Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share snippets from new and past releases, and works-in-progress and twist the arms of author buddies to do the same.

Ah, it’s always a joy to have historical romance author Anna Campbell on the blog. I adore her books and I know you do too, and she always chooses cool excerpts to share. Today is no exception, with a sneak peek at her gorgeous Christmas story Mistletoe and the Major. Love this cover. It’s so bright and seasonal!

If you read on, you’ll discover that Christmas could come early if you win Anna’s giveaway.


Historical romance author Anna Campbell

Hi Cathryn!

I love visiting your blog and sharing news of my latest releases with your readers. Thanks so much for having me as your guest today to talk about my Christmas story this year.

And doesn’t that blow your mind? That we’re already talking about Christmas??!!

Anyway, back to Mistletoe and the Major. I seem to be dwelling on military gentlemen returning from the wars at the moment – my last release Catching Captain Nash was about a naval officer coming back from the dead to reunite with his loving wife.

Actually I wrote MATM a year ago for an anthology called Under the Kissing Bough which was available for a limited period last Christmas. I’m now releasing this story of love lost and found as a standalone for anyone who missed picking up the anthology.

Mistletoe and the Major is about Major Lord Canforth who returns from fighting Napoleon to reunite with the wife he loves. Sounds like he should be overjoyed, doesn’t it? Well, he would be if he thought Felicity loved him back. Unfortunately, he doesn’t. And their awkward, uncomfortable honeymoon eight years ago has preyed on his mind since he left his new bride to join his regiment.

When he gets back to Otway Hall on Christmas Eve in 1815, he has a lot of ground to make up with his wife, and no real idea how he can do that. This scene takes place just after he’s arrived. He and Felicity are alone in the great hall of his rambling manor house, and he’s noticed the elaborate kissing bough that has hung from the ceiling since the staff Christmas party a few days earlier.


Otway Hall, Shropshire, Christmas Eve, 1815

Canforth’s lips quirked. “At least give me until dinnertime to feel like I’m back to stay.”

Felicity made herself smile again, although she remained closer to weeping than laughter. “Before you know it, you’ll be ordering me around and demanding your claret and tobacco and slippers like a real lord of the manor.”

Mistletoe and the Major by Anna Campbell“First, we have unfinished business here under the mistletoe. I’ve waited a devil of a long time to kiss my wife.”

The sudden purpose in his expression sent sensual awareness rippling along her spine. Her lips burned from the brief kiss, however chaste, she’d given him. She was blushing again. Blast this odd situation. She was both wife of eight years and bride of a couple of weeks. There was no solid ground beneath her feet.

When gentle fingers tilted her chin up, she caught her breath. He brushed his lips across hers in a kiss that was over almost before it began. She’d braced for something more passionate, which was absurd when he’d never shown her anything but the most delicate handling. The few times he’d used her body, he’d treated her as if the slightest roughness would damage her.

It hadn’t been enough then. It certainly wouldn’t be enough now. She was eight years older than that naïve girl. After Canforth left, she’d learned the meaning of longing.

The kiss was like a whisper. But even such brief contact turned her knees to water. Instinctively she reached toward him, to bring him closer.

Before she could touch him, he stepped away, leaving her floundering. “That was a fine welcome,” he murmured and gave her a brief bow, as if they’d only just met.

She remained poised under the mistletoe, lips tingling, although it was clear there would be no more kisses. “I’m so glad you’re home, Canforth.”


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

Mistletoe and the Major is only 99 cents on Amazon.com

Here are the buy links:

Amazon | Barnes and Noble Kobo | iTunes

One of my favourite scenes in Mistletoe and the Major occurs when Lord Canforth is reunited with his aged dog Digby. It always brings a tear to my eye when I read it. So I’d love to know about your favorite pet. Mine was a collie dog called Astro – smarter than most humans I’ve met, and that’s not being rude about the humans!


I’ve got a Kindle download of Mistletoe and the Major for someone who comments today. No geographical restrictions.

Good luck in the draw!

Please Note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday AEST, 22nd September 2017. Open internationally.

My favourite pet, Anna? Oh, that’s easy! My first horse Mysty. She was such a character and I adored her. I still remember the day she walked through the front door to say hello.

What was yours? Share and Christmas could come early for you thanks to Anna!

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.

34 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. Avatarjennifer drake

    thats tough because i’ve loved every pet i’ve had <3 I guess, arm twisted, i'd say my current furbabies

  2. Avatartheresa milder

    i am not much of a pet person but did grow up with the usual assortment of gerbils hamsters and cats and 1 dog. My mother thought i was scared of dogs so she got us one. he was half beagle aand half terrier. What a mix. It turned out that my 6foot 6inches tall brother was petrified of his little yappy dog. what a laugh.LOL

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Theresa, that’s hilarious! To give you a slightly opposite story, my brother always swore he hated cats, but we had a wonderful cat called Rover who he came to absolutely love. Rover trusted him like she trusted nobody else too.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        LOL indeed on your giant brother being scared of the dog, Theresa. Did you tease him about it? I would have!

        Rover the cat… Who named that one, Anna?

  3. AvatarDee Foster

    That’s super hard as I love each and every one of them. My beloved greyhound, Zeus, who I lost in 2012; my Queen of the Manor tortie cat, Josey, who I lost in January of this year to cancer; my cancer kitty, Holden, who came to stay with me when I had breast cancer to lose him at 2 years old to his own cancer; my devil kitty, Milo, who I lost in 2015; my sweet grandkitties, Diablo, Shiloh & Polly; my beautiful grandpups, Riley (who we lost in 2015 to cancer), Izzy & Colby.

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Oh, Dee, I’m so sorry you’ve had such a lot of loss with your beloved pets. It’s so hard that they don’t live very long, isn’t it? Sounds like you still have quite a furry family, though!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Goodness, Dee, that’s a whole lot of heartbreak with your furry friends. Poor things. Love the names. They’re wonderful.

        Thanks for sharing. All the best in the giveaway!

  4. AvatarPatti Wissore

    As much as this freaks out others, my favorite pet was Izzy (short for Elizabeth) my 16 foot Burmese python. She was extremely docile as long as I wasn’t handling her dinner. If I took her anywhere outside the house, I’d have to wear a large coat (she only traveled in winter) with her wrapped around my waist about 3 times. She was just fun to handle and she gave great hugs (no, she wasn’t trying to kill me) by just hanging around my body. Sadly, a rat bit her mouth and she died of an infection from that. I cried for about a week when I lost her.

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Oh, Patti, that’s really sad. I bet you cried. I have a lot of wild lizards around my place – big ones like bearded dragons and bluetongues and I’m terrifically fond of them too. A dog got one a couple of weeks ago and I was angry and upset for a week too.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Okay, I’ll admit to being freaked out, but Izzy sounds like a wonderful pet, Patti, and one your clearly adored. I would love to have seen peoples’ reactions when they realised you were wearing a python under your coat. What fun!

        Anna, I felt the same when we had lizards turning up dead at our old place in Newcastle. So angry! I think they were eating rat poison, because we had rats dying in the backyard too. They’d come in seeking water from the base of my pot plants. Very unpleasant. The way they die… *shudders*

        1. AvatarAnna Campbell

          Ugh, Cathryn. Actually I saw the deed done this time round. I had a friend visiting who has a staffordshire terrier and there was a bluetongue stuck in the pool. We got him out of the water, but I wasn’t quick enough to get him away from the dog and the other people there didn’t realise that when I was shrieking for help, I really WANTED help.

  5. AvatarMaggie Whitworth

    Hi Anna , my favourite pet was lassie my border collie, she was so smart , she was a rescue did at 6 weeks old and our cat candy , adopted her .
    The cat use to curl up at night with her and wash her face her who life , in return the cat would cause trouble with other dogs then run and hide under lassie for protection, always the dog stood her ground . She did the same with us.
    So loyal x still miss her and I was a teenager when she passed ,30years back .

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ah, Maggie. Border collies are the most gorgeous dogs. So clever! How lucky you were to find her as a rescue dog. And how cute with her and the cat!

      Thanks for sharing. Good luck in the giveaway.

      1. AvatarAnna Campbell

        Maggie, you get my vote because you went for a colllie! Astro was the most amazing dog and Lassie sounds like she was too. I was a teenager when he crossed the rainbow bridge too. We never forget them, do we?

  6. AvatarMelinda

    I adore cats. I think they are really awesome, smart and selfish 😉 animals. They will always take care for themselves 🙂 . Unfortunately my children are allergic and we don’t have any pet at home.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      LOL on cats being selfish, Melinda. Funny how people adore them despite that, isn’t it? Such a shame you can’t have one at the moment. Maybe later?

      Thanks and all the best in the draw!

      1. AvatarAnna Campbell

        Melinda, I love cats too. We had a wonderful one called Rover (I talk about her in another comment). She had the best personality – not a lap cat but a real companion nonetheless. Pity about the allergies!

  7. AvatarLInda

    My fav pet is my current furbaby, the sweetest and smartest dog. Not to mention cheeky – she’s a Jack Russell. Nuff said right? Can’t beat them for sassiness

  8. Avatarflchen1

    Alas, no pets here, Anna! We did have a goldfish or two when I was a kid, and one crawfish, whom we suspect the neighborhood cat did away with… :/ I can’t believe it’s time for Christmas stories! But it is true that I do love them any time of year 😉 Can’t wait to read your latest!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Hi Fedora! Always lovely to see you! We lived on a farm so we had lots of cats and that lovely collie dog I mentioned and a horse who had a personality disorder, sadly. We used to win goldfish every year at the exhibition in the capital city (like a State Fair) but the poor things never seemed to survive much more than a day. Horrible now I think of it but kids are careless little blighters, aren’t they?

      I always love Christmas stories. Won’t be long till Santa is ho, ho, hoing.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        I agree, Fedora. Any time is a fine time for a Christmas romance, although being in Australia, I think the snowy ones work really in our winter. It’s kinda hard to relate to extreme cold at Christmas. It’s usually boiling!

        Good luck.

  9. AvatarMary Lawson

    I have had many pets, but my first Beagle Christy really named Christmas was a love. She warned me about my fiancé by growling at him every time he came over to the house. One time she even went and sat in the corner like she was in time out. That should have warned me to listen to her as he turned out to be a total jerk. When my now husband of 48 years came to my house for the first time, she couldn’t leave him alone.

  10. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    I’m not an animal/pet person although we do have a dog, bought only because the daughter wanted to see what it was like to have an indoor dog. I had no idea how to treat a pup so she was carried on her bed everywhere and the day we wanted to pick her up she’d bite us and ever since then she is a terribly aggressive dog. Not much fun to have around but what can we do but love her anyway. She cuddles up next to me and when I want to pat her she’ll bare her teeth. She loves going for walks but we have to keep her on a lead if there are people around or she’ll eat them. Lol. Our little Cujo is a maltese x Shih tzu and goes by the name Paris and she is 13 and 5 months old.

    Don’t put me in the draw, Anna, Mistletoe and the Major has landed on my Kindle. Yay!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Sue, how lovely you picked up my Major! Thank you. I hope you enjoy meeting him.

      Oh, man, I kind of giggled and groaned in equal measure through your story. It was funny and sad at the same time. What a pity your dog is so aggressive. My oldest friend has a Maltese/Shih tzu cross called Elsie and you couldn’t meet a sweeter little dog. That’s a pretty mix!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Oh dear on you little Cujo, Sue. On the bright side, at least she’s not possessed!

        Happy reading. I’m sure you’ll have a ball with Mistletoe and the Major.

  11. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    What fun we had with our favourite pets! Great question Anna and thanks to everyone for sharing,
    Congratulations to Patti who has won a Kindle copy of Mistletoe and the Major. Christmas has come early for you!
    Thanks again. Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

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