Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 12/18/16 Seduction at the Christmas Court: A Sweet Scene


Now for the final snippet from my new medieval Christmas story, Seduction at the Christmas Court. I won’t be on next week because I’ll be spending Christmas with my family, but I will be back in the new year with a new book! So Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a very Happy New Year to all!

Seduction at the Christmas Court continues the story begun in Time Enough to Love and its hero Lord Geoffrey Longford and heroine Lady Alyse de Courcy, now Lady Longford. This snippet highlights one of the sweetest customs of the medieval Christmas–the desert at the feast.



Seduction at the Christmas Court is available on Amazon now!

The book begins in December 1349, about seven months after the end of  Time Enough to Love.

There were lots of Christmas traditions in medieval times, one of the most looked forward to was the feasting and especially the deserts which were spectacular from all accounts. I’ll leave the rest to my snippet. 🙂 May all your feastings be delicious!


A modern version of a sugar creche

A modern version of a sugar creche

The noisy chatter of well-satisfied guests swirled around them as the meal continued. A second course of succulent meats arrived, followed finally by a stream of towering confections made completely of sugar.

Alyse’s mouth dropped open as the servants carried in an entire nativity scene, complete with Baby Jesus, shepherds, cows, and the three kings riding on camels carved from blocks of sugar.

Geoffrey took one look at her and laughed before he put his finger beneath her chin and closed her mouth. “An ‘twere summer, you’d catch flies, my lady.”

“How wonderful, Geoffrey,” Alyse said, still staring, unable to take her eyes off the beautiful creation. “And to think ‘tis made entirely of sugar.”

“A sweet scene indeed,” he said as he rubbed her back,  warmth radiating down her body. “A happy mother and Child.” His wistful tone smote her heart.


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?

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.




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11 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 12/18/16 Seduction at the Christmas Court: A Sweet Scene

  1. I can relate to her love of all things sugar! 😉


  2. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    I love her reaction to all the sweet treats. Great snippet! Wishing you happy holidays! 🙂


  3. Ed Hoornaert says:

    A sugar creche? Never heard of such a thing, but it sounds very, uh … sweet.


  4. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    Love the last paragraph.


  5. What a sweet scene, on many levels. Loved the pic of the sugar nativity, too. Happy Holidays!


  6. angelicadawson says:

    My sweet tooth just started to ache. Great scene!


  7. A perfect snippet for the season! Happy holidays to you…


  8. Yum is all I can say regarding the sweet carving. Thanks to you for a lovely snippet and teaching me so much about that era. Happy Holidays to you and yours.


  9. nancygideon says:

    What a lovely scene, Jenna! Not quite what my family will receive next weekend! Happiest of Holidays to you!!


  10. Carrie-Anne says:

    That’s a sweet custom indeed! Though I’ve had a major sweet tooth my entire life, I might think it’s too pretty to eat.

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