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 sometimes cajole author buddies into doing the same.

How was your Easter and ANZAC weekend break? I hope it was fun. We were quiet little Vegemites and mostly hung around home, which gave us plenty of time to muck around with food. Jim is feeling very smug after cooking up some delicious barbecued octopus and I’m chuffed with my barbecued prawns with chilli-lime salt. Sadly, the only dessert I made – cider-caramel dumplings – was a dud. Just waaaay too sweet. Ah well, can’t win ‘em all!

But you might win this week on Teaser Tuesday because one of our favourite guest authors is back with a fantabulous new read and a giveaway.

It is always a delight to have Anna Campbell on the blog. She’s a lot of fun and her historical romances are gorgeous. I’m especially loving Anna’s new Scottish books. So hard to resist a Highlander.

Anna’s also currently in Scotland, writing and researching, and enjoying some spectacular sights. Scroll through Anna’s Facebook page for some fab piccies and discover where she gains some of her inspiration.

Here’s Anna to tell you a little about The Highlander’s Lost Lady, share a snippet and give one lucky person the chance to win an ebook copy.

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Anna Campbell author - thumbnailHi Cathryn!

It’s always wonderful to be here on Teaser Tuesday! Thank you so much for inviting me back to talk about my latest release The Highlander’s Lost Lady, Book 3 in the Lairds Most Likely series.

I’ve loved writing this particular book. It’s the most dramatic story I’ve done in a while. For those people who have perhaps missed the turbulent emotions and event-filled plots of some of my earlier work, the style of this story harks back to Untouched or Captive of Sin. When Diarmid Mactavish, Laird of Invertavey, finds a beautiful and mysterious woman washed up on his estate after a shipwreck, little does he know that he’s about to be swept headlong into adventure, danger, clan warfare, heartache, and irresistible love.

In this scene, Diarmid and Fiona are on the run from her brutish kinsmen. As the weather worsens, they seek shelter in a tumbledown bothy in a wild mountain glen. But as you’ll see when you read the excerpt, there is a storm about to break inside the hut that rivals anything going on in the skies above it!

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The Scottish Highlands, August 1819

At the first soft touch of Fiona’s hand on his shoulder, Diarmid woke immediately from where he slept wrapped in his coat and with his head resting against the rough sod wall. The room was dim and shadowy, lit only by the banked fire. In the gloom, she was a dark shape kneeling at his side. He couldn’t see her expression, but he read the tension in her body. Behind her, the bed showed traces of her restless sleep. The blanket sagged toward the floor.

“Fiona?” he asked groggily. “What is it, lassie? Is everything all right?”

The Highlanders Lost Lady by Anna CampbellAn unwelcome thought struck him, and he reached out to catch her hand where it hovered above his shoulder. “Is it the Grants? Have they found us?”

Curse his damned complacency. How could he have gone to sleep instead of sitting up to watch? But he’d been sure Allan and Thomas would never find this isolated bothy. And after all those long hours of riding, he’d been stupid with exhaustion. Not even the hard dirt floor and his raging desire could keep him awake.

He strained to hear some hint from outside that they’d been discovered, but all he heard was the crackle of the fire and the faint susurration of Fiona’s breath. Even the rain seemed to have stopped.

When she didn’t answer immediately, he struggled to sit up. By God, he ached. It was a long time since he’d spent so long in the saddle. “Fiona?”

“No,” she said on a whisper of sound. “No, it’s not the Grants.”

Her answer emerged in jerky gasps, and while he was relieved to learn their pursuers hadn’t caught up with them, he wasn’t reassured. “What’s wrong? Are ye ill?”

“No. No, not ill.” The hand he held trembled, but she didn’t try to draw away.

“Then what the devil is it?” He was starting to get seriously worried. He battled the mists of sleep clouding his mind.

“It’s…this.”

He was still so dazed and bewildered that even when she leaned in over him, he didn’t understand what was going on.

Then her lips crashed into his, and all rational thought disintegrated to ash.

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The Highlander’s Lost Lady is out now. Purchase your copy from these stores:

Amazon.com | Amazon.au | Amazon.uk

Kobo | iBooks | Barnes & Noble

Want more? Read a longer excerpt and blurb on my website.

GIVEAWAY!

One of the fun things about being a writer is that I can subject my characters to adventures that would scare me silly. Not just adventure. Diarmid and Fiona don’t even blink at sleeping rough whereas I’m strictly a nice soft bed and an ensuite girl when I travel. I’ve camped once or twice and it’s always ended up being ugly!

So what about you? Are you a fan of camping? What’s been your best experience when you’ve camped? Or like me, do you prefer a nice hotel with a nice room service menu? Any favourite hotels you want to tell me about?

I’ve got a download of The Highlander’s Lost Lady up for grabs today to go to someone who leaves me a comment. No geographical restrictions. Good luck!

Anna, you are so generous! Thanks once again for offering us a giveaway. Hmm… camping. I used to love it when I was younger but like you, Anna, these days I prefer my creature comforts. Glamping is more up my alley. Actually, if I’m honest, a 5-star hotel with all the facilities and lovely showers and comfy bed suits me just fine, although I’ve had some wonderful experiences in some not so good hotels too. Country pub accommodation can be a hoot!

What about you? Are you a camping, glamping, or all the comforts kind of traveller? Or perhaps you have a special hotel you can recommend? Anna and I would love to hear, and your answer in the comments could make you a winner.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time, Friday 3rd May 2019. Open internationally. Prize is an ebook copy of The Highlander’s Lost Lady.

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

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36 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarSusann Newton

    The comeforts of home are great. When travelling overseas they are a must for me but in Australia I don’t care, I love travelling in Australia. We travel extensively here and I love the outback with the red sands and green trees around rugged rock formations so if it is in a tent or a caravan it makes no difference as long as I can get there, I love all kinds of travel.

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Susann, sounds like you’re a pretty intrepid traveller! Good on you. I was saying to someone yesterday that I’m a bit of a wuss. I like a nice bathroom, preferably en suite! I haven’t travelled at all in the Outback – I really must get out there. I’ve done a lot of the Australian coast which is beautiful.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        You really should venture outback, Anna, if for nothing but the colours. As Susann described. They’re incredible.
        Thanks for sharing, Susann, and good luck!

  2. AvatarMelissa Woods

    Love camping. When we first started camping it was a tent. We now have a camper trailer and love how we can still feel like we’re camping, but have a comfy bed, a kitchen and can go anywhere.
    We can park it anywhere and enjoy the area were we are. Add a campfire in winter, roasted marshmallows and its bliss.

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Melissa, that sounds pretty civilised! Love the idea that wherever you hang your hat, that’s your home for the night. I bet you’ve seen some amazing countryside!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Now I could go a camper trailer now worries, Melissa. They’re so well fitted out these days you don’t want for anything. Sounds like you’re enjoying some fab adventures with yours. Definitely a happy camper!!

        Thanks and all good luck.

  3. AvatarAnnie West

    Hi Cathryn, hi Anna!

    Congratulations on the new book, Anna. I hope readers adore it. I found it such a gripping, emotional read. Happy new release!

    As for sleeping rough, camping out. I used to do that lot, on weekend or longer bushwalks in Eastern Australia or New Zealnad and I loved it. I have particularly vivid memories of the Blue Gum Forest in Grose Valley, Blue Mtns NSW before it was burned out. Such a majestic spot. Now though, I’m more than happy to stay somewhere with a comfy bed.

    Cathryn, I love the sound of your prawns. Will you share the recipe some time?

    Annie

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Hi Annie! The Blue Mountains would be a spectacular place to camp. All that rugged landscape and forest – beautiful. There’s something very special about that wilderness area.
      No problem re the recipe. It’s super easy too.

      1. AvatarAnna Campbell

        Cathryn, mean to say the prawns sound fabbo! Annie, you’re a much more adventurous traveller than I am. I’ve loved hearing about your adventures without in most cases actually wanting to emulate them! I’m currently on the beautiful island of Canna which is a sailing hotspot, a very sheltered anchorage in the middle of some dangerous seas. I’m hearing about all the amazing places on the west coast of Scotland that you can only get to in a boat. Thanks for saying you enjoyed my Highlander!

  4. AvatarChristine Hann

    What a fabulous scene you’ve shared here Anna – I’m dying to know what happens next!
    As for my adventures, my most favourite memory of a hotel is the Disneyland Resort ones in Paris – with my young children the themes and characters were heaps of fun. These days we have family trips with a camper trailer like most others here, though I do prefer to have the basic shower & toilet facilities available!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Christine, I bet the kids loved Disney! I must say I do like a nice bathroom! And thank you so much for saying you enjoyed reading the scene – it is called TEASER Tuesday for a reason, LOL!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        I can’t even begin to imagine the great memories you must have of Disneyland Paris, Christine. What a blast that must have been, especially for the kids.
        Thanks and all the best!

  5. AvatarLori Dykes

    Oh my gosh! You grabbed me with that blurb! She approaching him in the middle of the night! I have to read! My husband and I camped when we were young a couple of times. We were on a small river in South Georgia. I definitely could not do it now. I like the comforts and can go to a cabin in the mountains! That would do it! Have loved seeing your travels!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Lori, so glad you liked the blurb and the excerpt! I deliberately picked something that was a teaser! Yeah, I think I could manage a cabin. Camping not so much!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Funny how we prefer our comforts when we get older, Lori. I’m not even remotely apologetic about that. Roughing it can be fun, but why do it if you don’t have to?
        It’s a great teaser, isn’t it? Anna’s so good at sharing those and making us want the book NOW!
        Thanks and good luck!

  6. AvatarLisa Hutson

    When I was a kid, our family went camping all the time. We loved it! Now though, I am a grandma. Give me a hotel with a pool and we are good. 😊

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Like you, Lisa, we happily roughed it growing up. It was great fun! Except for the snakes. I never really managed to cope with snakes.
        Thanks for sharing and all the best in the draw.

  7. AvatarElizabeth Rooney

    Oooo now we discover more about Catherine Hein. Thanks to lovely Anna and her Highlanders. 🌹🙏

  8. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Hubby and I love caravanning, we have all the creature comforts similar to a house only in a smaller scale lol, the caravan ensuite is amazing I don’t need to use public amenities. Also sleeping on your own mattress that no one else has slept in is a plus too but in saying that we also have enjoyed 4 and 5 star hotels overseas and there’s not one we can fault, east coast of America, Canada and Alaska all hotels we stayed in were stunning.
    Can’t wait to read more of your books, Anna!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      And soon you’ll be having even more adventures in the van, Sue! I bet you’re excited about that. It sounds very comfortable and yes, nice to have your own bed and loo!
      Good luck!

    2. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Sue, lovely to see you! I think caravanning has come a long way since my childhood when it really was pretty basic. One of the things I love about caravanning is that the parks are often in absolutely stunning locations. Sadly on the Sunshine Coast, the councils have sold a lot of the beachfront locations but there’s still a few left. Thanks for the kind words about the books!

  9. AvatarClaire Louisa Holderness

    I camped my way across Australia from Qld to WA on my own in my swag, it was amazing. I sleep at the devil’s Marbles, Uluru, the Mcdonald Ranges, Streaky Bay, Longreach and many places in between. It took me 3 weeks to work my way across.

    I also camped on the bank of a river in Nepal, that was scary as there was a group of drunk men hanging round and my guide had to sleep outside my tent to keep me safe.

    I’ve also camped on the headhunters trail in Borneo.

    So many amazing adventures and plenty more to come.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh wow, what adventures you’ve had, Claire. That’s seriously impressive. I bet you’ve woken to some incredible sunrises. I wish you many, many more!.
      Swags… gawd, I haven’t slept in one of those since my twenties. Now that brings back memories. Mostly of B&S balls. Urk.
      Thanks so much for sharing. That was cool. I’m still blinking at the Borneo headhunters trail!

    2. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Wow, Claire, that’s seriously intrepid. I’m amazingly impressed! Good on you. It’s quite ironic that I’m addicted to travel books about people going to dangerous, out of the way places, whereas give me a five star hotel, and I’m happy! What wonderful things you must have seen on your travels.

  10. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    I’m so glad it’s not just me that prefers comfort these days. Thanks to all your comments I don’t feel like such a sook now!
    Anna’s giveaway has now been drawn. Congratulations to Elizabeth R who has won an ebook download of The Highlander’s Lost Lady. Elizabeth is in for a cracking reading time. To those who missed out, The Highlander’s Lost Lady is available now from your favourite ebook store, along with all of Anna’s books.
    Thanks again for sharing your camping adventures and hotel experiences. See you next time!

  11. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Cathryn, thanks again for having me as your guest. I always have a blast when I visit. And thanks to all the lovely people who swung by to check out the excerpt and say hello. I’m laughing at how many of us like a bit of luxury when we travel – clearly we’re birds of a feather! Congratulations, Elizabeth!

  12. AvatarLorie Bremer

    Thanks for the chance Anna!! I used to brave camping, years ago when the whole family went, but as they broke away we stopped. Would take a lot to get me to go now. Lol!

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