Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 10/09/16 A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe: More of A Challenge


More from my Regency Christmas story, A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe.



Jenny and the other young people at her aunt’s Christmas house party are out in the woods cutting greenery for decorations. They spy a mistletoe ball high in a tree and begin to play a game of running beneath the mistletoe. The forfeit for being caught ~ a kiss. Jenny wants to outrun Lord Somersby and avoid his kiss. Or does she?

Today’s snippet follows immediately after last week’s.


The grin that lit Somersby’s handsome face spread so wide the lines alongside his cheeks deepened. His eyes flashed with a triumphant gleam and he stopped several paces in front of her then crooked his finger, beckoning her back to him.

She stood panting, suddenly unsure as her body trembled. The shouts and encouragements of the crowd blended with the roaring in her ears.

Somersby raised an eyebrow and stalked toward her. “You should have made it more of a challenge, Miss Crowley,” he said as he drew near. “Although I’m flattered you’re that eager for another kiss from me.” He reached for her to claim his prize.

Entranced, as though she were a mouse confronted by a snake, Jenny could only stand there, heart pounding with an insistent beat, watching him close the distance between them. In another moment he would take her arm, then his kiss.

A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe is available at Amazon .

Other Books in the Handful of Hearts series:

Heart of Desire FinalHeart of Desire

Heart of DelightHeart of Delight





Is one kiss ever enough?

Jenny Crowley has been duped! At her eighteenth birthday celebration her parents announce that instead of having the London Season she’s dreamed of for years, Jenny has been betrothed from birth to Alexander Isley, son of family friends and heir to a title. A distraught Jenny refuses point-blank to marry Alec, and when her aunt offers to whisk her away to a Christmas house party, complete with many eligible young bachelors, Jenny jumps at the chance to enjoy a variety of entertainments, be courted, and perhaps fall in love.

Alec Isley is between a rock and a hard place. He desires a marriage with Jenny no more than she does, but when his family’s dire financial status is revealed, he follows Jenny to the house party in hopes of convincing her to marry him after all. When he discovers who else is courting her there, Alec is frantic to keep her from making a dreadful mistake. Struggling with new-found feelings for his childhood friend, can Alec convince her of his love in time to save her from being ruined under the mistletoe?

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



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23 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 10/09/16 A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe: More of A Challenge

  1. Diane Burton says:

    What emotion! Great snippet.


  2. Wonderful scene, beautifully written. I just love the dream-like feel to the covers!


  3. Great scene! I loved how romantic it was!


  4. I love how beautiful your writing is. The words just flow. I can’t wait for him to claim his prize!


  5. Wonderfully tense moment. And i love that cover! I might have already told you, because your covers are always great. 🙂


  6. Ed Hoornaert says:

    This is a very intriguing, professionally written passage. And I love the covers!


  7. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    So romantic.


  8. Carrie-Anne says:

    I love all the emotions and visuals in this scene. I hope that kiss lives up to her expectations.


  9. So delightful and romantic. I’ve been there-the same situation as a young woman-a girl really. How thrilling the moment. You captured it so well.

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  10. Frank Fisher says:

    I hope that kiss will be as passionate as he’s expecting! Nice job building the excitement. Never too early to read a Christmas story!

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  11. Excellent excerpt, captured the emotions beautifully.

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  12. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    I can feel the thumping of her heart. Great snippet! Can’t wait to read it. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  13. nancygideon says:

    Nice scene, Jenna! Beautifully depicted.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Kim Magennis says:

    “Entranced, as though she were a mouse confronted by a snake”

    Excellent snippet, as always, Jenna. I love the innocence, and yet the very real social danger of flirtation in those days.

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  15. I love historical romances, where a single kiss can be enough to ruin a woman’s reputation and force her into marriage. (Wouldn’t want to go back there, however!)

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      That was definitely the Regency, Rachel. A woman could lose her reputation just being found alone together with a man! I think it’s just as well we’ve moved on as well. LOL


  16. Cara Bristol says:

    I just bought it! It will be a nice read for the holidays.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Cara Bristol says:

    This is so sweet. So perfect for the historical genre.

    Liked by 1 person

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