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I’m switching to my next big release in late December, Book 4 of The Widows’ Club seris, Much Ado About A Widow! If you’ve been keeping up with my widows over the past year or so, this book is Georgie’s story–a true romantic comedy adventure romance. Of course, nothing else would do for the heroine, Lady Georgina Kirkpatrick!
Lady Georgina Kirkpatrick defied her family, jilted her fiancé, and married the man she loved. But when her husband died at Waterloo, she was delivered right back into her father’s power . . .
Victory is sweet—but England’s triumph was Georgie’s rout. Now that she’s widowed, the loathsome marriage her father first arranged has simply been renegotiated. With neither money nor rights, and nowhere to flee, all she can do is cherish her last weeks of freedom. . . . Until a band of ruffians overtake her carriage and kidnap her. When she escapes in seaside Brighton and encounters her brother’s rather wild friend, Lord St. Just—whom she suspects aspires to be a pirate—she’s prepared to entertain more of his adventurous suggestions than usual . . .
St. Just knows his mind and his duty, and he loves a challenge. Helping a fair lady make her farewells to hoodlums suits his talents well. Within the hour he has Georgie, her lady’s maid—and her little dog too—sailing for his castle in Cornwall. Meanwhile, the lady’s entire family, her kidnappers, and her scheming intended are in pursuit. But as he and the indomitable Georgie grow closer, he begins to suspect that together they will prove a match for them all . . .
I’m starting my snippets a good way into the story. Lady Georgina, on the way back to her father’s house to an arranged marriage with a man she’s already jilted once, is kidnapped. She manages to escape and runs straight into the arms of her brother’s friend, Robin, Marquess of St. Just. She’s more than distrustful of Rob, having convinced herself the young man is wild and has ambitions to become a pirate. But beggars can’t be choosers, so she enlists his aid. He’s rowed her out to his ship and they have settled down to get to the bottom of things.
Some portions of this snippet may be changed from the book’s regular format to allow for WWW’s 10 line requirement. The first speaker is Lady Georgina, or Georgie to her friends. We are in her POV.
“Well, my lord, I was returning home from Fanny and Lord Lathbury’s wedding in Buckinghamshire, at Hunter’s Cross–Jemmy and Elizabeth and I had the most wonderful time; indeed my brother and his wife are there yet.”
“Your brother mentioned Lord Lathbury’s impending nuptials to me in his latest letter,” St. Just said, peering at her as if to say, “Go on already.”
“It was quite a lovely wedding, by the way; I believe she and Lord Lathbury will be supremely happy.”
“I do hope so as they didn’t seem particularly blissful when last I saw them,” St. Just said, and leaned back in his chair, arms crossed, “at that very exciting house party in Kent, last October.”
“Oh,” Georgie waved his concerns away, “heaps of things have happened since then: Fanny was kidnapped and almost murdered–but Lord Lathbury saved her, and now they are very much in love.”
“So Lady Lathbury was kidnapped also?” he asked, is brows rising to an impossible height.
As did Georgie’s hackles. “Her kidnaping had nothing whatsoever to do with mine; that was all Lord Theale.”
“So who kidnapped you?”
“I don’t know.”
Much Ado About A Widow is now available for pre-order here and will release on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2019!
And an audio version of the first book in the Widows’ Club series, To Woo A Wicked Widow, has 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…
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The Widows’ Club series by Jenna Jaxon
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