Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the tantalising blog series where I share snippets from works-in-progress, up-coming releases and published novels. Except for when I let writing buddies take over, like today.

I’m so thrilled to host Christine Wells on the blog again because it allows me to gush about her new book which released last week. Regular readers will know Christine as the author of The Wife’s Tale, one of my favourite reads of last year (and which I spoke about here on her previous Teaser Tuesday visit, and here in My Favourite Reads).

Well, having read The Traitor’s Girl last month I can tell you this story is even more intriguing. If you love female characters with courage and strength, you are going to adore this one. I did! And if you’re looking for the perfect Mother’s Day present, this should be on your list. Not only is The Traitor’s Girl beautiful to look at, it’s a cracking story that will have mum – and you – hooked.

Anyway, enough of me. Please give a big TT welcome cheer to Christine. And make sure you read until the end because there could be a very juicy GIVEAWAY.

 

Author Christine WellsHello Cathryn, thank you so much for having me on Teaser Tuesday. I’m thrilled to share my new release with you all today. THE TRAITOR’S GIRL is about an Australian teacher, Annabel Logan, who receives an alarming phone call from her long-lost grandmother, Carrie. Contrary to Annabel’s belief that her maternal grandmother died before she was born, Carrie is very much alive and she’s in trouble. Annabel rushes to Beechwood Hall, Carrie’s house in the English Cotswolds, only to find that her grandmother has disappeared. As Annabel searches for her relative she learns about Carrie’s daring and desperate work during World War II. With the help of a dashing journalist who claims to be writing Carrie’s biography, Annabel unearths the truth behind the mysterious happenings at Beechwood Hall.

THE TRAITOR’S GIRL flashes back and forth between Carrie’s adventures during the Second World War and Annabel’s quest to find her. Here is an excerpt from the evening in Paris when Carrie realises the man she is falling in love with is a double agent and a traitor:

 

My hands were shaking. I needed a drink to calm me down. The man I had been falling in love with was not only a spy who might know something about my mother’s death, but a traitor who might well have killed her.

I nearly crumbled at the thought; the hairbrush clattered into the sink. Gripping the edge of the marble vanity, I squeezed my eyes shut and took several deep breaths. I had not been falling in love with Peter Durant. It had all been an act.

Sylvia. I needed to be strong for my mother or her life would have been sacrificed for nothing. I opened my eyes. The Hollywood lights that studded the edge of the bathroom mirror illuminated my face to an unearthly degree. Wonder of wonders, no trace of my emotions showed in my expression.

I could do it. I must do it. If Sylvia’s suspicions proved correct, there was much more at stake now than any personal vendetta.

I stared into my eyes. They were blank and unrecognising, like a stranger’s. ‘You don’t matter,’ I told myself. ‘You don’t matter at all.’

The Traitor's Girl by Christine WellsSnatching up my hairbrush, I pulled my hair back tightly into a knot at the nape of my neck, securing it with a diamante buckle I fished out from the vanity drawer. It would have to do.

Suddenly, I noticed Peter leaning against the door frame, suave in his immaculate Savile Row tailoring.

He’d never come to my room before and I cursed that he’d chosen tonight of all nights to do so. Did he sense my turmoil? Had he somehow guessed its cause?

If my pulse raced before, now it was about to break the land speed record. Randomly choosing among the cosmetics ranged over the vanity, I picked up my powder puff and dusted it over my nose.

Some force beyond my control dragged my gaze to meet Peter’s in the mirror. Those hazel eyes betrayed no hint of anything amiss. I hoped mine were equally tranquil. I was a rank amateur at a game he had mastered long ago.

A crease appeared between his eyebrows. ‘I like your hair better down.’

I flushed. ‘I’m afraid this will have to do. I…’ I couldn’t admit missing a hair appointment. He’d wonder why. ‘I don’t have time to change it.’

This was the first occasion he’d expressed any opinion or preference about my appearance. Could it be coincidence that his manner toward me had altered, grown more intimate, today of all days?

I picked up the pot of rouge, touched a fingertip to the peachy-pink cream and dabbed a little along each cheekbone, working lightly to blend it into my skin. ‘Be a darling and get me a drink, won’t you? Before I put my lipstick on?’ Anything to put distance between us.

But instead of doing my bidding, he moved until he was standing close behind me. I felt crowded by him, aware of the heat of his body, the faint brush of his jacket rasping my bare shoulderblade.

Slowly, he pulled the scarf from around my neck. It hushed as it slid across my clavicles, leaving bright tingles in its wake. He wound the long length of gauze around his fist as if he’d tie me up with it, as if he’d strangle me in a lightning burst of violence.

My eyes went wide. Our gazes locked in the mirror. I put my hand up to my throat.

The scarf fluttered to the floor. His hands slid down my bare arms to cuff my wrists. He bent to press a hot, lingering kiss on my nape.

I watched us, brightly illuminated in the looking glass. His dark head made a bold contrast against the ivory and gold of my body as his mouth trailed heat over my skin. I watched my lips part in a gasp as my head tilted back, saw my flesh-and-blood self yield to him in a surrendering swoon, as if to say, ‘At last. At last’.

 

Wasn’t that brilliant? I loved that scene, it was sexy and dangerous and… well, I’d better not say any more. But if you’d like to savour another bite of this compelling story, skip on over to Christine’s website for another delicious excerpt.

The Traitor’s Girl is in stores now but you can also order your print or ebook copy online in an instant by visiting these retailers: Booktopia, Angus & Robertson Bookworld, Fishpond, DymocksAmazon, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play or your favourite store.

Now, as many of you know, Teaser Tuesday guests are not only great writers, they’re exceedingly generous, and Christine is no exception. Yes, my lovelies, we have a…

GIVEAWAY!

Here’s Christine to tell you about it.

Today I’m giving away a signed trade paperback copy of THE TRAITOR’S GIRL to a reader who can tell me about their favourite heroine from history. (Australia only)

Oooh, now that’s a tricky one. How to choose a favourite when there are so many? Hmm. Okay, in keeping with the war theme, I choose Nancy Wake, the French Resistance operative known as The White Mouse. Her bravery is incredible.

What about you? Who’s your favourite heroine? Comment below and you’ll go into the draw to win a signed copy of The Traitor’s Girl.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday AEST, 5th May 2017. Australian postal addresses only.

If you’d like to learn more about Christine and her awesome books, please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook, Twitter using @ChristineWells0 and Instagram.

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18 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. AvatarMary Preston

    THE TRAITOR’S GIRL looks marvellous.

    So hard to choose just one but I have to go with Dutch born Corrie ten Boom. Along with her family she saved so many Jewish and threatened lives during WWII. She was captured and survived her time in the concentration camps, being released by a clerical error.

    I saw a movie long ago about her, then read about her. She has stayed in my mind.
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    1. AvatarChristine Wells

      Hi Mary, thanks so much for your answer and for drawing my attention to this brave WWII heroine. And how wonderful that Corrie survived all that hardship. So many didn’t.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Mary, I can highly recommend The Traitor’s Girl. It was a cracking read – absorbing and fascinating.

        I’ve never heard of Corrie ten Boom. I’m going to have to do some investigating now. Released by clerical error? Wow!

        Thanks and all the best in the giveaway.

  2. Avatardeebebbington

    Hi Christine, looking forward to reading ‘The Traitor’s Girl’. I have always admired Vivian Bullwinkle(Statham). She was captured along with other nurses during the second world war, by the Japanese.. She, and twenty-one other nurses were marched into the sea at Bangka Island and shot. Vivian was the only one to survive. She escaped for a short time , only to be recaptured and held in a prisoner-pf-war camp for three and half years. After the war she continued nursing and became DON of the Fairfield hospital in Melbourne. She was instrumental in the erection of a war memorial for nurses in Canberra. How brave and strong to not only survive the horrors of war but to continue nursing and fight for recognition for nurses.

    1. AvatarChristine Wells

      Hello, Dee, thanks so much for sharing Vivian’s story. I agree, what amazing courage and fortitude it must have taken. to do all that Vivian Bullwinkle has done. I often wonder about the women who returned from camps and other horrific theatres of war and how it must have affected them, yet they seem to have all simply carried on. Good luck in the draw!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Thank you so much for sharing Vivian’s story, Delores. It’s impossible to imagine what that poor woman must have gone through, and her colleagues. I’ve seen the memorial in Canberra but must remember to go back for another look next time I’m there. Trouble is, ANZAC Parade always leaves me in tears. The memorials are all so moving.

        Thanks and good luck!

  3. AvatarStacey Houlis

    Hi Cathryn It great too that you support other authors as well in your teaser Tuesday. It is good to see what else is out there to read.
    I was wondering when you next rural romance will be out.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        I love hosting author buddies, Stacey. It’s nice to spread the word about new books and help readers discover our Aussie talent. Glad you’re enjoying them too.

        My next full length will be The Country Girl. That’s scheduled for release in late December but I plan to have a novella out before then as well, a sequel to Santa and the Saddler featuring Danny’s brother Nick. Stay tuned for news on the date!

  4. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Hi Christine! Hi Cathryn!

    Everyone on Facebook I know has read this book, I’m so behind, I loved loved The Wife’s Tale and this one sounds just as good and I’m sure I’ll love it just as much and especially after Cathryn raving about it when talking to her at the author panel yesterday.

    Sadly I don’t have a favourite heroine, there are many I’ve heard of but really don’t know much about the history of these women. I know a lot of them have given their life for one thing or another! I must Google heroines of history and read up on their stories.

    1. AvatarChristine Wells

      Hi Sue, lovely to see you here! Thanks so much, thrilled you enjoyed THE WIFE’S TALE. Isn’t Cathryn a wonderful spruiker of books? I’m so grateful to her for her enthusiasm. Thanks for stopping by today.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Waving back atchya, Sue! Lovely to catch up with you and Steven on Thursday. You’ll find some real heroines in The Traitor’s Girl when you read it.

  5. AvatarMrs Deb Bray

    COMPETITION TO WIN CHRISTINE’S NEW NOVEL :- My heroine of course must be the amazing Caroline Chisholm, who arrived by ship with her Soldier husband from England in September 1838 to our shores in Convict time. Caroline within five years, began to support, teach and re-house many poorer immigrant women and their families. She used to take on 100 women at a time, teaching them new skills in housekeeping, sewing and new skills to stop them reverting back to prostitution and poverty. She was a remarkable and strong woman who was often left for months or close to a year with her husband off working in China and other destinations. She changed so many with her drive & stamina.

    1. AvatarChristine Wells

      Hi Deb, yes Caroline Chisholm was remarkable, wasn’t she? It must have been a very hard life in those days in Australia. Thank you for reminding me about her!

  6. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Thanks to everyone who shared their favourite heroine from history. There are some amazing women out there.

    The giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Deb who has won a signed copy of THE TRAITOR’S GIRL and is in for a wonderful reading experience with this book.

    Thanks again and I hope to see you back again this week when we’ll have another guest sharing a juicy excerpt.

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