Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 11/27/16 Seduction at the Christmas Court: A French Peacock


This month I’ll be posting snippets from my new medieval Christmas story, Seduction at the Christmas Court. This book continues the story begun in Time Enough to Love and its hero Lord Geoffrey Longford and heroine Lady Alyse de Courcy, now Lady Longford.

New cover reveal is set for December 1!


Weekend Warriors, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with plenty of food, fun and family. I’m loving my 5 day vacation!

Seduction at the Christmas Court begins in December 1349, about seven months after the end of  Time Enough to Love.

In this snippet, which comes some pages after last week’s post, Guy de Valere, Pippa’s betrothed, has put in an appearance at the Christmas Court, much to Alyse’s dismay.  Here, Geoffrey tries to reassure her.

*Note: This excerpt is unedited and creatively punctuated to conform to the rules of WWW.


800px-javan_green_peafowl_1-18Geoffrey bit the inside of his mouth to stifle a curse. The man before them had challenged him, nay, tried to kill him for Alyse’s hand. ‘Sblood, he could have done without seeing this knave ‘ere Judgment Day. Well, ‘twas likely they would be more in company since Pippa was betrothed to him. To his right, Alyse’s pale face and drawn lips—pressed so closely together they resembled a thin line across her face—angered him. No one should cause his wife such distress. Their Yuletide would be much less merry with this French villain at court.

“Fear not, sweet,” he whispered to Alyse. “Yon peacock will not disturb you with his crowing, else I will pluck his feathers to make you a fan.”



Lord and Lady Longford journey to the Christmas Court of King Edward III in the year 1349 to wait upon the king and take part in some Yuletide merriment. However, when Geoffrey is suddenly called into the king’s service again, Alyse must remain at the court, attending the queen and persuading her rebellious sister to accept an unwanted betrothal. When rumors of Geoffrey’s death arise,  Alyse fends off an old suitor who wants to renew an old friendship. But how long will he take “No” for an answer?

Other Books in the Time Enough to Love series:


Betrothal with Logo






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




This entry was posted in Historical Romance, Medieval Romance, On Time Enough to Love, On Weekend Writing Warriors, Promotion, Seduction at the Christmas Court, Weekend Writing Warriors and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

31 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 11/27/16 Seduction at the Christmas Court: A French Peacock

  1. Carrie-Anne says:

    I love the Medieval language, and the promise of an upcoming fight of some kind.


  2. Wonderful cover! Great snippet, too!


  3. naomi shaw says:

    Love your descriptions. Excellent snippet and congrats on the release


  4. Melissa Keir says:

    Can’t wait! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Diane Burton says:

    That last line is perfect! Fun snippet.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Like everyone else, I love the words Geoffrey uses to reassure Alyse. They beautifully suit the era. If you maintain this voice throughout the book, you’ve really got something!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Cara Bristol says:

    I love the last line. Love the way he characterizes the man and vows to protect Ayse.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    I love the path Geoffrey’s anger takes.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. I like that he’s so protective of his wife and her feelings. Fun to have a medieval holiday story to read, great snippet!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thank you, Veronica. I really loved doing the research for this book, because I knew very little about how Christmas was celebrated in medieval times. And there was indeed quite a lot of revelry going on.


  10. angelicadawson says:

    Sounds great!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. This packs a lot of emotion in–I really feel for them, and wonder how Pippa must feel, having to deal with this jerk *and* knowing she wasn’t his first choice!

    Liked by 2 people

  12. What a wonderfully descriptive snippet. I love the last line about the peacock fan.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Wow. That was quite the line. Love it! Yay for upcoming cover reveals!

    Liked by 2 people

  14. Kim Magennis says:

    I LOVE your dialogue, Jenna. Excellent snippet!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Watch out. A fire is brewing ahead! Love the final line. You do have a way with words.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Oh, I love Geoffrey’s assurances! Wonderful snippet! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  17. nancygideon says:

    Make you a fan! Love this! Can’t wait to read more . . .

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s