Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!
Much Ado About A Widow, Book 4 of The Widows’ Club series, released on New Year’s Eve!
Many thanks to everyone who either came by my Facebook Party or my New Year’s Eve Release Party!
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.
This week’s snippet skips ahead a little bit after last week’s.
We are now in Rob’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.
“Lady Georgina.” With steadfastly closed eyes, the lady lay mute, although he’d swear she was not asleep. Stealthily, he poked his finger into her shoulder calling, “Lady Georgina.”
That drew a mumbled response he couldn’t quite hear. “I beg your pardon?”
She sighed and whispered a bit louder, “Please, go away.”
Shaking his head, Rob grabbed the cup from the tray he’d brought, the spicy steam wafting into the air. “I’m afraid I cannot do that for I have taken you on as my charge, you see, willingly or not, so I am bound to see you safely to St. Just or my honor is forfeit–you would not wish that, would you, Lady Georgina?”
Well, he supposed it only natural she felt some ill will against him at this point.
Much Ado About A Widow is now available as an e-book on Amazon and in Barnes and Nobles, Books A Million, and WalMart stores in paperback.
The Widows’ Club series by Jenna Jaxon
Check them out on my Amazon Author Page!