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My Dear Friend,
How long it's been! A little bird told me you have kindly been asking about our ever-growing family and how we all have fared in our early years of marriage. Thank you so much for keeping us all in your thoughts. It is with great joy that I can report we are generally thriving. Our days are peaceful for the most part - aside from all the usual rounds of the children's ordinary illnesses and their rather more extraordinary levels of noise when all the little cousins are together. (Mr. Walsh, our dear old butler, threatens to hide in the silver vault in the cellar on such occasions.)
For ourselves, my sisters-in-law and I have formed our own steadfast coterie, since it seems some of the ton's high-stickler ladies still refuse to accept, well, mainly me. I care not for my own sake if they will never receive me, as long as they do not shun my children when they are grown. But then, I know full well they wouldn't dare.
In any case, here is a sampling of all our latest news! Hmm...well, to start with, our dear bluestocking, Lizzie, has recently penned another novel. Of course, I cannot tell you what her pseudonym is, though you are welcome to guess. We are all sworn to secrecy on that point. She insists, for everybody knows that viscountesses don't write sentimental penny dreadfuls ~ as Alec likes to tease her that her books are. But his wife, Becky, who openly declares her love for wild gothic tales, is always Lizzie's first reader. If she cries, swoons, or has nightmares, depending on the story, we know the book will be a success.
Jacinda, meanwhile, is playing nursemaid to Billy these days after the foolhardy adventurer fell off a cliff (I am not jesting) in the Alps on one of his recent nature-conquering outings with Jack. Our ourdoorsy lords decided to attempt the Nordic sport of skiing. Let us simply say it did not end well. (To the surprise of neither of their wives.) Fortunately, Jack's wife, Eden, had an excellent herbal poultice from her father's exotic plant collection that helped to soothe their husbands' various bumps and bruises. Poor boys!
Oh, here is an interesting bit of news that I nearly forgot to mention! Do you remember Lord Strathmore's very kind African friend from American, Ben, who endured the horrors of slavery in his youth? A very brave man. Ben has returned to Philadelphia, at great personal risk, I might add, where he has joined an effort to help other escaped slaves establish new lives as free men and women in safer regions. Devlin accompanied him in case there was any trouble. I am not sure what the plan is, and though we are rather worried about their safety in these intrigues, we are all so proud of this noble work--especially Lizzie, of her beloved Devil Strathmore.
Our India cousins are all in Greece right now, awaiting the birth of Princess Sophia's royal firstborn on Kavros. I am told that our fearless Gabriel is a bit of a wreck. At least he has his brother by his side as he faces first-time fatherdom. Everyone here is laying wagers on whether the new royal heir of the island of Kavros will be a boy or a girl. Sophia is very happy, we are told.
Lastly, the merriest news of the day [NOTE - STRICTLY A SECRET!] is that the twins' wives, Alice and Miranda, are secretly planning the more enormous revelries for the occasion of Lucien and Damien simultaneously turning forty in a few months' time. Please keep word of this under your bonnet for now. You have no idea how difficult it is trying to plan a surprise birthday party for a former spy. In any case, it is sure to be the fete of the Season - and do rest assured, my friend, that you will receive your invitation by footman in due time. So you might want to start thinking about a new ballgown for the occasion now, before all the best modistes in Town are booked too far in advance. We are expecting King George himself to attend - but you know Prinny. His Majesty was never one to miss a party.
So, there you have it. All the latest news from the Knight ladies! Thank you once again for thinking of us, and please know we wish you every happiness, in turn.
With all our love,
Kindle Daily Deal! THE LOST HEIR and JAKE AND THE GIANT are both on sale in a special promotion on Amazon. The e-books are now $1.99 for a limited time only!
This is a great chance to try The Gryphon Chronicles, or if you've already enjoyed them, to tell your friends the price is right to check them out!!!
Update! Just had to share the results. Holy...moley. Yep, that's us, with the #1 and #2 Children's Ebooks on all of Amazon. At least for a couple for days. Woot!
Oh, boy, somebody's written my autobiography for me! No, I'm just being silly. I just happened across a book whose eponymous heroine shares my name and you have to understand how excited I got when I found it because that NEVER HAPPENS! I think I've only met one other Gaelen in my whole life, except it was a Galen, a gentlemanly Black ((MALE!!)) professor in a tweed coat. Moms of America, don't give your kids a weird name or they'll be emotionally scarred for life and thus grow up to be writers. Or rebel warrior princesses. *grin*
Anyway, I have GOT to read this book. Just thought I'd share, as I thought my readers might get a kick out of this, too. And hey, if you're a fantasy fan, go for it! Here it is. P.S., for some reason they, er, didn't put the author's name on the cover. (???) But it's by Robert McLaws Miller. Here's the back cover blurb:
And then there's this...
It came in at over 11 hours long. Fun for the whole family. Hope you like it! :)
Found this terrific demonstration of Georgian-era cookery in my recent explorations. Better yet, it involves chocolate, and since I've already broken my New Year's Resolution on that front (it's Jan. 4th, haha - don't laugh, you're not far behind, trust me - JUST KIDDING!) ANYWAY ~ had to share it with my website visitors. The Historic Royal Palaces Youtube Channel is definitely a must-subscribe for any Anglophile and history buff! Enjoy! And if you decide to make this, let us know how it goes - and how it tastes!!
Dear Friends, Thank you for another year of allowing me to entertain you with my books. I wish you all the best in this holiday season and hope the new year brings you your heart's desire. Thought I would pass along some truly dazzling Christmas inspiration. This is John Eliot Gardiner conducting the Monteverdi Choir in a gorgeous passage from Bach's Christmas Oratorio. I can't get enough of it! Until next time, with hugs to all! ~ Gaelen
Look what just came down the chimney!
Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men…and Gingerbread Men?!
After his harsh beginnings as a rough-and-tumble orphan on the streets of London, Jake Everton takes his rightful place as the long-lost heir of an aristocratic family with magical powers – his personal quest, to follow in his slain parents’ footsteps as a Lightrider in the age-old battle of good versus evil. In the fantastical nooks and crannies of the Victorian Age, Jake and his friends (including his pet Gryphon) find no shortage of adventure – righting magic-related wrongs, solving supernatural mysteries, and exploring wondrous new worlds. Now it’s Jake’s first Christmas with his eccentric magical relatives, but trouble never takes a holiday…
Santa’s Horrid Little Helper
Wanted! Humbug, the disgruntled Christmas elf.
Reward: One Christmas wish granted, courtesy of Santa.
Humbug hates being a Christmas elf. Instead of making toys, he’d rather make mischief. Angling for a new job in Halloween Town, he sets out to prove he’s frightful enough for the task by ruining Christmas for as many people as possible - until Jake and his friends capture him. The kids set out on a rip-roaring adventure to the North Pole to hand the troublemaker over to Santa and collect the reward. But the way is fraught with danger, leaving them to wonder if they’ll make it back in time for Christmas…or if they’ll even make it back alive!
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.
"A wonderful novel in the same vein as Harry Potter, full of nonstop action, magical creatures, and the reality that was Queen Victoria's England." ~ The Reading Café
Not a moment too soon, our long-awaited Gryphon Chronicles Christmas book has arrived. Although this book is connected to The Gryphon Chronicles series, it was written to stand alone, so you can still enjoy it just as much even if you haven't read the full-length novels. This makes it a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift for the booklover on your list.
For readers who ARE following the adventures of Jake and his friends, consider this story #3.5 in the series. As a Christmas tale, GINGERBREAD is the lightest of the stories, and is half the length of the regular novels. [Previous titles include: Book 1 - THE LOST HEIR (now optioned for a movie!); Book 2 - JAKE & THE GIANT; and Book 3 - THE DARK PORTAL.] The Gryphon Chronicles are fun family reading for ages 10 & up, but younger kids who are avid readers should do fine with them, too.
Parents may also like to know that amidst all the Santa stuff and the wild-and-crazy North Pole adventure, this story does not ignore the real reason for Christmas - Jesus' birth. Readers of other faiths or no faith can still enjoy the tale, just wanted to let you know in case that's a factor for you.
Hi All! Just wanted to let you know that the back cover blurb and full cover of MY NOTORIOUS GENTLEMAN has now been posted, along with Chapter One.
Hope you'll check it out!
Poor Lord Trevor Montgomery. It's not easy being a spy. The last we saw him, his hopes of marrying his longtime "girlfriend" (ok, in Regency-speak, the lady with whom he had long had a Certain Understanding) came to naught when complications on a mission (thanks a lot, Nick) had the world believing he was dead.
In his overdue absence, Regency Girlfriend took up with another guy, and now Trevor finds himself home from the war, ready to embrace his hard-earned reward, only to find he's been thrown aside, with all of London is watching, waiting to see his reaction. Nothing cuter than a brooding hero trying to put on a happy face all while having himself a grand old Sulk. Grrrrr!
Miss Grace Kenwood isn't the sort of lady to indulge such scowlings and broodings. Especially when Trevor seems to be taking out his dark mood on everyone around him. It will not do!
Please follow the link Here (same as above) to read the full back cover blurb - link will also take you to Chapter One, if you'd care to read further! This book is now available for Pre-Order and as an August release from Avon Books, officially goes on sale on July 30 in both e-book and mass market paperback formats. I sincerely hope you'll look for it.
OH - And if you're new to the Inferno Club series, the very first book is MY WICKED MARQUESS (see Books > Inferno Club page on this website). If you don't want to commit to reading seven books, you might like to dive in with MY SCANDALOUS VISCOUNT, which focuses on Trevor's three-man spy team of Beauchamp, Trevor, and the unpredictable Nick (whose book will be coming out next summer - the series finale!)
Thanks again for reading, and I hope your summer is off to a great start!
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!
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!