Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser TuesdayWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the tantalising blog series where I share snippets from works-in-progress, up-coming releases and published novels. Unless I’m feeling lazy and invite good writing buddies to fill in for me, like today!

I’m very excited to show off a sample of historical romance author Anna Campbell’s new Regency novella. Not only do I adore her books, she’s huge fun at writerly get-togethers and is always up for a glass of fizz, which makes her very much my kind of person. Anna has won the Australian Romance Readers Awards Favourite Australian Romance Author so many times I nicknamed her the Romance Queen. A title. I must say, she wears magnificently.

Anyway, enough of me. Here’s Anna to tell you about her new release. This one sounds a hoot. Make sure you read to the end. There might be a special giveaway.

Author Anna CampbellHi Cathryn! Thank you so much for having me as your guest today.

Usually I’m drooling over the recipes on Friday Feast on your blog – it’s nice to be here for the low-calorie Teaser Tuesday spot! Snerk. Which doesn’t mean I plan on delivering one of those tasteless low fat cheese kind of teasers.

No, this one’s as full-blooded and swashbuckling as my hero in A Pirate for Christmas, my seasonal novella this year.

Actually Rory Beaton, the new Earl of Channing, isn’t a pirate – gossip just paints him as one. He is, however, neglecting his duties as lord of the manor and redoubtable vicar’s daughter, Bess Farrar, beards him in his den to point out his obligations – and to get permission to borrow his donkey for the annual nativity play.

Cue entry of mischievous donkey Daisy who was a lot of fun to write. Now, she really does have a pirate heart!

Here’s the first meeting between Rory and Bess – and if you catch a whiff of classic British comedy To the Manor Born, your nostrils are not deceiving you!


“If you leave a note, I promise to deliver it,” the man said.

Bess’s lips firmed as she shifted to find a comfortable spot on the unforgiving seat. The noble Earl of Channing didn’t want visitors settling in. Indications were that he didn’t want visitors at all.

Too bad for the noble Earl of Channing.

“So he can ignore it, the way he’s ignored my other correspondence?” she asked sweetly.

A Pirate for Christmas by Anna Camobell coverThe studious-looking man avoided her eyes. “His lordship has been busy since taking over, Miss Farrar.”

Bess glanced around the dusty, empty great hall. “Not with domestic matters.”

“His lordship—”

His lordship stormed in.

At least Bess assumed that the disheveled auburn-haired man who crashed through the door at the other end of the hall must be Penton Abbey’s elusive new master. He stalked past her, brandishing a sheaf of papers.

“That blasted Farrar besom is hounding me again, Ned. I thought I asked you to put her off.” His Scottish brogue added an exotic edge to his heated remarks.

He didn’t see her as his long stride ate up the tiled floor. It would be hard to make out an army in this gloom, especially with the sky darkening for snow.

“Rory, for heaven’s sake,” the other man stammered, casting Bess an embarrassed glance.

Bess stood and performed a perfunctory curtsy. “Good afternoon, my lord.”

He turned on her. He was as tall as his friend, but much more heavily muscled. A more formidable character altogether, she could already tell. “Just who the devil are you?”

She permitted herself a cool smile. “I believe I’m the blasted Farrar besom.”

“Oh, hell,” he muttered, staring at her thunderstruck. He looked as shocked as if one of these iron-hard oak chairs had stood up, bowed and asked him to dance.

©Anna Campbell

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

A Pirate for Christmas is only 99 cents on Amazon! Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.au and Smashwords.


True to the tradition of Friday Feast, which I know this isn’t, do you have a favourite cheese? I must admit to a liking for brie and gouda.

Anna's favourite cheeses

I’ve got two Kindle downloads of A Pirate for Christmas: A Regency Novella to give away to people who share their cheesy stories today. Good luck!

Please Note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday AEST, 6th November 2015. Open internationally.

That’s TWO BOOKS UP FOR GRABS, lovely readers. So get commenting!

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88 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarNicole Laverdure

    Loved this short interview!
    Hi, I’ve just finished Anna’s novella! I loved this phrase the heroine said “Now I’ve got him at my mercy, wild horses couldn’t drag me away”.
    My favorite is Blue cheese, hum so delicious on crackers!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Nicole, thank you so much for your lovely review for Pirate. I’m absolutely delighted you enjoyed it! Yeah, I like blue cheese too. Have you tried Blue Castello. Yum, yum, yum.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        I’m half way through Pirate, Nicole. Looking forward to getting to that bit!

        It took me a while to develop a taste but I’m now a blue cheese fan too.
        Anna, I have yet to try Blue Castello. Usually I buy gorgonzola. Tis luverly.

  2. AvatarAnnie West

    Anna, you know I loved your pirate. I chortled through it. Such a lovely Christmassy story!

    As for cheese. How about D’affinois? Not sure of the spelling but you know the stuff. Gorgeous French soft cheese. Or one I haven’t been able to find in years that I used to by in Germany – a softish cheese covered in half walnuts and with half walnuts in a layer through the centre (none of that mushy walnut paste). Yu-um!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Annie, I’m still aglow at your kind words about pirate! I had such fun writing this one.

      Oh, I know that cheese of which you speak. It’s quite hard to find but it’s worth the hunt. It’s like brie on speed! That German cheese sounds yummy too. Must try and track it down some time when you visit.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        I found some d’Affinois last Friday, Annie. At the Carrington Hotel deli in Katoomba. Love that shop. It has everything. The cheese was wonderfully gooey and ripe. Had it with a Provencale rosé and game paté, as you do.

        Really want to try that German walnut cheese. It sounds beautiful!

  3. AvatarDeiatra Dee Deacon Foster

    Love Anna Campbell’s books & can’t wait to see how the Earl of Channing talks his way out of this one (from the excerpt).

      1. AvatarAnna Campbell

        Thanks so much, Cathryn! I’ve got your Summer and the Groomsman tagged for this weekend. I had it tagged for the weekend before last but I didn’t get the downtime I was hoping for to catch up on my reading.

  4. AvatarAnna Campbell

    He, Dee! Yeah, it was definitely a meet cute! Mind you, he’s quite a talker so I think he might be able to charm her into liking him fairly quickly! Thanks for saying you love the books.

  5. AvatarMeredith Hillenbrand

    Anna is a recently new author to me, and I haven’t read any of her books yet. This one sounds like one I would love to read and I really enjoyed the excerpt. My husband and I love cheese of all kinds and often eat plates of cheese, crackers, salami, etc., for lunch or dinner. I love really strong, marbled blue cheese, hard and soft goat cheese, sharp cheddar, and basically a wide variety of cheese. I don’t care that much for Brie, but I will eat it on occasion.

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Meredith, it’s been lovely seeing you on the FB page. Thanks so much for swinging by there and here today. So glad you enjoyed the pirate excerpt. I love cheese too – even brie! 🙂 I love the fresh taste of goat cheese although a lot of my friends aren’t fans.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        How cool to find another blue cheese fan. So many people don’t appreciate it. Goat’s cheese is great too. I couldn’t get enough of the various varieties when we lived in France, Meredith and Salade de Chevre Chaud – basically grilled goat’s cheese salad – was an absolute favourite.

        1. AvatarMeredith Hillenbrand

          At a local farmer’s market, is a cheese vendor that we have nicknamed “The Goat Cheese Man”. He makes an incredible hard goat cheese. Sometimes we buy the whole five pound wheel.

  6. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    I love anything Christmassy, especially movies and books. And this one Anna sounds like so much fun. Love your books Anna and can’t wait to read this one.

    I’m dairy intolerant but sometimes I’m naughty and have to have me some cheese. I luuuurve cheese, it’s just the yummiest. I used to love the German cheese called Hazer cheese, dad used to buy it all the time but I haven’t seen it around in about 30 years, maybe there is a German deli somewhere selling this cheese. It is the most stinkiest cheese ever, even worse than the most smelliest feet, but oh, so yummy, the cheese not the feet. LOL. My favourite cheese is camembert on warm toast. Yum! I’m also partial to the laughing cow cheese, Jarlsberg, Mainland Colby and bocconcini.

    Here’s a bocconcini recipe you all might enjoy. Peel, de-seed and chop 2 tomatoes and place into a bowl. Add 1/2 cup chopped baby bocconcini and 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar with 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. Heat 8 garlic bread slices in oven until golden. Spoon tomato mixture onto bread and serve garnished with basil. Absolutely delicious!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Sue, I would just die if I was dairy intolerant! Sadly I love all that cowy goodness! How interesting about Hazer – it sounds interesting, definitely worth a try even if just to say you HAVE tried it. Oh, I love bries and camemberts. That slightly musty smell they have. Nom. Love the recipe. Thanks for that. What a lovely summer snack!

      Thanks for saying you love the books!

          1. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

            You’re welcome, Anna and Cathryn. Unfortunately it’s not my recipe I found it in the small recipe booklet attached to the That’s Life! Magazine. It sure is a winner though!

  7. AvatarKandy Shepherd

    Hi Anna and Cathryn
    I should be writing but I couldn’t resist dipping into my copy of A PIRATE FOR CHRISTMAS and, of course, I’m loving it! Reading an Anna Campbell Christmas novella is becoming quite a tradition. This one promises to be as witty and romantic as your previous novellas – and I love the donkey!
    As for cheese? I’m actually not a huge cheese lover – the other “c” word, chocolate, is my vice. I enjoy mild cheeses, never smelly ones, and am putting my hand up as a fan of Jarlsberg!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Kandy, how lovely that my pirate is luring you away from lawful pursuits. That’s what pirates are meant to do! I love writing the annual Christmas novella and the donkey was majorly fun to create. She’s such a devil! Thank you for saying you’re enjoying it.

      Yanno, I think this will get me chucked out of the writer fraternity, but I prefer cheese to chocolate. Which doesn’t mean I don’t like chocolate. I like jarlsberg too. I worked for a hotel during Expo and one of their breakfast specials was a jarlsberg and oyster mushroom omelette – nom, nom, nom.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        It HAS become a bit of a tradition, hasn’t it, Kandy? And what a fiiiiine one too. I’m reading Pirate at the moment and having a ball too. Such fun.

        Anna, I have to admit it too. Given the choice between choc and cheese I’d choose the cheese every time. Love, love, love it.

  8. AvatarSharon Archer

    Hi Anna and Cathryn! Fun Teaser Tuesday interview!

    Anna, I laughed out loud when I read the scene you have here – when Bess lobs back at him “I believe I’m the blasted Farrar besom.” Priceless! Your Pirate for Christmas is a delight and I thoroughly enjoyed reading Rory and Tess’s story!

    As for lovely cheeses – adore Camambert and Brie – and actually we tried a Blue Brie and it was fabulous. I’ve always thought the blue cheeses were just a bit too, too TOO, if you know what I mean, but this one was great!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Sharon, so glad the excerpt brought back fun memories. I really did get a kick out of writing these two. She’s so sure she’s getting her way and he’s playing her the whole way! With a twinkle in his eye too. Yeah, I love soft creamy cheese too. Never tried a blue brie. Sounds intriguing. Do you know Blue Castello? That’s a lovely mild blue cheese. Nom, nom.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Anna will have us all converted to this Blue Castello of hers I think, Sharon. She’s certainly making it sound delish.

        Thanks for dropping by. Lovely to see you here!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Denise, that cracked me up. I agree with you – cheese is the best! Ooh, hadn’t thought of havarti but it’s really nice too. Don’t think I’ve ever had a white cheddar. I’ll have to check it out.

  9. AvatarGlenda

    Thanks for a hilarious excerpt, Anna! 🙂

    Choosing a favorite cheese is almost as hard as choosing a favorite book – except there are so many more excellent books than cheeses. 😉 Honestly my favorite cheese is usually the one that I’ve got in front of me or the one that will taste best with the wine I’m drinking.

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Glenda, thanks for saying you got a laugh out of the excerpt. I really had fun with this couple! Ha, I”m loving that everyone who’s commented so far is a cheese fanatic. I think it’s one of life’s great things. And as you say, it goes so well with wine – another of life’s great things.

  10. AvatarVanessa Barneveld

    Hi, Cathryn! Hi, Anna!

    Anna, congrats on the release of your fabulous Pirate! I loved this novella!

    Now… (sniffs) …cheese! I adore cheese. I was recently in the land of great cheeses, the Netherlands, where I sampled loads of Gouda, Edam, and a big block of magnificent goat’s cheese that my sister and I devoured in a day. I love that they have shops entirely devoted to cheese over there. If I had to pick one fave cheese, though, I can’t go past a good camembert—deep-fried with cranberry sauce if I’m being especially indulgent!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Hi Vanessa! Thanks so much for swinging by – and for saying you liked the novella. Yay! Ooh, I think I need to move to the Netherlands. My family background on my mother’s side is Danish and they do a mean range of dairy foods too! So I blame genetics for my greed for cheese! Love the sound of the goat’s cheese. Deep fried camembert takes me back to the 80s! Where’s my bubble skirt when I want it?

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        I was thinking the same thing about deep fried camembert, Anna. Loved it in the 80s and truth be told I still love it now. So gooey. So good! Great suggestion, Vanessa.

      1. AvatarAnna Campbell

        Margaret, you mention two of my favorite things! Nothing better! And I think cheese is such a sociable thing. A cheese platter and a bottle of wine and you’ve got a party!

  11. AvatarPhyllis N Crabtree

    I like mozzarella, gouda and brie. I’ve already bought and read the book. Loved it as I do all your stories. ?

  12. AvatarMichele Medema

    Can’t wait to have A Pirate for Christmas either by winning a copy or buying it. Christmas books are my favorite. This will be my first pirate one. I am from Wisconsin and if I didn’t like Cheese I am positive that, that is a walking the plank offense. Sharp cheddar is my favorite, but i also really like Provalone.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Your football(?) team is known as the cheeseheads, is that right, Michele? I’ve seen pics of passionate supporters. What fun!

      So yes, I can imagine not liking cheese would be a plank walking offence.

      1. AvatarMichele Medema

        They are called the GreenBay Packers the fans are all called Cheeseheads, and yes many wear a cheese foam hat. It is hilarious.

    2. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Michele, laughing at cheese being the state food in Wisconsin! You just HAVE to like it, then! I have a love-hate relationship with cheddar. I think it’s the best variety for melting on toast but it can be a little sharp in its untamed state! So glad you like the sound of a Pirate forChristmas! I’m sure both Bess and Rory LOVE cheese!

      1. AvatarMichele Medema

        The sharpness is my favorite part Anna 🙂 yea when from wisconsin you need to like cheese, brats, and beer. lol!

  13. AvatarJoy Johnson

    For a minute there I thought it was too late to enter cuz it said, “Teaser TUESDAY:! Glad my Friday is still your Tuesday. I don’t mind. 😉

    Ya want a ‘cheesy story’? First, the REAL cheese I like is Havarti (Danish cheese), creamy n smooth, I can pick on it and eat it plain all day. 😛

    Now, the OTHER cheesy story? Not of my own making or anything. But I accidentally found an article on Yahoo’s news earlier today with title “Top 10 female sex fantasies you (men) need to know about” (via askmen.com), and you know we (WO-men) have to read it, right? So, after I read it, I thought, “Well, this is nothing news IF you (man) read romance novels, you would know about this!” BTW – the author of the article is a fe-male, of course. 😉

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I had to google that article, Joy. All in the name of science, of course. I was expecting that number 2 or 3 would be covering the man in melted cheese and licking it off! Hmm. Someone somewhere has probably written an erotic romance with that in it…

      Sorry about the Teaser Tuesday mix up. To give everyone a chance to enter I left the giveaway open until today. Glad you made it in time. Good luck!

        1. AvatarJoy Johnson

          BTW – Melted cheese on the maaannn?! You don’t mean to go as far as making a Fondue on heeemm, do you?!?!! It’s kinda hawt, heee might not be willing, if ya know what I mean. 😛 😀

              1. AvatarJoy Johnson

                As of now, this interview has gone cheetos!!! Meaning it’s gone “Rated Kangaroo XXX”. 😀
                And no, I dunno what that means, better ask that “askmen.com”.
                LMAO…. 😀 😛 😀

    2. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Joy, havarti is great, isn’t it? Laughed at your piece about female fantasies. Whenever men are puzzled about that eternal question – what do women want? – I think, “Yanno, if you read a romance novel or two, you’d know!”

      1. AvatarJoy Johnson

        E-x-a-c-t-l-y. Men……..

        Ooh, yes. I love havarti, my fave, I do like others too. The only one I cannot make myself eat it is blue cheese!! Felt like having a bunch of fungus+mold growling in my mouth!!! :O

          1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

            I think it’s something you have to get accustomed to, Joy. I could never touch the stuff when I was younger but now I’m a fan. Tis delish!

      1. AvatarAnna Campbell

        Michele, I love that I’ve fallen into a nest of cheese lovers here. I honestly would rather have a nice cheese than chocolate – which will get me kicked out of the romance writers sorority, I’m sure.

        1. AvatarMichele Medema

          Thats okay I lost my taste for Chocolate. My husband makes chocolate, and comes home smelling of it everyday, and now i can’t handle the smell. He walks in the door and I tell him he smells and to fo shower lol

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Mozarella and Parmesan are a great cheeses, aren’t they, Barbara? Those Italians sure know a thing or two about food.

      Thanks for dropping by. All the best in the giveaway.

      1. AvatarJoy Johnson

        Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese are a must for Italian cuisine. I l-o-v-e Italian food, Italian men too, but easier to find food. 😀 😛

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Oh, Flora, I had real Roquefort when I visited France many years ago. So cheesy and the blue flavor was actually deliciously mild. Just added this delicious tang. Nom, nom, nom.

  14. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Thank you to everyone who swung by. Who knew the world was so full of wonderful people who love cheese as much as I do? Restores my faith in human nature, it does. Thanks to Cathryn for hosting me – I always have a ball on her blog.

    By the way, I’ve thrown another Pirate into the mix so there’s three to win now. Keep an eye out for an announcement of the lucky trio!

      1. AvatarMeredith Hillenbrand

        WooHoo! Thank you so much! I am really looking forward to reading this! I enjoyed finding out about new cheeses as well. It was a lot of fun. ?

  15. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Congratulations to Meredith, Michele and Barbara. You all won a download of A Pirate for Christmas. Cathryn has contacted you privately about your prizes. Thanks again to everyone who swung over to say hello and talk cheese.

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