Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 12/06/15 A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe



Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

It’s so good to be back on WWW after a very long hiatus. 🙂 I’ve got a snippet from my Regency Christmas novella, A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe, which releases this week!

This is from the beginning of the novella and takes place at a birthday celebration for our heroine, Jenny Crowley, when she finds out the “family secret.”


AKBTM15“It’s not true, is it, Mamma?” Jenny could barely choke out the words in a voice that didn’t sound like her own at all. A peculiar roaring in her ears made her head light.

“Yes, my dear, it most certainly is,” Great-Aunt Henrietta nodded with such vehemence that the feathers on her green velvet turban bobbed back and forth. “When your mother refused to marry up, I swore none of your family would ever see a penny of my money. Then when you were born, she came to me, begged me to reconsider, and promised that you had already been betrothed to the Isley heir here,” she said, pointing an imperious finger at Alec who looked like he might dive under the table. “She showed me the betrothal papers.”

Everyone at table sat in stunned silence. Jenny looked down at her hands, clasped together so tightly her knuckles showed white. All her dreams of excitement and romance during her season had just exploded in the blink of an eye. Then the real import of her great-aunt’s words sank in and her stomach twisted: they expected her to marry Alec?


Blurb for A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe:

Is one kiss ever enough?

Jenny Crowley has been duped! At her eighteenth birthday celebration her parents announce that instead of having the London Season she’s dreamed of for years, Jenny has been betrothed from birth to Alexander Isley, son of family friends and heir to a title. A distraught Jenny refuses point-blank to marry Alec, and when her aunt offers to whisk her away to a Christmas house party, complete with many eligible young bachelors, Jenny jumps at the chance to enjoy a variety of entertainments, be courted, and perhaps fall in love.

Alec Isley is between a rock and a hard place. He desires a marriage with Jenny no more than she does, but when his family’s dire financial status is revealed, he follows Jenny to the house party in hopes of convincing her to marry him after all. When he discovers who else is courting her there, Alec is frantic to keep her from making a dreadful mistake. Struggling with new-found feelings for his childhood friend, can Alec convince her of his love in time to save her from being ruined under the mistletoe?

A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe releases this week at Amazon and Smashwords!

And the short story that was the inspiration for the novella, ‘Tis the Season, is currently FREE  in my short story collection All Wrapped Up on Amazon!

That’s all for this week. Hope you enjoyed it!

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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13 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 12/06/15 A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe

  1. jessicahanna says:

    Very enjoyable read!


  2. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Uh-oh. Nothing like suddenly discovering someones have decided your life for you.

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  3. Carrie-Anne says:

    Welcome back to WWW! This sounds like a really fun holiday story.

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  4. Jenna, what a delightful story ahead for all of of us. Perfect accept for Marcia’s dead eye.

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  5. Quite the dilemma everyone is in! Sounds like a delightful story – the snippet was wonderful. Nice to see you back 🙂 I’ll have to put this on my TBR. I love holiday Regency stories.

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  6. Melissa Keir says:

    I loved this story. I’m so glad that others will have a chance to fall in love with the characters too!

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  7. Marcia says:

    Aw poor Jenny! It’s easy to sympathize with her. Her disappointment and fear, even, come through nicely here.

    Putting on my moderator hat, I do need to mention that you have 11 sentences here and our limit is 10. Normally we delete links from our linky list if somebody goes over 10, but you’re usually good about counting so we’ll leave you a reminder this week without deleting. Please count carefully though 🙂

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