Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 07/17/22 ~ The Widow’s Christmas Surprise ~ Held Fast

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

In keeping with my Christmas in July promo this month, I’m switching to The Widow’s Christmas Surprise for the next couple of weeks. This novel is book 5 of my Widows’ Club series.



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 . . .

I’m starting the snippets about a third of he way through the novel. Maria has been widowed a second time and is virtually penniless and living off the kindness of her dead husband’s distant relations. Maria is trying to make a good impression on the family, especially on their elder son–who will eventually inherit her late husband’s title. But when the family invites her to a greenery gathering party, things get a little out of hand… Enjoy!


“What happened?” Lord Wetherby came trotting over, took one look at how she held her finger, and grabbed her hand.

“I just poked one of the holly leaves into my finger, but I’m certain it’s all right.”

“Nonsense.” He took his handkerchief from an inner pocket and gently rubbed the place where the blood had come, although most of it had been wiped away. Another gentle squeeze of her finger had produced nothing in the way of her life’s blood. Time to move on.

“Thank you, my lord, but the bleeding seems to have stopped now. It was less than a scratch so we can go on with our gathering.” Maria tried to pull her hand away from him, but he held her fast in his grip.

And a little more for good measure…

“Best let me make sure the cut’s not too deep.” He held her hand up close to his eyes. A sultry glance at her and he kissed her finger.

“My lord.” Desperately, Maria tried to pull her hand away from his lips, but to no avail. As she had noted during her first encounter with him in the corridor at Kersey Hall, the gentleman had strength much greater than hers. And she was here, all alone with him. “I tell you my hand is fine.”

“Indeed it is, Maria.” He kissed her finger once more before moving on to her open palm. “As is all of you. Exquisite as a porcelain figurine and just as cold.” The softness of his mouth caressed her flesh, sending a frisson of warmth to her core. “I suspect you are not always so icy.” His lips seared her palm again. “I’ll wager I can spread a warmth through you like nothing you have ever known before.”

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There are some fantastic snippets to be read.

The Widow’s Christmas Surprise is available on Amazon for .99. I’m not sure when the price will change, so grab your copy ASAP!




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12 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 07/17/22 ~ The Widow’s Christmas Surprise ~ Held Fast

  1. Elaine Cantrell says:

    He’s brimming with self confidence which can be very attractive.


  2. Diane Burton says:

    What a come-on. He thinks a lot of himself. Great snippet, Jenna.


  3. Oh, he’s a cocksure scoundrel for sure!


  4. Kate Hill says:

    He has no problem taking advantage of her situation. I hope she gets out of it!


  5. Ooh – he’s a hot one. But I doubt he’s right for her.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Carrie-Anne says:

    That conversation certainly took an unexpected turn! Hopefully Maria will be able to find a way out of this situation without scandal.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Oh my, he’s very sure of himself! But she seems resourceful…great snippet.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. nancygideon says:

    Sorry, my lord. I’m guessing . . . not! This snippet produces all the required “Ewww!” factor. Where is our hero when you need him??

    Liked by 1 person

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