Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 02/21/21 A Return to Life ~ Awake

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

This week I’m beginning snippets from my soon to be released short read, A Return to Life, an excerpt from A Countess of Convenience, book 1 of my new series, Captivating Countesses.



Following a tragic accident, an unconscious Judith Harper returns to her childhood home. Miraculously, she awakens but to a horribly changed world in which she finds her husband not only dead, but herself dishonored by him before his death. Can she find the strength to pick up the pieces and return to a life of her own?


The slow tick, tick, tick of a clock penetrated the fog of sleep enveloping Judith Harper. Her rest must have been fretful, for she didn’t want to open her eyes, would rather drift back off into slumber. But that infernal ticking irritated her no end. It sounded so loud. She’d ask Simon if they could take it out of the room, at least until she could get a good night’s sleep. The creak of a door and hushed whispering annoyed her as well. Why couldn’t they just let her sleep? Likely her maid had come to wake them. What she wouldn’t give for just five minutes more beneath the warm covers. She began a slow slide back down into the lovely oblivion…

And now a little more of the scene :

The whispering continued, more animated. So animated it brought Judith to the verge of wakefulness this time. Good Lord, she might as well get up then. “I’m coming,” she mumbled and tried to push back the covers, though they wouldn’t cooperate at all.

A loud crash jerked Judith completely awake. Her eyes flew open in alarm to find Dora, of all people, bending over her, wide-eyed and staring.

“Judith? Did you say something?” Her sister-in-law sat on the bed and gripped her shoulder.

“I said….” Judith coughed, her throat too thick to easily bring forth the words. “I said, I’m coming.” She frowned. “Why are you awakening me instead of Larkin?”

“Oh, dear God be praised!” To Judith’s astonishment, Dora jumped up and clasped her hands. “Larkin!”

At the shout for the maid, Judith winced. Her head hurt abominably all of a sudden. Had she taken too much claret last evening? She and Simon had been making a little too merry in the library after dinner.

Larkin appeared, took one look at Judith and her jaw dropped. “Mrs. Harper! You’re awake!”


A Return to Life will release tomorrow on Amazon for .99 and on Smashwords for free. (Hopefully Amazon will pick that up eventually.) I hope you return to my blog tomorrow for the release post and the reveal of the temporary cover for A Countess of Convenience which goes on pre-sale tomorrow.

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

Captivating Countesses series

by Jenna Jaxon


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24 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 02/21/21 A Return to Life ~ Awake

  1. Diane Burton says:

    What an intriguing start to your new story. You got me hooked.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Even though you haven’t told us what’s going on, it’s easy for us readers to figure it out.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thank you, Ed! There is a prologue to the book that gives a lot of background and introduced the secondary characters. None of that is in A Return to Life, so I’m glad it’s making sense so far!


  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Pulled me right in. I can’t wait until she finds out all that has happened.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Best wishes on the new story! Highly intriguing, as always with your plots. I like her already and need to know more. Great snippet.

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  5. A good intriguing start to your story.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. nancygideon says:

    I’m pulled right in!! What a wonderful(ly awful!) way to introduce her to her new circumstance.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Sounds like she in for a big shock when she’s told what has happened. Great snippet

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Karen Hackett says:

    Okaay . . . that got my attention. Obviously something happened to Judith. Very, very intriguing! Is there more?

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Sue Barr says:

    Oh my goodness. You DO like to torture your characters. Yum.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Carrie-Anne says:

    That’s a great opening! I’d love to read more. Best of luck with your release.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Shari Elder says:

    Very interesting premise and snippet. Good luck with the launch.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Gem says:

    Shocking to awake and discover you’ve been unconscious or in a coma for a long time. I’m looking forward to reading “A Countess of Convenience”. Wishing you many sales…

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