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Thursday, November 22, 2007
Thursday Thirteen #21

On Tuesday, the first book in my Gypsy Legacy series was released at Samhain Publishing. The Marquis is the first of a three book series about a brother and two sisters whose great-grandmother was a gypsy shuvani and gave each directions for finding their destinies. So, I thought I'd give you a sneak peek through thirteen of the characters in this series.
Thirteen Characters in Gypsy Legacy: The Marquis

1. Nona - a Romany shuvani who was born in France, but came to England before The Terror with her family. She lives by her cards. An affair with a member of the minor nobility resulted in a daughter, who married a Baron. The Baron's daughter (Nona's granddaughter) married an Earl and a Marquis.

2. Lady Christina Kenton (Tina) - Nona's oldest great-granddaughter and heroine of The Marquis. She is the daughter of the (deceased) Earl and Countess of Wynton.

3. James Collings, 8th Marquis of Thanet (Jay) - the hero of The Marquis. The youngest son of the (deceased) Marquis and Marchioness of Thanet, he left home at the age of 16 and never expected to return. When he does 18 years later, it is to discover his father and older brother dead and his name on a betrothal contract along with Tina's.

4. Jon Kenton, 6th Earl of Wynton (Jon) - Tina's brother. Their father died when he was just six and their mother married the 7th Marquis of Thanet.

5. Lady Felicia Collings - Tina and Jon's half sister through their mother; Jay's half sister through his father. She is 16 in this book and is the heroine of Book Two, The Duke.

6. Roderick Milton - the villain. Left as steward of Jay's family seat, he had been a friend of Jay's older brother, Aaron, whose death left Jay as their father's heir. Jay discovers that he has been cheating Tina and Felicia of their quarterly allowance.

7. Lorraine Kenton, Dowager Countess of Wynton - Jon and Tina's paternal grandmother who refuses to recognize or acknowledge them because of their gypsy blood.

8. Gerald Hartwell, Earl of Weston - a school acquaintance of Jay's. When Jay needs help trying to uncover a mystery, he meets the Earl by accident, then enlists his help.

9. Geraldine Hartwell, Countess of Weston (Geri) - Gerald's wife. She becomes an invaluable friend to Tina and Felicia.

10. Adele Hartwell, Duchess of Westover - Gerald's mother. She supports Tina when she enters London Society.

11. William Hartwell, Duke of Westover - Gerald's father.

12. Josiah Pymm - Private Investigator hired by Jay.

13. Brand Waring - Jay's partner in his shipping business.

And, in keeping with my usual history theme, here's today's question. This book takes place June-September, 1861, a number of years after England's Great Exhibition arranged by Prince Albert. How many years after?

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Anonymous Nicholas said...
Good luck with the book.

Blogger Holly said...
Wow congratulations to you! Best of luck with the book - may millions buy and read it!

Happy TT-13 and Happy Thanksgiving.


Blogger Sassy Lucy said...
Congrats on the book, sounds like something I would read, I love historical fiction and fact....but I wish I could answer your quiz...I have NaNoWriMo on the mind though.
Very good T13

Penelope Anne

Blogger No Nonsense Girl said...
Great TT!!! Congrats!!! Happy thanksgiving BTW!!!

Anonymous Yen said...
WOW! Congratulations on the book! Happy Thanksgiving:)
Mine is up here;
Thursday Thirteen
Happy TT!

Blogger Leslie Dicken said...
Oh, oh, pick me! I know the answer! 10 years after the Great Exhibition! I know because I wrote a book set in 1851 and had my characters visit the Crystal Palace to see all of the wonders!

Your new stories sound fascinating! Gonna have to add them to my TBR pile! :-)

Anonymous damozel said...
Wow! Congratulations on the publication of what appears to be an extremely well researched piece of historical fiction! I wouldn't dare attempt such a novel; I'm too lazy!

Sounds fantastic and I'm really happy for you...!

Blogger Robin said...
Congratulations on the release. The book sounds fascinating.

Blogger Denise Patrick said...
Thanks for all the good wishes. And, Leslie, you're right. You go into my monthly drawing for a prize. Thanks for playing!

Blogger The Mocha Mom said...
Sounds like it will be a good book! Thanks for sharing.

Blogger Adelle said...
Congrats on the new release.
I love the gypsy theme.
Happy Turkey Day from a fellow Sweeter Romantic Notions Author :)

Blogger Aline de Chevigny said...
Intriguing, must find out more.
Happy TT and thanks for stopping by.


Blogger Qtpies7 said...
Three years after.

Thanks for visiting my TT today!

Blogger Joely Sue Burkhart said...
Congrats on the release!

Anonymous Nicole Austin said...
Congrats on the book! It sounds great. :D

Happy Thanksgiving!

Blogger Sandy Carlson said...
Fascinating cast, Denise! Good luck with the book. God bless.

Blogger Nap Warden said...
Hey, congrats to you! Happy TT!

Blogger Gattina said...
Congratulations for your book. My TT was about NOT watching certain series on TV so I can understand that you rarely watch TV, lol !

Blogger The Gal Herself said...
It's wonderful about your book! Congratulations! I love your character's titles. So romantic. (And thanks for visiting my TT)

Blogger Vicki Gaia said...
What great character names. It's always so fun to come up with their names. Names first, or story? Vic

Blogger Babystepper said...
Sound's like a real page-turner. Good luck!

Blogger Kirsten Richard said...
Congrats on your book release, Denise! Sounds awesome, I love gypsy stories...


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