Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday MemeWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share snippets from new and past releases and works-in-progress, and gently twist the arms of author buddies to do the same.

I’m thrilled to say that we’re hosting another guest this week. Rah! And this one is very special.

Regular readers will know that I’m a huge fan of Christine Wells’s books, including The Wife’s Tale and The Traitor’s Girl. HUGE! These stories are loaded with intrigue, mystery and romance, and feature fabulous female leads.

I also love the atmosphere of Christine’s stories. She takes you right into the era so you feel you’re breathing the same air of the characters, feeling the brush of their dresses, the scents of their worlds. It’s a wonderful reading experience, and her latest release The Juliet Code is no exception.

I finished The Juliet Code last Friday and can honestly say it’s fantastic and will keep you hooked until the very last page. The Juliet Code is also beautifully covered, making it a great Mother’s Day gift or a gift to yourself. We all know you deserve it.

Now, please give a hearty Teaser Tuesday welcome to Christine. Then read on for some background to The Juliet Code along with a delicious excerpt. Make sure you read to the very end because there could be a signed paperback giveaway.

 

Author Christine WellsHi Cathryn! Thank you very much for having me on your blog today. Hello everyone. I’m so thrilled to be with you today to share a little taste of my new release, THE JULIET CODE.

A little bit of background: SAS Captain Steve McIntyre (Mac) has asked Juliet Barnard’s help to track down his sister, Denise, who went missing in France during World War II. Juliet and Denise trained as British agents together and were dropped by parachute into occupied France to join in resistance activities, but they were caught by the Gestapo. To trace what happened to Denise, Juliet and Mac must first find the Nazi who held the women captive. Juliet reluctantly agrees to help Mac but she has a dreadful secret, one she is terrified will come out if they achieve their goal. This scene takes place in Paris the evening before they visit the house where Juliet and Denise were kept prisoner.

 

When he’d gone, Juliet stood with her back flat to the door, her throat choked with sobs. For the first time in years, her body craved a man’s touch. But Felix wanted so much more from her than she could give. She would be cruel to encourage him to hope.

Juliet looked around at the luxurious room and spotted the drinks tray. It would have to be liquid comfort tonight.

She had managed to comfort herself to a pleasant state of muzziness when there was a soft knock on the door.

For a few moments she wasn’t sure she’d heard correctly, but then the knock came again and she mumbled, ‘Coming,’ and rose unsteadily to her feet. ‘Gosh!’ Holding her fingers to one temple and a glass of brandy in the other hand, she tottered and weaved to the door.

The Juliet Code by Christine WellsFor safety’s sake she peered through the spy-hole and copped an eyeful of Mac’s broad chest.

‘Oh,’ she said, and opened the door. ‘Are you still up?

‘Mind if I come in?’ Mac seemed particularly humourless tonight. Which was saying something if you were at all acquainted with the captain.

‘Barnard?’ When she didn’t move aside but rather propped herself up against the wall, Mac seemed to comprehend her condition and muttered, ‘For God’s sake.’ He moved her bodily out of the way, stepped into the room and closed the door behind him.

‘Come on. We have to talk.

‘But you look so serious,’ she said pouting. ‘Why are you always so serious, Mac?

He eyed her without answering, then rang down for coffee.

‘Would you like a drink?’ she asked.

He shook his head. ‘Sit down. I want to ask you something and it can’t wait until morning.

‘Well, I’m all ears,’ she said, flicking her earring as if to demonstrate. ‘Go ahead.

‘I think I’ll wait for the coffee.

‘Then tell me what you’ve been doing tonight,’ she said, sinking onto the couch, which was suddenly far lower than it had been before. ‘Did you find a nice girl to pass the time with? French women are so . . .’ She waved an expressive hand.

There was no need to say what French women were. Mac, being a man, must surely have noticed. And why she should even mention it, she had no idea. The thought of him with another woman made her a little envious and a little sad, if she were being honest with herself. Not jealous. Just envious and sad. If only she hadn’t been so damned noble, she could have been in bed with Felix that very movement. Instead she was drunkenly conversing with this stone wall of a man and he was making her feel utterly stupid.

Silence fell between them and she had no interest in breaking it. She swivelled her feet onto the couch and twirled a strand of hair around her finger, a habit she’d had since she was a child. Stubbornly, she decided not to say one more word until he did.

She suspected that sleeping with Mac would be a largely silent affair. Uncomplicated and animal. Simple, in the best sense. But she was sober enough to realise that she was more than a little tipsy and the captain was the kind of man who would not take advantage. She wasn’t sure whether to be glad or sorry.

She was slowly reaching mental clarity all on her own when the coffee arrived. Mac played mother and replaced her brandy glass with a steaming demitasse of the purest, darkest coffee.

The very first sip knocked her to full alertness. She wouldn’t sleep a wink but it was worth it. ‘Ohhh, this is good.

The captain had poured some for himself, and the delicate cup looked like a child’s toy in his big hand. Even he couldn’t help but give a sigh of satisfaction. ‘Real coffee. There’s nothing like it in all of the British Isles.

They sat savouring it for a few minutes in mutual enjoyment and Juliet’s resentment toward him mellowed. ‘What did you want to speak to me about?’ She managed that entire sentence without a slurred word.

From his pocket, Mac fished out a photograph and handed it to her. ‘Do you recognise this man?

A jolt of revulsion shook her. She recognised him instantly, though the picture must have been taken at least ten years earlier. The brandy roiled unpleasantly in her stomach.

She nodded, pressing a hand to her lips, willing herself not to be sick. When she’d pushed down the nausea, she managed to say, ‘He was French but he worked with the Nazis. He was at that other place. Is he still alive? Have they caught him?

‘He’s alive as far as I can discover,’ said Mac. ‘And no, they haven’t caught him. Yet. But as you can imagine, he’s wanted in several quarters. Name of Pierre Garrond.

The flashes began behind her eyes. The filthy jeering face. The whip. The spattered walls. She forced down the panic. She was safe now. She’d sleep with the lights on tonight.

 

 

Oooh, I remember this scene. Wonderful stuff! As is the rest of the book. If you love a twisty tale, a gutsy heroine, brave heroes, a wonderful atmosphere, spies, love and betrayal, you should buy The Juliet Code right now.

Try these print and ebook stores:

 

Booktopia | Angus and Robertson Bookworld | Bookdepository
Amazon | Amazon.com.au | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

 

And now, because Christine is lovely and generous, we have a…

GIVEAWAY!

For your chance to win a signed paperback copy of The Juliet Code, answer this simple question: If you were a spy, what would you choose for your code name?

Okay, I’ll go for The Golden Fox, although, technically, I suppose it should be vixen, but perhaps more spylike to keep my gender ambiguous. Hmm… The Golden Fox. Sounds a bit like a rural British pub, doesn’t it?

Be as funny or as serious as you like, we don’t mind. Just make sure to share your choice in the comment section of this blog and we’ll pop you into the giveaway for a signed copy of The Juliet Code.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday, Australian Eastern Time, 4th May 2018. Australian postal addresses only.

If you’d like to learn more about Christine and her wonderful books, please visit her website. You can also connect on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter via @ChristineWells0.

 

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70 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarMalvina Yock

    Gosh this book sounds wonderful! Congratulations Christine! I think I’d like my spy name to be the Red Cat. Combining two things I like, my favourite colour and my favourite pet. Sounds exotic to me. Thanks for this teaser, I’m really looking forward to reading the book.

  2. AvatarLynn

    Can’t wait to read this book now!
    The Blue husky is my code name I feel, as I love all things blue including my husky’s piercing blue eyes.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        They do have amazing eyes, don’t they, Lynn. I had to do some research on Huskys for a book and was lost in all those bright gazes.
        Thanks and good luck!

  3. AvatarCarole Burant

    Now that’s the kind of blurb and excerpt that makes you want to buy the book RIGHT NOW!! Sounds like quite a page turner! My spy name would be Pink Unicorn:)

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        You’ll have to read The Juliet Code, Carole. It’s fabulous. I couldn’t put it down.
        Pink Unicorn is brilliant!! So elusive…

  4. Avatardeebebbington

    Hi Christine and Cathryn. I enjoyed today’s Teaser Tuesday. Love ‘The Traitor’s Girl’ and have been looking forward to reading ‘The Juliet Code’. I quite fancy ‘ Silver Sabre’ as a spy name, so hope it doesn’t sound too silly.

    1. AvatarChristine Wells

      Of COURSE it’s not too silly. I think “Silver Sabre” has a very elegant ring to it. I’m delighted to hear you enjoyed THE TRAITOR’S GIRL, Dee. That’s lovely to hear.

  5. AvatarJo Seaton

    Hi Cathryn I so enjoy reading you Teaser Tuesday blog and I love finding new Authors that I have not read and Christine has made me want o go check her books out. I think I am going to really like reading The Juliet Code.
    I would say my spy name would be ‘Night Owl’ as I love owls and I am a night stalker… LOL

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Thank you so much for saying how much you enjoy the Teasers, Jo. That’s really nice to know.
        Night Owl… It has a nice Le Carre feel, although these days whenever I hear the word owl, all I can think of his Harry Potter!

  6. AvatarPat

    Hi, I love the excerpt of this book! Can’t wait to read it! My spy name would be Foxy Matriarch. Before you all think it’s origins are Foxy Mum and then have a laugh, it’s not! Yes, matriarch is from my being a mum, but the foxy relates to undercover not sexy. So when I am waiting in a bar for a meet, they are looking for a young, sexy lady instead they get me, 50+ , grey haired and slightly overweight with sensible shoes!

  7. AvatarDiane Diamond

    Thank you for the lovely excerpt, and the chance to win. I would choose “True Brit”.

  8. AvatarMeredith Azzopardi

    Hi Christine and Catherine!
    Loved reading the excerpt from your book, Christine! Makes me think of a man I know-sigh! As for my spy name, I’m going to be incredibly presumptuous and say that most of my enemies would probably be male so the name Ball Slasher comes to mind. You want to hurt a man? Start at the groin and work your way outwards!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      A man you know?????? Can we meet him, Meredith, cos I developed a terrible crush on Mac when I was reading The Juliet Code.
      Ball Slasher… now that’d make them treat you with respect!

    2. AvatarChristine Wells

      Oh, wow, I didn’t see that coming, Meredith! Glad you like Mac (and I’m jealous you actually know someone like that!) Cathryn, I wanted to write another story about him. Maybe one day!

  9. AvatarDonna Robinson

    I did one of those quizzes and I like what I got!
    The infamous “Le’Pain Noir”. Many ‘a nefarious plots have fallen under the crushing yet crunchy blow of your baguette. While deadly, you prefer to assume the bumbling, everyday variety of disguise – tropes and stereotypical clothing allow you to “blend in seamlessly” (see: stand out) within your environment. Your enemies will never see you coming, but may be tipped off by the smell of a good Cabernet Sauvignon.
    “Le’Pain Noir” simply means… “The Black Bread”
    That is so me…. Just need some cheese to go with that wine and I can do anything!

  10. AvatarKellie Schache

    Smooth Merlot … my favourite drink whilst sitting down under a rug on these cooler nights.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      You are my kind of woman, Kellie! Speaking of which, must raid the wine rack for something tasty to go with tonight’s lamb shanks.

  11. AvatarDeb Martin

    Can’t wait to read the book, sounds awsome. My spy name would be Ms Peacock just because I like them lol.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      It’s a wonderful read, Deb. You’ll love it. Ms Peacock… when I read that all I could think of was Captain Peacock from the BBC comedy “Are you being served”. Showing my age there.
      Good luck!

  12. AvatarJulie

    What a exciting extract from the book . Thanks for sharing Christine and Cathryn. The spy name id take is Dazzling Phoenix. Becasuse as a spy I imagine I’d have to be able to adapt to all situations that are discreet or dazzling. whilst at times be secretive and very discreet to protect myself and my allies even if I’ve been pushed to the edges to many times I will be strong and rise again. The same day then infiltrate a glamorous event dazzling all around me so as not to draw questions to my true motive .

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Now that’s a glittering spy name if ever there was one, Julie. You’d have to be a sultry redhead or wear a red wig, surely?

      Gawd, this is fun. Thanks for commenting.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      And maybe, with me being the Golden Fox, we could work together! Then again, maybe we’re secret enemies…

      Good luck, Julie!

  13. AvatarChristine Hann

    Wow, Christine, this excerpt certainly has me intrigued! Great name by the way, without even needing a spy name, lol. This is really hard, I’d like to think I could be so sneaky and secretive but pass off as totally normal in any circumstance, and maybe a little sexy too, haha. But maybe ‘the crazy card’ is more like it!

  14. AvatarRae Cairns

    Fantastic excerpt, really drew me in. I think my spy name would have to be The Chameleon – the hunter who blends into her surroundings

    1. AvatarChristine Wells

      Oh, yes, the chameleon definitely comes to mind–able to pass unnoticed. I think probably very true to life, also, Rae. Glad you liked the excerpt!

  15. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Ooooooh, love the excerpt, sounds fab! I need to play catch up as I’ve only read the first book – hopefully onto the second one soonish.
    Hubby came up with Shifty Rex… I like it so I’ll take it, lol.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Shifty Rex… that one makes me laugh, Sue. Like a dodgy tyrannosaurus. Actually, it’d make a really great name for a pet.

  16. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    What an entertaining bunch you are!

    That was a absolute blast. Thank you all so much for joining in the spy name fun. Christine and I enjoyed it hugely.

    The giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Donna who has won a paperback copy of The Juliet Code. You are in for a treat there, Donna.

    For the rest of you, I hope you pick up your own copy of The Juliet Code very soon. It’s a cracking read and one I highly recommend. Perfect as a Mother’s Day present too.

    Thanks again and see you next week!

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