Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 7/3/16 Heart of Desire: No Trouble


Because it’s releasing this month, Heart of Desire is again “Book of the Month.” It’s Book 2 in my Regency series Handful of Hearts, and 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 has demonstrated the scandalous nature of the waltz and is now escorting her off the ballroom floor. We are skipping ahead a few paragraphs, in which Lord Haversham escorted her to her brother, Lord Ainsley and Kate and Haversham have continued to trade barba.  (There have been some punctuation changes to accommodate the rules.) Hope you enjoy!

couple 2“Please allow me to fetch you some refreshment, Miss Locke. I would not want you to suffer one bit more than necessary.” Haversham’s sickeningly sweet tone set Kate’s teeth on edge.

“Oh, God forbid I put you to work, Lord Haversham,” Kate said, smiling as returned his saccharine attitude. “It would be the on-dit of the night.” According to a conversation she’d overheard between her brother and Celinda’s father, Haversham’s fortunes had gone amiss. The man had never lifted a finger to help his family and now his ineptness in business affairs had been highlighted by his father’s recent death.

Lord Haversham’s cheeks paled, then flushed with bright spots of color. He clenched his jaw, then bowed. “It’s no trouble at all, Miss Locke.”


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 early July! Yay!

The prequel, A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe, is available at Amazon currently on sale for $.99.




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14 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 7/3/16 Heart of Desire: No Trouble

  1. Gem says:

    So much information packed into an engaging scene. Hmm…sparks flying. 😀


  2. I love her easy comeback! He’s met his match!

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  3. Loved this scene. They are two incredibly engaging characters, Jenna. Can hardly wait to read this one!!

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  4. Carrie-Anne says:

    I love how she put him in his place with just a few simple words.

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  5. Ed Hoornaert says:

    The very idea of a member of the ton doing work or anything productive would be scandalous.

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  6. Ooh, that comment hit its mark! Wonder if he’s going to manage a comeback. Best to get a drink first.

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  7. Only in the Regency could simple refreshments be a weapon of choice in the battle going on here 🙂 Enjoyed the snippet, more fireworks to come, I’m sure.

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