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. Rob returns to the ship and sets sail with Georgie, Clara and Lulu. And Georgie discovers she is no sailor. After a night of being violently seasick, she is appalled when Rob appears with food in hand.
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.
“I see you are awake, my lady,” and as if invited, Rob stepped briskly into the cabin.
“Oh, no, my lord,” swiftly, Clara moved in front of him, barring further entry, “you cannot come in here–” the maid held up a finger as she paused to yawn–“it would ruin Lady Georgina’s reputation.”
St. Just eyed the sleepy woman, then trained his gaze on Georgie and said, “I won’t tell if you won’t.”
Raising her head to upbraid his insolence, Georgie caught a whiff of the hot soup he carried, and her protest turned to a groan; she clenched her teeth and screwed her eyes shut, willing her body to behave. If she cast up her accounts in front of the marquess she would die of shame–dying might just be her best option in any case.
He set the tray on the table and turned to Clara. “I’ve dealt with seasickness before; leave the lady’s care to me, and I’ll have her shipshape in no time.”
“I cannot do that, my lord—” the maid stopped, a huge yawn interrupting her objection.
“You’ll be asleep as soon as I leave the room Clara; then who will be left to tend to Lady Georgina–the dog?”
Lulu bared her teeth at him.
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!