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    OK, since I'm sending off my contract for this one today, I thought maybe it's time to get the ball rolling. I will also be posting more in the Background thread in the coming weeks that will fill you in on this book's background.

    So, check back. I hope that I will have a blurb for you soon. (New rules - I can't post it until it has been approved.)
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    Thanks for the info Denise.

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    The official blurb is up on the Coming Soon page, but you don't have to go find it. I'm going to post it right here. Enjoy!


    Book 2 in the Gypsy Legacy Series


    He doesn’t need a wife. She doesn’t want a husband. Destiny’s not listening.

    As children, Brand Waring, heir to the Duke of Warringham, and his brother were kidnapped and sold to a plantation in the West Indies. Now Brand is back to wreak vengeance on those responsible for his brother’s subsequent death. The last thing he wants, or needs, is to be distracted by an instant attraction to a flighty Society belle.
    Felicia Collings has found it easy to refuse every marriage proposal, thanks to a ring left to her by her gypsy great-grandmother. Reportedly it will lead her to the man whom she is destined to marry. To her relief, the ring has been blessedly silent on this issue. Until Brand recognizes it, and sparks fly.
    In spite of himself, Brand finds himself drawn to the beauty, and to the wounded soul reflected in her eyes. At his gentle hands, Felicia begins to learn what it means to be cherished and loved.
    Then the past rears its head to threaten their fragile happiness. As Brand begins to doubt whether vengeance is as sweet as a lifetime with Felicia, he finds himself racing to save them both from not one cold-blooded killer—but two.
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    The blurb sounds great Denise! I can't wait to hear more about it.
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    Xthud Done!!!

    IT'S DONE!! The final edits are done and turned in on Felicia and Brand's story. It seems like it has taken FOREVER to get here. So, a celebration is definitely in order.

    I'm still waiting on a cover, but I'm still celebrating. I can go to RWA next week without worrying about edits.

    In the meantime, I think I need to go add some more to the background stuff and, as soon as I get the ok, I'll post an excerpt.

    Release date: August 26!!!!
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    WooHoo! Congratulations Denise!!
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    Two and a half weeks away. . .it's time for an excerpt! How about a wedding night tease?
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    Leaving the dining room, Brand sensed the amiable mood from dinner fade and he could think of no way to retrieve it without further postponing the inevitable. Felicia’s fingers trembled on his arm as they walked toward the stairs, but she did not pull them away when he covered them with his own. Reaching the foot of the staircase, he stopped and turned toward her. The eyes she raised to his were luminous in the dim light of the entry hall, yet he could read the trepidation she tried to hide.
    “I suggest it is time to retire. Would you like me to escort you up, or would you like some time to prepare?”
    She nibbled her bottom lip. “I would…I would…like some time, if you…don’t mind.”
    He stepped back. “Very well. I will join you shortly.”
    Felicia inclined her head in acknowledgment, then turned to ascend the stairs. Brand watched her until she disappeared, then turned and went back into the parlor. Pouring himself a drink from the sideboard, he settled into a chair to contain his impatience.

    Felicia managed to maintain her calm exterior while Lily helped her out of her gown and into a thin silk nightgown laced up the front and tied with a bow. Taking down her hair, she waved Lily away when she approached with a brush. She knew Lily mistook her nervousness for impatience when Felicia ushered her from the room as soon as the dress had been safely hung in the dressing room. She might have thought it amusing if she hadn’t been on the verge of panic. Brushing her own hip-length tresses often helped to calm her when she was out of sorts, but tonight the exercise did nothing for her and she dropped the brush on her dressing table in frustration.
    She should have told him. She shouldn’t have let it get this far. But now she had, what should she do?
    Instinct told her to hide, but common sense asked her where. She didn’t know the house. She didn’t even know where they were. Besides, she had never been a coward. Hiding was not an option.
    She wished she could fall into bed and go to sleep, but she knew that was impossible the moment she thought of it. Brand would just awaken her anyway. It was their wedding night. She knew what he expected; the role she was expected to play.
    So, what now? Could she do it? Could she lie impassively and allow Brand to exercise his husbandly rights? Mira had told her there was pain and blood the first time, but the pain was negligible and the blood minimal.
    Felicia paced to the window and stood at the casement, staring at her reflection, trying not to see the scenes flashing before her eyes. She had saved Davey, but at what price? Goose bumps rose on her arms and crossing her arms beneath her breasts, she rubbed her hands up and down her arms to dispel the chill.
    Turning, she crossed to the fireplace and held icy hands out to the blaze. She didn’t know when she began to shiver. Eventually she collapsed into a chair in front of the fire, arms wrapped around knees drawn up tight against her chest, staring with unseeing eyes into the depths of the flames.
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    What a great excerpt! Thanks for posting it Denise.
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    Thumbs up A Cover!



    So, what do you think?
    I wish it were a tad bit lighter so you could see the ring better, but other than that, it's great!!!
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    It's lovely but yes the ring is a bit dark but I the girl is pretty
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