Medieval Monday ~ Seduction at the Christmas Court ~ “A Credible Catch Dog”

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 FOR WEEK #10:

“But what happened?” Alyse bent to inspect the gash. It ran mayhap four or five inches along the fleshy part of the calf, with slight bleeding. The leg bone seemed not to be broken, so Guy would likely recover. Still, a dressing would be best to make sure it did not fester.

“I was about to kill a boar when Valere crashed through the brush. The boar took one look at him and charged.” His chuckle was echoed by the man on the floor. “He makes a credible catch dog, this one. When the beast went for Sir Guy, I was able to stab it in the neck. It fell onto Sir Guy as it died and ripped his leg as it did.”

“You must return this favor on the next hunt, Seigneur Longford.” Guy smiled and winked at Pippa. “’Tis only fair.”

 

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!

Time Enough to Love Series

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 11/22/20 It Happened Beneath the Mistletoe: “We Haven’t Been Properly Introduced”

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

This week I’m continuing snippets from my upcoming Regency Christmas novella, It Happened Under the Mistletoe. It’s a companion piece to last year’s It Happened at Christmas, and is the story of Roger, Lord Daventry (friend of Nicholas, Lord Benberry from It Happened at Christmas) and Lady Sylvia Montgomery.

To set the scene, Roger has come with his cousin to a winter’s ball in London to meet the young lady the cousin is enamored of. But Roger loses his cousin in the crowd, and ends up careening around the room, landing on his knees in front of someone in a white gown.

I’m still working on the blurb, but will have it done by the time I release it.

 

EXCERPT:

Her voice was sweetly pitched, neither too high nor too low. He could listen to her speak for hours on end.

The lady looked pointedly at her hand, which he was still holding.

“I do beg your pardon.” He released her, albeit reluctantly. “I’m sure I don’t know what’s come over me this evening.” Except he did know. “I was trying to find my cousin and then—”

“And then?” She cocked her head expectantly.

And now to finish the scene :

His muddled brain had finally brought to his attention the fact that he hadn’t been introduced to this lady. He had no business whatsoever speaking to her as though he’d known her forever. “I must beg your pardon again, but we haven’t been properly introduced. I wouldn’t want your reputation to suffer because I’ve made a mull of this.”

She waved the objection away with a little trilling laugh. “I don’t believe I care about that at the moment, although if it will make you feel better, we can find someone to do the honors.”

It Happened Under the Mistletoe will release in November, so keep an eye out for the release party here on my blog.

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

Christmas Romance Novellas

by Jenna Jaxon

 

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Medieval Monday ~ Seduction at the Christmas Court ~ “A Mere Scratch”

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 FOR WEEK #9:

“Sir Guy.” Pippa dropped down beside the man who lay on the floor, by turns grimacing and taking a pull from a tankard of ale.

“All is well, cherie,” Guy managed a smile and pulled back a piece of cloth from his right leg, “a mere scratch.” The pale flesh of his calf showed through the rent in his chausses, blood welling out of the deep gash and seeping into the garment, staining it a deep red.

“Goodness,” Alyse gasped. She’d seen worse, however ‘twas a nasty wound.

Pippa turned pale and sat down with a thump, narrowly missing Guy’s tankard.

“Try some of this, mon chere,” Guy said and offered his ale to her which she took it, gulping it down while avoiding the sight of his leg.

“I sent the lad to you to see an you can dress the wound–Gaddesden is still out in the woods attending King Edward—but as you’ve had some experience tending such things in the village, I thought mayhap you could aid Guy as well.”

 

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!

Time Enough to Love Series

(Available on Amazon, and Free on Kindle Unlimited.)

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 11/15/20 It Happened Beneath the Mistletoe: “Are You All Right?”

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

This week I’m continuing snippets from my upcoming Regency Christmas novella, It Happened Under the Mistletoe. It’s a companion piece to last year’s It Happened at Christmas, and is the story of Roger, Lord Daventry (friend of Nicholas, Lord Benberry from It Happened at Christmas) and Lady Sylvia Montgomery.

To set the scene, Roger has come with his cousin to a winter’s ball in London to meet the young lady the cousin is enamored of. But Roger loses his cousin in the crowd, and ends up careening around the room, landing on his knees in front of someone in a white gown.

I’m still working on the blurb, but will have it done by the time I release it.

 

EXCERPT:

She stared down at him, an incipient smile on her coral lips. Her dark eyes sparkled with mirth in a face of porcelain, her cheeks tinged with pink. Luscious ebony hair was piled high on her head in a mass of ringlets, some of which had come loose to coil becomingly around her face and long neck. A vision in white that literally took his breath away.

“Are you quite all right?” The vision extended a gloved hand.

In a daze, he took it and hauled himself to his feet, unable to wrest his gaze from her.

“Are you all right?” She spoke louder, perhaps assuming his hearing had been injured in his fall.

His hearing was fine–it was his tongue that wouldn’t work.

And now to finish the scene :

“Should we call the surgeon for you?” Her black brows had drawn down into a charming frown. “Mamma is just here. Perhaps I should—”

“I’m fine.” Roger gasped in air and pushed the words out. He could scarcely hear himself for the roaring in his ears. “I…I do beg your pardon for falling at your feet like that.”

She gave him a brilliant smile that stopped his breath once again. “Oh, good. You’re able to speak. I thought for a moment you were having an apoplexy, although you’re quite young to have one. My uncle Robert died of one a few years ago, but he was very old.”

It Happened Under the Mistletoe will release in November, so keep an eye out for the release party here on my blog.

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

Christmas Romance Novellas

by Jenna Jaxon

 

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Medieval Monday ~ Seduction at the Christmas Court ~ “Are You Not Hurt?”

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 FOR WEEK #8:

“Come with me, I have need of you.” Straightening her shoulders, she marched back into the surgery, dragging her sister behind her.

She searched the faces of several men lying on the floor, frantic to find Geoffrey among them. Blood beat loudly in her ears.

“Milady.” The boy who had summoned her was back, beckoning her toward a corner where tucked away to the side, two men lounged against a wall, talking and laughing, disregarding the mayhem that swirled around them.

Geoffrey looked up at the lad’s cry and leaped to his feet. “Alyse, ‘tis good of you to come so quickly.”

“Geoffrey, oh, my love,” she ran to him, threw her arms around him and burst into tears, “are you not hurt? The boy said—”

“’Tis not I. Sir Guy has been wounded.”

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 ~ 11/08/20 It Happened Beneath the Mistletoe: An Abrupt Halt

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

So sorry I was absent last week, but my husband had just had open heart surgery and I was taking care of everything at the house while he was still in the hospital. He’s home now and doing extremely well, but it was a tense few days that I hope not to repeat again!

This week I’m beginning snippets from my upcoming Regency Christmas novella, It Happened Under the Mistletoe. It’s a companion piece to last year’s It Happened at Christmas, and is the story of Roger, Lord Daventry (friend of Nicholas, Lord Benberry from It Happened at Christmas) and Lady Sylvia Montgomery.

In this first snippet, Roger has come with his cousin to a winter’s ball in London to meet the young lady the cousin is enamored of. But Roger loses his cousin in the crowd, with quite unexpected results.

I’m still working on the blurb, but will have it done by the time I release it (this coming week) and here next Sunday.

 

EXCERPT:

Where the deuce had his cousin and the elusive Miss Attwater gone to? Twisting around to spot them, he followed his cousin’s example and rose onto his toes to give himself the extra inch or two advantage. Still no sight of the couple, but in the process of turning back, Roger bumped into a gentleman attempting to hurry toward the ballroom floor.

The momentum sent Roger stumbling backward. Unable to regain his balance, he fought to keep from crashing into anyone, and lost that battle immediately. He bumped into a different gentleman, who dropped the quizzing glass he was holding, though he immediately picked it up and glared at Roger through it. Roger didn’t have time to care as he stumbled next into a lady, knocking her into the gentleman to whom she was speaking. His feet seemed to have a mind of their own and neither with the sense to balance him. He careened off the offended woman and pitched forward, landing with a jarring crack as his knees hit the parquet flooring, bringing him to a merciful, though abrupt, halt.

And now to finish the scene :

Panting and completely aware of the silence all around him, Roger stared straight ahead, willing everyone in attendance to simply ignore his blundering progress and go about their business. After a moment, talking resumed, along with a few titters of mirth, and he breathed a great sigh–the whole escapade could’ve been worse, perhaps, but not by much.

About to rise and resume the hunt for his blasted cousin, Roger suddenly realized he’d been staring for some time at smooth, white satin fabric with a fine design of white birds and flowers woven into the material. Obviously a woman’s skirt; ergo the woman it belonged to had been standing over him the entire time. Accepting that the evening could absolutely get no worse, Roger raised his chin and gazed into the face of an angel.

It Happened Under the Mistletoe will release this week, so keep an eye out for the release party here on my blog.

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

Christmas Romance Novellas

by Jenna Jaxon

 

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Holiday Winners!

CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS!

As you may or may not know by now, toward the end of October we discovered that my husband needed open heart surgery. This came just before Halloween in the midst of my giveaways for that week, ergo my posts stopped the day he had surgery and everything having to do with writing just flew out of my head.

Well, hubby’s now home and on the mend, so I finally realized I needed to announce the Halloween giveaway winners AND the winners from September’s The Widow’s Christmas Surprise release party book giveaways.

I’ll be emailing you all shortly to congratulate you and get your mailing addresses.

THE WIDOW’S CHRISTMAS SURPRISE WINNERS

(Signed print copy of The Widow’s Christmas Surprise)

CAROLYN SEELIGER

PATRICIA B

BN100

 

HALLOWEEN GIVEAWAY WINNERS

(Starbucks Gift Card)

KAISQUARED4

SANDY FEHR

TERESA CYPHER

Congratulations and thank you all for your patience with me during this very nerve-wracking time. I’m so glad to be getting back to normal again!

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Cover Reveal: It Happened Under the Mistletoe

This book was supposed to release this time last year, but too many other writing obligations made me shelve it until this year. Well, it almost didn’t make it this year either because of my husband’s surgery, but I’m fairly certain I’ll be able to release this Regency Christmas novella, the companion piece to It Happened at Christmas (released last year) in the next week or so.

It will be releasing as a single title and I’ll be packaging it with four of my other Christmas novellas in a Christmas boxed set called It Happened Under the Mistletoe and other Yuletide Tales.

So without further ado, here are the gorgeous covers for my newest Christmas story.

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I’m finishing up edits for it tonight, so be on the lookout for the release sometime next week!

Thank you, once again, to Danielle Fine for my gorgeous covers!

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House of Pleasure Books on Sale This Week!

Sorry I haven’t posted before this, but I’ve been taking care of my husband who just had open heart surgery. He came home yesterday, so my stress level, while not normal, has gone down a few notches, so I remembered to let everyone know that three of my House of Pleasure books are on sale this week!

Only Scandal Will Do

On Sale for .99 on Amazon, SmashwordsKobo, and Apple.

BLURB:

He has the woman of his dreams, but can he find a way to win her heart?

Kidnapped, displayed on the auction block of a notorious brothel, and sold to the highest bidder, Lady Katherine Fitzwilliam is furious and vows to fight her way out. Unfortunately, the rogue who bought her is way too charming and attractive to make that easy. He seduces Kat almost to the point of ruin, but she manages to escape him, although thoughts of him tend to linger long after she’s free.

Duncan, Marquess of Dalbury succumbs to temptation one night and purchases a fiery beauty whose very looks fill him with hot desire. When she insists she’s a lady, he scoffs, but is surprised when she flees before he can claim his pleasure. When he discovers she’s sister to a peer, Duncan is horrified to have compromised her. He offers marriage to scotch the scandal and gain an heir. However, the dazzling charms of the red-haired beauty, coupled with her astonishing skill with a sword, ensnares his heart and soul. If only Katarina didn’t hate him with a fury hotter than three hells…

Can he manage to turn her anger against him into a passion for him? Or will they be doomed to live together, but forever apart?

 

Only Marriage Will Do

On Sale for .99 on Amazon, Smashwords,  Kobo, and Apple.

BLURB:

Not all happy-ever-afters begin with “I do.”

Two unexpected callers turn Lady Juliet Ferrers’s world upside down. The first claims to be married to her via a proxy marriage, a statement she can scarcely credit—except she was betrothed to him once upon a time. To deter him, Juliet acts boldly when a stranger appears, declaring he is her husband. But when she is finally alone with the handsome visitor, she finds herself hoping she can turn her falsehood about their marriage into truth.

Captain Amiable Dawson seems to have stepped into a fairy land when a beautiful young woman he’s never met introduces him as her husband. The more she explains her situation, the less he is inclined to believe her, yet Amiable is a pushover for a damsel in distress. Against his better judgment, he agrees to accompany her to her family’s estate far to the north. Along the way the passion between them sizzles until a happy-ever-after is all but assured. However, the question of Juliet’s true husband rears its head again, forcing Amiable to wonder if he is married to the lady or not.

When his rival abducts Juliet, Amiable is compelled to choose between the woman he loves or the law of the land that decrees she is not his wife. Desperate to rescue her at any cost, his last resort may be to kill the man who stands in the way of their happiness.

Only Pleasure Will Do

On Sale for $2.99 on Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, and Apple.

BLURB:

The pleasure is all hers…

Amorina Vestry, madam of the House of Pleasure for six long years, has wrested a living out the establishment by devising a variety of ways to give men pleasure. But behind the persona of the ruthless businesswoman, schooled in the erotic arts, lurks another woman with a secret she dares tell no one. Now, in vengeance for thwarting a dastardly plan, Amorina is kidnapped and forced to commit murder to save the one person she loves unconditionally…unless the man she secretly yearns for can rescue her before it’s too late.

When Amorina Vestry goes missing, Sir Reginald Matthews, former Runner now magistrate at Bow Street, agrees to search for the very provocative woman he met a year ago and cannot seem to forget. He manages to track her down, only to be captured by the same madman who took her. Their close proximity in a make-shift prison leads inexorably to a night of passion in which Amorina lowers her guard to reveal a shocking truth. Spurred by his growing attraction to her, Reginald is determined to free them before she commits the most heinous crime imaginable.

As Reginald races to save Amorina, he comes to fear another foe as well. He may very well save his love only to find he must give her up or risk the censure of a society that will condemn her.

 

All three books will be on sale thru mid-day Sunday. For some reason Barnes & Noble hasn’t changed their price yet. If they do, I’ll add it here. Meanwhile, Smashwords allows you to download in a variety of formats. Hope you grab a copy and enjoy!

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Medieval Monday ~ Seduction at the Christmas Court ~ The Surgery

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 FOR WEEK #7:

(The action has shifted from the woods to Alyse in the castle when she receives an urgent summons.)

By Johann Heinrich Ramberg

Alyse sprang into the corridor, pulling Pippa behind her with a steely grip. “Where is the surgery?”

“Follow me.” Pippa picked up her skirts and ran toward the right and several twists and turns later they came upon a doorway to a large chamber. The din of shouts, curses, and moans filled the air– servants and knights sped in and out, some with garments torn or bloody.

Alyse clenched her teeth and followed her sister into a long room that reeked of the astringent smell of vinegar and the coppery scent of blood. She winced and squeezed Pippa’s hand, but one look at her sister’s white face and she pulled her back out of the room.

“Pippa,” she clasped both her hands and gave her a shake, “’tis no worse than helping with my childbirth so take a deep breath and follow me.”

A tinge of color crept back into her face as her sister nodded.

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!

Time Enough to Love Series

(Available on Amazon, and Free on Kindle Unlimited.)

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