Book Launch – Blackwattle Lake

 The launch of Blackwattle Lake at The NSW Writer’s Centre was a wonderful event with friends and family coming together to help me celebrate. Despite my nerves the day went off spectacularly and I managed to get through the speeches and reading without too many hiccups. I was overwhelmed by the support and good wishes from all who attended. The venue was perfect, the company delightful and the champagne well chilled. Here’s a selection of photos  – you can see more on my Facebook page. Click here to link to My Facebook...

Blackwattle Lake

My debut novel, Blackwattle Lake, published by Hachette, was released on 27 November. A captivating story about learning to forgive. Blackwattle Lake is available for Kindle at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/aazqvbh In paperback: Booktopia:http://tinyurl.com/b2248vy Also available at Dymocks, Unleash, Target and Big W or ask your local bookstore to order a copy Read 5 star reviews of Blackwattle Lake at Goodreads here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15853652-blackwattle-lake * Excerpt: In this scene the main character Eve, accompanied by her best mate Banjo the kelpie, makes a visit to town and discovers that keeping a low profile isn’t going to be as easy as she’d hoped. ‘Angie Flanagan. Long time, no see.’ Eve’s feet were rooted to the floor. Her knees locked and her stomach flipped. She pictured the face before she turned around, but when she did the image of the scruffy blond farm boy she’d imagined hardened into that of the handsome, solid man who stood before her. Thankfully, it wasn’t the face she’d anticipated. ‘Grant.’ She said his name in such a hush of relief that she didn’t even know if he’d heard her. They stood looking at each other, not speaking. ‘You two know each other, then?’ the older man asked. Grant answered first. ‘Yeah. Yeah, we do. Tom, this is Angie Flanagan – Nell’s daughter.’ ‘Oh, right.’ Eve could tell by the lilt in Tom’s voice and the nodding of his head that he’d heard the stories. It got her back up. She hadn’t come here to provide the town with a new source of gossip. ‘Actually, it’s Eve now, not Angie. Eve Nicholls. Nice to meet you.’ She reached her hand...

Rural Romance Author Cathryn Hein On Her Writing Inspirations

This week in the Writing Inspirations series I’m excited to welcome Rural Romance writer, Cathryn Hein to the blog.   Cathryn is well known to readers of the genre and her latest novel, The Falls, is flying off the shelves. THE FALLS by Cathryn Hein Will losing the home she loves mean finding the place she belongs? For as long as she can remember, Teagan Bliss has wanted to manage her family’s property. She’s invested everything in the farm, knowing that when her parents retire she’ll be ready to take the reins. But when a family betrayal leaves her reeling, Teagan is forced to rethink her entire future. Heartbroken, Teagan flees to her aunt’s property in the idyllic Falls Valley. Vanessa is warm and welcoming and a favourite of the locals who drop in regularly for cocktail hour. Teagan soon catches the attention of sexy local farrier Lucas Knight, and with a new job, new friends and the prospect of a new relationship, she slowly begins to open up again. But the village is a hotbed of gossip and division and when Teagan gets caught up in town politics, Lucas and Vanessa become concerned. As the tension in town escalates, Teagan must decide who to trust. But when she realises those close to her have been keeping secrets, the fallout may split Teagan apart forever. The Falls is an uplifting story of healing and hope from the author of Promises, Heart of the Valley, Heartland, and Rocking Horse Hill.       *** What – or who – first inspired you to write? I’ve always written – short stories and awful poetry at school, followed by umpteen...