Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday MemeWelcome to Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share snippets from new and past releases, and works-in-progress, and occasionally nag writer buddies into doing the same.

It’s always a delight to host historical romance author and lovely friend Anna Campbell on the blog. She’s been visiting a long time and is always welcome, and popular – but no surprise there!

Out of curiosity, I checked to see exactly how long Anna has been guesting here and was amazed to discover that Anna’s first post was way back in November 2011.

Remember Friday Feast? Regular readers of the blog might. This was a long-running series where author buddies shared recipes and foodie adventures, and chatted about their new releases. It was a blast, and Anna was one of the earliest authors to feature. It was also an enormous amount of work that took me away from book writing and, sadly, I had to end the series at the end of 2015.

In that 2011 Friday Feast post, Anna entertained and educated us with the delights of Regency cuisine – it was amazingly sophisticated – shared a recipe link for baklava (yum) and offered a giveaway of Midnight’s Wild Passion (terrific book).

Now she’s back in 2018 to entertain us again and offer another giveaway. What a wonderful person!

Please welcome Anna, and enjoy.

 

Anna Campbell author - thumbnailHi Cathryn!

Thank you so much for having me back as your guest for another year of Teaser Tuesdays! I always love visiting your blog to talk about my latest release.

My new book is special for a couple of reasons. It’s the first full-length book I’ve written in a couple of years. It also ends the current cycle of Dashing Catching Captain Nash by Anna CampbellWidows stories in fine style (hopefully!). Those of you who have read Catching Captain Nash, the sixth Dashing Widow novella, will remember Lord Garson, Morwenna’s fiancé, who definitely got the short end of the stick when her husband came back from the dead. Lord Garson’s Bride (out 28th February) picks up Garson three years later, still heartbroken, but obliged to marry to produce an heir for the title. What a good excuse for a marriage of convenience story! That’s always been one of my favourite tropes. I hope it’s one of yours.

The teaser comes after Garson has married his childhood friend, Jane Norris, and a wedding night that didn’t go to plan. During their honeymoon in Salisbury, Garson sets out to seduce his bride into abandoning her fears and inviting him into her bed.

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral

It’s always fun to incorporate places I’ve been in my stories. Last year, I visited Salisbury for the first time. It’s a beautiful town with a gorgeous cathedral – on the outside. Sadly in 1790, an architect named James Wyatt decided to modernise the interior by taking out most of the medieval detail so the interior is quite disappointing. Jane shares my reaction!

 

Salisbury, Wiltshire, February 1833

“It’s very bare.” Jane surveyed the cathedral’s cavernous interior. “I’d imagined something a little more…”

Garson drew her into a dimly lit side chapel. “Ornate? Spectacular? Mysterious?”

With a slight roughness—and he was never rough with a lady—he pushed her up against the cold marble tomb that housed the earthly remains of some long-dead archbishop. A reminder, should he need it, not to waste his chances on this earthly plane.

Lord Garson's Bride by Anna CampbellJane gasped as her back hit the cold stone. She observed him from under the brim of the dark blue bonnet that matched her fashionable pelisse. “What are you doing, Hugh?”

As he swept off his hat, he glanced around. This late in the winter day, little light penetrated the high, clear windows, but enough to reveal that the cathedral was almost empty. There was nobody in this side aisle, although evensong was due to begin soon.

He placed one hand beside Jane’s head, hemming her in with his body. “I’m going to touch you.”

“For shame.” Her reproof contradicted the flaring excitement in her eyes. “This is a church.”

Despite her disapproval, she didn’t try to escape. He shifted close enough to catch a drift of floral scent. Last night, that fragrance had fuelled his arousal. After he left her, it had haunted his restless dreams.

He set his hat on the tomb behind her head. “And nicely private.”

“That’s blasphemous.”

“We got married in a church.”

When Jane’s lips twitched, he cursed himself for limiting himself to only one kiss a day. “That reasoning is self-serving, and you know it.”

“I need to put my hands on you.”

Her alarmed squeak evoked a reaction more profane than sacred. He leaned in, until his lips touched her delicate earlobe. “Is that a yes?”

After a shuddering exhalation, her answer was a whisper. “Don’t do anything too brazen.”

A soft huff of laughter escaped him. “I’ll try my best.”

 

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GIVEAWAY!

So have you ever visited somewhere that was a bit of a disappointment and didn’t live up to the hype? I remember seeing the Mona Lisa for the first time and being rather underwhelmed, for example. Or have you visited somewhere that turned out to be a major surprise and far surpassed your expectations? Let’s talk travel stories today!

I’ve got a Kindle download of Lord Garson’s Bride to give away today. No geographical restrictions.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday AEST, 2nd March 2018. Open internationally.

What a great question, Anna! I’m with you on the Mona Lisa. Here’s a photo of the Mona Lisa’s room in the Louvre, taken back in 2005 (I think). Aware how busy it could get, we arrived at opening time and made a beeline for it, which allowed us to enjoy the Mona Lisa without the crowds. I snapped this much later in the day, when we were leaving. This was in the heart of winter. Imagine what it’s like in peak tourist season.

Crowds in front of the Mona Lisa, Louvre, 2005

Crowds in front of the Mona Lisa, Louvre, 2005

Come along, travellers. Reveal the places you found under- (or over-) whelming, at home or abroad, and we’ll pop you into the draw to win a Kindle download of Lord Garson’s Bride. You could end up travelling the marvellous world of Anna’s new story!

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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59 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. flchen1

    How absolutely lovely, Anna and Cathryn! Anna, you’ve been guesting with Cathryn for as long as our family’s been in our current house, LOL! Love the excerpt of Lord Garson’s Bride! I know that Anna’s books will never be a letdown. As for travel ups or downs, I think that on the whole, we’ve had good travel experiences. I do remember our trip to Washington, DC, though, and remember thinking as we gazed on the White House, that it was actually much more modestly sized than I had imagined it in my mind. Oops? 😉

    1. Anna Campbell

      Fedora, I’ve been a long-time fixture here, haven’t I? And I think you’ve been swinging over to join the fun just as long – much appreciated. I always smile when I see you’ve popped in. Thanks for saying such nice things about the books too.

      Had to laugh at the White House comment – I know exactly what you mean! I was lucky enough to do a tour back in 2009 which was fascinating. It may be smaller than you expect but it’s packed with interesting stories and history.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Hi Fedora! Hi Anna!
        I had no idea the White House was small. It always looks so big and imposing in films and on television. Really must get there myself for a sticky beak.
        One day… sigh. Right now I’d be happy to get this house move over and done with.

  2. Meghan Edwards

    I visited the L’Ouvre back in 2007. There was a huge exhibit on Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art. I was in awe. I got to see Psyche’s Kiss up close. Yet the hallways were empty. Than there was a throng of people all jostling each other to see one tiny painting. It was all for the Mona Lisa. People had no interest in the beautiful sculptures surrounding them.

    1. Anna Campbell

      Thanks for swinging by, Meghan! I know exactly what you mean – I think there’s much more impressive things in the Louvre than the Mona Lisa. Oh, well, it means you can actually get some peace to look at the art if you go into some of the side galleries.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        We had that experience there too, Meghan. Amazing, isn’t it? All that hype when there are incredible artworks in every nook and cranny.

        Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Virginia Horton

    When I was a child and we took a vacation my parents decided to go and visit Chain Rock and when we got there it was just that a big rock with a chain attached, I was expecting more and was so disapointed. I think it was in Tennessee. So never plan to go to Chain Rock.

    1. Anna Campbell

      Virginia, that made me laugh. I suppose it is what it says on the box, at least! Not sure I’d go out of my way to see it. I remember friends of mine doing a trip across Australia in one of our rare wet seasons and they were so disappointed. They’d seen all these pictures of this spectacular, stark, desert landscape and all they saw was green the whole way across. Pretty but not what they’d paid all that money to see.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Not one for our bucket lists, Virginia?
        I had to go google. The curiosity was too much. And yes, um… I can see why you thought it underwhelming!

  4. Cheryl C.

    The Grand Canyon would be my choice for overwhelming. You can see pictures but nothing quite prepares you for the size and scope. And the colors are just amazing! We hiked from the South Rim to the Bright Angel campground on the bottom and out in 3 days one year. Quite an experience.

    1. Anna Campbell

      Wow, Cheryl, that sounds like an unforgettable experience. The Grand Canyon is on my bucket list – the closest I’ve ever got is either Reno or Denver and neither of those are that close. One day! I think seeing the real thing, you get that scale and grandeur that no picture or film can convey. Lucky you!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        My dad said the same thing, Cheryl. It sound awesome, in the old fashioned definition of awesome. And hiking… as you say, what an experience. One you’ll never forget I’m sure.
        Another one for our bucket lists, hey Anna?

  5. Carole Burant

    This past summer we traveled through the Maritimes and while in Nova Scotia we stopped to visit the Fairview Lawn Cemetery to pay our respects to the final resting place of over 100 victims of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The word “overwhelmed” doesn’t even described how it felt to stand before all those gravestones that all had the same date….April 15, 1912. Like everyone else, I had read the stories, watched the documentaries, etc but nothing prepares you for that.

    1. Anna Campbell

      Oh, my goodness, Carole, your comment gave me goosebumps. I could just picture what you were talking about. What an amazing, unforgettable experience. And how very, very sad. The Titanic is one of those stories that’s always resonated with me – I’d love to do what you did. Thank you so much for sharing that.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        How heartbreaking, Carole. I bet that was a highly emotional experience. All those people… so tragic.
        I didn’t know about this cemetery. Adding it to my list!

  6. Laura Boon

    I remember my first overseas trip. I was starry eyed with excitement. I think the ‘invention’ of travel TV has taken away some of that romance and excitement because that first breathtaking vision happens through TV rather than the flesh. That said, the first time I saw Notre Dame in Paris, the chapel in Vezelay, the Musée D’Orsay and the Sydney Opera House stand out in my memory of amazing moments. My most bleh travel moment was visiting a beach in Florida, USA. It was stony and flat, too uncomfortable to walk or lie on and not a patch on beaches in South Africa or Australia. I remember thinking, ‘you call this a beach’?! Very, very disappointing.

    1. Anna Campbell

      Laura, what a wonderful list of places. I’ve always wanted to see Vezelay! I remember the first time I saw Westminster Abbey, I was overwhelmed. It was the first genuinely gothic cathedral I’d ever been in and it’s so beautiful inside. I’m off to Paris next week to see the Musee d’Orsay. It wasn’t built last time I was there – all the Impressionist art was crowded into the little Jeu de Palme museum. Laughed at your beach story – I remember thinking that the first time I saw Brighton beach here. It’s all stones! We wouldn’t even call it a beach in Australia!

          1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

            Love your list, Laura! I agree re television travel shows. You lose a little of the surprise that you feel on discovering something new and wonderful, but there is nothing like seeing things in person. You can’t capture that emotion and magic on a flat screen.
            Your beach experience brought back a memory. On seeing the beach on our first trip to Nice, Jim and I kept thinking “You pay a small fortune to sunbake on THIS?”
            Anna, I think my first big Gothic cathedral was St Etienne in Bourges. I still remember the way the light shone through the stained glass windows. As for those flying buttresses… wow!

  7. Shelagh Merlin

    I was utterly underwhelmed with Stonehenge when I visited it for the first time. I know it’s just a circle of large rocks but I’d expected them to be much larger than they actually are, and to have some sort of a presence. It’s possible the fact that I visited with my teenage son, who was even less impressed than me, may have had something to do with my disappointment in the place. I’m going back again in a few weeks to see if perhaps I can develop a sense of awe this time around.

    1. Anna Campbell

      Oh, Shelagh, I hope so. i remember being disappointed that I couldn’t get among the stones. There was barbed wire everywhere when I visited although I believe they’ve got a much better set-up now than they had back in 1985. A site of similar age that has the most amazing atmosphere is Callanish on the Isle of Lewis. Definitely worth the trip. I was there on quite a stormy day and I was the first person in among the stones and wow, it really did have that charge of the ages.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        I felt a little the same Shelagh. It felt very touristy and we were quite removed from the stones, but that’s understandable given how many visitors it gets. The stones need to be protected.
        Anna, thanks for that tip re Callanish. That sounds brilliant.
        Two of the things I adored about Ireland were the standing stones and dolmen scattered about that you could walk right up to. The ones of the Burren were particularly wonderful because of the dramatic landscape.

        1. Anna Campbell

          Cathryn, I remember them. Another area that is full of amazing Bronze Age sites is Brittany in France. I’m not sure you got there when you travelled in France – I know you were mainly in the south. Beautiful, dramatic scenery and this wild, Celtic edge to life that really made it memorable. I’d love to go back.

            1. Anna Campbell

              Loved both Normandy and Brittany, Cathryn. We had a picture of Mont St Michel in Normandy on the wall of the French classroom so seeing it at last felt like an ambition fulfilled.

              1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

                Mont St Michel was brilliant! Although a bit scary trying to navigate the crowds while nursing a dislocated shoulder. I was the black look girl that day.

  8. Anna Campbell

    Cathryn, firstly thanks so much for having me as your guest today. I’m really excited about Lord Garson – it was such fun getting back to writing a full length book and having room to expand the story to 400-odd pages.

    Oh, I so agree with you about the Mona Lisa. Apparently these days – I saw it in 1985 – it’s full of people taking selfies. To think, the mobile phone hadn’t even been invented when I visited! That’s progress for you. I remember being distinctly underwhelmed at how small and dark it was.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Always a pleasure to host you, Anna!
      I can only imagine the selfie madness that the Mona Lisa’s room must see now. It was bad enough back in the early 2000s, when the technology of the day was the digital camera. I didn’t mind it as a painting (those eyes did seem to follow us!) but there are so many more fascinating artworks that it feels a shame to spend so much time trying to push your way to the front just to get a full glimpse of that one.

  9. Cathy Thomas

    I am from the East Coast so when I finally traveled out west and saw the Rocky Mountains for the first time I remember being overwhelmed by their size!
    And I must agree with you about the Mona Lisa – I do not understand the hype about one painting in a museum filled with beautiful artwork!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I bet they were, Cathy. Everyone I know who has visited the Rockies can’t express enough how spectacular they are. They are definitely on my bucket list.
      And YES on the Mona Lisa!

      1. Anna Campbell

        Cathryn, in 2016, I was lucky enough to have a month at the Banff Centre for the Arts in the middle of the Rocky Mountains National Park in Alberta, Canada. I never got over the shock of how beautiful those mountains were. Used to take me an hour to walk to breakfast every day because I just stopped and stared all the time.

    2. Anna Campbell

      Cathy, I know exactly what you mean about the Rockies. Australia doesn’t have any really high mountains and the first time I saw those gorgeous white peaks reaching high into the sky, they took my breath away. Although that could have been altitude sickness! I think the Mona Lisa is an example of the power of hype!

  10. Lisa DeVore

    What immediately came to my mind was a 5th grade trip to Washington D.C. I remember our visit to the Lincoln Memorial, and walking up those steps to see the HUGE monument of Lincoln in the chair. It was quite a bit larger than it appeared on our U.S. penny 🙂 And, quite a bit shocking to young me!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      That must have been amazing, Lisa. Have you been back since? It’s always funny to go back to places you thought awesome as a child and realise that they weren’t quite as monumental as you thought. Although perhaps in the case the awe will remain. I haven’t visited but the Lincoln Memorial looks pretty special.

    2. Anna Campbell

      Lisa, your story was really sweet! I remember being surprised at how huge that Lincoln statue was too! Fitting for a giant of a man, I think. I was lucky enough to visit Washington in 2009 and I just loved it – I’d love to go back. That road of museums is amazing and they’re all free which is even better. I remember seeing the Hope Diamond – that was really spectacular too.

  11. Elaine Mattheus

    Thinking of London, I loved Westminster Abbey but was disappointed with the British Museum. I had read so much about “I could stay all week in the museum” comments that I expected more. In the case of foreign artwork, I also waged the mental battle of who should own the artwork, England or the originating country. Is it safer here or there?

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I suspect that’s a question many ask about some of the artworks, Elaine. And not an easy one to answer.
      Must admit, I’m on the ‘stay for a week’ side with the British Museum. There’s too much to take in with just one visit.

    2. Anna Campbell

      Purely selfishly, Elaine, I’m glad all that stuff is in London because it means I can see it. I’ve got to say, like Cathryn, I’m in the stay a week (or a month!) club. I remember just loving the gold stuff – hey, I’m a girl! That Sutton Hoo treasure was amazing and I also remember some really spectacular Scythian gold from Russia that was really dazzling. I remember being a bit underwhelmed by the Elgin Marbles – they’re so bashed around and fragmentary. i should go back and see them again and see if I have a different reaction. I do remember being completely wowed by the size of the Babylonian sculptures.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        I did the same thing with the Elgin Marbles, Anna. A bit of “is that it?” I suspect that’s because all the controversy makes you think they must be different to what they are. But they are wonderful.

  12. Annie West

    Hi Cathryn and Anna! Terrific excerpt, Anna. I loved this new story – such a treat.

    Hm, disappointments. Well, getting to the centre of the great pyramid in Giza was an experience I don’t think I’ll ever forget but the actual chamber – nothing to write home about. There are so many other things to see that are far more fascinating and less well known. And I recall going to the ‘beach’ in the UK, stumbling over the large rocks and thinking ‘This is a beach?’. Obviously the British are tough if they walk over that to get to the water. 🙂

    1. Anna Campbell

      Annie, how cool to think you’ve been inside the Great Pyramid. It may have been a disappointment when you got there but I think you definitely deserve bragging rights. I don’t think I could do it – I get slightly claustrophobic. I remember doing the Jenolan Caves years ago and getting quite panicky. It was a surprise – I didn’t think I would. Haven’t been into a cave system since. Oh, so agree about British beaches. I remember seeing Brighton for the first time in 1986 and thinking, “You call this a beach??!!” There are some really amazing beaches up in Scotland and the north of England, thank goodness. Thanks for swinging by!

        1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

          *waves madly at Annie*
          I’ve been thinking about you lately, Ms West, because 1/. we’ll soon be close by and 2/. I’m currently binge reading your Hot Italian Nights series. It’s BRILLIANT!
          I didn’t know you’d been to the centre of the Great Pyramid. We’ll have to do lunch soon so you can tell me all about it.

    1. Anna Campbell

      Thanks so much for saying so, Effie. I hope you enjoy it. I’m at that stage where I’m waiting on hot bricks for the first few reviews to come out!

  13. Carol

    My most memorable would have to our trip to china in 2002. We had 2 days in Beijing so decided to tour the forbidden city. To say it was overwhelming would be understating at best. Then to stand in tiananmen square It just blew my mind. As we looking around there is a Starbucks on the corner amid these 2 historic sites. I guess we can’t do without our lattes no matter where we are. Best and most memorable part of trip, my beautiful daughter was placed in my arms in changsha 2 days later.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Wow. What a wonderful story, Carol. Overwhelming, with chocolate on top! Definitely an experience you’ll never forget. Thanks for sharing.

    2. Anna Campbell

      Carol, what a beautiful story – and how amazing to be able to see such an evocative site. Lucky you. Laughed at the Starbucks thing – as you say, definitely brings you back to the current century, doesn’t it?

  14. Sue Gerhardt Griffiths

    I’m trying to think if I’ve ever been underwhelmed by anything, hmm, the only thing I can think of at the moment is perhaps, Elvis Presley’s mansion – yes, I cried when I was standing in Elvis’s house, you know, wow, Elvis Presley’s house! but the rooms were so tiny I really expected them to be huge, and I mean really huge, they were tiny. Didn’t he have a house full of people most days? I’d like to know where he put them, lol. And a little disappointed that all rooms were roped off. But still, best day of my life!
    One major surprise was New York not what I expected at all, we thought we’d be holed up in our hotel room too scared to wander outside especially after dark but we never felt safer sightseeing all over New York morning, noon or night time. Everything about New York – the monuments, the skyscrapers, the streets, the people – absolutely stunning.

    Anna, loving your Dashing Widows series! And Lord Garson’s Bride sounds awesome. Love that cover.

    1. Anna Campbell

      Thanks so much for saying you’re looking forward to Lord Garson, Sue! I absolutely love that cover too. So romantic!

      Oh, man, that story about Elvis’s house was so interesting. I’d imagined huge rooms too! I agree with you about New York – I thought I’d feel in danger too but I remember walking back alone from dinner with a friend through the park near Grand Central Station and feeling completely safe. It was only when I got back to my hotel that I thought, “Oh, man, I should have been terrified.” There’s such energy in that city, isn’t there? Would love to go for a long stay and do all the museums one day.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Ooh, I had no idea that Graceland was small, Sue. How amazing! It’s not what you think at all.
        All these fab sounding places are giving me seriously itchy feet. Sigh. Gotta get this house move out of the way first.

  15. Anna Campbell

    Thanks so much to Cathryn for hosting me and to everyone who swung by to celebrate the release of my new book. Don’t forget to check back to see who won the Kindle download of Lord Garson’s Bride.

  16. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Wow, what a great response to Anna’s question. Thank you all so much for sharing your experiences. I know I learned a lot and I’m sure others did too.

    The giveaway has now closed and the lucky winner is Carole B. A Kindle copy of Lord Garson’s Bride will be winging her way very soon. Happy reading, Carole!

    Thanks again and I hope you all pop back again next week when I’m hosting another special guest with a new release.

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