Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 04/11/21 ~ A Countess of Convenience ~ “Why Have You Come Here?”

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

This week I’m continuing with A Countess of Convenience, book 1 of my new series, Captivating Countesses, which released at the end of March!

BLURB:

Following a tragic accident, an unconscious Judith Harper is returned to her childhood home to die. Miraculously, she awakens but to a horribly changed world in which she finds her husband dead and her world upended.

Judith must regain her strength, not only to reclaim her life but also to right a terrible wrong–a feat which may require her to marry again, and quickly. But not only is Judith not ready for another husband, a marriage before her year of mourning is up will ruin her in London society. 

Still, if she hopes to have her life back, she may have to risk the scandal and make a marriage of convenience…but to whom?

John, Lord Haxby has loved Judith since childhood, and because of that he stood aside while she married another eight years ago. Now she is free of her odious husband, he hopes he can persuade her that he is the only man who can make her truly happy. However, he discovers Judith is more than interested in Lord Farringdon, the man who saved her life. Can he stand aside once more and watch the love of his life make a grave mistake, or will he step up and show the woman he loves he is not a convenient solution to her problem, but the perfect one?

I’ve  continued on from last week’s snippet. Judith and John are traveling to London, using two of the housemaids as chaperones for Judith. Earlier in this scene, Judith asked John a very leading question, but they left it without an answer. Now, after she’s gone to bed, Judith is feeling guilty that she teased John. So she’s gone out to his room, in just her night gown, to talk to him.  As she’s knocking, someone comes into the corridor. John whisks her into his room. I’ve skipped a couple of paragraphs. We are in John’s POV.

EXCERPT:

The white garment that he had rightly deemed a nightgown, and which on another woman would’ve been unremarkable, seemed almost indecent on Judith. The rounded neckline showed the tops of her breasts, unfettered by a corset, and through the thin cotton material, he could see a hint of her darker nipples.

John swallowed hard and licked his lips, parched even though he’d just taken a large swallow of brandy.

Her hips swelled where she sat in the chair, her gown lying bunched between her legs, outlining the shape of her thighs…bringing to mind what lay beneath that thin fabric at their apex and John had to suppress a groan. Thank goodness the garment flowed over her legs so he could see no further—until he came to her bare ankles and small feet. All the brandy in the world would not erase the sight of her thus. “Judith,” his voice seemed to come from a long way away, “why have you come here?”

“To apologize to you, John.”

Perhaps his faculties had gone missing. “Apologize for what, my dear?”

And a little more for good measure…

“For…for…” Judith seldom had trouble expressing herself. The transgression of which she spoke, therefore, must be grave indeed to bring out a stammer. “For teasing you earlier.”

Of all the things that might’ve come from her lips, those words were the last ones he’d have imagined. “Teasing me?”

“When I asked if there was something I could do for you.” Her voice had dropped so he could scarcely hear her.

“Ah.” As if the fire suddenly blazed anew, sweat popped out on John’s brow and his cock surged forward as if eager to answer the question. “I believe I take your meaning. Think nothing of it, my dear.”

By God, he wished he could think of anything else. Her low, sultry voice, coupled with the image of her seated in that chair, now seared on the inside of his eyelids, wreaked havoc in his breeches.

A Countess of Convenience  is still available for the pre-release price of $2.99 on Amazon, B & N, Kobo, and Applebooks.

A Return to Life is finally available on Amazon for FREE  and on Smashwords , B & N, Apple, and Kobo for free as well. This is the first chapter of A Countess of Convenience.

But don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.

Captivating Countesses series

by Jenna Jaxon

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Regency Romance Books: On Sale During April!

 

Are you looking for your next Regency read? Want to fill the time until round two of Bridgerton comes out? Want to be swept away into another time and place by an earl or duke? Then look no further!

Bookfunnel is running a Regency Romance promotion for the month of April and I’m in it! Several of my books are on sale and in the promotion: A Countess of Convenience and To Woo A Wicked Widow. But there are also more than 30 other authors whose books are just waiting to be read. Come on by here and grab your next great Regency read!

I also happen to be running a special sale on three of my Handful of Hearts novellas: Heart of Desire, Heart of Delight, and Heart of a Scoundrel. Each of them is only .99 until April 15!

So stock up on your Regency Reads before the summer starts! Here’s the link to the Regency Romance promotion.

Happy Regency Reading!

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Medieval Monday ~ Magnar by Mary Morgan

Good Morning! Welcome to the Spring 2021 Medieval Monday blog hop! The hop is our usual format: the first week on my blog I posted an excerpt from my book, then afterwards, I’ll post another Medieval Monday author’s excerpt and they will post mine, plus a link where you can find excerpts from all the authors via Medieval Romance Lovers.

Our theme for the Spring is First Kiss and throughout I’ll be sharing an excerpt from my medieval romance Betrayal, book 2 of Time Enough to Love. In this book, Alyse, the heroine, has just received the news that her betrothed lord, Sir Geoffrey Longford, has married another. As Alyse and Geoffrey had already been intimate, she is in rather a predicament. Follow my snippets of Betrayal at my guest’s blog site.

Week 9’s excerpt is from Mary Morgan’s medieval romance

Magnar

(The Wolves of Clan Sutherland, Book 1)

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BLURB:

Known as the Barbarian, Magnar MacAlpin is a fierce ruler for those under his command. As leader of the Wolves of Clan Sutherland, his loyalty and obedience lies with Scotland. However, the king’s last demand is not something Magnar will tolerate.

After Elspeth Gunn’s brother the Chieftain of Castle Steinn is murdered, she flees with her nephew, and finds safety amongst a band of men who are rumored to be part wolf. When the king forces her to wed a heathen Northman, she fears losing her heart and soul not only to the man, but the beast as well.

In order to restore peace to a shattered clan, Magnar and Elspeth travel a treacherous path that challenges their beliefs. When evil seeks to destroy ancient traditions, will Magnar be compelled to restrain his wolf or allow him free to protect those he loves?

EXCERPT FOR WEEK #9:

Her face softened as she moved slowly toward Magnar. “Therefore this marriage is in name only for Erik’s protection, aye?”

Annoyed with the direction of his thoughts, he looked away. How Magnar longed to tell the lie on the tip of his tongue. The word ached to be released. He turned and stared into her jeweled eyes in an attempt to offer her any hope of what she wanted to hear.

When she placed a hand on his arm, she whispered, “Tell me honestly, Magnar.”

Last week’s snippet on Judith Sterling’s blog: https://judithmarshallauthor.com/blog/

Follow along next week on Bambi Lynn’s blog:  https://bambilynnblog.wordpress.com/

Follow  Jenna’s snippet on Mary Morgan’s blog today.

For more Medieval Monday snippets, click here.

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 04/04/21 ~ A Countess of Convenience ~ “What the Devil are You Doing Here?”

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

This week I’m continuing with A Countess of Convenience, book 1 of my new series, Captivating Countesses, which released last Tuesday!

BLURB:

Following a tragic accident, an unconscious Judith Harper is returned to her childhood home to die. Miraculously, she awakens but to a horribly changed world in which she finds her husband dead and her world upended.

Judith must regain her strength, not only to reclaim her life but also to right a terrible wrong–a feat which may require her to marry again, and quickly. But not only is Judith not ready for another husband, a marriage before her year of mourning is up will ruin her in London society. 

Still, if she hopes to have her life back, she may have to risk the scandal and make a marriage of convenience…but to whom?

John, Lord Haxby has loved Judith since childhood, and because of that he stood aside while she married another eight years ago. Now she is free of her odious husband, he hopes he can persuade her that he is the only man who can make her truly happy. However, he discovers Judith is more than interested in Lord Farringdon, the man who saved her life. Can he stand aside once more and watch the love of his life make a grave mistake, or will he step up and show the woman he loves he is not a convenient solution to her problem, but the perfect one?

I’ve  continued on from last week’s snippet. Judith and John are traveling to London, using two of the housemaids as chaperones for Judith. Earlier in this scene, Judith asked John a very leading question, but they left it without an answer. Now, after she’s gone to bed, Judith is feeling guilty that she teased John. So she’s gone out to his room, in just her night gown, to talk to him.  As she’s knocking, someone comes into the corridor. We begin in Judith’s POV then it switches.

EXCERPT:

A man stopped and squinted at her in the shadowy light of the sconces. “Judith? What the devil are you doing here?”

****

Confounded by her presence outside his room, John didn’t have time to chastise her for her foolish move–he unlocked his door, seized her arm, and dragged her inside. Shutting the door with a loud thump, he gave a relieved sigh then turned the lock and leaned back against the broad panel. One disaster averted, he glared at his charge, looking up at him petulantly. “I only hope to God no one saw me do that.”

“I saw no one in the corridor.” Judith pursed her lips, not a good sign at all.

“You’d be surprised how nimbly potboys can nip up a staircase without being seen.”

And now a little more of the scene :

With luck, they were safe for now. There was still the adventure to come of getting Judith back to her chamber unseen. Good thing he’d requested a bottle of brandy be sent up upon their arrival. He needed some about now. “Why are you here, Judith?” He strode to a desk that served as sideboard then poured a good three fingers of the amber liquid and took a hefty swallow. “Is something wrong?”

“Yes, there is, John.”

A Countess of Convenience  is still available for the pre-release price of $2.99 on Amazon, B & N, Kobo, and Applebooks.

Come celebrate the release with me! I’m giving away a $20.00 Amazon giftcard to a commenter on my Release Party blog post. Here’s the link! It’s not too late!

A Return to Life is finally available on Amazon for FREE  and on Smashwords , B & N, Apple, and Kobo for free as well. This is the first chapter of A Countess of Convenience.

 

 

But don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.

Captivating Countesses series

by Jenna Jaxon

 

 

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Release Day for A Countess of Convenience!

HAPPY RELEASE DAY!

A Countess of Convenience releases today

so happy reading to all those who have either pre-ordered the book, or who are downloading it or plan to download it! You can do that here if you haven’t already.

It’s part of a new series–Captivating Countesses–and although it’s a spin-off series of The House of Pleasure, and will have some characters from that series make “guest appearances,” the new series is a bit different and has its own character. The focus is definitely on the heroines’ journey’s to happiness (although each one has a dashing hero who makes her life complete).

To celebrate my release, below I’ve got a little giveaway going on this week (thru Sunday), so read on!

BLURB:

Following a tragic accident, an unconscious Judith Harper is returned to her childhood home to die. Miraculously, she awakens but to a horribly changed world in which she finds her husband dead and her world upended.

Judith must regain her strength, not only to reclaim her life but also to right a terrible wrong–a feat which may require her to marry again, and quickly. But not only is Judith not ready for another husband, a marriage before her year of mourning is up will ruin her in London society. 

Still, if she hopes to have her life back, she may have to risk the scandal and make a marriage of convenience…but to whom?

John, Lord Haxby has loved Judith since childhood, and because of that he stood aside while she married another eight years ago. Now she is free of her odious husband, he hopes he can persuade her that he is the only man who can make her truly happy. However, he discovers Judith is more than interested in Lord Farringdon, the man who saved her life. Can he stand aside once more and watch the love of his life make a grave mistake, or will he step up and show the woman he loves he is not a convenient solution to her problem, but the perfect one?

EXCERPT:

The white garment that he had rightly deemed a nightgown, and which on another woman would’ve been unremarkable, seemed almost indecent on Judith. The rounded neckline showed the tops of her breasts, unfettered by a corset, and through the thin cotton material, he could see a hint of her darker nipples.

John swallowed hard and licked his lips, parched even though he’d just taken a large swallow of brandy.

Her hips swelled where she sat in the chair, her gown lying bunched between her legs, outlining the shape of her thighs…bringing to mind what lay beneath that thin fabric at their apex. John had to suppress a groan. Thank goodness the garment flowed over her legs so he could see no further—until he came to her bare ankles and small feet. All the brandy in the world would not erase the sight of her thus. “Judith.” His voice seemed to come from a long way away. “Why have you come here?”

“To apologize to you, John.”

Perhaps his faculties had gone missing. “Apologize for what, my dear?”

“For…for…” Judith seldom had trouble expressing herself. The transgression of which she spoke, therefore, must be grave indeed to bring out a stammer. “For teasing you earlier.”

Of all the things that might’ve come from her lips, those words were the last ones he’d have imagined. “Teasing me?”

“When I asked if there was something I could do for you.” Her voice had dropped so he could scarcely hear her.

“Ah.” As if the fire suddenly blazed anew, sweat popped out on John’s brow and his cock surged forward as if eager to answer the question. “I believe I take your meaning. Think nothing of it, my dear.”

By God, he wished he could think of anything else. Her low, sultry voice, coupled with the image of her seated in that chair, now seared on the inside of his eyelids, wreaked havoc in his breeches.

“But I shouldn’t have flirted like that, John.” She stared directly into his eyes. “We have already discussed the…possible necessity of our marrying. In asking that, I may have given you an erroneous idea about my…feelings for you.” Abruptly, she dropped her gaze.

Of course, he’d assumed she’d meant an amorous tryst but had known the offer had come from her nervousness or a need for some kind of physical contact. But since she’d brought the subject up… “Then why did you ask, Judith?”

Her tiny gasp filled him with his usual protective instincts, and it was on the tip of his tongue to tell her not to worry, it was all forgotten. Yet something held him back, some part of him that wanted desperately to hear her answer.

“Because I wanted to know what it would be like to kiss you.”

A Countess of Convenience is available currently on Amazon and Smashwords and later on     B & N, Kobo, and Apple.

I hope you enjoy Judith’s story and at the end of the book you’ll get a sneak peek at book 2, Almost a Countess, which is Dora’s story. It’s on pre-order now on Amazon here, if you’d like to have it at the ready in your reader.

And now for the little giveaway:

A $20 Amazon gift card to one random commenter who tells me how you best like to celebrate events (like this book launch!). The giveaway will close at midnight EDT on Sunday, April 4 and the winner will be announced on my blog on Monday, April 5.

Happy Release Day, Everyone!

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House of Pleasure Celebration Sale!

To celebrate the release tomorrow of A Countess of Convenience, I’ve put three of the House of Pleasure books on sale.

Remember, Only A Mistress Will Do was the inspiration for the new

Captivating Countesses series! All my countesses make their first appearance in that book.

On Sale This Week!

ONLY A MISTRESS WILL DO

On sale for .99!

AMAZON    B & N    APPLEBOOKS   KOBO

ONLY MARRIAGE WILL DO

On sale for .99!

AMAZON    B & N    APPLEBOOKS   KOBO

ONLY PLEASURE WILL DO

On sale for $2.99!

AMAZON    B & N    APPLEBOOKS   KOBO

And don’t forget to come back by the blog tomorrow for the Release Party! There will be giveaways! 🙂

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Medieval Monday ~ Lachlann’s Legacy by Ashley York

Good Morning! Welcome to the Spring 2021 Medieval Monday blog hop! The hop is our usual format: the first week on my blog I posted an excerpt from my book, then afterwards, I’ll post another Medieval Monday author’s excerpt and they will post mine, plus a link where you can find excerpts from all the authors via Medieval Romance Lovers.

Our theme for the Spring is First Kiss and throughout I’ll be sharing an excerpt from my medieval romance Betrayal, book 2 of Time Enough to Love. In this book, Alyse, the heroine, has just received the news that her betrothed lord, Sir Geoffrey Longford, has married another. As Alyse and Geoffrey had already been intimate, she is in rather a predicament. Follow my snippets of Betrayal at my guest’s blog site.

Week 8’s excerpt is from Ashley York’s medieval romance,

Lachlann’s Legacy.

 

BUY LINK:

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BLURB:

An 11th-century highlander must deceive a lovely woman living among outcasts in order to save his priory, but it’s his heart that’s truly at stake…

On the Moray coast in Scotland…

Ethne’s genuine and caring nature makes her invaluable to her brother as his son’s caretaker, but he and his wife treat her as little more than their servant. When she learns their tribal leader would use her chaste status for his own purposes, Ethne plans to escape and reluctantly accepts the help of Lachlann—a handsome pilgrim she only just met at the local faire.

Despite her independent spirit, Ethne feels drawn to Lachlann. Her instincts say his intentions are honorable, but can she trust him with her heart?

Raised by his godfather with few clues to his family’s past, Lachlann values his freedom and the brotherhood of his highlander kin. Disguised as a pilgrim on a mission for the priory, he encounters Ethne, a warm, intelligent maiden whose courage in the face of a loveless marriage awakens an intense need to protect her.

Unfortunately, Ethne is one of the very people he must deceive to explore the cave system containing clues to the lost treasure he seeks. But he cannot abandon her to an uncertain fate—or deny the simmering tension between them.

With religious prejudice running high and both of them facing tests of loyalty, Lachlann and Ethne may realize the only way to fight for their futures is to surrender… to each other.

EXCERPT FOR WEEK #8:

The perfect opening to ask of her own knowledge of valuable items but he shoved the thought aside. Instead he gently fingered her hair behind an ear. “Ethne?”

She looked at him with complete trust in her eyes.

“I want to kiss ye.” Lachlann could barely catch a breath, for how strong this “want” was.

Her eyes clouded for the barest second as if distracted by some troubling thought. But then she took a slow intake of breath. Acquiescence?

“Come to me,” he said.

Follow  Jenna’s snippet on Ashley York’s blog today.

For more Medieval Monday snippets, click here.

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 03/28/21 ~ A Countess of Convenience ~ “Can I Help You?”

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

This week I’m continuing with A Countess of Convenience, book 1 of my new series, Captivating Countesses.

BLURB:

Following a tragic accident, an unconscious Judith Harper is returned to her childhood home to die. Miraculously, she awakens but to a horribly changed world in which she finds her husband dead and her world upended.

Judith must regain her strength, not only to reclaim her life but also to right a terrible wrong–a feat which may require her to marry again, and quickly. But not only is Judith not ready for another husband, a marriage before her year of mourning is up will ruin her in London society. 

Still, if she hopes to have her life back, she may have to risk the scandal and make a marriage of convenience…but to whom?

John, Lord Haxby has loved Judith since childhood, and because of that he stood aside while she married another eight years ago. Now she is free of her odious husband, he hopes he can persuade her that he is the only man who can make her truly happy. However, he discovers Judith is more than interested in Lord Farringdon, the man who saved her life. Can he stand aside once more and watch the love of his life make a grave mistake, or will he step up and show the woman he loves he is not a convenient solution to her problem, but the perfect one?

I’ve  jumped ahead from last week’s snippet several chapters. Judith and John are traveling to London, using two of the housemaids as chaperones for Judith. Earlier in this scene, Judith asked John a very leading question, but they left it without an answer. Now, after she’s gone to bed, Judith is feeling guilty that she teased John.

EXCERPT:

Judith had a choice to make–either give up this mad attempt and go back to the torturous bed or forge on without a robe. Scandalous by anyone’s standards, but then what she was attempting to do—accost a gentleman who was not her husband, in his bed chamber—was equally risqué. In for a penny, in for a pound.

With great stealth, she managed to make her way into the parlor without incident. She unlocked the door then inch by inch opened it and stuck her head out. Nothing stirring at all, thank goodness. She glided through the doorway and pulled the door to, being careful to hold onto the key. With a backward glance toward the stairs, she hurried down the corridor to John’s room. Hoping to God he wasn’t asleep, Judith scratched on the door and whispered, “John? Can you open the door, John?”

And now a little more of the scene :

Nothing. Perhaps he was asleep already. She put her ear to the panel. “John?” Once more she stepped back and drew back her hand to knock this time.

“Good evening. Can I help you?”

The sound came not from within the chamber, but from down the hall behind her. Judith jumped and turned around, her hands going up to cover her face. The less anyone saw of her, the better.

A man stopped and squinted at her in the shadowy light of the sconces.

A Countess of Convenience  is  available on Amazon for the pre-order price of $2.99. After the release, this Tuesday, March 30, 2021 the price will change to $4.99.

A Return to Life is finally available on Amazon for FREE  and on Smashwords , B & N, Apple, and Kobo for free as well.

 

 

But don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.

Captivating Countesses series

by Jenna Jaxon

 

 

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Medieval Monday ~ The Highlander’s Reward ~ The Stolen Bride Series by Eliza Knight

Good Morning! Welcome to the Spring 2021 Medieval Monday blog hop! The hop is our usual format: the first week on my blog I posted an excerpt from my book, then afterwards, I’ll post another Medieval Monday author’s excerpt and they will post mine, plus a link where you can find excerpts from all the authors via Medieval Romance Lovers.

Our theme for the Spring is First Kiss and throughout I’ll be sharing an excerpt from my medieval romance Betrayal, book 2 of Time Enough to Love. In this book, Alyse, the heroine, has just received the news that her betrothed lord, Sir Geoffrey Longford, has married another. As Alyse and Geoffrey had already been intimate, she is in rather a predicament. Follow my snippets of Betrayal at my guest’s blog site.

Week 7’s excerpt is from Eliza Knight ‘s medieval romance,

The Highlander’s Reward.

 

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️Kobo: https://bit.ly/KoboReward

 

 

BLURB:

She belonged to another… But was destined to be his…

Lady Arbella de Mowbray abhors the idea of marrying an English noble occupying Scotland. When she arrives in Stirling, she is thrown into the midst of a full battle between the Scots and the English. Besieged by rebels, she is whisked from her horse by a Highland warrior who promises her safety. But when he kisses her, she fears she’s more in danger of losing herself.

The last thing Magnus Sutherland wants is to marry the beautiful English lass he saved. As the laird of his clan, he has a responsibility to his clan and allies. But when Arbella is attacked by one of his own men, he determines the only way to keep her safe is to make her his. A decision that promises to be extremely satisfying.

Magnus brings Arbella to his home of Dunrobin Castle in the Highlands. And that’s where the trouble begins… Their countries are at war and they should be each other’s enemy. Neither one considered their mock marriage would grow into a deeply passionate love. What’s more, they were both unhappily betrothed and those who’ve been scorned are out for revenge. Can their new found love keep them together or will their enemies tear them apart?

“For fans of Highlander romance, this series is a must read!” ~ Night Owl Reviews, TOP PICK!

EXCERPT FOR WEEK #7:

She gazed at him with a mixture of rapture, curiosity and surprise. ’Twas an expression he liked, and he took pride in having been the cause.

“You don’t taste like death.”

Magnus wrenched a brow. “Death?”

She looked bemused. “Aye. You taste…sweet.”

Follow  Jenna’s snippet on Eliza Knight’s blog today.

For more Medieval Monday snippets, click here.

Time Enough to Love Series

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 03/21/21 ~ A Countess of Convenience ~ For Better or Worse

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

This week I’m transitioning  from my just released short read, A Return to Life, to the actual book,  A Countess of Convenience, book 1 of my new series, Captivating Countesses.

 

 

BLURB:

Following a tragic accident, an unconscious Judith Harper is returned to her childhood home only to awaken to a horribly changed world: her husband is dead and her child has been given to her in-laws to raise.

As Judith regains her strength, she makes plans to reclaim her child, but to her dismay, the law of the land might not grant her guardianship unless she can show herself to be the better choice, which means she may need to marry again and quickly. Not only is Judith not ready for another husband, but she is newly widowed and will be part of a scandal should she wed before her year of mourning is up.

Still, if she hopes to have her daughter with her once more, she will have to make a marriage of convenience, but to whom?

John, Lord Haxby has loved Judith since childhood, and because of that he let her marry another eight years ago. Now she is free of her odious husband, he hopes he can persuade her that he is the only man who can make her truly happy. However, he discovers Judith is more than interested in Lord Fitzhugh, the man who saved her life. Can he stand aside once more and watch the love of his life make a grave mistake, or will he step up and show the woman he loves he is not a convenient solution to her problem, but the perfect one?

I’ve continued immediately after last week’s snippet so you can find out how Simon Harper died. 🙂

EXCERPT:

If Simon survived the duel, surely he must still be alive?

“The coward attempted to shoot Lord Trevor in the back, but that bit of dishonor was thwarted by Miss Carlton, who hit him in the head.” Dora stared at Judith with cold eyes. “In just the same place you were hit, my dear; Simon, however, did not manage to survive as you have.”

Staring dully at the blue-striped counterpane that covered her, Judith sank into her thoughts. Dora had been right to tell her about Simon. Although the ache of his treachery stabbed her to the heart, she needed to know that the husband she’d been truly fond of had been untrue. His perfidy cut her to the bone when she thought of herself lying helpless in bed while her husband debauched unsuspecting women. Tears oozed from her eyes, and she turned her head into her pillow. “Please leave me alone.”

And now a little more of the scene :

The quiet click of the door closing gave her permission to cry in earnest. But she didn’t want to cry, to show weakness. She had to be strong. If she was a widow now, she must be able to manage her own affairs. Since the day she married Simon she’d done nothing save please him and his father and mother. Harper’s Grange had been a prison in some ways, perhaps, but a pleasant one that had sheltered her from the necessity of making her own decisions about anything other than her choice of clothing. Now life had changed irrevocably. Whether for better or worse was yet to be discovered.

A Countess of Convenience  is  available on Amazon for the pre-order price of $2.99. After the release on March 30, 2021 the price will change to $4.99.

A Return to Life is finally available on Amazon for FREE  and on Smashwords , B & N, Apple, and Kobo for free as well.

 

 

But don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.

Captivating Countesses series

by Jenna Jaxon

 

 

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