Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 03/19/17 Only A Mistress Will Do ~ Respectable Women


Counting down to my upcoming 2017 release, Only A Mistress Will Do, here’s more of   Mistress before its release on April 4th.


I’m continuing with Chapter One of  Only a Mistress Will Do, and here is the link to the previous post if you want to catch up.

Miss Violet Carlton is a woman facing a horrifying decision: become a prostitute in order to live or retain respectability and starve. Madame Vestry, owner of the House of Pleasure, has agreed to see Violet. To evaluate her as a prospective employee, Mavame Vestry insists on an inspection to confirm Violet’s virgin state.  (Creative punctuation used to conform to the WWW rules.)

Steeling herself, without word or plea, Violet lay down on the disgusting sofa, raised her knees and turned her head toward the garish red satin cushion. Cool air rushed past her thighs as hot tears slipped down her cheeks. She hadn’t wanted to cry; the time for weakness had passed.

“You may sit up now.”

Indignant, Violet sat up and raised her chin, asking, “Are you satisfied as to my honesty now?”

“I always was, Miss Carlton.” Madame Vestry stared into Violet’s eyes, her gaze seeming to penetrate to her soul.

“Then why—”

“Respectable women often believe they can eschew respectability to save their lives, only to find, in the end, starvation far pleasanter than immorality,” Vestry continued matter-of-factly. “You, however, I believe will do.”



The man of her dreams…belongs to another woman.

Destitute and without friends, Violet Carlton is forced to seek employment at the House of Pleasure in London. She steels herself for her first customer and is shocked when the man rescues her instead of ravishing her. A grateful Violet cannot help but admire the handsome Viscount Trevor. But she must curb her desire for the dashing nobleman she can never have because he is already betrothed to another . . .

Tristan had gone to the House of Pleasure for a last bit of fun before he became a faithful married man. But when he recognizes the woman in his bed, he becomes determined to save her instead. Now, his heart wars with his head as he falls for the vulnerable courtesan. Unable to break his betrothal without a scandal, Tris resolves to find Violet proper employment or a husband of her own. Still, his arms ache for Violet, urging him to abandon propriety and sacrifice everything to be with the woman he loves. . . .

Only A Mistress Will Do is available for pre-order on

Amazon and B & N.

And Only Marriage Will Do, Book 2 of my House of Pleasure series, is on sale this month for .99! Here’s the link if you want to check it out before Mistress releases!

 One last thing!  My Thunderclap Campaign for Only A Mistress Will Do is only about 1/2 way there. I need to get 100 supporters before April 4th and currently I only have 48 people signed up to Tweet or Share. Can you help? I’ve be eternally grateful! Just click this link and agree to tweet or share. THANK YOU!

Books in the House of Pleasure series:

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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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27 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 03/19/17 Only A Mistress Will Do ~ Respectable Women

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  3. Ouch- not only does she have to prove her virginity, but the Madam throws in her face her state of desperation. Great snippet! Signing up to support now 🙂

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  4. I hope things turn out for her… and for you! I voted! 😀

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  5. Such humiliation–and then to have the sad truth thrown at her. Excellent snippet, Jenna!

    I signed up to tweet it. Good luck with your Thunderclap!

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  6. Diane Burton says:

    How awful for her. But she’s being practical. She weighed her options and had to choose. Good snippet.

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  7. Carrie-Anne says:

    That final paragraph is such a sad, cruel truth.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I enjoyed that you used psychology rather than the usual straightforwardness. I’ve never hear of THunderclap, but what the heck, I signed on.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Vestry is a pretty smart cookie. She’d been doing this enough she’s got a good grasp of women and how they react. That’s brought out throughout this book, how women can or cannot cope with this type of life.

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  9. nancygideon says:

    What a cruel truth. Our poor heroine! Well done, Jenna. Will be Thunderclapping for you!

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  10. Clearly Vestry is an expert and a good ‘reader’ of people. You’ve made this situation so very real and I agree with others that Vestry herself is fascinating, so I’m glad you plan to write more about her in the future books.

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  11. SueBarr says:

    I wouldn’t want to be her. Sadly, this was an ugly truth for so many women when they had no voice.
    Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thank you, Sue. Yes, this was an ugly truth in the 18th century when the statistics tell us that there were about 50,000 prostitutes in London (about 1 in 10 women). Sobering fact.


  12. Gem Sivad says:

    I find one of the most difficult things about writing historicals is telling the truth about women’s status and conditions in earlier eras. Even watered down the degradation is unpalatable. You’ve captured it well. I shudder with her. I clicked and added my support. Wishing you great sales!

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thank you so much, Gem. It is hard to portray such things in a romance especially and make them truthful, yet not too much of a downer for the reader. The first chapters take Violet pretty much to the bottom and as realistically as I could make it. It was a fine line, but you give me hope that I have managed to do it. 🙂


  13. You set the scene so well, Jenna. Best wishes to you.

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  14. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Oh gosh! That’s insulting and degrading. Poor Violet to be that desperate. Signing up now. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Kim Magennis says:

    Well done, Jenna! I think Madame Vestry is going to be a very interesting character.

    I have signed up as a supporter.


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