Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 09/25/22 ~ Pride of Lyon’s ~ An Alternate Suggestion

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !


Sorry I was AWOL last week but I was “on the road again” coming home from a signing event in southwest Virginia. Had a great time, but got home and went to bed!

This week I’m continuing with snippets from Pride of Lyon’s, which released in June. This will be the final week for Pride of Lyon’s. I’ll move on to another book in October (haven’t decided which one yet!).


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. I have, however, skipped ahead a little bit. Thomas and Geoffrey are having a discussion about whether Thomas should marry Honoria or not.


“Were I given my choice, Geoffrey, I should marry for love, not status,” Thomas sighed. He’d cherished the hope of a life with a woman he could love by his side,  however, that now seemed unlikely. “That was but a fancy and I am certain I will be just as happy with Miss Quinn as with any other gently bred young lady.” God, he hoped he would. She was comely enough and had a good bit of spirit–he did like that about her. She’d stood up to Danford and given him a cracking good slap. “In any case, I will let the lady decide.” He made as if to turn back toward the ladies when Geoffrey’s grasped his shoulder again.

“What if she could marry someone else?” Geoffrey’s tone was insistent, and Thomas pivoted back to him.

And a little more for good measure…

“Are you perhaps offering yourself as potential husband instead of me, Geoffrey?” That raised Thomas’s eyebrows not a little. His friend was somewhat high in the instep, so such an offer would be completely out of character.

“Of course not.” The snort of distain was more the Geoffrey he knew. “But Mrs. Dove-Lyons could find her someone. It’s her business, don’t you remember?”

Oh, yes. Thomas was well aware of the Black Widow’s penchant for helping unsuspecting gentlemen to a bride. “I do. And I suspect that is why she asked me to come in here with Danford. She’s tried to trap me into marriage before. I was able to avoid it that time. Today’s outcome will likely be different.” The woman had played her cards well. Somehow, she’d known of his stance on honor. Known he’d not let a woman suffer the loss of her reputation when he could so easily remedy it. “She will earn her fee today.”

Geoffrey’s face had drawn down in a monstrous frown. “Only if you allow yourself to be used by her.” Biting his bottom lip, his friend cocked his head. “What if you pay the fee, but ask her to find some other gentleman in want of a wife?”

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 for free.

I also wanted to let you know that my House of Pleasure series is now available in a boxset format on Amazon, Smashwords, and  B & N. All five House of Pleasure novels in one volume! Grab your copy today! (It remains at half-price until the end of the month.)



The House of Pleasure series

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11 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 09/25/22 ~ Pride of Lyon’s ~ An Alternate Suggestion

  1. Kate Warren says:

    Sorry I missed this last weekend (the whole weekend just went nuts). I’m going to miss Honoria and Thomas when you switch to another work. It’s great that Geoffrey wants to save his friend, but I don’t think Thomas needs saving.


  2. daryldevore says:

    Oooh – interesting twist. What I love about your snippets is how easy it is to fall into the scene.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Carrie-Anne says:

    The plot thickens! The road to happily ever after is never quick and easy.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Interesting twist but I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen! Enjoyed the snippet!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. nancygideon says:

    They’re playing pretty fast and loose with matrimony here. Guess they’ll get what they deserve, honor be darned.

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  6. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    It doesn’t sound like Thomas wants out of this situation too badly, though he doesn’t seem thrilled about it, either.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Well, he’s been pretty well Shanghaied by Mrs. Dove-Lyon and he knows it. But his sense of honor is stronger than any argument Geoffrey can come up with. And, of course, things have a way of working out…:)


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