you’ve joined this ridiculous cult as well.’ Tracey Slater, the other partner’s wife, tutted. She took a large gulp of her red wine.

Harper opened her mouth to say ‘yes’ as that would be the easiest explanation, but Elizabeth got in first.

The Greatest Gift by Rachael Johns‘Oh my goodness! Are you pregnant?’

The chatter in the room died instantly as all eyes snapped to her and Samuel. Her stomach tightened.

Samuel snorted loudly. ‘You know our stance on babies.’

Harper cringed. Of course they did. Everyone who knew them knew ‘their’ stance on babies—how due to climate change, world poverty, war, famine, blah, blah, blah, it wasn’t smart to bring more babies into the world—but it embarrassed her when he went on about it in front of people who already had children, like many of the people at this party. She’d called him out on this once and he’d retorted with, ‘Well, why shouldn’t we make them question their decision? They sure as hell try to make us question ours.’

And although he might have a point, it still made for awkward social situations, but tonight he surprised her.

‘Harper’s abstaining from alcohol because she’s in the process of donating her eggs to a childless couple. You should see how brave she is, injecting herself every morning.’

The pride that shone from his voice was new—so far he’d given no indication that he admired her for what she was doing. Aside from a few condescending remarks, he’d shown so little interest that she’d hardly told him anything about Jasper and Claire.

Was he simply using her situation to make himself look good in front of the partners?

Whatever Samuel’s reason, she couldn’t help feeling a little pissed off that he’d made this public announcement. She hadn’t wanted anyone except her close friends knowing. Although she wasn’t exactly Kardashian famous, as a public figure she preferred to keep her private life just that. And there was also Claire and Jasper’s privacy to consider.

‘Wow, Harper, do you know the couple you’re doing this for?’ asked one of the paralegals.

‘Um … no.’ She bit down on her annoyance. ‘Well, I didn’t when I first set out but we’ve kind of become friends now.’

Everyone had something to say about this. The overall consensus was that donating her eggs made her some kind of angel and although this sentiment made Harper uncomfortable, it was preferable to the alternative.

‘I could never do something like that,’ Annika exclaimed, swishing her soda and lime around in her glass.

Nobody asked you to. Harper gritted her teeth and forced a smile.

But the worst came from one of the female solicitors, who’d recently returned from maternity leave. Isobel had twins and her husband was a stay-at-home dad. ‘How can you give away your babies like that?’ she spat, the expression on her face saying she could barely even stand to look at Harper.

‘They’re not babies. They’re not even embryos. They’re just eggs,’ Elizabeth said in her defence. ‘I think it’s a very noble thing to do. Infertility can be heartbreaking and I think what you’re doing is a priceless gift. Well done.’

Elizabeth raised her glass in a toast and no more was said in opposition; no one dared voice a contrary opinion to one of the partner’s wives.

 

How brilliant does that sound? You want this, oh yes you do. Think of it as a gift to yourself. A well-deserved one!

The Greatest Gift is available in paperback and ebook from these stores now.

Booktopia

Angus and Robertson Bookworld

Amazon.com.au

iBooks

Kobo

Google Play

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

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share snippets from new and past releases and works-in-progress, and occasionally twist the arms of author buddies and get them to do the same.

I didn’t realise until I did a quick check the other day that Teaser Tuesday has been running for over two years. That’s a lot of snippets! But it had me wondering whether the series has run its course and if this year should be its last.

What do you think? Would you like to see Teaser Tuesday continue next year? Drop a note in the comments and let me know.

In the meantime, enjoy this sample from The Falls, featuring Merlin the Magic Ram, our heroine Teagan’s glamorous Aunt Vanessa (Ness) and local busy-body Colin Walker.

 

Ness let out a groan as a pale-blue Falcon drove through the gate and rattled to a stop outside the house fence. She plastered a smile and rose, the high-waisted ecru linen trousers and bright top outlining her womanly figure. Merlin, who was picking young shoots near the shed, lifted his head.

‘Colin,’ she called sweetly, ‘what a nice surprise.’

Cover of The Falls by Cathryn Hein‘Have you heard?’

Ness barely blinked. ‘Heard what?’

Merlin let out an excited croak and lowered his horns.

‘Oh, just the alarm,’ remarked Teagan as the sheep broke into a gallop.

Colin turned, and with a yelp shot through the gate and banged it shut, retreating up the path backwards as a foiled Merlin skidded to a halt and stood panting on the other side of the fence.

‘Sorry, Col,’ said Ness with faultless sincerity. ‘I should have warned you Merlin was out. Anyway, you were saying? What is it I’ve meant to have heard?’

Deciding he was safe, Col swung around and gripped the stair rail. His bald pate was completely aglow, his age spots bright in contrast, giving the unfortunate image of something having pooed all over his head. ‘Expansion!’

‘Oh, is Maggie finally allowing you to attach an annex to your caravan? How wonderful. You’ll be able to hold canasta nights with Kathleen.’

‘No.’ Colin stamped his foot, causing the loose flesh of his leg to ripple in a wash of hairy wrinkles. ‘The centre!’

 

The Falls is available in print and ebook from these stores. Grab your copy today!

Amazon.au | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

Bookdepository

Booktopia

Angus & Robertson Bookworld

Personally signed print copies are also available for purchase direct from me. Email me at cathryn@cathrynhein.com or via the contact form on this website for details.

Learn the story behind The Falls in Ovine Adventures. You can also discover its two theme songs and more in 10 Secret Things About The Falls.

Want another excerpt? Visit The Falls’s book page on this site or download a free sample from your favourite ebook retailer, kick back and enjoy!

 

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My Favourite Reads of September 2017

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Welcome to another edition of my favourite reads. It’s a tad late this month because I’ve been putting all my writing energy into a new book and, as much as I love the blog, the books must come first.

Talk about a cracking month for reading. I know I say that quite a bit but I truly read some beauties this month. The stand-out favourite has to be…

The Drifter by Anthea Hodgson

The Drifter by Anthea HodgsonAn absolute first class rural romance. Love, love, loved it. Wonderful characters, great setting, gorgeous romance and beautiful writing. Spot on.

In the interests of disclosure, I must reveal that I met Anthea (who is lovely) for the first time back in August at the Romance Writers of Australia conference in Brisbane, at which she gave me a signed copy of The Drifter. It sounded pretty good to me so I was happy to give it a whirl.

One of the cool things about knowing an author is that you feel perfectly fine sending them late night rave-y emails about their book. Which is exactly what I did with Anthea. I was so GOBSMACKED by this story that I had to let her know straight away. And warn that I would never speak to her again if she didn’t come good with the happy ever after I wanted.

So, if you’re a rural romance fan, and have yet to read The Drifter, hie thee to your nearest bookshop, library or ebook retailer and get your copy now. This book is amazeballs.

Defy the Stars by Claudia GrayDefy the Stars by Claudia Gray

A wonderful young adult sci-fi romance with lots of action and fantastic conflict between the hero and heroine.

I read Gray’s A Thousand Pieces of You and enjoyed that (really should read books 2 & 3 in that series) but I think this one tugged my heartstrings a lot more because the romance felt so impossible, yet I still wanted it. It was nicely paced too. I adore books where the characters keep hitting major setbacks and I suffer lots of ‘oh no!’ moments, but also can’t stop reading because I just KNOW they’re brave enough and will find something extra within themselves or each other to get through.

Bring on book 2 in this series!

The Dark Lake by Sarah BaileyThe Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey

An excellent Australian crime thriller that I liked a lot. Plenty of twists and turns and lots of atmosphere.

This is one of those books where the author had a great knack of making me feel anxious for the heroine. I love that. And what’s interesting is the heroine isn’t especially likable. She’s full of flaws, yet those flaws and her situation only makes the suspense more intense. Good stuff.

Kings Cage by Victoria AveyardKing’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Book 3 in the Red Queen young adult fantasy series sees Mare and the gang in all sorts of trouble with no apparent way out. There’s lots of political manoeuvring in this one and we also start to get a better idea of how Maven came to be the person he is.

I’m not sure this had the punch of the first two books. I loved those but this one not to the same degree, perhaps because it had less romance and more scheming and skulduggery. I’ll be curious to see where the fourth book goes.

Undiscovered by Anna HackettUndiscovered by Anna Hackett

This is the first book of Anna Hackett’s I’ve read and it won’t be the last. Undiscovered was a terrific read! Having written a romantic adventure myself with The French Prize, I’m a bit of a fan of the genre and Undiscovered had everything I love in spades.

Think Indiana Jones, The Mummy and Tomb Raider all wrapped up into one action-packed and sexy read, but with a whole bunch of hot men (and women) waiting in the wings to keep the Treasure Hunter Security series rollicking along for aaaages. Excellent.

Even better, Undiscovered is currently free on Amazon. Go get ‘em!

 

What were your favourite reads of September?

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share snippets from new and past releases and works-in-progress, and occasionally bribe author buddies into doing the same.

Did you see the new cover for Wayward Heart that I revealed on Friday? Isn’t it lovely? Gorgeous colours and I like the hopeful feel it has, with the model lifting her chin as she stares into her future.

I also like how it fits in with The Country Girl’s cover. These aren’t related books but with The Country Girl coming out in December and the smaller paperback of Wayward Heart out the month before, it’s nice to have them matching.

Speaking of The Country Girl, only a few months to release now. I’m so excited I bet the weeks will skip by. It’s available for pre-order in all the bookstores, in print and ebook. Pre-orders are hugely important to authors because they help create buzz and get more books into stores, and into more readers’ hands.

For you – and let’s face it, you’re the most important part of this equation – it means you no waiting for your book. You can have it landing on your reading device or in your letterbox on the day. You’ll be able to swan around with a smug smile, cuddling it. Or spend the rest of the day on the couch laughing and crying and falling in love with Patrick, Tash, Thom, Ceci, Basil, Coco and all the gang, while everyone else is battling the Christmas shopping crowds.

Multiple wins!

So if you plan to purchase The Country Girl on release, please consider pre-ordering in either print or ebook. It’d be much appreciated.

Now that public service message is done, let’s have a leeeeeetle peek at The Country Girl.

Tash is with her silver fox grandpa, Basil…

 

When Pa remained silent, she lifted her head. ‘What?’

‘You should have a boyfriend.’

The Country Girl by Cathryn HeinAnd Tash would like one, but the buggers had a bad habit of falling for Ceci. Besides, she had enough on her plate.

‘I should have a lot of things.’ She smiled, appreciating her pa’s concern, and showing she was okay, which she was. Boyfriend or not, life was pretty damn good. ‘I’m fine, Pa.’

‘Young lass like you can’t live on scones alone. Hearts need feeding too.’ His eyes turned shiny. ‘Believe me, being lonely isn’t any fun.’

Tash slid off her stool and came to circle her arms around him. ‘I miss her too.’

‘She was a wonderful woman, your nan.’ Pa rubbed her shoulder and kissed the top of her head. ‘You should have what we had.’

‘I hope I get it one day.’

He gave her a squeeze. ‘And how do you propose to do that if you don’t have a fella?’

‘I’ll find one, eventually.’ The kettle clicked off. Tash stood on tiptoe to kiss his cheek. ‘Just not this year.’

 

*sigh* I bloody LOVE this book. It’s funny and heartbreaking and emotional and hopeful and so many things, and I cannot wait for it to hit shelves.

Pre-order your copy of The Country Girl today from these retailers, or your favourite independent bookseller.

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

iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

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