I’m celebrating Christmas in July this year by putting all of my Christmas novellas on sale for .99 each. However, I also have a full length Christmas novel, The Widow’s Christmas Surprise, Book 5 of my Widows’ Club series published by Kensington. It’s not on sale this month, but to make it part of my celebration, each Monday in July I’m holding a giveaway of a signed printed copy of the historical romance.
To enter the giveaway just comment below following the week’s “theme.” Sunday night I’ll draw a name at random from those who commented. The following Monday I’ll announce the winner of the copy and give a new “theme” for the comments for the week. So there will be a total of four chances to win a copy of The Widow’s Christmas Surprise, the last one being announced on August 2. I’ll give you the theme for this week after the blurb and excerpt from the book.
The death of her husband has thrown Lady Maria Kersey’s future into doubt—and her heart into the arms of a man she cannot have. But Christmas with the Widows’ Club will bring choices—and surprises–that may change all her holidays to come . . .
Maria just gave birth to her first child, a beautiful daughter—but the event is shrouded in sorrow. A month earlier, Maria’s husband, Lord Kersey, was killed in a duel under compromising circumstances. Worse, Maria’s failure to provide a male heir has stripped her of any hope of an inheritance. Scorned by the ton, one of her few allies is her late husband’s steward, Hugh Granger. Hugh is everything her husband was not—warm, charming—and penniless. . . .
Hugh has fallen desperately in love with Maria, but has little to offer but comfort. As their attraction becomes impossible to resist, Maria flees to London to spend Christmas with her dearest friends, a group of widows who lost their own husbands in the Battle of Waterloo. Little does she know the holidays will reveal a twist of fate she never expected—proving that the greatest Christmas gift is the magic of true love . . .
“You know I do not.” Existence here without her would be the worst form of torture.
“Then I won’t go,” she raised her head to look at him, love shining in her eyes, “we can get married, Hugh. I can live with you and your sister and my daughter at Wingate–if only we think about it, we can find a way to be happy.”
“My love, what do you think Lord Kersey will do when he finds out that I have married his kinswoman without so much as a by your leave? I wager I will find myself without a situation, therefore no house, no means to support any of us.” He hated to extinguish the hope in her face, but the harsh reality of their plight could not be mitigated. “Our best plan is the one we agreed to last night.”
“But I don’t want to leave you, not even for the time it takes me to go from here to there.” She struck out toward the far shore.
“Maria, come back.” He set out after her, but she swung around toward him.
“I won’t do it, Hugh. I won’t go. There must be some other way we can be together without another wretched scandal raising its head.” She looked so distraught, so forlorn, where moments before she’d been all smiles and laughter.
“Come back, my love. We can talk about it before we go back to the Hall.” It was more of a perfunctory concession. He’d thought about nothing else for the past days save how to make everything come out right. Nothing, save her leaving or Kit dying, would end their torment.
“Promise me, Hugh. Promise me we will be to—” Maria’s foot slid backward toward the bulrushes, broke through the ice and plunged her into the depths of the icy pond.
WEEK #3 GIVEAWAY WINNER
Congratulations, Brenda! I’ll be contacting you shortly.
This is the final week to be entered in the giveaway. The final theme for these giveaways is ornaments! In a comment below tell me what your favorite Christmas ornament is–the angel on top the tree, the candy cane ornament your child made, your Supernatural 1968 Chevy Impala (my daughter actually has this one).
My favorite actually is the delicate glass angel tree topper my husband and I have had ever since we celebrated our first Christmas together. The current one is actually angel #2. The first one shattered one Christmas as my husband was taking it off the tree! Thank goodness we could find a replacement!
I’ll announce the final winner next Monday here on my blog.
If you’d like an e-book of The Widow’s Christmas Surprise, it’s available at the following retailers:
My Christmas novellas on sale for .99 for 6 more days (until July 31) are below. Click on the cover to go to the Amazon site to grab your copy! Or the Barnes & Noble links are below:
Christmas Novellas by Jenna Jaxon