Welcome 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.
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.
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.
Need more? I know I do! Visit Anna’s website for a longer excerpt.
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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. It 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.