Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 04/09/17 Only A Mistress Will Do ~ A Discussion of Terms


Only A Mistress Will Do has released!

I thought I’d post one more tidbit before moving on to another WIP. Enjoy!


 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, Madame Vestry insists on an inspection to confirm Violet’s virgin state.  And having been satisfied of it, she arranges for Violet to entertain her first customer.

In this snippet, Violet has accepted Lord Trevor’s assistance and is being sheltered in the house where he kept his former mistress. The next morning they are having breakfast together when a familiar topic arises. They are discussing Violet’s maid when the scene opens.

(Creative punctuation used to conform to the WWW rules.)

“That is most kind of you, however, why did you tell her I am your mistress?” Violet forced herself to remain calm. Lord Trevor seemed to trust the maid to remain silent, so she must as well.

He shrugged and sipped his coffee again, saying, “I told her only that I wished to employ her services again, immediately, for a guest at Lammas House. She assumed our relationship based on past occupants.”

“Then you don’t intend to make me your mistress, Lord Trevor?” Her voice came out harder than she had intended, but she was coiled like a spring inside.

“Would you like to be, Miss Carlton?”

Her throat closed as if she’d swallowed a peach pit; worse, her entire face flamed.

He eyed her coolly and said, “I believe we covered that subject last night, however, if you have reconsidered, I’d be delighted to discuss the terms.”



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 on

Amazon and B & N.


Books in the House of Pleasure series:

onlyscandalwilldo sizeONLY MARRIAGE WILL DO


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 ~ 04/09/17 Only A Mistress Will Do ~ A Discussion of Terms

  1. Congrats again on the release! It’s in my TBR list 😀 Great dialogue between them!


  2. Love the dialogue between them. 😀


  3. Diane Burton says:

    Congrats on the new release and review. Wow. Great snippet. His matter-of-factness contracts beautifully with her shock and innocence.

    BTW, the link to my post is bad. I left off the “T” in blogspot, hence the red screen and warning. So sorry. It should be: http://dianeburton.blogspot.com


  4. Carrie-Anne says:

    Congratulations on your release! I love the dialogue in this scene.

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  5. Congratulations! Sounds like she’s really facing a dilemma here, which always makes for an interesting story.

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  6. Congrats on your release!

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  7. This is on my kindle, can’t wait to read it! Enjoyed the excerpt of course and I hope the book is doing really well.

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  8. SueBarr says:

    Have her renegotiate – quick! Nice snippet. I like your characters a lot.

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  9. Kim Magennis says:

    Congratulations, Jenna! I hope you take time to celebrate?

    I love the dynamic tension between these two. I look forward to watching it unfold.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. daryldevore says:

    Congrats on new release. Love the characters and the situation you’ve put poor Violet.

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  11. Jenna, I’m so happy for you. Your characters leap off the page so willing to reveal their stories.

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  12. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Oh, I love Lord Trevor so much! Congrats again on your new release!! 🙂

    I forgot to sign up this week: http://www.markofthestars.com/wp/weekend-writing-warriors-63-jager/

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  13. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Congratulations on the release. Looking forward to reading it.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Cara Bristol says:

    Just bought it!! Love the setup up. Looking forward to reading it.

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  15. lol–oh, these characters! I LOVED this book. Already read and reviewed (under TeeKay).

    This book cost me most of a night’s sleep! 🙂

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      OMG, Teresa! I read that review and almost cried, it was so wonderful! I kept saying “This is exactly what I wanted readers to say” and “This is what I would do with a book I just can’t put down.” Thank you so, so much! I am so happy you loved it! And I’m writing furiously on the next one! I’ll try not to disappoint. 🙂


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