Greetings, Dear Reader!
Well, it's a flowery world here in Pennsylania as spring has finally decided to come along at last. I hope all the moms had a wonderful Mother's Day, and please accept a round of applause for doing the most important job in the world. xo.
So onto the news. This month I have two new items out to tell you about. One is the mass market paperback release of the ROYAL BRIDESMAIDS
anthology that I did with Stephanie Laurens and Loretta Chase, two WONDERFUL historical romance greats who I'm sure are very familiar authors to most of you out there!
My 15k-word story in Royal Bridesmaids is called THE IMPOSTER BRIDE
: To secure peace for her country, Lady Minerva must ensure its royal princess is wed to handsome Prince Tor of Rydalburg. But when the bride bolts, Minerva decides on a daring deception and bridesmaid becomes - bride!
I had so much fun making up two imaginary kingdoms for the setting - sort of like I did with my Ascension books! They have long been at war, but a royal wedding is expected to bring peace between their lands. Except everything goes awry when the intended bride gets cold feet. Someone must step in to take her place! Click here to read the opening of The Imposter Bride.
Item number two that's new this month is the amazing audiobook for THE LOST HEIR
. It is 11 hours long and just so much fun to listen to. Our narrator, Jamie du Pont MacKenzie, is a man of many talents--and many voices! He really made the story come alive. I think if you've got a family roadtrip coming up, this would be a great way to help the driving time speed past with a tale that all ages can enjoy. You can hear a sample on the audioplayer on my homepage. (www.gaelenfoley.com
Other than that, I'm just writing away, as usual, getting pretty close to done with the final Inferno Club book (#7, Nick's book, no title yet - coming out next summer). A SMALL WORD OF REASSURANCE TO MY ROMANCE FANS...
Someone asked me recently if I intended to abandon historical romance for the middle grade writing and I want to assure my readers the answer is certainly not! I love writing Regency historicals, and intend to continue doing so for a very long time! I've got MANY more stories left to tell in this sub-genre. I hope you'll keep reading them!...AND A REQUEST!
And that reminds me. I must ask for my readers' help on the Happily Ever After Corner! I am finding it, strangely, harder than I thought to imagine what life is like for the Knight family couples after they've ridden off into the sunset. If you have some suggestions for what they might/could/should be doing, by all means, chime in, please!
I have no doubt that for some of you, the stories are probably more recent in YOUR memory than they are mine, since I've been absorbed in the INFERNO CLUB since 2008. I haven't looked at the Knight books in years. So if a Knight book is fresh to you, give a shout out to let me know what you think should be included in their HEA Corner entry. I'd appreciate it because I'm really kinda stumped!ALLRIGHTY THEN,
In closing, a reminder, as all good Regency fans know, May is the month in which The Season begins in London. In fact, the Royal Ascot is only a couple of weeks away, so I trust you all have got your HATS.
See the vids below. ;)
Until next time!
I'm so excited to announce that my second Gryphon Chronicles novel as E.G. Foley is now on sale as an e-book and in trade paperback! These are "magical adventures" for the whole family, with a mix of spookiness and humor, fairytale creatures and Victorian atmosphere. If you missed the first novel, here's the rundown.
When we first met Jake in Book 1 of The Gryphon Chronicles, THE LOST HEIR, he's a scrappy orphaned pickpocket living by his wits on the streets of Victorian London.
He can't understand why he has started seeing ghosts and can move solid objects with his mind. Without giving away any spoilers, I can say that by the time that story ends, he learns the secret of his identity as the long-lost heir of an aristocratic family with magical powers.
He is determined to follow in his parents' footsteps by becoming a Lightrider one day, dedicated to helping magical beings in distress. And he gets his chance in the very next story, when he meets a giant who has tumbled out of Giant World. Soooo, without further ado, allow me to present...
THE GRYPHON CHRONICLES, BOOK 2:
JAKE & THE GIANT
Click the cover to read the opening chapters.
By E.G. Foley
Available Now in E-book and Trade Paperback!
For Ages 10 & Up
Reunited with his aristocratic magical relatives, and finally getting used to his supernatural powers, orphaned ex-pickpocket Jake Everton, the young Lord Griffon, travels on his first-ever holiday to beautiful Norway. There, at an amazing (steampunk!) Invention Convention, his cousin Archie, the boy genius, plans to unveil his marvelous new flying machine to the scientific world.
But legends of the Viking Age die hard in Scandinavia. Danger strikes as famous Victorian geniuses start disappearing from the Convention. When Archie vanishes, too, Jake races to the rescue. With the help of his trusty pet Gryphon, he tracks the kidnapper to his lair...only to come face-to-face with an angry Norse giant!
From the whimsical steampunk oddities of the "Invention Convention" to wondrous worlds of Norse mythology, join Jake and his friends on a giant-sized adventure full of hair-raising dangers and big laughs!
"A wonderful novel in the same vein as Harry Potter, full of nonstop action, magical creatures, and the reality of Queen Victoria's England." - The Reading Cafe
* Great for fans of the Percy Jackson series and the Fablehaven books by Brandon Mull
And in other news...
I'm in Manga!!! Check out some of these amazing illustrations from the newly released Japanese graphic novel version of PRINCESS!
Darius Santiago & Princess Serafina
Darius to the rescue!
Well, that's all for now! Hope you'll check out The Gryphon Chronicles for your kids/grandkids - or yourself! Enjoy your April. See you next month!
Hello, Friends! Hope you're keeping warm as we enter the homestretch of wintertime. March means St. Patrick's Day and, around here, a big family celebration for my Foley and Kennedy clans. While we're in the final stretch of wintertime, as well, I've been meaning to pass along this great recipe for a while now, everyone who tries it loves it. Perfect comfort food for this time of year, and it makes your whole house smell heavenly while it's cooking.
Happy St. Paddy's Day!
Not-Quite-Irish Stew but my All-Time Favorite Country Red Wine Beef stew recipe - I usually double or triple the recipe. You don't even need to stir it once the lid goes on for its long cooking time over low heat.
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 medium onions, sliced thin
1 lb. boneless stew beef
1 bay leaf
5 tablespoons tomato paste
3/4 cup dry red wine
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground cloves
1. In a medium to large saucepan (that has a lid), melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and the salt and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring often. When they start to brown, add the minced garlic and sautee for another minute.
2. Add the beef. Stir to coat well with the onion mixture. Cook for 5 minutes or until the outside of the meat loses its pink color. Add the bay leaf.
3. In a small bowl, mix the remaining ingredients. Stir this mixture into the saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to LOW. Cover and simmer _without stirring_ for about 2 1/2 hours, or until meat is very tender when tested with a fork.
4. Ladel the stew into a shallow serving bowl and serve over a bed of egg noodles or rice, or with a side of crusty bread. (Depending on how thick it turns out, it makes a great sloppy joe style sandwich for leftovers!)
"How do you get an Irishman on the roof?"
- Tell him the drinks are on the house.
Lassi says "Paddy we've been married a long time. You're good lookin and I think you've slept with alotta women. I won't be mad but I would like to know how many if any."
Paddy says, "My lovely Lass you should know I never slept with anyone but you my Darlin. All the rest I was awake.
Have a Pint & Enjoy the Irish Music :)
[Brogan's Bar, Ennis, Ireland - from bryanmcnally.ca]
Pippin: "It comes in pints?"
Until next month!
Happy Valentine's Day!
| |If life were more like a romance novel, every day would be Valentine's Day. To me, February is a whole month to celebrate the ones we love.
In fact, when you write romance for a living, you spend a lot of time pondering love. What brings two particular individuals together. What hurdles have to be overcome to make it last. What lengths might a person go to to prove their devotion or to win their true love's heart? Such fascinating questions...
But for me this is also a time to say thank you once again to my readers for letting me share my heart with you in my books. Thank you for reading! I am so grateful to each and every one of you. It's such a privilege to be able to entertain you with what I hope are uplifting and joyful stories about the wonder and beauty of love.
With warmest wishes,
PS - A reader who's studying to become an English teacher sent me a great article you might enjoy in this Valentine season - a succinct overview of 19th Century Courtship Customs! Not much bodice ripping (*grins*) but gives the why's and wherefores on dating from Jane Austen to Downton Abbey.
PSS - And then there's this... ADORABLE! It's never too late to fall in love.
I hope your 2013 is off to a great start! I always enjoy this time of year. A chance to get inspired with new goals and fresh motivation.
It's also fun to look back on the year behind us. Since I kept a daily log of my writing, it was easy to take a stroll down memory lane. Thought I'd share the highlights of my 2012--and the lowpoints! Like getting sick from Thanksgiving through Christmas with one thing or another (yay, I'm finally better!) or the time in July when my dear Eric accidentally downloaded a virus onto our laptap and it went kaput, lol.
It sure was a busy year! I was shocked to get to the end of the year and realize I had written 200,000 revised/finished words and published three novels and a novella! (January - My Ruthless Prince; May, the Royal Bridesmaids anothology that I was privileged to do with Stephanie Laurens and Loretta Chase; July - The Lost Heir, our middle grade debut; and finally, October, My Scandalous Viscount.) As I mentioned, I kept good daily records of what I accomplished each day this (for once!) and now I see how motivating that must have been to keep me pressing forward.
With all those books coming out, I also did a ton of online interviews and guest blogs; launched the E.G. Foley website, did an online writing workshop for the Romance Divas' Not Going To Conference-Conference in late July, and a couple of big live events, too, most notably, the Second Annual Women Read/Women Write Literary Festival in the fall.
(Me on the end!)
Sadly I had to make the decision to bow out of participating as a regular in the Ballroom Blog after a year and a half of it, since I want to write even more in 2013, and as they say, the writing has to come first. But I had such a blast being a part of the Ballroom Blog with those wonderful ladies, and I will still be hanging out over there as Support Staff. I encourage you to visit. They're a lot of fun, and there's always a positive atmosphere on that blog. The Ballroom authors are welcoming to all. :)
On a personal note, I had the joy of becoming an auntie again in January to a new niece, baby Teagan. In May, I hosted a Mother's Day brunch for my mom and the new mom in the family, my youngest sister. Mom returned the hospitality at Thanksgiving, and wow, she hasn't lost her touch even though she doesn't have much occasion to cook for a crowd anymore. Go, Mom! Nearing Christmas, I was excited to visit a historical property, Wright House from 1812, that I didn't even know was tucked away in the next town over from where I live. The farm had been there since the mid 1700's - the current house was from (Regency era!) 1812. It was all decorated for Christmas and they had a holiday event serving food from the Colonial Days.
Enoch Wright House and Museum of Western Expansion - Peters Creek Historical Society. Click the picture to visit their website.
Well, I am very excited to see what 2013 holds and I hope you are, too. Happily, we foiled the Mayans. *grin* So I hope there will be no more dire prophecies casting their apocalyptic gloom when we all know it's nonsense anyway.
In the meanwhile, just in case you were wondering what comes next with the characters from the Inferno Club, I have a new Queenie 2013 video - I'll just let Her Majesty tell you all about it.
The short version is, Trevor's book is coming out in August,
called MY NOTORIOUS GENTLEMAN. (Cover art not yet available. More info to come.)
Also, the second installment of our E.G. Foley middle grade series is also coming out this spring (March or April). Fantasy adventure set in the Victorian period for ages 10 and
up. The title is The Gryphon Chronicles, Book 2: JAKE & THE
GIANT. Check out this cover! As you can probably tell, Eric and I are having a LOT of fun with this series! >>
In closing, all the best to you and yours in the new year! Don't forget to check out my new Queenie 2013 video below! Enjoy. :)
With warmest wishes,
Coming This Spring! Click the cover to visit E.G. Foley website.
Note the falling-asleep choirboy at 47 seconds. Must be a Midnight service Christmas Eve - past his bedtime! Very cute.
This is a 2010 performance by the Westminster Abbey Choir - so enjoy a taste of a traditional English Christmas.
| |Wow! E.G. Foley is the featured guest author for the big launch of the brand-new Abracadabra YA Books Blog! Check out this great new book review blog
and our interview here: http://abracadabrabookblog.blogspot.com/Enjoy!
(PS - Leave a comment on the Abracadabra Blog under our interview to enter the drawing to win a free book!)