Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 6/19/16 Heart of Desire: “I Will Lock You in the Tower!”



Happy Father’s Day to everyone!

This month Heart of Desire is “Book of the Month,” Book 2 in my Regency series Handful of Hearts, so here’s another snippet of this sweet Regency.


This snippet continues from the very beginning of Heart of Desire. The time is the beginning of the Season in London, May 5, 1820. Miss Katherine Locke is waltzing with Lord Haversham at Lady Hamilton’s ball. Lord Haversham is demonstrating the scandalous nature of the waltz. Hope you enjoy!


Waltz 1Then outrage swept through her and she pushed him away. “How dare you,” she hissed, trying to pull away from him.

“That was your fault and you know it. And if you make a scene that results in me having to marry you, I swear I will lock you in the tower at my grandfather’s castle and throw away the key,” Lord Haversham said as he righted himself and smiled at her with clenched teeth.

“Of all the students at Oxford, my brother had to befriend you?”

“He had you for a sister so his luck was due for a change.”

“Well, I wish mine would change, Haversham, because if I have to endure you for five more minutes I will fall down in a dead faint just to get away from you.” Kate wanted to scream in frustration at her brother’s best friend, but the man was right. Any scandalous behavior could end with her compromised and married to Haversham before the month was out. The Season had just begun and she refused to let it end in a single night with the man who had been the bane of her life for years.


Follow your heart to find your desire

Miss Katherine Locke is irked to start her 3rd season dancing with the disagreeable Lord Haversham, her brother’s friend and her own arch enemy. After three years out, however, she’s finally interested in the dashing Lord Finley—only to find out her cousin has set her cap for him too. To make the man jealous, Kate feigns interest in Lord Haversham, only to be shocked to find herself falling for the handsome lord against her will.

Marcus, Lord Haversham, is in a tight pinch. His estates are failing and worse, he’s just lost 5,000 pounds to his best friend, Lord Ainsley. Ainsley’s solution: have Marcus marry his shrewish sister and he’ll cancel his gambling debt plus give him 10, 000 more for her dowry. With nowhere to turn, Marcus agrees, praying he can keep word of the wager from Kate until he can woo her and charm her into marrying him.

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

Heart of Desire should go on pre-sale by next week! Yay!

The prequel, A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe,

is available at Amazon currently on sale for $.99.




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17 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 6/19/16 Heart of Desire: “I Will Lock You in the Tower!”

  1. Geez Louise! What would she do that would result in him having to marry her?! What different times! In your first sentence, if she pushes him away why would she still try to pull away?


  2. From bad to worse, to oh I just knew this was coming! Great snippet!


  3. Carrie-Anne says:

    This situation risks going from bad to disastrous! I love the dialogue.


  4. Delightful! I can hardly wait to read this one! 🙂

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  5. Oh I love this conversation! Regency banter at its best – great snippet.

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  6. Love that snippet. Fireworks are being set off. Delicious.
    I was going to mention the link too. I came here via your comment on my page.

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  7. Well, if they do get stuck together, at least it won’t be boring. As long as he doesn’t lock her away, that is!

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  8. Cara Bristol says:

    Lol — they’re in agreement on one thing: neither wants to be compromised and forced to marry the other.

    BTW, your link on the Wewriwa page didn’t work. I had to Google you.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Yes, they do not want to be “leg-shackled” that’s for sure! And thanks fort he heads up on the link. I probably was typing too fast and entered it wrong. I’ll get in touch with Teresa.


      • Hi Jenna, I’m working on your link. Sometimes linkytools is plain wonky. ~sigh~

        You didn’t type anything wrong when you signed up. More often than not, linkytools gets uncooperative if a link begins with https. Usually the problem corrects itself after I take out the https and replace it www. Unfortunately, it’s random, and we can’t predict when it will happen, or how long it will take for the fix to take effect. Goofy, huh?


  9. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    I always wanted an older brother, so he would bring his friends around. Instead I had a younger one. But, in Kate’s case, I’m not so sure that’s a good thing. Haversham seems to love to get under her skin. Great snippet! 🙂

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