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I have been working on “layering” Exile as I try to create the book that is already in my head. A very taxing job. I pray it will be worth it in the end. I am hoping to publish at the end of September or beginning of October. To all you Waltz readers, thanks for your patience.
.Lord Grenville’s Choice is on sale for 99 cents, September 4-September 6. This book just garnered the coveted 5-star crowned heart review from InD’Tale Magazine.
I just published my first Alex and Briggie Genealogical Mystery Boxed Set. It contains Cankered Roots, Of Deadly Descent, and Tangled Roots. At $3.99 it is a steal!
Also available on Kobo, itunes, and Nook.
I think I need to relax and write a Regency!
Our family members are all in good places now. Greg is happy at a new job as e-mail marketing manager for a firm in Pleasant Grove, UT. Morgan, He spends about half his weekends hiking with his friends in Moab.
Jessi, and Henry are enjoying having the Judd grandparents home from their mission. I get to see Henry at least 3 times a week. He and my exercise pool are located in close proximity to one another.,
Buffy and Allan continue to integrate the future Amazon Goddess, Astrid, into the family. She is growing like a Bailey. Natie is cheering “Go, Go, Dodgers” as he explores two syllable words. Micah has inherited a wealth of new superhero costumes and goes about saving the world daily. Jack is finding third grade “boring” as he tries to adjust to school after an event-packed summer.
Our cruise down the St. Lawrence Seaway and into New England is approaching, however my Canadian friend has told us to take jackets, hats, and gloves as it is likely to be cold! It is going to be a race to see if I can get Exile out before we leave! We look forward to exploring Quebec Province, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Bar Harbor, Maine, and revisiting old haunts in Boston and NYC. Hopefully, a few leaves will be left clinging to the trees!
My first three Alex and Briggie Genealogical Mysteries are now available in a boxed set for $3.99!
Tangled Roots: Hired to do a genogram of a troubled teenager, Alex and Briggie soon uncover a family tree replete with murder and branches of missing heirs.
Just received this hard-to-come-by “heart and crown” review from InD’Tale Magazine!
“A star in the world of modern historical fiction, Lord Grenville’s Choice sucks the reader in and draws them into the sitting room of the Grenville home. Each character is gracefully crafted, with ideas and emotions that cascade together in a waterfall of turmoil and passion. True to the period setting, the novel is not burdened by excessive history lessons (an unsatisfying new trend). The tale being told stands 100% on its own merits to become the perfect summer read! Ms. Vandagriff’s style . . . beautiful prose with an added hint of spice–and it won’t be long before Ms. Vandagriff earns a place among top romance authors!”
–Penelope Anne Bartotto
The year is 1914. Austrian socialite, Amalia Faulhaber, stands on the cusp of womanhood while the world stands on the brink of the worst war it has ever known.
Which of the three men in her life will she choose to marry? The Prussian Officer with his Teutonic ideals? The charming Polish medical student with dreams he dare not utter? Or the Austrian baron who is determined to guide his country on a course away from fascism and another war?
How will the Great War and the ensuing years shape Amalia, and how will she shape the lives of the men who love her?
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My work on Exile proceeds. I have set back my completion date to September 15, but even that may be optimistic. This book demands a tremendous familiarity with diplomacy and political history of both Britain and Germany. I have been doing a lot of studying. Also, the writing sequences have been difficult, but the facts are part of an ongoing story, not a research paper! It is braiding an unwieldy octopus!
I do have an August release. Mirror Press has published Triple Treat Romance Book 2: Love Unexpected, a boxed set which includes my first Regency, A Duke’s Undoing.
It is available on Amazon, boxed with Regencies by Donna Hatch and Marie Higgins!
This has been the dominant feature of my life this month. My daughter Buffy’s family: Jack (8), Micah (4), Nathan (1), and Astrid (3 weeks) arrived in town for the blessing of Astrid on August 3rd. It was beautiful, and she is beautiful. The trip was somewhat exhausting for Buffy and Astrid, so we’ve been trying to help out with the older kids as much as possible, which is, of course, our pleasure! We’ve been to the Ogden Temple Open House, the new Loveland Aquarium in Draper, out to eat at MacDonald’s several times, to the park, and just hanging out at home putting together Lego sets. It has been a true joy. Astrid is too young to join in, but she looks beautiful and occasionally lets us glimpse her lovely blue eyes.
Our cruise from Quebec City to New York begins in less than 2 months. I am finally panicking that I have done nothing to prepare. Am ordering guide books. Must check out the shore excursions!
Meanwhile most of my play has been with the grandchildren. It was blissful going through the temple open house, hearing little Micah sing “I love to see the temple,” and “Families Can Be Together Forever” all the way through.
Just released! A new boxed set from Mirror Press, including my first Regency, The Duke’s Undoing!
I am wrestling with Exile, my first sequel to The Last Waltz. It is demanding far more skill from me than my Regencies, not to mention research on subjects as varied as medical science, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and of course pre-World War II politics and intrigue. Look for a September release!
We welcome Astrid Carolyn Bailey to our family! She was born on July 8, and is a beautiful girl with very long fingers and feet! She is going to be tall an beautiful, and at the moment takes after her Aunt Amy, a marathoner. David and I are currently in California, supervising Jack (8), Micah (4), and Nathan (1), trying to keep up with the laundry, and trying to offer aid and comfort to daughter, Buffy, as she recovers. The boys love having a little sister, and I predict that she will be Princess Leia in their Star Wars universe. She doesn’t even flinch during light saber duels.
Today, July 11, is Henry’s first birthday. We are missing it, but were able to Face Time with him this morning. His mom, Jessi’s, parents are home from Ghana after 3 years of service as Mission Presidents, and they are enjoying getting to know this new grandson.
We are having a lot of fun with our California grandchildren , however we also have something else to look forward to in October. We are going to cruise the St. Lawrence Seaway for ten days, starting in Quebec City and ending in New York. We have never been in that part of Canada before and are really looking forward to it, and hope there will be a few leaves left on the trees!
As you have probably known or recently discovered, June 28 2014 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Because of entangling alliances and many more factors, this event signaled the beginning of what was known at the time as the Great War or The War to End All Wars.
I have mentioned that I am a history nerd. The particular focus of my nerdiness is the period of history from 1914-1945. I have referred many times on this blog to The Last Waltz: A Novel of Love and War, my Whitney Award-winning novel that covers the first part of this time: 1913-1938. Here is what one of my readers, multi-award-winning historical novelist and USA Bestselling Author of The Heart of the Ocean, Heather Moore, says about the book:
“It’s 1913 and the world is teetering on the brink of World War I. In the critically-acclaimed novel, The Last Waltz, award-winning author GG Vandagriff gives us an amazing glimpse into the volatile politics of Austria during the 1914-1938 era that eventually brings the Austrian people under Hitler’s rule. The Last Waltz is a beautiful story of love, but even more fascinating is learning about the Austrians and their role in the First World War, a century ago.. From the glittering aristocratic society rises a people who plunge whole-heartedly into preserving their country and their heritage, as a grand nation struggles to emerge from the depths of war.”
Don’t get us wrong. It is a grand romance, but it is something more–a story that has never been told in English language fiction. You can
read a lot more about it here.
Amalia Eugenia Faulhaber: Viennese beauty who develops from a nineteen-year-old debutante into a woman who would be remarkable in any age. Born into the middle class, she is nevertheless the great granddaughter of a count and the beloved niece of a socialist. The men in her life are:
Eberhard von Waldburg: Prussian Lieutenant in the Great War whose life is conflicted by the desires of a military father and a gentle, musical mother.
Andrzej Zaleski: Dashing aristocratic Polish doctor, beloved by Viennese Society and devoted to the cause of Polish liberty.
Rudolf von Schoenenburg: Austrian baron, colonel in the Great War, philanthropist, and great friend of Amalia’s Socialist Uncle, tormented by scenes from his childhood.
“The Last Waltz is a book to savor. It educates; it is filled with action; the tender love story is mirrored in the political conflicts of the day, it is filled with points to ponder, and it entertains.”–Meridian Magazine.
“Once I started reading this novel, I could not put it down. The author took me right into Vienna before World War I and kept me enthralled with the personality and character of Amalia. Each of the men whom she loved were men of good character, as well. It was interesting to me to see the wars from the viewpoint of the Austrians, and to see the steps they took to remain out of the clutches of Hitler and the Germans. If you’re interested in history and want to read a novel with people of good character, then this one is for you.”–Five Star Review Amazon
“These characters were really brought to life by this writer. I could envision every scene, every city; I could feel every emotion of this woman., as well as the 3 men in her life. The twists and turns of the story kept the reader so engrossed that it was hard to put it down and turn out the light for sleep. I was grinning, I was tearing up, I was holding my breath throughout the entire novel. It is NOT just another romantic story. It is historical and geographical as well. My only complaint, and it’s a big one… WHERE IS THE SEQUEL! Is this writer seriously going to just leave it as it ended??!”–Five Star Review amazon
To answer the last reader: I am finally writing the first sequel!
I am very excited to report that progress on Exile, the sequel to Last Waltz, is proceeding well. It will be a standalone historical romance with a great deal of suspense. I have plotted it through to the end, though I have never been known to stick to my plots! There is plenty of romance and a good deal of little known history that I have culled from my research.
I have decided that I might as well make my peace with the fact that I am a history nerd! I even ordered nerd glasses.
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