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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

The Widow Wore Plaid by Jenna Jaxon - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Jenna Jaxon and her new book, “The Widow Wore Plaid,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Jenna and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

The Widow Wore Plaid

by Jenna Jaxon


GENRE: Historical Romance



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?  



Throwing up his hands, he groaned and sagged against the wall, his banyan sliding half off him. “Have your way with me, woman. I surrender myself into your hands. Do with me what you will and I swear I will enjoy it.”

Panting, she stepped back from him, seeing the sculpted muscular form, strong arms, and dark eyes glazed with smoldering desire as if for the first time. This man wanted her, or had wanted her to be his wife for a long time. No one would ever make her feel this way again, mo matter how many lovers she might take. She could look for the rest of her life and not find a man as kind or generous or loving as he. And she had all but thrown his love away with both hands. The revelation devastated her and she hung her head.

“Jane?” Kinellan straightened, peering into her face.

Sobbing, she threw her arms around him, laying her head on his broad chest, the only place she wanted it to be. Tears pricked her eyes. The fast beat of his heart beneath her ear should have given comfort, but did not, for her own heart was tearing asunder. The trickle of tears became a flood.

“Darling.” He slipped his arms around her, cradling her close. “What is wrong?”

“I…I don’t want to leave.”

“Sweetheart.” He cupped her chin and turned her face up to his. A thundery frown marred his brow. “Who has asked you to leave? Was it Aunt Prudence? Fiona?”

“N…no.” Jane sniffed, trying to blink back the tears and regain her composure.

“Someone else?” His frown grew darker.

She nodded. “You.”



Where Do You Find Inspiration?

I find inspiration for my books in many different places. It seems almost anything can spark my creative juices, causing me to make a connection between the current source and something that has happened in a different time period, such as the Regency, Georgian England, or the Middle Ages.

One major inspiration for me has been current or pop music. The entire idea for the Widows’ Club series, of which The Widow Wore Plaid is the 6th book, was sparked when I heard The Weather Girls song “It’s Raining Men” on the radio driving to work. I loved the song anyway, but it made me wonder how it could “rain men” for women in the Regency. How could they have access to a lot of men without incurring the censure of society. The first thing that occurred to me was they needed to be widows, because their behavior could be a little more lax than debutantes. And the next idea was that they have house parties in the country, where they would be secluded and could “let their hair down.” And so the Widows’ Club was born.

I’ve also been inspired by other books, or more specifically, by things NOT in other books. I was reading Mary Balogh’s A Precious Jewel, where the heroine is forced into prostitution because of financial difficulties. The heroine makes a veiled reference about how bad her first time with a customer was, but did not give any details. That got me to thinking about how bad it would be for a lady of the time to have to become a prostitute and what her experience with that first customer would be. And so was born the idea for Only A Mistress Will Do.

Movies have also been a source for my books. I love the romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail, and so started thinking how that might work during the Regency when correspondence between unmarried women and any gentleman was absolutely scandalous. I worked out how the correspondence might have happened and why it would continue, and It Happened at Christmas was born.

A final type of inspiration for me can be historical events, which makes sense given that I write historical romance. My first romance novel, Time Enough to Love, was inspired a great deal by a History Channel documentary on the Black Death that swept Europe in 1348. Long before I began to write I watched that program and was fascinated with how the plague killed both high born and low born people. No one was safe. One of the highborn women it took was Joanna, daughter of King Edward III as she was on her way to Spain to marry Prince Pedro. She and her entourage sailed to Bordeaux and the plague struck them there. When I decided to write my first book, I was inspired to set it in the medieval period because I’d just read Kathleen Woodiwiss’s Everlasting. Because I wanted to use that time period, I remembered the story of Princess Joanna. So the princess’s courtiers became the hero and heroine of my novel and her journey to Spain became part of the overarching plot of the novel.

As you can see, I take inspiration for my books from almost anywhere or anything. So I’m always on the lookout for my next great book idea.



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.









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  1. Jenna ~ Good morning!! Welcome back to FAB!! It is so great to have you here again!! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour!! :)

    1. Hi, Ally! It's so good to be back here! Thank you so much for having me again and for your well wishes! I always have fun here on your blog!

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    1. Thank you, Rita! Everyone seems to love it--including me!

  3. Thank you so much for hosting me and The Widow Wore Plaid today!

  4. That's so neat that your book inspiration came from song

    1. Thank you, Marisela! Yes, several of my books have been inspired by songs.

  5. Thank you for sharing your guest post and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading your story

  6. Thank you so much, Bea! I can't wait to hear what you think of The Widow Wore Plaid!