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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 con author friends in to doing the same.

How are you coping with the silly season? It’s well and truly on us now. It’s a cliché but far out this year has gone fast. Like suuuuper fast. Which is very annoying because I haven’t achieved all I wanted for the year.

Oh well, I’ll just have to work harder in the next one.

So what’s news from the Hein house?

No silly gif this week but I do have something to celebrate. The second draft of Scarlett and the Model Man is now done and will be winging its way to my editor this week. Yay!!

I had such a lovely time reading the manuscript through. It’s the sweetest romance, and Sam and Scarlett are gorgeous together. I can’t wait for you to read their story. Keep your eye out for news on its release date in the new year.

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Now… a bargain for you.

Those wonderful people over at Kobo are hosting a Christmas sale and Santa and the Saddler is a part of it. Which means you can pick up this Romantic Book of the Year finalist for only 99 cents!

It’s not just in the Australian store either. Santa and the Saddler is 99 cents in the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand and European stores too.

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So go get ‘em, my lovelies. This book will make you feel gooey and smiley, I promise. And at only 99 cents, that’s a feel-good bargain.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a snippet to show just how gorgeous Beth and Danny are.



Danny has taken Beth on a surprise date

‘This date business,’ said Beth after a while. ‘You know it won’t lead anywhere.’

Danny slid a look her way, his mouth curved enigmatically. ‘If you’re talking about me hoping to get you into bed, I’m not that presumptuous. Not that I don’t want to take you to bed, I do. Pretty damn badly. But I don’t expect it.’

She rolled on her side and propped her head on her hand so she could study him properly. ‘What do you expect?’

Cover of Santa and the Saddler by Cathryn HeinHe copied her movement until they were facing one another, and reached to tangle his fingers with hers. ‘I don’t expect anything. What I’d like is to spend whatever time we have together, and I don’t care how we do it.’

‘But I’m leaving. My life is in Sydney.’

‘I know, but you’ll be back to visit.’

‘Exactly. To visit. See, it’s pointless.’

‘Not pointless. Never pointless.’

Then what is it?’

What it is,’ he said, leaning closer, his gaze flickering to her mouth, ‘is right for now.’ He paused as though considering the best way to kiss her, his breath light on her lips, his skin smelling of leather and lemon, of fish and chips and sunshine. ‘Think of it as a little bit of Christmas magic.’

‘Magic, huh?’

His mouth edged even closer, his voice low and husky. ‘Well, yeah. I have been known to wear a Santa suit and channel the big fella on occasion.’

Everything inside Beth was fluttering. Pointless, stupid, whatever, she wanted this. She wanted him.

Her own voice dropped to a whisper. ‘Your version is very naughty though.’

‘Naughty but nice. Want me to show you?’


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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 into doing the same.

We’re going short and sweet this week on Teaser Tuesday because I’m too excited about the Romance Writers of Australia conference to concentrate. I’m heading for Melbourne tomorrow and have I even thought about packing? No. But leaving things to the last minute is all part of the fun.

Wowsers, wasn’t last week’s Teaser Tuesday featuring Eddie and the Show Queen a blast? What a response! Thank you so much for joining in and sharing your fundraiser favourites. I can’t help thinking I should have asked this question before I wrote Eddie and the Show Queen so I could have included some of them in the book.

My commiserations to those who missed out on the advance review copy. I wish I could have offered more but I only had one to spare. If you’re hankering for a personally signed edition of Eddie and the Show Queen, they’re still available to pre-order for only $22 AUD, including postage. Simply fill out this form and I’ll send you an invoice.

While I’m here, a heads-up that there will be no Teaser Tuesday next week due to conference exhaustion. Or I’ve been smothered by a pile of washing. Either is likely.

Now for today’s teaser. As tempting as it is to include another snippet from Eddie and the Show Queen, I’ll spare you this week. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to be Eddie free. Oh, no, no, no. We’re going to see Eddie in his brief appearance in Santa and the Saddler instead.

This is from a scene where our hero Danny is working at the Australian Arms Hotel with his new girlfriend Beth sitting at the bar, waiting for his shift to end. Then his mates start rocking up, one who just happens to be Eddie.


‘Who’s mighty?’ interrupted a voice, the owner of which immediately lit on Beth. ‘Hello.’

Danny groaned inwardly as he recognised Harry’s brother Eddie. Almost the same height as his giant sibling and built just as solidly, Eddie was a self-proclaimed pants man. Although not very good at it.

‘Hello,’ Beth said warily.

‘Is that an English accent I hear?’ When Beth nodded, Eddie thrust his hand out, grinning. ‘I’m Eddie.’ He tilted his head at Harry. ‘This idiot’s better-looking brother. And you are?’

Cover of Santa and the Saddler by Cathryn Hein‘My girlfriend Beth,’ said Danny.

‘Girlfriend?’ Eddie stared between Beth and Danny then raised his eyebrows at Nick.

‘Yeah,’ said Nick. ‘Fucking mystery to me too, mate.’

‘Piss off,’ Danny growled.

Beth shook Eddie’s hand and quickly released it. ‘What is it with this town and brothers? You all think you’re better than one another.

Which brought on a chorus from the men of variations on ‘That’s ’cos we are,’ and caused Summer and Beth to share a rolly-eyed look.

‘Ignore him,’ said Danny, jerking his thumb at Eddie. ‘He’s a sleaze.’

Eddie stiffened. ‘Am not.’

Everyone stared at him.

‘I just like pretty girls,’ said Eddie, head turning as a blonde strutted past towards the bistro, before winking cheekily at Beth, who laughed.

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If you’d like to learn more about Santa and the Sadder and how I came to write this story, check out Ticking Clocks and Horsey Stock, The Story Behind Santa and the Sadder. For another except and other fun stuff, check out its book page.

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Teaser Tuesday!

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

Woah, hasn’t the year flown! Here we are in December with Christmas sparkling around the corner and a shiny new year poking its head over the horizon. I hope it’s been a brilliant year for you and your families.

This will be the final Teaser Tuesday of the year. I’m off to visit family in north Queensland and to enjoy some outback heat and dust, and to relax with a bunch of books I’ve saved for the break. A couple I’m really looking forward to are Anna Campbell’s The Laird’s Christmas Kiss and Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, but there are plenty more on my pile.

I’ll also be sending out a newsletter very soon with an exclusive present inside. If you’re not already a subscriber, join the cool people now so you don’t miss out.

It probably comes as no surprise that my final teaser for the year is from my 2017 Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year finalist Santa and the Saddler. It’s a Christmas book after all, but it’s also a gorgeous read for any time.

What you may not have seen is that it’s temporarily discounted to only 99 cents on Kindle, in the iBooks store, and on Kobo the US and Canada. Bargain!

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Now for a lovely snippet. Dressed in an unflattering Santa suit for his shift at a local pub, Danny makes a quick call into the local saddlery to order a present for his little sister and encounters Beth.


Four others waited, and from their pissed-off expressions and the way they were glancing at their watches, they’d been doing so for a while. An extremely pretty brown-haired girl was at the register, ringing up a purchase. Her lightly freckled cheeks were flushed and tendrils of hair had escaped her bun to fall around her face. She was wearing a bright red top with a cartoon reindeer on the front, the singlet’s cut revealing tanned, muscled arms and very straight shoulders.

Santa and the Saddler by Cathryn HeinShe was his age, mid-twenties maybe. A quick glance at her hands revealed no rings. Pretty, possibly single, and here was Danny looking like a dick in a Santa suit. He could kill his boss, he really could. There was such a thing as taking the Christmas spirit too far, and Jase had done it.

‘Oh,’ said the woman Saddlery Girl was serving, holding up a finger. ‘Just one more thing.’ She dashed off, leaving the girl to smile a brittle apology at the other customers.

‘I won’t be long.’

Danny’s eyebrows lifted at the English accent, so incongruous to her freckled, summery Australianness.

‘You said that five minutes ago,’ muttered the bloke in front of Danny, throwing another look at his watch. He clocked Danny’s stupid costume. ‘Nice suit.’

Like he hadn’t been hearing that all week. But Danny never saw the point in being cranky, and it was Christmas. Season to be jolly and all that.

‘Thanks. Just spreading the cheer.’

He glanced back at Saddlery Girl and found her looking him up and down. Realising she’d been caught, she raised a single eyebrow. Danny smiled and winked, delighted when she grinned broadly in return, showing off perfect white teeth and laughter-filled golden hazel eyes.

The entire room somersaulted.

Oh man, she was pretty.


These two are so gorgeous together. Just the read to make you feel warm and gooey this Christmas.

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Teaser Tuesday!

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.

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!

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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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Huge 12 Days of Down Under Christmas Giveaway!

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12 Days of Down Under Christmas 2017

Welcome to the 12 Days of Down Under Christmas super giveaway.

I’m thrilled to be a part of this event. What authors! What prizes! What fun you’re going to have!

The promotion runs from Saturday December 2nd (December 1st for US folk) until Tuesday 13th December, and hops from author to author. Each day a new post will go live, featuring something fun and Christmassy, and an individual giveaway.

Feel free to go your hardest and enter all the giveaways for more chances to win great prizes.

But wait, there’s more!

On top of the individual blog prizes, you’ll have the chance, via Rafflecopter, to enter the overall prize which is for a $50 Amazon gift card. How cool is that?

We’re at Day 7 already, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed out on the previous posts and giveaways. They’re still open and will remain open for entries until December 13th.

You’ll find the list of participating authors and links, and the major Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of this post. Have fun reading and entering!

But first…

My 12 Days of Down Under Christmas Fun

I’ve decided on two special things for you, both with a suitably seasonal theme.

Santa and the Saddler by Cathryn HeinThe first is a beautiful recipe that will have friends and family oohing and ahhing over your cleverness. The second is a giveaway which, given it’s the season to be jolly, can only be for a paperback copy of my Christmas themed, Romantic Book of the Year finalist, Santa and the Saddler.

Those of you who have followed this blog for a long time might recognise this recipe from a 2011 episode of Friday Feast. I’ve decided to share it again because it’s truly delicious, one of my all-time favourite do-ahead desserts, not difficult, and looks stunning.

The kind of indulgent dessert that everyone should have on their Christmas party table.


Begin this recipe one day ahead. The undecorated cake will keep for three or four days in the fridge (probably more if you can resist eating it for that long), which means you can make it well in advance. I don’t recommend freezing. I tried it once and it seemed to abnormally affect the texture.

Use full fat everything. This creamy cake is meant to be decadent!

White Chocolate Decadence


450g cream cheese, at room temperature

¼ cup (60 ml) caster sugar

3 teaspoons (15 ml) cornflour

3 eggs

1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla bean paste

3 teaspoons (15 ml) finely grated lemon zest

2 cups (500 ml) sour cream

1 cup (250 ml) thickened cream

240g block of good quality white chocolate, melted then cooled to lukewarm. I use Lindt.

Fresh seasonal fruit and fruit puree to serve.


Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease a 20cm springform cake pan and line base and sides with baking paper. Wrap the outside of the tin tightly in a few layers of foil. It is important that the tin is made waterproof or water will leak into the tin during cooking and spoil the cake.

Or you can use a well-lined, plain round cake tin and pray like crazy that the cake doesn’t crack when you invert it at the end!

Whiz cheese and sugar in a food processor or mixer until smooth. With the motor running, add cornflour, then eggs one at a time, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides. Add vanilla, zest and creams, and ¼ teaspoon salt, and process until just combined, scraping down sides.

Add chocolate and pulse until smooth. Pour the mixture into the lined tin then set on a folded tea-towel in a large roasting dish (the tea-towel prevents the tin slipping around). Pour hot water into the dish until it comes halfway up the sides of the cake tin.

Bake for 45 minutes, then leave the cake in switched off oven with the door closed for one hour. Remove tin from roasting dish, remove exterior foil and cool cake completely on a rack, leaving it in its tin. Cover and chill overnight.

Turn out onto a plate or cake stand. Remove baking paper, top with fruit then drizzle with fruit puree. Slice using a hot, dry knife.

Go on, make it. I dare you.


What’s your favourite Christmas dessert? Do you have something special that you make, like a pudding using an old family recipe, or perhaps you prefer to whip up a simple but colourful fruit platter (much easier and more refreshing when faced with a stinking Aussie summer’s day)?

Share your favourite Christmas dessert for parties or the traditional lunch and I’ll pop you into the draw to win a copy of my gorgeous Christmas themed Australian rural romance, Santa and the Saddler!

Open worldwide.

Giveaway closes midnight Australian time, Wednesday December 13th 2017.

As promised, here are the links to all the other giveaways and the major Rafflecopter draw to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Good luck!

12 Days of Down Under Christmas participants

(remember, these giveaways will remain open until the end of the promotion, so make sure enter them all for even more chances to win)

Day 1 – Kris Pearson

Day 2 – Joanne Dannon

Day 3 – Cassandra O’Leary 

Day 4 – Annie Seaton

Day 5 – Monique McDonell

Day 6 – Kate O’Keeffe

Day 7 – Cathryn Hein

Day 8 – Tracey Alvarez (live from  December 9th Australian time)

Day 9 – Leeanna Morgan (live from December 10th Australian time)

Day 10 – Wendy Vella (live from December 11th Australian time)

Day 11 – Charmaine Ross (live from December 12th Australian time)

Day 12 – Aislinn Kearns (live from December 13th Australian time)

Major $50 Amazon Gift Card Prize

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SANTA AND THE SADDLER is a Romantic Book of the Year finalist!

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Cover of Santa and the Saddler by Cathryn HeinI’m thrilled to bits to announce that SANTA AND THE SADDLER is a finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia’s 2017 Romantic Book of the Year Contest, aka the Rubys, in the novella category.


This is my first Ruby final so I’m over the moon, and it’s for a story that I adore and had the most joyous time writing. Beth and Danny were such sweethearts and so cute together the book almost wrote itself.

Also exciting is that I’m very close to finishing its sequel, Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy, which features Danny’s sexy older brother Nick. This novella will be out later in the year so keep an eye out for the cover reveal and pre-order links. They’re coming veeeeery soon. As always, newsletter subscribers will be the first to hear. If you’re not already a subscriber, simply tap, click or swipe here to join the cool people.

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Teaser Tuesday!

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

Those of you who are regular readers of the blog will know that Jim and I recently had some fun tooling around the outback (you can find more info and lots of photos on the blog post This Writing Life: An Outback Queensland Adventure).

One of the things I noticed about Queensland’s western downs was how many windmills there were, and how important they still are in maintaining water supplies to stock and rural properties. There are reasons for that – they’re reliable, efficient, relatively cheap and low maintenance. The big 35-foot Comet windmill at Hughenden, which is now a tourist attraction but was originally at Wirilla Station, could pump a million litres of water a day and supplied water for stock via bore drains that stretched up to 45 kilometres long. They’re pretty impressive figures.

Every windmill reminded me of Danny from Santa and the Saddler, and how much he’d love seeing them, especially the monster sized ones. For those of you who haven’t read this story, Danny is a metal fabricator and windmill engineer, and he’s passionate and proud of what he produces. And it’s kinda sexy. Well, I think it is. But it’s nice when you come across someone who’s enthusiastic about what they do and believe in it.

Anyway, here’s a little taste of Danny and Beth from Santa and the Saddler. Make sure you read to the end because there could be a GIVEAWAY!


‘So this is your grandfather’s saddlery,’ he said.

‘Yes. And Grandma’s. They own it jointly.’

‘But you’re English?’

‘Actually, I was born in Australia. In Adelaide, but my dad’s a Brit so I’m both.’

Danny blinked. ‘Your accent’s from your dad?’

She looked up, laughing softly. ‘No. We moved to England when I was five. I did all my schooling there, and my apprenticeship. I only moved back to Australia sixteen months ago, when Mum decided to come back. What about you? I’m betting a born and bred Levenham local. In fact, I bet you can trace your ancestors back to settlement. Am I right?’

Cover of Santa and the Saddler by Cathryn Hein‘Not quite settlement but the Burroughs have been here a while. I went to St Joseph’s Primary and then on to Levenham High, same as Mum and Dad and my grandparents.’

‘After that?’

‘Like you I got an apprenticeship. Metal fabrication.’ He shrugged. ‘Been in the same job since. The boss is decent bloke, the money isn’t too bad, and I like what I do.’

‘And what’s that? What you do, I mean.’

‘I build windmills. You know, that pump water. Other stuff too, but mainly that.’

She set down her awl and flexed her hands as she regarded him with interest. ‘Do farmers still use those?’

The question didn’t surprise Danny. A lot of people were sceptical when they heard about Levenham Windmills.

‘Yep, and with good reason. Windmills are cheap and last forever — well, not forever, but a long time. Plus they pump day and night whenever there’s wind, and with a well-engineered mill it doesn’t take much of that for it to work. There are no power bills, bugger-all maintenance — with ours at least, can’t speak for our dodgy opposition — and you can install them most places. Hard for stock to damage them too.’

‘You sound proud.’

He liked the smile in her voice, the approval, and his chest swelled with it. ‘I suppose I am.’


Sigh. I so love Danny as a hero. I’m currently writing the next Levenham Love Story which features Danny’s brother Nick and having a brilliant time. When a Burroughs boy falls in love, he goes all in and will do anything to take care of his girl, even if he ends up looking like a twit to do so.

But enough of that. I’ll be sharing more about that next story – Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy – when it’s done, which will hopefully be soon.

In the meantime, you can buy Santa and the Saddler from your favourite ebook or print retailer. Try Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play, Nook, Bookdepository, Booktopia or Angus & Robertson Bookworld.

Now, as mentioned in the intro, we have a…


This one’s easy-peasy too. Simply share your dream job and you’ll go into a random draw to win a print copy of Santa and the Saddler.

I’m opening this internationally too. So wherever you are in the world, you could win.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday AEST, 28th April 2017. Open internationally. Rah!

If you’d like to learn more about Santa and the Saddler, including the story behind the book, reviews and more, please visit its book page on this website.


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Santa and the Saddler Release Day!

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Drape that tinsel and pour yourself a giant glass of mulled wine because today we celebrate the release of my first Christmas-themed story, Santa and the Saddler. Rah!

I’ve been wanting to write a Christmas tale for ages and this year I finally had the time, and I’m so damn proud of it I’m strutting around like a puffed-up turkey. This novella is cute, sweet and guaranteed to make you feel gooey.

And it’s not just me saying this. Here’s some of what Talking Books Blog had to say:

I’m a complete fan of the heartfelt small town rural romance reads, and Santa And The Saddler didn’t disappoint. From start to finish, the story held its own. An exceptional, feel good, warm-hearted read not to be missed. 5 Stars

Pretty chuffed about that, let me tell you.

For those of you who pre-ordered ebook copies of Danny and Beth’s lovely romance, thank you, thank you, thank you. Your ebooks should be loading onto your e-readers and apps now (unless you’re outside of our Aussie time-zone, in which case they should load after midnight your time).

I hope you enjoy this lovely tale of a man in a Santa suit and the saddler he falls madly for, and feel the same Christmas magic that they do.

Now, as has become tradition on release day on this blog, here are some secret things about Santa and the Saddler. Have fun!


1/. Santa and the Saddler had a few theme songs. Being a Christmas story there had to be seasonal songs involved, and not just carols. These are young modern people, after all. With Beth being mostly brought up in England her tastes lean to British bands, where the Christmas #1 hit is a longstanding tradition (think the movie Love, Actually and you’ll see what I mean). So the first theme song is Slade’s brilliant Merry Christmas Everybody, which is still enormously popular and sells a motza each year, while the second is totally out-there band The Darkness and Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End).

But the main theme song comes courtesy of Australian band Thirsty Merc and their hit Someday, Someday, about a bloke trying to keep his long distance relationship alive. Love this song. LOVE IT!

2/. Danny makes agricultural windmills for a living. I’ve wanted to write a character like this ever since I read an article in The Weekend Australian about the dearth of windmill engineers in the country and the many advantages of windmills over other pumping systems. It’s a sexy job I reckon, but I am a bit weird like that.

3/. O’Brien’s Saddlery, where much of the action takes place, is a very (VERY!) loose amalgam of the two saddleries I used to haunt as a horse-mad girl growing up in Mount Gambier. Unlike in Santa and the Saddler, I’m sure nothing untoward ever happened in their rear workshops, and if it did, I don’t want to know about it. My memories of these places are innocent and I’d like them to stay that way!

4/. Although the book is set during an Australian Christmas, which means summer as well as cricket season, there’s mention that Danny plays Australian rules football for Mount Pitt. For those of you who’ve read Rocking Horse Hill, you’ll recognise Mount Pitt as arch rivals of the Gerrinton Giants, who Josh from Rocking Horse Hill plays for, as does Harry from Summer and the Groomsman.

5/. The whole idea for the story came from the title. I was desperate to write a Christmas themed tale but had no clue where to start, so I began brainstorming titles to see if that helped. As I wanted to keep the same title rhythm as others I’d come up with (Summer and the Groomsman – out now, Eddie and the Show Queen – coming sometime in the future), and I needed something country as well as Christmassy, Santa and the Saddler worked perfectly. Once I had that, the rest was easy.

You can read more about how I came to write this book in Ticking Clocks and Horsey Stock.

6/. Santa and the Saddler is one of the quickest stories I’ve written, probably because it’s one of the most joyous. I just loved writing about Beth and Danny falling in love. It was so damn sweet and cute!

7/. Danny has an older brother with whom he indulges in endless games of one-upmanship. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nick, who’s single, ends up with his own story one day (with Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy for a title?). Maybe if I get organised enough he could be the star of next year’s Christmas novella? Stay tuned!


I hope you enjoyed these seven secret things and wish you even more fun with Danny and Beth and all the other characters in Santa and the Saddler.  If you’d like to read an excerpt, check out the book page on this website or download a sample from your favourite ebook retailer.

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Right. I’m off to double check my bottle of celebratory fizz is in the fridge and cold for later, eat indulgent things and generally flop around feeling wonderful that this story has finally hit shelves.

PS: There is no Teaser Tuesday today due to Santa and the Saddler’s release but it’ll be back with bells on next week.


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Santa and the Saddler – Out Tuesday!

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Release date for my Christmas rural romance novella SANTA AND THE SADDLER is at last nigh. Rah!

Tuesday, October 18th 2016

Yes, that’s just FOUR sleeps until the book that’s guaranteed to wrap your heart in glittery tinsel and Christmas happiness arrives.

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He’s found the girl of his dreams, but she’s just passing through. Can he turn fleeting Christmas magic into forever?

Windmill fabricator Danny Burroughs doesn’t have time to wait in line at the local saddler—no matter how pretty the girl behind the counter—he’s juggling two jobs as it is. But his little sister has her heart set on a unique piece of saddlery for Christmas and he can’t let her down.

Expert saddler Beth Wells has no idea that when she comes to small town Levenham to look after her grandfather’s shop she’ll be swamped with customers. Overrun by day, Beth is forced to work late into the night on Christmas orders. The last thing she needs is another.

When super-cute Danny arrives at the saddlery after midnight wearing a Santa suit, a broad grin and pleading she make his sister’s present, Beth makes a deal—she will take the order in exchange for Danny’s help. Except this flirty Santa’s idea of helping involves more than stacking shelves, and in the confines of the saddlery their smouldering attraction soon becomes a blaze. But no matter how hopelessly drawn she is, Beth has a job interstate and a mum who needs her. Anything more than friendship is pointless.

Will these two chance-met strangers find the courage to gamble on their love? Or will the girl Danny’s been looking for all his life leave nothing behind but a sweet Christmas memory?

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