Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 10/11/20 Heart of Desire: The Scandalous Waltz

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

This month I’m highlighting my Handful of Hearts series by putting each of four of the novellas on sale, one each week in October and offering a ghostly Regency romance short story, Hearts at All Hallow’s Eve, in the same series for FREE on Smashwords and B & N (On Amazon it’s .99) thru October 31.

This week’s featured book from Handful of Hearts is Heart of Desire.

Here’s the blurb:


Follow your heart to find your desire

Miss Katherine Locke is irked to start her third season dancing with the disagreeable Lord Haversham, her brother’s friend and her own arch enemy. After three years out, however, she’s finally interested in the dashing Lord Finley—only to find out her cousin has set her cap for him too. To make the man jealous, Kate feigns interest in Lord Haversham, only to be shocked to find the handsome lord apparently falling for her. With time running out, should she accept his suit and risk falling in love despite herself?

Marcus, Lord Haversham, is in a tight pinch. His estates are failing and worse, he’s just lost three thousand pounds to his best friend, Lord Ainsley. Ainsley’s solution: have Marcus marry his shrewish sister and he’ll cancel his gambling debt plus give him ten thousand more pounds for her dowry. With nowhere to turn, Marcus agrees, praying he can keep word of the wager from Miss Locke long enough to charm her into marrying him. But can he avoid falling in love himself?

I’m starting this snippet well into the book because this is a fun scene. Maria is about to leave her lover, Hugh, to go to Scotland until they can marry. Hugh has taken Maria out for a final outing, to spend some time together before they have to say goodbye. They have now begun to skate.

We are in Hugh’s POV.


“So you refuse to allow your sister to waltz, yet you are quite willing to stand up with me and dance this, according to you, most scandalous of dances.” Kate smiled into the odious wretch’s face. “My lord, I should say that smacks of hypocrisy.”

“Indeed.” Lord Haversham turned them skillfully at the end of the floor. “I would say it showed a want of character in your brother for allowing you to dance it with me. The waltz should be danced by married couples and no one else.” He pulled her close against him, so their bodies almost touched.

She gasped at her proximity to the rogue. How dare he make a spectacle of them on this crowded dance floor?

And now to finish the scene :

“You see?” he whispered, peering into her face, his gaze intent upon her mouth.

All she could see were his dark eyes, as the crisp scent of his sandalwood cologne filled her nose.

“Ainsley should be horsewhipped for allowing it.”

“I’ll see to it he horsewhips you if you don’t let me go.” Kate gave a hopping step and smashed her foot down on top of his.

Lord Haversham lurched forward, actually falling onto her.

For the briefest moment, they stood pressed together in a warm embrace that made Kate tingle all over. Then outrage swept through her, and she pushed him away. “How dare you,” she seethed, trying to pull away from him.

“That was your fault, and you know it. And if you make a scene that results in me having to marry you, I swear I will lock you in the tower at my grandfather’s castle and throw away the key.”

Heart of Desire is available on Amazon, Smashwords, B & N, Kobo, and Apple for .99.

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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11 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 10/11/20 Heart of Desire: The Scandalous Waltz

  1. They’re both fiery and stubborn individuals. I love the tension in this scene!

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  2. Ed Hoornaert says:

    How skillfully he brought up the possibility of having to marry her!

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  3. Jeff S. Bray says:

    Yes, an enjoyable scene. You can feel mutual reluctant attraction.

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  4. Definite sparks are flying! lol I loved the dance scene and clever banter.

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  5. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    That’s definitely not starting out on the right foot, but there’s great tension and a little bit more between them already.

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  6. Alexis Duran says:

    “Odious wretch”! Clearly, she’s falling in love! 🙂


  7. Ah, the complications! Waltzing certainly seems to allow for a lot of meaningful conversation in Regency novels – they must do it differently than the Dancing With The Stars cast LOL. I love waltzing scenes – enjoyed the snippet!


  8. E.D. Martin says:

    They seem to have very similar personalities, although I doubt they’d agree.


  9. nancygideon says:

    What wonderful sparks (of reluctant attraction!) in this scene, Jenna. It’s a delight.


  10. Sandy Fehr says:

    Yes, this is a fun scene in a very enjoyable book!

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