Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
Happy Mother’s Day to all my readers and writers! I hope your day is spent with those you love. For the first time in 19 years, I’m spending all day with my family, including breakfast served in bed by mu daughters. Every Mother’s Day since 2002, I’ve been at graduation at the university where I worked. With the school switched to remote learning this semester, graduation is postponed until September. So I finally get to sleep in, eat breakfast in bed, and have my daughters and husband around me all day.
To begin May off fresh, last week I shifted to the first of my Widows’ Club books, To Woo A Wicked Widow, because all the e-books of the Widows’ Club series are on sale this month!
Lady Charlotte Cavendish is still the spirited girl who tried to elope in the name of love. That dream was thwarted by her father who trapped her into a loveless, passionless marriage. But now widowed, Charlotte is free to reenter the giddy world of the ton—and pursue her desires. For hardly your typical widow, she remains innocent to the pleasures of the flesh. Yet her life is finally her own, and she intends to keep it that way . . .
Nash, the twelfth Earl of Wrotham, is beguiled by Charlotte at first sight—and the feeling is mutual. When he receives her intriguing invitation to a house party, the marriage-minded lord plans to further their acquaintance. But even he cannot sway her aversion to matrimony, and only with great restraint does he resist her most tempting offer. For unbeknownst to Charlotte, the misadventures of the past are revisiting them both, and bedding her could cost him everything—or give him everything he ever wanted . . .
I began my snippets last week well into the book. Nash, the Earl of Wrotham, is in the midst of trying to stop a gang of robbers who are terrorizing the countryside. Lady Charlotte, with whom he is falling in love, has suddenly come to visit him at his house–a scandalous thing for a lady–even a widow–to do. This snippet picks up immediately after last week’s snip.
Some portions of this snippet may be changed from the book’s regular format to allow for WWW’s 10 line requirement.
“I am so pleased to see you, my lord; I recently returned from London and wanted to call on you.” She stared back at him, eyes bright, smile wide, then squeezed the hand he still kissed–not as if to say, “Let go,” but rather as though…good Lord, was the woman flirting with him?
Taken aback by this possibility, Nash released her hand and bowed saying, “I am delighted to see you again as well, my lady; when I heard you had removed to London, I feared we would be deprived of the pleasure of your company for quite some time to come, so I am pleased to see that those fears were unfounded.”
Her brilliant smile went straight to his heart.
“Please, my lord, I believe we are beyond the formalities–will you not call me Charlotte?”
A rush of hot blood shot from his head straight to his groin, his breathing came sharper and a metallic taste flooded his mouth.
“I would be delighted to do so…Charlotte.” The name sounded like liquid gold.
And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.
I’ll be announcing a new giveaway (for those who need something new to read) on my blog on Tuesday. It will be for a print copy of one of my Widows’ Club books and a bit of new swag I’ve just gotten. Please come by and comment to enter!
The Widows’ Club series by Jenna Jaxon
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