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Teaser Tuesday!

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 relentlessly nag author buddies into joining me.

With less than a month to go until the release of THE COUNTRY GIRL, I’m fairly bouncing with excitement. I wish it was out already so you could enjoy Tash and Patrick’s sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes funny girl/boy-next-door romance, but it’ll hit shelves soon enough on December 18th.

Just in time to fill your Christmas stockings!

Now, newsletter subscribers are already privy to this link, but here’s your chance to also dive into the first two chapters of THE COUNTRY GIRL. Simply tap, swipe or click the button below and start reading.

Read THE COUNTRY GIRL sample chapters button

Feedback has been amazing already which makes me even more impatient for everyone to read the rest of the book.

As I mentioned, THE COUNTRY GIRL hits ebook and paperback store shelves on December 18th, but you can order your copy right now and have it in your hot little hand release day. All you need to do then is kick back with a cuppa and indulge in a little ner, ner, ner, ner, nerr-ing to everyone else who’s been forced to brave the madness that is the Christmas shops while you’re home, smiling, sighing and perhaps even sniffling a little with Tash and Patrick’s gorgeous story.

Pre-order from:

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

iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

Booktopia | Dymocks | Angus & Robertson Bookworld

 

Watch out for more fun THE COUNTRY GIRL promos over coming weeks and an upcoming 12 Days of Christmas celebration that I’m involved in, featuring LOTS of cool giveaways from DownUnder authors.

Now for a brief snippet from THE COUNTRY GIRL.

Tash’s grandpa plays a lovely role in the story. Here’s a taste of him. Just a morsel, mind. We don’t want to spoil that main course!

 

The front door opened revealing the tall figure of her pa in a stockman’s shirt, a pair of faded shorts and bare feet. Despite the daggy outfit, his full head of thick wavy silver hair was slicked back with Brylcreem, his jaw was clean-shaven and he wafted the comforting scent of freshly applied Old Spice cologne. Tash immediately wondered if he was entertaining, or expecting to.

The Country Girl by Cathryn Hein‘Flossie!’ Pa exclaimed, using the nickname he’d had for her since childhood. ‘What brings you here?’

Tash held up the tea-towel bundle.

Pa’s eyes widened, his nose twitching like a rabbit. ‘Are they …?’ He regarded her hopefully.

She nodded. ‘They are.’

He slapped his hands together with glee. ‘I was about to move Munch but that calls for a cuppa.’

Tash glanced at the aptly named sheep, head down, stuffing herself. ‘I think she’ll survive.’

 

Here are those pre-order links again.

Paperback: Booktopia, Dymocks, Angus & Robertson Bookworld

Ebook: amazon.comamazon.com.au, amazon.co.ukiBooks, Kobo, Google Play

Want to read the story behind how I came to write THE COUNTRY GIRL? Check out The Magic Bullet, The Story Behind The Country Girl. You’ll also find another excerpt from the book on its book page.

Watch out for Friday and my latest This Writing Life post where I’ll be sharing some pics from Scone Literary Festival.

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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

Booktopia

Angus & Robertson Bookworld

 

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THE COUNTRY GIRL Cover Reveal

I’m thrilled to bits to show off the GORGEOUS new cover and blurb for The Country Girl, hitting stores December 18th.

I’d love to hear what you think. I adore it. It’s so bright and happy, just like the book’s heroine Tash.

The Country Girl by Cathryn Hein

 

After landing a major cookbook deal, star food blogger Tash Ranger swaps city life for the family farm. But Tash’s homecoming is bittersweet, for now she can no longer avoid seeing her best friend Maddie, who was severely injured in a riding accident and unable to communicate. No one knows that Maddie and Tash had a deep falling out and with every visit Tash must pretend to be the friend everyone believes her to be.

Patrick Lawson, Maddie’s fiancé, battles despair and hope daily as Maddie lies imprisoned in her body, gradually losing his faith in her recovery. When Tash returns to Castlereagh Road with her joy and boundless appetite for life, he realises finally what his loved ones have been trying to tell him for months – that Maddie wouldn’t want him to throw his life away. It’s time to move on. But letting go is no easy feat, especially if moving on means Tash. He’s a country boy and she is a star on the rise with ambitions that could propel her out of reach.

Can these two friends step out of the shadow of Maddie’s tragic life and accept love, or is the past forever destined to dictate their future?

 

Pre-order your copy today from:

amazon.com

amazon.com.au

amazon.co.uk

iBooks

Kobo

Google Play

Booktopia

Angus & Robertson Bookworld

 

I can’t wait to tell you more about it. You are going to LOVE this book!

 

Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to the tempting goodness that is Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share snippets from my novels, past, present and in progress, and occasionally con author buddies into taking over.

In breaking news…

I’ve just finished the first (and usually hardest) round of edits on my next full length release. RAH!!

And guess what? We finally have a title. It’s going to be called:

The Country Girl title announcement

The Country Girl is scheduled as a January release but you should be able to find it in stores in late December. I’ll confirm that nearer to the date.

I am so excited about this book, and I know I say that with all my releases but this one is special. The feedback from my agent and editors has been fantastic, and I just adore this story and its characters and can’t wait for you to learn about their lives. Tash and Patrick are gorgeous, if I do say so myself!

It seems only fitting to celebrate the end of first edits by sharing a snippet of The Country Girl. Make sure you read to the end though, because there could be a GIVEAWAY!

 

The Country Girl’s heroine is Tash Ranger, a star food blogger who’s just landed a major cookbook deal. For research and inspiration, she’s moved back to her parents’ property in the far western districts of Victoria. In this scene, her city friends Thom and Ceci have trekked to the country for a visit. Ceci is riding Khan, a horse Tash has acquired, without a helmet when Tash’s neighbour Patrick, with whom Tash has been clashing, rocks up. Sparks fly!

 

Tash was so lost in her thoughts she failed to notice that a vehicle had pulled into the farm until it was too late. Her heart bounced high into her throat. She snatched at Ceci’s leg as Patrick’s ute veered away from the flat and speared straight for Khan’s paddock. ‘Quick. Get down.’

‘What for? We haven’t finished filming.’

‘Please, Ceci.’

Ceci narrowed her eyes at the rapidly approaching vehicle. ‘Who’s that?’

Tash tugged even harder on her leg. ‘Someone who’s going to kill me if you don’t get down.’

‘Why?’

Too late. Patrick was already through the fence and striding towards them. Thom had the camera up, filming everything.

In seconds Patrick’s face was in hers. ‘Are you crazy?’

‘Oh, wow,’ said Ceci, openly ogling Patrick who was, Tash had to admit, looking stupidly sexy in jeans and a white polo shirt that hugged his chest and showed off his broad shoulders and muscular arms. Whatever. He was in his butthead mood and while Ceci clearly found it attractive, Tash didn’t.

 

As you can probably guess, the hero of The Country Girl is Patrick and he’s a bit of a babe, even if he does drive Tash crazy – in more ways than one. Over coming months I’ll be sharing more about him and all The Country Girl gang so watch out for that.

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

GIVEAWAY!

It feels like ages since I’ve done a giveaway so time to remedy that. For your chance to win a signed print copy of my latest release WAYWARD HEART, simply share your favourite way to spend Easter.

Wayward Heart by Cathryn HeinDo you love to spend the weekend curled up with a good book and scoffing chocolate or are you one of those who loves nothing more than to pack up a tent and trek off into the wilderness?

Growing up, we spent most Easter weekends at our beach shack on the lower south-eastern coast of South Australia. The weather was almost always foul but I adored it. There were some pretty dramatic storms and I loved watching the ocean churn and break over the reefs, and we had a pot-bellied stove that we’d load up so full its belly would glow red. I wouldn’t mind doing that again. It’d be perfect for writing.

What about you? Reveal your favourite Easter fun and I’ll pop you into the giveaway draw.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday AEST, 14th April 2017. Australian postal addresses only.

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