Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!
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 started 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. In today’s snippet, Georgie continues her tale.
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 Rob, although we are in Georgie’s POV.
A looked of pained patience, such as one would have if talking to a small child or a lunatic came over St. Just’s face. “Then how do you know—”
“I have begun badly, my lord; please forgive me and let me start again.”
The door opened, bringing in Cartwright with the tea tray. Once he deposited it and left, St. Just poured cups for them all and passed them around the little circle as deftly as any London hostess. “You were going to begin again, Lady Georgina.”
“I will, my lord, although it would help us both if you would listen to me as if you intend to believe what I’m saying rather than presupposing that I’m making all of this up–on my oath, I am not.”
The gentleman opposite her sighed, then nodded and said, “I beg your pardon; I promise you I will listen with a completely open mind to your tale.” He smiled, making his handsome features—his firm jaw, his high cheekbones, and his devastatingly different gray eyes—even more irresistible.
Her stomach fluttered, as if butterflies fought to get out.
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…
My great friend, Patricia Green, a fabulous graphic design artist, made this wonderful book trailer for my Handful of Hearts series. Since I just finished with snippets from Heart of Decadence, I thought you might like to take a look!
And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.
The Widows’ Club series by Jenna Jaxon
Check them out on my Amazon Author Page!