Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !
It’s beginning to look a lot like release day! I can hardly believe it! In just 23 days The Widow Wore Plaid will launch! Stay tuned for details.
So this week I’m going back to snippets from my 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 again.
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 where I left off in November, so now we’re in Chapter 3. 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 last snippet ended, they had just made an assignation for after the festivities are done for the night.
The mantel clock had struck twelve sometime before although it had not chimed the half hour yet. Jane sat stiffly on the sofa before the fireplace, staring into the banked embers, in the apartment usually reserved for the Marchioness of Kinellan. One thing to be said for Kinellan—he had not even attempted to be subtle in his wooing of her. Of course, her placement here could have been a simple logistical tactic. This comfortable chamber, with an expansive dressing room, neatly arranged sitting area, and massive four-poster bed, adjoined that of the marquess’s rooms so no one need see Kinellan when he frequently visited her late at night. Still, she thought he wanted to do more than hint at his intentions.
The clock’s insistent ticking reminded her that time was flying by. Not only tonight, but for her whole life as well.
And a little more for good measure…
Glancing at the timepiece yet again, she sighed and rearranged the folds of her dressing gown. Kinellan must have had more business to attend to than just that with his aunt. After their conversation in the garden, Jane had returned to the ballroom. To have retired too early would have been unacceptable as she was the de facto hostess. It would likely have been remarked upon as well. So she’d danced with Charlotte’s husband—Nash was an exceptional dancer—and then Matthew had begged the next waltz, so she’d stayed in company longer than expected. Many large men, like Lord Lathbury, didn’t dance well. They were often unsure of how to move their bodies gracefully on the dance floor and therefore took no joy in the exercise. But Matthew certainly acquitted himself well. As did Kinellan.
He’d not partnered her again, which was understandable, but neither had he sought her out for conversation, which would have been perfectly acceptable. When she was certain he meant to ignore her for the rest of the evening, she’d pled a headache to her friends—which had fooled no one—and had returned to her chamber to ready herself to steal one last moment of pleasure with her lover.
My Rafflecopter giveaway to celebrate the cover reveal and the upcoming release is still available if you’d like to enter it. 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 contemporary Christmas novella, The Present, is now available on Amazon and on KU as part of a Christmas series called “Christmas on the Side.” It released on November 23rd. You can go check it out here.
On November 17, the Nine Ladies Dancing: Christmas Miracles anthology of Christmas novellas released and is now available on Amazon. My Christmas novella, It Happened at Christmas, is 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