Teaser Tuesday!

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

This week I’m delighted to welcome back Teaser Tuesday regular and multi-award winning historical romance author Anna Campbell. Anna not only has a new book out, she’s starting a whole new series with it – the Likely Lairds. Think SCOTLAND! Men in KILTS (I hope)! STUNNING SCENERY! And all the gorgeous romance we know Anna does so brilliantly.

If you read until the end, there might also be a giveaway.

Please welcome Anna as she tells us about The Laird’s Willful Lass and shares a smouldering excerpt.


Anna Campbell author - thumbnailHi Cathryn!

I’m so excited to be here to talk about my new series, the Likely Lairds, and the first book, The Laird’s Willful Lass, which is out today on Kindle, with all other platforms to follow on 7th August. Thank you for having me as your guest.

I had such fun writing The Laird’s Willful Lass. Fergus Mackinnon, the Laird of Achnasheen, is one of those lord of all he surveys kind of guys. Think benevolent tyrant! He has pretty much everything figured out—until, that is, he meets independent half-Italian artist Marina Lucchetti.

Poor Fergus! Marina is everything he doesn’t approve of, yet everything he wants. And she’s stuck in his Highland castle tormenting him until her father’s broken leg heals. It’s enough to drive a laird wild!

This short scene takes place on Marina’s first night at Achnasheen when she and Fergus are eating dinner alone together. Despite knowing he’s asking for trouble, he’s trying to persuade her to stay on at the castle while her father recovers from a carriage accident on Fergus’s estate.


Achnasheen, Scottish Highlands, September 1817

“I told you it’s difficult for a woman to make a career as an artist.” Signorina Lucchetti raised those remarkable eyes, and desire hit Fergus so hard, he wondered why he couldn’t smell the sizzle of lightning striking. “I’ve worked too long and hard to let scandal destroy everything I’ve built.”

“I understand,” he said.

The Laird's Willful Lass by Anna CampbellHe did. Which didn’t stop him from scheming to bring them together.

Good God, he wanted her now, but it was too early to invite her into his bed. Hell, he hadn’t even convinced her to stay past tonight. He couldn’t risk his sensual intentions frightening her off just yet.

Fergus learned to respect her formidable will, unusual in the women of his acquaintance. He needed to persuade her to tumble into his arms without stirring that stubbornness.

Somewhere in the back of his mind, he wondered why he was so determined to have her. He liked compliant women. Compliant was the last adjective he’d apply to Marina Lucchetti.

But while his head warned him she was nothing but trouble, the heat swirling in his blood couldn’t be denied. Perhaps a stroll on the dangerous side of passion would remind him how much he appreciated the tranquil waters of his usual dalliances.

Perhaps the fire he sensed in Signorina Lucchetti would burn him to ash.

Whatever the future held, he’d made his decision. He wanted her, and it was too late to turn away.


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Here’s Anna back with a


As you can probably tell, this is an irresistible force meeting an immovable object kind of romance. As a reader, I just love those, and I hope you do, too. Daddy Long Legs video coverIt makes me think of that wonderful old Johnny Mercer song, Something’s Gotta Give, from Daddy Long Legs with Leslie Caron and Fred Astaire. If you don’t know either the movie or the song, check out this clip on You Tube. And when you do, I’m sure you’ll drool over that gorgeous dress she’s wearing and that stylish diamond necklace arranged in such a French fashion!

So musicals, yea or nay? Personally I love them, especially the old-school ones like Sound of Music or My Fair Lady or Top Hat. Do you have a favourite musical?

I’ve got a Kindle download of The Laird’s Willful Lass: The Likely Lairds Book 1 for someone who comments today. No geographical restrictions.

Good luck in the draw!


Ooh! I ADORE a good singalong, Anna, so definitely a yea from me on the musical front. I’m going to be predictable and choose ‘Mamma Mia’ as my favourite because… ABBA! So happy-making.

What about you? Are you a musical fan? Care to share your favourite? Leave a comment below and we’ll pop you into the draw to win a Kindle edition of The Laird’s Willful Lass.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday Australian Eastern Standard Time, 3rd August 2018. Open internationally.

If you’d like to learn more about Anna and her books – and there are lots of those – please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook and Twitter using @AnnaCampbelloz.


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85 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarGeraldine Furini

    Hi there, I’m not really a fan of the older musicals but I did enjoy The Sound of Music and then Grease in my teenage years. I can still remember when that came out, I was in Yr 10, don’t know how many times we watched it and I still love it! I love the musicals of today especially Mumma Mia, La La Land and The Greatest Showman was such a fabulous movie, I didn’t want it to end!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Geraldine, how interesting! I’ve got to say my tastes tend to incline towards the older musicals. I haven’t seen The Greatest Showman but I hear it’s wonderful – I’ve got it on order from my library. Hugh Jackman is great!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        I’m with Geraldine on The Greatest Showman, Anna. The music was so fabulous I had to buy the album. I hope you enjoy it when you get to see it.

        Thanks Geraldine and good luck!

  2. AvatarClaire Holderness

    I love musicals and there are so many to choose from. I think Madonna’s movie Evita is one of my favourites, but there’s also an episode of Buffy the vampire slayer (the series) that’s a musical and I love that, I’ve watched it numerous times. Anna’s new book sounds great, I’ll definitely be putting this on the list of books to get soon.

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Claire, I loved Evita! I wasn’t sure about the Madonna casting when I heard about it, but I thought it was altogether magnificent. Thanks for saying you like the sound of the new book!

  3. AvatarTammy Espinoza

    I’m not that big on musicals, unless you put on Grease lol. But I’d never turn one down…open mindedness is essential for a happy life!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Tammy, I was brought up on them. Mum and Dad loved them, and so did my grandmother who did a lot of babysitting when I was a kid. I agree with you about open-mindedness.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Grease is beloved with many people, Tammy. I still laugh at all the risque stuff I missed when I was a kid, especially in Greased Lightning.

  4. AvatarElaine Mattheus

    I lke musicals when there’s a plot and some dialogue, too. My husband and I saw a musical recently where everything was sung, like seeing bad opera!!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Elaine, I don’t mind the through-sung ones. I think the first of those I saw was Jesus Christ Superstar when I was in late primary school. Les Mis is one of my faves. I just like musicals!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        I’m sure Anna will be able to steer you toward loads of musicals with plot and dialogue that you’d enjoy, Elaine. She’s a musical tragic!

        Good luck.

          1. AvatarElaine Mattheus

            Love your banter! I enjoyed Wicked. At the end, I wanted to jump up and yell “Bravo”! It had a recognizable plot and dialogue in addition to great songs! I’ll have to watch Les Mis.

            1. AvatarAnna Campbell

              Elaine, I’ve never seen the movie of Les Mis but on stage, it’s an unforgettable experience. Really powerful. I wasn’t so keen on Miss Saigon, the next musical that particular team did, but Les Mis is amazing.

  5. AvatarCarole Burant

    I love musicals and the Sound of Music has always been my very favourite one. Others I love are West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera and Annie:)

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Carole, I adore The Sound of Music and West Side Story. The dancing in West Side story is amazing – I’ve seen it both on the screen and on stage and it never fails to move me. I haven’t seen Phantom or Annie. I must dig them out.

  6. AvatarTommie Mead

    Congratulations on your new release! You can tell I’m old by my favorite musicals, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Singing in the Rain and West Side Story among so many more when they were more common. Thank you for the chance!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Tommie, Singing in the Rain is one of my favourite movies ever. I still laugh every time I watch it. 7 Brides is great too and West Side Story is one of the best! Great choices.

  7. AvatarRachel Crossley

    The Phantom of the Opera it’s a classic.
    A story that intertwines a love and musical story between three people. Also this musical is different from other musicals because it not only sings but sings with such elegance to bring you into the story itself, an opera.
    Its so beautiful and amazing! The songs itself are addicting and just lovely!
    I will always love The Phantom of the Opera!!
    Thanks for the opportunity.

      1. AvatarMake Kay

        We saw it pre-Broadway with some amazing famous people, which made it even more fun. I’m a big Monty Python fan

        1. AvatarAnna Campbell

          Me too, Make. Because I was at boarding school, I didn’t see the shows first time around although I’ve caught up with a lot of them since. But a lot of my friends at uni had the records – that dates me, doesn’t it?

  8. AvatarVicki Vuat

    Sounds like another must read from Anna Campbell and l am excited to meet the characters in this series.

      1. AvatarAnna Campbell

        Vicki, thanks so much for swinging by. So glad you’re excited about the new series. It was just magical to write a Scottish story while I was in Scotland – a little more scenery has slipped into the story than usual.

  9. Avatarflchen1

    Great excerpt, Anna! Love the sounds of this new book (and series!). Sounds like he’s more than met his match ;). As for musicals, in general yes–actually played the piano in a couple dorm musicals in college, and well, what are Disney princess movies but musicals 😉 But I still ideally want the happy ending!! I’m not sure what my favorite is though… Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music is fantastic…maybe Chess for that?

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I think that’s what makes kids (and adults) get so addicted to Disney films – fab music and a happy ending is bound to make anyone want more.

      1. AvatarAnna Campbell

        Fedora, lovely to see you here. So glad you’re a great fan of them. I love bashing out the odd show tune on the piano too! I remember hearing once that the Disney organisation is responsible for keeping the musical theatre genre alive. When they were still doing the princess/cartoon musicals, pretty much everyone else had given up on the form.

  10. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Karen, I think the music in West Side Story is astonishingly good! And such a variety of styles, all done with amazing conviction and skill. Great choice!

  11. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Oh gosh, musicals are the best ever! Watched Mary Poppins on stage, absolutely spectacular as was Grease, Mama Mia, Phantom of the Opera, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Sound of Music and many more, hard to pick a favourite as they are all superb but I did see Mama Mia – Here We Go Again on the big screen Thursday and Monday and wow! just sensational and even better that Meryl Streep wasn’t in it only made an appearance at the end. Mama Mia number two is so much better than the first one and Stellan Skarsgard, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan … hubba hubba… so perhaps that would be my favourite, for now. Hehehe.

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Sue, wow, love you reaction to MM2. I’ll have to check ti out. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was a great favourite in our house when I was a kid – my brother, like most brothers, was car mad. I still remember how terrified I was of the Child Catcher!

  12. AvatarAnnie West

    Waving a huge hello to you, Cathryn and Anna.
    Don’t enter me in the draw. I’ve read (and loved) this new story. Yes, Cathryn, definitely a kilt and lots more Scottishness including a wonderful setting and lots of sizzle. One not to be missed.

    As for musicals, how about ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ – so silly and so much fun. Plus flapper outfits!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Oh, Annie, I just love Thoroughly Modern Millie! It’s just gorgeous. And the songs are such fun too. I always laugh when I wear beads – I’ve got JA’s problem about them not sitting flat! Thank you so much for swinging by and also for saying such nice things about Laird. I’m still tickled pink you enjoyed it so much!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Lovely praise for The Laird’s Willful Lass, Annie. I’m looking forward to this one. I said to Anna yesterday that I was waiting for it to come out on Kobo but I’m not sure I can wait that long now!

  13. AvatarRoslyn Stillman

    I just saw the latest Mumma Mia and loved it. But my favourite from times gone by was Yental with Barbara Strizen (forgot how to spell it) 😂

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Ros, I never saw Yentl but I think it also starred one of my favourite performers, Mandy Patinkin. He’s coming to Australia in November and I’ve just booked seats to see him in Brisbane. Perhaps he’ll sing something from Yentl!

      1. AvatarRos stillman

        Oh yes how lucky are you. It was o tv some time back. Was very surprised but well worth watching Anna.

  14. AvatarLynne Bannon

    I would love to read Annas’ latest series. After following her fact finding tour of the Isle of Eigg on facebook I feel the need to return to the lure of love and mysteries in Scottish Isles. For the sake of the plot I’m even happy to read of mainland Scotland.

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Lynne, most of my lairds are based on the mainland – I’ve got a spare laird for the 5th book, the second Christmas novella which is out at the end of next year. Just to keep you happy, I might make him an islander!

      1. AvatarLynne Bannon

        Anna so wrapped in your lyrical writing I failed to mention music. Brain fog strikes again! If I’m reading I don’t need music. As a friends’ daughter is Liesel in Sound of Music next month I had better go for for it! ❤❤❤

  15. AvatarLori Dykes

    I watched musicals growing up. Paint your wagon. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and of course the old black and white with Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. When we moved to Atlanta we went to the Fox which is an old theater and saw several shows. Then they are making the new movies and bringing them back and love that!!❤️🎬

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Lori, I was brought up on musicals. Rodgers and Hammerstein were my parents’ patron saints! How lovely to see the movies on the big screen. There’s a place in Sydney called the Orpheum – a heritage listed 1920s movie palace where they still show double bills of old musicals. When I lived there, I used to go there a lot! They even had an organist who came up out of the floor at interval to entertain everyone!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        What a lovely childhood musical education you had, Lori! Thanks so much for sharing. Good luck in the draw.

        Anna, the Orpheum and its organist sound fabulous!

  16. AvatarCathy Thomas

    I love old musicals from the 1930’s, especially Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ movies!

  17. AvatarLaDonna Hamilton

    Ohh The Laird’s Willfull Lass looks really good I’d love a chance to read it in paperback I love your books Anna I feel in love with Scotland on a trip there so these books will be labeled as “Keepers”

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      LaDonna, so glad you like the look of my laird. I’m in love with Scotland too and what’s special about this book and the Christmas one that follows is that I wrote both of them while I was actually in the Highlands. That makes them very dear to me! Sadly no plans to release it in paperback at the moment.

  18. AvatarDonna Robinson

    Oh I love a good musical and it’s hard to pick a favourite. I love CATS and Les Miserables but I also like Pirates Of Penzance and Singing in the Rain. Musicals are so entertaining as you don’t just get singing but also dancing and acting. LOVE THEM ALL! Big productions and small local ones.. They are all great. 🙂

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        I love how musicals just call for you to join in. I sing myself silly! In the privacy of my own home, that is. Not, you know, in a cinema. Unless it was one of those sing-a-long Mamma Mia or Rocky Horror sessions then I’d be loud and proud!

        Good luck.

  19. AvatarGwen H

    Congratulations on your new release. I love musicals! Hello Dolly is one of my favorites. You will adore The Greatest Showman.

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Gwen, I love Hello Dolly. I was so happy when they featured it as a movie within a movie in Wall-E, the Pixar Film. I think it’s really underrated. I also love Mame! I’m so looking forward to seeing the Greatest Showman. There’s a line a mile long to get it at the library, though, so I’ll be a little while getting my hands on it. Thanks for the congrats!

  20. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Wow! What a fantastic turnout for Anna’s Teaser Tuesday. Thank you all so much for sharing your favourite musicals. There are so many I haven’t seen and clearly need to!

    Anna is so thrilled with the response she’d decided to giveaway an extra copy of THE LAIRD’S WILLFUL LASS. Such a generous lady.

    So, our TWO! lucky winners are Geraldine F. and Elaine M. I’ve emailed you both with a message on how to claim your prize. Enjoy your fab read.

    Thanks again, everyone. I hope you’ll join me again next week for some more Teaser Tuesday fun.

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