Ahoy, me hearties! My friend, Jenna Jaxon, is revealing the cover for her December 28th release of THE WIDOW WORE PLAID, and I’m helping her share the news! Congratulations, Lady Jenna! Read on to learn more about book six in The Widow’s Club Series.
The Battle of Waterloo made them widows, but each has found new happiness. And Jane, Lady John Tarkington, intends to keep her freedom, even if love—and one particular gentleman—are determined to claim her heart . . .
It is a truth rarely acknowledged—at least in public—that a wealthy widow is free to pursue a great many adventures. For two years, Jane has privately enjoyed her independence. Why should she remarry, even when the gentleman proposing is as wonderful as Gareth, Lord Kinellan? She entreats him never to ask her again. But as her Widows’ Club friends—now all joyfully remarried—gather at Castle Kinellan, Jane begins to wonder if stubbornness has led her to make a terrible mistake . . .
Kinellan needs a wife to give him an heir, and he wants that wife to be Jane. They are perfect together in every way, yet she continually refuses him. Just as he is on the point of convincing her, a series of accidents befall Gareth and point to an enemy in their midst. He has promised Jane a passionate future filled with devotion, but can he keep them both alive long enough to secure it?
Laughing together they approached the horses, who were quietly cropping grass. Kinellan adjusted the girth first on Penelope, then tossed Jane up and handed her the reins. He had just done the same for Hector, tightening the saddle before he slung the carry bag over the cantle when a shot rang out from the woods, kicking up dust right behind the horse’s hooves. Hector danced sideways, forcing Kinellan out into the yard. The pack slid off the saddle onto the dirt.
Jane’s head shot up. “What was that?”
Kinellan spun around, peering into the trees. “Hello! Who’s—”
A second shot smacked into Kinellan’s shoulder and he staggered backward into the spooked horse.
“Gareth!” Jane turned Penelope into a tight circle, her attention focused solely on Kinellan, who had managed to move to the other side of the animal, putting that barrier between him and danger. Blood seeped from his shoulder, yet somehow he coolly scanned the woods for the intruder.
“Jane, ride out,” he called to her, not taking his gaze from the forest. “Down the path as quick as you can. Follow the trail back to the castle.”
“No. You’re wounded.” She stilled the dancing Penelope and unhooked her leg from the pommel.
“Stop! Don’t get down from the horse. You won’t be able to remount.”
Uneasily, she slid her leg back onto the saddle and gathered the reins.
Kinellan had moved toward Hector’s head and twitched the bush to release the reins. “I’ll be right behind you.”
“I’m waiting for you.”
Cursing, he turned the frightened horse and was ducking under its chin when another shot kicked up dirt and rocks directly beneath his feet. Hector reared, throwing Kinellan to the ground, then took off down the trail at a gallop.
Jenna Jaxon is a best-selling author of historical romance, writing in a variety of time periods because she believes that passion is timeless. She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, Jenna has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories.
She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets–including two vocal cats, one almost silent cat, two curious bunnies, and a Shar-pei beagle mix named Frenchie.
Wishing you the greatest success with THE WIDOW WORE PLAID, Lady Jenna!