News, Blog & Life as a Creative
Dear Reader, Welcome back to my blog! I hope you are enjoying these delicious final days of summer. Harvest season is here and I've got a whole cornucopia of news to share for September ~ plus a writing video that I'm nervously hoping some of you writers out there will find of use. But first, the headlines!
Historical Romance News ~ 3 Items:
1.) Amazon has chosen DUKE OF SHADOWS as a Monthly Featured Deal for all of September on both Amazon US and Canada. Normally $6.99, you can pick up your copy for only $1.99 all month! (Makes a great gift!) :P
2.) UP NEXT! I am currently working on the next Moonlight Square story. Book 5 will feature the rugged, no-nonsense Major Peter Carvel. The strong, silent of type guy who's always there to help when his friends need him. You know we love our war heroes in Regency-land, so I'm really enjoying plumbing his depths. I don't have a title or release date yet for Peter's book, but it'll be the first half of next year. More to come!
3.) And now for the bad news: Unfortunately, I still have had no word on the audiobook for MY RUTHLESS PRINCE (Inferno Club, Book 4). I was told it would be available this month, but we'll see. Alas, this is out of my hands and very frustrating to me as well. I appreciate your patience. I'll let you know as soon as I receive notification that it's ready. :/
E.G. Foley News ~ My Middle Grade Books!
Back to the good stuff. Three exciting items on this front, too!
1.) The BIG news from the middle grade fantasy world of E.G. Foley (the kidlit pen name that I share with my co-writer husband) is that the entire 7-book Gryphon Chronicles series is now available to read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited! To learn more about this exciting magical series set in Victorian England, visit www.egfoley.com. And...
2.) The even BIGGER news on The Gryphon Chronicles front is that Book 6, THE BLACK FORTRESS, is now on Pre-Order!!!
Eric and I are both SO excited about this book. At 220,000 words, it is truly an EPIC fantasy novel, for ages 9 and Up. (Dividing the story up into Acts and keeping the chapters short helped us keep the pace flying along for those young attention spans.) Eric and I are really proud of this grand tale.
But wait, there's more! :)
3.) We had thought THE BLACK FORTRESS would be the series finale of The Gryphon Chronicles, but midway through writing it, we realized there was still WAY more story to tell. As a result, we are happy to announce that there will be another Gryphon Chronicles book after this. Book 7, THE DRAGON LORD, will be out sometime in 2020. Woot!
On a Personal Note...
September means I'll be celebrating my 21st wedding anniversary with my #1 guy ~ the one and only E! <3 Late in the month comes his birthday, as well, so I'll be busy planning some sort of a to-do. I am also looking forward to the autumn festivals that start this month, and hope to get in some good hikes while the warm weather lasts.
Lastly, this summer is also the 20-year anniversary of PRINCESS, my second novel (I CANNOT BELIEVE IT).
It's still one of my favorites out of all my books, but, boy, was it hard to write. Thinking about all the trouble I had getting through my second novel inspired me to make a *very informal* YouTube video to share what I learned with newer writers. My way of giving back. I hope someone out there finds it useful. :)
And so, without further ado, (gulp) here's my AuthorTube debut...
A dreamy summertime view along one of the country roads between my house and the trail where I like to do my "Walk & Talk" sessions, recording the first draft of my novels with Dragon dictation.
Hello, gorgeous readers & romance friends!
I hope your August is off to a glistening start. I dunno, I find August to be one of my best writing months out of the whole year, so I'm looking forward to hopefully being very productive as we head down the homestretch of summer into fall. Fingers crossed!
I have a few quick August News items for you:
-- DUKE OF SHADOWS Amazon Deal DownUnder! Throughout August, Amazon AU is offering the ebook of my latest swashbuckling historical romance for only $1.49! Grab a copy for your Kindle HERE!
-- Likewise, Amazon India will be having a 1-day sale on DUKE OF SHADOWS on August 25. (I don't know yet what the price will be.) Say hello to sexy Luke & Portia HERE!
-- The Gryphon Chronicles is now in Kindle Unlimited! From my Middle Grade pen name, E.G. Foley, this exciting, Victorian-set fantasy adventure series is a fun family read for ages 9 & Up, but lots of adults love it, too! (NOTE: These books are in the AR Program, so kids can earn points if your school participates in the AR Reading Program!)
And now, for the Pinterest Boards of the month!! If you're in the mood for some yummy historical eye-candy, hop on over to Pinterest and peruse my latest collections of Regency goodness.
This month's featured boards are Sumptuous Period Interiors and Regency Wardrobe. I think you'll really enjoy them ~ I'd sure love it if you'd follow me on Pinterest. I'm new on there, and a little lonely! :)
On Biting Off More Than You Can Chew
Last month, I told you guys about my decision to decline a deal at auction with a Big 5 publisher in favor of going indie.
Well, this month, I have another pretty big announcement once again, this time, concerning my exploration of the small-town contemporary romance and fantasy romance genres.
Sigh. If I only I were a faster writer! I am working on improving all the time in that department, believe me. It's an ongoing process (struggle?) but I wanted to give you, my dear readers, an update on where we are with Harmony Falls and Age of Heroes. Seems I bit off more than I could chew.
My two Harmony Falls books, Dream of Me and Belong to Me, were, you might recall, co-written with my wonderful sister, Jaz Kennedy. Wellll, we had only gotten two books into the series when opportunity came knocking for Jaz and she got a job offer she couldn't refuse. I am thrilled for my little sis, especially since this is in the professional field she actually got her degree in (nonfiction writing). But she no longer had the time to co-write with me. (She's also got 2 little kids in addition to her job, so she's a busy lady.)
Since she was the one who had established the contemporary "voice" of the series, and, given that I haven't yet developed those lightning-fast writing speeds I dream of, I just can't see myself continuing with it alone at this time. Maybe someday. But for the foreseeable future, the Harmony Falls series is pretty much canceled. I apologize to anyone who's disappointed at the news. I'm bummed, too. Small-town contemporary is such a fun, heartwarming subgenre of romance. (Think Hallmark Christmas movies. I'm sorry, I love them, and I don't care what anyone says! LOL.) I will just have to continue enjoying these kinds of books as a reader.
The situation is quite different when it comes to Age of Heroes, the medieval-esque fantasy romance quartet I was (and am still) so excited to begin with Paladin's Prize. Though I've only managed to write one of these so far, I am putting this series in my back pocket to continue later, for sure. Though I have no idea when. I am just in love with writing fantasy romance. This type of book is much closer to my natural writing voice than contemporary. I am much more at home in historical type settings. So, I definitely plan on diving back into Age of Heroes at some point, once I've caught up in Regency Historicals and Middle Grade.
Once more, apologies all around. Awkward! I feel terrible about this. But it is what it is. Things don't always go to plan. I did not expect to lose 6 months perfecting my New York proposal and waiting for the Big 5 deal to be finalized, only to finally receive the contract and realize it was unsignable. So I lost a ton of time there.
Then, thanks to my really dumb decision to try writing like a "pantser" (for fun, of course!) rather than the plotter I've always been caused my last 5 releases to be gigantic, double-sized books. (FYI, a plotter outlines their novel in advance; a pantser writes "by the seat of their pants," letting the story unfold along the way. Really fun process to do that, but SUPER inefficient for me. And, go figure, when left to its own devices, I now know that my subconscious *loves* to produce huge, sprawling, complicated, gigantic-sized tomes. Oy.) Those kinds of jumbo-sized novels take WAY longer to write. As a result, what should've been about 10 new books from me was only about 5. So...yeah, I did this to myself! Live and learn, I guess! Onward.
"Well, that didn't work out as planned!"
I appreciate your patience with me! Even though these projects didn't quite work out as planned, I still feel they were a very valuable experience. I learned a huge amount from doing them, had great fun, and most importantly, I got to spread my wings creatively. It's a journey! *g* Onward...
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