Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser TuesdayWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the tantalising blog series where I share snippets from my works-in-progress, up-coming releases and published novels, and occasionally invite good writing buddies to share pieces from their books.

I’m particularly chuffed to host regular guest Anna Campbell today, not least because it gives me a chance to gush over one of her previous releases, Winning Lord West, which I read last week and enjoyed HUGELY. It might well be my favourite of the Dashing Widows series so far. But that might all change with her new release, Pursuing Lord Pascal.

For those of you new to Teaser Tuesday or Anna’s books, Anna writes Regency romances filled with gorgeous men and sassy ladies, is a best-seller and multi-award winner, a fabulous writer, and a wonderful friend. Oh, and she’s Australian. See? All the good things at once. You should buy her books.

Here’s Anna to tell you more about Pursuing Lord Pascal. But make sure you read to the end. There might be a giveaway!

 

Historical romance author Anna CampbellHi Cathryn!

Thank you so much for having me back to share a Tuesday Teaser with your readers. I always love visiting!

When I originally planned my Dashing Widows novellas, I intended to write a trilogy. But luckily both readers and I have so enjoyed these stories of adventurous ladies and the rakes who win them, that there are now going to be at least three more. The first story of the ‘second’ trilogy is Pursuing Lord Pascal, and it’s out right now on all e-book platforms.

PLP features two characters who play a peripheral role in the earlier stories. Amy, Lady Mowbray, is Lord Stone’s youngest sister, and her hero is London’s handsomest man who has provided some not very serious competition for my previous Dashing Widows heroes.

There’s a touch of Dirty Dancing in this story about the geek girl who gets the cutest guy in the room—and doesn’t have to change who she is to do it. By the time you finish my latest novella, I hope you’re saying, “Nobody puts Amy in the corner!”

The excerpt is from early in the book and describes Amy and Pascal’s first meeting since she was an awkward teenager.

 

Raynor House, Mayfair, London, March 1829

All Amy’s newfound confidence fizzled to nothing. Striding toward her was the man she’d spent a couple of agonizing years dreaming about when she was a silly girl. He’d fueled her romantic fantasies, until she hit sixteen and decided that life was real and practical, and adolescent foolishness served no purpose.

Anthony turned, and the unalloyed pleasure in his expression surprised Amy. “Pascal, grand to see you.”

“And you, Kenwick.” Lord Pascal bowed briefly to Fenella. “Lady Kenwick.”

“My lord,” Fenella said with a pretty curtsy.

“Will you please introduce me to your lovely companion?”

cover of Pursuing Lord Pascal by Anna CampbellLovely companion? Amy almost looked around to see who he meant, even as those blue eyes leveled on her with unmistakable intent.

“Amy, may I present Lord Pascal?” Fenella said, shooting him a speculative glance. “Pascal, this is Amy, Lady Mowbray, down from Leicestershire for the season.”

Automatically Amy extended her hand. When he took it in his and bowed, a strange current zapped through her as if she touched lightning. Bewildered, she told herself this was impossible, especially as they both wore gloves. But it was so hard to think rationally when such remarkable male beauty filled her view.

The hundreds of candles in the ballroom turned Lord Pascal to gold. Golden hair. Golden skin. Tall, perfectly proportioned body. Broad, straight shoulders. Narrow hips. Long legs. Cheekbones high and prominent. Lips so crisply cut that they’d look sculpted from marble, if they weren’t so warm and sensual.

Such spectacular masculinity would make Michelangelo weep.

“Delighted, Lady Mowbray.” His soft murmur set her every nerve jangling with female awareness.

“Good evening, my lord,” she said, shocked that the words emerged at all, let alone as steadily as they did. With a spurt of relief, she realized that she wasn’t sixteen anymore.

By God, she could handle society. She could handle anything life threw at her. Here was proof. While butterflies and grasshoppers performed a mad ballet in her stomach, she faced down the man who had once turned her tongue-tied.

Her smile broadened as she stared into Lord Pascal’s brilliant blue eyes. Dear heaven, that color was extraordinary, like a noon sky on a perfect summer day.

Those eyes warmed and turned predatory, and she realized her hand still rested in his. Ten years ago—good Lord, last week—she’d have jerked away, flustered and awkward. Not tonight. Tonight she remained just where she was and let herself drown in those azure eyes.

“May I presume upon our new acquaintance and ask for this waltz?”

“I’m engaged with Sir Brandon.” With a flirtatiousness she’d never before attempted, she let her lashes flutter down. She didn’t mention that she and Pascal had met before, if years ago. Why revive memories of her clumsy younger self and spoil this chance to make an old dream come true?

Pascal didn’t even glance at Fenella’s son. “I’m sure he’ll yield to my greater need.”

“Greater need?” Amy slowly withdrew her hand. “That places too much importance on a waltz.”

“Sometimes a waltz can be a matter of life or death, my lady.”

 

Love that excerpt? You can read an even longer one and check out the blurb at annacampbell.com

But for instant happiness why not buy right now? Pursuing Lord Pascal is only 99 cents on Amazon.com. That’s a serious bargain so grab your copy today. You can also purchase from Kobo, iBooks and Nook.

Now, let Anna tell you about her very generous…

GIVEAWAY!

I’ve got a Kindle download of Pursuing Lord Pascal for someone who comments today. No geographical restrictions. Seeing this story is about a heroine with a girlhood crush who ends up getting the dream guy in the end, I’d love to know about your first crush, real or fictional.

Good luck in the draw!

Ooh, Anna, what a wonderful question. My first crush (besides those of the equine kind) was for former Pakistani cricket captain Imran Khan. That man was so gorgeous. I used to have dreams of us both escaping into the dessert on white Arab horses. Might have got my countries a tad mixed up with that fantasy, but I was only a little country girl and back then the rest of the world was a complete mystery.

Anna and I would adore hearing about your first crush. Please share and you could win!

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday 14th October, AEST. Open internationally. Prize is a Kindle copy of Pursuing Lord Pascal.

Don’t have a Kindle e-reader? Not a problem. You can download the reading app for free to your smartphone, tablet or computer and read Pursuing Lord Pascal on there.

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29 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Cathryn, I hear you on Imran Khan! He was hubba hubba. My first crush – and I was VERY young – was Thierry La Fronde from The King’s Outlaw, a French serial set in the 100 Years War that the ABC used to play dubbed in the afternoons. I was seriously in love with TLF, even at the age of about 5! How’s that for obscure?

    By the way, thank you for having me as your guest today! Always love visiting for Tuesday Teaser.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      A delight to have you on, Anna. As always. Ooh, I went and googled Thierry. Very Robin Hood! I suspect I’d have had a crush on him too. Those tight pants…

      Imran was indeed hubba, hubba. I was convinced he’d fall madly in love with me and give me lots of horses, if only we could meet. Naturally he’d give up cricket for his true love too.

  2. AvatarAnnie West

    Lovely to see you both here – two of my fave authors! And such a tempting excerpt. I loved this story! The Dashing Widows are such fun, aren’t the?

    Hm, I honestly can’t remember my first crush. I think it varied so often! I do remember when I was very, very young, watching old B&W movies on wet afternoons and thinking Cary Grant and Gary Cooper were the bees knees. Well, I didn’t know that saying till much, later, but you know what I mean. Cathryn, I recall falling for Imran Khan too – those eyes! That accent! Snap.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      The Dashing Widows have been a blast, Annie. I’m very much looking forward to reading this one. Anna never lets me down.

      Cary Grant and Gary Cooper didn’t really make it onto my radar, which is a bit sad when you think about the classic movies they made. Maybe not enough horses in them for me!!!

  3. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Thanks so much, Annie. I’m absolutely delighted you enjoyed PLP and his mates.

    My mum always had a thing for Cary Grant – I think that shows excellent taste. I think he’s such a perennial classic when it comes to style and charm.

  4. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Hi Cathryn! Hi Anna!

    Ooh, I pre-ordered this one and now it’s sitting all pretty and cosy in my Kindle. As soon as I’ve read the Scottish Earl I’ll start on those naughty, oops, I mean dashing widows, lol, but I know Anna’s books and there is a lot of naughty in them there books. Hehehe!
    Oh, and Anna, enjoy those Canadian mountains! Loving your pics.

    My first crush and only crush is Elvis Presley! Need I say more? When I was 11 dad asked me to watch a movie with him starring Elvis, of course, and from then on I was in love. When he died I thought the world ended. Even when he put on weight I thought he was still the most gorgeous man that walked this earth. No one will ever come close. No one!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Sue, sounds like you’re having an absolute feast of Anna Campbell! Good on you. By the way, did you know that for a very limited time the first Sons of Sin full-lengther, Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed, is only 99 cents on Kindle? That’s a major reduction on full price! Just saying, in case you want something to read after SWTSE and PLP.

      Hey, I need to give those widows some dash – of course that involves a bit of steam! Snerk.

      Oh, I’m sure you’re not the only girl whose first and last crush was Elvis!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        As Anna said, Sue, you’re definitely not the first to have had a crush on Elvis. Perfectly understandable. He was a verra, verra attractive man!

        You’ll enjoy the Scottish Earl. That one was fun. But that can be said for all of Anna’s books.

  5. AvatarMary Preston

    Going way back my first crush was on Greg Brady from The Brady Bunch. I’m not too ashamed to admit it.

  6. Avatarsophiaanne

    Hey there Cathryn & Anna. My first in Tuesday Teaser. Anna’s PLP is a very interesting & impressive story. I love it.
    I pick James Dean as my crush during my schooling days. He is from my mum’s era. I was so obsess with his handsome look in his greatest denim jeans that made me connect to his world of jeans. James Dean jeans were only available during warehouse sales in my town during those days. I was proud to wear his jeans with his name behind my pockets and there were printed of his pictures (1/2 length) and indiction of date of birth & death attached to my front jeans pocket. So sad nowadays I can’t find any of his jeans available in any leading superstore.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Welcome to TT, Sophia Anne! Thanks for dropping by.

      I am so loving these first crushes. James Dean was dead sexy! I didn’t know he had his own jeans that you could buy. I bet they were hugely sought after and are probably collector’s items now.

      Thanks again for visiting and joining in.

  7. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Sophia Anne, welcome to Cathryn’s blog. It’s a fun place to hang around. So glad you’re enjoying PLP! That was such a fun story to write. I’m originally a farm girl so I related to Amy.

    Love your story about James Dean as your first crush and the jeans. I’m not sure we had those here in Australia. I think sometimes those old-time stars had it over the new ones in terms of style and charisma. Interesting – so far most of people’s selections have been blasts from the past.

  8. AvatarSharon Archer

    Hi Cathryn & Anna
    Delicious excerpt, Anna! Sounds like Amy has shed her geeky duckling down and emerged as a beautiful swan more than capable of handling Lord Pascal. I’ve got this latest Dashing Widows novella on my Kindle and I’m looking forward to a great read!
    Mmm, as for crushes – terrible painful things, aren’t they! In some ways it was “safer” to have a crush on someone you’d never meet – like an actor or a pop star. At least it spared the agony of making a complete idiot of yourself… like I did over a boy in high school! Very good looking and athletic. Alas, he was not kind to my 13 year old self and I don’t remember him with affection at all!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Sharon, I so agree about crushes on people out of reach being much more enjoyable than real life crushes, especially when the creep isn’t kind! Sheesh! Hope you enjoy Lord Pascal – he definitely ends up being crush-worthy!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Oh yes, Sharon, the absolute agony of teenage crushes who don’t return your crushiness. ‘Tis a cruel thing! Funny how strongly we felt things back then, and how blind we were to our crush’s clay feet, but that’s adolescent hormones for you. Definitely safer with a nice fantasy man like one of Anna’s gorgeous heroes!

  9. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Thanks to Cathryn for hosting me and to everyone who swung by! I’ve loved hearing about all your crushes. Don’t forget to swing back to see who won the Kindle download of PURSUING LORD PASCAL. Good luck!

  10. AvatarJennie

    I can’t remember who my first real-person crush was (I think a boy in my class in 2nd grade) but first fictional crush was definitely Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables and all these years later, he’s still in my top 5. 🙂

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I’m a bit ashamed to admit I’ve never read Anne of Green gables, Jennie. But having done a Google search he does indeed sound very crush-worthy!

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