Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 7/13/14 Beleaguered ~ Going Ashore


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

Tomorrow is Release Day for Beleaguered, the novel-length final installment of my medieval serial novel, Time Enough to Love! So of course this week I’m spotlighting it. 🙂



I thought I’d find a happier snippet to tempt you with this week.  This is from the first chapter, where Alyse and Thomas are finally allowed to disembark from the Phillipa, where they’ve been waiting all day for their turn to go ashore. Thomas speaks first. (I have been somewhat creative with my punctuation to get this whole bit in sight sentences.) 🙂

3238512_s“Not so fast, sweet, for the planking is steep. ’Twould not be a welcome excitement to have to fish you out of the Garonne.”

“But we are nearly there.” She strained forward, pulling him like a horse in harness, unable to contain her eagerness.

“Go with God then, sweet,” he said, laughing, and released her hand.

Suddenly freed, she raced down the planks and onto the dock several steps ahead of her husband. When she reached the pier, she raised her arms and twirled around, her silver and blue gown spinning out around her like a quicksilver fan. She stopped spinning abruptly as the ground moved below her feet as if of its own accord.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this snippet from Beleaguered, which is now available from Smashwords and Amazon.  It will be available elsewhere as well shortly.

When death holds sway in the world, can even the greatest love survive?

Finally in France, Alyse and Thomas return to their roles as courtiers to Princess Joanna. Their passion for one another continues to smolder hot and deep—until one fateful encounter changes everything.

During a formal banquet, Alyse must share an intimate dance with Geoffrey, her first love. His searing touch proves her love and desire for him is as strong as when they first met. Tormented by this revelation, Alyse is bitterly torn between the love of her life and her love for her husband.

Into this agonizing situation, the disaster of the Black Death rears its head, decimating the princess’s retinue and threatening all their lives. Alyse, Thomas and Geoffrey must try to save the princess from the ravening disease but at a dire cost to themselves. With her world plunged into chaos, Alyse struggles with her feelings for both of the men she loves. But which love will survive?

In the mean time, check out the rest of the Warriors here.  There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.



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21 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 7/13/14 Beleaguered ~ Going Ashore

  1. D'Ann says:

    Congrats! A great achievement!


  2. Carrie-Anne says:

    Congratulations on your release! I can relate to feeling a bit unsteady after getting off a boat, or even a car when I’ve had motion sickness.


  3. caitlinstern says:

    Whoops, someone forgot about sea legs! But it sounds like she’s far enough from the water, at least, to not end up swimming.


  4. Frank Fisher says:

    I wonder why the ground is moving all of a sudden? That would make me stop whatever I was doing. Nicely detailed and well-paced snippet!


  5. burnsmillie says:

    I can get a good grasp on her excitement! Great job!


  6. melissakeir says:

    Congrats on the release! Yes! We can finally find out what happens to them! 🙂


  7. JJ says:

    😀 😮 🙂 ❤ ☺☻♥


  8. evelynjules says:

    Lovely, descriptive excerpt! Congrats on your release! Hope it does very well for you! 🙂


  9. danijace says:

    Sounds like he’s got his hands full. She’s got her sea legs. Had them once after a cruise. Was a weird feeling once back on land. Great 8!


  10. Gemma Parkes says:

    What an exciting scene! Love the simile it really works, congrats on your release!


  11. Congratulations on the book release! I’ve enjoyed the snippets from this novel and today’s was no exception. Very joyous, with an amusing end…great 8!


  12. Joyce says:

    Nice snippet. Congrats on your book release. I love the youthful energy portrayed in her run down the deck. I also love the line about the horse in a harness. ‘Twould jarred me. Not because it’s bad but because it’s so different from the normal speak I’m used to.



  13. Gem says:

    Looking forward to reading the whole story. Great news it will be available tomorrow. Big Congrats!


  14. You grabbed me from the first sentence and never let go. Wonderful writing, full of joy. Best to you, my friend.


  15. Very nice!! I know exactly how she feels. Once you’ve been on a ship for a while, the land lurches. Tweeted and shared on FB.


  16. S.J. Maylee says:

    I can totally see this snippet. Very well done. Love her excitement too.


  17. Brenda D says:

    Congratulations, Jenna! I’m excited to read this book!


  18. Daryl Devore says:

    Congratulations on your latest release. Hope sales are spectacular.


  19. gemmabrocato says:

    Now I need the next 8 sentences so I can know if Thomas saves her from going into the water. Congratulations on the release.


  20. Eleri Stone says:

    I can see her running down the deck and spinning in that dress. Great visual!


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