Teaser Tuesday!

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Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the series 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.

I hope you’re excited, my lovelies, because today we have a guest author and she’s offering a GIVEAWAY.

But first, news from the Hein house. I’ve finished the first draft of Eddie and the Show Queen. RAH! Still a long way to go but the hard work of getting the story down is finally done. My next task is to consult my list of ‘things to fix’ and set about fixing them. It’s quite long and will likely take a while, and thanks to my ongoing health dramas I’m still not confident of setting a release date yet. We’re getting closer to one though, so stay tuned!

Speaking of staying tuned, you’ll want to sit up now because it’s time to welcome our guest Jennie Jones.

I’m sure you all know Jennie from her previous visits to Teaser Tuesday and general best-seller stardom, just as I’m sure you gobble up her small-town and rural romances because they’re FABULOUS. Jennie’s books are full of what we adore – love, laughter and life. Settling down with one is like settling down with a good friend.

Jennie has a new book out this month: Lone Star Protector, book two in the fun and romantic Calamity Valley series. She’s here today to tell you a little about it and to tease you with a snippet. Think larger than life characters, humour and a gorgeous happy ever after. Plus, for the eagle-eyed, there’s a chance to win a paperback copy of Lone Star Protector.

Read on!

Author Jennie Jones

It’s always a pleasure to be on Teaser Tuesday with Cathryn! I’d like to introduce my latest Texas-set romance Lone Star Protector (just released) which is book #2 in the Calamity Valley series – fun and romantic tales of three cousins returning home to their country towns in order to find some solace and each getting more than they bargained for.

In this little excerpt, Mark and Lauren have just met for the first time at LAX airport where they’ve been delayed. Lauren is keeping her identity secret and intends to remain incognito, but Mark knows who she is and since he’s being blackmailed into keeping an eye on her, is not about to tell her who he is! So, for different reasons, they enter into what they both think is a playful, flirtatious banter – pretending to be someone else until their grounded flights take off. But when the sun rises on the next day they’ll meet again, under very different circumstances…

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Mark turned on his seat. “Since we’ve got so much time on our hands, why don’t we pretend we’re heading somewhere else? Where would you like to go, Miss—” He let the question hang in the air.

“Scarlet Juliette Barrett-Bernard.”

He managed to hold on to his laugh. “How do you do, Miss Barrett-Bernard? Pleasure to meet you. Danton Alexandre Dubois.”

“French?” she asked, eyes wide.

“On my grandmother’s side.” Not strictly true, but close enough for his use. Granny Dubois had been an Idaho backcountry logger. Came from Quebec pioneer stock and followed in her granddaddy Dubois’s footsteps, running the family firm until she was forced to retire at the age of eighty-three due to arthritis and an inability to swing the axe or type out an invoice. And he wasn’t making that up. He had fond memories of visiting her as a kid.

Lone Star Protector by Jennie Jones

“You’re not nobility in disguise, are you?” Lauren—Scarlet—asked, with a wry lift of her eyebrow.

Her eyes were mesmerizing. Moss green; dark and inviting. She made him feel like he was sitting in the lobby of some grand old hotel, surrounded by the peace and coolness of potted palms and the water music of a courtyard fountain.

She wasn’t his type at all. He loathed potted palms and teacups with dainty handles a guy couldn’t get his thumb around.

“Shall we pretend we are chic aristocrats from Europe?” he suggested. She’d find out soon enough that he wasn’t Danton Alexandre Dubois.

She gave a little shrug. “Why not.”

He could use this opportunity and gain more intel on what the Mackillop women had in mind to deter Donaldson’s salesmen who wanted to buy the valley land. As soon as he had that information, this whole business would be finished and he could get back to doing what he did best—living life his way. The casual, take-it-as-it-happens way instead of the constant looking-over-his-shoulder-due-to-being-blackmailed-by-Donaldson way.

“Nice to meet you.” He swiveled on the chair and held out his hand.

As she slid hers into his, her skin soft and cool, something fizzed, deep in his gut. 

“Let’s pretend we’re off to Paris,” he said, needing to keep the camaraderie going. “What’s the first thing you want to do when you get there?”

“Stroll down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.” There was a wave of warmth in her voice and she’d answered without hesitation.

“Sounds good.” He settled further into the hard seat. “Can I join you? I’ll buy the coffee when we get to the Arc de Triomphe.” It earned him a glance, and a smile, and small though it was, he was rewarded by its value. He had a feeling she hadn’t cracked a grin in a long time, and her response pierced him in his most vulnerable part—the heart.

Want to go someplace more comfortable?” he said. “One of the lounges?”

“They’re VIP.”

“I pre-purchased a priority pass. I’m pretty sure I can take a guest, or persuade them…”

 “Thank you, Mr. Dubois. A decent place to sit and relax would be welcome.”

He smiled, and stood. “It’s Danton. Let’s go, Scarlet. We’ve got memories to share from our trip to Paris and only three hours in which to make them.”

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Ooh, I’m intrigued, and I bet you are too, but we’ll have to grab the book if we want to know how these two fare the morning after, and you can do that right here:

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Now, as mentioned, there just happens to be a…

GIVEAWAY!

As usual, we’re going to make you work for your chance. To be in the draw to win a paperback copy of Lone Star Protector simply share in the comments your favourite airport. It doesn’t have to be one you’ve visited – not everyone’s a frequent flyer or even a flyer at all. It could be the one you’d most love to land at or transit through.

Lone Star Protector by Jennie Jones

Airports aren’t usually favourite places, are they? Mostly they’re messy, noisy and full of overpriced shops and food stalls. So I’m going to choose Newcastle Airport as my favourite, because it’s clean and quiet, and being there means I’m either off on an adventure or I’m coming home. Both nice things.

So cough up. What’s your favourite? Share and we’ll pop you into the draw for a paperback copy of Lone Star Protector.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Sunday 10th March 2019, Australian Eastern Daylight Time. Australian postal addresses only.

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

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76 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh, I’ve heard that, Astrid. I’ve only had short stopovers and haven’t had a chance to explore, but others have mentioned it’s good. Ta and good luck!

  1. AvatarC Hann

    Airports are really not my favourite places at all, but if I had to choose, it would be Perth’s. Perth means I’m off on some fantastic adventure, or almost home again which is always a nice thing to be.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      That’s the way I feel about Newcastle, C. It’s good to be leaving it and it’s good to be coming home via it. But yes, there’s usually not much to write home about when it comes to airports. I don’t mind Brussels but that’s probably because I loved the bookshop there and bought one of my all-time favourite reads from it. Oh, and there were chocolate shops and stands. Loooooots of them.
      Thanks and good luck!

  2. AvatarMelissa Woods

    I haven’t been to many airports, but so would love to go to London’s airport. To me it means it would be the beginning of a journey which would be magical.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Yes! And both Heathrow and Gatwick are gateways to soooooo many other places. You can’t help but feel excited there. Adventure abounds! I hope you make it one day soon.
      Thanks and all the best in the draw.

    2. AvatarJennie Jones

      I loved Heathrow airport (I didn’t get to Gatwick so often). I lived in London for many, many years Melissa – and if I was on the tube to Heathrow it meant I was off for a sunshine filled holiday 🙂

  3. AvatarDelores Bebbington

    Hi Jennie and Cathryn. airports are not my favourite thing because it means I am often saying goodbye to one of my children and my heart hurts. We once flew into Hobart for a Tasmanian holiday and It reminded me of a small isolated outpost in Western Australia. not scary at all and easy to find our way around.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Hi Delores! Ah, yes, I forgot about that part of airports, that they can be places of farewell as well as welcome. Tassie is beautiful, isn’t it? I’ve been 3 times and would love to go back.
      Thanks so much for sharing. Good luck!

    2. AvatarJennie Jones

      Do you remember the start and the end of the film Love Actually, Delores? The way it depicts the love and joy (and tears) of people meeting or saying farewell is something I will always remember. Airports can be lonely places, actually. So many are big, and daunting. I love me a smaller airport too – much less angst involved!

    1. AvatarJennie Jones

      I’ve been to Tullamarine a few times and it’s really easy to navigate, Cindy. Also been to the airports in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth. Plus a few very small ones like Broome and Shark Bay (for visiting Monkey Mia)
      Shark Bay is no more than a tin shed – I loved it!

  4. AvatarSusann Newton

    I loved San Francisco, such a great place and s
    To visit and the starting point for such wonderful adventures, loved it there and found the airport easy to find your way around with friendly helpful staff, Seattle was another great airport too. 🛫🛬

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Sounds like you’ve had some fab travels, Susann! Very jealous! I have a girlfriend who lived in Seattle for a few years and loved it.
      Thanks so much for sharing and good luck!

  5. AvatarMichelle elliott

    My favourite Airport was definitely O’hair International AirPort because it was where Home Alone was filmed and I actually got to be right where they have been.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        People watching is fun, isn’t it, Emma? And airports make it doubly so because of the numbers and variety of people and reasons why they’re there.
        Hmm, makes me think of the opening to Love, Actually with Hugh Grant’s voiceover. That was wonderfully done.
        Good luck!

    1. AvatarJennie Jones

      I definitely love people watching too, Emma. And love Heathrow – although I’d also want a nice comfy seat and a decent coffee or two as I people-watched!

  6. AvatarLilian Magill

    Seim Reap, Cambodia. Tiny and totally different to any of the others I’ve been through. Like a large country town.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Wow, really? That’s so interesting! Like many people, I have Cambodia on my bucket list to visit Angkor Wat and see a country that has been through so much. Oh, and eat lots of delicious food.
      All the best in the draw.

  7. AvatarStacey Houllis

    One of my favourite airports would be Thailand Singapore . Had stop over loved seeing the beautiful Orchard flowers the many colours and amazing night sky.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      That sounds wonderful, Stacey. My only experience of Singapore airport is the interior but I would love to visit the city. So much to see and don’t get me started on the food. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things.
      If only we could travel more, hey?
      Thanks and good luck!

    2. AvatarJennie Jones

      I visited Singapore many years ago, Stacey – and I long to go back. Can’t remember the airport now, but I do recall it being quite splendid. And the food in Singapore – don’t get me started! Loved it. Although the humidity is very tiring.

  8. AvatarMaria Finlay

    You should come visit Rockhampton & you will find the airport so easy to manage. One way on & one way out. With the best crumbed sausages for a snack.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I was in Rocky at Christmas, Maria! Although we were road-tripping rather than flying. it’s one of my favourite places. I have been to the airport a few times, albeit quite a few years ago, when I was studying via Central Queensland Uni. Never had crumbed sausages there, sadly. Clearly this is something I need to remedy!!

      Good luck.

    2. AvatarJennie Jones

      Rockhampton is another place I haven’t visited, Maria. So many places and towns and countries I long to see. And I reckon a crumbed sausage snack would go down very well. Hope they’re still being sold the day I actually get to Rockhampton.

  9. AvatarKerryann Brain

    I haven’t been to Ayres Rock airport but I would love to be flying over and touch down in this beautiful part of the world. I imagine the airport would be a small airport but buzzing with excited tourists from all over the world. I love looking out to the ground and the feeling of the plane as it slowly makes the descent as it makes it’s way down to the runway. I was married at William Creek and we honeymooned around central Australia and I fell in love with the red dirt and feel like it runs in my veins.

    1. AvatarJennie Jones

      Kerryann how wonderful that you love that red dirt so much after honeymooning. I remember every moment of my first flight. The rush as the engines got that kick of strength and then being suddenly airborne. I remember it every time I fly so I know what you mean about looking out of the window and seeing the earth below us, although I think I prefer take off to landing.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        What an amazing honeymoon you must have had, Kerryann. The desert colours of our outback are incredible, aren’t they? My brother used to live in Alice Springs so I’ve visited a few times, and he drove me out to the rock and other sights. Amazing. Just, amazing. It must be really something from the air.
        Great suggestion and good luck in the draw.

  10. AvatarJess Plug

    Favourite airport— mine would have to be Singapore airport! It’s a huge airport but always clean, so many cafes and restaurants, indoor gardens, many shops. You’ll never be bored during your layover at this airport!

    1. AvatarJennie Jones

      I loved Singapore airport too, Jess – along with Singapore itself. Really hope I can make another visit sometime soon. It’s been many years but I still remember that trip because I came from the UK and was on my way to visit Australia for the very first time! (That was eons ago mind you!)

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        That’s what I remember about Singapore airport, Jess – the cleanliness. Never seen anything like it. We should all take a visit back to make sure they’re keeping it up to standard!!

        All the best in the giveaway.

  11. AvatarJessica

    I have only been to 4 airports. Perth, Karratha, Darwin and Skippers (Aviation in Perth). Out of these Perth is the best. I would love to go anywhere overseas and see any airports to see what I’m missing! Really would love to go to Ireland and Hawaii.

    1. AvatarJennie Jones

      I’ve been to Ireland but not Hawaii – so I’m up for a trip there too, Jessica. And I know Perth airport well because it’s my local airport 🙂

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Hawaii would indeed be amazing, Jessica. Seeing the islands from the air would be a special experience.
        I’ve been to Dublin airport but I can’t remember much because I was too busy recovering from the scariest flight I’ve ever had. That was the first and last time I ever flew RyanAir. I was convinced the propeller outside my window was going to fall off. Damn near kissed the ground when we landed.

        Good luck!

  12. AvatarJoanne Barton

    My favorite airport is Perth. It is easy to find a quiet corner with a coffee to enjoy some reading while waiting for your flight ✈️ or arrivals.

    1. AvatarJennie Jones

      My only complaint about my local airport (Perth) is the roadworks surrounding it – although that’s got a lot better to navigate now it’s done and dusted. But I agree, Joanne, it’s a lovely quiet airport.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        I flew in and out of Perth when the Romance Writers of Australia conference was held in Fremantle a few years ago and I agree, it was a nice airport. I’d love to venture back for a visit. So much to explore over there!
        Good luck, Joanne!

  13. AvatarGeraldine Furini

    Definitely Perth of the few I’ve visited. I love the feeling when entering an airport, the anticipation of the trip ahead. It just has a relaxed atmosphere as well which doesn’t detract and cause stress from the experience like some larger airports do.

    1. AvatarJennie Jones

      So many of you have mentioned Perth airport, Geraldine. I’m beginning to feel like I might have neglected it in my considerations! But perhaps we always do that with a place that’s on our doorstep. You’re dead right about the relaxed feeling of Perth airport though.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        It’s a nice thing to be relaxed at an airport, isn’t it, Geraldine. It lets you enjoy the journey as well as the destination. Places like Sydney can drive you batty, although I have to say it’s improved a lot.
        Thanks and all the best in the giveaway.

    1. AvatarJennie Jones

      Singapore airport has come up a few times in the comments, Ann-Marie – and it is a splendid airport. Large but super clean and every amenity available. I just have to get the time to re-visit Singapore one day!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Oooh, I haven’t seen the movie yet, Ann-Marie, but I’ve read the book and some of the settings sound incredible. But yes, Singapore is fab, although it’s been a while since I last visited. As Jennie says, we really must go again!

        Thanks for sharing and all the best in the draw.

  14. AvatarCatherine Evans

    Parkes airport is my favourite – surrounded by paddocks of all sorts of colours, the Dish in the distance, and it’s small, friendly, clean, quiet and often there’s someone I know there. I haven’t been for ages though as it’s no longer my local.

    Thanks for the post and giveaway, Cathryn and Jennie xo

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        What a cool choice, Cath! I bet a bunch of people thought the same recently when they flew in for the Elvis festival. I’ve only ever driven around that area but you’re right about the colours, especially in September when the canola is flowering. The central west looks like a bright patchwork quilt!

        Thanks and good luck.

  15. AvatarDEBORAH A BRAY

    Gosh when I was a kid, my Uncle who loved all things Aircraft, would drive up to us in Maryborough Qld from his Gold Coast home and seeing the Army used to use Maryborough Airport for landing their big Shannooks and Helicopters, he used to drive us four girls out there to see them land and take off again. Our hair used to be in disarray, the noise was so loud but the thrill of seeing them come in and the rumble sounds of the land under your feet. Loved it everytime.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      That’s a great memory, Deb! Your uncle reminds me of my godfather who is aircraft mad too. When we drove up to Brisbane for the Commonwealth Games in 1982, we had to take a side trip to the international airport so he could watch the jumbos take off and land. I couldn’t figure out the appeal but he LOVED it.

      Good luck!

  16. AvatarCarolyn Holm

    Densapar Airport because it’s the first stop to a gorgeous, crazy but beautiful country that I love to visit and I feel comfortable with despite a disability. They treat me amazingly well and are so courteous.

    Is this the place for the entry for the giveaway if. Not sorry?

    1. AvatarJennie Jones

      It sure is the place, Carolyn! And isn’t it wonderful when we’re treated well? I’ve been to Bali but only once. So many places I want to visit and so many places I want to go back to.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Never fear, Carolyn, you’re in the right place. As Jennie said, how wonderful to be so well looked after at an airport, and a very busy one too. That’s lovely to hear.
        Thanks for sharing and all the best in the draw.

  17. AvatarAnnette Hallett

    My favourite airport is in Port Vila, Vanuatu! A beautiful unspoilt paradise. Adelaide would be my second as it is nice to go away but it’s always nice to come home!

    1. AvatarJennie Jones

      Vanuatu is another paradise I need to visit, Annette. And I first arrived at Adelaide airport over 20 years ago. I was in Australia from the UK on a look-see visit and loved the place so much I moved here 🙂 I was then at Adelaide airport a couple of years back and found it really easy to navigate and Adelaide itself is gorgeous.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        I can’t comment on Vanuatu – so jealous of all you jetsetters! – but I agree wholeheartedly re Adelaide. That’s a nice airport. Quiet and spacious, and last time I was passing through I had a lovely cabbie drop me off too.
        My bucket list is looking scare long with all these fab placed to visit. Keep ’em coming!
        Thanks so much for sharing, Annette. Good luck in the giveaway draw.

  18. AvatarDebbie Yeomans

    My favourite airport is Williamtown in Newcastle NSW.
    It’s clean ,tidy and so cute and easy to find everything .
    Easy to check in and board .

  19. AvatarYasmin

    My favourite is Melbourne airport. I don’t get to fly much but I live in Victoria so everytime I have flown, the minute I land at Melbourne airport (my hometown) I feel so relieved. I’m back on home turf! (Even though I live in the country and it takes another 2 hours drive to actually get home haha) it also has some nice shops and eateries!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein

      There’s something exciting about Tullamarine, isn’t there, Yasmin? I think maybe because Melbourne is such an exciting place itself. It yes, always a great feeling to be back on home turf!
      Thanks for sharing.

  20. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    What a fantastic response to our question! Thanks, everyone, for sharing your favourite airports and adding to our bucket lists. That was great fun, even if my feet are seriously itchy.

    The giveaway has now been drawn. Congratulations to Michelle Elliot who has scored a paperback copy of Lone Star Protector and is in for a WONDERFUL time.

    Thanks to everyone who played along and I hope you’re all racing back to enter this week’s giveaway with much loved rural romance, medical and women’s fiction author Fiona McArthur, who’s generously offered up for grabs a copy of her new release Lacey, book one in the second Outback Brides series.

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