G.G.’s Jottings

Work:

What is it that they say about the best laid plans? Well, mine have certainly gone astray. When I turned my novel, Exile, over to my editor before I left on my cruise, I was feeling antsy about it. I had worked it over and over, but I knew it wasn’t all it could be. I had actually lost confidence that I had what it took to make it what I hoped it would be. I knew if anyone had the magic elixir, that my editor, Susan Gottfried did. I told her to take her time.

Initially she loved it and “was blown away by it.” Then as she got deeper she saw that I unconsciously switched genres—I moved from character driven to plot driven. It was not a good move. I was not writing true to my best self.

With her help, Exile is undergoing a massive rewrite. At this point I cannot promise how long it will take.

Thank you for your patience. You will get a better book in the end! I promise!

While on my cruise I began a new Regency: Lord John’s Dilemma. Am excited to get back to it after I finish Exile. It tells the story of Lord Grenville’s brother, Major John Lambeth, when he arrives home to Lincolnshire from Waterloo.

 

Family:

All our grandchildren are currently together in California. Morgan, Jessi, and Henry are vacationing there and listening to our grandson Jack (8) give his first talk in Stake Conference! Since he takes after his mother, father, and Papa, we are sure that this will be the first of many talks.

Since I visit Henry and Jessi nearly every day, I have missed them while we have been on our cruise

 

Fun:

Speaking of our cruise . . . we are currently flying over Manhattan on our way home. This vacation was truly a treat. Princess cruises knows how to pamper you. We have had wonderful food, lots of relaxation (and visits to the spa!), and a truly magnificent time in Canada. We were so impressed by its beauty and its people. Our favorite places were Quebec City and Prince Edward Island. They were sparkling clean and totally devoid of any urban blight. The fall colors in Canada and Maine were at their peak, and that was wondrous to see. A stellar vacation by all standards. Thanks to Lord Grenville (my last Regency) for footing the bill!

Click HERE to see David’s magnificent photos of the trip.

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The Celebration Begins!

To prepare for the upcoming release of Exile in mid-October, I am having a promotional offer of $.99 for The Last Waltz: A Novel of Love and War. Readers who have loved this book have been demanding a sequel for the last five years. Only a few more weeks to wait! If you have never read this epic romance, there will never be a better time or a better deal.

Here is what USA Today Bestselling Author Heather B. Moore says about Waltz:

“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.” 

Winner of the Whitney Award for Best Historical Novel. 

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Boxed Set on Sale for $.99

This week only Love Unexpected is offered at the promotional price of $.99! 

 

Includes three Regency romances:  The Duke’s Undoing, by yours truly, 

The Stranger She Married, by Donna Hatch, and The Sweetest Kiss, by Marie Higgins. (All Amazon bestselling authors).

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Beloved: United! Box Set

I am one of the authors who has donated a novel (Miss Braithwaite’s Secret: A Regency Romance) to this boxed set. It is my contribution to fight against the bane of plagiarism which has stricken my dear friend and prolific author Rachel Anne Nunes. By buying this boxed set, you will join the fight and help contribute to her significant legal costs. (See Rachel’s statement below). The other two authors are known to me and are very good. Use this opportunity to get to know them! To buy this boxed set, click here.

 

 

 

 

Editorial Note: These stories have been donated by the authors for this box set to help author Rachel Ann Nunes, who in July 2014 had one of her copyrighted novels plagiarized and is now protecting those rights in a court battle. Her fight is not hers alone, and we are standing behind her with our work. Please help us send the message that plagiarizing is not okay. All proceeds will be donated toward legal costs. (Please note that another man has also come forward to confirm that his real-life combat veteran story was also stolen by the same person. Preventing this from happening again is our goal.)

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Three Day Sale!

The Baron and the Bluestocking

 

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G.G.’s Jottings

September, 2014

 

Work:

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.

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I just published my first Alex and Briggie Genealogical Mystery Boxed Set. It contains Cankered RootsOf Deadly Descent, and Tangled Roots. At $3.99 it is a steal!

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Also available on Kobo, itunes, and Nook.

I think I need to relax and write a Regency!

Family:

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.,IMG_0394

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Natie

Natie

Jack

Jack

 

Micah and Friend

Micah and Friend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goddess Astrid

Goddess Astrid

Fun:

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!

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Alex and Briggie Boxed Set

My first three Alex and Briggie Genealogical Mysteries are now available in a boxed set for $3.99!

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Alexandra Campbell is a thirty-something widow whose husband, Stewart, died in a terrorist plane crash. Amidst her grieving, she is trying to assemble her late husband’s family tree in Scotland, where they lived. Thus she meets Brighamina Poulson (Briggie) a sixty-something widow whose family tree interconnects with Stewart’s. Brim-full of life and confidence, Briggie sweeps Alex into the exciting world of Family History and takes her home to the states. They form their own research company, RootSearch, Inc., using their combined expertise to unravel many a complicated family tree. What they don’t expect is to encounter murders which can only be solved by a genealogist who holds all the family secrets! Family historians cannot, by nature, resist a mystery! Alex and Briggie tangle with the law, with dysfunctional families, and with the heirs to fortunes, often coming to bodily harm. However, armed with the truth and Briggie’s deer rifle. they always get their man!
Cankered Roots: Alex sets about to uncover her own deeply buried family history, uncovering secrets that lead to murder and mayhem
.Of Deadly Descent: Alex and Briggie journey to France and England to find a missing branch of Alex’s family who deserves part of her fortune.

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.

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Five Star Review for Lord Grenville’s Choice

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

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New Cover Reveal

Getting Ready For Release of Sequel: A New Cover For 

The Last Waltz

A Novel of Love and War

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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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G.G.’s Jottings

August, 2014:

Work:

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!

 

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Family:

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.

 

Play:

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.

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