Hi Everyone! I just wanted to let you know that on May 1st, I will be giving away 10 autographed hardcover copies of my middle grade fantasy adventure novel, THE LOST HEIR (written under my kidlit pen name E.G. Foley). It's Book #1 in my bestselling children's series, The Gryphon Chronicles (pictured above). These are beautiful, durable, high-quality hardcovers that retail for $19.99. So, if you love epic middle grade fantasy books in the same genre as Harry Potter, or know someone who does, then sign up below for a chance to win!
As the year winds down, I just wanted to thank you for reading my books, and to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a happy, peaceful, healthy and prosperous New Year.
It's my annual tradition on this blog to share one of my favorite carols at Christmas, but this year, I'm going out on a limb to present ... the Foley Family & Friends singers!!! (Informally, that is, lol.)
My dad arranged for us to go caroling at the local VA hospital, so we had a practice session before going to bring some cheer to the veterans. It was certainly our honor to go. They are truly inspiring, and we appreciated the VA letting us come. As it turned out, of course, Jaz's two wee ones dressed as elves were the hit of the day, lol. Jaz (who co-writes the contemporary romances with me) had asked her children's teachers if they could have their class of preschoolers and kindergartners make cards for the guys.
Well, the teachers agreed and the children at school sure delivered. We had hundreds of handmade cards to pass out to the vets, written in crayon and adorned with stickers, drawings, and glitter, the works. As you can imagine, the little tykes definitely upstaged us singers, but we didn't mind a bit! We were just glad to be there, and had a great time.
Anyway, if you're feeling brave enough to listen and you're not Simon Cowell *g* I thought it would be fun to share a quick little clip from our choir practice day. As you might've guessed, that's 3 of the 4 Foley sisters there, along with our Dad in the blue plaid shirt, and several dear family friends. Here we're working on our our rendition of O Come All Ye Faithful. :) Merry Christmas & I'll see you next year!
DUKE OF STORM is about to make landfall in the first half of December! Just around the corner! If you'd like me to shoot you an email as soon as it goes on sale, sign up for my mailing list here and I'll send you the links to the product page on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. For now, check out this excerpt. Enjoy!
The Lovers Meet!
“Er, Major?” Will turned to face the sitting room, his eyebrows arched high. “There’s a beautiful young lady at your door. Are you at home?”
Always, thought Connor.
Filled with equal parts roguery and suspicion at this extremely unusual news, he sauntered forward from the sitting room and leaned toward the doorway to view their caller.
To his amazement, it was the gray-eyed beauty from the ballroom: the English rose.
What on earth was she doing here? Alone, no less.
“Please,” she said with an innocent blink, gazing past Will to Connor, “if you don’t mind, I should be grateful for a moment of Your Grace’s time.” She glanced nervously over her shoulder, as though making sure she had not been followed.
Then she looked at him again.
Her heart-shaped face was pale by the dim glow of the lanterns flanking the front door. Her gauzy skirts billowed in the breeze. She wore a lacy white shawl now, draped across her delectable shoulders.
She pulled it closer around herself as she stood in the doorway. He could see her shaking…probably not from the chill, but from the boldness of her visit here. Even he was startled by it.
“May I come in?” she asked with a gulp. “We are…neighbors, after all.”
He blinked out of his daze. “By all means.”
What she wanted, Connor could not imagine, but he prowled over slowly to brush the lad aside. “I’ll take it from here, Will.”
Connor held the door for their fair visitor. The girl stared at Will as she tiptoed in warily, looking a little nonplussed at his unconventional butler.
Nestor returned to the bottom of the stairs, watching skeptically.
“I don’t suppose there’s any chance you’re here about the duel?” Connor said, half joking.
He paused to scan the street before shutting the door, then locked it behind her again.
“Actually, I am,” she said, wide-eyed.
“You’re the fellow’s second?” Will exclaimed.
“N-no, of course not,” she said. She pursed her rosy lips. “I’m his…his…”
Connor cocked a brow, waiting, hands on hips. “His what?”
“His…particular lady friend,” she said judiciously.
“I see.” Connor’s smile soured. Suspicion promptly won the inner tug of war with roguery. His mood darkened back to normal. “Let me guess. You’ve come here to plead for the blackguard’s life.”
She blinked. “Well—actually…now that you mention it…”
He smirked. Her words faltered, and she started turning red, like she had in the ballroom.
“Um, could we possibly discuss this in private, Your Grace?”
Connor considered it. Fraternize with the enemy?
Once again, there was no way of knowing who might be involved with the plot against his family. Indeed, if he were out in the field, running a scouting mission or an intelligence-gathering operation, he would find the most unlikely person to send in to make inquiries for him.
Someone the enemy would never suspect. Someone who could serve as a distraction, diversion, spread false information…or do even worse.
Hmm. Connor’s stare homed in on the girl’s dainty gloved hands clutching her reticule.
For a moment, he studied her little tasseled handbag, determining after a few seconds that it was too diminutive to contain even a small pistol.
But that didn’t mean this lovely little confection wasn’t perilous to him in other ways.
Temptation such as this had got Adam and Eve thrown out of the garden, last he’d checked, and this was one alluring red apple, ripe and juicy.
He wanted a taste.
She grew flustered at his prolonged silence. “You are the duke, aren’t you? If there’s someone else I should speak to—”
“Oh yes,” he said absently, curiosity outweighing his caution. He’d hear her out. Why not? “I am Amberley these days, so it would seem. I admit, you’ve come at rather a bad time, but it’s always my pleasure to be of…service to a lady.”
His double entendre went over her clearly virginal head, but he folded his arms across his chest and stared at her, far more entertained than he cared to let on.
“How may I be of assistance, mademoiselle?”
* * *
Every quick, reverberating thump of Maggie’s heart as she held the duke’s stare warned her that she absolutely shouldn’t be here. She was not accustomed to doing rash things, and her current venture, she feared, was nothing short of foolhardy.
How she had managed to sneak away from Delia, she barely knew. The entire ballroom had been in an uproar after the outbreak of violence.
But she was here to stop it, if she could.
And so, Maggie swallowed hard and held on tight to her composure.
It was not easy, pinned in the gaze of such a man.
Amberley had removed his black tailcoat and tugged loose his cravat. The loose, white, billowy sleeves of his shirt cascaded fascinatingly off the rugged breadth of his shoulders, only hinting at the hard, bulging muscles the crisp fabric draped.
His pale striped waistcoat hugged a powerful chest that tapered toward his lean waist. She gulped silently as her gaze slid lower to the manly regions concealed by his elegant black trousers…
Margaret Hyacinth Winthrop! Mind your manners and get your eyes back in your head. At once, she whipped a blushing glance back up to his disturbingly handsome face.
She found the duke looking not at all inclined to believe a word she said, but waiting patiently for her to speak her piece.
The polite curve of his lips was almost a smile.
Flustered by her own wayward noticings, Maggie cleared her throat and cast about for her wits. “I am Lady Margaret Winthrop. I live across the square—well, diagonally from here, more or less—with my sister a-and her husband. On Marquess Row.” She gestured haphazardly toward the closed door in the direction of their terrace house. “Lord and Lady Birdwell?”
“Ah,” said the duke.
She could tell by his blank look that he had never heard of them before.
Delia would be crushed.
“I beg your pardon, Lady Margaret,” His Grace said with a flicker of impatience, “this is rather a bad time for a neighborly visit, so…?”
“Yes, yes, of course.” Maggie nodded briskly and got on with it. “I saw what happened in the ballroom,” she said. “I thought I might be able to help...”
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From the Back Cover:
He’s the Duke no one expected. She’s the Lady he’s been looking for. Can their love overcome the dark storm gathering over the House of Amberley?
London, 1817. Rugged, roguish Major Connor Forbes has just received the surprise of a lifetime. After returning from the front lines of the Napoleonic Wars, the Irish-born warrior has just learned he’s the heir to an English dukedom. The only problem? The last three Dukes of Amberley all died under very mysterious circumstances, and before long, Connor is convinced that someone is trying to kill him. As he attempts to survive his new title and navigate life in the London aristocracy, he knows he needs the guidance of a high-society insider…but whom could he possibly trust?
Innocent, mild-mannered Lady Margaret Winthrop is desperate to escape her cruel sister’s household, even if it means marrying her only suitor—an arrogant boor. When the hothead challenges the new Duke of Amberley to a duel, she has no choice but to throw herself on the war-hero’s mercy to spare him. But Maggie never expected she’d have to make a scandalous pact with the dangerous outsider to keep her beau alive…
As Connor and Maggie search for clues together in the London ton, they can’t help but grow closer. To him, she embodies a battle-hardened soldier’s dream of peacetime. To her, he calls forth the adventurous streak she didn’t know she possessed. But can their fragile bond survive Connor’s cursed inheritance, or will a vengeful assassin and family secrets buried deep within the House of Amberley destroy their chance at happiness?
Duke of Storm is a breathtaking Regency romance novel on a grand scale. If you like lush historical settings, intriguing mysteries, and love stories to savor, you’ll love the latest heartfelt tale in the Moonlight Square series by New York Times Bestselling Author Gaelen Foley.
Welcome back to Moonlight Square ~ Regency London’s
Most Romantic Address!
Books in this series can stand alone,
but if you prefer reading in series order, titles include:
One Moonlit Night
Duke of Scandal
Duke of Secrets
Dear Reader ~
Hope this note finds you well! As I count my blessings this Thanksgiving, know that I'll be thinking of you. Thank you for letting me entertain you with my books!
Speaking of which, the next Moonlight Square, Book #3: DUKE OF STORM, is finished, copyedited, and in proofreading right now! I don't have an exact on-sale date for you yet, but it'll be coming up quick. Cover reveal and sneak peek are imminent! I'm very excited to share this story with you.
It's a massive tome, rich and complex, with one of my favorite heroes ever to spring to life on my computer screen! So, there's much more to come on that very soon. :)
I also wanted to let you know that in addition to my new Inferno Club audiobook (My Irresistible Earl audiobook, released last month), I have other great audiobook news.
The audiobook for THE LOST HEIR (The Gryphon Chronicles, Book #1), the first novel in my middle grade/YA fantasy series written as E.G. Foley, was selected by Audible.com to be part of a special holiday sale that runs until November 27th. Until then, as part of Audible's "KIDS' LISTENING SALE", THE LOST HEIR audio on sale for only $3.95, regularly $24.95.
So it's a really good deal if you need to stock up on some fun audio for those holiday car rides with the kids. Actually, though, the Gryphon Chronicles series is fun for the whole family.
Here's a link: BUY THE LOST HEIR AUDIOBOOK
Well, that's all for now. Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving, and good luck to those of you hitting those Black Friday sales!
I'm so pleased to announce that My Irresistible Earl, Inferno Club #3 is now available as an audiobook, performed once again by the inimitable Marian Hussey. More about the story below!
My Irresistible Earl
She has loved him for as long as she can remember...
Once, she had vowed to marry Jordan, the Earl of Falconridge. Now, she vows to forget him. After he abandoned her for a life of shrouded secrets, Mara, Lady Pierson, has succeeded in keeping him away, until he appears in London unexpectedly, making her fall in love all over again. Forced back into her life by duty, Jordan quickly stays for love. He has never forgotten this passionate beauty and never meant to break her heart. But their newfound happiness is endangered—because the Inferno Club demands much of its members, and his vital mission is exposing a deadly plot that could threaten their very lives.
I'm so excited to announce that my 2nd contemporary romance collab with my sister/author, Jaz Kennedy, is now available! If you love funny, happy, heart-tugging small-town romance, BELONG TO ME will make you feel right at home.
When Hollywood invades Harmony Falls, shooting parts of a movie on location, fate matches up two of the most unlikely lovers I've had the pleasure of creating! Cheerful Extrovert meets Cynical Introvert, A-List Star meets Broody Loner, and, as they say, mayhem ensues. *g*
Those who secretly love celebrity-watching will especially enjoy this story, as we get up close and personal with the everyday life of a movie star. (Great research, Jaz!) Our heroine, Kate Watson, is one of those rare A-list actresses who embodies lovable and wholesome, and stars in those type of "chick flick" romantic comedies that we all know and love. Movies like Sleepless in Seattle or Must Love Dogs.
But then her co-star in this movie she's working on challenges her to do one of her own stunts as a bet for charity -- which involves flying a helicopter. Enter studly helicopter pilot, Zander Pierce, who takes his job Very. Seriously.
The contrast between Kate & Zander was hilarious to work on, as was the cast of secondary characters in this book. Hollywood movers-and-shakers finding themselves as fishes out of water in small-town America was a hoot to play around with.
If you're new to the series and want to start at the beginning, Book 1, DREAM OF ME, is currently on sale for $2.99. A great intro price to get acquainted with the world of Harmony Falls.
Garden lovers will especially like Book 1, as the heroine, Beatrice Palmer, has ditched the city life to follow her "dream" of taking over her grandparents' sleepy, down-home farm. So if you are a farmer's market devotee like us or are growing your own vegetable garden this summer (like Jaz), here's your chance to fantasize about having your own whole 300-acre farm -- without having to do any of the work!!! *g* Personally, I always yearned to own a farm, except I'm lacking one vital ingredient: a green thumb. :/ I even killed a Pothos once, people. So I'm just a wannabe grower, but boy, the research for this book left me in awe of farmers, which, btw, independent women in farming is like a big kinda trendy thing right now! So it's also very timely.
In wrapping up here so you can get onto the book, I just wanted to mention in all sincerity that if you have any friends who need some cheering up and like modern-day romances, send them over to this series. These are really happy books that, to me, just make you feel good.
This is largely thanks to my wiseacre sister, who is one of the funniest people I know. Whenever I get together with my sisters, it's always a nonstop laugh-fest (though this was not the case so much when we were teens, believe me! LOL). We just keep cracking each other up. And when my cousins get involved--! Forget it, don't even get me started. Before I know it, my face starts hurting from all the grinning and smiling.
Anyway -- as a result -- I think you feel a lot of positive energy in these books. (Whereas my Regencies are darker and more intense/dramatic. Hey, I'm a Scorpio, it's gotta go somewhere. *g*) Jaz has always been the really funny one of the family, though. Thus, when she sent me her completed manuscript ready for me to do my draft, the one-liners throughout the book once again had me LOL'ing all along the way, in between the more poignant moments, which, OMG, seriously, at one particular moment in the plot -- WHICH I'M NOT GONNA TELL YOU -- she made me cry like a blubbering idiot. But that's a good thing when you're a writer. *g*
With all that said, maybe it's no surprise that quite a few readers now have told us they want to move to Harmony Falls! (And until someone builds a time machine to transport me back to Regency London, so do I! haha. Next Moonlight Square historical is on the way, speaking of which. But more on that later.) I'm afraid I've rambled on here enough!
Without further ado, please allow me to present BELONG TO ME! xo ~ G
Belong to Me: Harmony Falls, Book 2...
When Hollywood invades, Harmony Falls might never be the same…
Jaz & I are so proud to announce it's that time again! Time for our second trip back to Harmony Falls with BELONG TO ME, a fun, flirty summer read. When Hollywood invades small-town America, shooting parts of a movie on location, fate matches up two of the most unlikely lovers I've had the pleasure of creating! Cheerful Extrovert meets Cynical Introvert, A-Lister meets Broody Loner, and, as they say, mayhem ensues. *g*
We finished working on this weeks ago (then it went into production), but Kate and Zander's story has really stayed in my heart. They're very lovable characters and I think you'll be rooting for them. Hope you'll check it out. And now, without further ado, please allow me and my dear sister/co-author to present Harmony Falls, Book 2: BELONG TO ME!
PS: If you missed Book 1: Dream of Me, you can check it out here!
Welcome to Harmony Falls, a charming small town in Pennsylvania’s lush Laurel Highlands, where life revolves around the things that matter most: friends, family, and falling in love.
When Hollywood invades, Harmony Falls might never be the same…
Lovable, whimsical Kate Watson is known as America’s Sweetheart—box office star of countless romantic comedy flicks. Unfortunately, her own love life is one sad tale! But when her next big role takes Kate filming on location near picturesque Harmony Falls, she meets tough, broody loner, Zander Pierce, whose smoldering intensity and heroic past soon make her long for her own happy ending.
Ex-Army medevac pilot, free spirit, and occasional guitarist, Zander Pierce has agreed—against his better judgment—to teach the blond bombshell how to fly a helicopter for a movie stunt. Cynical about his new student, he braces for impact, expecting a diva. But the warm, funny, down-to-earth Kate upends his assumptions, baffles him with her dauntless cheer—and melts him with her vulnerability. Zander soon grasps that this woman has the power like no other to draw him back from his solitary ways. But will reaching for a star lead him to crash and burn?
Author-sister duo, New York Times bestseller Gaelen Foley and exciting newcomer, Jaz Kennedy, welcome you to Harmony Falls. If you love heartfelt small-town romance filled with love and laughter, Harmony Falls will make you feel right at home.
Belong to Me ~ Sneak Peek!
The stars twinkled overhead, the crickets sang in the thick summer grass, and the white gazebo enwrapped them in their own little world.
Kate’s palms slid slowly up Zander’s chest as he caressed her lips with a few delicate sweeps of his own. But when her hands curled over his shoulders to twine behind his nape, he sensed her willingness, and opened her mouth with an exploratory stroke of his tongue.
She let out a tiny moan, gently tangling fistfuls of his hair, then their tongues went gliding through a series of deepening kisses, eager and smooth. His heart was pounding, his skin hot in the coolness of the night. When she arched her back moments later, pressing her chest deeper into him, he groaned with pleasure.
“Oh, Kate, I could do this all night,” he whispered, pulling her onto his lap. His hands slipped down to trace along her tight little curves. “Just…this.”
“Mmm, I wish,” she said, never letting her lips leave his.
Zander remembered abruptly then that her friends were waiting. Including her bodyguard, who’d probably come looking for her if he didn’t have her back within the hour.
His heart sank; his ravenous libido snarled at the denial. But maybe it was for the best. This was some Class A kissing, and it felt damn amazing. Still, whatever this was between them, it had to be handled carefully. She was America’s Sweetheart, after all. What were the chances a woman like her could ever belong to a guy like him?
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