Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser TuesdayWelcome again to another fun instalment of Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share snippets from my works-in-progress, up-coming releases and published novels. Most of the time. Occasionally I like to spice it up and let writing buddies tease you with their works too.

Today is such a day and I’m delighted to host historical romance author Anne Gracie on the blog. Her Chance Sisters series, including The Autumn Bride, The Winter Bride and The Spring Bride (current finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia’s prestigious Ruby Awards), has been a blast and I’ve been eagerly awaiting book 4—The Summer Bride—and Daisy’s story. The girls are all great characters but I’ve developed a real soft spot for Daisy and so want her to reach her happy ever after. I bet if you’ve been following the series you feel the same.

Here’s Anne to tell you more about the The Summer Bride. Oh and don’t forget to read right through to the end. There might be a giveaway!

 

Romance Author Anne Gracie

The Summer Bride is the first “friends-to-lovers” story I’ve written, and I have to say I really enjoyed watching these two following their separate paths, all the while fighting an attraction that can’t be denied.

I loved Daisy and Flynn. Daisy is down-to-earth and outspoken and funny, and Flynn . . . well, Flynn’s a real charmer — brash, confident, and very masculine. And though it took him a while to work out what he really wanted, when he did, he went all out to get it.

Daisy and Flynn are on different courses. He wants to marry an aristocratic lady, she doesn’t want to marry at all. She has plans . . .

Daisy had no illusions about herself. She was a little Cockney guttersnipe with a gimpy leg and a foul mouth—though she was working on the swearing, and her grammar. But she loved beautiful clothes and—praise be!— she was good at making them.

She was going to be somebody, and she was going to do it all herself; Daisy Chance, Dressmaker to the Toffs, with a shop and a business all her own. That was her dream, and she was so hungry for it she could almost taste it.

The fact that Daisy fancies Flynn and always has, is irrelevant. She’s a realist, and a businesswoman, and respectability is what matters now.

Daisy pretended to stare out of her window but watched him from the corner of her eye. He was one good-looking man, Flynn. His breeches fitted nice and tight, his legs were long and powerful, and he smelled beautiful—clean and manly, not like so many posh gents who drenched themselves in perfumes and smelled like a blooming flowerpot.

No, Flynn was all man. She fancied him rotten—always had, from the first day he’d come swaggering into Lady Bea’s parlor, as brash and confident as if he owned the place. Those bold blue eyes of his had summed up every female in the room, a perfect invitation to sin.

The Summer Bride by Anne GracieFrom the very first he’d been danger wrapped in shades of masculine elegance—he’d just come from Freddy Monkton-Coombes’s very exclusive tailor—all the while complaining about having to dress like a pea-hen—not a peacock—in drab colors. With a gold earring in his ear, like a bloomin’ pirate. He was wearing it today; it glinted in the dim light.

He’d flirted with her that first day, just a bit—and she’d flirted back.

Daisy sighed. In the old days she’d have gone after him like a shot, but she’d turned respectable now, and so had Flynn.

He was planning to marry the finest young lady in London, and Daisy was starting up a business of her own. They were on different pathways, and a romp between the sheets wasn’t on the cards for either of them.  More’s the pity.

Besides, Flynn was her friend, the first man she’d ever been friends—real friends—with. The men she’d known in the past were users—pimps, predators, thieves and swindlers—all crooks of some kind.

Flynn was different, and she wasn’t going to risk spoiling their friendship with a bit of rumpy pumpy, no matter how tempting it was. That sort of thing never lasted—and the break-up always ruined the friendship.

So it was look but don’t touch.

She eyed his long, muscular thighs in their gleaming boots, and smiled to herself. Lucky he was such a treat to look at.

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Oooh, I can’t wait for this book. I pre-ordered it back in March and today is the day it’ll be popping onto my Kindle and racing to the top of my to-be-read pile.

I bet you’d love a copy of The Summer Bride too. Well, here’s your chance to win one. Yes, lovelies, we have a…

GIVEAWAY!

For your chance to win a paperback copy of The Summer Bride simply answer this question from Anne:

What’s your favorite romance trope? Friends to lovers? Revenge? Second chance at Love? Convenient Marriage? Secret baby? Amnesia? Etc

Comment away and we’ll pop you into the draw.

Please note: Giveaway closes Friday midnight Friday AEST, 8th July 2016. Open internationally. Rah!

The Chance Sisters books are available right now from Booktopia, BookdepositoryAmazon, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play, or your favourite bookstore.

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38 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. Glenda

    Love this excerpt! Looking can be fun too! 😉

    My favorite trope has always been friends to lovers. I love reading most tropes but I have most faith in the relationship thriving in a friends to lovers.

    1. Anne Gracie

      Thanks, Glenda, I think you’re right — some of the longest-term successful relationships I know is where the couple are great friends as well as lovers.

  2. Danielle Johanesen

    Oh my goodness, I so can’t wait for the Summer Bride.

    I’m a huge fan of the convenient wedding turning to love. I like them because the men are usually a bit thick about it all and it takes them ages to work out that they are actually in love with their lady. I often feel a bit sorry for the women having to go through a marriage that they mostly didn’t want to save their reputations. But they’re fun to read.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Me too, Danielle. It landed on my Kindle today and I had to stop myself from opening it straight away.

      LOL on the men being a bit thick about the convenient wedding. So true!

      All the best in the giveaway.

    2. Anne Gracie

      Thanks, Danielle. I have to say I think the convenient marriage is my favorite trope of all. And as for male thick-headedness — I love watching them slowly wake up to their deepest feelings — and all because of the woman they married.

  3. Mary Preston

    This sounds wonderful. I enjoy all kinds of stories. I do love marriage of convenience stories the best.

    1. Anne Gracie

      Thanks Mary — yes, the MoC is a great trope all right. I think I first fell in love with them through Georgette Heyer’s The Convenient Marriage and also Friday’s Child.

    1. Anne Gracie

      Thanks, Julie — yes a good Beauty and the beast story is a fine thing indeed. I’m not so convinced about “fated mates” — some I’ve loved, and others . . .meh. It’s all in the execution.

  4. Caroline

    I adore a marriage of convenience and Beauty & the beast tropes. I think they’re deliciously entertaining! I love Anne Gracie’s writing. The Chance sisters series is particularly good!!!

    1. Anne Gracie

      Thank you, Caroline — I’m so pleased you enjoy my books. I had a lot of fun with the Chance sisters — and feel a bit sad now the series is done.

  5. Sarah

    Marriage of convenience stories are my catnip but I do love a good friends to lovers story. Thanks for the giveaway!

      1. Anne Gracie

        Cathryn, if anyone would prefer the first book in the Chance Sisters series, I’d be happy to send that instead. Each of the books are stand-alone reads, but as a reader, I usually like to start a series with the first book, so if the winner prefers that, am happy to send The Autumn Bride.

  6. Linda Herold

    I don’t know which one I like best. I don’t really like the forced to get married because of a pregnancy one.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Yes, that one probably is a sore point with some people, Linda. But all tropes can be fun in that hands of an expert romance novelist. And I consider Anne a definite expert. So excited about The Summer Bride!

      All the best in the draw.

    2. Anne Gracie

      Thanks Linda. I’ve seen some wonderful marriages started by a shotgun wedding, but I think it all depends on the relationship. If the only reason to get married is the pregnancy, then yes, it’s not necessarily good, but if the couple are actually in love and the pregnancy forces them to face it . . . then things get interesting. 😉

  7. Linda Thum

    I’m happy to read anything as long as it’s well written but I admit when I some across a book that is a Beauty and Beast, Brother’s Best Friend or Reluctant Guardian/Bodyguard my ears perk up!

  8. Sue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Hi Anne! Hi Cathryn!

    The Summer Bride sounds brilliant as do the other three, I can’t believe I haven’t read the first one yet. My TBR is so big it’s overwhelming and I just want to cry because there are so many amazing authors and even more amazing books to read I don’t know which author or which book to start with first. I wish I could read 10 a day.

    Wow, that’s hard to choose a favourite theme. I adore each one equally. Only if I was forced to choose I think I’d go for amnesia. I don’t think I’ve read one yet but I’d love to, the amnesiac stories in film have always intrigued me. I’m going to hunt one down now.

    1. Anne Gracie

      Thanks, Sue. Amnesia stories are ones that readers either love or hate, so it will be interesting to see which ones you find to read and enjoy. I’ve written two — a Christmas novella called The Virtuous Widow, and a full length novel called The Accidental Wedding, in which the hero does have amnesia for a couple of days, but then fakes it to stay on. 😉

      As for having enough time for reading, I crave a week at the beach where I can do nothing except read. Maybe when I’ve finished writing the current book.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Sue, I’ve seen photos of the piles of books you’ve picked up at fairs and bet your TBR pile is ginormous! But a girl can never have too many books. Or reading hours!

        I’ve been wracking my brains trying to figure out if I’ve ever read an amnesia story and apart from maybe a Mills and Boon, I can’t think of any. I’ll have to read Anne’s now.

        Speaking of which, I’ve just started The Summer Bride. Already hooked.

        1. Sue Gerhardt Griffiths

          Cathryn and Anne, I’ve recalled an amnesia book I’ve read, don’t know how I forgot this one. It’s one by Liane Moriarty ‘What Alice Forgot.’ Loved this book. I have been hunting for others and have found a couple I’d be interested in reading. Picture Perfect by Jodi Piccoult and Forgotten Mistress, Secret Love – Child by Annie West. Anne, I definitely will be reading yours, glad you mentioned them, I wouldn’t have known otherwise.

          And my pile is still growing, Cathryn. It’s so overwhelming having so many but it’s an obsession. The best kind I say. But, you are right a girl can never have too many books.

  9. Cecilia Clark

    My favourite romance trope is ‘instant dislike through misunderstandings grows to love’

  10. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    The giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Danielle who has won a copy of The Summer Bride and is in for a gorgeous time.

    Thanks so much to Anne and to everyone who joined in the fun. It was wonderful to hear your favourite tropes.

    1. Danielle

      Oh my! Thank you so much. I’ve been dying to read this for months. I love Anne and her books are amazing. Squees with excitement.

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