Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 7/10/16 Heart of Desire: You Will Be Civil


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.  Lord Haversham escorted her to her brother, Lord Ainsley and Kate and Haversham have continued to trade barbs. Now her brother has a thing or two to say to Kate.  (There have been some punctuation changes to accommodate the rules.) Hope you enjoy!


“You are without a doubt the rudest woman in Christendom.” Face like a thundercloud, her brother snatched her to him, his voice low and menacing. “Haversham is my friend and I will not allow you to taunt him with accusations of things beyond his control. You will be civil to him or you will stay home.” Nathan’s slate-gray eyes reminded her of a rain-soaked pavement.

“Then tell him not to come near me,” Kate said as she pulled her arm from his grasp and smoothed her skirts.

“You danced with him and social engagement demands you respect your partner.”

“I only danced with him because of that stupid wager and you know it.” Her brother could be absolutely infuriating. “If Calabree had been a nose faster, you’d be dancing with Miss Carmichael instead.”


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 release in late July! Yay!

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




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19 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 7/10/16 Heart of Desire: You Will Be Civil

  1. Jenna, something was off with my WEWRIWA yesterday and I’d love to see what you thought of the snippet I wrote. When you can.

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  2. Oh bother or is that brother? Now what? Seems like she’s not rid of his that easily.


  3. Carrie-Anne says:

    I love how she holds her own and stands her ground! It’s hard to imagine what life was like when society was governed by such strict rules.

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  4. Ugh! These excerpts are such teases. I can hardly wait to read this! 🙂

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  5. Yay! I love that she’s standing up to her brother too.

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  6. Strong emotions make for interesting stories! Love the Regency period and enjoyed the excerpt!

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  7. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    I love that Kate stands up to her brother! Great snippet!

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  8. Brothers and sisters! Oh what fun and over way too soon.

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  9. Oh the bad old days, when women had not only to put up with dominating men, but bossy brothers too! You capture the feel of the period perfectly.

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