Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 7/17/16 Heart of Desire: A Worse Fate


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  first chapter 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. I’ve skipped ahead a few paragraphs and now her brother brings up a disturbing idea.  (There have been some punctuation changes to accommodate the rules.) Hope you enjoy!


NT; (c) Dyrham Park; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

NT; (c) Dyrham Park; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

“You are in your third season, Kate; you could do worse than Haversham, you know.”

“Worse than…” She stared at her brother, expecting devil’s horns to sprout from his dark curly head. “How could anyone be worse than Marcus, Earl of Haversham?”

“You sound as though the man’s a scoundrel or a cad. He’s a good man, Kate, who’d make a good husband.”

“Do you seriously want me to marry him?” She grimaced and swallowed convulsively. “My mouth doesn’t even want to say the words. I wouldn’t marry him if he was…was…there is no instance where I would consent to marry him.”


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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20 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 7/17/16 Heart of Desire: A Worse Fate

  1. Third season?! The horror! Now that is a dilemma! She must be so frustrated, and annoyed.


  2. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I was expecting her to say ‘if he was the last man on earth. I was gratified, however, that after setting me up for the cliche, you confounded my expectations by avoiding it.


  3. Carrie-Anne says:

    Being in her third season must be a cause for concern, given the era. I have a feeling she’s going to find the prospect of marrying him less disagreeable as the story goes along.

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  4. Nancy Gideon says:

    Well done! What an awful corner to be in. You make us squirm in it, Jenna.

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  5. I love Regency romances, but would have hated to live in those times. I would definitely have been cast aside as an old maid if I lived then! But I love relationships in which the sparks fly. She’s no downtrodden woman.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Yes, if you didn’t marry by 21, you were considered “on the shelf,” and pretty much everyone gave up on you marrying. Men generally wanted young wives who could give them children. So many died in childbirth or just after. I’d have been a spinster myself since I married well after I hit 21. LOL


  6. Famous last words-I wouldn’t marry him if I. . . Wonderful snippet.

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  7. I love Regency romances but I am perplexed that she isn’t more concerned about it being her THIRD season. Enjoyed the excerpt as always!

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      She’s not really thinking about it at this point, but she does have an epiphany later on in which this situation becomes brutally apparent–along with her options.


  8. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    LOL I think it is interesting how brother and sister see the guy so differently.

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  9. I love how words fail her at the end. I have a feeling that doesn’t happen to her very often!

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  10. “I wouldn’t marry him if he was…was…there is no instance where I would consent to marry him.” Haha. Famous last words…

    Looking forward to it, Jenna. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Kim Magennis says:

    Well, with that declaration thrown to the wind, what could possibly go wrong!

    Liked by 1 person

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