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.
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…
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.
“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?”
“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.”
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:
Now, as mentioned, there just happens to be a…
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.
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.