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Sorry I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks–I had a deadline (2 actually, one for a manuscript, one for edits on another manuscript), so I was writing non-stop for about 3 weeks. But now edits are done for the next Widow book and I’m awaiting edits on my next to-be-published book, Only Pleasure Will Do, so I’m back with time to spare to come visit you all for WWW.
I’m back again with more from Much Ado About A Widow, Book 4 of The Widows’ Club series.
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 a few sentences after the last time I posted. Rob has implemented his grandfather’s method of administration to recalcitrant patients and is trying to get more nourishment down the weak but still feisty Georgie.
We are still in Rob’s POV.
Some portions of this snippet may be changed from the book’s regular format to allow for WWW’s 10 line requirement.
“I am pleased to see you are assisting with your recovery—what is that dog doing?” he asked as he peered down at the bit of fluff trying to worry his good leather boots.
“She is protecting me from unscrupulous gentlemen who would take advantage of a lady when she is obviously suffering and incapacitated with a dire illness.” Frowning, Lady Georgina took another small sip, without his prodding this time–an excellent development.
“Well, she is attempting to ruin my best pair of Hessians–will you call her off before I am forced to interfere in a manner similarly unpleasant?”
Another look of delightful malice from the expressive green eyes, then Lady Georgina called to the animal, “Lulu, go sit in the corner; I’ll tell you if I need you to”—she stopped abruptly and glanced at him—“assist me further.”
Amazingly, the dog seemed to understand her mistress completely, for she trotted to the corner and lay down, muzzle on outstretched paws.
“And now, my lady, the broth if you please?” he said, plucking the cup out of her hand and swiftly substituting a bowl of chicken broth instead.
Wrinkling her nose, Lady Georgina curled her lips up, then said, “Are you always such a bully to your captives, Lord St. Just? I must confess I did not suspect this side of your character when we met at Lyttlefield Park last autumn.”
“As I recall, Lady Georgina, at that time you were not attempting to sail the Channel in the dead of winter.”
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
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