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» Friday, May 08, 2009

Excerpt - Vexing the Viscount by Emily Bryan

Days 'till Memorial Day: 17

Days 'till A Little Light Magic: 18

Days 'till the Summer Solstice: 44

Today's treat is an excerpt from a perfect summer beach/pool book - Emily Bryan's Vexing the Viscount.

Emily's one of my favorite authors, and a blog partner of mine (along with Jennifer Ashley, Gerri Russell, CL Wilson, Bonnie Vanak, and Cindy Holby) on the blog site The Chatelaines.


And remember, today's the last day to post to enter this week's contest for a chance to win:
  • a book from Emily Bryan's backlist (excluding Vexing the Viscount) see note below
  • my own Celtic Fire
  • Immortals: The Reckoning anthology by Jennifer Ashley, Robin T. Popp and Joy Nash!

This week's winners will be picked by random drawing tomorrow, May 9.

Winners of Celtic Fire and Immortals: The Reckoning will be chosen from among all this week's posters on blog entries from May 1-May 7.

Winner's of Emily's book will be chosen from among the commentors on today's excerpt only.

Winners' blog ids will be posted on Saturday May 9 - email me at to claim your prize!

From Vexing the Viscount by Emily Bryan

Since Lucian’s father holds an unreasoning grudge against Daisy’s family, Lucian won’t accept her backing for his archeological dig. But when she masquerades as the French courtesan Blanche La Tour, Lucian agrees to make her his partner, if she’ll also give him “lessons in love.” Acting as “Blanche’s” agent, Daisy convinces him that she’ll be an asset to his search for a lost Roman treasure. Lucian knows she’s fascinated by his Roman artifacts and can’t resist reminding her he caught her ogling a clay lamp shaped like an erect phallus and wondering aloud if it was ‘life-sized.’.

Lucian handed her a small whisk broom and cloth. “Your domain, Miss Drake. I apologize for the mess. I fear I’ve been less systematic than I should have been. I’ve been so intent on discovering the next tablet, I’ve neglected many of the other finds.”

“I’ll need to catalogue it all first,” she said, eyeing the disarray with mild trepidation.

“There’s a small lap desk here somewhere. Please do what you can to bring order to this chaos.” He started to go, but stopped short. “I should warn you that you may find some of the artwork . . . objectionable.”

The lewd little phallic lamp and the exceedingly naughty mosaic flashed through Daisy’s mind. She felt her cheeks heat.

“Pray, don’t trouble yourself, milord,” she said. “I am not easily shocked.”

“No, I’m sure you’re not,” he agreed with a raised brow. “In fact, as I recall, you possess a healthy curiosity about such things. To that end, I wonder if you’d clean this object first.”

He picked up a little statuette from the bench and placed it in her open palm. It was a representation of the goat god doing a cloven-hoofed jig, his enraged member out of all proportion to the rest of him, despite having a bit of the tip missing.

“I plan to take that to Mlle. La Tour this evening,” he said. “I think she’ll enjoy it, don’t you?”

Daisy’s heart tripped a beat or two. She was cleaning up this lascivious little bit of antiquity so he could present it to . . . her later in exchange for kissing lessons.

“Blanche will be charmed,” she said.


His smile was so blindingly white against his tanned face, it made Daisy’s eyes water to look at him. She sighed in relief when he turned back toward the pit.

“Oh, and Miss Drake, just so you know,” he called over his shoulder. “That’s not life-sized either.”

All the summer's best!

Joy Nash

Coming May 26!

A Little Light Magic

Summer at the Jersey Shore has never been so hot!

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Blogger Kytaira said...

woo hoo I'm first today!

I've already got Vexing the Viscount. I love Emily's writing and her blog tour was probably the best tour I've followed. Lots of neat tidbits!

Joy - Did you do research into fortune telling? I found the part in the excerpt about using a prism instead of a sphere interesting. Sounds like a fun book!

12:31 AM  
Blogger Margay Leah Justice said...

I also have Vexing the Viscount,but would love a chance to win a book from Emily's backlist!

5:40 AM  
Blogger vickyb said...

I don't have the Viscount, but it sounds great! Definitely on my to be bought list!

7:23 AM  
Blogger VickieC said...

I havent read this book either,but it sounds wonderful,thanks for the chance to read one of her books

8:08 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I just finished reading Vexing the Viscount and I cannnot recommend it highly enough! It was the first of Emily's books for me to read, so I would love to win a backlist book!

I had the pleasure of meeting Emily at the RT Convention and taking her workshop and she was fantastic!

This is a terrific book!


9:13 AM  
Blogger EmilyBryan said...

Hi Everybody! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Still frantically tossing things into a suitcase. The cab comes at noon and then we're off to the cruise dock. I'm always sure I'm forgetting something...

9:31 AM  
Blogger robynl said...

“That’s not life-sized either.”: this is a good one; lol. I can imagine the look on her face.

10:41 AM  
Blogger EmilyBryan said...

The whole "life-sized" thing is a running gag through out VEXING THE VISCOUNT. I had quite a bit of naughty fun with it.

Well, I've zipped the suitcase closed. Whatever is not packed I either don't need or can do without for a week.

Oh! And I just got the galleys for my novella in A CHRISTMAS BALL this morning! It's like Dorchester knows I'm going on vacation. ;)

So I'll take the laptop after all and noodle away at it a little each day. My DH hasn't read all of this one, so here's my chance to corner him in our cabin and make him listen to it as I read aloud!

Come to think of it . . . with the love scenes in this one . . . reading it aloud could be a very good thing. ;)

11:03 AM  
Blogger Nicola Cornick said...

Have a great trip, Emily! Have just discovered your books and can't wait to read Vexing the Viscount!

11:31 AM  
Blogger LuAnn said...

I also have Vexing the Viscount so a chance to win another of Emily's great books is super!

12:12 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Emily's novel Vexing the Viscount and I loved it because it was both funny and romantic.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Estella said...

I have read this book and it is great!

4:08 PM  
Blogger blessedheart said...

I am a huge fan of Emily's characters. They are unique and funny, and Emily draws you into their lives and adventures with ease.

I loved Vexing he Viscount, as well as Distracting The Duchess. I highly recommend Emily's books to anyone looking for a great romance and a great read!

Rhonda :)

4:34 PM  
Blogger Martha Eskuchen said...

Hi Joy - Thanks for hosting for Emily today. Vexing the Viscount sounds like a great fun read. I know I would love any of her books!

7:01 PM  
Blogger Caffey said...

Hi Joy and Emily! This book I've yet to get! I think so unique with the story of the Roman treasure in this! Smiling at this blurb for this part of the excerpt! That was priceless ending there!

8:36 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Joy and Emily! This has been a great week. I also have Emily's Vexing the Viscount. I won it on Emily's blog ture. Nice to see you again Emily. Love the excerpt, this is a great book!

9:22 PM  
Blogger darbyscloset said...

I love Emily's work and I've read several blurbs from Vexing and would love to read this book along with anything from her have the coolest friends to hang with! Also I haven't shared with you, thou I love your cover!!!
All the best,
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

11:02 PM  

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