Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!
Much Ado About A Widow, Book 4 of The Widows’ Club series, released on New Year’s Eve!
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 follows on directly after last week’s.
We are in Rob’s POV and he speaks first in this snippet.
Some portions of this snippet may be changed from the book’s regular format to allow for WWW’s 10 line requirement.
“Whatever your feelings for me, I am in charge of your welfare, which includes attempting to cure you of your seasickness and to do that you must eat.”
“No.” Scowling at him, she shook her head vehemently. “If I eat that I shall be violently ill.” She clamped her lips shut and stared at him, defiant.
“You may be a bit queasy at first, but once we get the tea down, the ginger will take effect, and you’ll feel much better–this has been a sovereign remedy for mal de mer for generations of sailors.” Perhaps a bit of a distraction would help. “Did you know that Admiral Nelson also suffered from seasickness all his life? Still, during his entire career he fought it and died a hero despite the affliction.”
“I assure you, I do not intend to make a career of the sea, my lord.”
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.
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!
Ginger always works like a charm for my stomach ailments. She’s a determined one to still be so plucky when she’s ill.
Lol–nice try at distraction, but he’s gotta do way better than that. 🙂 As always, Jenna–simply wonderful writing!
Can’t wait to start reading this one! Love the dynamics here.
She’s spunky even though she feels bad. I like that.
She is a bit snippy with her responses but then she doesn’t feel good. 🙂 I hope the ginger calms her stomach.
It’s good that she’s still able to come back with a feisty response, despite being sea sick! She should listen to him though, ginger is great for settling the stomach!
Well she ought to at least try the tea but I can certainly understand her not wanting to give in on anything at the moment. Not sure why he thought the trivia tidbit would change her mind LOL but nice try on his part. Enjoyed the excerpt!
I bet she also doesn’t intend to die a hero.
Fascinating to think what may happen but I do believe she should listen.
It has to be a challenge to stay feisty when she’s that sick – good for her!
She’s a stubborn one, but he knows what he’s talking about. The ginger will help. Great snippet!