In keeping with my Christmas in July theme (and the fact it’s a new release) I have switched this month to my new Christmas novella Married by Christmas.
A wager he should have refused…
After two miserable Seasons, Miss Marianne Covington is determined not to have a third and enlists the help of longtime friend William Stanley to assist her. Will wagers he can find her a husband before Christmas. But when none of the suitors suit, he is ready to do something drastic for the woman who’s become more than just a friend.
I’m starting with a scene a little into the story. Marianne has bemoaned the fact that there are no decent gentlemen to marry. Her friend Will has wagered he can find her a husband by Christmas.
In this week’s snippet Marianne and Will are at a winter costume ball. He’s dressed as Ullr, a Norse god, including a beard. He’s just suggested introducing her to another gentleman, but after a comment from Marianne that goes a bit too far, her mother insists she must apologize and dance with William as penance. After the dance, William does introduce Marianne to Lord Sherston.
In today’s snippet, Marianne has accosted William because she believes he has tried to trick her with an unsuitable suitor and has dragged him out onto the balcony.
We are in now in Marianne’s POV.
The snippet has been slightly altered to accommodate the WWW format.
“You’re angry at me?”
“Who else would I be angry at?” She stamped her foot again and cried, “How could you introduce me to Lord Sherston, who, even though he seems a very pleasant gentleman, has but one thing on his mind: to find a mother for his four sons–four sons, William!”
Astonished, he took a step backward and bumped into the balustrade that surrounded the balcony, some twelve feet above the ground. “Sherston has four sons?”
“You know he does and that is the second cruel trick you’ve played on me.” She moved toward him, fire in her eyes.
Suddenly, Will no longer felt safe backed against the balustrade. Inch by inch, he slowly made his way around the curved end of the balcony until his back rested on the hard stone of the building; he sighed in relief.
Marianne had followed him until now she stood before him, her hands opening and closing rapidly–would she actually plant him a facer?
Married by Christmas is currently available on
Christmas Books by Jenna Jaxon