Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 01/03/20 Only A Mistress Will Do ~


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

This week I’m continuing snippets from my upcoming re-release Only A Mistress Will Do, Book 3 of the House of Pleasure series. I’ve recently gotten the rights back to this book and am eagerly awaiting re-publication as an indie release at the end of January.  A new cover will be forthcoming in early January, so I’m using this place-holder cover until then.



Friendless and destitute, Miss Violet Carlton has no choice but to seek work in London’s most notorious brothel, The House of Pleasure. She steels herself for her ultimate ruin at the hands of her first customer, only to be offered a reprieve in the form of a position as the gentleman’s mistress—in name only. Grateful for his benevolence, Violet agrees to the proposition and enjoys the life of a pampered courtesan—until her dashing rescuer puts her heart in jeopardy. Violet’s growing desire for the gentleman must be squashed when she discovers he belongs to another woman.

Tristan, Lord Trevor enters the House of Pleasure bent on a final night of carousing before donning the leg-shackle of marriage. To his shock, he recognizes the woman in his bed as a lady of the ton and resolves to save her from life in a brothel. After whisking her away under his protection, Tris endeavors to find her a husband, to secure her future and stem his own intense longing for the beautiful woman. With growing anguish Tris fears he can never make Violet his own for the impediment of his coming marriage pales in comparison to the secret he must hide from her or risk her loathing him for the rest of their lives.

This snippet continues on from last week, at the very beginning of the book.


“I need to see her now.” She raised her voice, threw her weight against the rough boards, and despite her small stature, she was stronger. He staggered back and she fell into a narrow back foyer with a row of coat hooks and the devastating yeasty smell of baking bread. Her mouth watered and her stomach rumbled–she hadn’t eaten for days.

Blonde hair straggling from under a mobcap, a girl, maybe fourteen, rushed into the room. “What the hell’s going on in here Willie?” She wiped her hands on her apron, streaked with flour and grease. Warily, her gaze shifted from Willie to Violet and asked, “Who are you?”

“I’ve come to see Madame Vestry,” Violet focused on the girl’s narrowed eyes, “I need to talk to her, please.” Her heart gave a sickening lurch.

And now to finish the scene :

In one practiced glance, the girl took in her appearance, from what used to be her second-best hat to the rumpled and stained deep-purple dress to her scuffed black boots, and sniffed. “I see you do.”

Only A Mistress Will Do is now available for pre-sale for just $1.99 on Amazon and set to release on January 29! After release the price will increase to $3.99.

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

The House of Pleasure series

by Jenna Jaxon



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16 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 01/03/20 Only A Mistress Will Do ~

  1. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I’m so curious to find out what his secret is. Good luck with the Indie release.


  2. Diane Burton says:

    Ditto what Teresa wrote. I remember this story. I can’t believe how desperate she is.


  3. E.D. Martin says:

    Based on the girl’s reaction, it seems that barging in desperately might be more common than Violet thought.

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  4. She’s certainly in a bad situation!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Desperation gives her strength, clearly. I like your heroine, very tense snippet!

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  6. nancygideon says:

    Oh, how low she’s fallen that she takes guff from a mere bit of a girl! She must be desperate, indeed!

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  7. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Great show of her desperation! Though, the fact that a fourteen-year-old is the first female she sees there is concerning.

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  8. Shari Elder says:

    You can feel her desperation. Well done. Good luck on the release.


  9. Carrie-Anne says:

    That’s a terrible predicament to be in, on every single level.

    Good luck with your rerelease!


  10. She is clearly desperate – good description.


  11. daryldevore says:

    Getting sniffed at by 14 yr old – I think I’d lose my cool.


  12. Gem says:

    Good luck in your indie release. I too remember this book well. Great reading it again.


  13. Sue Barr says:

    Isn’t it fun when you get back your rights and now you can do what you want with YOUR book?!? Love the snippet, but then I do love anything you write – so keep them coming.


  14. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Getting sniffed at dismissively by a 14-year-old is not a good thing. She must appear pretty desperate to warrant such a reception.


  15. Sandy Fehr says:

    Good luck on your releases and your Indie book! Are you going to mess with/change the perfect eye candy on the cover of Much Ado about a Widow? Lol


  16. I read this book quite a while ago, and it speaks volumes that I can still recall the plot. 🙂 Best wishes on the Indie release!


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