Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 05/08/21 ~ Almost a Countess ~ A Breath of Air

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !


This week I’m moving along to my current WIP,  Almost a Countess , book 2 of my new series, Captivating Countesses.


Exiled to a lonely estate in north Yorkshire, Dora Harper finds life satisfying, if appallingly routine—until an escaped Scottish prisoner begs for her help. Despite her misgivings, Dora takes him in, feeds and clothes him, and is amazed at his transformation into a very handsome, virile gentleman, who claims he is an earl. No matter who he really is, his very presence in her house could ruin her reputation for good. Trouble is, Dora might not mind that at all.

Phineas “Finn” MacDonald, the Earl of Aberfoyle, is on the run from a troop of soldiers bent on hauling him to London to be transported for a criminal act. Dora’s miraculous appearance is a godsend for him, in more ways than one. The pretty young English woman is kind, compassionate, and willing to help him in his attempt to seek justice and evade the troop that is quickly closing in on him.

With their close proximity over several days, Finn’s desire to escape wanes, even as thoughts of Dora fill his mind. So when Dora suggests she pose as his wife to throw the soldiers off Finn’s trail, Finn wonders if he can persuade her to make the ruse a reality—before the army finds him and banishes him from Britain forever.


When they reached the grassy verge at the edge of the field that marked the farthest point of Mr. Hawkins’s tenancy, Dora pulled Gretchen down to a jog, then to a walk. She was as winded as the animal she rode. Unaware she’d been panting the whole time since leaving the farmhouse, Dora gulped in huge lungfuls of air. “Good girl, Gretchen.” She leaned down to pat the horse’s sweaty neck. “I think it’s best if we head for that stand of trees just ahead and let us both catch their breaths in the shade.”

The short walk calmed Dora a measure. She’d no business allowing Mr. Hawkins to alarm her so badly. Should she happen upon the soldiers riding about searching for the prisoner they would likely question her to see if she’d seen the man and since she hadn’t, they’d allow her to continue on her way. Surely there would be an officer with the troop who would make certain his men acted honorably toward her.

And a little more for good measure…

She should have asked Mr. Hawkins if there had been a captain or lieutenant among the soldiers. A trickle of dread made its way down her spine. A young woman was never supposed to ride without escort of some sort. At the very least a groom, although what Alfred alone could do against a group of five men didn’t bear thinking about.

Almost a Countess  is available for the pre-order price of $2.99 on Amazon, SmashwordsB & N, Kobo, and Applebooks.

Just released, A Solitary Ride is the first chapter of Almost a Countess, book two of Captivating Countesses. It’s free on Smashwords and .99 on Amazon.

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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16 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 05/08/21 ~ Almost a Countess ~ A Breath of Air

  1. E.D. Martin says:

    Whatever he told her, I hope for her sake it’s not as bad as he made it seem.


  2. Ed Hoornaert says:

    She may be in over her head. I hope not, for her sake, but . . .


  3. Love the premise! Just pre-ordered.

    Happy mother’s Day!

    No snippet for me this week.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Carrie-Anne says:

    She’s in quite a pickle! I hope nothing too awful happens.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. daryldevore says:

    Oooh – she’s got herself into a predicament.
    Fabulous cover.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. She’s gotten herself into a precarious situation all right…enjoyed the snippet, sounds like another terrific novel!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Karen Hackett says:

    Great start! Even today, a woman alone is not safe. Looking forward to more sneak peeks.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. nancygideon says:

    A little late to be thinking those thoughts, Dora. I’m sure a handsome rescuer will appear (he will if he’s the stuff of heroes!).

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    She’s brave being out there on her own. I don’t doubt that something will happen, but maybe not what she expects.

    Liked by 1 person

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