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A Storm on the Horizon...
Every spring, the aristocratic magical families of Victorian England gather secretly at Merlin Hall to hobnob and to hold the annual Fey Parliament.
While the adults of Magic-kind ~ from wizards to wood elves, fauns to fairies, giants to djinnis, and their human counterparts ~ debate matters of importance, the gifted youths must undergo the dreaded Assessments, testing their supernatural abilities.
For rascally Jake Everton, the boy Earl of Griffon, the pressure's on! Hungry to qualify for the elite Lightrider program that guarantees a life of adventure, Jake must prove himself to the Elders as a worthy future hero-in-training. But when a mysterious junior witch arrives at Merlin Hall with secrets in her eyes and danger at her heels, Jake and his friends must unite to defeat the dark forces that have invaded the Gathering and have sworn the frightfully-talented girl's destruction.
Join Jake and Dani, Archie and Isabelle on an epic journey into a world of enchantment, making marvelous new friends...and terrible new enemies.
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Welcome to The Gryphon Chronicles, a rollicking historical fantasy series (with a hint of steampunk!) that's as much fun for grownups as it is for kids, from the imagination of New York Times bestselling author, E.G. Foley.
Pick up your copy now in trade paperback or ebook at Amazon or Barnes & Noble!
Her little--well, big!--dog character is based on her family's lovable German Shepherd, who is descended from police dogs, and always getting into scrapes--like the time he tried to play with a rattlesnake! He found out the hard way that that fun little shaking nose they make isn't actually a dog toy after all!
Of course, this story has nothing to do with rattlesnakes, but follows Rosco and his family along on their annual visit to a Autumn Farm Festival (which I just love going to at this time of year!). It's perfect for kids who are making progress with their independent reading, or for a read-along for younger kids. If you'd like to read my full interview with Shana, (writing under her married name as Shana Gorian) please visit E.G. Foley website here. Or visit her website at www.ShanaGorian.com. Thanks for dropping by!
Doesn't that look like a wonderful path for a Regency hero and heroine to take a romantic stroll? Actually it reminds me of the scene in The Secrets of a Scoundrel where Gin and Nick ride on the horse together through her estate...sigh. :)
Well, I'm sad to see summer go, but I'm looking forward to the colorful days of fall ahead. Here's some of the new stuff going on around here...my newsletter subscribers will already have heard about this, but here goes...
ASCENSION TRILOGY AUDIOBOOKS ARE HERE!
The Pirate Prince in audio for the first time EVER, with Princess coming soon! Tantor Media got the oh-so-talented Elizabeth Wiley to narrate the tale. Listen to a sample here!
As many of you know, The Pirate Prince was my debut novel, and what's neat is that it was originally a Sept. 1998 release. So here we are on the "Sweet 16th" birthday of this book, and it's still going strong! It's had over 14 printings and is available around the world. I've been a very lucky author...
Available as CD's or MP3 download. 14 hrs long.
(Note: Full-length, unabridged audiobooks run $20-$27, and while subscriptions to audiobook services makes this fun format much more affordable, if you don't have one, why not fill out a request form that your local library buy a copy? I know the libraries around my house have great audiobook collections for their patrons - and they probably already have the paperback, so it could be worth a shot!)
Anyway, it'll be about a month or two before I'm ready to answer the question many of you have already written to me to ask, namely, What's next? I have started work on a new Regency series, and I look forward to unveiling details about that as soon as I'm far enough into the story that talking about it won't make me jinx myself! (lol) Either way, I appreciate your continued interest in my work.
The best way to find out when my next book is coming is to subscribe to my author newsletter, if you haven't already done so. As an added bonus, all subscribers are automatically enrolled in the monthly drawings for free books! (And pssst, there are some especially big prizes coming in November in honor of Thanksgiving, because I am so grateful for my readers, and in December, for Christmas!) Thanks again for reading!
THE LOST HEIR (The Gryphon Chronicles, Book 1) is a big, sweeping, middle-grade fantasy adventure with crossover appeal for adults. And guess what?
The Kindle ebook is FREE all Labor day Weekend, till midnight on Monday, Sept. 1 ~ so if you've been interested in giving it a try, now's your chance to snap it up on this special promotion! This goes for all the international Amazons, not just the US.
Grab it here:
If you are feeling generous, I'd appreciate your help in passing on the word about the free promotion, if you know readers who might enjoy it--young and old! The more the merrier. Should especially appeal to fans of Harry Potter and the Percy Jackson books.
Thanks & enjoy!
The latest news from my little corner of the book world, and a bit of lovely ocean scenery for those of us who sadly won't make it to the beach this summer...
FIRST OF ALL: THANKS FOR MAKING MY BOOK A USA TODAY BESTSELLER!!! MY READERS RULE.
AND NOW, ON TO THE NEWS:
1. ) NEW! ~ VIDEO INTERVIEW! 6-minute video intvu of me in all my quirky glory at BeMyBard.com, talking about writing and life! If you leave a comment, you'll be entered in the drawing for prizes. Check it out!
Right: Joe Manganiello - hometown Pittsburgh boy! - via Fashion Mama Drama blog, click to visit.
2.) COMING UP ON TUESDAY EVENING, AUG. 5 - Live Facebook Event, "Party Like a Regency Rock Star" with Sophie Jordan, Shana Galen, Katharine Ashe, Grace Burrowes, Sophie Barnes, and moi. Starts at 7:00 P.M. Central. My time slot to take the stage is 8:00-8:20 P.M. Come and chat with authors in real time on FB. There will be prizes!!! Go to this link and click "Going" if you want to come!
(Or you can just show up on the night of, but we'd like to have an idea of how many people are coming.) Once you confirm that you want to come, why not Share the Event with your FB friends? The more the merrier. Thanks & I hope to see you there! :)
Above: Hugh Jackman, as if you didn't know. Via Fashion Mama Drama blog.
My characters do a lot of traveling in The Secrets of a Scoundrel, so there came a point in the writing where I had to do a lot of work on logistics for this book. Thankfully, I had my Regency-buff colleagues in RWA's Beau Monde chapter to provide a few handy suggestions (special thanks to the members living in Europe who know the ground well).
Without giving away any spoilers, there's a point where Nick has to move a large cargo of goods as quickly as possible from outside Paris down to the Mediterranean. One small problem. Make that not so small. Namely, the Massif Central of France. A magnificent, rugged mountain range full of gorges and canyons in the middle of southern France. Incredibly rough and formidable terrain.
Add to that, many roads in France (and much of the Continent) during and after the Napoleonic years were also damaged by the war, further slowing transport.
But even if Nick could load his cargo into a big, heavy wagon and set out with a team of four or even six horses, in such a remote region of France, it would have been impossible for him to change horses on a regular basis. The poor beasts would have to negotiate steep, pitted mountain roads for a couple hundred miles without relief. This was not like posting the well-traveled route between Calais and Paris, with livery stables at regular intervals. This was out in the elbow of nowhere, as they say, and what good, stout-hearted French farmer would be eager to trade horses to help out a stray Englishman just a couple of years after a bloody war between their countries? Nick would be more likely to be lynched by the locals if he wasn't careful!
Thankfully, my savvy Beau Monde friends offered the solution. One that, to be honest, would not have occurred to me because it's so far outside the realm of my everyday paradigm. Nick could take the cargo on canal boats!
::::forehead slap:::: Of course!
The Rhone River flows right through the Massif Central. (Sorry, I don't know how to make one of those pointy "hat" circumflex accents over the o in Rhone, but it belongs there.)
My European readers might wonder why I didn't think of it immediately. But canal boat touring is not a top holiday choice here the way it is across the Pond. Probably too slow for most Americans, lol. In the old days, pre-steam train, canal boats were vital for transporting goods around the interior of a country. Nowadays, you can rent them for a vacation. Doesn't that look wonderful?
So, the problem was solved, and when you're reading that whole travel section in Secrets of a Scoundrel, you might like to keep in mind that it involved so much research that it nearly sent Your Humble Author running out screaming into the night, lol. But, hey, I sure learned a lot! So, I hope you enjoy the little historical armchair travel while you're reading. And thanks for reading, by the way!
And now, for the main part of today's post!
1. What was the most romantic moment of the book for you?
2 If Phillip was your son, would you let him attend the Order school in Scotland or forbid it? (This is the question that Gin agonizes over as the mother of a teenage boy.)
3. What important emotional lesson did Nick learn in the story? What did Gin learn?
4. The main theme of this book is taking steep risks for the people we love. Sometimes they work out, sometimes they don't. What other themes did you notice?
5. This book covers a lot of ground - literally! Which of the many settings did you like the best?
6. Compare and contrast Gin and Madame Angelique. Compare and contrast Nick and Simon Lemarque.
7. John Carr: Can he be salvaged as a man or is he too much of a weasel? What do you think will become of him at Madame Angelique's?
8. Nick's disillusionment with the cause ultimately landed him in the dungeon. Was his desire to quit the Order understandable? And do you feel he redeemed himself?
9. Do you think Nick and Gin will ever end up visiting the American wilderness someday?
10. Obviously, this is an emotionally intense book, but it had its funny moments. Which one stands out for you?
Your comments/thoughts/answers are always welcome below. Thanks for reading!
Six years and three-quarters of a million words in the making, the Inferno Club series is now complete. So I thought it might be fun to take readers on a little retrospective behind the scenes about the aspect of romance I am known best for: my men! Ladies, they're all yours. *g* I posted the famous actors' shots below to give you my impression of the general sort of guy I meant for the different Order agents to be. If they don't correspond to how you imagine them, that's fine. I'm leaving Nick from The Secrets of a Scoundrel a blank for now so you can imagine him any way you like. I hope readers who've come along for the whole series enjoy this stroll down memory lane. And to those who are only just discovering my books, there are some gentlemen below who are eager to spend some time with you. ;> Enjoy! ~ G.
Care to share your thoughts on who would make a good Order agent? Chime in below!
* * Updated! * * Readers' suggestions for Order men ~ but first, the real Ian Somerhalder since I got him mixed up. :) Thx for your comments!
Here's a fun little video that I thought you would enjoy! Great job to our presenter. Now we can all go get ready for the ball. :)