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Teaser Tuesday MemeWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share snippets from new and past releases, and works-in-progress, and occasionally tempt writer buddies to play in my sandpit.

These past few weeks have been a slog in the new Hein house. We’re still unpacking. Not because we’re lazy or too busy enjoying all the delights of Newcastle, but there’s simply nowhere to put stuff. As the removalist said when we lamented over the boxes still in the yard on removal day, “It’s not my fault you bought such a small house.”

We did buy a small house, but… location!

We’ll get there. It’s just a matter of downsizing until we fit. Although it’s breaking my heart to cull my cookbook collection. I love those books, even the ones I’ve never cooked anything out of. Setting them aside is like setting aside potential deliciousness and future kitchen joy.

What did lift my heart this past week was news that both The Country Girl and Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy were finalists in the Australian Romance Reader Awards in the Favourite Contemporary Romance section. Not only that, I’m up for Favourite Australian Romance Author and Chrissy is a finalist in the Member’s Choice Strongest Heroine category. Whoop! That’s bound to cheer a girl up from her bookculling misery.

Looking for some fab books to read? You’ll find all the category finalists on the ARRA blog.

So in celebration of Chrissy’s strength, let’s have a bit of a show of it!


… Chrissy stared again at the photograph and experienced another knot of nerves. She wanted this job to work out, not just for the Ryans but for herself. Her position as marketing and customer service manager posed enormous challenges and opportunities. Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy by Cathryn HeinAlthough she’d be working very closely with the Ryans, the role was Chrissy’s to develop however she thought best, and the perfect chance to prove herself. Compared to similar family-owned wineries in established regions, Ryan’s production was small, but Levenham’s singular terroir and Shaun’s oenological skills made their wines special.

There’d be no corporate ladder like her last position, probably no overseas travel, but this was a winegrowing district on the rise and a winery crafting wines that surprised even the most cynical critic. With more of the original farmland earmarked for expansion and new vines scheduled to come into production over the next few years, the potential for market growth was huge. She’d have autonomy, a challenge. The future was bright.

And it was home.

Kai was right. She did have passion, oodles of it, and Chrissy was determined that it would shine through in everything she did.

She regarded the photograph again and winked, then picked up her caramel slice, took a large bite and knuckled down to work.


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Want to know how I came to write Chrissy and Nick’s romance? Find out in Crushing It, the story behind Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy.


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

Things are bumbling along in the Hein house in the lead up to our move. I really need to cull my paperback library but it’s so hard. I don’t want to part with any of them. Even if I never read them again I like having bookcases bulging with books. They’re comforting. Maybe it’s a bit weird, but I have moments when I pull books out just to look at them or remember the stories and characters, and the pleasure they gave me.

Do you do that too? Please tell me I’m not alone!

Right, onto this week’s Teaser Tuesday snippet. I’m having a BALL writing Eddie and the Show Queen, although progress is not as fast as I’d like thanks to the many distractions life is throwing up right now. If you missed last week’s sneak peek at this work-in-progress, you can check it out here.

What I didn’t reveal last week was that Eddie and Alice’s story happens concurrently to Chrissy and Nick’s in Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy, which has required a lot of rereading of that book. Not much of a chore because I adore that story. Nick is so lovely. Sigh.

So I thought I’d share a little bit from Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy, featuring all four characters and a cameo from Danny from Santa and the Saddler. Enjoy!


Chrissy looked up, then up some more. ‘Eddie.’ She gave Alice’s giant-sized ex-boyfriend a brief hug. She’d always liked him, even beyond his and Alice’s breakup, the cause of which was cloaked in mystery. Other than saying he’d let her down badly, Alice had never really explained it. ‘You’ve grown even taller since I last saw you.’

He hugged her back. ‘Grown bigger muscles, too. Want to see them?’

She laughed. Eddie’s flirty nature hadn’t changed, then. ‘Thanks, but I’ll give it a miss.’

‘I hear you’re working at Ryan’s now.’

‘Uh-huh. Marketing and customer service manager, and loving every minute so far.’

‘Sounds impressive. Glad to be home?’

‘Yeah.’ She smiled. ‘I didn’t realise how much I missed the place until now. And it’s great to be close to my family again.’

‘Jesus, Chrissy, don’t talk to him,’ interrupted Danny. ‘He’s a sleaze.’

‘Am not,’ said Eddie, puffing out his chest.

‘Are so,’ chorused two voices behind them.

When Chrissy jerked round, she discovered that one belonged to an unusually fiery-eyed Alice.

The other was Nick’s.


Poor Eddie… he hates being called a sleaze but laughs it off to save face. Ooh, I can’t wait for you to read his story. Must write faster!

In the meantime, there’s Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy, available in print and ebook from these retailers. | |

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You can also order personally signed copies direct from me. Just shoot me an email using the contact page.

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Teaser Tuesday MemeWelcome 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 writer buddies to do the same.

Are you all ready for Valentine’s Day tomorrow? We’re not! Not that the Hein house doesn’t have its romantic moments but with a house move coming up we have other things on our minds. Cleaning out accumulated junk being the biggest. I swear stuff breeds at night.

As for books… ay yi yi! They definitely breed.

Speaking of books, on this week’s Teaser Tuesday I thought I’d tease you with a couple of lines from a work-in-progress. Those of you familiar with the Levenham Love Story books might remember a minor character called Eddie Argyle. Eddie is Harry from Summer and the Groomsman’s younger brother, and has popped up in a couple of books, namely Santa and the Saddler and Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy.

Now he’s getting his own story – Eddie and the Show Queen.

And who’s the Show Queen? That’d be Alice Lindner, Chrissy’s perky blonde friend from Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy.

No release date for this one yet, but it’s likely to be around October/November.

A word of warning. This is an unedited snippet, which means it might change a lot between now and release day. In fact, it might not even make the final cut. I think it will though. I’m rather fond of this scene.


For a long moment Alice said nothing. Eddie held his breath as her gaze flicked over his face. A chance was all he wanted, to prove that he wasn’t who she thought, and to make amends for the hurt he’d somehow caused her and still didn’t understand.

That he was still the bloke she’d once loved.

‘Go on then,’ she said. ‘Surprise me.’

He tapped the raffle book. ‘This Show Queen thing is open to anyone. I could have a go.’

Alice laughed. Eddie didn’t. He’d thought it was quite a clever idea.

‘What’s so funny about me entering? No reason I couldn’t win this thing.’

‘You? As Show Queen?’

‘King, not queen.’ There was nothing queenly about Eddie. ‘Why not? It’s not like it takes any special skill. It’s just running a few raffles.’

‘Just a few raffles, huh?’

He shrugged. ‘Maybe a sausage sizzle.’

Alice’s blue eyes took on a dangerous glitter. ‘Go on then. Enter. I dare you.’


As you can probably guess, Eddie takes up the challenge, leading to all sorts of shenanigans in his race to impress Alice.

But will it work? Sorry, can’t tell you. You’ll have to wait until release to find out!

By the way, those fab folk at Booktopia are celebrating their 14th birthday with a sale and free shipping offer. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, you could grab the paperbacks of Santa and the Saddler, Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy, Summer and the Groomsman or any of my novels freight-free. Cool, huh?


Note: For free shipping use promotion code BIRTHDAY at the checkout. Code can be used as many times as you want. Ends midnight Australian Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday 14th Feb, so you’d better be quick. Minimum spend $17.

Go get ’em!

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It’s Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy Release Day!

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Crack the fizz and break out the choccies because it’s release day for CHRISSY AND THE BURROUGHS BOY.

Yes, my lovelies, it’s Numbnuts Nick’s turn. We were first introduced to Nick in Santa and the Saddler. He was so cocky in that book it was if he was winking at me from the page, daring me to write his romance. Now it’s here. Rah!

I know I say this with most of my books but this story was a blast to write. Nick was ridiculously cute with his antics, while Chrissy and her friends Alice and Paige were a delight. And it was fun to sneak in news about Levenham locals you’ve met in previous stories.

Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy. This release day post is going live early morning in Australia, and for those elsewhere it might take a while for your books to filter through the time zones and land on your e-readers or apps. But hang in there, they’re a-coming.

I hope you enjoy this new Levenham Love Story and fall as much in love with Chrissy and Nick as I did.

Now, as has become tradition on release day, here are some secret revelations about Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy.



1/. Chrissy is called Chrissy because my first thought was to make this another Christmas themed novella like Santa and the Saddler, but it didn’t turn out that way.

Blame the Australian Rules Football season. It had just begun when I started writing, and with Nick being a footballer it was much more interesting to set Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy during the season of the boot than the season to be jolly.

Why more interesting, you ask? Because that means it’s also netball season and Nick likes netballers. They’re sporty, like him, and wear tight lycra uniforms with short skirts that show off their legs.

And guess who just happens to play netball?

2/. The original plot was an upside-down version of the one you read today. I had planned that it was Nick who had the crush on Chrissy at school, and Chrissy was the one who had to do a bunch of dumb stuff to win him over. But the more I thought about it the more I realised that was unlikely to work.

Which was a good thing because torturing Nick was soooooo much more fun.

3/. Regular readers of these “secret things” posts will know that each book typically has a theme song. Sometimes they have several. Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy has one central song, with a couple of others for variety and inspiration.

The main theme song is I Am Yours by The Makemakes and was Austria’s entry in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Each time I hear it I picture Nick doing something daft and embarrassing in an effort to charm Chrissy, like singing the song in front of his footy team or in the pub. He does neither of those things in the book but I kinda wish he had. Maybe I’ll save those for another character.

Other songs I listened to while writing was Together in Electric Dreams by Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder, Nature’s Law by Embrace, She’s The One by Robbie Williams and another Eurovision song, Autumn Leaves by Daniel Kajmakoski.

4/. I had no plans to include much-loved Levenham character Audrey Wallace – known to many as Granny B – in the book but she insisted on a part (as only Granny B can), so I wrote her a cameo.

5/. One of the things Chrissy tells Nick she did at school to get his attention was parade up and down in front of him in her favourite jeans. As embarrassing as it is to admit, I once pulled the same stunt, although at primary school instead of high school.

Did it work for me? Nope. I’m pretty sure that, like Nick, the object of my affections never noticed a thing.

As Chrissy says in the book, teenage crushes suck.

6/. Alice and Paige are Chrissy’s best friends, both of whom will get their own stories down the track. Alice’s will be Eddie and the Show Queen, the Eddie in question being Eddie Argyle, younger brother of Harry from Summer and the Groomsman (currently available for free across major ebook platforms).

The title of Paige’s is yet to be decided but thanks to a couple of lovely country librarians I know I have a fun plot already worked out. On a side note, Paige was originally named Molly but I had too many names ending in a Y sound and Molly had to go.


How was that for a bit of fun? I hope it’s put you in the mood for this delightful small-town romance.

If you’d like to read an excerpt, you’ll find one on Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy’s book page. For a longer sample, grab a preview from your favourite ebook retailer.

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If you’d like to purchase a signed paperback copy direct from me, please email me at or via the contact page on this website.

The price is $AUD15 including delivery to your Australian postal address, with payment via Paypal. International fans, email me and I’ll sort a quote for you.

Thanks to everyone who has helped get Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy onto shelves, including my editor Alex Nahlous from Alexandra Nahlous Editing Services, cover designer Kellie at Book Cover By Design, and my good buddies who make this writing life such a joy. Last but never, ever least, my darling Jim, the man who all heroes should be measured by.

It’s a bit early for champagne and I need to write, so I guess it’s a cuppa and the keyboard for me.

*eyes fridge*

Surely a little glass wouldn’t hurt?

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to another sizzling instalment of 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.

(If you get the feeling you’ve read this post before, that might be the case. Some silly person accidentally hit “publish”on it a week early. I unpublished straight away but subscribers would have still received the email.)

The countdown to Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy release is ON!

Yes, only two weeks remain until Nick’s and Chrissy’s cute and funny romance hits shelves, and I’m so damn excited I keep squeaking. I also keep shoving my print proof of Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy in Jim’s face and saying, “Look… LOOK!” while he calmly (if wearily) replies, “Yes, I’ve seen it.”

That poor man, he suffers so for my art. Maybe we should get a dog so I have someone new to harass with my book releases.


This week is also conference week. I’ll be winging my way to Brisbane tomorrow for five days of hanging with my tribe at the annual Romance Writers of Australia conference. I can’t wait. The RWA conference is one of my favourite events and this year it’s even more special because Santa and the Saddler is up for a Romantic Book of the Year Award (Ruby). Winners will be announced at the conference dinner on Saturday night. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Right. On to today’s teaser from Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy in which Nick is about to embarrass himself in front of Chrissy, her friends and the entire back bar of Levenham’s Australian Arms Hotel.


Nick stood in the shadows of the hall leading to the rear exit, watching Chrissy with her friends and wishing his stomach would stop reacting to the smell of chips that kept wafting from the pub’s kitchen. He’d been late out at the farm and it’d been hours since afternoon tea, but he’d been too nervous to eat more than a couple of dry biscuits since arriving home.

Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy by Cathryn HeinChrissy was perched on one of the vinyl-covered stools the publican kept scattered in front of the fire, along with a couple of low tables, to make the area more relaxed and lounge-like. Her body was angled towards the door leading to the front bar, and every now and then she’d glance at it before looking quickly away. Nick prayed it was him she was searching for and not some other bloke. That’d really ruin his plan.

Whatever she and her friends were talking about, it was making them animated, with waving hands and laughter and plenty of drinking. From the almost empty bottle of red wine on the coffee table, they’d been at it for a while, too. Wine had stained Chrissy’s lips a kissable red and her face was deeply flushed. She bent forward to say something and leaned back with a grin and a wink that shot straight to Nick’s stomach and made him forget all about food.

This stunt was going to make him look like a peanut, but what the hell, Chrissy was worth it. Besides, looking like a peanut was the whole point.


Want to know what stunt Nick pulls to impress Chrissy? You’ll have to read the book!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share snippets from upcoming and past releases, and works-in-progress.

Ooh, last week was exciting. Seeing Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy up for pre-order in ebookstores was such a thrill. I can’t wait for you to read this book. Nick and Chrissy’s story was a delight to write and I had a ball coming up with ways for Nick to embarrass himself as he did all he could to win Chrissy’s heart.

Review copies are making their way out and already Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy has scored a fabulous five-star review on Goodreads from Talking Books Blog who says:

“The family, mateship and friendships depicted between the characters were outstanding reading. So too, the noteable quick one liners and the friendly banter along with the actions that went with said banter by each of the characters, was completely attention grabbing… From the start I could not put this book down. Chrissy And The Burroughs Boy by Cathryn Hein is a story to look out for in a series not to be missed.”


An excellent excuse to share a teaser from the book. This is from an early scene after Nick has seen off the drunk who was harassing Chrissy.


Nick followed as she stepped out, casting an appreciative gaze over her bum as he Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy by Cathryn Heinprobed his soupy brain for who she could be. She wasn’t the kind of girl he’d forget in a hurry, yet he was stuffed if he could place her. It was clear she knew him though.

‘How did you know my name?’

‘Everyone knows the Burroughs boys.’

Nick blinked. This was news. Sure, he’d had his photo in the paper a few times for footy, but that didn’t mean anything.

‘They do?’

‘Of course.’

‘Huh. How ’bout that.’

Suddenly the girl whirled around, causing Nick, who’d been admiring her bum again, to almost crash into her. ‘You haven’t got a clue who I am, have you?’


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Yes, my darlings, it’s time to reveal Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy to you! 

Oh, you are going to adore this one. It’s funny and romantic and gorgeous, and will warm your heart. Plus you’ll get peeks into the lives of beloved characters from previous Levenham Love Story titles.

Release date August 22nd, 2017. Make sure you pre-order today.

Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy by Cathryn Hein

No girl forgets her first crush. The least he could do is remember it.

Chrissy James has only been home in small-town Levenham a few weeks when her teenage crush plays hero and saves her from an aggressive drunk. Seven years ago, Nick Burroughs was the school hottie while she was the overweight girl with braces, bad hair, and an unrequited obsession with the sports star every girl in school wanted. Her failed efforts to attract Nick’s attention still burn.

Chrissy sure has his attention now, but she’s older, smarter and focused on settling into her new dream job as wine marketer. No matter how sexy he’s grown, or how keen his interest, Nick will need to do a lot more than see off a drunk if he wants to win her over.

But Chrissy doesn’t count on the determination of a Burroughs boy in love. Nick will do anything to recapture Chrissy’s heart, even if it means acting the romantic fool and embarrassing himself in the process.

Will Nick’s efforts to make amends for the past backfire or will Chrissy’s career thwart everything? Grab this cute small-town romance and find out!

CHRISSY AND THE BURROUGHS BOY releases August 22nd, 2017

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For extra fun, read an excerpt and Crushing It: The Story Behind Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy on its book page.

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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 let good writing buddies join in the fun.

I’ve had an exciting week. My next Levenham Love Story novella Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy is with my editor getting her expert treatment, and my cover designer presented me with some amaaaaazing cover concepts.

With edits to be done, proof-reading and other bookish things to be sorted, there’s still a bit of work to do before Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy will be available for pre-order, but it’s definitely a-coming.

Because my head is still in the Levenham zone, I thought today we’d go back to the book that started these stories – Rocking Horse Hill. The other day, while I was making a few last tweaks to Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy, I had to go back to Rocking Horse Hill to check a few things. Reading this book reminded me how much I love this setting, not to mention the characters. After four published works set in Levenham and another not far away, and with more to come, I’m so comfortable with this place it feels like home.

Anyway, here’s a little paragraph from Rocking Horse Hill in the heroine Emily’s point of view, describing her feelings about the volcanic crater she’s had an affinity with since childhood. Enjoy!


Her grandmother turned from the avenue to contemplate the crater. Em followed suit, grateful for the change of weather and the weak, though welcome, cast of sun. The day was sad enough without drizzle.

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The ashy paths that once snaked to Rocking Horse Hill’s summit were fading, overgrown with weed or hidden by an encroaching rash of plastic-collared seedlings, planted by a local Landcare group determined to rehabilitate the crater’s eroded and denuded slopes. No matter how important their work, Em couldn’t suppress her dismay at the sight of all the trees. They spoiled the hill’s majesty; made it just another extinct volcano in a land dotted with many. Some of the best afternoons of her childhood were spent on those slopes: sliding from top to bottom on her bum, riding the hill like a giant, dirty slippery dip. Her mother exasperated by her wrecked jeans and inevitable scrapes, while her grandmother and uncle secretly encouraged the fun.

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‘Ugly, aren’t they?’ said Granny B, as though reading her mind.

‘Just a bit, but they’ll go. Eventually.’

What the crater would look like then, Em didn’t know. Darker, she supposed. Perhaps a little mysterious, with the soft trees masking the hill’s true stony nature. She smiled slightly. As a child Em had cultivated all sorts of romantic ideas about the hill, and spent countless days exploring its slopes and crags, imagining secret passages that led, Narnia-like, to parallel universes of mystical animals, kings and brave knights. But there never was and never would be anything mysterious or romantic about the volcano. Thousands of years ago the earth suffered indigestion and burped up molten rock and Rocking Horse Hill was the result. Even so, her heart continued to resist logic. Em loved the hill too intensely for pragmatism, and a person’s sense of home wasn’t something that could be rationalised or calculated. That connection belonged to the soul.


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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share snippets from upcoming and past releases and works-in-progress, and occasionally invite writer buddies along to play too.

Ooh, I had an exciting week last week. Not only was Santa and the Saddler announced as a finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia’s 2017 Romantic Book of the Year Contest, aka the Rubys, I finished the first draft of its follow-on story Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy. Whoop!

I love this story. It’s so cute. The hero is Nick Burroughs, farmer and brother of Danny from Santa and the Saddler. He’s a bit cheeky and a lot sexy, and he unexpectedly takes a big tumbling splat into love when he bumps into wine marketer Chrissy James.

Chrissy, though, is unimpressed. She had a massive crush on Nick at school and he never noticed her existence. It’s going to take a hell of lot more than a sexy smile to win her heart.

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Now for a tiny taste of Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy. This snippet has yet to be professionally edited so you’ll have to forgive any awkward bits, typos or bad punctuation.

Chrissy is at work when a special customer strolls in …


He moved casually into the light of the cellar’s skylight, his gaze never leaving the office window, and lifted his hands slightly, as if to say, ‘Well?’

God, he was attractive, even more so than at school. Maturity had honed his masculine edges, filled out his shoulders, chest and legs and chiselled his jaw with a precision edge. Eyelashes of a thickness and density no mascara could ever match fringed beautiful brown eyes so velvet soft that looking at them was like being cuddled. Chrissy had lost count of the fantasies she’d had about those eyes. Of her and Nick lying face to face, staring at one another, lost in love.

Wanting him had been agony, an agony made worse by his indifference. But as she’d told the girls, that was all in the past. Chrissy was a grown woman now, with a degree, a career and, more importantly, life experience. Pretty faces and old crushes didn’t cut it anymore. Nick was just another customer.

Just. Another. Customer.


Yeah, like Nick would ever be just another customer. He sure wouldn’t be for me!

Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy is coming soon so keep your eye out for details. In the meantime, you can catch snatches of Nick, fondly known as Numbnuts, in Santa and the Saddler, available now in print and ebook. Try Booktopia, Angus and Robertson Bookworld, Bookdepository, Fishpond, Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Nook or Google Play.


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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share snippets from my novels, old, new and in progress, and occasionally let author buddies take over.

After a couple of weeks of terrific guest authors (thank you Fiona McArthur and Vanessa Carnevale), it’s now my turn to share a juicy snippet from one of my books. I was going to share a few lines from Wayward Heart but after a bit of contemplation I decided to try something different.

I’m currently working on Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy, a cute follow-on to Santa and the Saddler, featuring Danny’s brother Nick, aka Numbnuts. I’m loving it but I have to admit the execution has given me a bit of grief.

From the moment the story sprang into my mind I knew how it would start. I could picture the scene vividly, so when it came time to write it down, the words flowed out easily. All good, or so you’d think. Somehow, as I started on the second chapter, the idea that I’d started the story in the wrong place started to nag. A feeling that grew and grew until I was convinced I’d gone about it all wrong.

So I wasted spent another week perfecting a new opening chapter. When I was confident I had it right, I placed it in the book’s master document file.

Only to then pull the rotten thing out again because I decided it was wrong, wrong, wrong and the original start was better.

Yeah, I know. I could clip myself around the ears too.

So, for your reading pleasure, and to remind me what a twit I’ve been, here are the opening paragraphs from that now-deleted chapter one of Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy.


The red-back spider was half-way down the Australian Arms Hotel’s grand interior staircase when Chrissy James spotted it. She paused with her hand on the bannister, studying it for a moment, then grinned and bounded up. Recognising her, the spider scampered down with equal delight, fat felt legs bouncing jauntily with each step.

They met on the central landing and fell into a fierce hug.

‘Chrissy!’ said the spider, holding her at arm’s length to look her over. ‘You look great.’

‘Thanks. And you look…’ How to describe him? Shiny black Lycra sheathed Terry’s arms and legs. A satin-covered carapace rounded his chest, belly and groin. Crowning his head was a bulbous black headpiece, its scarlet stripe glowing with danger, but that was nothing compared to the two plastic fangs curving the side of his face from hairline to chin. She twanged the point of one. ‘… like an arachnophobe’s nightmare.’

He laughed and rotated to show the back of the costume and its wide red stripe. ‘Like it?’

‘Very spidery. Just don’t go hanging around any loos,’ she quipped, referring to a much-loved Australian song about a red-back on a toilet seat. ‘You might get squashed. Anyway, aren’t you a bit hairy-faced for a red-back?’

Terry stroked his beard. ‘I’m a unique breed.’

‘Indeed you are.’ Chrissy lifted a stuffed leg, inspected it and let it drop. The whole ensemble was quite well done for a homemade effort, but Terry Henderson’s mum had always been handy with a sewing machine. ‘You do realise that only female red-backs have the stripe?’

‘Like I said, unique.’


All going well, Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy will release later this year but you can catch up with the first Burroughs boy, Danny, and the girl of his dreams, Beth in Santa and the Saddler. Available in print from Booktopia, Bookdepository or direct from me (simply email for details) and ebook from Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Nook and Google Play.


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