Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!
I’ve switched to my next big release in late December, Book 4 of The Widows’ Club series, Much Ado About A Widow! If you’ve been keeping up with my widows over the past year or so, this book is Georgie’s story–a true romantic comedy adventure romance. Of course, nothing else would do for the heroine, Lady Georgina Kirkpatrick!
Lady Georgina Kirkpatrick defied her family, jilted her fiancé, and married the man she loved. But when her husband died at Waterloo, she was delivered right back into her father’s power . . .
Victory is sweet—but England’s triumph was Georgie’s rout. Now that she’s widowed, the loathsome marriage her father first arranged has simply been renegotiated. With neither money nor rights, and nowhere to flee, all she can do is cherish her last weeks of freedom. . . . Until a band of ruffians overtake her carriage and kidnap her. When she escapes in seaside Brighton and encounters her brother’s rather wild friend, Lord St. Just—whom she suspects aspires to be a pirate—she’s prepared to entertain more of his adventurous suggestions than usual . . .
St. Just knows his mind and his duty, and he loves a challenge. Helping a fair lady make her farewells to hoodlums suits his talents well. Within the hour he has Georgie, her lady’s maid—and her little dog too—sailing for his castle in Cornwall. Meanwhile, the lady’s entire family, her kidnappers, and her scheming intended are in pursuit. But as he and the indomitable Georgie grow closer, he begins to suspect that together they will prove a match for them all . . .
I started my snippets a good way into the story. Lady Georgina, on the way back to her father’s house to an arranged marriage with a man she’s already jilted once, is kidnapped. She manages to escape and runs straight into the arms of her brother’s friend, Robin, Marquess of St. Just. She’s more than distrustful of Rob, having convinced herself the young man is wild and has ambitions to become a pirate. But beggars can’t be choosers, so she enlists his aid. He’s rowed her out to his ship and they have settled down to get to the bottom of things. After she relates her story, she asks for the loan of a carriage, but St. Just says he doesn’t have one, he’s only in Portsmouth for the day. He manages to convince Georgie that going to an inn for the night is a very bad idea and this week comes up with an alternative plan.
Some portions of this snippet may be changed from the book’s regular format to allow for WWW’s 10 line requirement.
“Do you have another suggestion, my lord, as I seem to have no safe harbor to turn to at the moment.”
An eager light gleamed in his eyes as he said, “I believe I do, Lady Georgina, an idea that will confound the kidnappers and take care of your other problem as well.”
“My other problem?”
“I am referring to your unwanted marriage to Lord Travers.”
Stunned, Georgie stared at him until her vision almost went dark and asked, “You know about that?”
He grinned like an idiot. “Your brother wrote me about the situation, asking if I could come up with a plan to save you from it and I believe I have done—two birds with one stone, so to speak.”
The last thing Georgie wanted was for this wild young buck to be meddling in her personal affairs; she should plant Jemmy a facer for involving him at all. “What plan is that, my lord?”
“Sail to Cornwall with me.”
Much Ado About A Widow is now available for pre-order here and will release on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2019!
Also, to celebrate my release (a bit early) I’m holding a Rafflecopter giveaway with several fun prizes. The first is a stuffed version of Lulu. Other prizes include a signed print copy of Much Ado About A Widow, and a book from my back listed Widows’ Club books. To enter to win click HERE.
The Widows’ Club series by Jenna Jaxon
Check them out on my Amazon Author Page!