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. Unless I invite good writing buddies to fill in for me, as is the case today.

Historical romance author Anna Campbell is a regular on the blog with good reason—she’s lovely, likes a good a natter over a glass of fizz, and writes fabulous romances! If you haven’t picked up any of the books in Anna’s Dashing Widows series you’re missing out. They’re huge fun. But I have to say her newest release Stranded with the Scottish Earl sounds even more fun. There’s something about men in kilts…

Here’s Anna to tell you more about it. Make sure you read to the end. There could be a GIVEAWAY!

Author Anna CampbellHi Cathryn! Or should I say Och aye the noo, lassie?

Thank you for having me as your guest today. I’m so excited to be back here on your wonderful blog to talk about my latest release which, as you’ve probably guessed, has a Scottish flavour.

Haggis, bagpipes, hunky Highlanders, what’s not to like? Well, maybe the haggis…

Stranded with the Scottish Earl: A Regency Novella is out 30th June (it’s up for pre-order now). As you can tell with a title like that, it’s a complex political thriller. Nah, I’m having you on. It’s a fun romance featuring a Scotsman and a feisty English lassie who, you guessed it, get stranded together in a flood in Hampshire.

When roguish Scotsman Ewan Macrae, Earl of Lyle, turns up on Charlotte Warren’s doorstep in the middle of a flood, he’s the last person she wants to see. Her father has decided Lyle will make her a wonderful husband, but resolutely independent Charlotte is having none of it. Until the weather traps them alone together in the house. Baby, it might be cold outside, but it’s sure heating up indoors!

The teaser takes place just after a passionate first kiss in Lyle’s borrowed bedroom.

 

“I don’t understand what happened,” Charlotte said dully.

“It’s quite simple.” Lyle pushed up until he sat beside her, leaning against the bedhead. “I wanted to kiss you the moment I saw you.”

Astonishment flared in her caramel eyes. And dangerous pleasure. He fought the urge to draw her back into his arms. He’d managed to stop once. Nothing on God’s green earth would restrain him if he succumbed to temptation a second time.

“But why did I let you?”

tranded with the Scottish Earl by Anna Campbell“Perhaps because we’re trapped here,” he said, knowing that the attraction went much deeper than mere propinquity.

“It must be more than that.” She studied him with a troubled expression. “I’ve never acted this way before.”

“I generally don’t leap on virtuous young women either,” he responded, stung.

“You seemed to know what you were doing.” It sounded like an accusation.

Lyle knew she picked a quarrel as a distraction. But he refused to oblige. He was experienced enough to know that a loss of temper would lead to a different loss of control. He stared into the fire and answered in a mild tone. “Does that mean you liked it?”

“I don’t have much to compare it to,” she muttered.

Shocked, he turned back to her. Shocked, and disgusted with himself. He’d jumped on her like a starving man snatched at a cheese sandwich. “You make me feel like a beast.” He paused as he pondered just what she’d said. “Much or nothing?”

She frowned at him. “What?”

“You said you didn’t have much to compare my kisses to.”

She blushed. “You have no right to ask that.”

“I had no right to kiss you either. Yet I did.” His gaze sharpened. “Who’s been trifling with your favors? And where do I need to go to kill him?”

She didn’t smile at his absurdity. Nor was he convinced he was joking. “I’ve been kissed before,” she admitted ungraciously. “It was…nice.”

A grunt of laughter escaped as he sagged with relief. “I don’t need to kill him after all. Heaven help your swains if that’s the best they can do.”

Miss Warren regarded him with displeasure. Thank God. He preferred her snap and fire to seeing her crushed with mortification.

“Your kisses weren’t nice.”

“I should hope not.”

“And I do wish you’d put a shirt on,” she said crossly, shifting to the edge of the bed but still—interesting again—without making any move to leave.

Feeling absurdly optimistic for a laddie who had been stopped in his wicked tracks, he rolled to his side of the bed and stood. The temptation of having her near tested what small restraint he retained.

 

Want a longer excerpt? You’ll find it on Anna’s website.

Stranded with the Scottish Earl is only 99 cents on Amazon.com. Talk about a bargain, so secure your copy today! You can also purchase from Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.

And now for an even more exciting bit. Yes, folks, we have a…

GIVEAWAY!

Anna says: I’ve got a Kindle download of Stranded with the Scottish Earl for someone who comments today. No geographical restrictions.

Do you like Highlander romances? Who’s your favourite Scottish hero?

Good luck in the draw!

And good luck from me too.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday AEST, 1st July 2016. Open internationally.

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Remember, Stranded with the Scottish Earl is only 99 cents on Amazon. That’s a whole lot of kilted romance for less than a dollar, so pre-order your copy now.

 

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27 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarJennifer becker

    My current favorite highlander is Niall Braewick from the beast of clan kincaid

  2. AvatarAnnie West

    Hi Cathryn! Hi Anna! Waving from windy Queensland right now. Must say rereading this snippet warmed me up. I was lucky enough to read the story in manuscript form and loved it. He’s such a strong yet adorable hero. Very charismatic too. Sigh.

    Now I’m wondering about my favourite Scottish hero (and yes, Anna, you write an excellent one!). There have been so many through the years. Hm. How about Greyfriars Bobby for something different? Such a sweetie.

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Annie, thank you for those very kind words! It was such a treat to hear you enjoyed Stranded. Greyfriars Bobby is an excellent choice – I do love a hero with a hairy chest!

  3. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    I have all the books in the Dashing Widows series but as yet have not read them, but will as soon as I’ve read Lily’s So Far into You and Cassie’s A Scandalous Wager- been waiting a long time to read this – don’t know why I keep putting it off – I have her MS when she first started writing and I loved it then…

    Anna, your Scottish Earl sounds cheeky and another book I can’t wait to read!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Sue, thanks for picking up the Dashing Widows. I think reading them in one swoop is a great idea – they’ll feel like a whole novel. Yes, my Scottish earl is definitely cheeky!

  4. AvatarShelagh

    You had me at haggis. Ick!!! My beloved Scottish father loved his haggis and black pudding, which we children were forced to endure from an early age. Give the book to somebody else though. I already have it on pre-order.

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Shelagh, thanks so much for pre-ordering Earl! I actually don’t mind haggis – if what I had was authentic, it was like spicy mince. Black pudding on the other hand gives me the willies!

  5. AvatarHelen

    Woohoo Hi Anna and Cathryn

    I can’t wait for this one to fall onto my kindle tomorrow 🙂

    I love your stories and I do love a Scotsman do I have a favourite though not sure but I am partial to Kylemore 🙂

    Have Fun
    Helen

  6. AvatarLinda Thum

    Nothing pops up immediately so I don’t know if I have a favourite. The last one I read was good. Tessa Dare’s When a Scot Ties the Knot but then she writes such amazing characters.

  7. AvatarRos Simmonds

    Who can resist a man in a skirt story???? It sounds like a must read. I have had a 20 year secret romance with Jamie Fraser from Dianna Gabaldon’s Outlander series – long before the series aired.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ros, I had my girlfriend PLEAD with me on Wednesday night to read the Outlander books because, like you, she has such an ongoing crush on Jamie. I have no doubt they’re wonderful but it’s such a daunting committment, especially in the face of my enormous to-be-read pile, so I’ve tried to appease her by watching the series. Now THAT Jamie is one hot man in a kilt!
      Thanks for dropping by and good luck.

    2. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Ros, I don’t think you’re alone there. I remember running a contest to pick your fave hero over on my website page years ago and JF was far and away the most popular choice.

  8. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Thanks to Cathryn for hosting me and thanks to everyone who swung by to say hello! I’m delighted to announce the winner of the Kindle download of STRANDED WITH THE SCOTTISH EARL is Ros Simmonds! Ros, I’ve contacted you privately with details of your prize. Happy reading!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      A pleasure to host you, Anna. We’ll definitely have to do it again.

      Congratulations, Ros, on winning your own Scot. I bet you’ll have a ball with Anna’s story. Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun. If you missed out, never fear. There’s another giveaway scheduled for the next Teaser Tuesday. Rah!

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