Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 10/02/22 ~ Hearts at All Hallows’ Eve ~ Her First Masquerade

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

Happy October!!!

It’s autumn and October, my favorite season and month. Counting down to Halloween all month! And in honor of everything spooky, I’m sharing snippets all month from my Halloween short story, Hearts at All Hallows’ Eve, part of my Handful of Hearts series.


When Miss Cecilia Powell attends her very first masquerade on All Hallows’ Eve, she’s thrilled when a mysterious reveler pays court to her. As their encounter continues, Cecilia is charmed, then smitten with this masked stranger, even though she senses something odd about him. Is he truly the man of her dreams, or will Cecilia find her dream a true nightmare?


Shivering, Cecilia Powell gazed uneasily around Lady Hamilton’s ballroom. The walls, shrouded in a darkness broken only by the flickering light of candelabras and sconces, seemed to move with an unseen current. Her first masquerade ball, so she’d not known what to expect, but the eerie quality of the room itself set her teeth on edge. Everyone had dressed in whimsical costumes and masks, making the room even more fantastical to her sensibilities, like a scene from that dreadful book The Monk, by Mr. Lewis. The deep gloom surrounding her quite upset her nerves. Anything might happen in such an atmosphere. Perhaps she should seek out Mama.

Cecilia skirted the dance floor, where couples had just finished a country dance. Pink-cheeked ladies in half masks, like her own, stood about talking and laughing with gentlemen dressed in a variety of costumes, some charming, others rather frightful. She longed to join in the dancing, but so far this evening, she’d had no offer of a partner.

And a little more for good measure…

Everyone seemed to have paired off after this past Season. She passed an Aphrodite and Cupid bickering good-naturedly.

“I fear the songs of love this orchestra has chosen to play do not inspire me to dance, Cupid, dear. Do go ask them for a waltz soon.” Setting her hand on her tall companion’s shoulder, Aphrodite smiled and stroked the bare flesh. “I do adore a scandalous dance.”

“As we are married, my sweet, I see no reason not to oblige you,” Cupid whispered, just as Cecilia passed by. The winged messenger drew an arrow from a small quiver strapped to his back and playfully tapped the point above Aphrodite’s heart. “You will drive me to shoot someone in earnest, Kate. And I fear it will be myself.”


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

Hearts at All Hallows’ Eve is now available on Amazon and Smashwords for .99. But you’d better hurry to claim your copy. This Regency ghost story only appears during the month of October. Come the witching hour October 31 it will disappear for another year!

UPDATE on my House of Pleasure series! At long last, the series is now available on Amazon and on KU for free! This includes all five House of Pleasure novels plus the boxset! Grab your copy(s) today!

The Handful of Hearts series


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20 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 10/02/22 ~ Hearts at All Hallows’ Eve ~ Her First Masquerade

  1. It sounds like such a beautiful setting, and I’d want to hide behind a plant or a statue. I have two left feet and high social anxiety. When I was younger, I always got through parties by getting plastered.
    Tweeted the post.


  2. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Perfect time and setting for a masquerade. I can’t help feeling that something dangerous is about to happen.

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  3. Carrie-Anne says:

    I love the worldbuilding and all the great little details! This is such a realistic, easy to picture scene.

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  4. This story has such a great twist!

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  5. Kate Warren says:

    Poor Cecilia. I hope she can adjust to the atmosphere in the room, or find herself so captivated by a dance partner that the room seems to disappear (can’t be bothered by it if you forget it exists!). Lovely excerpt. I especially like the added bit with Cupid and Aphrodite. A married couple acting like lovers? Scandalous!

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  6. LOVE the cover! Very atmospheric snippet – I feel her apprehension. Perfect for Halloween season!

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  7. nancygideon says:

    I suspect that arrow is going to find itself heading our heroine’s way before she’s prepared for it. Can’t wait to read more. You set such a delightful scene!

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thank you so much, Nancy! I actually hate reading and writing set descriptions—but one of my favorite editors said I needed to fill in the background or it would just stay a white canvas for the readers. So I do it. 🙂 And glad it’s working for readers!


  8. daryldevore says:

    I do love a scandalous dance as well. Too bad my hubby doesn’t dance well. LOL

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  9. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    You set this scene very well! Felt like I was there, too!

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  10. Sue Barr says:

    Awww… I loved this little vignette of the married couple. Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thank you, Sue! So great to see you back here! That couple’s romance was told in the second book of the series, Heart of Desire. I love bringing back previous H/h couples in cameos. 🙂


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