Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 09/29/19 Heart of Decadence ~

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

I have a new book that releases tomorrow called Heart of Decadence, the latest of the Handful of Hearts novella series. Here’s the cover–another stunning winner from Danielle Fine!



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 started earlier this month 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, when a stranger interrupts their kiss. Mr. Burke then introduces Amelia and she and the stranger, Lord Ainsley, discover that they had met ten years before. He thought she had married, but she tells him no, she did not. Later, Ainsley asks his friend, Lord Haversham, what he knows about the lady. But when he gives him her name, he has an unexpected reaction and brings forth the story of the scandal. Nathan then recalls their brief but passionate interlude in the garden ten years before.

The snippet follows on immediately from last week and has been slightly altered to accommodate the WWW format. We are in Nathan’s POV.

Next week I’ll go on to my next Kensington book, Much Ado About A Widow, set to release on New Years’ Eve!


Mystical full moon starry night in park

He was back under the cherry tree, in Lady Hamilton’s garden, moonlight streaming around him and the lady with a thousand stars shining down on them. They’d danced a spirited reel and afterward he’d suggested that some fresh air on the veranda would revive them both. She’d agreed, although they’d both understood it could be dangerous to her reputation.

The soft breeze had made her ballgown billow out over the new grass as they stood behind the trunk of the largest cherry tree, hopefully hidden from sight. He’d gently stroked her cheek with the backs of his fingers, the smooth skin inciting a riot of desire throughout him. She’d tipped her head back, her eyelids half closed, her lips poised in a perfect bow. Passion had raged in him as he sank his mouth onto hers, her lips warm and welcoming as he pressed himself to her and sought to deepen the kiss. To his surprise, she opened like the petals of a flower, and he plunged in, delirious with the taste and feel of her.

When at last he’d broken the kiss, they stood together in the glorious night air, a whole new world within his grasp. “I will speak to your father,” he’d told her, and she’d smiled and taken his arm as they returned to the house.

But Nathan did not speak to her father. And Miss Burrowes waited in vain for him to do so. Why? For the rest of the story, grab your copy of Heart of Decadence, available on Amazon on pre-order now! And all of Chapter 1 is available on this website. Just go to the pages above and click on the tab. 🙂

Heart of Decadence is now available for pre-order here and will release tomorrow, September 30, 2019–next Tuesday!

More release news!

My newest Christmas novella, It Happened at Christmas, is available on Amazon in the Yuletide Happily Ever Afters II boxed set for only .99! The link to it is here, and the first chapter of It Happened at Christmas can be found on this website with the other pages tabs. The story has a similar plot to the movie You’ve Got Mail, with a Regency twist!


Last Tuesday, the audio version of To Woo A Wicked Widow released to Audible and on Audiobook! Here’s the link to it on Amazon and here’s a link to listen to a snippet read by English Voice Actress Anne Flosnik. Sample:https://www.audible.com/…/To-Woo-a-Wicked-Widow…/1974966593…

And, on October 1, my Halloween ghost story, Hearts at All Hallows’ Eve, will re-release on Amazon for the entire month. Hope you check out this little romance before it disappears!


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

All back listed books for this series on sale for just .99 each but only thru tomorrow!

Check them out on my Amazon Author Page!




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17 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 09/29/19 Heart of Decadence ~

  1. Nancy Gideon says:

    Another MUST READ! Great tease, Jenna!


  2. Carrie-Anne says:

    I’m also curious as to why he didn’t speak to her father. There must be a tantalizing story behind that.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Diane Burton says:

    Now I have to get this book to find out why he didn’t talk to her father. What a rogue! lol

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Hywela Lyn says:

    Oh, what a tantalising finish to the snippet! I’d love to know why he didn’t follow through on his promise.

    It’s actually funny how morals change – I remember working at the University of Wales at a women’s hall of residence. I came across an old journal, dated in the late 19th century which read “We were all shocked to learn that ****** had been observed talking to a gentleman to whom she had not been introduced!” (How scandalous!)

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  5. Teresa Cypher says:

    Love this scene–and I am dying to know why he didn’t speak to her father!

    My gosh, you are busy! Best wishes with everything you’ve got going on. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Ed Hoornaert says:

    It seems they have a scandalous past. One whole kiss! Naughty, naughy!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      In the Regency one kiss (and sometimes one embrace) was enough to force a proposal of marriage from the gentleman–if he was a gentleman. 🙂 You had to make certain you were never alone with a young lady or she could consider herself compromised even if nothing other than conversation happened!


  7. Quite a mystery as to why Nathan didn’t follow through…can’t wait to read the book and find out what happened. Terrific snippet!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Heartbreaking story. What happens next, I wonder. Jenna, you are a wonder.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    What a way to end the snippet like that!! All the best with this release!

    Liked by 1 person

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