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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 sweet-talk author buddies into doing the same.

And a sweet-talked author buddy is what we have this week!

First, news from the Hein house. I am soooo close to finishing the first draft of SCARLETT AND THE MODEL MAN. This time next week it should be done. I’ve already bought myself a celebratory pressie – a porcelain pendant featuring images from art nouveau artist Gustav Klimt‘s “Fulfilment”.

Gustav Klimt porcelain pendantIsn’t it beautiful? I couldn’t resist when I saw it, especially when I’ve been thinking so much about art and artists thanks to Scarlett, who is an artist and a very good one.

Now to find somewhere nice to wear it. Friday afternoon drinkies with some author friends sounds the ticket.

Speaking of author friends (Ha! Like that segue?), today we have a very special one on. Say hello to Teaser Tuesday regular and awesome historical romance author Anna Campbell!

You are going to luuuuurve Anna’s Teaser Tuesday this week. Not only is she sharing and excerpt from her fabulous new Christmas story The Highlander’s Christmas Quest (I love the sound of this one SO MUCH), Anna’s hosting a giveaway. Yay! Make sure you read to the end for all the details.

Now here’s Anna to tell you all about The Highlander’s Christmas Quest. Enjoy.

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Anna Campbell author - thumbnailHi Cathryn!

How did it get to be Christmas already? Thank you so much for having me back as your guest on Teaser Tuesday in this lead-up to the festive season!

In my world, the lead-up to the festive season means writing a Christmas story. This year, I had particular fun with the latest entry in the Lairds Most Likely series, The Highlander’s Christmas Quest. Like all the Lairds Most Likely stories, this one can be read as a stand-alone, so if you’d like some Highland magic to warm your Christmas stockings, why not give it a go?

When Dougal Drummond washes up on Kirsty Macbain’s Hebridean island a few days before Christmas in 1728, it’s love at first sight for her, but he’s got other fish to fry and plans to leave as soon as he’s repaired his boat. So Kirsty takes matters into her own hands and does some surreptitious sabotage to keep her beloved close and give him a chance to realize that she’s made for him. This scene takes place a few days after Dougal’s arrival when they’re working together on fixing the boat.

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Isle of Askaval, the Hebrides, Scotland, 23rd December 1728

“I’ll miss ye,” Dougal said, even as he told himself to button his lip. What was the point of harping on his regrets, when he had every intention of leaving in the morning?

Kirsty’s remarkable eyes darkened as she studied him. “I’ll miss ye, too.” Before he could identify the emotion thickening her voice, she went on quickly and in a more cheerful tone. “Ye fitted in so well with everyone on the island.”

Is that all? Dougal wanted to ask the question, but this time discretion won out and he returned to finishing his task. The early winter evening drew in, and the light in the hull was bad. But he had a nasty suspicion that wasn’t why he had trouble seeing what he needed to fix.

“Should I light the candles?” She was still too close behind him.

The Highlanders Christmas Quest by Anna CampbellHe set down the hammer and turned to face her. “No, I’ve finished. I want to…”

Damn it, she was even closer than he’d thought. Mere inches separated them. He sucked in a jagged breath, and his head flooded with the evocative scent of Kirsty. Crushed wildflowers. Warm female. A hint of the fresh salt air that always seem to swirl around her, so she seemed part of the wild sea and sky, here on her beautiful island.

“Ye want to…” she echoed, leaning closer.

Dougal swallowed to loosen a tight throat, as his heart leapt around in his chest like a grasshopper.

“I want to…” He sounded strangled. His hands formed fists at his sides, and his head swam with a hundred impossible longings.

I want to take ye in my arms.

I want to kiss ye.

I want to steal ye away across the waves and take you back to Bruard.

I want to…

He couldn’t speak any of those forbidden wishes aloud, but as Kirsty stared at him, her eyes widened as if she heard the words anyway.

“Aye?” she whispered. Although there was nobody but him to hear. Even the old men who sat outside the inn had packed up and returned to their own firesides an hour ago.

The day was almost done. Dougal had one more night on Askaval before he left forever.

That had been his aim since he arrived. Why now did that seem a punishment worse than death?

Kirsty’s lips parted. Those full, red lips that in his wicked dreams, kissed him over and over. He caught a glimpse of straight small teeth in the dark interior. The silvery eyes turned as soft and misty as the fog that swept in from the sea.

“Kirsty?” he forced out in a choked voice and realized he’d shifted even closer to her.

“Aye?” she said again, gazing unblinking into his eyes.

“Oh, hell,” he muttered and reached out to catch her upper arms in shaking hands. For one blazing, lost moment, he stared into that unforgettable face.

Then God help him, he kissed her.

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I told you this week’s Teaser Tuesday would be fabulous! Love, love, love this one and can’t wait to read it. Anna’s Christmas romances always put me in the spirit of the season and The Highlander’s Christmas Quest will put you in the mood too. Order your copy today from:

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Apple Books | Kobo | Barnes & Noble

Want more of the Dougal and Kirsty? Check out a longer excerpt on Anna’s website.

Now, as we mentioned in the intro, Anna is hosting a lovely-jubbly giveaway. Here she is again to tell you about it.

GIVEAWAY!

Are you a fan of Christmas music? I have to say I love it. I can’t wait to hear the first “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at my local supermarket. Please don’t judge me! So what’s your favourite Christmas song or carol? I’m going to go really traditional and say “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.” What about you?

I’ve got a download of The Highlander’s Christmas Quest to give away to someone who leaves a comment on this post. No geographical restrictions. Think of it as an early Christmas present!

Oh, I love Christmas music too, Anna! On the modern side, I’m very partial to Slade’s “Merry Christmas Everybody” and “Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End)” by The Darkness. And a couple of years ago I bought The Killers’ Christmas album Don’t Waste Your Wishes and it’s bloody brilliant, especially the song “Boots”. On the trad front, I adore “We Three Kings” and of course “Silent Night.”

What about you? What is your favourite Christmas song or carol? Share in the comments and you’ll go in the draw to win an ebook of The Highlander’s Christmas Quest.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday, Australian Eastern Daylight Time, 29th November 2019. Open worldwide.

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

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83 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarAnnie West

    Hi Cathyrn and Anna. Imagine having the two of you here – almost a party!

    I love that pendant of yours, Cathryn, and have dropped a hint to the family already since they ask about Christmas presents.

    I can recommend Anna’s new book. I read it in draft format (aren’t I lucky) and chuckled through it. Definitely one for the holidays!

    As for favourite Christmas songs – it varies. If someone with a good voice is singing it then ‘O Holy Night’. This morning I was actually warbling the chorus to ‘Angels We Have Heard on High’ as I made breakfast – I don’t know all the words, just that brilliant chorus, and I was no doubt murdering it but it’s such a wonderfully feel-good piece I couldn’t resist.

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Annie, it really does feel like a party with all three of us here. Thank you so much for those kind words about Christmas Quest – I giggled when I wrote it, it was nice to hear you giggling too! By the way, Cathryn, I love that pendant too. Love Klimt. I remember going to Vienna in my 20s and being blown away by his work spread across the various museums. Of course, the Belvedere still had the Adele Bloch-Bauer Portrait at that stage. Have you seen the Helen Mirren film about getting it back to the rightful owners? Really powerful stuff. Woman in Gold, I think it’s called. I’ve been lucky enough to visit Annie around Christmas and the house is full of Christmas music. Gorgeous!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        We are the party girls!!
        Thanks for the lovely feedback re my new Klimt pendant. I can’t wait to show it off. There’s another I have my beady eye on too, by the same company but a different design that looks like peacock feathers. Soooo waaaaant. But one must learn to control oneself.

        At least until one’s book is finished.

        I haven’t seen that film, Anna, but I’ll keep an eye out now. Ta!

  2. AvatarAstrid

    So many favourites, it’s hard to choose! Ones of my all times favs is Gloria in Excelsis Deo or Silent Night sung at Carols by Candlelight.

  3. AvatarPat Dupuy

    There’s a lot of them! My favorite traditional carol is probably Good King Wenceslas. And I Saw Three Ships A-sailing. And I could name more. For contemporary I like Feliz Navidad and Blue Christmas (Elvis!).

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Pat, love all those. I think I Saw Three Ships is just gorgeous. My grandmother had a beautiful Julie Andrews Christmas record where she sang that just perfectly.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Merry Christmas to you too, Susann! I love how Christmas music makes us feel festive, even when we don’t necessarily like the tune. It all adds to the fun.

  4. AvatarLisa Sargent

    ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ – Band Aid makes me cry sometimes, but I still love hearing it.

  5. AvatarCarole Burant

    Hi Anna and Cathryn:) I’m with you, I absolutely adore Christmas music and start listening to it in mid-November. My very favourite Christmas song has always been “O Holy Night”, I get shivers every time I listen to it, it just fills my heart!! Your Christmas book sounds awesome, Anna. Merry Christmas to both of you:)

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Carol, I love a really good tenor singing O Holy Night. As you say, gives you goosebumps every time! Thanks for saying you like the sound of Christmas Quest. And I wish you all the best for the Holidays!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Cecilia, that one’s lovely too. I love some of last century’s Christmas songs like that one and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Winter Wonderland.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Gah! Another one I can’t seem to recall and will have to google. Which is not good for my credit card because I can’t help but click “Buy” on the ones I don’t have!
        Thanks Cecilia, and good luck!

  6. AvatarJean Misko

    My favourite Christmas song would have to be John Lennon’s, So This is Christmas.
    This song brings incredibly happy memories of the Christmas concert at a tiny town I was teaching in and the wonderful children. I go all gooey when I hear it.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ah yes, that one is very special. How lovely that it gives you those great memories too, Jean.
      Thanks for sharing and all the best in the giveaway.

    2. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Jean, what a lovely choice. I didn’t think of that one and it always gives me a lump in the throat and I don’t even have your lovely memories to provoke that!

  7. AvatarChristine Hann

    Oh, Highlander’s Christmas Quest sounds fantastic – I did go and read the longer excerpt! There’s just something about red-headed Scotsmen at the moment. And of course I can’t wait until ‘Scarlett…’ finally hits the shelves. Silent Night has been my favourite carol since I learnt to sing it in primary school. But with 2 trumpet playing kids in the house I’ve been hearing a lot of Six White Boomers and Rudolph lately and find myself humming them at random moments.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Christine, how lovely that I tempted you to go and check out the longer excerpt! Thank you! My work is done. Yeah, there’s something about a red-headed Scotsman, isn’t there? Laughing at you getting earworms from the kids playing 6 White Boomers and Rudolph. Oh, now, and now I’ve got it!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Trumpet playing kids? What fun!!! Your house sounds very Christmassy, Christine!

        Sigh. I LOVE redheads. They are the most gorgeous men (a certain Scottish Jamie in particular). I remember being served by a horribly shy redheaded teen in a supermarket once and I so wanted to lean across and whisper that there are women out there who will be mad for him. But that would have been creepy. Poor thing would have probably called security.

        Good luck!

  8. AvatarKath Stokes

    My absolute favourite Christmas song is “It Still Feels Like Christmas Time To Me” by Lee Kernaghan. But from all the traditional Christmas songs it would have to be “Mary’s Boy Child”. And a little bit of “Aussie Jingle Bells” with Bucko and Champs to get the Christmas party started.

    Love your books Cathryn and can’t wait to read the new one from Anna

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Kath, I didn’t know the Lee Kernaghan song but I do now. Isn’t it lovely? Just perfect for the season. Also discovered another one called O Christmas Bush just perfect for us Down Under! Mary’s Boy Child always gives me goosebumps. I remember Bony M did a really lovely version of it which reveals me as a child of the 70s! Yes, I love Cathryn’s books too and I hope you enjoy my new one. I love writing my Christmas story every year. It’s become part of my seasonal celebrations!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Yay! A vote for Mary’s Boy Child! I love that too, Kath. Especially Boney M’s version (thilled to see you like it too, Anna).

        Thanks for the lovely comment about my books.

        All the best in the giveaway!

  9. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    I love Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley and the gorgeous duet with Martina McBride when she steps back in time to join Elvis in singing Blue Christmas – a very beautiful video. And another most favourite is Little Drummer Boy sung by Pentatonix, so good. O Holy Night by Silvie Paladino is lovely too and I also enjoy listening to Michael Crawford sing O Holy Night. I adore all the silly Christmas songs as well!

    I love the fun sound of The Highlander’s Christmas Quest, what a great excerpt! I LOVE Christmas stories!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      You just sound like you love Christmas, Sue!!

      Wasn’t it a great excerpt? I have The Highlander’s Christmas Quest all loaded as my Christmas read. I know I’m going to love it too. As will you!

      Good luck.

  10. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Thanks so much, Sue! I love writing Christmas stories! Oh, great choices. The Little Drummer Boy was one of my late mother’s favourites. I played it on the piano for her every Christmas season. Nice memories.

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Oh, I love that one, Anne. I remember the first time I heard that. I was a little girl staying at my grandmother’s and she was playing an old Bing Crosby record of Christmas all around the world. Stunning.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        My knowledge of Christmas carols is sadly lacking. I’m going to have to google Carol of the Bells too!

        Thanks for dropping by, Anne. Good luck.

  11. AvatarAlice Castle

    Hello, Cathryn! I love Anna’s books, too. My favorite Christmas song is Nat King Cole’s A Christmas Song. It’s so peaceful!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Hello Alice!! Love your name. One of my favourite characters to write was an Alice (in Eddie and the Show Queen).
        Doesn’t NKC sing wonderfully? Like molten chocolate.
        Thanks for dropping by and good luck!

  12. AvatarRenee E Olichwier

    I don’t care for Christmas music in general but if I had to pick one it would be Jingle bell Rock.

  13. AvatarIrina

    Hi, loved the teaser! ❤ Soooo, I must admit that me being German and all that, my favorite Christmas song is still the original Silent Night, though I also enjoy listening to other song. We have a Rock Christmas CD but when it gets cozy, I prefer the traditional songs.
    I wish you a wonderful Advent!

  14. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Wow, what a response!

    Thank you all for joining in the Teaser Tuesday fun and for sharing your favourite Christmas carols. Both Anna and I have discovered new tunes to put us in the festive mood.

    The giveaway has now closed. Anna was so chuffed with your responses that she’s decided to give away TWO copies of The Highlander’s Christmas Quest. How cool is that! Congratulations to Christine H. and Kath S. You’re both winners. Yay! Check out your inboxes for your winner’s email.

    Thanks again for supporting Teaser Tuesday. I hope to see you again next week when we’ll be hosting another faaabulous guest and another Christmassy giveaway. Not to be missed!

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