Today the wonderful, witty and wise Cathryn Hein is visiting my blog. If you haven’t tried any of her rural romances then you’re in for a treat. She writes clever heartwarming stories that often have cheeky, memorable animals in danger of stealing centre stage.
Her latest release, ELSA’S STAND, is part of a series and I loved the first two books by Kelly Hunter and Victoria Purman. You don’t need to read them first, but I’m sure you’ll want to read them after you’re devoured ELSA’S STAND. And make sure you read all the way through today’s blog post! There may just be a giveaway hiding in there somewhere 🙂
Please welcome Cathryn!
Hi everyone and a big thank you hug to you, Helene, for having me on your blog today. I’m delighted to be here and very excited to be chatting about my new release Elsa’s Stand.
Elsa’s Stand is part of Outback Brides, a stunning new contemporary rural romance series set in the historic gold rush town of Wirralong, in the shadow of Victoria’s magnificent Grampians, and includes stories from fellow Aussie authors Kelly Hunter, Victoria Purman and Fiona McArthur.
It’s taken longer than I thought, but I’ve finally written about an area I’ve adored since childhood. I first visited the Grampians as a youngster and continued to do so into adulthood. It’s only a couple of hour’s drive from my home town of Mount Gambier and its southern-most tip, Mount Sturgeon, has mesmerised travellers on the Glenelg Highway for years. Its peak seems to stare stony-faced over the landscape like a mighty god.
I can still remember my dad walking out to the very end of The Pinnacle, a rocky spur that offers a stunning view over the ranges and Halls Gap, far below. This was in the days of no safety barriers, not even a warning sign. I was very young – perhaps 6 or 7 – and that thin wedge of rock looked frighteningly narrow, terrifyingly high and too fragile to take the weight of a bird let alone my dad. I bawled the entire time he was out there, convinced he was going to overbalance and fall, or that thin needle of rock was going to snap off and send him hurtling into the abyss below.
Despite his horsing around neither happened, but it remains a vivid memory and I’m still not great with heights. My dad used to pick up snakes for fun too, usually when we were out rabbitting and miles from help. And the man wonders why I have phobias. Sheesh.
These days I visit the area to see a girlfriend and her family, who live nearby, to the east of Halls Gap. In fact, the landscape in Elsa’s Standmight bear a suspicious similarity to that around my friend’s place. Hey, a girl’s got to take her inspiration where she can!
Jack, the gorgeous hero of Elsa’s Stand, often finds himself looking toward the ranges, pondering his life, his newly inherited property Strathroy and its legendary sapphires, and, more frequently, Elsa. She’s fire and sky, just like the opals he used to mine near Lightning Ridge. Is their indisputable chemistry enough to make him stay? He thinks so, but love is never so easy.
Not in my romances, at least!
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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.
Doesn’t that sound like a whole lot of love going somewhere to happen? I’m mid-way through the book now – and I really should be packing for today’s trip to Lake Macquarie where Cathryn and I are joining up with Christine Wells and Janette Paul for a couple of author events at the libraries – but it’s sooooo hard to put down!
To go into the running for a copy of ELSA’S STAND tell us about your favourite/worst hairdressing experience. Do you love the head massage, the blow dry, flicking through magazines, chatting, changing colour? Changing styles? I’m ridiculously loyal to my hairdressers – I now have three scattered around the country so I can always find one to help me look my best!
We’ll draw the winner on Friday 20th July and announce that here in the comments. Meanwhile, happy reading to you all!!