Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 03/31/19 Heart of Decadence ~ Desperate Measures

I’m baaaack!

Wow, it’s been since February that I’ve been on WWW and I’ve missed you guys! In that time I’ve finished a 100K novel, finished a 28K novella, went to a reader event in Williamsburg, and helped put up a major musical production at my school. I’m ready for some R & R, so I thought I’d sign back up here.

This week I have a snippet from the brand new novella, Heart of Decadence, Book 5 in my Handful of Hearts series. It will release on or about April 26 in a boxed set called Second Chance Love: A Regency Romance Set along with works from five other fabulous Regency authors.


Miss Amelia Burrowes was the scandal of the ton in her first Season, when her fiancée died and everyone assumed she was ruined. Ten years later, she’s back in London to make an arranged marriage that will hopefully allow her sisters to be received by the ton. But when Nathan, Lord Ainsley appears, the man she’d really had a tendre for all those years ago, the flame between them rekindles and Amelia must convince him that a woman with a past deserves a future.

In this snippet:  While at Lady Hamilton’s ball, Miss Amelia Burrowes has been found in the library by her suitor, Mr. Burke, who thinks because of her ruined reputation, he can take liberties. He has accosted her and does not want to take no for an answer.

This snippet is unedited and may have been slightly altered to accommodate the WWW format.



He ran his tongue along the seam of her mouth, pushing insistently, trying to gain entry.

Oh, absolutely not. Once again she pushed against his chest, digging her palms into his jacket and trying frantically to back away.

The click of the library door opening froze Amelia as if she were a Greek statue.

“Kate, are you in here?”

The man’s voice spurred her to desperate measures–the one thing she couldn’t afford was to be compromised by Mr. Burke for then she’d be forced to marry him or become even more of an outcast in Society than she was presently. Praying for strength, she hauled back her hand and thumped him on his ear.

He grunted and released her.

Amelia sprang backward, her hands covering her mouth, scrubbing at her lips. Turning her gaze toward the door, she locked eyes with the startled gray-eyed gaze of a very tall, very handsome stranger.

I’ll have more next week and hopefully a link to the set very soon. 🙂

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


The Handful of Hearts series by Jenna Jaxon






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16 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 03/31/19 Heart of Decadence ~ Desperate Measures

  1. Diane Burton says:

    My goodness, Jenna. You have been busy! Love this snippet. Good thing she had an arm free so she could slug him.


  2. What a delightful snippet.

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  3. Lori Dykes says:

    Wow Jenna! I am totally intrigued with that snippet! Cannot wait to read!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Good for her for pushing him away! Loved the snippet. 😀

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  5. I like the direct action she takes! Really enjoyed the snippet, can’t wait for the anthology.

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  6. Reblogged this on Dog Eared Pages and commented:
    Looks like another winning anthology.

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  7. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Well, I hope that handsome stranger isn’t there to do the same or spread malicious rumors. Great snippet!

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  8. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Wouldn’t she be considered ruined even if she was forced into intimacy as mild as a kiss? You;re the expert, I’m not.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Yes, Ed. If people saw her kiss the man–anywhere except under the mistletoe, which seemed to be the one exception–then they would have to marry or face ruin of her reputation. That’s how some young ladies managed to get married, to get themselves compromised. And of course, a man could compromise a lady even more easily. So if Miss Burrowes is seen kissing the man, she will have to marry him or be ruined, or ruined again in her case.


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