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. He locks Georgie in the cabin and hurries off on an errand, leaving Georgie to fume. In today’s snippet, Rob has just returned to the ship.
We are in now in Georgie’s POV .
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.
The cabin door swung open, revealing Lord St. Just, an impossibly broad grin on his face saying, “Wait until I tell you what my men and I just did.”
“You don’t have to tell me, my lord, I already know.” Georgie glared at him and held Lulu tighter–the little animal was shaking, and Georgie was sure if she loosened her grip Lulu would launch herself at the unwary marquess; serve him right too.
“You do?” He frowned and cocked his head, which made him look like a puzzled puppy–Lulu looked just like that whenever she was unhappy–but what did he have to be unhappy about? He was the one who had kidnapped her.
“You have set sail, my lord, with me and my maid aboard against our wills; many sensible people call that kidnapping.” She’d always known this man was a pirate, in fact, she’d told her brother so. She handed Lulu to Clara before the dog could leap out of her arms and tear at his lordship’s throat–if anyone was going to attack the marquess, it would be Georgie herself; plant him a facer and see how he liked being set upon.
“Oh, yes, we had to put out or miss the evening tide,” the impossible man’s grin had returned, showing many straight, white teeth, “but we did manage to steal your trunks, Lady Georgina–if you will consider yourself abducted again, at least rejoice in the fact that you will have clean linen throughout the ordeal.”
Much Ado About A Widow is now available for pre-order here and will release on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2019!
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!
Most kidnappers aren’t that polite! Unless they run into trouble on the way, it doesn’t seem like this voyage will be that unbearable.
“Steal her trunk?” I can’t help wonder if this makes things better or worse.
He’s such a rascal, but it’s impossible not to like both of them. Merry Christmas!
lol–I like Robin already! Can hardly wait to read it, Jenna!
Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful holiday!
LOL at his come back. Real considerate pirate!
MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY ,HEALTHY NEW YEAR.
Even with the gesture, I don’t think that’s going to make her any happier about the situation. Great snippet!
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Well at least he’s a considerate kidnapper! I’m enjoying the twists and turns here very much. The dog is a nice comedic touch as well – great snippet! Can’t wait to see what she says to this!
Jenna, you are definitely a rascal. I am enjoying every word week after week.
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Thank you, Charmaine! So glad it’s bringing you back for more!