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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday MemeWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, where I share snippets from new and past releases, and works-in-progress, and occasionally twist the arms of author buddies to do the same.

First up, my apologies for the lack of Teaser Tuesday last week. I’ve been a bit under the weather with an inner ear problem and have had to limit my screen time significantly. Still working my way to a diagnosis so the blog might remain a bit hit and miss for a while.

The big news for today is that book one in the Outback Brides series. Maggie’s Run by Kelly Hunter has been chosen as an Amazon monthly deal for September. That means you can pick up this fab read (and it’s very fab indeed) for a bargain price. If you have yet to read any of the Outback Brides books, here’s your chance to dip your toes.

Obviously, we’d love you to read the whole series, but don’t worry of you want to pick and choose. All the books – Maggie’s Run by Kelly Hunter, Belle’s Secret by Victoria Purman, Elsa’s Stand by moi, and Holly’s Heart by Fiona McArthur – can be read as stand-alone stories.

Many of you have asked about sequels, with Serenity, the music-bombing beautician from Elsa’s Stand, being a popular choice to have her story told. I’m working on it. Well, not working as in writing, but I’m mentally plotting and scribbling down notes. A start!

Which is a good lead-in to this snippet, featuring Elsa, Jack and Serenity in Elsa’s salon Hair Affair.


‘This is Serenity,’ said Elsa. ‘She has the beauty rooms at the back. In case you’re wondering, she chooses her own hair colour. Nothing to do with me. I just apply the stuff.’

Elsa's Stand by Cathryn HeinSerenity grinned at him. ‘Nice to meet you at last, Jack. We’ve been discussing you in great detail.’

‘Serenity,’ warned Elsa.

She threw up her hands. ‘What?’

‘Go wax your toes or something. I need to talk to Jack.’

It was then that Jack realised Elsa still had hold of his hand. He looked at it, so delicate in his. Which was kind of funny. Elsa was anything but delicate. She was a steam train of sexy determination.

‘Alone, Serenity,’ said Elsa when Serenity remained behind the counter, her grin growing even broader.

‘Oh, all right,’ she huffed, before moving to stomp off. Suddenly she stopped, her focus on the street. ‘You might want to change your mind on that.’


Elsa’s Stand is available in ebook and print from these retailers. Grab your copy today!

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If you’d like to read more about Elsa’s Stand and how I came to be involved in the Outback Brides series, please visit its book page on this website.


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Teaser Tuesday!

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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 sometimes twist the arms of author buddies to do the same.

You may have noticed that Teaser Tuesday was absent last week. That’s because it was Elsa’s Stand’s release week and you scored the traditional Secret Things post on Monday instead of a Teaser Tuesday. Did you also catch Friday’s post, Sexy Songs From Elsa’s Stand? When you’ve finished here, go visit, hit ‘play’ on the video and crank the sound up. You’ll have a ball I promise.

As of last Thursday, with the release of Fiona McArthur’s Holly’s Heart, all the books in our brilliant Outback Brides continuity are out. You know what you can do now? You can binge read the whole series, in ebook or print. Rah!

But this is a Teaser Tuesday, and that means we need a juicy snippet to tempt you with. We’ve already had excerpts from Kelly Hunter’s Maggie’s Run and Victoria Purman’s Belle’s Secret, and multiple excerpts from Elsa’s Stand, so naturally today’s teaser can only be from Holly’s Heart.

Here’s Fiona to tell you more. Make sure you read to the end because there could be a GIVEAWAY!


Author Fiona McArthurIntroducing HOLLY’S HEART, released 12th July, and the last of the 4 Outback Brides. The series is set in Wirralong, our fabulous Aussie town created from four Aussie authors who have very vivid imaginations, namely Kelly Hunter, Victoria Purman, Cathryn Hein – yay Cathryn – and me.

The name Wirralong had something to do with a label on a wine bottle.

As you can imagine, we had the best time creating the townspeople, and the Wedding Venue, and some reappearing quirky characters.

I’ve so loved being a part of the Outback Brides world but, being me, I did feel it needed a doctor just in case somebody felt sick. 🙂 So I gave this book two doctors. This would be because I love medical drama and heroic medical heroes. And we just had twins in our family.

I hope you love the stories as much as we loved writing them. Warmest wishes for a fun four days of reading with our 4 OUTBACK BRIDES books.


Dr Ben Brierly twirled his wide-brimmed Akubra on one finger as he surveyed the empty consulting rooms. Wirralong Family Doctors Surgery. His!


It felt fantastic to be home. He’d never thought the town would grow enough to sustain a general practice, but here he stood about to open his own business.

Today, his temporary and outrageously expensive secretary-cum-office-manager Mrs Burrows, hired from Melbourne with vast experience of opening general practice establishments, had completed his new world. During the organisation she’d been worth her weight in pharmacological shares, even loading the computers with the software for patient files. She’d assembled and installed all the furnishings and additional software a small practice needed, outfitting the reception area with waiting room chairs and a water cooler. She’d even hung his medical degree and his nameplate with surgical precision.

Holly's Heart by Fiona McArthurHer registered nurse helpers had set up his consulting room and the procedure room, plus the smaller nurse’s consult room, created and signed off the emergency drug kit with the pharmacist in the main street, and they’d put the rest of his equipment and paraphernalia in the silent, non-existent, partner’s room.

Thus, his appointment book would be accessible for the next week before he officially opened his doors for four days a week … keeping Wednesdays free to sort his grandmother’s rundown property with the new farm manager.

He shouldn’t have stayed away so long.

Mrs Burrows’s final task would be to interview applicants for her replacement, and the practice nurse, then the whole relocation exercise would have happened without any physical effort on his part. Mostly because he currently had more money than time.

Which was lucky. He couldn’t believe the mess Brierly Park had been in. Or the guilt that rode him like a snowy mountain brumby for leaving Gran to deal with an incompetent manager on her own after Gramps had died. But he hadn’t known, and—seriously? There were reasons he hadn’t wanted to come back here, and his grandmother was … a little difficult if he suggested she needed help. Which was why he chose to reside in town and not butt heads over the small stuff.

She’d wanted him to commute from the Park, but having a flat here in Wirralong made much more sense. Thankfully the premises came with upstairs quarters. Mrs Burrows had found Gran a saint for a housekeeper and that would help everyone.

Remembering Brierly Park and the sunset-dusted hills little more than an hour ago, when he’d turned his horse for home, made him breathe deep and let his shoulders drop.

The air had been filled with the scent of gums, the spaces so open, and the excitement of the muster had lifted his spirits higher than they’d been for months. Even bending his back with the fencing contractors on the new cattle yards earlier today had felt good.

He glanced at the hat in his hand and twirled it again. The cowboy doctor, eh? He blew a breath out between pursed lips and jammed the hat on his head. Home.

Ben turned out the office light and the door he remembered as clunky, swung silently to lock with a gentle click. Mrs Burrows had hired a handyman for the week and it was ‘the little things’ she professed to be proud of. Darn right she should be proud.

Ben slapped the rail in approval and vaulted up the stairs three at a time until he reached the landing and unlocked the door to the spacious two-bedroom apartment and tossed his hat, which obligingly landed on the hall stand hook, and surveyed his private domain with pleasure.

Freshly painted, the room’s age and character melded and his stuff didn’t look out of place, considering he was above street level of a country town, and it felt … homely. Which he wasn’t quite sure his Melbourne flat had ever been.

When he’d dropped in here on Thursday the entry had been filled with boxes. Now, the dark leather furniture from his inner-city pad lay tastefully arranged, his paintings positioned, and … he strode across to the bedroom and slid open the wardrobe door. Yep, his clothes were hung, and his drawers filled. The woman was a marvel.

After a quick shower, he stepped out onto his tiny verandah, the one perched over his office entry below, and gazed down the main street of a town he’d worked his way back to since he’d left. Since someone else’s dream had somehow become his dream and she hadn’t returned to fulfil it. Wirralong.

Shame it had taken a personal tragedy to make him see the time had come to return home.

He shook his head at the loss of Tobias. One of his group from med school, Tobias had been a senior registrar with a brilliant mind and a determination to be the perfect doctor. That was the problem with perfection. A fatal medication error during a frantic resuscitation had devastated Tobias into shock, even though he hadn’t drawn the drug up. When the miscalculation had been realised too late and the patient died, his friend had tried to self-medicate himself out of his spiralling depression and, to all their horror, a week later he’d overdosed.

That incident had been the final straw for Ben, spurring him to leave the fast lane of major hospitals and make his life where he really wanted it. Home to be the support when needed for his independent-but-ageing grandmother and home to be the rural GP in a community he planned to be an intricate part of.

Of course, absolutely, he’d let go of any disappointments about Wirralong.


I’m reading Holly’s Heart at the moment and loving it. Satisfy your want too by ordering your own copy in either ebook or print. A swipe, tap or click will do it. Try:

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Personally signed print copies are also available for order direct from Fiona. Contact her via the contact page on her website for details.


Who doesn’t love a wedding? For your chance to win a signed print copy of Holly’s Heart, Fiona would love to hear your favourite wedding anecdote, story, golden moment, or mishap. She also says you can exaggerate.

This ought to be fun! Weddings tend to be full of adventures, from pets and children running amok, to friends and relatives misbehaving badly. They can also be incredibly romantic and moving. Get typing and share your favourite wedding story in the comments and we’ll pop you into the draw for a copy of Holly’s Heart.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time, Friday 20th July 2018. Australian postal addresses only.

If you’d like to learn more about Fiona and her books, please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook.


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It’s ELSA’S STAND’s Release Day!

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Elsa's Stand quote: Jack couldn’t kiss her deep enough, couldn’t touch her fast enough. She was heat and skin and vibration and gasping noises that skittered over his skin as though alive.

Break out the champagne, chocolate and whatever naughty treat takes your fancy because it’s Elsa’s Stand’s release day. Rah!

At the risk of you rolling your eyes at me for repeating myself, I’m going to yet again shout how much I ADORE this book. Really, truly-rooly adore it. Elsa’s Stand was an absolute hoot to write. Jack and Elsa sang to me from their very first words. In fact, all the characters did. Not all books do that but when it happens it’s like writing heaven, and I think that joy shows on the page. If I could cuddle this book I would.

Oh, hang on. I can!

Cathryn cuddling copies of Elsa's Stand

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who pre-ordered a copy. For those who love the thrill of the release day one-click, it’s time for you to exercise your finger. Click-swipe-tap now to secure your copy from any of these retailers.

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A limited number of signed paperback copies will also be available for direct purchase from me. I’ll post details on social media and here on the blog. Newsletter subscribers will have first dibs on copies.

Now, as has become custom on release day, here are some special secret things about Elsa’s Stand.

Six Secret Things About Elsa’s Stand

1/. The working title of Elsa’s Stand was…

Gemstone Cowboy. Oh, how I LOVE that title. But Elsa’s Stand is part of the Outback Brides series, and it’s important to keep branding consistent. You’ll see that all the titles in the Brides continuity have a similar rhythm – Maggie’s Run, Belle’s Secret, Elsa’s Stand and Holly’s Heart.

Oh well, I’ll have to write another opal mining sexpot story and call that Gemstone Cowboy instead. It might take a while to come up with a hero to beat Jack, though. Such a crush on that man. Huge!

2/. Elsa’s last name is…

O’Donoghue which I pinched from a popular Irish pub in Emu Plains, in the foothills of the Blue Mountains and close to where I lived before our recent move to Newcastle.

I’ve never set foot in the place, but my lovely golf ladies were big fans and often talked about it, and I guess it stuck. Writing is weird like that.

3/. I used a photo of actor…

Ian Somerhalder as inspiration for Jack’s looks. I had no idea who he was when I picked him out. I was googling attractive men, as you do, and stumbled across his appealing visage and immediately thought “Hello, Jackie-boy!”.

It was another author who recognised Ian when I posted a photo of my big plotting whiteboard with Jack/Ian’s piccie stuck to it. I can’t help wondering if I would have chosen him had I known about Ian’s vampire past. Our gorgeous hunk of hunkiness Jack as a vampire? Never!

4/. The main street of Wirralong was inspired by…

that of Gulgong, a small town near Mudgee in NSW. Besides being a beautifully preserved gold rush town, Gulgong is famous for once featuring on the Australian $10 note with poet Henry Lawson, who lived there briefly as a child.

5/. I originally based Elsa’s looks on…

actress Karen Gillan in character as Amy Pond from Doctor Who, but from the moment I saw Elsa’s Stand’s cover model she became Elsa. Honestly, that model couldn’t be more perfect. That’s something that rarely happens!

6/. Music features heavily in Elsa’s Stand.

I’m not going to share its playlist now – we’ll save that gem for later in the week – but I think the whole book can be summed up by “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King.

I suffered this earworm for aaaaages afterward. So now I’m passing it on to you. You’re welcome!

I hope you enjoyed this latest instalment of Secret Things! Here are those buy links for Elsa’s Stand again.

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

iBooks | Kobo | Google Play | Barnes and Noble

Booktopia | Angus&Robertson

While you’re there, why not grab all the books in the Outback Brides series and enjoy an extended romantic wallow in Wirralong. You’ll have a ball, I promise.

Each book in the Outback Brides series 2018

My special thanks to the Outback Brides girls, Kelly Hunter (Maggie’s Run), Victoria Purman (Belle’s Secret) and Fiona McArthur (Holly’s Heart). Also to the Tule Publishing team who helped make Elsa’s Stand such a gorgeous book and one I’m very proud of.

Big thanks too to my writing buddies. You are the best. And, of course, to my Jim. He’s the super best!


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Teaser Tuesday!

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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 host excellent author buddies.

First up, THANK YOU! The Outback Brides books are rocketing up the charts and it’s all thanks to you lovelies supporting them. The reviews for the opening two releases – Maggie’s Run and Belle’s Secret – have been amazing too. There’s a whole lot of love out there for our Wirralong girls. Long may it continue!

But back to the real reason we’re here: entertain and tempt you with a book teaser.

As you can guess, Teaser Tuesday is on an Outback Bride roll at the moment. With four books in the series, that’s a month’s worth of bridely goodness. Last week we had Kelly Hunter teasing us with Maggie’s Run. This week it’s Victoria Purman’s turn with Belle’s Secret.

I finished Belle’s Secret over the weekend and it was wonderful, and I know you’re going to think so too. Here’s Victoria to talk more about her Outback Bride.


Victoria Purman authorWho watched the Royal Wedding? Who cried?

Me! Buckets! Which, when you come to think of it, is probably not a huge surprise for a romance writer. But come on – who doesn’t love a love story that ends with a wedding, in which two people pledge themselves to each other, to promise to stand by each through thick and thin?

That sentiment was the inspiration behind the Outback Brides series. Put four romance authors together, create a town – Wirralong, population 5,790 and counting – and give them the licence for their imaginations to run riot. And, oh boy, did we have so much fun.

In the first book – Maggie’s Run – author Kelly Hunter introduces us to Wirralong and her heroine, Maggie’s Wirra Station, which she turns into a high-end wedding venue, only after finding her happy ever after with the hunky Max.

In my book, Belle’s Secret, Isabella Martenson has become Wirra Station’s resident marriage celebrant. Funny thing is, she believes in weddings for everyone else, just not for herself.

And why? You’ll have to read it to find out – and to discover what Belle’s secret really is. Here’s a sneak peek!


It was suddenly quiet.

Isabella Martenson put her leather folder on the table and slipped out a large envelope. She carefully slid the marriage certificate inside, sealed it for safekeeping, then tucked it back inside her folder. She looked around Maggie’s property with a warm sense of satisfaction.

She’d taken a huge leap of faith when she’d moved to Wirra Station almost twelve months before. She’d had a thriving business in Melbourne, was busy Saturdays and Sundays all year round, and had good friends she loved spending time with. Of course, she’d missed Maggie when she’d inherited the property and left Melbourne, but her own life was busy. She’d had chances to settle down. She met lots of men. So many she’d lost track.

Cover of Belle's Secret by Victoria PurmanOh, who was she kidding?

They were inevitably fiancés. Fathers of the bride. Fathers of the groom. Brothers. Creepy uncles. Nervous groomsmen. Bored husbands. Extremely annoying sixteen-year-old boys who thought it was fun to flirt incompetently with the “old lady” conducting the wedding ceremony.

Truth was, Isabella hadn’t met a decent prospect in a while. And truthfully? She liked it that way. Of course she believed in marriage and happy ever afters. For other people, you understand. Not for herself. Absolutely, definitely not for herself. Guaranteed happy ever afters only happened in books and movies, right? She knew that happy ever afters had a bad habit of turning into miserable ever afters. Her own childhood had taught her that firsthand. No matter how much she’d wished for it, her parents had proved to her that happy ever afters only last until someone is bored or angry or unfaithful.

To do her job well, she let herself believe that bitterness and acrimony didn’t exist.

No, marriage wasn’t for her. She was perfectly content with her single life. It was precisely that single life that had given her the freedom to pack up her Melbourne life and her business almost twelve months before and move to Wirra Station.

And on days like this, when she was able to breathe the country air instead of city fumes, look around at the gums and the big sky, and sniff eucalypts, freshly mown grass and flowers in the garden beds in front of the cottage, and then drive the two minutes across the property to her own grace-and-favour cottage, she decided the risk had been worth it.

Isabella gathered together all the items on the table and took out a basket from underneath, loading it up. Her work for the day was done. She’d had another wedding that morning—two second-chancers who’d met playing bingo in the local pub—and she was now free for the rest of the day and the evening. Amanda and Simon had invited her to stay for the reception, but she always politely declined those invitations. She didn’t want to mix work and play, and marrying people was definitely work. She really needed a coffee. Perhaps two. And then a night on the sofa with a good movie. Perhaps she was due for another screening of Notting Hill. Perfect.

“Excuse me?”

Isabella looked up. A man was walking across the lawn to her, strides long on the soft grass, a glass of white wine in his hand. All the guests had moved off to the marquee for drinks. Had he dropped his phone or wallet or something?

Isabella held a hand above her eyes to block out the afternoon sun flashing bright in her face. She couldn’t quite make out the man’s features. He had a tall silhouette. “If you’re looking for a wedding guest, I’m afraid they’ve all moved over to the marquee.”

“I’m looking for someone.” Broad-shouldered, taller the closer he got, he wore a stylish navy suit with a crisp white shirt and a paisley tie. His dark hair was swept back from his forehead in a thick wave. His eyes were hidden behind sunglasses. Isabella heard an American accent and decided he must be one of the wedding guests from the groom’s side. There was something about his voice that prickled the hair at the back of her neck.

“Is there something I can help you with?” she asked politely.

“Mrs Harrison?” His voice was deep and it carried in the distance between them, and it reverberated in her chest like the throb of techno music.

“I’m sorry,” Isabella managed, clutching her folder to her chest. “I’m not sure of the names of all the wedding guests. You might want to go and check the tables list at The Woolshed.”

Isabella was on the verandah and when he reached her, they were at eye level. He lifted his sunglasses from his face. His dark eyes flashed.

She swallowed hard and her mouth was all of a sudden filled with cotton balls. Oh no.

“I think I’ve found who I’m looking for.” He chuckled but there was an edge to it, a mean edge. “Mrs Harrison. As I live and breathe.”

A shiver scratched at the base of Isabella’s neck. Sweat beaded on her top lip even though she suddenly felt cold. Something clenched at her insides and she swallowed a wave of nausea.

“What did you say your name was again?” she stammered, trying to buy a few seconds to think, to stop herself from going into shock.

“You mean you’ve forgotten already? It’s Harry. Harry Harrison.”

Oh no. Oh please God no.

“Your husband.”

A year ago. This man. Her biggest mistake.

A year ago, she’d run all the way from Las Vegas with more regrets than she could stomach.

And the cause of that regret was now right here at Wirra Station.

This was one hell of a gotcha moment.


He he. Gotcha indeed!

Find out how Isabella wriggles out of this mess with your very own copy of Belle’s Secret. Buy now in print or ebook from:

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Personally signed print books are also available for direct purchase from Victoria. For details, contact Victoria via the contact page on her website.

If you’d like to learn more about Victoria and her wonderful books, please visit her website. You can also connect on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter via @VictoriaPurman.


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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday MemeWelcome to another super-special edition of Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share snippets from new and past releases and works-in-progress, and invite author buddies to do the same.

Ooh, it’s been an exciting week in the Hein house!

Book one in the stunning Outback Brides series, Maggie’s Run by Kelly Hunter, has hit retailers and is FLYING along. With good reason too. I finished Maggie’s Run last Friday and it was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. You are going to love this one. There is so much emotion and romance and OMG Max! Max of that body. Max of that hair. Max of that voice. Me waaaaaaant.

Eh hem.

It’s also very exciting to be hosting Kelly on the blog today. It’s her first visit and she’s clearly determined to arrive with a bang. Not only do we have a wonderful snippet from Maggie’s Run, Kelly is offering a super-generous giveaway that you will NOT want to miss.

For those of you who don’t know Kelly, she’s a USA Today bestselling author, a three-time Romance Writers of America RITA finalist, Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year (Ruby) winner, and multi Australian Romance Reader Award winner. She’s also author of the Jackson Family series, which you should all read after Outback Brides because it’s brilliant.

Enough of me fangirling. We’re here to talk brides. Outback Brides, the best kind.

This is a biggie, my lovelies, so buckle up and read on!


Kelly Hunter authorI vividly remember reading Cathryn’s wonderful opening scene to Elsa’s Stand for the first time and thinking, ‘Aw, hell. That’s so good! I’ve gotta lift my game.’. These stories are part of the Outback Brides series set in small-town Wirralong, and I for one had performance anxiety. On the upside, there was this world we were building and I loved it and the flavours we were bringing to the project. I need Elsa’s Hair Affair hairdressing salon in my life.  I needed a heritage grazing property in my life for a while too, and Maggie’s Wirra Station was born. I spent a small imaginary fortune setting it to rights after decades of neglect. Very cathartic! Surprisingly economical.

Cathryn’s Teaser Tuesday requires story words, and, this being Cathryn’s blog, I’ve chosen a snippet with my heroine, Maggie, and Cathryn’s heroine, Elsa, in it. They’re in Elsa’s salon and Elsa is with customer Max, who she’s known since childhood. Maggie and Max have history. It’s from Max’s point of view.


“I need a haircut,” said Max.

“You certainly do.” Elsa O’Donoghue ran a practised hand through his mop and studied him in the salon mirror. For kicks, she attempted to twist it into a bun and thankfully failed. It wasn’t that bad. Yet. “How short?” she asked.

Max shrugged.

“Okay, let’s aim for bedhead. You can pull that off. Do you have time for a wash?”

“Washed it this morning.”

“One of these days you’re going to let me wash it,” she told him. “And you’re going to enjoy it.”

Maggie's Run by Kelly Hunter - coverBut not today. She sprayed his head with a water squirter, attacked it with a comb and then picked up her scissors. Like him, Elsa was Wirralong born and bred and felt no inclination whatsoever to apologise for it. He knew her family and she knew his. Give him a minute and he could probably remember her middle name, date of birth and the name of the first boy she’d ever kissed. It wasn’t him.

“I hear you and Maggie are working miracles out at Wirra Station,” Elsa said and started cutting. “Stay still.”

A snort and a flash of pink alerted him to the presence of someone else in the salon. He turned his head a fraction and got Elsa grabbing both sides of his skull and setting him straight again.

“I have toddlers in this chair who can stay stiller than you.”

“Did you give him the booster seat?”

The voice clued him in. “Hey, Maggie. Elsa was just trying to gossip about you. I gave her nothing.”

“Sweet pea, I already know all about the kiss,” said Elsa smugly. “I made her run through the lead-up three times. In vivid detail.”

“Maggie, did you kiss and tell?” he rumbled, unapologetically delighted.

“O’Connor, if you don’t keep your head straight so I can cut properly, I’m going to get the clippers out and run stripes through your hair for the hell of it,” chided Elsa.

“What else did she say about my kisses?” Max asked, sitting very, very still. “Have they ruined her for all other men? Because that was the underlying intention.”

“She’s right there. Ask her yourself.”

“I’m not answering that,” said Maggie and came into view in the mirror. She wore sand-coloured trousers and a pink top with a picture of a cartoon grasshopper on it. Her hair was tied back in a messy bun and her oversized sunglasses perched on her head. She wore no make-up, as far as he could tell, and she still managed to look more appealing than any woman he’d ever met. “Elsa, I need your signature on a release form for the photos we took the other day. These are the ones I want to use.”

Elsa stopped snipping as Maggie held up two pics. All Max saw was the back of them in the mirror, and he was determined not to be curious, but then Maggie showed them to him next. “You can look too seeing as I’m interrupting your hair cut,” she said.

“Pretty.” Elsa was a beauty and Maggie had been the client in the chair and whether they’d been posing for the pic or not, the warmth between the women showed through. “Where’s it going?”

“On the Wirralong Homestead website under ‘Services’.”

“That’s me. At your service,” said Elsa cheerfully.

“You could be at my service a little more solidly,” offered Max, and wore their looks of disbelief and amusement with equanimity. Elsa might have been holding a really sharp pair of scissors but she wasn’t a mean one … was she?

“Don’t you know to be nice to your hairdresser?” Maggie said.

Was that a thing? God help him.


Ha! I remember that scene from reading Maggie’s Run, and it was one that gave me lots of smiles. But this is a book full of smiles, which means you need a copy, oh yes you do!

Purchase Maggie’s Run today from these retailers.

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All set? Excellent. Now here’s Kelly with more goodness.


I love the names of all our Outback Brides. They felt right to me from the beginning. I could see them, work with them, and the covers brought them to life in the best way possible. For a chance to win all four ebooks in the series, tell us what name you would have chosen for your Outback Bride.

Outback Brides series with covers and short blurbs

Great question, Kelly! Obviously, the answer for me is Elsa but what about you? Perhaps an Annie would be your girl, or maybe a Nicola or Zoe. Comment below and you’ll go into the draw to win ALL FOUR Outback Brides ebooks, in your preferred format (for Kindle, Kobo etc). That’s Maggie’s Run, Belle’s Secret, Elsa’s Stand and Holly’s Heart. What a prize!

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight, Friday 29th June 2018, Australian Eastern Standard Time. Open internationally!

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


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Say hello to Elsa’s Stand!

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I’ve been keeping a secret from you …

I have a new release coming out this July!

Elsa's Stand by Cathryn Hein

When the sudden death of his mother forces outback opal miner Jack Hargreaves home to Wirralong, his plan is simple: mourn his mother, sort out the family farm, and get the hell out of the town that has always hated him. But Elsa O’Donoghue, the beautiful hairdresser with a big heart and even brighter smile, has other plans.

From the moment Jack strides into her salon and helps himself to her clippers, Elsa is in lust. He might be a poster boy for the strong silent type, but she senses there’s a good man behind that stoic facade. With her business taking off, Elsa is finally ready for a relationship and Jack is just her kind of man. Not to mention, she’s never said no to a challenge.

Worried their association will harm Elsa’s business, Jack tries to avoid her, but Elsa is irresistible. Soon, she has him believing and hoping for a future with her in Wirralong, but another family tragedy shatters Jack’s fragile dream. Jack knows he must leave Elsa to protect her, no matter the cost to himself.


ELSA’S STAND releases July 9th, 2018
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Elsa’s Stand is part of Outback Brides, a wonderful new rural romance series set in the historic gold rush town of Wirralong, in the shadow of Victoria’s stunning Grampian Ranges.

You are going to adore Elsa. She’s smart, sassy, gorgeous and a force to be reckoned with. It’s no wonder our hero Jack can’t resist her, though he tries. Oh how he tries!

There are four books to the Outback Brides series (so far). Mine is Elsa’s Stand but you can also expect stories from Fiona McArthur, Victoria Purman, and Kelly Hunter. How’s that for a bunch of Aussie talent?

I can’t wait to share more about Elsa’s Stand and the Outback Brides series with you. This book was amazing fun to write, and I think you’re going to have even more fun reading it because Elsa and Jack are gorgeous together.

Elsa’s Stand releases July 9th. Pre-order your copy today.


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