The Widow’s Christmas Surprise Release Party! Part 3: Giveaway

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Because today is

RELEASE DAY FOR

THE WIDOW’S CHRISTMAS SURPRISE

(Book 5 of The Widows’ Club series)

BLURB:

The death of her husband has thrown Lady Maria Kersey’s future into doubt—and her heart into the arms of a man she cannot have. But Christmas with the Widows’ Club will bring choices—and surprises–that may change all her holidays to come . . .
 
Maria just gave birth to her first child, a beautiful daughter—but the event is shrouded in sorrow.  A month earlier, Maria’s husband, Lord Kersey, was killed in a duel under compromising circumstances. Worse, Maria’s failure to provide a male heir has stripped her of any hope of an inheritance. Scorned by the ton, one of her few allies is her late husband’s steward, Hugh Granger. Hugh is everything her husband was not—warm, charming—and penniless. . . .

Hugh has fallen desperately in love with Maria, but has little to offer but comfort. As their attraction becomes impossible to resist, Maria flees to London to spend Christmas with her dearest friends, a group of widows who lost their own husbands in the Battle of Waterloo. Little does she know the holidays will reveal a twist of fate she never expected—proving that the greatest Christmas gift is the magic of true love . . .

The Widow’s Christmas Surprise is available for purchase in e-book, print, and audio book on AmazonB & NKobo, and Apple.

The third and final part of my release day celebration is here.

 

What’s a party without giveaways! I just received a huge box of copies of The Widow’s Christmas Surprise, so I really want to share it with you! So I’ll pick a random commenter from this post to receive the third signed copy of The Widow’s Christmas Surprise. In your comment tell me what your favorite Christmas carol is!

 

 

Thank you to everyone who came by today to help me celebrate my new release! I’ll be posting the winners from the Release Day giveaways on Tuesday next week. The giveaways will continue to be open until Monday, October 5 at midnight.

 

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The Widow’s Christmas Surprise Release Party! Part 2: Winners

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Because today is

RELEASE DAY FOR

THE WIDOW’S CHRISTMAS SURPRISE

(Book 5 of The Widows’ Club series)

BLURB:

The death of her husband has thrown Lady Maria Kersey’s future into doubt—and her heart into the arms of a man she cannot have. But Christmas with the Widows’ Club will bring choices—and surprises–that may change all her holidays to come . . .
 
Maria just gave birth to her first child, a beautiful daughter—but the event is shrouded in sorrow.  A month earlier, Maria’s husband, Lord Kersey, was killed in a duel under compromising circumstances. Worse, Maria’s failure to provide a male heir has stripped her of any hope of an inheritance. Scorned by the ton, one of her few allies is her late husband’s steward, Hugh Granger. Hugh is everything her husband was not—warm, charming—and penniless. . . .

Hugh has fallen desperately in love with Maria, but has little to offer but comfort. As their attraction becomes impossible to resist, Maria flees to London to spend Christmas with her dearest friends, a group of widows who lost their own husbands in the Battle of Waterloo. Little does she know the holidays will reveal a twist of fate she never expected—proving that the greatest Christmas gift is the magic of true love . . .

The Widow’s Christmas Surprise is available for purchase in e-book, print, and audio book on AmazonB & NKobo, and Apple.

Welcome back to the second part of my release day celebration.

 

Let’s continue the party with another giveaway! I just received a huge box of copies of The Widow’s Christmas Surprise, I really want to share it with you! So I’ll pick a random commenter from this post to receive the second signed copy of The Widow’s Christmas Surprise. In your comment tell me what your favorite Christmas movie is!

 

 

AND NOW FOR THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY WINNERS

THE WIDOWS’ CLUB BOOK WINNERS:

TO WOO A WICKED WIDOW

JEN PEAK

WEDDING THE WIDOW

IGOR YAREMCHUK

WHAT A WIDOW WANTS

ALOYS

MUCH ADO ABOUT A WIDOW

BILL MYERS

THE WIDOW’S CHRISTMAS SURPRISE

DOREEN ARCHBOLD

 

CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT WINNERS

ANDRE

RACHAEL

CATHIE

DEANNA KELLER

ALAN SAXON

CANDY LYN

 

SWAG PACK WINNERS

JOHANNA

MARION

RICHARD ROBINSON

BEVERLY D. LAUDE

KIM HENRICHS

BETTY REYNOLDS

 

GIFT CARD WINNER

JAMES ROBERT

Thank you to everyone who entered my Rafflecopter giveaway this month! I’ll be contacting all the winners to get email and regular mail addresses so you can receive your prizes.

Come back at 6:00 tonight for a final giveaway for The Widow’s Christmas Surprise!

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The Widow’s Christmas Surprise Release Party!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Because today is

RELEASE DAY FOR

THE WIDOW’S CHRISTMAS SURPRISE

(Book 5 of The Widows’ Club series)

BLURB:

The death of her husband has thrown Lady Maria Kersey’s future into doubt—and her heart into the arms of a man she cannot have. But Christmas with the Widows’ Club will bring choices—and surprises–that may change all her holidays to come . . .
 
Maria just gave birth to her first child, a beautiful daughter—but the event is shrouded in sorrow.  A month earlier, Maria’s husband, Lord Kersey, was killed in a duel under compromising circumstances. Worse, Maria’s failure to provide a male heir has stripped her of any hope of an inheritance. Scorned by the ton, one of her few allies is her late husband’s steward, Hugh Granger. Hugh is everything her husband was not—warm, charming—and penniless. . . .

Hugh has fallen desperately in love with Maria, but has little to offer but comfort. As their attraction becomes impossible to resist, Maria flees to London to spend Christmas with her dearest friends, a group of widows who lost their own husbands in the Battle of Waterloo. Little does she know the holidays will reveal a twist of fate she never expected—proving that the greatest Christmas gift is the magic of true love . . .

The Widow’s Christmas Surprise is available for purchase in e-book, print, and audio book on AmazonB & NKobo, and Apple.

I’m very excited to release this, my first full-length Christmas novel, and am so happy to be celebrating Christmas a little early because of it.

 

Let’s get the party started with a little giveaway! Because I just received a huge box of copies of The Widow’s Christmas Surprise, I really want to share it with you! So I’ll pick a random commenter from this post to receive the first signed copy of The Widow’s Christmas Surprise. In your comment tell me what your favorite Christmas activity is (buying the tree, trimming the tree, Christmas parties, caroling, etc.)

 

To whet your whistle, here’s a little excerpt to show you what the book’s heroine, Maria’s, favorite Christmas activity is!

EXCERPT:

“Ice skates!” Maria darted forward, taking one up, but being mindful of the blade. “I used to go ice skating all the time at my parents’ house. There is a river nearby that would freeze when the weather was cold enough.” She turned a gleeful face to him. “How did you know?”

“I didn’t.” Grinning like a fool at her look of pure pleasure, Hugh thanked whatever angel had whispered in his ear to take Maria skating. “I hoped you had skated before, but I would have been happy to teach you if you hadn’t.”

“Well let’s see who knows what.” She dropped down onto the log and began to tie the skates onto her shoes. “Last one onto the ice has to pay a forfeit.”

Lord, and didn’t he know what her forfeit would be if she won the wager.

Hugh sat down to strap his skates on as well. The process wasn’t terribly difficult, just lengthy. He fumbled with the straps, his fingers stupid as he tried to hurry.

“One skate on!” Maria laughed and began on the other one.

“No fair. You have smaller fingers that work better than mine.” Cursing under his breath, Hugh buckled the first skate on and reached for the second, although he doubted he could catch up with Maria now.

“Done!” Pink cheeked she laughed again as she stood before him, showing him first one and then the other skate. “Do you need some help with your laces, my dear?”

“No, thank you.” His words came out a growl, which made Maria laugh all the harder.

“Come.” She held out her hand and helped him up when he was finished. “I cannot wait to skate again. It has been an age at least. I had to have been ten years old.”

“Well, I hope it comes back to you, but if not, I will be here to save you.” He grinned as they made their way toward the pond’s edge.

“My hero.” She clutched his arm in mock terror.

He pushed aside some frozen vegetation, creating a path to the ice. “Hold my hand.”

She gripped it tightly and followed him to the edge.

“Wait here and let me sound out the ice. It’s been so cold recently I don’t think it has thinned, but best be safe.”

Maria nodded gravely, her brows drawn inward. “Do be careful.”

He set his skates on the smooth ice and pushed off. Each year it came back to him, as if he skated every day of his life. Cautiously, he struck out for the center of the pond, watching for slushy spots or cloudy patches of ice. That meant it wasn’t frozen hard enough. But everywhere he looked the ice was clear. No air bubbles, no cracks, just solid, clear ice. Perfect. “I think it’s good,” he called, turning toward the bank. “Come on out.” He waved to her even as he started back.

Maria set her skates on the surface and pushed off. She wobbled for a moment, her arms flailing as she fought for balance.

Hugh hurried toward her, then something seemed to change.

Suddenly, she remembered her balance and her strokes became strong and even.  She threw back her head and laughed, then struck out to meet him. Grabbing his hands, she assumed the skater’s position, right hand over left, and their feet began to glide in unison.

“I see it came back to you.” He steered them down the center of the pond toward the bulrushes at the end, then turned to head back up the far side.

“It did. This is so marvelous. I did not realize how much I had missed it until I started to skate.” Maria’s excitement was infectious. He’d not thought of skating since last year, but now the thrill of the speed—almost like flying—seemed one of the most exhilarating things he’d ever done. “Take my hands like this.”

He clasped her hands, left in left and right in right, until they faced one another. Then he began to spin them around, faster and faster until the world sped by at a dizzying pace.

Maria leaned her head back, laughing up to the cloudless sky, her face more beautiful than he’d ever seen it.

He slowed them down until they stood facing one another, panting. “I love you.” Hugh managed to get the words out before he sank his mouth onto hers. The kiss was quick—they were still both gasping for breath—then a gulp of air, then he kissed her again. Longer this time, pressing against her even as he wrapped his arms around her and drew her to him. Another breath and he settled in for a lengthy kiss that he deepened, delving through her lips, into her mouth, tasting all the entrancing flavors that were uniquely her. God, he would never get enough.

Slowly, he came back to his senses and broke the kiss, albeit reluctantly. Maria nestled her head on his chest, as though it was the most natural thing in the world to do on the middle of a frozen pond.

“Do you still want me to leave?”

Come back by at noon for the announcement of the winners of all the goodies in the Rafflecopter giveaway for The Widow’s Christmas Surprise!

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Medieval Monday ~ Seduction at the Christmas Court ~ The Thrill of Battle

Good Morning! Welcome to the Fall/Winter Medieval Monday blog hop! We’re doing the hop somewhat differently this time around. There will be a link below to the Medieval Romance Lovers Facebook page that has links to all the other authors who are participating this time around. So after you read my excerpt, click the link and go have fun with our medieval romance snippets.  They can also be found via #MedMonFall2020 .

Our theme for the fall is Nature and I’ll be sharing a segment from my medieval Christmas novella Seduction at the Christmas Court. The scene begins with a boar hunt some days before Christmas in 1349. Geoffrey, Lord Longford and his wife Alyse have been summoned to the King’s Christmas court and this is the King’s favorite sport.

Available on Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble.

BLURB:

Alyse and Geoffrey, Lord and Lady Longford, have journeyed to the glittering Christmas Court of King Edward III in the year 1349 to wait upon the king and take part in some Yuletide merriment. However, when Geoffrey is suddenly called into the king’s service again, Alyse must remain at court, attending the queen and persuading her rebellious sister to accept an unwanted betrothal. When rumors of Geoffrey’s death arise, Alyse fends off an old suitor who wants to renew their friendship. But how long will he take “No” for an answer?

EXCERPT:

 

 

Excitement shot through Geoffrey, his whole body thrilled and eager for confrontation. ‘Twas the feel of battle to be won of old that he had sorely missed. Carefully dismounting, he silently draped the reins around a dead tree limb. Drawing his long dagger, he crept toward the thicket, parted the closely packed branches and inched forward as the sounds of growling dog and squealing pig reached deafening heights.

He poked his head through the thicket, into a scene from a tapestry he had oft admired in one of the state rooms at Windsor. A tapestry sprung to life.

The large gray and black boar hounds held a monstrous black boar at bay, penned against an outcropping of rock and a deadfall tree. Cautiously, Geoffrey moved to the pig’s right.

For more Medieval Monday snippets, click here. And be sure to return for the next installment of Seduction at the Christmas Court or grab a copy on Amazon, Smashwords, or Barnes & Noble now!

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 9/27/20 The Widow’s Christmas Surprise ~ A Dizzying Pace

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

 

Today I’m continuing with my Christmas novel that releases at the end of September, The Widow’s Christmas Surprise. This is book five of The Widows’ Club series and is Maria’s story. 

It releases this coming Tuesday, September 29 in print, e-book, and audio book!

 

Here’s the blurb:

BLURB: 

The death of her husband has thrown Lady Maria Kersey’s future into doubt—and her heart into the arms of a man she cannot have. But Christmas with the Widows’ Club will bring choices—and surprises–that may change all her holidays to come . . .
 
Maria just gave birth to her first child, a beautiful daughter—but the event is shrouded in sorrow.  A month earlier, Maria’s husband, Lord Kersey, was killed in a duel under compromising circumstances. Worse, Maria’s failure to provide a male heir has stripped her of any hope of an inheritance. Scorned by the ton, one of her few allies is her late husband’s steward, Hugh Granger. Hugh is everything her husband was not—warm, charming—and penniless. . . .

Hugh has fallen desperately in love with Maria, but has little to offer but comfort. As their attraction becomes impossible to resist, Maria flees to London to spend Christmas with her dearest friends, a group of widows who lost their own husbands in the Battle of Waterloo. Little does she know the holidays will reveal a twist of fate she never expected—proving that the greatest Christmas gift is the magic of true love . . .

I’m starting this snippet well into the book because this is a fun scene. Maria is about to leave her lover, Hugh, to go to Scotland until they can marry. Hugh has taken Maria out for a final outing, to spend some time together before they have to say goodbye. They have now begun to skate.

We are in Hugh’s POV.

EXCERPT:

 

“I see it came back to you,” he steered them down the center of the pond toward the bulrushes at the end, then turned to head back up the far side.

“It did–this is so marvelous–I did not realize how much I had missed it until I started to skate.” Maria’s excitement was infectious. He’d not thought of skating since last year, but now the thrill of the speed—almost like flying—seemed one of the most exhilarating things he’d ever done. “Take my hands like this.”

He clasped her hands, left in left and right in right, until they faced one another, then he began to spin them around, faster and faster until the world sped by at a dizzying pace.

Maria leaned her head back, laughing up to the cloudless sky, her face more beautiful than he’d ever seen it.

He slowed them down until they stood facing one another, panting. “I love you.” Hugh managed to get the words out before he sank his mouth onto hers.

And now to finish the scene :

The kiss was quick—they were still both gasping for breath—then a gulp of air, then he kissed her again. Longer this time, pressing against her even as he wrapped his arms around her and drew her to him. Another breath and he settled in for a lengthy kiss that he deepened, delving through her lips, into her mouth, tasting all the entrancing flavors that were uniquely her. God, he would never get enough.

Slowly, he came back to his senses and broke the kiss, albeit reluctantly. Maria nestled her head on his chest, as though it was the most natural thing in the world to do on the middle of a frozen pond.

“Do you still want me to leave?”

The Widow’s Christmas Surprise is available for pre-order on Amazon, B & N, Kobo, and Apple.

I’ll be running a Christmas giveaway between now and September 29 when The Widow’s Christmas Surprise releases. The prizes are signed print copies of the previous Widows’ Club books, Christmas ornaments, swag, and a $25.00 Amazon gift card. To enter this Rafflecopter giveaway, click here.

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

 

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Surprised by The Widow’s Christmas Surprise!

I looked out my door yesterday and was surprised and thrilled to find copies of The Widow’s Christmas Surprise for me to use in my promo and giveaways next week when the book releases on Tuesday, September 29!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! So excited for this book release! Barnes & Noble won’t be allowing book signings in the foreseeable future, however, they have said I can come to the stores, much as I did last January for Much Ado About A Widow, and sign copies that are in the store. So I’ll be heading out a couple of weekends during October and November to go on another signing tour, if you’re interested in getting a signed copy of The Widow’s Christmas Surprise. (Great Christmas present idea!)  I’ll keep you updated on where I’ll be going, so if you’re in the area, you can grab your copy.

With the release on Tuesday, I’ll be announcing the winners of The Widow’s Christmas Surprise Giveaway on the blog. If you haven’t already entered to win, there’s still time until Monday night. Tuesday I’ll draw the winners and announce them during the Release Party! So go enter to win! Prizes include: Signed print copies of all of the Widows’ Club series books, Christmas ornaments (just bought some at Busch Gardens the Old Country last night!), swag packs, and a $25.00 Amazon gift card.

And if you haven’t entered to win yet, just click here to take you to the Rafflecopter giveaway!

I hope everyone here has a great weekend! Stop back by as I’ll be posting any updates on the release and hope I’ll see you for the Release Party on Tuesday!

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Medieval Monday ~ Seduction at the Christmas Court ~ A Royal Hunting Party

Good Morning! Welcome to the Fall/Winter Medieval Monday blog hop! We’re doing the hop somewhat differently this time around. There will be a link below to the Medieval Romance Lovers Facebook page that has links to all the other authors who are participating this time around. So after you read my excerpt, click the link and go have fun with our medieval romance snippets.  They can also be found via #MedMonFall2020 .

Our theme for the fall is Nature and I’ll be sharing a segment from my medieval Christmas novella Seduction at the Christmas Court. The scene begins with a boar hunt some days before Christmas in 1349. Geoffrey, Lord Longford and his wife Alyse have been summoned to the King’s Christmas court and this is the King’s favorite sport.

Available on Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble.

BLURB:

Alyse and Geoffrey, Lord and Lady Longford, have journeyed to the glittering Christmas Court of King Edward III in the year 1349 to wait upon the king and take part in some Yuletide merriment. However, when Geoffrey is suddenly called into the king’s service again, Alyse must remain at court, attending the queen and persuading her rebellious sister to accept an unwanted betrothal. When rumors of Geoffrey’s death arise, Alyse fends off an old suitor who wants to renew their friendship. But how long will he take “No” for an answer?

EXCERPT:

The baying of the hounds sounded off in the distance and Geoffrey looked around eagerly for a companion to hunt with, but no one of his acquaintance presented himself. New courtiers were talking in twos and threes as they sat atop their horses, but not one that he had spoken to more than once. So few of his boon companions had been spared by the pestilence. He looked about for Lord Tamworth, for Roger would be meet company for the hunt, but the friendly face refused to show itself. With a sigh, Geoffrey touched his heel to Saracen and started for the woods–mayhap he would meet someone along the way.

Once the company gained the stand of oak trees on the eastern side of the estate, Geoffrey dropped his horse to a walk, head cocked to catch the direction of the dogs, still baying shrilly. They must have scented one or more boars immediately.

He urged Saracen through the brambles, sweeping his head from side to side, but there were so many dogs out it seemed as if all of them were baying at once and no way to tell where—

Ferocious barking erupted in the thicket of brush to his right then snarling and grunting ensued, the unmistakable sound of an enraged boar.

For more Medieval Monday snippets, click here. And be sure to return for the next installment of Seduction at the Christmas Court or grab a copy on Amazon, Smashwords, or Barnes & Noble now!

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 9/20/20 The Widow’s Christmas Surprise ~ Best Be Safe

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

 

Today I’m continuing with my Christmas novel that releases at the end of September, The Widow’s Christmas Surprise. This is book five of The Widows’ Club series and is Maria’s story. 

 

Here’s the blurb:

BLURB: 

The death of her husband has thrown Lady Maria Kersey’s future into doubt—and her heart into the arms of a man she cannot have. But Christmas with the Widows’ Club will bring choices—and surprises–that may change all her holidays to come . . .
 
Maria just gave birth to her first child, a beautiful daughter—but the event is shrouded in sorrow.  A month earlier, Maria’s husband, Lord Kersey, was killed in a duel under compromising circumstances. Worse, Maria’s failure to provide a male heir has stripped her of any hope of an inheritance. Scorned by the ton, one of her few allies is her late husband’s steward, Hugh Granger. Hugh is everything her husband was not—warm, charming—and penniless. . . .

Hugh has fallen desperately in love with Maria, but has little to offer but comfort. As their attraction becomes impossible to resist, Maria flees to London to spend Christmas with her dearest friends, a group of widows who lost their own husbands in the Battle of Waterloo. Little does she know the holidays will reveal a twist of fate she never expected—proving that the greatest Christmas gift is the magic of true love . . .

I’m starting this snippet well into the book because this is a fun scene. Maria is about to leave her lover, Hugh, to go to Scotland until they can marry. Hugh has taken Maria out for a final outing, to spend some time together before they have to say goodbye.

We are in Hugh’s POV.

EXCERPT:

“My hero.” She clutched his arm in mock terror.

He pushed aside some frozen vegetation, creating a path to the ice. “Hold my hand.”

She gripped it tightly and followed him to the edge.

“Wait here and let me sound out the ice. It’s been so cold recently I don’t think it has thinned, but best be safe.”

Maria nodded gravely, her brows drawn inward. “Do be careful.”

He set his skates on the smooth ice and pushed off.

And now to finish the scene :

Each year it came back to him, as if he skated every day of his life. Cautiously, he struck out for the center of the pond, watching for slushy spots or cloudy patches of ice. That meant it wasn’t frozen hard enough. But everywhere he looked the ice was clear. No air bubbles, no cracks, just solid, clear ice. Perfect. “I think it’s good,” he called, turning toward the bank. “Come on out.” He waved to her even as he started back.

Maria set her skates on the surface and pushed off. She wobbled for a moment, her arms flailing as she fought for balance.

Hugh hurried toward her, then something seemed to change.

Suddenly, she remembered her balance and her strokes became strong and even.  She threw back her head and laughed, then struck out to meet him. Grabbing his hands, she assumed the skater’s position, right hand over left, and their feet began to glide in unison.

 

 

The Widow’s Christmas Surprise is available on Amazon, B & N, Kobo, and Apple.

I’ll be running a Christmas giveaway between now and September 27 when The Widow’s Christmas Surprise releases. The prizes are signed print copies of the previous Widows’ Club books, Christmas ornaments, swag, and a $25.00 Amazon gift card. To enter this Rafflecopter giveaway, click here.

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

 

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The Widow’s Christmas Surprise ~ Meet Maria

Two weeks from today The Widow’s Christmas Surprise releases in e-book and mass media print so I wanted you to meet the heroine of the book, who made her first appearance in book one, To Woo A Wicked Widow, and afterward was assumed to have found her happy ending. As you will see, this is not actually the case.

In To Woo A Wicked Widow, we found Maria Wickley a distraught young woman, widowed at sixteen, and just coming out of mourning. Her cousin, Lady John Tarkington, befriends the girl and invites her to a country house party.

Maria is a rather simple girl, raised in the country in a family of the gentry,  land-owning but not terribly prosperous. She and her next-door neighbor, William, are young and desperately in love. But when duty calls to William to help foil Napoleon’s army one last time at the battle of Waterloo, he enlists as a private in the army. Their parents agree to let them marry before he goes to war and they have only one night together before he is killed in the battle.

At the house party, a naive Maria is enthralled by the rake, Allen Garrett, and finds herself swept off her feet by the charming cad. She ends up in an “interesting condition” and at the end of the book, elopes with the scoundrel. Her other widow friends and her cousin all wish her well, but fear that marriage will not mend her ne’er-do-well husband’s roguish ways.

And in The Widow’s Christmas Surprise, we find that it didn’t. The book opens with

 

Garrett, now Lord Kersey, about to participate in a duel after being caught in a married woman’s bed. When Kersey is killed and Maria’s child is born a girl instead of the hoped for heir, Maria (now eighteen) must grow up quickly and become a woman who can make the proper decisions about her and her daughter’s welfare.

The trouble is, there’s this estate steward, Hugh Granger, with whom Maria feels a kindred spirit. However, the man has no prospects and his fortunes are about to go from bad to worse. The prudent thing for Maria to do is marry the heir apparent to the Kersey title, another rake just like her late husband, and with that marriage secure her future.

The question is, will Maria let her head or her heart prevail? The coming Christmas season with the Widows’ Club will bring choices—and surprises–that may change all her holidays to come . . .

 

The Widow’s Christmas Surprise releases on September 29 and is now available for pre-order at the following e-retailers:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082WQT41J/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3

B & N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-widows-christmas-surprise-jenna-jaxon/1135644826?ean=9781420149753

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-widow-s-christmas-surprise

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-widows-christmas-surprise/id1512241034

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 9/13/20 The Widow’s Christmas Surprise ~ The Wager

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

 

Today I’m continuing with my Christmas novel that releases at the end of September, The Widow’s Christmas Surprise. This is book five of The Widows’ Club series and is Maria’s story. 

(Today I’m on the road visiting relatives, so I won’t be visiting your sites until the evening.)

 

Here’s the blurb:

BLURB: 

The death of her husband has thrown Lady Maria Kersey’s future into doubt—and her heart into the arms of a man she cannot have. But Christmas with the Widows’ Club will bring choices—and surprises–that may change all her holidays to come . . .
 
Maria just gave birth to her first child, a beautiful daughter—but the event is shrouded in sorrow.  A month earlier, Maria’s husband, Lord Kersey, was killed in a duel under compromising circumstances. Worse, Maria’s failure to provide a male heir has stripped her of any hope of an inheritance. Scorned by the ton, one of her few allies is her late husband’s steward, Hugh Granger. Hugh is everything her husband was not—warm, charming—and penniless. . . .

Hugh has fallen desperately in love with Maria, but has little to offer but comfort. As their attraction becomes impossible to resist, Maria flees to London to spend Christmas with her dearest friends, a group of widows who lost their own husbands in the Battle of Waterloo. Little does she know the holidays will reveal a twist of fate she never expected—proving that the greatest Christmas gift is the magic of true love . . .

I’m starting this snippet well into the book because this is a fun scene. Maria is about to leave her lover, Hugh, to go to Scotland until they can marry. Hugh has taken Maria out for a final outing, to spend some time together before they have to say goodbye.

We are in Hugh’s POV.

EXCERPT:

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“Ice skates!” Maria darted forward, taking one up, but being mindful of the blade. “I used to go ice skating all the time at my parents’ house. There is a river nearby that would freeze when the weather was cold enough.” She turned a gleeful face to him,“How did you know?”

“I didn’t.” Grinning like a fool at her look of pure pleasure, Hugh thanked whatever angel had whispered in his ear to take Maria skating. “I hoped you had skated before, but I would have been happy to teach you if you hadn’t.”

“Well let’s see who knows what,” she said and dropped down onto the log and began to tie the skates onto her shoes, “last one onto the ice has to pay a forfeit.”

Lord, and didn’t he know what her forfeit would be if she won the wager.

And now to finish the scene :

Hugh sat down to strap his skates on as well. The process wasn’t terribly difficult, just lengthy. He fumbled with the straps, his fingers stupid as he tried to hurry.

“One skate on!” Maria laughed and began on the other one.

“No fair. You have smaller fingers that work better than mine.” Cursing under his breath, Hugh buckled the first skate on and reached for the second, although he doubted he could catch up with Maria now.

“Done!” Pink cheeked she laughed again as she stood before him, showing him first one and then the other skate. “Do you need some help with your laces, my dear?”

“No, thank you.” His words came out a growl, which made Maria laugh all the harder.

“Come.” She held out her hand and helped him up when he was finished. “I cannot wait to skate again. It has been an age at least. I had to have been ten years old.”

“Well, I hope it comes back to you, but if not, I will be here to save you.” He grinned as they made their way toward the pond’s edge.

 

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