Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 8/09/20 Only Pleasure Will Do ~ A Gray Patch on the Wall

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!


Today’s snippet is from my just placed on pre-order historical romance, Only Pleasure Will Do. This is the fifth and final book of the House of Pleasure series which will release on August 31.



Here’s the new blurb for Only Pleasure Will Do:


The pleasure is all hers…

Amorina Vestry, madam of the House of Pleasure for six long years, has wrested a living out the establishment by devising a variety of ways to give men pleasure. But behind the persona of the ruthless businesswoman, schooled in the erotic arts, lurks another woman with a secret she dares tell no one. Now, in vengeance for thwarting a dastardly plan, Amorina is kidnapped and forced to commit murder to save the one person she loves unconditionally…unless the man she secretly yearns for can rescue her before it’s too late.

When Amorina Vestry goes missing, Sir Reginald Matthews, former Runner now magistrate at Bow Street, agrees to search for the very provocative woman he met a year ago and cannot seem to forget. He manages to track her down, only to be captured by the same madman who took her. Their close proximity in a make-shift prison leads inexorably to a night of passion in which Amorina lowers her guard to reveal a shocking truth. Spurred by his growing attraction to her, Reginald is determined to free them before she commits the most heinous crime imaginable.

As Reginald races to save Amorina, he comes to fear another foe as well. He may very well save his love only to find he must give her up or risk the censure of a society that will condemn her.

Amorina Vestry has been kidnapped and held in two basement rooms for two weeks. In the middle of the night, the door at the top of the stairs–the only possible means of escape–opens. Terrified, she slips into the other room and waits for her chance to escape.


The dimly moving figure took his time with each riser. His eyes must’ve adjusted to the gloom by now. Did he think her a gray patch on the wall, perhaps? Over the past weeks, her snowy linen chemise, which she was currently using as a night gown, had grown dingy. She remained rooted to the spot she’d taken once she’d slipped into the room, scarcely daring to breathe.

Three more steps and he’d reach the ground.

She held her breath and prayed.

Two. One.

The man set his feet on the dirt floor and paused, cocked his head.

And now to finish the scene :

Willing him to move toward the back of the stairs, Amorina gathered every scrap of courage she possessed.

Shaking his head, the man turned back toward the staircase.

Amorina launched herself at the table, grabbed the ancient chair, swung it up over her head, and crashed it onto the man’s head.

At the last moment he must’ve heard her, for he threw up an arm in defense, but too late. The edge of the chair crashed into the back of his head with a sickening crack before disintegrating in a shower of wooden bits. She’d apparently underestimated efficacy of the old chair as a weapon, for the man dropped neatly at her feet.

Only Pleasure Will Do is available on Amazon for the pre-order price of  $2.99. The book reverts to its regular price of $4.99 on the day after Release Day, September 1. Grab yours while you can!

A Matter of Pleasure, the prologue to Only Pleasure Will Do, is available on Amazon for only .99 and on Smashwords , Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Apple for free.

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.


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23 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 8/09/20 Only Pleasure Will Do ~ A Gray Patch on the Wall

  1. E.D. Martin says:

    I always love a heroine who takes action instead of passively waiting to be rescued.


  2. The suspense was right on target, I held my breath through the whole scene! Love this!


  3. What a tense moment. Is this a person she should fear? I’m curious to know!


  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I hope this man was an enemy and not a friend come to save her.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Loved this snippet! SO many questions. Congrats on the upcoming release. I just preordered! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Now that she’s had practice, she’ll know exactly much force to use the next time she hits someone over the head with a chair. Practice makes perfect, you know.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. An exciting snippet indeed. I really enjoyed the way your description of the events built the tension and suspense of the scene higher and higher. You certainly made it easy to visualize!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Good for her – although I hope she hit the right man!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. julieevelynjoyce says:

    You can feel every emotion in this scene. So well-written! Love the cover of this book, btw!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. nancygideon says:

    How bold and brave of her! Now . . . the consequences. Congrats on the upcoming new release!! Can’t wait!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Carrie-Anne says:

    I love how she knows how to use a chair as a weapon! Though I also suspect she made a mistake and hit someone she shouldn’t have.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Her aim was right on, but I fear the man is not who she thinks. Great snippet and beautiful cover!

    Liked by 1 person

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