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 into doing the same.

Have Christmas decorations popped up where you are? They’re certainly starting to colonise Newcastle. There are lights galore and the shops are a-glitter with tinsel, reindeer, snow and bearded Santas in heavy costumes. Poor things. Even in the air-con they must be sweating.

You know what else Christmas means?

Another gorgeous story from historical romance author Anna Campbell!

I so look forward to Anna’s Christmas tales. They’re heart-warming and lovely and her latest – The Laird’s Christmas Kiss which landed on my Kindle last week thanks to a nifty pre-order – sounds absolutely gorgeous. Just the thing to get into the Christmas spirit.

Here’s Anna to tell you more about The Laird’s Christmas Kiss. Make sure you read to the end because there could be a GIVEAWAY!

 

Anna Campbell author - thumbnailHi Cathryn and all the Teaser Tuesday aficionados!

Thank you for having me back again as a guest. Today I’m going to talk about The Laird’s Christmas Kiss, which is book 2 in my The Lairds Most Likely series.

Did you have a teenage crush? Shy, bookish Elspeth Douglas, my heroine in The Laird’s Christmas Kiss, has been mad about dashing Brody Girvan, Laird of Invermackie, since she was 15. Now she’s 20 and smart enough to know that Brody is never going to notice her, so she makes a solemn vow that she’s not going to love him anymore.

The irony is that her decision makes her much more outspoken and inclined to step out of the shadows, and Brody, who is tired of being the life of the party, realizes that his friend Hamish’s sister is pretty and funny and sweet. Everything gets even more complicated when the rake develops honorable intentions and the innocent miss decides that a brief no-strings flirtation at a house party will be fun. There’s a makeover, plenty of Christmas cheer, interfering relatives, a scandal, and a crate of imported mistletoe to launch the high jinks in fine style. I hope you enjoy this Christmas comedy of crossed wires and sigh with satisfaction when Brody and Elspeth finally discover that they’re talking the same language – and it’s the language of love!

So here’s my teaser. The Douglas and Mackinnon families and their various connections have gathered at Fergus’s castle in the Western Highlands to celebrate Christmas. This scene takes place early in the story when Elspeth and Brody waltz together for the first time.

 

Achnasheen, Scottish Highlands, December 1818

Elspeth sent him a repressive glance. “Brody, don’t waste your time flirting with me. I’m frightfully dull.”

He laughed, and she saw Diarmid shoot them a disapproving look. Then she caught Marina’s eye. Marina didn’t look disapproving at all.

The Laird's Christmas Kiss by Anna CampbellBrody’s sensual lips lifted in a sardonic curl. “I’m not wasting my time, you strange and enchanting lassie.”

For a moment, the room vanished, and all she saw was that dark, striking face with its brilliant green eyes and commanding blade of a nose. Then she remembered that she’d vowed to be sensible when it came to this man. “You’re trying to turn my head.”

He arched one black eyebrow. “Am I succeeding?”

“No,” she said, although even now, she wasn’t sure about that. “There must be better targets for all this charm.”

He was still smiling down at her as if he really was enchanted. “You think I’m charming?”

This onslaught of masculine interest was all too heady for her. And unfair. Not to mention a little cruel. Because while Elspeth might have banished her ludicrous adolescent tendre for him, she wasn’t immune to his appeal. And every minute proved that she’d aimed way above her touch when she’d set her sights on him.

Resentment sneaked out to color her response. “Does it matter what I think, when you’re so convinced yourself?”

He looked startled and for a moment, she caught a hint of what might be injured feelings. Then his eyes sharpened in a way that sent a chill of disquiet rushing down her spine. “There’s more to you than meets the eye, isn’t there, Elspeth?”

“I hope so,” she retorted.

 

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

Purchase your copy today of The Laird’s Christmas Kiss from these stores:

Amazon.com | Amazon.au | Amazon.uk

Kobo | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

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GIVEAWAY!

David Bowie Heroes album coverSo did you have a teenage crush? I had a million – mainly movie and TV stars and singers – although there was also a bit of a crush on my godmother’s grandson Geoff and the boy next door (neither of whom knew I was alive – so I know just how Elspeth feels in my new story!). There was Fonzie and David Bowie and Neil Diamond and Freddie Mercury and Anthony Andrews and Timothy Dalton and… Happy Days television show third season DVD coverBut I won’t go on. I want YOU to go on. Tell me about your teenage crush!

I’ve got a Kindle download of The Laird’s Christmas Kiss: The Likely Lairds Book 2 for someone who comments. No geographical restrictions.

Good luck in the draw!

Thanks, Anna. You are so generous with your giveaways.

As for crushes

Like us all, I had lots but the one that sticks in my mind is the one I had on Pakistani cricket captain Imran Khan. I thought him ridiculously handsome, and he was captain and don’t get me started on that accent. Swoon. I was sure he would hear my mental plea and gallop into Mount Gambier on a white Arab horse, sweep me out of my primary school and whisk me, his new princess, off to his desert kingdom for a happily-ever-after of dreamy eyes and LOTS of horses. Yes, yes, I know. I may have had my countries a tad confused and erroneously equated cricket captaincy with kingship, but it was the fantasy that counted. And daydreaming that one in class was a bucketload more fun than maths.

What about your first crush? Anna and I would love to hear. Share and you could win!

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday 9th November 2018, Australian Eastern Daylight Time. Open internationally. Prize is a Kindle copy of The Laird’s Christmas Kiss.

If you’d like to learn more about Anna and her books – and she has plenty available for your reading pleasure – please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook and Twitter using @AnnaCampbelloz.

 

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45 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. Linda Townsend

    OMG! Teenage crush? That was a LONG time ago! I remember being in love with Johnny Quest, a cartoon character, when I was young… but that was probably before I was a teenager. Thanks for the chance! I enjoy Christmas romances year-round…

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        I’ve been thinking really hard about whether I had any posters of my crushes on my crushes and all I can remember is horse pics!
        Good luck, Nancy.

  2. Alice Castle

    If I could go back and tell myself one thing, it would be that dating isn’t everything. Don’t tie yourself to one guy, at least not for long! I could have had so many more crushes and fun!! When everyone signed our yearbooks, one really great guy wrote that he wished he could have dated me! Wow!! Never knew!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Such great advice, Alice. We think those crushes are going to last forever (everything is SO INTENSE) when you’re a teen) but they rarely do.
        Wow indeed on the great guy. What a cool thing for him to write. Very flattering!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        LOTS of people were mad for David Cassidy!
        Never really did it for me. It was Imran and then David Essex of the dreamy eyes. Sigh. I still feel gooey whenever I play Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War of the Worlds.

        1. Anna Campbell

          Oh, Imran WAS dreamy, Cathryn! I always liked it when Pakistan was touring over the Christmas holidays! Oh, and David Essex! Be still my beating heart. Those blue eyes and that cheeky grin!

  3. Melody Frank

    My favorite crush was my brothers best friend. I would follow them around all the time. I can still hear my brother yelling at my mom. Mom, Melody want leave us alone.

  4. Mary

    I had a crush all through school on a guy I met my first day of 8th grade, he was a freshman. I spent his last day as a senior in class with him for 5 out of 7 periods, was on he verge of tears the whole day, then cried all the rest of the day after school. He knew that I liked him but didn’t return those feelings, but he was never a jerk about it.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        It’s never any consolation – teenage heartache is the WORST – but his decency makes him sound highly crush-worthy, Mary.
        Thanks for sharing and all the best in the giveaway.

  5. Cathy

    I was a bookworm as a teenager so my crushes were on book characters, especially on Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice.

    1. Anna Campbell

      Cathy, don’t get me started on book crushes. I had a million of them, starting with Georgette Heyer and Barbara Cartland’s heroes. Mr. Rochester. Mr. Darcy. Sebastian in Lorna Hill’s Sadler’s Wells books. Sigh.

  6. Sally Schmidt

    When my aunt married my uncle (long, long ago lol) I learned from her that it was possible to write away for “signed” photos of my favorite movie and music stars. What a treat that was, waiting for the mail. Ricky Nelson, Dr. Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare, the teenage boys on the Disney shows and movies, so many ha ha ha. My for-real crush was the boy I invited to my 14th birthday party, just prior to starting high school, I barely knew him then but he told me he had some free time and would come by the next morning. Next June will be our 50th anniversary!

    1. Anna Campbell

      Sally, what an absolutely gorgeous story about the birthday party! Worthy of a romance novel! Congratulations on all your happy years together. When I saw your list of who you wrote away to, it reminded me how handsome Richard Chamberlain was in Dr. Kildare. I was probably too young to be watching it but as a little girl, I thought he was just like a handsome prince!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        That is a WONDERFUL story, Sally. As Anna said, worthy of a romance novel!

        Thanks so much for sharing, congratulations on your upcoming golden anniversary and good luck in the draw!

  7. Sue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Oh, I nearly missed this Teaser. My beautiful little Paris (dog) was put down on Tuesday, we had her for 14 1/2 yrs. She’s being delivered in an urn today. We’re finding it a little hard and lonely without our fluff ball at the moment.
    I had a crush on the most cutest boy in school, I don’t think he noticed me as he was only into the cool girls and I wasn’t one of those. My biggest crushes though were the cute guys in the telly, hee hee, – Elvis Presley, Henry Winkler (Fonzie), shakin’ Stevens. My bedroom walls were covered with Elvis posters and one huge one of Fonzie. David Cassidy and Mike from the Brady Bunch were my two other smaller crushes.

    1. Anna Campbell

      Sue, I’m so terribly sorry about your little Paris. Big hugs.

      I can see the link between Fonzie and Elvis and SS. I had a huge crush on Fonzie. It was a major tragedy to me that I saw very few episodes of Happy Days because I was at boarding school.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Oh no re your puppy! Both of you must be heartbroken. Dogs become family, don’t they? Hugs to you both.
        I can fully understand your Elvis crush. That man had serious charisma. And talent. And that voice… wowsers!

  8. K. Drew

    David Cassidy! And Robin Ellis from the original Poldark (1977) it was the start of my various crushes on Brit actors to this day 🙂

    1. Anna Campbell

      K, oh, my goodness! How can I have forgotten Robin Ellis! I had a MAJOR, MAJOR crush on Cap’n Poldark. The original and the best in my opinion although I think Aiden Turner is very handsome. I read all the books too and Ross is eminently crushworthy in print too.

  9. Pat Dupuy

    Oh gosh. In high school I was gaga for Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees. I obviously needed a boyfriend.

  10. Margaret Murray-Evans

    Of all the crushes from grammar school up to the day I met my husband, he’s the best crush I’ve ever had.❤️

  11. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Oooh, that was fun! Thank you all so very much for sharing your crushes. Such a great range, and some lovely new discoveries for me to drool over.
    The giveaway has now closed and Anna has drawn the winners. Yes, WINNERS! Anna was so delighted with your responses she decided to add another prize to the giveaway. Congratulations to K. Drew and Sally S who have both won a Kindle download of THE LAIRD’S CHRISTMAS KISS. Notification emails should be in your inbox now.
    Thanks again and stay tuned for more Teaser Tuesday fun next week, when we’ll be featuring another guest and teaser.

  12. Sally Schmidt

    Yes, that was fun! Thanks so much for selecting me as one of the winners. I have emailed you and Anna as requested. Looking forward to the next Teaser Tuesday!

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