G.G.’s Jottings

July-August

2015

Work:

I have just released my newest novel in the Saga of Love and War Series: Defiance.

As Hitler’s armies overrun France, Rudolf von Schoenenburg, a young Austrian baron, is living in exile in England. Though his true love, Hannah, is engaged to another man, Rudi and Hannah risk their lives together to help rescue thousands of British Troops from Dunkirk. Their powerful love story develops against the backdrop of the Battle of Britain and an old world being blown to pieces.

Rudi’s family and friends suffer under the nightly barrage of bombs and rockets of the London Blitz while he pilots a British fighter plane in what looks like an impossible defense of the small island. Each night is a desperate fight for survival, each dawn a miracle.

While Hannah spends her days and nights helping to provide early warning of German air attacks, she realizes that every hour of every day is precious. Each moment carries the threat of sudden death. As the world around her changes, should Hannah allow her passion for Rudi to overcome promises she made to her dying father in what seems like another lifetime? 

If you would like to read a sample of Defiance – click here to see the first three chapters in PDF format.

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I have begun writing a Regency novella, as yet untitled, to be included in the Timeless Romance Anthology which will be published by Mirror Press next March. Following this endeavor, I will write the third Regency in the Grenville Chronicles which will be published before year’s end.

Family:

July is a busy month in our family. The “Vandabailey’s” (Buffy’s family) paid us their usual visit which was crammed full of wild and crazy fun. Astrid celebrated her first birthday, and she is  baby on the move, already prepping for her first marathon. Henry celebrated his second birthday three days later. He continues to be enamored of trucks, buses, helicopters, airplanes, all types of heavy excavating equipment, ambulances, etc.

The Vandabaileys

The Vandabaileys

 

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We had a fantastic visit to San Diego with our sons Greg and Morgan and his family. Henry is all about the ocean and boats now, and is anxious to go on another plane ride. He especially loved rolling down the grass at Balboa Park. David and I enjoyed revisiting Laguna Beach where we stayed many years ago in Law School.

cliff Drive in Laguna Beach

cliff Drive in Laguna Beach

Henry Grass

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A Letter to my Regency Romance Readers

In addition to my Regency series, I also write historical novels set during the 20th century. Epic history makes for epic love stories. The world-changing history of World Wars I and II is what I studied at Stanford and then at George Washington University for my master’s degree. It is the history that forged what we know as the 21st century. We cannot afford to get out of touch with it, for it holds key lessons and insights that are important to understand.

And, as I said, it makes for epic romance. In The Last Waltz you will meet Amalia Faulhaber, a woman of such complexity and strength that she attracts the devotion and love of three different men. Their relationships play out against the backdrop of World War One and its aftermath. It is a tragic time, but Amalia is a survivor. Indeed, she taught me much about overcoming darkness and reaching for the light. This book won the Whitney Award for Best Historical Novel.

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In Exile, Amalia and her two grown sons escape from Nazi Austria to England, accompanied by her first love. This novel is set against the pre-World War II era when Winston Churchill is sounding the alarm about the evils of Hitler to a world who doesn’t want to listen. Amalia seconds that alarm with her own personal experiences, as she and her sons strive to aid Churchill’s cause. But, the romance! Ah, the romance . . . I won’t spoil it for you, but it is indeed a great love story.

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Defiance (due out in July, 2015) is the tale of Amalia’s oldest son, Rudi, and the love of his life, Hannah. They are both in the Royal Air Force. The Battle of Britain is their refining fire, teaching them many different things, but mostly about the strength of their feelings for one another. There is also another romance brewing . . .

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            Whatever chaos the world brews, it is love that makes the world go round. I invite you, my loyal readers, to give these books a try!

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Great For Summer Roadtrips!

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Audiobook of Lord Grenville’s Choice is now available on Audible.com and on Amazon! My favorite thing to listen to on long road trips has always been Regency Romance! Enjoy this as you travel. Audible has a sample. Here is a one of several spectacular reviews!

Overall: Five Stars
Performance: Five Stars
Story: Five Stars
Would you listen to Lord Grenville’s Choice again? Why?

Yes, I would. I think the narrator brings great zest to his performance and it made it very enjoyable to listen to. I really enjoyed the structure of the book – switching between the viewpoint of the two protagonists. It was particularly effective for a period piece like this, in which social constraints prevent characters from just speaking their mind… It allowed you to really feel for both characters and become totally invested in their relationship.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved the Aunt – she was feisty and very funny. I also think Felicity is a wonderful heroine… she’s strong yet vulnerable… and the protective walls she’s built up really make the reader invest in the outcome.

What about Joel Froomkin’s performance did you like?

I thought he was great… Particularly considering the challenge of voicing a leading female character through the whole book… I think he did a great job with Felicity – I never felt distracted. On the contrary, i thought he gave a very emotionally affecting performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The climax of the book – Alex’s journey to find Felicity – was great. There are several moments where I think the reader just wants to yell at the characters because their inability to connect is infuriating (because you are so invested in their relationship). The book is a real tug of war… it has a structure that feels almost like the serialized novels of the time that were published in periodicals chapter by chapter.. there are some true emotional cliff hangers.

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Also, for fans of my Saga of Love and War Series (The Last Waltz, Exile), I have finished my first draft of Defiance. If all goes well it will come out ahead of schedule in July. More great summer reading.

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G.G.’s Jottings

June, 2015

Work:

I am very excited to announce that Lord Grenville’s Choice, my number one selling Regency Romance is now available as an audio book! It is now available on Audible.com, but will soon be coming out on Amazon and ITunes, as well.

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Buy on Audible here

My reader/actor, Joel Leslie is sensational, and I am very excited to announce that he will be reading a great many of my works. The next two will be Lord John’s Dilemma (coming out in September), and The Last Waltz (coming out in October).

In other work-related news, I am feverishly working on Defiance and expect to be launching it in early fall. I am  two hundred pages into the draft of this sequel to The Last Waltz and Exile. It takes my never-say-die characters into the evacuation at Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, and the Blitz. I don’t think you are going to be able to put it down!

Finally, I have been asked to contribute a Regency novella of 100 pp. to a new Anthology which will be published by Mirror Press in January.

Family:

My grandchildren have provided many giggles and lots of love this month. Micah just turned 5, Henry continues his obsession with trucks, Jack will go to the Gifted and Talented school for fourth grade, Natey, in his quest for a pet, recently adopted a fly, and Astrid took her first step.

Micah and Jimmy Beaverus Bailey

Micah and Jimmy Beaverus Bailey

Jack posing in his swim team uniform

Jack posing in his swim team uniform

Henry at Uncle Adam's reception

Henry at Uncle Adam’s reception

Astrid sleep like her grandfather.

Astrid sleep like her grandfather.

Nate posing as a Regency rake

Nate posing as a Regency rake

FUN:

We are looking to a fun summer with a family vacation to San Diego and a month long visit from Jack, Micah, Natey, Astrid, and their parents.

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Exile Continues to Receive Rave Reviews

Five Star Review by Amazon Reader:

Accurate historical fiction at its FINEST!!!!!! I would have rated it higher if I could. One of the best books I have read in a long time, maybe ever! I am keenly interested in the history of this era and anything and everything as it relates to the WWII time period. I ALSO APPRECIATED the tasteful way that romance was handled. I wanted to learn history of an era and appreciate that lack of sexually explicit content!!!!! While the plot was tragic it was a page turner so to speak (as I read it on my Kindle) Ethnically I am from Eastern Europe. My Grandfather immigrated in the late 188o’s due to the conflicts in Central and Eastern Europe at that time. My young family and I spent an extended time in Vienna in the 1990’s. I found her book ‘Exile’ captivating and well written. I wish I could have read it before our 6 weeks in Vienna! The Plot and Characters kept me yearning for more. I have also purchased ‘the Last Waltz’ and look forward to writing a review on it as well. I hope there are more in this series of Historical Fiction from Central and Eastern Europe.

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G.G.’s Jottings

May, 2015

Work:

I am really enjoying writing the sequel to Exile and The Last Waltz—working title: Defiance. I am about half finished with it, and it is rolling right along. Rudi is fighting in the Battle of Britain as a pilot in the RAF while Hannah works for the WAAFs as a radar reader and reporter. Their romance has hit a snag, and while they remain passionate about one another, Hannah thinks she must marry fellow Jew—Samuel Weissman.

Andrzej and Amalia work as doctor and nurse for Guy’s Hospital in London and their younger son Christian is with MI5 seeking out Nazi sympathizers who are preparing for Hitler’s supposed invasion of Britain.

A new character, Nika, a Polish woman who escaped from the Blitzkrieg that leveled her country, lives with Amalia and Andrzej. A beautiful woman haunted by an unhappy marriage and the death of her family, she is a professor of Slavic languages and literature. Nika is the romantic interest of Anthony Fotheringill, whom readers of Exile will remember as Andrzej’s friend and the family’s host in London.

There are plotlines and romance aplenty, and I never have to worry about what I am going to write about when I get up in the morning. My cover designer is working on a great cover which I will reveal soon!

I have also been asked to write a 100 pp. Regency novella for the Timeless Romance Anthology series, published by Mirror Press. My deadline is January and it will appear next March.

Very excited about my audio book of Lord Grenville’s Choice being recorded by Joel Leslie. It will be available next month!

Family:

Henry has learned to somersault to his delight. It is so much fun watching this 22 mo. old learn to use and enjoy his body.

Peek a boo Henry!

Peek a boo Henry!

In the Bailey household, there is a new word: “Astridentals”—when 10 mo. old Astrid hurts herself or destroys something. She is apparently addicted to the potting soil in her mother’s palm. Natey has declared himself to be a sperm whale, Micah has passed kindergarten screening, and Jack has begun swim team. I think Buffy could learn a language during all the time she spends chauffeuring. We have the CDs for learning Welsh . . . now that would be handy.

Astrid modeling new outfit

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An Astridental with the potting soil

An Astridental with the potting soil

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We are looking forward to our family vacation to San Diego next month! Then, during the whole month of July the Vandabaileys (Buffy’s fam) will be visiting! We are going to have an outstanding summer!

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In the world of the Regency, Christian Elliott, Baron Shrewsbury has it all. Helene Whitcombe has nothing except a prickly slate of feminist principles and a job as a schoolteacher in Lord Shrewsbury’s Orphanage for Girls. Pride on both sides separates them, but that doesn’t stop the fierce attraction that builds between this unlikely pair. Can the penniless vicar’s daughter humble the haughty baron? Or will her uncomfortable principles and his high place in society prove to be insuperable barriers to love?

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