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February 26th, 2009, 11:30 PM
I haven't been out here in so long I'm surprised my lonely group hasn't expired from neglect. But, as you can tell from the title of this thread, I've contracted The Earl, so now it's time to start partying again.


Since the ink is barely dry on the contract, I don't have an official blurb yet, but if you've read The Marquis and/or The Duke, you know that The Earl is Jon's story. And the heroine is, for those of you who haven't figured it out - or I haven't already told somewhere else, Amanda.

Right now things are extremely busy at work, so if I don't get out here for another two weeks or so, don't worry. After that, things will slow down and I'll be able to breathe again. Then I'll start posting more in my background thread, too.

Until then, I hope everyone is having a great New Year! I know I am. :clap:

Shelley Munro
February 26th, 2009, 11:35 PM
Congratulations. A new contract is always cause for celebration!


February 27th, 2009, 02:04 AM
Yay Denise!!


July 1st, 2009, 09:44 PM
Let's see if I can post the cover and blurb. I don't normally like people on my covers because they often look too sexy for my writing or they look fake, but This cover looks just like Amanda - even if you can't tell her eyes are blue.


Now, on to the blurb:

A panther. A prince. A promise. Can destiny tie the knot?

During a magical childhood summer, a gypsy woman gave Lady Amanda Cookeson a black panther statuette, promising that the man who came to claim it would also claim her heart. Amanda believes the Earl of Wynton is the prince she has awaited. Yet his reluctance to declare them anything more than friends leaves her wondering if she waited in vain.

If he wasn’t the last of his line, Jon Kenton, Earl of Wynton, wouldn’t marry at all. Since leaving his inheritance to the Crown is out of the question, however, he is compelled to search for the statuette his great-grandmother promised him. His quest leaves him empty handed—and secretly relieved. Finding the statuette would mean embracing the gypsy roots he has long denied.

Amanda is perfect countess material: lovely, admirable and—he thinks—statueless. Their passion is unquenchable…until the gypsy magic Jon thought he’d buried nearly destroys his future with Amanda.

So, what do you think?

July 4th, 2009, 01:00 AM
Oooh, I can't wait to see this one come out. I love the blurb. The cover is beautiful. Her eyes are what caught mine. I thought they were blue or a lavender color.

I don't know how I missed this post back in February, but I seemed to. What's funny is that I was just getting ready to message you to see what was new in the book front. LOL

July 5th, 2009, 09:55 PM
LOL, Dani. I'm glad you can tell. The eyes just look dark to me, but I know they are supposed to be blue.

Glad you like the cover and blurb. I was beginning to get worried about the timing - afraid that it would have to be pushed back another month, but it's on track now for an August 11 release date.

Next up - an excerpt - as soon as I get final approval.

Kim Smith
July 6th, 2009, 07:30 AM
Very nice cover!! Book sounds good too!

July 6th, 2009, 11:46 AM
Thanks Kim. And, now that edits are all done, I can relax just a little.

July 31st, 2009, 11:04 PM
Well, it's time for an excerpt. Just a quick FYI. If you go to my website, the entire Prologue and first chapter are there. So, now enjoy your first taste of Amanda and Jon.

A quadrille began forming on the dance floor, and Jon turned to Martha. Amanda watched, attempting to conceal her jealousy, as he escorted Miss Danvers onto the floor. Martha was an excellent dancer and Amanda was aware that on the floor she was often a different person, her face lighting up and somber dark eyes sparkling with excitement. Upon their return to the group, she would once again become silent and withdrawn. Lord Thurston often remarked on the transformation. She wondered what Jon would make of it.
The next set was a waltz. She’d already danced an earlier waltz with Thurston, so she was not surprised when he solicited Miss Danvers’ hand, while Lord Carver turned to Miss Bascomb. That left her with Jon. She waited for what seemed like eternity for him to turn to her.
“Shall we?” His deep voice invaded her befuddled thoughts.
Tongue-tied, she merely nodded and put her hand on his arm.
“You are looking quite lovely this evening.” The compliment rolled off his tongue as they whirled down the floor. Her heart was thumping wildly in her chest, the blood drumming in her ears. She still hadn’t looked him directly in the face.
“Thank you,” she managed breathlessly. His breath, warm and moist, stirred the curls at her temple and she caught a whiff of soap and another scent she couldn’t identify. A chuckle above her head caught her attention and she looked up into smiling green eyes.
That smile caused her heart to skip a beat and she had to blink to cover the awkwardness. She could not allow him to affect her like this. He was only being nice to her because she was his sister’s friend. The same thing had happened three years ago. Only then she had mistaken his friendship for something more. She would not make that mistake again. This time she was certain he had nothing more than politeness on his mind. Unfortunately, her heart stubbornly refused to believe it.
Heat washed over her, causing her to catch her breath and miss a step all at once. He caught her, momentarily pulling her closer. The hand on her waist burned her through the layers of silk and cotton, tendrils of heat radiating from that point to engulf her completely.
She should make some attempt at conversation, but she hadn’t a coherent thought in her head. Her senses were caught up in his presence and the spell he was weaving around her. If this dance didn’t end soon, she’d end up a puddle on the floor at his feet.
“Careful,” he said when she missed another step.
She mentally shook herself, ruthlessly scolding her wayward emotions.
“I’m sorry. I’m being horribly rude.”
He smiled again, flashing perfectly even, white teeth. That traitorous organ in her chest stopped beating for a full half-second.
“You are obviously distracted. But I don’t mind. One does not always need to talk during a dance.”
His understanding made her feel like an imbecile. Pulling herself together, she asked him about his travels.
“Did you see anything particularly interesting?”
He blinked at the question, then answered smoothly, “Actually I saw quite a few things some might call interesting.”
“Such as?” She was only partially listening. The sound of his voice was easy on her ears and she just wanted to listen to it.
“Hmmm.” He seemed to be thinking for a moment. “In Rome I came across a small menagerie.”
“A menagerie? What was so unusual about a menagerie?”
“This one had some unusual animals in it.?”
She tilted her head to one side, studying his face. “Such as?”
His eyes glinted in the candlelight and she thought she detected speculation beneath the surface before it became light and amusing again.
“Well, there was a monkey, a bear, a panther, an elephant…”
She didn’t know why, but intuition told her there was more to this conversation than she understood.
She pursed her lips. “Interesting.”
“Monkeys, bears and even elephants are common in menageries. But I found the panther interesting. Have you ever seen one?”

Gypsy Legacy: The Earl
Available from Samhain Publishing August 11

August 11th, 2009, 01:30 PM
It's out!! Finally my entire Gypsy Legacy Series is out (at least in ebook). I'm so excited to announce the release of the third book in my Gypsy Legacy Trilogy - The Earl.

Find out what happens when an Earl with a secret passion meets his destiny.

Pick up your copy today!:jump:

Purchase at MBaM (http://new.mybookstoreandmore.com/shop/product.da/gypsy-legacy-the-earl)

August 11th, 2009, 02:32 PM
And, just because, I posted another, completely different, excerpt in the Promotional thread. Go check it out!

August 13th, 2009, 08:55 PM
Yay!! Congrats on it's release Denise! :huepfen017: