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
Handful of Hearts series by Jenna Jaxon