Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!
I’ve switched to my next big release in late December, Book 4 of The Widows’ Club series, 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. who tries to persuade her to sail with him to his home in Cornwall, to which Georgie answers with a resounding “No.” Rob is still fearful for her safety and enacts his plan.
We are in Rob’s POV now.
Some portions of this snippet may be changed from the book’s regular format (today’s is very wonky) to allow for WWW’s 10 line requirement.
“On that point, my lady, I fear we must disagree, so I will pen a brief note to Brack, informing him of the change in plan—”
“Aha!” Lady Georgina stepped toward him, an accusing finger pointed at his chest saying, “I knew the two of you had concocted a plan.”
“Your brother may have done, and if so, I will take full responsibility for spoiling it,” he grinned at the outraged woman, her cheeks redder than a hot poker, “but I believe he will agree my idea is the better one, or at least safer under the circumstances–because if your brother didn’t have you kidnapped, I would very much like to find out who did and before you fall into their hands again.”
“My brother?” Lady Georgina stopped as if she’d walked into a wall, her face ashen. “You think Jemmy arranged to kidnap me?”
“We’ll know when we receive a letter from him in a week or so–” taking advantage of her shocked state, Rob turned the key in the lock then withdrew it, leaving the door ajar–“I’ll write to him this instant, tell him our plans to sail to Cornwall, and ask him to come fetch you, your maid, and your dog post haste,” and with nimble feet, Rob slipped through the door and shut it with a bang just as Lady Georgina slammed her hand against the smooth teak panel.
“Wretch! I give you my oath I will make you regret this.”
Much Ado About A Widow is now available for pre-order here and will release on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2019!
The Widows’ Club series by Jenna Jaxon
Check them out on my Amazon Author Page!