Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !
Can we really be half-way through November?!!! I can hardly believe it!
This week I’m continuing snippets from my upcoming historical romance, The Widow Wore Plaid. It’s the sixth and final book of The Widows’ Club series and I’m truly very excited to share it with you.
The Battle of Waterloo made them widows, but each has found new happiness. And Jane, Lady John Tarkington, intends to keep her freedom, even if love—and one particular gentleman—are determined to claim her heart . . .
It is a truth rarely acknowledged—at least in public—that a wealthy widow is free to pursue a great many adventures. For two years, Jane has privately enjoyed her independence. Why should she remarry, even when the gentleman proposing is as wonderful as Gareth, Lord Kinellan? She entreats him never to ask her again. But as her Widows’ Club friends—now all joyfully remarried—gather at Castle Kinellan, Jane begins to wonder if stubbornness has led her to make a terrible mistake . . .
Kinellan needs a wife to give him an heir, and he wants that wife to be Jane. They are perfect together in every way, yet she continually refuses him. Just as he is on the point of convincing her, a series of accidents befall Gareth and point to an enemy in their midst. He has promised Jane a passionate future filled with devotion, but can he keep them both alive long enough to secure it?
I’m starting my snippets toward the end of Chapter 2. Gareth, Marquess of Kinellan has just finished dancing with Jane, Lady John Tarkington, with whom his is deeply in love. Jane loves him as well, but is wary of giving up the independence of widowhood, even for this man she loves. As the snippet begins, they have just finished a fast-paced Scottish dance.
“What is the meaning of this intrusion, Rory?” Kinellan’s jaw creaked as he spoke.
“Begging your pardon, cousin,” a sheepish look on his face, the dark-haired young man, not long ago a boy, glanced from Kinellan to Jane, “Aunt Prudence sent me to find you. She says she must speak with you on a matter of utmost importance this moment. What must I tell her?”
Kinellan drew in a long breath and expelled it slowly. “Thank you, Rory, tell Aunt Pru I’ll be there directly.”
The lad bowed and backed away, perhaps afraid Kinellan would attack him if given the chance.
Kinellan stood and held out his hand to Jane. “Duty calls yet again, my dear, so perhaps we can resume this conversation later.”
And a little more for good measure…
He raised his eyebrows. “After the household has settled for the night?”
On the tip of her tongue to plead a headache or her courses, Jane looked into his dear face and could not refuse him. “I’ll be waiting.”
He offered his arm and she took it, trying not to tremble. In all likelihood this would be their last tryst. As soon as the throes of passion had been spent—their final interlude perhaps—he would continue with the words he had been about to speak just now, telling her he would not be renewing his addresses and that it would be best for all if she left with the other guests when the gathering was over in two days’ time.
They continued slowly into the castle, each step a death knell to Jane unless she could convince herself in the next few hours that this man was the one for whom she would sacrifice everything. And pray he would propose again.
I recently had the official cover reveal and announced a Rafflecopter giveaway to celebrate the reveal and the upcoming release. And as the novel is set in Scotland, I’m giving away a little piece of the Scottish Highlands! A souvenir plot, to be exact, that entitles the owner to be styled Lord or Lady of Glencoe, Scotland! To enter the giveaway, just click this link and follow the Rafflecopter instructions.
Additionally, my upcoming contemporary Christmas novella, The Present, is on pre-order on Amazon, part of a Christmas series called “Christmas on the Side.” It will release on November 23rd. You can go check it out here. And visit my blog on Tuesday for an exclusive excerpt!
On November 17, the Nine Ladies Dancing: Christmas Miracles anthology of Christmas novellas will release and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. My Christmas novella, It Happened at Christmas, will be part of that nine author anthology, so you should check it out! Here’s the link. It will also be available on Kindle Unlimited at no cost for members.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.
The Widows’ Club series