G. G.’s Jottings

April, 2013

 

Work:

I am within shouting distance of completing Lord Grenville’s Choice:lord_grenville_72dpiIt has been challenging, and I hope my readers will enjoy something a bit different from me. Hopefully, it will go to beta readers next week. Then to my wonderful editor, Susan Helene Gottfried. Target date for release is around May 10!

 Rescuing Rosalind  and Timeless Romance Anthology: The European Collection , which contains my novella, “Lord Oaksey Takes a Wife,” have both been nominated for RONE awards. The time for voting on the novel is past, but if you liked the anthology you can vote for it until Sunday, by following this link: http://indtale.com/2014-rone-awards-week-four.

 

Family:

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Grandchild notice: The three Bailey boys (Jack, Micah, and Nathan) are rolling into town (their mother is driving them) for their Spring Break later this month. We hope it will have finished snowing by then. They will be able to visit their cousin Henry, who is working on perfecting his crawl. It should be a merry meeting!

Of course, the big news in the Bailey family is that we will finally have a granddaughter! Nana is buying girl clothes for a change. Petunia (her in utero designation) is going to have a lavish wardrobe.

Our son Greg will graduate from college this month. Mazel Tov! He’s been working full time for the past 5 years while going to school, and has enough credits for three different majors. He is currently having good luck in his forays into the job market in Utah Valley which is becoming a mini-Silicon Valley. The major he finally decided on is Information Systems. (A techie major for sure.)

 

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Still planning our maiden trip to the National Parks of Southern Utah: Zion, Bryce, and Capitol Reef. David bought a new wide angle lens for the adventure. Hoping to beat the heat and go at the end of April (when Lord Grenville is at the editor). Will have some great pictures for next month’s newsletter!

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Excellent News!

We are to have a granddaughter in July to add to our four beautiful grandsons! Buffy and Allan are thinking about names from their genetic past: Swedish, Scottish, German . . . 

 

Lord Trowbridge’s Angel is No. ONE on Amazon’s Clean Regency Romance list: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Clean%20Regency%20Romance&sprefix=Clean%2Cstripbooks&rh=i%3Astripbooks%2Ck%3AClean%20Regency%20Romance

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G.G.’s Jottings–February, 2014

Work:

I have put the sequel to The Last Waltz on hold for a couple of months while I write a new Regency, Lord Grenville’s Choice. The idea for this plot seized me and would not let go! It is of a more serious turn than my other Regencies, and will be either a stand-alone or the beginning of another series. Expect to see it at the beginning of May.

The Baron and the Bluestocking has broken all previous sales records! The ride has been wild, but fun! Enjoy my new webpage, dedicated to my Regency romance works: http://ggvandagriff.com/regency-romances. Under construction is another new webpage dedicated to my mysteries.

 

Family:

We recently returned from a trip to California for our oldest grandson, Jack’s baptism. It was a chaotic, fast, and furious trip. It was wonderful to see Jack take this important step in his life. David got some great pictures.

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Our big news is that Jack will have a new brother or sister in July! Is Buffy destined to have four boys? Or will she finally have a girl? Jack is hoping for a sister; Buffy says she would be more comfortable with another boy, as she “knows how to do boys.” But, of course, she will be thrilled with either. Valentine’s Day is the day of the big reveal!

 

 

Fun:

We have decided it is finally time for us to see the world-famous beauty in our own back yard. When Lord Grenville’s Choice is completed we are going to visit Zion’s National Park in Southern Utah. Best thing: no transatlantic flight! I am certain David will get some breathtaking photographs. 

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G.G. ‘s Jottings

Christmas, 2013

 

Family:

Our greatest news this year is the birth of Daniel Henry Vandagriff (known as Henry or Hal), the son of Morgan and Jessi. He will be five months old on December 11, which strains credibility. They have all moved into a beautiful new home (when Henry was 2 wks old), and I am the number one babysitter, which I love. I babysit two afternoons a week, and have been able to see him whiz past all his milestones to the present one of discovering his feet.

Our other family of grandkids (Jack,7, Micah,3, and Nathan, 1. Parents: Allan and Buffy) visited for the month of July to be here to greet their new cousin. We had a memorable time (Nana mostly played “Wincon Wogs” with Micah) and it went by like a comet. Micah has become our quote machine, coining such memorable battle cries as “Hydraulic Cylinders! I take you INTO THE DARKNESS!” (We have no idea . . .) Jack is scarfing up Greek Myths, and Nathan is perfecting the business of disrobing and wearing kitchenware on his head. Buffy says he has “smoochable pecs.”

Our son, Greg, is still simultaneously working full time, in school full time, and serving as Sunday School President. His wit and verve know no bounds, improving yearly. Catch Gregoutofdebt.com.

Fun:

David and I had a couple of fun trips this year. First, a winter cruise to Hawaii. I had never been there and was blown away by it.

Our second trip was in October—to Florence for our 41st wedding anniversary. We saw places we’d never been in our previous visits, including Roman ruins in Fiesole, a brilliant carousel in Piazza d’la Republica, a 13th century townhouse, the Medici chapel, plus revisiting many of our favorite sites. We took a weekend hop to Zurich to research a book I’m writing. I fell in love with fondue. No place on earth is more different than Florence! David’s photos for both trips are extraordinary, of course. (See them on my October blog posts: ggvandagriff.com)

Work:

David continues to practice law and write his popular blog: thepassivevoice.com—disseminating all that’s fit to print about technological disruption in publishing. I have published three new books this year: Rescuing Rosalind, Lord Trowbridge’s Angel, and TheBaron and the Bluestocking. . Am  presently writing the 1st of 2 sequels to The Last Waltz.

 

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It has come to my attention . . .

That this important post never went out! Forgive me if I am in error and you are getting it for the second time . . .

 

WORK:

This is an exciting month for me as I have two releases. Just launched is The Baron and the Bluestocking, the third volume in the Regency romance trilogy, Three Original Ladies and Their Gentlemen.

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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?

Buy The Baron and the Bluestocking for your Kindle HERE. Buy the Paperback HERE. Buy for your Nook HERE

Earlier in the month my novella “The Earl of Oaksey Takes a Wife,” was published in A Timeless Romance Anthology: European Edition. For those of you who have read Lord Trowbridge’s Angel, this is Melissa’s story.

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Buy A Timeless Romance Anthology: European Edition for your Kindle HERE.

FAMILY:

It is a tremendous joy to watch my grandchildren grow and develop into fascinating human beings. As I continue to babysit Henry twice a week, I witness the growth of a giant. I think the four month old child is now the size of a one year old. He has a great sense of rhythm, definitely prefers Beethoven and Bach over Poulenc and Michael Buble. He squeals and laughs and is a continual joy. I missed him so much in Florence, they had to send videos.

Jack (7) is now deep into Greek mythology and wants a young reader’s version of The Odyssey for Christmas.  Micah (3) continues to have a rich fantasy life. Today he said, “Hydraulic Cylinders! I take you INTO THE DARKNESS!” What are hydraulic cylinders? Nathan (1) is speaking now and completely disassembling the kitchen on a daily basis. We can’t wait to see them all at Christmas!

Buffy and Sons

 

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Our long-awaited vacation to Florence and Zurich finally came. You can still see David’s fantastic pictures on this blog.

Here is my favorite:

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I really enjoyed the trip to Zurich to prepare for writing Waltz II. I can picture Amalia there now with her family. I know the walks she will take, where she will go for coffee (Starbuck’s of course) and dinner. It is a beautiful city, about as different from Florence as it can be.

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It was especially wonderful to take this vacation with my husband, David, and celebrate our 41st anniversary. He was so especially understanding and helpful and loving. Florence is wonderful, as always, but anywhere is wonderful with him.

 

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The Launch Goes Well

Thanks to all my readers for buying The Baron and the Bluestocking!

Have a great Thanksgiving!

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And It’s a Launch!

WORK:

This is an exciting month for me as I have two releases. Just launched is The Baron and the Bluestocking, the third volume in the Regency romance trilogy, Three Original Ladies and Their Gentlemen.

The Baron72 DPI

 

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?

Buy The Baron and the Bluestocking for your Kindle HERE. Buy the Paperback HERE. Buy for your Nook HERE

Earlier in the month my novella “The Earl of Oaksey Takes a Wife,” was published in A Timeless Romance Anthology: European Edition. For those of you who have read Lord Trowbridge’s Angel, this is Melissa’s story.

TimelessRomance-European_COVER

 

Buy A Timeless Romance Anthology: European Edition for your Kindle HERE.

FAMILY:

It is a tremendous joy to watch my grandchildren grow and develop into fascinating human beings. As I continue to babysit Henry twice a week, I witness the growth of a giant. I think the four month old child is now the size of a one year old. He has a great sense of rhythm, definitely prefers Beethoven and Bach over Poulenc and Michael Buble. He squeals and laughs and is a continual joy. I missed him so much in Florence, they had to send videos.

Jack (7) is now deep into Greek mythology and wants a young reader’s version of The Odyssey for Christmas.  Micah (3) continues to have a rich fantasy life. Today he said, “Hydraulic Cylinders! I take you INTO THE DARKNESS!” What are hydraulic cylinders? Nathan (1) is speaking now and completely disassembling the kitchen on a daily basis. We can’t wait to see them all at Christmas!

Buffy and Sons

 

PLAY:

Our long-awaited vacation to Florence and Zurich finally came. You can still see David’s fantastic pictures on this blog.

Here is my favorite:

Street-sm

I really enjoyed the trip to Zurich to prepare for writing Waltz II. I can picture Amalia there now with her family. I know the walks she will take, where she will go for coffee (Starbuck’s of course) and dinner. It is a beautiful city, about as different from Florence as it can be.

River-SM

It was especially wonderful to take this vacation with my husband, David, and celebrate our 41st anniversary. He was so especially understanding and helpful and loving. Florence is wonderful, as always, but anywhere is wonderful with him.

 

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