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Posted in News, Rocking Horse Hill, The French Prize, This Writing Life, tagged Harlequin, Indiana Jones, Rocking Horse Hill, Rocking Horse Hill by Cathryn Hein, Romantic adventure novels, The French Prize, The French Prize by Cathryn Hein, This writing life on March 26, 2014| 31 Comments »
I am absolutely delighted to announce that I will have TWO books out this year.
My latest rural romance, Rocking Horse Hill, hits the shelves in less than a month, but come September I’ll have another release in a brand new genre.
The French Prize is the first in what I hope will be a long line of romantic adventure novels. The French Prize features gutsy Australian heroine Dr Olivia Walker and her quest to discover an ancient sword called Durendal. There’s drama and history, gorgeous Provencal scenery, and even a touch of French food. And because I write romance, there’ll also be plenty of passion and sexy good sorts to get all gooey over.
I’m ridiculously excited about this news. With these books we’ll be able to experience all sorts of thrilling adventures in colourful foreign lands while in pursuit of historical and legendary artefacts. A fine excuse for a research trip or two if ever there was one. Not to mention long couch sessions spent watching Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. Sigh.
The French Prize will be released under Harlequin Australia’s MIRA imprint. Harlequin, as you probably know, is a leading global publisher of romantic fiction. A second book, as yet untitled, has already been scheduled for 2015.
And rural romance fans, never fear, there are still more of those in the pipeline!
Now that I’ve finished running around the house whooping stupidly for a good ten minutes, I can announce that I’ve finished Rocking Horse Hill’s line and copy edits. Which means there are only the final proofs to come. Rah!
It also means that, come Monday, I’ll be starting The Falls, my next rural-set romance. This one should be fun. The hero looks like Chris Hemsworth in Thor mode and I already have lots of photos pinned to my whiteboard for inspiration. Very decorative indeed.
If you’re wondering where Friday Feast has disappeared to, it’s on its annual summer holiday. Friday Feast will return at the end of January, suntanned and sexy, and raring for another great year of fabulous food, super-talented authors, must-read books and amazing giveaways.
In Us Heins Weren’t Meant To Play Golf news (because footy season is still a while away)… somehow, despite sending dozens of balls to a watery grave, duffing shots, swearing a lot and generally feeling cursed, I’ve managed to lose another stroke off my handicap. Apparently the Great Golfing God has taken pity on me and improved my putting game. Don’t worry, he’ll come to his senses and take it away soon. It’s not normal for Heins to post decent scores.
Right. Time for me to toddle off and enjoy a few days R&R. There be many books in my to-be-read pile to dive into, naughty holiday food to cook and some celebratory post-edit fizz to be drunk!
Posted in News, tagged Alison Stuart, Australian Women Writers Challenge, Bridie's Choice, Dark Horse, Gather The Bones, Hannah Richell, Her Favourite Rival, Her Favourite Temptation, Honey Brown, Jaye Ford, Karly Lane, Kate Belle, Louise Reynolds, M.L. Stedman, Outback Bride, Sarah Mayberry, Scared Yet?, The Light Between Oceans, The Mistake, The Secrets of the Tides, The Yearning, Wendy James on September 10, 2013| 10 Comments »
Oh, I underestimated myself bigtime! Back in mid-February when I signed up for the Australian Women Writers Challenge I was obviously feeling delusional. I should have known from my past reading how often I choose books by women writers and, more importantly, by Australian women writers.
My AWWC goal was to read 10 books. Last update I stated that I was rising to the challenge but was yet to reach that target. It turned out that wasn’t quite true. If I’d counted Hannah Richell’s The Secrets of the Tides I would have hit the big 10. Phht. Who’s quibbling? Not me, that’s for sure, because not only have I now absolutely reached my goal, I’ve given it a good spanking!
Here is what I’ve read since that June 19th update:
Six of them are by authors I’ve never read before. Sarah Mayberry’s two Favourite books were completely delicious. Outback Bride was gorgeous, with a sweet pony and a lizard race for extra fun. The Yearning had some stunning writing as did The Light Between Oceans, although with very different styles. The Mistake was a fascinating look at rural society, while Gather the Bones was simply an amazing story that I think everyone should read.
That’s TEN books by Australian Women Writers since my last update, which makes it TWENTY for the year, and with a quick glance at my to-be-read bookshelf there are plenty more to come.
So, seeing as it’s only September, can I challenge myself to read another ten books by Australian women authors by the end of the year?
I think I can!