My next novel, "Stolen Promise" will be coming out next March. Here is the story blurb:
At the Lowara Gypsy Camp outside Windsor, England, in 1806, a young woman will lose her independence in a common marriage market transaction. Jade knows she is promised to Dimitri, a possessive abuser. Jade knows he will hurt her. Jade knows her freedom is gone.
When her father sends her to the arms of another man, she finds only slight consolation . . . until she encounters her intended. Evan Dark is a half-Gypsy gentleman—nothing like Dimitri. Caught in a battle between tribes, Jade is a piece of property, the ideal runaway bride. In order to escape Dimitri’s clutches, she sails for Charleston with Evan as his indentured servant. But, engaged to another woman as part of a plantation merger in South Carolina, Evan’s affiliation with Jade can never be more than professional.
Evan must choose between fulfilling his obligation to marry his betrothed or accept his overpowering passion for Jade, a woman his matchmaking Gypsy grandfather deemed the perfect Romany wife. In nineteenth-century America, where insincere tradition meets old money and arranged matrimony in upper-crust society, Evan faces the most difficult decision of his life: Remain loyal to the fiancée he holds in commitment . . . or be true to the lover he holds in his heart.
There is a necklace of gold coin, called a galbé, that is a very important object in "Stolen Promise." This chain studded with gold coins represents Jade's dowry, and it is all she owns. A mistake on Evan's part results in her precious necklace being lost, and Evan's inability to grasp the significance of the loss alienates Jade. Later in the story, when Evan better understands the hardships Jade has endured, he makes up for the loss by gifting Jade with a spectacular replacement galbé. The version Evan commissions for Jade is an upgrade of the original that features coins, pearls, and precious gemstones. He presents it to her when he proposes marriage.
When I filled out the cover spec sheet for this novel, I suggested a close-up view of the necklace, and Medallion Press artist Arturo Delgado created an amazing cover: