Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 09/01/19 Heart of Decadence ~ An Interruption

I’m Baaackkk!

After four weeks of traveling and two weeks of recovering from it, I am finally back with Weekend Writing Warriors for the fall. I have a new book (it was published in a set this past spring, but I’m bringing it out later this month–as soon as the edits are done.) called Heart of Decadence, the latest of the Handful of Hearts novella series. Here’s the cover–you’re the first (other than my newsletter subscribers) to see it!



Miss Amelia Burrowes was the scandal of the ton in her first Season, when her fiancée died and she was declared a ruined woman by Society. 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, the man she’d really had a tendre for all those years ago, renews their acquaintance, the flame between them rekindles and Amelia must convince him that a woman with a past deserves a future.

I’m starting with a scene at the end of the first chapter. Amelia has been discovered by Mr. Burke, her intended, although she’s not very keen on marrying him. He’s trying to become “better acquainted” with her, very much against her will.

The snippet  has 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, posed, unfortunately, like a reluctant nymph being ravished by some errant god.

“Kate, are you in here?”

The man’s voice spurred her to desperate measures because of one thing she was certain:  she couldn’t afford to be compromised by Mr. Burke for then she’d be forced to marry him or become even more of an outcast in Society. 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 looked into the startled gray-eyed gaze of a very tall, very handsome stranger.

The man’s eyebrows had shot straight up, but now returned to normal and his lips drew into a disapproving pucker as he said, “Well, you are certainly not Kate.”

Heart of Decadence will release in September 2019

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


Handful of Hearts series by Jenna Jaxon






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25 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 09/01/19 Heart of Decadence ~ An Interruption

  1. Carrie-Anne says:

    That’s a great scene! It sets so many different things in motion.


  2. What a scene! Loved the thumping of the ear. lol And the response of the handsome stranger.
    Love the book cover!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Your cover is beautiful, and I’m glad she thumped him on the ear.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Hywela Lyn says:

    Good for her, she should have done it sooner! What a time for the handsome stranger to put in an appearance!

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  5. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Another beautiful cover for this series!

    She should have hit him harder! LOL

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  6. Diane Burton says:

    Yay for her! Thumping him on the ear is perfect. What a cute meet with the stranger.

    Why is it we go on vacation to rest & relax and it takes us almost as long to recover? Glad you’re back.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thanks so much, Diane! Amelia is quite feisty, although she’s had a rough time of it, as you learn later on. I’m still catching up from a month of not really resting, but I did enjoy myself immensely. Back to the grind next week. No rest for the wicked. 🙂


  7. The handsome stranger has perfect timing. Love it!

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  8. Well she may not be Kate but I liked her direct action to save the situation, thumping the cad on his ear. Well done! Terrific snippet!

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  9. julieevelynjoyce says:

    Oh, this is some delicious writing! Bravo, and welcome back!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Teresa Cypher says:

    Enter the ‘handsome stranger’. I love the predicaments your heroines get into!

    You write this genre so well. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  11. She is doing the best she can. What a problem yet I have a feeling, somehow, she will get along.

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  12. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Danger awaited damsels at every turn back in the old days, it seems.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Actually, it did. There were so many rules about what young women could and could not do of they’d lose their reputation. You couldn’t accept gifts of anything but flowers and candy. Anything more personal and you’d be talked about. Being caught kissing someone (except for some reason under the mistletoe) was enough to force an engagement!

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