Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 07/28/19 Married by Christmas ~”You’re Angry at Me?”

In keeping with my Christmas in July theme (and the fact it’s a new release) I have switched this month to my new Christmas novella Married by Christmas.

 

 

BLURB:  

A wager he should have refused…

 

After two miserable Seasons, Miss Marianne Covington is determined not to have a third and enlists the help of longtime friend William Stanley to assist her. Will wagers he can find her a husband before Christmas. But when none of the suitors suit, he is ready to do something drastic for the woman who’s become more than just a friend.

I’m starting with a scene a little into the story. Marianne has bemoaned the fact that there are no decent gentlemen to marry. Her friend Will has wagered he can find her a husband by Christmas.

In this week’s snippet Marianne and Will are at a winter costume ball. He’s dressed as Ullr, a Norse god, including a beard. He’s just suggested introducing her to another gentleman, but after a comment from Marianne that goes a bit too far, her mother insists she must  apologize and dance with William as penance. After the dance, William does introduce Marianne to Lord Sherston.

In today’s snippet, Marianne has accosted William because she believes he has tried to trick her with an unsuitable suitor and has dragged him out onto the balcony.

We are in now in Marianne’s  POV.

The snippet  has been slightly altered to accommodate the WWW format.

SNIPPET:

“You’re angry at me?”

“Who else would I be angry at?” She stamped her foot again and cried, “How could you introduce me to Lord Sherston, who, even though he seems a very pleasant gentleman, has but one thing on his mind: to find a mother for his four sons–four sons, William!”

Astonished, he took a step backward and bumped into the balustrade that surrounded the balcony, some twelve feet above the ground. “Sherston has four sons?”

“You know he does and that is the second cruel trick you’ve played on me.” She moved toward him, fire in her eyes.

Suddenly, Will no longer felt safe backed against the balustrade. Inch by inch, he slowly made his way around the curved end of the balcony until his back rested on the hard stone of the building; he sighed in relief.

Marianne had followed him until now she stood before him, her hands opening and closing rapidly–would she actually plant him a facer?

Married by Christmas is currently available on

Amazon !

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

 

Christmas Books by Jenna Jaxon

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Where in the World is Jenna Jaxon? (Part 5)

I’m still in New York City!

I would have posted sooner today, but I have been on the go-go-go ever since I got here.

Wednesday I actually WALKED and, wait for it, BY MYSELF, in New York City. While not a first, I’ve only done it once before (a very long time ago, in a galaxy far, far way).

Times Square

Times Square

However, I managed to walk–without getting lost, mind you– to Hatsuhana, a wonderful upscale Japanese restaurant for lunch and a meeting with my agent, Kathy Greene. It was truly wonderful to meet Kathy for the first time in person. I’ve talked to her for the past three years via phone and email, and had been querying her since 2011. So the meeting was long overdue. She’s a fabulous person to talk to, very savvy about the industry, and made me feel very much at ease.

No sooner did I get back to the hotel than it was time to walk in the opposite direction, to a meeting with my editor, John Scognamiglio at Kensington’s offices. Again, managing not to get lost, I arrived and John gave me the grand tour of the company, meeting people who had previously only been names on emails. I also got introduced to the publisher, Lynn Cully, who took the time out of her busy afternoon to chat with us for a bit.

Thursday was the first day of the actual RWA conference and I attended several great workshops, including “Trope-tastic,” a two hour (well, it ran about 2 1/2) intensive on romance tropes and how to effectively write them, given by Damon Suade, a fantastic speaker who exhausts his listeners with his energy.

As soon as I got out of the workshop, it was time to dress and hurry over to the Kensington Party, this year at the restaurant The Ribbon, just across Schubert Alley from the hotel. Great food and drink all evening. I met quite a few new people and talked a lot (for me). Kensington always gives us a book related gift, and this year we got wonderful picture frames with our current or upcoming book featured in the frame.

Much Ado About A Widow

Then today, Friday, was the Kensington book signing at 11:00 am. I was signing the current Widows’ Club book, What a Widow Wants. I also had beside me–for promotional purposes–the framed cover of Much Ado About a Widow, and my stuffed King Charles spaniel, named Lulu, after the dog in the upcoming book (you can just see her leg in the picture below). I had originally planned to raffle Lulu off this week, but I’ve grown so attached to her that she’s going to be my mascot on my trip (there’ll be an opportunity to win a Lulu stuffed dog in October, so stay tuned).

Kensington Signing with Lulu

Tomorrow I’m forgoing some workshops in order to get the mess with Sprint–yes, the debacle is going into its 8th day!–sorted out before I fly out on Sunday. Will let you know how that turns out on my blog on Sunday (in addition to my weekly Weekend Writing Warriors post).

All for now, with more updates to follow!

Jenna

 

 

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Where in the World is Jenna Jaxon? (Part 4)

My big adventures of the summer have begun!

Monday morning I boarded a train (at 5:30 in the morning!) and arrived in New York City for the Romance Writers of America National Conference that afternoon.

Amtrak Train

Quiet Car

The conference is at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square–right next to the theatre where Hamilton is playing! (What I wouldn’t give to get a ticket for that!)

Tuesday I attended–for the first time–the Beau Monde Chapter Mini-Conference for writers of Regency romances. The workshops were very informative, on everything from West Africa during the Regency to London mansions to Research techniques to Regency dancing.

Last evening the chapter threw a soiree, complete with food, silent auction, and actual English Country Dancing, which I got to participate in! Fun time, but totally exhausting. I haven’t been to the Williamsburg English Dancing group in over a year, so I was totally out of shape, but still danced three sets. (And as I was dancing, I go no photos!).

Today I have meetings with my agent and my editor at Kensington, then the conference starts in full swing on Thursday. I’ll post more on Friday, after the Kensington signing (where I’m raffling off a toy stuffed King Charles Spaniel named Lulu–a character in my upcoming Much Ado About A Widow book) and the Kensington party that night.

All for now, but updates will follow frequently!

 

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 07/21/19 Married by Christmas ~ A Proposal?

In keeping with my Christmas in July theme (and the fact it’s a new release) I have switched this month to my new Christmas novella Married by Christmas.

 

 

BLURB:  

A wager he should have refused…

 

After two miserable Seasons, Miss Marianne Covington is determined not to have a third and enlists the help of longtime friend William Stanley to assist her. Will wagers he can find her a husband before Christmas. But when none of the suitors suit, he is ready to do something drastic for the woman who’s become more than just a friend.

I’m starting with a scene a little into the story. Marianne has bemoaned the fact that there are no decent gentlemen to marry. Her friend Will has wagered he can find her a husband by Christmas.

In this week’s snippet Marianne and Will are at a winter costume ball. He’s dressed as Ullr, a Norse god, including a beard. He’s just suggested introducing her to another gentleman, but after a comment from Marianne that goes a bit too far, her mother insists she must  apologize and dance with William as penance. After the dance, William does introduce Marianne to Lord Sherston.

In today’s snippet, William is lurking outside the supper room, watching the interplay between Marianne and her potential suitor.

We are in now in William’s  POV.

The snippet  has been slightly altered to accommodate the WWW format.

SNIPPET:

Lord Sherston grasped Marianne’s hand–good Lord, was the man about to propose?

“No,” he whispered under his breath. How could the man ask a perfect stranger to marry him? A woman William had known all his life and would never think of marrying…or would he? He stood, confounded by the notion. His mother had put the kernel of an idea in his head days ago. Would he truly ask Marianne to marry him if given the opportunity?

He turned his attention back to Sherston, who was looking earnestly into her eyes. William held his breath–had he waited too late to consider Marianne?

Married by Christmas is currently available on

Amazon !

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

 

Christmas Books by Jenna Jaxon

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cover Reveal ~ New Cover for Seduction at the Christmas Court

Back in January, as part of my 10th year as an author celebration, I revealed new covers for my medieval romance series, Time Enough for Love.

 

 

 

 

All but the one for the medieval Christmas novella: Seduction at the Christmas Court. I wanted to save that one to reveal during the Christmas in July promotion. And so finally, here it is!

 

How about that for some steamy Christmas in July? 🙂

And it’s on SALE this month on Amazon for just .99! Just click here.

Now for the blurb and excerpt.  Enjoy!

BLURB:

Christmas tidings of comfort, joy, and temptation

Alyse and Geoffrey, Lord and Lady Longford, have journeyed to the glittering Christmas Court of King Edward III in the year 1349 to wait upon the king and take part in some Yuletide merriment.

However, when Geoffrey is suddenly called into the king’s service again, Alyse must remain at court, attending the queen and persuading her rebellious sister to accept an unwanted betrothal. When rumors of Geoffrey’s death arise, Alyse fends off an old suitor who wants to renew their friendship.

But how long will he take “No” for an answer?

 

EXCERPT:

Alyse stared in horror as Guy nonchalantly raised her hand to his lips. The skin seemed to shrink, as though it would crawl off her bones to escape his touch. She longed to snatch it away from the vile man however, mindful of the thousand eyes that marked her every movement, she instead gave him a coy look and a nod. “You are kind to remember me, Guy, now that you have my sister to wife. I doubted you would give me a glance in the wake of her beauty.”

Geoffrey moved closer to her, his hulking presence a subtle warning.

An she knew her husband, he was now sorely tempted to run Guy through with his sword. Thank God it lay safe in their chamber. “I give you good evening, Sir Guy. It has been long since last we met at my father’s house.” Remind him who had triumphed that evening and mayhap he’d keep his distance and his head.

“Too long, cherie. Perhaps now we are to be kindred, we will see much more of one another.” His gaze rested on her mouth and he licked his lips.

Bold villain. Alyse drew closer to Geoffrey. The man’s dark-eyed gaze would peel the clothes from her like the skin from an orange an she endured it much longer.

Face blackened in a scowl, Geoffrey bumped her side as he stepped between her and Guy. “My wife will enjoy her sister’s company as often as she likes while we are at court, Sir Guy. An you are in the room you may bear them company as well during the Christmastide. Should you journey to Longford after you are wed, of course, we will always open our home to you.” Her husband’s teeth clenched so tight his jaw creaked. He’d rejoice in Guy’s company when the last trump sounded.

“Pippa,” Alyse said, turning to her sister, sorry that she must bear witness to Guy’s disrespect. Pray God His Majesty never heard tell of this conversation. She grasped her sister’s hands, pulling the girl from Guy’s side. “’Twill only be a short time ‘ere we are gone from here. This feuding twixt Guy and Geoffrey will last only so long as we remain here. Once you are married—”

“Once I am married to him there will be no escape, Alyse.” Pippa’s voice, hard-edged, flat, and filled with anger, made her cringe. “I will be forever chained to a man who cares nothing for me, only for my sister.”

Seduction at the Christmas Court is available at Amazon for .99 and at B & N, Smashwords, and Kobo for $1.00 (Smashwords and its affiliates are having a July sale that reduces the listed price.)

Merry Christmas in July!

THE TIME ENOUGH TO LOVE SERIES

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The Christmas Mouse ~ More Christmas in July

I’m home from the beach now and gearing up for my next trip next Monday, but I wanted to share some pictures my daughters and I took when we went to the Christmas Mouse in Duck last week. Since I was doing this Christmas in July promotion, I thought it would be apropos.

The Hall of Christmas Trees

Selfie With Christmas Tree

They seem to have every Christmas ornament known to man!

Animal Ornaments

Food Ornaments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My daughters made me close my eyes and led me to these trees! I wanted to take them home with us!

Peacock Christmas Tree

Cardinal Christmas Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And my Christmas Card moment for you!

Merry Christmas in July!

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 07/014/19 Married by Christmas ~ That Blasted Beard

In keeping with my Christmas in July theme (and the fact it’s a new release) I have switched this month to my new Christmas novella Married by Christmas.

 

 

BLURB:  

A wager he should have refused…

 

After two miserable Seasons, Miss Marianne Covington is determined not to have a third and enlists the help of longtime friend William Stanley to assist her. Will wagers he can find her a husband before Christmas. But when none of the suitors suit, he is ready to do something drastic for the woman who’s become more than just a friend.

I’m starting with a scene a little into the story. Marianne has bemoaned the fact that there are no decent gentlemen to marry. Her friend Will has wagered he can find her a husband by Christmas.

In this week’s snippet Marianne and Will are at a winter costume ball. He’s dressed as Ullr, a Norse god, including a beard. He’s just suggested introducing her to another gentleman, but after a comment from Marianne that goes a bit too far, her mother insists she must  apologize and dance with William as penance. Today’s snippet follows immediately after last week’s.

We are in still Marianne’s POV.

The snippet  has been slightly altered to accommodate the WWW format.

SNIPPET:

Ullr, the bow-god of Norse mythology

“This beard is devilishly itchy,” he said as he rubbed it, and it slipped to the side once more. “It’s stuck on with egg white.”

Giggling, Marianne tugged it back into place, her fingers trailing over his firm jaw. A jolt of heat raced up her arm, making her flush all over. Stunned, she stepped back and looked at her hand, convinced it would be singed.

Will stood staring at her, as if he’d experienced the same rush, for his cheeks turned pink. “Did you feel that?”

She nodded, not taking her gaze off him. “What was it?”

He shook his head, saying, “I don’t rightly know, but I’ll wager it’s something to do with this blasted beard.”

Married by Christmas is currently available on

Amazon !

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

 

Christmas Books by Jenna Jaxon

 

 

 

 

 

 

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