Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 01/10/21 Only A Mistress Will Do ~ “What’s Yer Name?”


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.

As promised, here is the new cover!


Isn’t it steamy and gorgeous? 🙂


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, where Violet is attempting to gain employment at The House of Pleasure.


The appraisal stung, but was probably fair. She’d come down fast in the months since her grandmother’s death. Her possessions long gone, her wardrobe—reduced to two dresses and a well-worn cloak—had been sold, leaving her with only the dress she stood up in. These clothes wouldn’t fetch a shilling in a secondhand shop now.

The servant girl nodded to Willie. “Close the door before we freeze to death, jingle-brains. Come on.” She led Violet out of the foyer. “I’ll ask if Madame will see you. But she won’t be happy being woke up this early, you can bet your dippers on that. What’s yer name?”

The last thing she wanted was to antagonize her future employer. Still, she couldn’t risk waiting until later. “Miss Carlton. Violet Carlton.”

And now to finish the scene :

Taking a firm grip on herself, she followed the girl down a shadowy hallway until she motioned her into an equally dim reception room. “Wait here.” The girl turned on her heel and left.

Violet let out the breath she’d been holding. She hadn’t fainted yet, though her empty stomach had tied itself in knots. The pain meant she was alive and by God she intended to stay that way.

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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23 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 01/10/21 Only A Mistress Will Do ~ “What’s Yer Name?”

  1. E.D. Martin says:

    I’m glad the servant girl let her in. Now to learn if the proprietress will be as accommodating.


  2. Elaine Cantrell says:

    She may be down, but she sure isn’t out. She’s spunky and determined, and I like that.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I enjoy stories like this, about people who have nowhere to go but up and are determined to get there.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Gem says:

    I like the cover. Very sexy.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I admire her determination. Great snippet! Congratulations on the new cover 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    A very sexy and gorgeous cover!

    I can feel her desperation. Very well written!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Diane Burton says:

    Wow. What a cover! Love it. “jingle brains” LOL Very cute.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Sue Barr says:

    I’d be terrified if this were me. Desperate times/desperate measures. I can’t wait for our hero to arrive and save (?) her.
    BTW – Grogeous *snicker* cover

    Liked by 1 person

  9. I could feel her cold and hunger.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. nancygideon says:

    Hot, hot, hot!! Nicely done and well suited for one of my favorite books!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Wow–that cover IS grogeous!

    This scene really shows how dire Violet’s situation is. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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