Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser TuesdayWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the tantalising blog series where I share snippets from works-in-progress, up-coming releases and published novels. Except on the days when I invite good writing buddies to fill in for me, like today!

What a thrill it is to have Anna Campbell returning to Teaser Tuesday. Those of you who’ve been following my blog and social media for a while will know what a fan of Anna’s work I am. Her Regency romances are wonderful, loaded with great characters and filled with passion. I’m a particular fan of her novellas. They might be short but those babies sure pack emotional punch.

Here’s Anna to tell you about her newest release, Tempting Mr. Townsend. Can’t wait to get into this one. It sounds fab.

Oh, and make sure you read the post to the end. There could be a giveaway.


Hi Cathryn! Thank you so much for having me as your guest today. I always love visiting your blog and I think a book called Tempting Mr. Townsend fits a spot called Teaser Tuesday to a T!

Author Anna CampbellI had huge fun writing my second Dashing Widows book, Tempting Mr. Townsend, especially its rough, gruff, heart-of-gold hero Anthony Townsend who comes from the wrong side of the tracks compared to delicate Lady Fenella. This is a bit of an opposites attract/Beauty and Beast story – two of my favourite tropes in romance. I love watching two people who start out with apparently nothing in common gradually reach an understanding as they fall in love.

This novella begins as a road trip to find two runaway schoolboys, but by the time we get to the excerpt, the boys are safe, but Fenella isn’t so sure that her heart is! The scene takes place in the library of Anthony’s newly acquired estate, the Beeches, on the night after their arrival.


Fenella threw her hands up. “Oh, you’re impossible. I’ll be glad to get back to my real life.”

“Will you?” Anthony asked softly.

Briefly she looked unsure, then her lush mouth firmed. “At least in Mayfair, I’m free of insane plutocrats and their persuasions.”

He laughed, enjoying himself. “Yet.”

He’d always intended to pursue her, but her confession of a weakness for him invited a more overt wooing. She was a grand little fighter, but he doubted she’d win when Anthony Townsend allied with her own desire against her.

Tempting Mr Townsend by Anna Campbell“There’s no point continuing. I’m tired, and you’re off your head. Good night, Mr. Townsend.” With an irritated swish of her skirts, she flounced off. He let her reach the door before he spoke. “Lady Deerham, there is one more thing.”

“What is it?” Annoyance roughened her voice.

A man of his size could cross the room in a few paces. He caught her arm and using her surprise, swung her around to face him. A gentle push and her back bumped against the closed door. “This.”

Furious eyes snapping blue fire focused on his face. “Mr. Townsend, just what on earth do you think you’re doing?”

“My dear Lady Deerham, surely it hasn’t been that long.”

“I’ll scream,” she warned, trying to slay him with her disapproval. Unfortunately for her, he found her spirit arousing. This close she smelled like a flower garden in spring. He drew that glorious scent deep into his lungs.

“I dare you.” One hand pressed her shoulder against the door while the other caught her chin to hold her still.

Not that she was struggling. Which was dashed interesting.

“You are the most provoking man,” she muttered.

“That’s insane plutocrats for you.” He hid a smile as anticipation made his blood rush. “Now stand still so I can kiss you.”

“Well, really,” she gasped before his lips stole her breath away.

©Anna Campbell

You can read a longer excerpt and the blurb on my website.

Tempting Mr. Townsend is only 99 cents on Amazon! Why not grab your copy today? Instant gratification could be yours. Visit Amazon, Barnes & Noble or iBooks.


Two people who comment today will win a Kindle download of Tempting Mr. Townsend. No geographical restrictions.

I’ve told you that one of my favourite themes in a romance is Beauty and the Beast. What’s yours? Fish out of water? Friends to lovers? Cinderella? Secret baby? Cowboys? Sheikhs? Billionaires? There’s so many of them and they’re all great! Let’s talk classic romance tropes today on Teaser Tuesday.

Please Note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday AEST, 18th March, 2016. Open internationally.

That’s TWO BOOKS UP FOR GRABS, dear readers. So get commenting and good luck!

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32 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Yvonne I know what you mean! And honestly there are some writers who could write about paint drying and I’d love their stories which mixes things up too!

  1. AvatarVanessa Barneveld

    Hi, Cathryn! Hi, Anna!

    Congrats on your latest release, Anna! Your Mr. Townsend is truly terrific! He’s a great match for the equally terrific Fenella. I had such fun reading this novella!

    I’m a huge fan of the friends-to-lovers theme. Never gets old for me!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Vanessa, thanks so much for swinging by and for those lovely words about Mr. T (cue: Pity da fool!). They were such lovely characters to write and I loved how their preconceptions were pulverised by the end. Yes, friends to lovers is lovely – your wonderful Live Fast, Die Young in the Dangerous Boys anthology fits that!

  2. AvatarKandy Shepherd

    Hi Anna and waving to Cathryn
    Classic romance tropes? I love them all – in fact it’s part of the fun as a romance reader to identify the trope and see how the author handles it. A writer as skilled as Anna can handle any trope but I do like her beauty and the beast stories!
    If I had to single out a favourite trope it would probably be second chance/reunion stories where a hero and heroine missed out on their HEA the first time.
    Please don’t enter me for the draw, TEMPTING MR TOWNSEND is sitting at the top of my e-book TBR pile! I love all Anna’s stories so am looking forward to a chance to dive in and enjoy!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Kandy, thanks so much for swinging by – your Crown Prince’s Chosen Bride is sitting at the top of my TBR pile too. Thanks for saying those lovely things about the books. Yeah, reunion stories are wonderful, aren’t they? I’m currently writing one in the third Dashing Widows book, Winning Lord West. Nice to give the couple a chance to get it right on the second time around.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Great choice, Andy. Fish out of water is a favourite for many Australian rural romance authors. Taking a city person and dumping them in the outback can be a blast.

        Good luck!

  3. AvatarAnnie West

    Hi Cathryn and Anna. Lovely to have you both together.

    Loved this story – it really is one of your best! A treat not to be missed. I loved the humour spiced through the romance. Just enough to give it a little extra zing.

    As for favourite themes – they change with the wind – there are so many.

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Annie, thanks for saying such lovely things about Mr. T. I’m delighted you enjoyed him so much – I had fun with the back and forth dialogue between them! Oh, you’re right about it being difficult to pick favourite themes! I could name about 20 without even having to think about it.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        It’s always fun to be with Anna, Annie. And YOU!

        One of Anna’s best? Gah! I’m going to have to steal the Kindle off Jim so I can read Tempting Mr Townsend ASAP. Should have bought it off Kobo….

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Brother’s best friend? Ooh, yes please!!

        Hmm. I wouldn’t mind writing a story like that one day.

        All the best in the draw, Linda.

  4. AvatarSharon Archer

    Hi Cathryn and Anna! All those delectable “t”s makes Tempting Mr Townsend a perfect Tuesday Teaser! I’m delighted to say I already have the Tempting Mr Townsend! It’s a lovely read and it’s so easy to fall for Mr Townsend and his gruff way of caring.

    As for romance tropes, Beauty and the Beast is a firm favourite. And reunions are another with all that lovely history! And friends to lovers comes with a different twist on the history – all that fear about ruining a great friendship!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Sharon, lovely to see you. And thanks for saying you enjoyed Mr. T! As you say, he suits this particular blog to a T! Friends to lovers – there’s so much at stake, isn’t there? Great choice of tropes!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Hi Sharon! Thanks for dropping by and sharing your favourite tropes. I’m a friends to lovers fan too. That’s so true about the stake – ruining a good friendship. That’s a lot to lose for anyone. Anna’s gorgeous Beauty and the Beast stories always suck me in though. She does them so well.

  5. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Hi Cathryn! Hi Anna!

    Tempting Mr Townsend sounds so good. I’ll wait to have them all then will gobble them up one after the other.

    Oh to choose a theme, nope, can’t decide because I LOVE them all.

    I loved reading everyone’s comments and Cathryn, you and Jim are so funny.

      1. AvatarAnna Campbell

        Cathryn, it’s possible to be both funny and funny peculiar. Ducking…

        Sue, thanks so much for swinging by. I’ve got to say one of the things I love about romance is that there ARE so many variants – you can’t get sick of something at a buffet, can you?

        I’m doing a cover reveal for Lord West tomorrow so make sure you visit the FB page. It’s another absolutely luscious number and I’m in lurve! Thanks for saying how much you’re looking forward to reading the Dashing Widows!

  6. AvatarCarol Logan

    Hi Anna,Hi Cathryn, I love so many genres, I don’t think I can pick a favourite, Historical Fiction has been ,I guess , my first choice but I love Rural Romances,Doctor/Nurse,Second Chance lovers,Friends to Lovers too,and many others.
    Love your books Cathryn and Anna,please keep them coming !

  7. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Thanks so much to everyone who swung by and to Cathryn for hosting me! Always have fun here! Don’t forget to check to see who won the downloads of Mr. T!

  8. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Thanks to you all for your wonderful comments and sharing favourite tropes. Looks like friends to lovers is a big winner, but as Kandy said, talented writers like Anna can make any trope fabulous.

    Now, on to our two winners…

    Congratulations to Yvonne Evans and Andy Currey. You’ve both won a Kindle copy of Tempting Mr. Townsend. Rah! I’ll email you direct with details.

    Thanks again, everyone, and a super big thanks to Anna. Hope to see you all here again soon.

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