Jenna’s 411 ~ 4/07/2015


Welcome back to another week’s installment of Jenna’s 411! 

Book Chat ~ Cover Reveal!

Marriage 2It’s finally here!  On Monday, at long last, I revealed the cover for my June release, Only Marriage Will Do. What do you think? I really love it, so romantic. I may very well keep it as my banner for my blog!

And as promised, here’s another excerpt from Only Marriage Will Do.  We are a little further along in the book. Juliet has fled the threat of Viscount St. Cyr, heading north to her brother’s estate near Scotland. She stops for the night in a coaching inn some ways out of London:



The clock on the mantle chimed the quarter-hour. After one o’clock in the morning and, despite the excitement of the day, her escape from London, her afternoon nap and its disturbing dream, Juliet still couldn’t sleep.

After almost an hour of tossing and turning in her wretched bed, she’d sent Glynis to the kitchen to see if they had kept hot water over the fire. Perhaps a bath would soothe her enough to make sleep possible. Had she brought her lavender oil? So calming. Surely that would help.

She slipped on her robe and padded to her traveling trunk at the end of the bed. She lifted the lid and pulled out the box that held her soaps and perfumes. As she checked the vials, a tentative knock sounded at the door.

“Come in, Glynis.” She uncapped a vial and sniffed the contents. Jasmine. No. Not for the bath.

The door opened.

“Are they bringing the tub? I think the lavender oil will help me relax.”

“Very good, my lady.” The deep masculine voice froze her, vial in hand.

Her head snapped up.

A towering male figure stood shadowed in the doorway.

Dear God, Philippe had found her.

“Or is it Mrs. Dawson perhaps?”

No accent. He was not Philippe. A hired thug sent to kidnap her?

Strength drained away. She dropped the box and whirled around, seeking a way out of the room that suddenly seemed to close in on her.

Bottles crashed and the reek of jasmine filled the room. Juliet shrieked and stumbled back behind the bed. Trapped. Easy prey.

The man raced toward her, calling out something she couldn’t hear for the blood pounding in her ears. The candle he carried blew out. He cursed and reached for her.

“Nooo! Get away. Don’t touch me.” Slapping at his hands, she twisted to avoid him and landed with a thud, flat on her back. Air rushed out of her lungs.

He sped around the end of the bed.

She struggled to scream for Glynis, but produced only a high-pitched squeak.

The man knelt beside her.

Dear Lord, where was her rescuer now?


On the Home Front ~  Happy Birthday!

Precious BirthdayOn Sunday we celebrated a very special birthday in our family. Our cat, Precious, is now 22 years old!  We discovered her in a litter of kittens whose mother had died and whose owners had divorced and quit living at the house. They were about to starve and we took all five in. Precious is the last one living. Happy Birthday, sweet girl! We celebrated with chocolate cake for the humans and liver and catnip mice for the Kitty of Honor.


Jenna Fun Fact of the Week

"Freshly baked bagels" by Ezra Wolfe - Flickr: bagels. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

“Freshly baked bagels” by Ezra Wolfe – Flickr: bagels. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

This year for Easter I made a major sacrifice: I gave up bagels for Lent. Not the supreme sacrifice I have done in the past of either coffee or tea, but still high on my list of indispensable foods. So now they are back on my breakfast table (I’ve had one every morning since Easter) and I’m a very happy woman again. My absolute favorite is the everything bagel, but unfortunately I haven’t found them in a gluten-free bagel. But I have onion, berry and sourdough, as well as plain, so I’m not complaining at all!

So, how’s your week been?

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11 Responses to Jenna’s 411 ~ 4/07/2015

  1. Georgiana Harding says:

    Congrats on the cover reveal, Jenna. Love bagels and kitties too.


  2. Daryl Devore says:

    I only like cinnamon raisin bagels – toasted.

    Love the cover. Happy Birthday to Precious.


    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thank you, Daryl. And Precious says thank you as well. 🙂 She’s bundled in her tea towels asleep on my husband’s lap. I’m not as keen on the sweet bagels, although I do order them and eat them once in a while. But those I can only eat with plain cream cheese. 🙂


  3. I love this book!! I gave up bagels years ago, mostly because you couldn’t find them in Germany. Shared.


    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thank you, Ella! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. And you’re another one I wouldn’t have pegged for a bagel eater because of the carbs. I’ll sin a little here and there (well, a lot here and there). LOL


  4. An excellent excerpt from a wonderful book. The cover is awesome — so romantic.

    We eat bagels regularly around here. All that’s available to us are everything bagels and plain bagels, and we’re happy with the everything variety. We love them with lox, cream cheese, onions, and (for Ken) tomato slices. Very traditional Jewish fare, from when Ken was growing up. We shouldn’t eat them at all — carbs, carbs, and more carbs — but, hey, you can’t give up everything you love and still be happy.

    Have a great week, Jenna!


    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      I wouldn’t have thought you’d touch a bagel, Trish, with all those carbs, but you do need to have comfort foods you can soothe your soul with from time to time. I’m considering figuring out how to make my plain bagels into everything bagels. Maybe brush with melted butter and sprinkle on the toppings then bake for just ten minutes to set the toppings. Hmmm, I’ll let you know how it turns out! And thanks so much for coming by today!


  5. melissakeir says:

    I hadn’t had a bagel until I was 18. I was married and went with my hubby to his college. There was this great little bagel cart that we’d stop by when we’d walk around at night. I found them so yummy that I couldn’t stop. 🙂 Now I love to have them when I get a chance.


    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      I can’t remember my first one, but man, there is nothing like a crusty bagel with butter and cream cheese. Although I’ll sometimes use them as bread and make a sandwich using one. 🙂 A sinful carb indulgence.


  6. D'Ann says:

    I love the cover and the excerpt! And you know I love kitties, so it really makes me happy yours has lived such a long, happy life! Not much of a bagel eater, but those look good!


    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thanks so much for dropping by, D’Ann. Yes, Precious has lasted longer than any of us thought she ever would. But she’s a feisty little thing–only about 4.5 pounds. Maybe that’s her secret to a long life, eat right and don’t take any crap off anyone. lol


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