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!
I'm so happy to announce that the Prologue, Chapter 1, and now Chapter 2 of The Gryphon Chronicles, Book 1: THE LOST HEIR have been posted!!! Get your Sneak Peek here! And if you answer the Contest Question, you'll get a chance to win a free autographed copy of the paperback edition as soon as it's available.
Check it out at: http://www.egfoley.com/
I can't believe The Lost Heir goes on sale for Nook First in less than two weeks! Starting Monday, June 25 Barnes and Noble will have it as a Nook First exclusive, and 4 weeks later, on July 24, it will be released on Amazon and all the other places where people buy e-books. The meaty 312-page trade paperback edition will go on sale August 1.
"But wait, that's not all!"
I also just moments ago posted the Opening Excerpt to my short story in the upcoming Royal Bridesmaids anthology. This e-book only anthology features three short stories from three NYT Bestselling authors of historical romance: Stephanie Laurens, Loretta Chase, and moi. My story is called The Imposter Bride and you can read the opening pages here.
In the meantime, over at The Ballroom Blog, we're getting ready to celebrate Father's Day this weekend, so come and join us for a FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE: A Ballroom Tribute to Dads.
Share your favorite memories about your Dad and while you're there, take the funny poll to tell us which famous TV or movie dad is most like yours. So far, "Pa" (Michael Landon) from Little House on the Prarie is in first place, with Rhett Butler (doting daddy to Bonnie Blue) from Gone With the Wind in second. But Don Corleone and Al Bundy are also in the running... which dad is most similar to yours? Join the fun at http://www.theballroomblog.com/2012/06/father-daughter-dance-a-ballroom-tribute-to-dads/
That's all for now! Hope you're enjoying this delicious June weather, and congrats to all the June brides out there - wedding season is upon us!