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Thunder and Roses

Fallen Angels Series, Book 1
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A Welsh Methodist minister's daughter changes her life when she appeals for help to Nicholas Davies, a half-Gypsy earl...They called him the Demon Earl. They said he could do anything. Son of a rogue...
A Welsh Methodist minister's daughter changes her life when she appeals for help to Nicholas Davies, a half-Gypsy earl...They called him the Demon Earl. They said he could do anything. Son of a rogue...
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  • A Welsh Methodist minister's daughter changes her life when she appeals for help to Nicholas Davies, a half-Gypsy earl...

    They called him the Demon Earl. They said he could do anything. Son of a rogue and a Gypsy, Nicholas Davies was a notorious rake until a shattering betrayal left him alone and embittered in the Welsh countryside.

    Desperation drives quiet schoolteacher Clare Morgan to ask the Demon Earl to help save her village. Unwilling to involve himself in the problems of others, Nicholas sets an impossible price on his aid—only if Clare agrees to live with him for three months, letting the world think the worst, will he intervene.

    Furiously Clare accepts his outrageous challenge, and the two are swept into an intoxicating Regency world of danger and desire. As allies, Clare and Nicholas fight to save her community. As adversaries, they explore the hazardous terrain of power and sensuality. And as lovers, they surrender to a passion that threatens the very foundations of their lives.

  • RITA Award and Golden Choice finalist.

    "Both sublimely romantic and scorchingly sensual, Thunder and Roses is and extraordinary romance from an extraordinary author."

  • Melinda Helfer, Romantic Times

    "Ms. Putney has powerfully conveyed the healing power of love and deftly woven in humorous elements for a wonderful read."

  • Gigi Rounds, Affaire de Coeur
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    PrologueWales, 1791Winter mists swirled about as they scaled the wall that enclosed the estate. The ghostly landscape proved empty of human life, and no one saw the intruders drop from the wall and make their way across the carefully tended grounds.Softly Nikki asked, "Will we steal a chicken here, Mama?"His mother, Marta, shook her head. "Our business is more important than chickens."The effort of speaking triggered a coughing spell, and she bent over, thin body shaking. Uneasy and distressed, Nikki touched her arm. Sleeping under hedges was making the cough worse, and there had been little to eat. He hoped that soon they would return to the Romany kumpania, where there would be food and fire and fellowship.She straightened, face pale but determined, and they continued walking. The only color in the winter scene was the garish purple of her skirt.Eventually they emerged from the trees onto a swath of grassy turf that surrounded a sprawling stone mansion. Awed, Nikki said, "A great lord lives here?""Aye. Look well, for someday this will be yours."He stared at the house, feeling an odd mixture of emotions. Surprise, excitement, doubt, finally disdain. "The Rom do not live in stone houses that kill the sky.""But you are didikois, half-blood. It is right that you live in such a place."Shocked, he turned to stare at her. "No! I am tacho rat, true blood, not Gorgio.""Your blood is true for both Rom and Gorgio." She sighed, her beautiful face drawn. "Though you have been raised as a Rom, your future lies with the Gorgios."He started to protest, but she shushed him with a quick hand motion as hoofbeats sounded. They withdrew into the shrubbery and watched two riders canter up the driveway and halt in front of the house. The taller man dismounted and briskly climbed the wide stone steps, leaving his mount to the care of his companion."Fine horses," Nikki whispered enviously."Aye. That must be the Earl of Aberdare," Marta murmured. "He looks just as Kenrick said."They waited until the tall man had gone inside and the groom had taken the horses away. Then Marta beckoned to Nikki and they hastened across the grass and up the steps. The shiny brass doorknocker was shaped like a dragon. He would have liked to touch it, but it was too high.Instead of knocking, his mother tried the doorknob. It turned easily and she stepped inside, Nikki right on her heels. His eyes widened when he saw that they were in a marble-floored hall large enough to hold an entire Romany kumpania.The only man in sight wore the elaborate livery of a footman. An expression of comical shock on his long face, he gasped, "Gypsies!" He grabbed a bell pull and rang for assistance. "Get out this instant! If you aren't off the estate in five minutes, you'll be turned over to the magistrate."Marta took Nikki's hand in hers. "We're here to see the earl. I have something of his.""Something you stole?" the footman sneered. "You've never been that close to him. Be gone with you.""No! I must see him.""Not bloody likely," the footman snarled as he advanced.Marta waited until he was close, then darted to one side.Swearing, the servant swerved and made a futile grab at the interlopers. At the same time, three more servants appeared, summoned by the bell pull.Fixing a fierce gaze on the men, Marta hissed with practiced menace, "I must see the earl! My curse will be on any man who tries to stop me."The servants stopped dead in their tracks. Nikki almost laughed aloud at their expressions. Though she was only a woman, Marta easily baffled and frightened the Gorgios. Nikki was proud of her. Who but a Rom could wield such power with mere words?His mother's hand tightened on his and they backed away, deeper into the house. Before the ...

About the Author-
  • A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. Her entire romance writing career is an accidental byproduct of buying a computer for other purposes. Her novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs and two Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, she had many books listed among the top romances of the year by Library Journal and Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association. She also writes young adult historical fantasy as M. J. Putney. Her favorite reading is great stories, but in a pinch she'll settle for the backs of cereal boxes. She's delighted that e-publishing can now make available books that have been out of print. Visit her website at www.maryjoputney.com

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