Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 08/08/21 ~ Almost a Countess ~ Where the Devil is He?

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

I’m so glad to be back! Last week I was off grid, up in the mountains of New York state at my friend’s cabin with 0 internet signal. I had a great visit with her and got my edits done for Almost a Countess, so while I was sorry not to be with you, I was happy to be there with her. This week I’ll continue with Almost a Countess, but I’m skipping ahead to Finn’s POV when he awakens at Dora’s home. REMEMBER:  Only 9 days until Release Day!

BLURB:

Exiled to a lonely estate in north Yorkshire, Dora Harper finds life satisfying, if appallingly routine—until an escaped Scottish prisoner begs for her help. Despite her misgivings, Dora takes him in, feeds and clothes him, and is amazed at his transformation into a very handsome, virile gentleman, who claims he is an earl. No matter who he really is, his very presence in her house could ruin her reputation for good. Trouble is, Dora might not mind that at all.

Phineas “Finn” MacDonald, the Earl of Aberfoyle, is on the run from a troop of soldiers bent on charging him with treason. Dora’s miraculous appearance is a godsend for him, in more ways than one. The pretty young English woman is kind, compassionate, and willing to help him in his attempt to seek justice and evade the troop that is quickly closing in on him.

With their close proximity over several days, Finn’s desire to escape wanes, even as thoughts of Dora fill his mind. So when a unique opportunity presents itself, Finn claims to be Dora’s husband to save her reputation and throw the soldiers off his trail. Now all Finn needs to do is persuade Dora to make the ruse a reality—before the soldiers can find him and carry out the grim penalty for his alleged crime.

EXCERPT:

With a fluttery feeling that almost made him ill, Finn struggled toward consciousness. A stabbing ache in his head made him wince. The pain was reminiscent of his twenty-first birthday when his uncle had plied him with whiskey until the wee hours of the morning. Hopefully, this ache wouldn’t make him as violently ill as he’d been then.

Cautiously, Finn opened his eyes to slits—no need to give the inhabitants notice that he was awake. But a quick look told him the room was empty. Opening his eyes wider, he took in the massive mahogany bed with its dark burgundy and gold trappings, the grand fireplace where flames licked the logs, the casement window with drapes open allowing the bright afternoon sunshine into the chamber. All in all, a well-appointed room, if a little grandiose for his own tastes, still wherever he’d ended up, the owner had spared no expense with his creature comforts. So where the devil was he? And who was the woman who’d found him and brought him here?

And a little more for good measure…

He shifted in the bed, and a sickening pain shot up his leg from his ankle. “Jesus!”

Panting against the ache, he slowly shifted again and managed to sit up without further agony. Moving slowly, he peeled the covers off his legs, dreading what he might find. But his legs both looked normal, no broken bones in evidence, although his right ankle seemed swollen rather badly. Still, it could have been much worse.

His boots had been removed, of course, and he glanced at the floor, but they weren’t in evidence. Neither were his clothes. Worse luck. Currently, he was clad in an old-fashioned chemise, good quality linen that had been worn seldom, with lace at collar and cuffs. Gently, he ran his hand down his leg to his ankle, needing to confirm it hadn’t been broken. The swelling was slight, which meant a sprain. It would hurt like hell for a week or more, making further escape difficult if not impossible, although, apparently, he could still sit a horse. He distinctly remembered leaping onto the blond woman’s horse, but not much else. Such a limitation could end up being deadly for him.

Almost a Countess is still on pre-order on Amazon for $2.99. Grab your copy at the pre-order price.

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.

Captivating Countesses

 

 

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Christmas in July Giveaway: The Widow’s Christmas Surprise Week #4

I’m celebrating Christmas in July this year by putting all of my Christmas novellas on sale for .99 each. However, I also have a full length Christmas novel, The Widow’s Christmas Surprise, Book 5 of my Widows’ Club series published by Kensington. It’s not on sale this month, but to make it part of my celebration, each Monday in July I’m holding a giveaway of a signed printed copy of the historical romance.

To enter the giveaway just comment below following the week’s “theme.” Sunday night I’ll draw a name at random from those who commented. The following Monday I’ll announce the winner of the copy and give a new “theme” for the comments for the week. So there will be a total of four chances to win a copy of The Widow’s Christmas Surprise, the last one being announced on August 2. I’ll give you the theme for this week after the blurb and excerpt from the book.

BLURB:

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 . . .

EXCERPT:

“You know I do not.” Existence here without her would be the worst form of torture.

“Then I won’t go,” she raised her head to look at him, love shining in her eyes, “we can get married, Hugh. I can live with you and your sister and my daughter at Wingate–if only we think about it, we can find a way to be happy.”

“My love, what do you think Lord Kersey will do when he finds out that I have married his kinswoman without so much as a by your leave? I wager I will find myself without a situation, therefore no house, no means to support any of us.” He hated to extinguish the hope in her face, but the harsh reality of their plight could not be mitigated. “Our best plan is the one we agreed to last night.”

“But I don’t want to leave you, not even for the time it takes me to go from here to there.” She struck out toward the far shore.

“Maria, come back.” He set out after her, but she swung around toward him.

“I won’t do it, Hugh. I won’t go. There must be some other way we can be together without another wretched scandal raising its head.” She looked so distraught, so forlorn, where moments before she’d been all smiles and laughter.

“Come back, my love. We can talk about it before we go back to the Hall.” It was more of a perfunctory concession. He’d thought about nothing else for the past days save how to make everything come out right. Nothing, save her leaving or Kit dying, would end their torment.

“Promise me, Hugh. Promise me we will be to—” Maria’s foot slid backward toward the bulrushes, broke through the ice and plunged her into the depths of the icy pond.

 

WEEK #3 GIVEAWAY WINNER

BRENDA DICKSON

Congratulations, Brenda! I’ll be contacting you shortly.

GIVEAWAY:

This is the final week to be entered in the giveaway. The final theme for these giveaways is ornaments! In a comment below tell me what your favorite Christmas ornament is–the angel on top the tree, the candy cane ornament your child made, your Supernatural 1968 Chevy Impala (my daughter actually has this one).

My favorite actually is the delicate glass angel tree topper my husband and I have had ever since we celebrated our first Christmas together. The current one is actually angel #2. The first one shattered one Christmas as my husband was taking it off the tree! Thank goodness we could find a replacement!

 

I’ll announce the final winner next Monday here on my blog.

If you’d like an e-book of The Widow’s Christmas Surprise, it’s available at the following retailers:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082WQT41J/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3

B & N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-widows-christmas-surprise-jenna-jaxon/1135644826?ean=9781420149753

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-widow-s-christmas-surprise

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-widows-christmas-surprise/id1512241034

 

My Christmas novellas on sale for .99 for 6 more days (until July 31) are below. Click on the cover to go to the Amazon site to grab your copy! Or the Barnes & Noble links are below:

Hearts Beneath the Mistletoe

It Happened at Christmas

A Match Made at Christmas

Married by Christmas

Seduction at the Christmas Court

Christmas Novellas by Jenna Jaxon

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 07/25/21 ~ Almost a Countess ~ Stemming the Panic

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

Due to circumstances beyond my control, the release of Almost a Countess, book 2 of my Captivating Countesses series, has been pushed back to August 17. I’m so sorry, but there was no other choice, given the circumstances. I hope you still enjoy the snippets until then.

BLURB:

Exiled to a lonely estate in north Yorkshire, Dora Harper finds life satisfying, if appallingly routine—until an escaped Scottish prisoner begs for her help. Despite her misgivings, Dora takes him in, feeds and clothes him, and is amazed at his transformation into a very handsome, virile gentleman, who claims he is an earl. No matter who he really is, his very presence in her house could ruin her reputation for good. Trouble is, Dora might not mind that at all.

Phineas “Finn” MacDonald, the Earl of Aberfoyle, is on the run from a troop of soldiers bent on charging him with treason. Dora’s miraculous appearance is a godsend for him, in more ways than one. The pretty young English woman is kind, compassionate, and willing to help him in his attempt to seek justice and evade the troop that is quickly closing in on him.

With their close proximity over several days, Finn’s desire to escape wanes, even as thoughts of Dora fill his mind. So when a unique opportunity presents itself, Finn claims to be Dora’s husband to save her reputation and throw the soldiers off his trail. Now all Finn needs to do is persuade Dora to make the ruse a reality—before the soldiers can find him and carry out the grim penalty for his alleged crime.

EXCERPT:

Energy shot through Dora’s veins. She sat straighter, her mind calculating what she needed to do to bring the animal to a halt before Gretchen discovered no one was minding the reins and took off across the field at a dead run.

Trying to stem the panic that clogged her throat, Dora made herself let go her grip on the stranger completely, although she compensated by clutching him with her arms to keep him from falling. Afraid to move her head to either side to see the reins, she slid her hands down his arms until her fingers touched his, the ribbons still clutched in his grip.

Gently, she drew the leather straps from his fingers and felt a measure of calm descend on her. To be back in control again, with the reins firmly in her hands, was reassuring. Pulling on them steadily, Dora slowed Gretchen to a trot, then at last to a walk. Breathing easier, she spared a moment’s worry for the man again. Unfortunately, she could do nothing for him until they reached Bromley. Hopefully, he’d only fainted, nothing worse.

And a little more for good measure…

Her friend and sister-in-law, Judith Harper, had sustained a blow to the head that had rendered her insensible for more than four months. Of course, Judith’s wound had knocked her senseless immediately. That was not the case here. However, Dora couldn’t help but wonder if this stranger had lapsed into a stupor from which he wouldn’t recover for days or even months. She could only pray not and keep a steady hand on the reins and get them home quickly.

Almost a Countess is on pre-order on Amazon for $2.99. Grab your copy at the pre-order price.

And all of my Christmas novellas are on sale this month for just .99 each, as part of my Christmas in July promotion. If you’d like to grab a copy, click on the covers below!

I’m also giving away signed copies of my Christmas novel The Widow’s Christmas Surprise on Mondays in July. If you’d like to enter to win one, click here.

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.

Christmas Novellas

by

Jenna Jaxon

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Christmas in July Giveaway: The Widow’s Christmas Surprise Week #3

I’m celebrating Christmas in July this year by putting all of my Christmas novellas on sale for .99 each. However, I also have a full length Christmas novel, The Widow’s Christmas Surprise, Book 5 of my Widows’ Club series published by Kensington. It’s not on sale this month, but to make it part of my celebration, each Monday in July I’m holding a giveaway of a signed printed copy of the historical romance.

To enter the giveaway just comment below following the week’s “theme.” Sunday night I’ll draw a name at random from those who commented. The following Monday I’ll announce the winner of the copy and give a new “theme” for the comments for the week. So there will be a total of four chances to win a copy of The Widow’s Christmas Surprise, the last one being announced on August 2. I’ll give you the theme for this week after the blurb and excerpt from the book.

BLURB:

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 . . .

EXCERPT:

“I see it came back to you,” he steered them down the center of the pond toward the bulrushes at the end, then turned to head back up the far side.

“It did–this is so marvelous–I did not realize how much I had missed it until I started to skate.” Maria’s excitement was infectious. He’d not thought of skating since last year, but now the thrill of the speed—almost like flying—seemed one of the most exhilarating things he’d ever done. “Take my hands like this.”

He clasped her hands, left in left and right in right, until they faced one another, then he began to spin them around, faster and faster until the world sped by at a dizzying pace.

Maria leaned her head back, laughing up to the cloudless sky, her face more beautiful than he’d ever seen it.

He slowed them down until they stood facing one another, panting. “I love you.” Hugh managed to get the words out before he sank his mouth onto hers.

The kiss was quick—they were still both gasping for breath—then a gulp of air, then he kissed her again. Longer this time, pressing against her even as he wrapped his arms around her and drew her to him. Another breath and he settled in for a lengthy kiss that he deepened, delving through her lips, into her mouth, tasting all the entrancing flavors that were uniquely her. God, he would never get enough.

Slowly, he came back to his senses and broke the kiss, albeit reluctantly. Maria nestled her head on his chest, as though it was the most natural thing in the world to do on the middle of a frozen pond.

“Do you still want me to leave?”

 

WEEK #2 GIVEAWAY WINNER

SUE WAAGNER

Congratulations, Sue! I’ll be contacting you shortly.

GIVEAWAY:

This week to be entered in the giveaway, comment below telling me what your favorite Christmas cookie is–sugar cookies, butter cookies, peanut blossoms, thumbprints, gingerbread men/women…

I’ll announce the winner next Monday here on my blog and give you another chance to grab a copy.

If you’d like an e-book of The Widow’s Christmas Surprise, it’s available at the following retailers:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082WQT41J/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3

B & N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-widows-christmas-surprise-jenna-jaxon/1135644826?ean=9781420149753

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-widow-s-christmas-surprise

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-widows-christmas-surprise/id1512241034

 

My Christmas novellas on sale for .99 each during the whole month of July are below. Click on the cover to go to the Amazon site to grab your copy!

Christmas Novellas by Jenna Jaxon

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 07/18/21 ~ Almost a Countess ~ A Personable Young Man

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

Because it releases in just 10 days, this week I’m switching back to Almost a Countess, book 2 of my Captivating Countesses series.

 

BLURB:

Exiled to a lonely estate in north Yorkshire, Dora Harper finds life satisfying, if appallingly routine—until an escaped Scottish prisoner begs for her help. Despite her misgivings, Dora takes him in, feeds and clothes him, and is amazed at his transformation into a very handsome, virile gentleman, who claims he is an earl. No matter who he really is, his very presence in her house could ruin her reputation for good. Trouble is, Dora might not mind that at all.

Phineas “Finn” MacDonald, the Earl of Aberfoyle, is on the run from a troop of soldiers bent on charging him with treason. Dora’s miraculous appearance is a godsend for him, in more ways than one. The pretty young English woman is kind, compassionate, and willing to help him in his attempt to seek justice and evade the troop that is quickly closing in on him.

With their close proximity over several days, Finn’s desire to escape wanes, even as thoughts of Dora fill his mind. So when a unique opportunity presents itself, Finn claims to be Dora’s husband to save her reputation and throw the soldiers off his trail. Now all Finn needs to do is persuade Dora to make the ruse a reality—before the soldiers can find him and carry out the grim penalty for his alleged crime.

 

EXCERPT:

Dora sighed, her cheek resting on the still soaked shoulder of the man’s jacket. She’d likely behaved very foolishly taking him back to the house. Undoubtedly, the soldiers would appear looking for him either this evening or in the morning at the latest. What she would tell them she had no idea. Would she simply turn the man over to them or continue to give him sanctuary? Perhaps if she knew what crime he’d committed it would help her decide– surely such a personable young man couldn’t have perpetrated a heinous crime.

A shiver of fear raced down her back and she straightened, loosening her grip on the man’s waist–not that she could actually get away from him at this juncture. Still, she could learn something about him. “I’m afraid I neglected to ask your name earlier, sir.” It only seemed polite to ask his name before inquiring what he’d done.

And a little more for good measure…

The stranger’s silence irked her to no end. “Can I have your name please, sir?”

Still no answer and Dora’s patience began to fray. She poked his shoulder. “Didn’t you hear me, sir?”

Suddenly, the man’s head lolled backwards, almost butting her in the head. Dear God, had he fainted? Or was he dead?

Almost a Countess is on pre-order on Amazon for $2.99. Grab your copy at the pre-order price.

And all of my Christmas novellas are on sale this month for just .99 each, as part of my Christmas in July promotion. If you’d like to grab a copy, click on the covers below!

I’m also giving away signed copies of my Christmas novel The Widow’s Christmas Surprise on Mondays in July. If you’d like to enter to win one, click here.

 

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.

Christmas Novellas

by

Jenna Jaxon

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Christmas in July ~ Sweet Christmas Romance

You may have heard that my sweet Christmas romances are on sale this month for .99 each. What you may not have heard is that another group of authors who write sweet romances have done the same thing. (Great minds think alike, right?)

I’ve been promoting their books as well as my own this week, so if you’re in the mood for more sweet Yuletide tales, look no further than this promo. All of these books are discounted through Saturday, July 17 priced at either .99 or FREE! You can’t beat that, can you?

So if you’re craving more Christmas in July, take a look at these other romances that will warm the cockles of your heart and help you beat the heat.

Have a very Merry Christmas in July!

CHRISTMAS NOVELLAS BY JENNA JAXON

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Christmas in July Giveaway: The Widow’s Christmas Surprise Week #2

I’m celebrating Christmas in July this year by putting all of my Christmas novellas on sale for .99 each. However, I also have a full length Christmas novel, The Widow’s Christmas Surprise, Book 5 of my Widows’ Club series published by Kensington. It’s not on sale this month, but to make it part of my celebration, each Monday in July I’m holding a giveaway of a signed printed copy of the historical romance.

To enter the giveaway just comment below following the week’s “theme.” Sunday night I’ll draw a name at random from those who commented. The following Monday I’ll announce the winner of the copy and give a new “theme” for the comments for the week. So there will be a total of four chances to win a copy of The Widow’s Christmas Surprise, the last one being announced on August 2. I’ll give you the theme for this week after the blurb and excerpt from the book.

BLURB:

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 . . .

EXCERPT:

He pushed aside some frozen vegetation, creating a path to the ice. “Hold my hand.”

She gripped it tightly and followed him to the edge.

“Wait here and let me sound out the ice. It’s been so cold recently I don’t think it has thinned, but best be safe.”

Maria nodded gravely, her brows drawn inward. “Do be careful.”

He set his skates on the smooth ice and pushed off.

Each year it came back to him, as if he skated every day of his life. Cautiously, he struck out for the center of the pond, watching for slushy spots or cloudy patches of ice. That meant it wasn’t frozen hard enough. But everywhere he looked the ice was clear. No air bubbles, no cracks, just solid, clear ice. Perfect. “I think it’s good,” he called, turning toward the bank. “Come on out.” He waved to her even as he started back.

Maria set her skates on the surface and pushed off. She wobbled for a moment, her arms flailing as she fought for balance.

Hugh hurried toward her, then something seemed to change.

Suddenly, she remembered her balance and her strokes became strong and even.  She threw back her head and laughed, then struck out to meet him. Grabbing his hands, she assumed the skater’s position, right hand over left, and their feet began to glide in unison.

 

WEEK #1 GIVEAWAY WINNER

ALICE CASTLE

Congratulations, Alice! I’ll be contacting you shortly.

GIVEAWAY:

This week to be entered in the giveaway, comment below telling me what your favorite Christmas drink is–wassail, mulled cider, hot chocolate, egg nog…

I’ll announce the winner next Monday here on my blog and give you another chance to grab a copy.

If you’d like an e-book of The Widow’s Christmas Surprise, it’s available at the following retailers:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082WQT41J/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3

B & N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-widows-christmas-surprise-jenna-jaxon/1135644826?ean=9781420149753

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-widow-s-christmas-surprise

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-widows-christmas-surprise/id1512241034

 

The Christmas novellas that are on sale for .99 each during the whole month of July are below. Click on the cover to go to the Amazon site to grab your copy!

Christmas Novellas by Jenna Jaxon

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 07/11/21 ~ It Happened at Christmas ~ A Devilish Idea

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

This week I’m switching to another of my  Christmas novellas, It Happened at Christmas. It’s the first of a pair of Christmas tales sent in Bath, England and featuring heroes who are two long-time friends.

BLURB:

‘Tis the season to be scandalous…

Exiled to Bath for Christmas, Miss Portia Willingham writes to her uncle to cheer her up. The letter lands in the lap of a stranger, Nicholas, Lord Daventry, who travels to Bath in hopes of meeting the spirited young woman he only knows by the name of “Pence.” But protocol demands they be introduced, and as they don’t know each other by sight, and Portia is prohibited from attending the dances at the Assembly Rooms, they must find a more ingenious way of turning their forbidden correspondence into a Christmas romance neither one will ever forget.

In this snippet, Nicholas, Lord Daventry has received a letter from a young lady butnot intended for him. It intrigues him, leading to a possibly rash decision.

EXCERPT:

His decision to pursue this madcap scheme, however, could indeed start him on a road at the end of which lay a leg-shackle–just as the lady said she desired.

And yet something about the author of that letter had captivated him, something about the slightly wicked nature of such a correspondence called to him like a siren’s song. Unable to help himself, he picked up the pen and drew another sheet toward him.

To the young lady signing herself as Pence,

I am sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings, but I regret to inform you that your Uncle Demon has not received your letter. I’m the current resident at the address I assume your uncle just vacated, but he left no direction to indicate where he may be reached, so I cannot send your letter on to him.

That was actually all he needed to write, in addition to a closing, to let the lady know her letter had not reached its destination and move on.

Nick stared at the lines he’d written then grasped the paper, rubbing his fingers against the smooth, creamy page. No, you don’t want to do that, said the devilish imp on his shoulder, wouldn’t you rather have some fun with her instead?

He laid the letter back on the desk and picked up his pen again.

And a little more for good measure…

In passing, I must remark that, having read your letter in an effort to learn something about where to send it on, you should be careful to whom you speak and when and where. If you are to have any career as a gossip, you must learn the basic maneuvers to keep your identity hidden, lest you end up again exposed and chastised.

Should you wish me to, I can give you instructions—having done my share of gossiping in the not-too-distant past—that may make your future endeavors more fun and less punitive.

In closing, may I wish you a pleasant stay in Bath and give you my best wishes for a happy Christmastide.

Your obedient servant,

Devil

The signature surprised Nick, even as he wrote it, although it made sense. His devilish side had prompted him to write, after all. At any rate, something cautioned him not to reveal his true identity. If indeed this letter compromised the lady, it would be a deal harder for her aunt or parents to find him and easier for him to deny writing it if his name was not presented in black and white for everyone to see. Even if Pence would, most likely, simply toss the letter in the fireplace and no one would be the wiser.

All of my Christmas novellas are on sale this month for just .99 each, as part of my Christmas in July promotion. If you’d like to grab a copy, click on the covers below!

I’m also giving away signed copies of my Christmas novel The Widow’s Christmas Surprise on Mondays in July. If you’d like to enter to win one, click here.

 

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.

Christmas Novellas

by

Jenna Jaxon

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Winner! Release Day for Only Seduction Will Do

WE HAVE A WINNER!

I’m really sorry this post is late, however, I’m down at the beach and the condo complex where we own the week has had wretched internet this past week. I’m on my phone’s hot spot right now, but that wouldn’t work until today.

Anyway, I’ve drawn the winner of the $20 Amazon Gift Card and it is

SUE WAAGNER

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

I’ll be contacting Sue shortly via email.

Thank you to everyone who came by to help me celebrate the release of Only Seduction Will Do! If you’d like to grab a copy before the price goes up to $3.99 on July 17, here’s the link to it at the pre-order price of $2.99.

 

My next release party is coming up in just a couple of weeks! Almost a Countess releases on July 28th!! There will be a bit more of a party for this brand new book, so stay tuned to see what games and prizes are going to be going on.

Come ready to party on June 28th!

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Christmas in July: The Widow’s Christmas Surprise

I’m celebrating Christmas in July this year by putting all of my Christmas novellas on sale for .99 each. However, I also have a full length Christmas novel, The Widow’s Christmas Surprise, Book 5 of my Widows’ Club series published by Kensington. It’s not on sale this month, but to make it part of my celebration, each Monday in July I’m holding a giveaway of a signed printed copy of the historical romance.

To enter the giveaway just comment below following the week’s “theme.” Sunday night I’ll draw a name at random from those who commented. The following Monday I’ll announce the winner of the copy and give a new “theme” for the comments for the week. So there will be a total of four chances to win a copy of The Widow’s Christmas Surprise, the last one being announced on August 2. I’ll give you the theme for this week after the blurb and excerpt from the book.

BLURB:

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 . . .

EXCERPT:

“Ice skates!” Maria darted forward, taking one up, but being mindful of the blade. “I used to go ice skating all the time at my parents’ house. There is a river nearby that would freeze when the weather was cold enough.” She turned a gleeful face to him, “How did you know?”

“I didn’t.” Grinning like a fool at her look of pure pleasure, Hugh thanked whatever angel had whispered in his ear to take Maria skating. “I hoped you had skated before, but I would have been happy to teach you if you hadn’t.”

“Well let’s see who knows what,” she said and dropped down onto the log and began to tie the skates onto her shoes, “last one onto the ice has to pay a forfeit.”

Lord, and didn’t he know what her forfeit would be if she won the wager.

Hugh sat down to strap his skates on as well. The process wasn’t terribly difficult, just lengthy. He fumbled with the straps, his fingers stupid as he tried to hurry.

“One skate on!” Maria laughed and began on the other one.

“No fair. You have smaller fingers that work better than mine.” Cursing under his breath, Hugh buckled the first skate on and reached for the second, although he doubted he could catch up with Maria now.

“Done!” Pink cheeked she laughed again as she stood before him, showing him first one and then the other skate. “Do you need some help with your laces, my dear?”

“No, thank you.” His words came out a growl, which made Maria laugh all the harder.

“Come.” She held out her hand and helped him up when he was finished. “I cannot wait to skate again. It has been an age at least. I had to have been ten years old.”

“Well, I hope it comes back to you, but if not, I will be here to save you.” He grinned as they made their way toward the pond’s edge.

“My hero.” She clutched his arm in mock terror.

GIVEAWAY:

This week to be entered in the giveaway, comment below telling me what your favorite Christmas activity is–trimming the tree, caroling, ice skating (like Maria), drinking hot chocolate, kissing under the mistletoe…

I’ll announce the winner next Monday here on my blog and give you another chance to grab a copy.

If you’d like an e-book of The Widow’s Christmas Surprise, it’s available at the following retailers:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082WQT41J/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3

B & N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-widows-christmas-surprise-jenna-jaxon/1135644826?ean=9781420149753

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-widow-s-christmas-surprise

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-widows-christmas-surprise/id1512241034

 

The Christmas novellas that are on sale for .99 each during the whole month of July are below. Click on the cover to go to the Amazon site to grab your copy!

Christmas Novellas by Jenna Jaxon

 

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