Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 08/14/22 ~ Pride of Lyon’s ~ “I Meant You No Harm”

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

This week I’m continuing with snippets from Pride of Lyon’s, which released in June.


Enter the world of the most notorious gambling den in London, where matches are made… unusually. Welcome to the world of THE LYON’S DEN: The Black Widow of Whitehall Connected World, where the underground of Regency London thrives… and loves.

What’s a young lady to do when a powerful lord tries to abscond with her and make her his mistress?

When you’re Miss Honoria Quinn, you leap from his carriage and run like the wind to find some place to hide. Trouble is, Honoria mistakenly chooses The Lyon’s Den, a disreputable gambling house as her sanctuary, a move that ends up with her having to make another choice at the hands of the Den’s match-making proprietor Mrs. Dove-Lyons: wed a complete stranger or become the lord’s mistress.

No good deed goes unpunished…

Thomas, Lord Braeton agrees to attend a wager at The Lyon’s Den only to keep his brother-in-law out of trouble. What he doesn’t count on is becoming embroiled in one of Mrs. Dove-Lyons’s schemes to marry him off. But when he tries to come to the aid of another peer, Thomas finds the only honorable thing he can do to save Miss Quinn’s reputation is put aside his hopes for a love match for himself and instead offer to marry her.

As Thomas and Honoria set out on a wary journey to matrimony, can they learn to live together and hope love will grow between them? Or are they doomed to a loveless marriage of convenience from which one or both will want to escape?

I’m continuing with the meeting of Miss Honoria Quinn and Thomas, Lord Braeton in Mrs. Dove-Lyon’s office.


“Lord Longford.” The imperious tone must have moved the gentleman, for presently he urged a small cut-glass tumbler with a healthy tot of spirits into her hand. Honoria wrinkled her nose at the sharp smell.


She cringed at the urgency of Lord Danford’s voice as he spoke her name.

“Honoria, you must believe me I meant you no harm. If you had heard me out in the carriage, heard my plan for us to be together, we would not be here.”

If she could have sunk through the floor Honoria would have gladly done so. All the way to Timbuktu. The glass of brandy trembled in her hand.

And a little more for good measure…

“Danford, my God, man. Have you no shame?” This new voice, sharp with censure and clearly outraged, brought Honoria’s head up. The blond gentleman’s face was twisted with disgust as he glared at Lord Danford.

The earl looked astounded at the man. “I would not play her false, Braeton. As I told you, I meant to set her up with a house, carriage, jewels.” He turned eager eyes on Honoria. “Anything you wish, my dear, I will give you and gladly. All you need do is agree to be mine.”

Without another thought, Honoria tossed the brandy down her throat, then choked as the sharp spirits hit their mark. She coughed and coughed until Mrs. Dove-Lyon pounded her on the back, bringing tears to her eyes. Might as well cry. Her life hung around her in ruins.

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

Pride of Lyon’s is available on Amazon and on KU fpr free.

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10 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 08/14/22 ~ Pride of Lyon’s ~ “I Meant You No Harm”

  1. I love me some regency romance, but being a woman in those times sucked. I think I would have disguised myself as a man, become a monk, and had done with it. Those robes would hide a multitude of sins, including my rack of doom. Also, monks have a reputation for making good wine and cheese.
    In the case of this story’s heroine, Thomas might be a good catch. She might be advised to wait on the monk idea.


  2. Kate Hill says:

    Shame is not in Danford’s dictionary. 🙂


  3. Danforth is a real piece of work… You write truly dastardly villains. 🙂


  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    It’s fun to read about this time in history, but I sure wouldn’t like to live through it. The poor girl is in a dreadful situation.


  5. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    In her situation, I would be looking for another shot. Danford definitely has no shame.


  6. daryldevore says:

    I smiled at she wanted to fall through the floor – all the way to Timbuktu. Not a saying that is heard much anymore.


  7. Diane Burton says:

    He’s making quite an assumption. What woman wouldn’t want to be his mistress? Duh. Honoria. What choice does she have? Great dilemma.

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  8. Quite a situation. Love how he can’t see that being a mistress (everything she wants except that wedding ring) wouldn’t just be wonderful. Great snippet!

    Liked by 1 person

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