Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !
This week I’m continuing with A Countess of Convenience, book 1 of my new series, Captivating Countesses, which released last Tuesday!
Following a tragic accident, an unconscious Judith Harper is returned to her childhood home to die. Miraculously, she awakens but to a horribly changed world in which she finds her husband dead and her world upended.
Judith must regain her strength, not only to reclaim her life but also to right a terrible wrong–a feat which may require her to marry again, and quickly. But not only is Judith not ready for another husband, a marriage before her year of mourning is up will ruin her in London society.
Still, if she hopes to have her life back, she may have to risk the scandal and make a marriage of convenience…but to whom?
John, Lord Haxby has loved Judith since childhood, and because of that he stood aside while she married another eight years ago. Now she is free of her odious husband, he hopes he can persuade her that he is the only man who can make her truly happy. However, he discovers Judith is more than interested in Lord Farringdon, the man who saved her life. Can he stand aside once more and watch the love of his life make a grave mistake, or will he step up and show the woman he loves he is not a convenient solution to her problem, but the perfect one?
I’ve continued on from last week’s snippet. Judith and John are traveling to London, using two of the housemaids as chaperones for Judith. Earlier in this scene, Judith asked John a very leading question, but they left it without an answer. Now, after she’s gone to bed, Judith is feeling guilty that she teased John. So she’s gone out to his room, in just her night gown, to talk to him. As she’s knocking, someone comes into the corridor. We begin in Judith’s POV then it switches.
A man stopped and squinted at her in the shadowy light of the sconces. “Judith? What the devil are you doing here?”
Confounded by her presence outside his room, John didn’t have time to chastise her for her foolish move–he unlocked his door, seized her arm, and dragged her inside. Shutting the door with a loud thump, he gave a relieved sigh then turned the lock and leaned back against the broad panel. One disaster averted, he glared at his charge, looking up at him petulantly. “I only hope to God no one saw me do that.”
“I saw no one in the corridor.” Judith pursed her lips, not a good sign at all.
“You’d be surprised how nimbly potboys can nip up a staircase without being seen.”
And now a little more of the scene :
With luck, they were safe for now. There was still the adventure to come of getting Judith back to her chamber unseen. Good thing he’d requested a bottle of brandy be sent up upon their arrival. He needed some about now. “Why are you here, Judith?” He strode to a desk that served as sideboard then poured a good three fingers of the amber liquid and took a hefty swallow. “Is something wrong?”
“Yes, there is, John.”
A Countess of Convenience is still available for the pre-release price of $2.99 on Amazon, B & N, Kobo, and Applebooks.
Come celebrate the release with me! I’m giving away a $20.00 Amazon giftcard to a commenter on my Release Party blog post. Here’s the link! It’s not too late!
A Return to Life is finally available on Amazon for FREE and on Smashwords , B & N, Apple, and Kobo for free as well. This is the first chapter of A Countess of Convenience.
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