Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 8/28/16 Heart of Desire: An Unexpected Acceptance


I’m back! Last weekend I was driving home from Memphis after taking my daughter back to school. And this week has been a humdinger because Heart of Desire not only released, it got a new cover at the very last moment (technical issues). So, I’ve brought it back for an encore performance. Next week/month belongs to Heart of Delight, which will release to pre-orders and a cover reveal, so stay tuned next week for more sweet Regency!

 This is really the final post from Heart of Desire. And here is the new, beautiful cover:

Heart of Desire Final


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.

The final snippet for this book will be between Kate and Marcus and Ainsley, as they meet the night following their spirited exchange at Lady Hamilton’s. Marcus has just asked her for a dance. Hope you enjoy!

couple 2“Thank you for that kind offer, Lord Haversham.” She fluttered her fan over her face, revealing nothing. “I am not engaged at the moment, so yes, I will be happy to accept you,” she said as she smiled and curtsied, for all the world as though she meant it.

Words failed him although he managed a bow and grabbed his friend’s arm, hauling him away from Miss Locke’s disturbing presence. “What did you say to her?” he demanded as soon as they were out of earshot.

“Why? Has she trampled your efforts before they are even born?” Ainsley’s frown—without a hint of mirth around the eyes—convinced Marcus his friend spoke the truth.

“She accepted me.”

Ainsley slowly cocked his head as he asked, “Isn’t that the desired outcome of an invitation to dance?”


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 3,000 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, Book 2 of Handful of Hearts, is now available at Amazon!

 A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe, Book 1 of Handful of Hearts, is also available at Amazon currently on sale for $.99 (final week at this price).

Heart of Delight, Book 3 of Handful of Hearts, will release for pre-order by September 1, 2016. Look for the cover reveal that day as well!

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31 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 8/28/16 Heart of Desire: An Unexpected Acceptance

  1. I have to read this. I love the premise! She is such a great character. Shrewish is a good description for her. lol.

    Congrats on the release–wonderful cover, too!


  2. Congrats on the release! Lovely cover and snippet. He was definitely caught off guard


  3. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Yep, that’s a great cover that promises a sweet Regency.


  4. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Lovely cover! Congrats on the upcoming release too. Loved the snippet and his surprise that she accepted.

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  5. I love the cover! It’s stunning. I think her response shocked him! Very nice snippet, too!

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  6. Rin-Rin says:

    Beautiful cover! 🙂 …and a great snipped too. He seems very surprised. XD

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  7. Diane Burton says:

    Lovely cover! Congrats on the new release. Funny, sexy, great snippet.

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  8. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    That is a stunning new cover! And it sounds like things are finally going Marcus’s way. Great snippet! And all the best with your upcoming release! 🙂

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  9. Gorgeous cover, and I love his reaction. Great job!

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  10. Shari Elder says:

    Very fun, snippet and lovely cover. Congratulations on the new book.

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  11. Lots of humor in this snippet. And in show biz-we never cut funny. Best wishes to you.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thank you, Charmaine! I always try to put some humor in my books, and this one I had to keep restraining myself from making it a romantic comedy. LOL Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing are my favorite Shakespeare plays, so sniping couples are a favorite of mine to write.


  12. Best wishes on the new book and I loved the cover! The snippet was fun too, anything Regency always appeals to me.

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  13. Love the new cover. Have just bought the book and look forward to reading it.

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  14. Uh-oh, surprises all around! Very pretty cover!

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  15. Nancy Gideon says:

    Sounds like both of them are going to be winning this wager! I like where this is going. Nice cover, Jenna!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Kim Magennis says:

    Hmm,what is a Gentleman to do when a bluff backfires unexpectedly?

    I am glad that you prevailed over all the gremlins! Congratulations! The cover is awesome.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Carrie-Anne says:

    I don’t think he was expecting her to say yes!

    Congratulations on your release and the new cover!

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