Audio Book!

I have a contract with a narrator to produce an audio book of Lord Grenville’s Choice. It will be finished and up for sale on Amazon and ITunes on June 15! I am excited. Joel Leslie has the perfect British accent and does the voices extraordinarily well.

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G.G.’s Jottings

Happy Spring

April, 2015

Work:

Both my new releases, EXILE and LORD JOHN’S DILEMMA are faring well! I am inundating myself with research for my new sequel–DEFIANCE–which will hopefully be completed by years’ end. It will take place in England from the evacuation at Dunkirk and the Fall of France through the Battle of Britain and the Blitz. I am reading lots of Churchill, and growing very fond of him. Am also researching video interviews and first hand accounts. I am thoroughly submerged in this period of history.

Family:

I did emerge briefly for a wonderful week with family! The week before Easter through Easter Day my daughter, Buffy’s, family of four children was here, visiting us and our Utah family–Greg, Morgan, Jessi, and Henry. We had a great time. Papa (David) recorded the event in pictures, as usual!

Jack in the magic room of the Curiosity Museum

Jack in the magic room of the Curiosity Museum

 

Natey "The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round"

Natey “The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round”

Micah at the Curiosity Museum

Micah at the Curiosity Museum

Henry hiding

Henry hiding

Astrid with Dad, Allan

Astrid with Dad, Allan

 

We went to the Museum of Curiosity at Thanksgiving Point and played lots of Legos! My grandchildren are truly five of my greatest blessings. Their enthusiasm for life and their unconditional love revitalize me. Since Henry lives here in Provo, I go to visit him several times a week. Right now, is passion is TRUCKS.

Fun:

Our big vacation this year is planned for June when we will have a family trip to San Diego. This is our first trip as a family, so we are excited about it. David and I used to take weekends in San Diego when we were in the LA area going to Law School, many many years ago. It remains a favorite destination and we can’t wait to experience it with our growing family.

Easter:

The greatest blessing in my life continues to be the atonement of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Not only did he give me the unmatched gift of Eternal Life, he also helps me every day to overcome my pains and obstacles through his Grace.

 

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Exile on $.99 Promotion All Week

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Author G.G. Vandagriff brings readers what is possibly her best work yet in “Exile.” Vandagriff masterfully weaves a tale of conflicted romance into the pre-WWII era, bringing the terror, sadness and anger of Hitler’s reign out of history and into the hands of readers. Vandagriff does an excellent job balancing fact and fiction.“–Deseret News

“Exile is a strong and touching story which details not only many little known details of World War II, but share an intimate knowledge of European politics and social customs. The author did a superb job of melding together the various plot lines and intrigues leading to Austria’s takeover and the attempt by the Nazis to rule all of Europe.” –Meridian Magazine
“This novel was exceptional. It was historically accurate, yet entertaining and involving at the same time. I appreciated the author’s ability to weave correct historical events with the fictional characters. I was engaged throughout the novel and also learned some things I didn’t know before. The characters were well-developed and the storyline wasn’t frivolous in any regard. I am hoping there will be another novel about this family.”–5-Star Amazon Review
Synopsis: It is 1938, and Austria has just fallen to the Nazis. Amalia von Schoenenburg’s husband, Rudolf, has been murdered by the SS before her eyes. Fleeing to Switzerland with a vital message from Rudolf for Mr. Winston Churchill, she is accompanied by her two sons and Dr. Andrzej Zaleski, the man she loved heart and soul before the Great War. As this little band of exiles works to complete its vital mission, Amalia struggles with grief and guilt. She loved her husband and raised two children with him, but how can she deny the passion that has existed, hidden away–the passion of a lifetime? This is the stand alone sequel to The Last Waltz, critically acclaimed winner of the Whitney Award and international bestseller.
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G.G.’s Jottings

March, 2015

 

Work:

Release of new Regency romance!

Available for a limited time at promotional price of $2.99

Lord John 72

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When Lord John returns from the Battle of Waterloo nursing a serious wound and a case of melancholia, he is hopeful of beginning a happier phase in his life. His sights are set on the lovely Miss Lindsay, his country neighbor’s daughter. But to his mystification, he keeps getting distracted by her family’s governess—a little dab of a thing who is not at all what she seems.

His determination to solve the mystery of Miss Haverley begins to seriously undermine his interest in Miss Lindsay, who is certain he is about to offer for her. In the face of this, how can he pursue his interest in the family governess?  Not only must he solve this dilemma, but he must discover what the petite woman hiding. When Miss Haverley begs him to resist satisfying his curiosity because such a course could bring her harm, his dilemma doubles. He is more determined than ever to rescue her from whatever demons she is trying to escape, for Miss Haverley alone seems to have the power to stir him to passion and hope for a new life.

Family:

Astrid and Natie

Astrid and Natie

 

 

Micah: Clown Day at Pre School

Micah: Clown Day at Pre School

 

 

Jack=Dreamboat

Jack=Dreamboat

 

 

Henry learns to use a straw.

Henry learns to use a straw.

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We recently visited Zion National Park for the first time and had an unforgettable visit. Though the pictures are amazing, they don’t begin to do the majesty of this maze of canyons justice.

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Deseret News Review of Exile

“EXILE,” by G.G. Vandagriff, The Orson Whitney Press, $12.99, 311 pages (f)

In the confusing and terrifying times just before World War II, Amalia von Schoenenburg, her two sons and a few close friends find themselves fleeing Austria after its fall to the Nazis.

As if the escape wasn’t terrifying alone, Amalia witnesses the brutal murder of her husband, shot down by the SS for his defiance against Adolf Hitler. Now Amalia must take an important message from her husband to Winston Churchill.

But even with the SS hot on their trail and a brutal, unforgiving enemy with a thirst for revenge in pursuit as well, Amalia finds herself constantly torn between her feelings of guilt over her husband’s death and her old feelings for her first love and traveling companion, Dr. Andrzej Zaleski.

Utah author G.G. Vandagriff brings readers what is possibly her best work yet in “Exile.” Vandagriff masterfully weaves a tale of conflicted romance into the pre-WWII era, bringing the terror, sadness and anger of Hitler’s reign out of history and into the hands of readers. Vandagriff does an excellent job balancing fact and fiction.

“Exile” is pumped full of tension, action and sweet romance that transport readers back in time. The story is told from the point of view of several different characters, allowing readers a deeper look into each situation.

Even though “Exile” is a sequel to “The Last Waltz,” which was published in 2009, readers can enjoy it as a stand-alone novel without much difficulty.

“Exile” is a clean romance with some brief, generally decribed war-related violence and no bad language.

EXILE on promotion for $.99!

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Exile Promotion

For a limited time Exile is available on Amazon for $.99!

From Whitney-award winning author of the bestselling historical romance THE LAST WALTZ, comes the highly anticipated stand-alone sequel, EXILE:
It is 1938, and Austria has just fallen to the Nazis. Amalia von Schoenenburg finds herself widowed and fleeing from the Nazi regime that took her husband’s life. Together with her two teenage sons, Amalia relies on her old love, Andrzej, to take her to England where they must deliver a vital message to Mr. Winston Churchill. But Amalia can’t deny the past and her long-buried love for Andrzej. As they struggle against Nazi minions across Europe and in England, Amalia’s passion for Andrzej revives. But those feelings only compound her grief and guilt, and she must once again choose whether or not to follow her heart or keep it protected forever.

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Review of Exile by USA Today Bestselling Author, Heather Moore

Thanks to Heather (H.B.) Moore for her wonderful five-star review of EXILE:

 

I’ve been waiting for this sequel to THE LAST WALTZ for many years. EXILE is a fabulous continuation of Amalia and Andrzej’s timeless love story. Amalia is facing tragedy again as her her husband Rudolf is killed by the Nazi’s, and she and her two boys are entrusted to Andrzej’s care in order to get them out of Austria safely. While fleeing for her life, and grieving for her husband, old passions are ignited in her heart for Andrzej, a man she had given up on many years before
.Author GG Vandagriff is a master at creating intrigue and heart-rendering characters against the intricate tapestry of pre-WWII. Hitler’s strategy is amazing (and eerie) to watch as it unfolds across the nations and as he places supporters throughout Europe to rise up when the time is right.

 

Amalia and Andrzej face danger at every turn as they deliver the truth about the Germans in Austria to Churchill in England, and Vandagriff deftly weaves a tale of suspense with her scholarly knowledge of the 20th century Central European history.

I also read the author’s historical notes at the end of the book, finding them very interesting, and adding to my knowledge of this complicated era of world powers vying for more power.

EXILE immediately immerses the reader into a time not so far distant with a good dose of political intrigue set against wonderful descriptions of the vibrancy of Europe.

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