Gaelen: Hello, everyone! And a big thank you to Mary for inviting me back to your awesome blog.
Well, some of you romance readers might recognize my name from the world of Regency historicals, but today I have a new side project to announce, in a new genre, under a new pen name (E.G. Foley) and I brought a special mystery guest along with me today to help me tell you all about it.
:::Drum roll please::: Ta-daaa!
Presenting…! My very own real-life hero, Eric – my husband – who happens to be my co-author on THE LOST HEIR, a fantasy adventure novel for ages 10 & up.
And now, heeeere’e Eric!!!
Eric: Hi All! Hi, Mary. First of all, thanks for inviting us to your blog! We’re delighted to be here! Before I tell you about our new project, people often ask me what it’s like being the husband of a famous author. Well it has lots of cool perks. Things like research travel, stimulating book discussions, a wife who works from home, and many endearing fan letters to name a few.
But it also has its down sides. People can be a little mean sometimes to those in the public eye and that gets my protective side riled up ‘cuz that’s my girl. I had to get used to a certain amount of questionable comments that would pop up here and there, even within the family, LOL. And I quote, “How’s those SMUT books coming along?” Grrr! Oh, well, it can’t be avoided.
Then there’s the fact that creative people are also not always, er, the easiest to deal with day in and day out. They tend to be an EMOTIONAL lot!
Oh yeah, and I had to get used to pictures of shirtless, overly muscular men plastered all over Gaelen’s office. Harrumph. It’s no wonder I’m obsessed with exercise. It’s a lot of pressure on a guy! Come on ladies – you know those men don’t exist in the real world! Ha ha.
Gaelen: Leave us our illusions. *g*
Eric: Always interrupting me! *smiles* Anyway, Gaelen and I have always thought it would be a blast to write together. We finally acted on it 2 years ago when we sat down and created a middle grade series called The Gryphon Chronicles. At some point in the process, we realized that we needed to separate the Gaelen Foley romance author name from our KidLit work. So we created the penname E.G. Foley (the “E” stands for Eric and the “G” stands for Gaelen). I’m proud to tell you, that after countless late nights and weekends, our first book, THE LOST HEIR (The Gryphon Chronicles, Book 1) is finally out. It was a ton of hard work, but we are so proud of the final result. It was definitely a labor of love.
THE LOST HEIR falls into the same genre as Harry Potter, Inkheart, and Percy Jackson books. This wonderful genre features larger than life action and fantasy creatures, along with a dose of magic, and a struggle of good versus evil. We combined this with ghosts and the historical setting of Victorian London, along with some steampunk elements for a unique new flavor within the genre.
Though this is officially a “Middle Grade” novel, it is written to appeal to a broad readership, including adults. There are interesting adult characters with a role to play in our story as well as the kid characters, so really there’s something for everyone. If you like to laugh, if you like “family movie” type stories with lots of fantasy and adventure, and to feel a bit like a kid again, then we wrote this book for you!
Gaelen: THE LOST HEIR is safe for family read-alouds or classrooms (i.e. no curse words, no gore, spooky but not too scary, with lots of humor.) Eric forgot to mention that he is a teacher of this age group so he’s very well versed in what keeps tweens engaged and entertained. You know if he can make math class fun, compared to that, a fantasy novel is a snap.
Eric: Aw, shucks. J Gaelen and I are hoping to make this into a long series. We have quite a few of the stories loosely plotted out already, with villains, creatures, magic, and lessons to be learned. Readers can expect magical adventures of all kinds—ghosts, fairies, mermaids, pirates, evil sorcerers, anyone?
Gaelen: We loved writing this book and we hope you’ll check it out, either for yourself or the kids in your life.
Eric: Thank you so much for having us, Mary! If your readers would like to come and check out some sample chapters or view THE LOST HEIR book trailer video, they are welcome to visit us at www.EGFoley.com.
MARY HERE NOW...I am honored to be any part of promoting this book and absolutely feel in love with THE LOST HEIR. My objective is to have everyone buy a version to help promote this book as I have already done. But I am personally going to help three (3) fans fall in love with this book as well. I am giving away One Nook version, One Kindle version, and one Paperback version. All you have to do is leave a comment to this wonderful couple about anything you would like to say to them - nice things only please.
Read more about this exciting adventure here.....
For Barnes and Noble Nook
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Amazon Trade Paperback