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’m feeling lazy and invite good writing buddies to fill in for me, like today!

It’s my great pleasure to welcome back multi award-winning historical romance author Anna Campbell to the blog. Regular readers will know Anna pops by quite often, is always hugely entertaining and usually offers a wonderful giveaway.

Today is no different, so read on, my lovelies!


Historical romance author Anna CampbellHi Cathryn! Lovely to be back on your blog again. Thank you so much for asking me to do another Tuesday Teaser!

I can hardly believe it’s time to talk about Christmas romances again! This year has just flown. I’ve got two Christmas stories out in 2016, a stand-alone called A Match Made in Mistletoe, and “Mistletoe and the Major,” part of the multi-author, multi-genre anthology Under the Kissing Bough.

Today, I’m going to tease you with “Mistletoe and the Major.” My last couple of Christmas novellas have been comedic romps. But with this one, I set out to write a touching, heartfelt story about a brave man returning from eight brutal years of war to establish a life with the wife he loves, but who he’s not sure loves him.

The excerpt takes place on Christmas Eve, Lord Canforth’s first night back on his country estate after leaving the army. He’s come home to face the fallout from a fraught fortnight’s honeymoon just before he shipped out with his regiment. To his surprise, the innocent and unsure girl he left behind has become a lovely, confident woman in his absence. And at last, they start to talk to each other and heal the wounds left from their past mistakes.


Otway Hall, Shropshire, December 1815

Flick’s lips turned down in a self-derisive smile. “I owe you an apology. That was a poor welcome I gave you. An empty house, and a wife stinking of the stables.”

Actually when Canforth had first touched her, he’d caught the scent of crushed flowers and something that was Flick alone. He’d remembered that fragrance immediately—it would always be the aroma of heaven. There might have been a hint of horse and hay, too, but he hadn’t cared. He’d been too busy fighting the urge to bury his face in her hair and tell her how much he’d missed her. Which would have ruined things between them forever. If he leaped on her like a starving wolf the minute he came home, she’d run for the hills.

Mistletoe and the Major by Anna Campbell“It’s still my home, empty or not, and I gave you no warning I was coming. But you haven’t told me why you’re spending Christmas alone.”

She took another sip of wine. “I didn’t feel like going through all the hullabaloo this year. It…it seemed easier to miss you here at Otway than in a noisy, happy crowd of people, however much I love them.”

Shock made him sit up straight and stare at her. “You missed me?”

The question surprised her. “Of course.”

“But I’ve been away for ages.”

She gave a grim laugh. “I know.”

By Jove, that was dashed nice to hear. Dashed nice. To think, she’d missed him. Perhaps his case wasn’t quite as hopeless as he thought. He leaned back and stretched his legs toward the fire. “Well.”

A smile lit her eyes to burned caramel. “Well, indeed.”

She set aside her wine and picked up her sewing, as if she hadn’t changed his world in the space of a second. “It means a plain Christmas dinner, I’m afraid. A returning hero deserves to have all the stops pulled out.”

Another silence fell, this one more comfortable than the last. Canforth finished his wine and let its warmth fortify the warmth seeping into his blood with every moment in his wife’s presence. For years, he’d been cold and lonely. Was his exile finally at an end?


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

Under the Kissing Bough, with 15 brand-new Christmas stories, including “Mistletoe and the Major,” is only 99 cents for a limited time.

Under the Kissing Bough boxed set

Buy now from: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iBooks.

It’s actually pretty funny that I’ve got two stories featuring mistletoe this Holiday season because “mistletoe” is one of those words I consistently type wrongly. It’s either “misletoe” or “miseltoe” or “mistetoe,” or some variation thereof!

Do you have any bugbear words? Words you consistently misspell or mistype? Homophones that trip you up? “Bare” and “bear” nearly always catch me out, although I’m perfectly well aware of the difference between them. How can a bare bear bear it?


So let’s confess our keyboard sins. I’ve got a Kindle download of Under the Kissing Bough to go to someone who comments today. No geographical restrictions on the giveaway. Good luck!

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday AEST, 25th November 2016. Open internationally.

Ah, those pesky misspelled words. I feel your pain, Anna. I have one I do ALL the time too and that’s mischief. Even though I know how to spell it, for some stupid reason my fingers always mix up the I and E. So frustrating!

What about you, lovely readers? Share your keyboard sins and you’ll go into the draw. I bet there are some auto correct doozies out there too.

If you’d like to learn more about Anna, please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook and Twitter using @AnnaCampbelloz.


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37 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarAnnie West

    Hi Cathryn and Anna! I’m so pleased to see this book out. I loved reading the draft!:) Yes, I got to read it early. Such a nice feel-good Christmas story.

    As for keyboard problems – all the time! I used to type so fast that I’d put words out of order, putting the end of the sentence before the words that should come earlier, and I also have trouble with chair and hair when I’m on a roll. Too often they come out as chari and hari!

  2. Avatarlesley McIntosh

    Great to hear from you Anna I am very much self taught on computer so my key board skills take some watching and checking , but easy to correct with a computer . Thanks for the opportunity to enter from NZ

        1. Avatarlesley McIntosh

          Yes auto corrections are interesting , I think it depends if your computer is set for American or British English

  3. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Oh, that story sounds wonderful, Anna!

    I know there’s a couple of words I misspell but at the moment I can’t think what they are but going back to my teenage years when I first started writing to my auntie in Germany I always wrote ya instead of ja (ja means yes in English). I did that for many years until my mum happened to see my letter and explained to me that the j in german sounds like a y so every time I wrote a word that to me sounded like a y I knew then it was spelled with a j. Funny isn’t it, the things that come to mind?

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Oh, that’s a lovely story, Sue! For many years, I couldn’t spell calendar. Think I’m OK on that now but my younger self kept wanting to do a double L. Thanks for checking out the excerpt. Glad you enjoyed it! x

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        That IS a wonderful story, Sue. Did you ever find out what your aunt thought of those ‘ya’s? Maybe she thought they were some strange Australianism?

        1. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

          I did Cathryn, I stayed with her for 6 months when I was 21 and she asked me why I kept writing ja and junge (meaning boy) with a y when in her letters I could clearly see that she used the same words spelled with a J. I told her how I never noticed her words, after all I was only a kid. Lol. She said she never put two and two together that our y could sound like a J. She never owned a TV so English was a bit foreign to her. Hehe.

          I do have a keyboard sin, it’s fiction, I type too fast and the word consistently ends up looking like this, ficiton.

          1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

            That’s nice you got to find out what she thought, Sue. I bet you both had a laugh over it.
            When you said you had a keyboard sin and it was fiction, I thought you were going to say you bought too much of it!!

  4. AvatarShelagh

    That sounds like a truly lovely story Anna. Before I confess my sorst sin, which would be pretty obvious to anybody reading my Facebook comments, I thought I’d tske a moment to piously point out that you have the word “warmth” appearing twice in the same sentence in this excerpt. That, of course, made me smile because it’s lovely to see that exalted multi-award winning authors sometimes do the things we lesser mortals do. As for my keyboard sin, well I’m a touch typist on a normal keyboard and I know I’m accurate. The problem is that these days I do a lot of my typing on my iPad using two fingers. My accuracy is woeful but because I am so used to typing accurately on the keyboard, I regularly post comments without proofing them and invariably there will be at least one and often several glaring errors.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I know what you mean about those tablet and phone keyboards, Shelagh. They create some doozy errors. My bugbear is that I can type quite fast but they, annoyingly, can’t seem to keep up. And don’t get me started on the predictive side of them…

      Thanks for visiting Teaser Tuesday.

  5. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Actually the repetition was deliberate, Shelagh. A rhetorical device, if you like.

    I’m just a new arrival to iPhones and I find predictive spelling can cause me major troubles!

  6. AvatarLinda

    Where I live, people get their Rs & Ls mixed up quite a bit! I often come across ‘crash’ instead of ‘clash’. Have you ever had sometime tell you “Sorry I have a crash” before? 😀

  7. AvatarLaurie L

    I’m a terrible speller and don’t need any help from the keyboard or autocorrect. Thank goodness for spellcheck!

    Anna, Mistletoe and the Major sounds like a wonderful Christmas story, and the other stories make this a great deal indeed!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Laurie, it’s a fabulous bargain, isn’t it? Sometimes bad spelling can be amusing – I still remember the butler in What a Duke Dares announcing my hero as the Dude of Sedgemoor! I don’t think poor Cam has recovered from the humiliation!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        The Dude of Sedgemoor, Anna? That’s brilliant!

        Doesn’t Mistletoe and the Major sound wonderful, Laurie? To be expected from Anna, if course. And yes, a wonderful set of books in Under the Kissing Bough. Love the title of that too.

        Thanks for sharing and all the best in the giveaway.

  8. AvatarChristine

    Thanks for the excerpt Anna, and for inviting her to your page to share Cathryn. I love a good Christmas story, and I really want to know how this one ends now.
    As for misspelled words, 9 times out of 10 I will type ‘form’ when I really mean ‘from’. More frustrating than a real problem, but I have learnt to go back and check every time!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Oh, Christine, I feel your pain. And like bear/bare, it’s something spellcheck won’t pick up! Thanks for swinging by – I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt.

  9. AvatarAmanda

    Autocorrect!!!! My goodness has that created me some drama over time! Unrecognised words turn into something with a TOTALLY different meaning!

  10. Avatarmaria griffo

    for me it is there, their and auto correct I type with spell check writes 28th

    your books are amazing and thank you for this chance

  11. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Thanks to everyone who joined in the Teaser Tuesday fun and shared their typo adventures. The giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Lesley who will be kept very busy this Christmas reading her 15 book collection.

    Remember, Under the Kissing Bough is only 99 cents on Amazon. A bargain! So get in the Christmas spirit and grab your copy today.

  12. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Congratulations, Lesley! Make sure you email me on AnnaCampbellOz@hotmail.com with your email addy so I can send you your prize. That’s a lot of great reading ahead of you!

    Thank you to everyone who swung by to check out the anthology UNDER THE KISSING BOUGH and my story included in it, “Mistletoe and the Major.”

    I’m back in a couple of weeks to talk about my other Christmas novella, A Match Made in Mistletoe, so make sure you swing by then.

    Cathryn, thank you as ever for being the hostess with the mostess. I always love visiting your blog.

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