I'm so excited because not only has Gaelen graciously consented to join us for some Q & A but she's going to reveal some wonderful news and award a copy of her first Inferno Club Romance - MY WICKED MARQUESS to one lucky commenter! It told you it could get even better.
Yesterday marked the release of MY RUTHLESS PRINCE, book 4 of the Inferno Club Series featuring some of the best heroes and heroines you can meet in print.
In case you're not acquainted with the men of the Inferno Club, they are a scandalous gathering of wealthy libertines and highborn rakehells devoted to their wicked pleasures. At least that's how the Club's members are known to London Society. Little does the world suspect their true purpose or the danger that looms over England which these select, powerful lords are secretly sworn to fight. Brave men, recruited as lads from noble familes and trained in an array of deadly arts, are sent to countries throughout Europe to hunt down and destroy their targets. The members of the Inferno Club are operatives of an agency so secret that few beyond the Crown and a select few top officials even know it exists.
* In MY RUTHLESS PRINCE, the Earl of Westwood is suspected by his brother warriors of having turned traitor, but Emily Harper knows this is impossible for the man she has loved since childhood—as impossible as a marriage between them could ever be—she, the gamekeeper’s daughter and he, a bold and adventurous nobleman.
Driven by hatred and revenge, Westwood is playing a deadly game of deception, bent on destroying the enemy’s dark conspiracy from the inside, and he’s furious when Emily plunges herself into danger for his sake. Forced into close quarters, their long-suppressed desire explodes into all-consuming passion.
Emily knows her love can save him…but Drake is a man who doesn’t want to be saved. *
Gaelen Foley is one of the most talented writers in the Romance genre. Her stories are gripping and so well-researched that the readers may feel as if they are actually there in Regency London. Gaelen is one of those intelligent Romance Writers who write intelligent Romance Novels for intelligent Romance Novel Readers. She's an award-winning author who has written seventeen historical romances which are available in 15 languages. I wonder if John Grisham can claim that?
Since she's very busy working on her next novel even as her newest release is only now on the shelves, I thank her very much for giving us some of her precious time. I hope you will join me in welcoming Gaelen here today.
Amy: Gaelen, thank you so much for joining us, it's such a delight for me to have you here and since you are quite busy, we won't keep you long.
You mentioned in your bio interview that you knew you wanted to write as early as high school. I can relate because that was when I was inspired to write and major in English in college. I began to hone my writing talents with poetry and short stories. What direction did your creative juices take you in the beginning?
Gaelen: When I was little, I used to write plays for my sisters and cousins and neighborhood kids to act out for our audience of parents and doting grandparents. But my main thing early on (kind of embarrassing!) was actually poetry.
Amy: LOL! I know what you mean, I thought my poetry was pretty good at the time but when I read it now, omg!
Over the years, you've created quite a library of works. The majority of which are centered around Regency England. I know this is your favorite era in history yet your first published novel was THE PIRATE PRINCE. This wonderful story was actually your fifth completed manuscript, if I'm correct. In regards to the first four, were they Regency Romances and were they ever published or are they still living on a shelf somewhere?
Gaelen: They were all historicals, but they were all over the map. I had one with a gambler on a Mississippi paddlewheel boat. Another took place in Habsburg Vienna in the late 1700's. My favorite one was a treasure hunt historical with hero and heroine fighting their way into the jungles of Central America searching for some lost Mayan temple. Oh, wow, now that I think of it, one of them actually WAS a contemporary--but it wasn't really a romance. It was kind of like that dreadful 80's movie with Robert Downey Jr., "Less Than Zero." (LOL) I think it was trying to be literary fiction, but that could never work for me because, go figure, I prefer happy endings. The fifth one, I can't remember. I guess it must've been pretty forgettable!!!
Amy: Well, then I guess that last one is living way back on a shelf somewhere! I actually think some of the others sound very interesting especially the Mayan temple adventure. I hope you'll consider revisiting them someday.
We all fell madly in love with the Knights, (my particular fave is bad boy, Lucien) and then along came the cousins in the Spice Trilogy, oh my! [fanning myself] Now, we are fully in love with and ensconced in the adventures of the Inferno Club members. When you began the Knight Family Series, did you already see the adventurous and mysterious dealings of the Inferno Club looming on the horizon?
Gaelen: No, not at all. I was totally focused on one book at a time and didn't really start thinking about what to do next until I had turned in the complete manuscript for the final Spice book, HER EVERY PLEASURE. I took a good long rest after that, then started developing the Inferno Club series. Once I had a proposal together for the Inferno series, we ended up having an auction. I don't normally report my deals to Publisher's Lunch, but a few different houses were interested, which was something I could never have dreamed would happen to me back in my pre-pubbed days. I ended up choosing Avon. I LOVE my editor, Lucia Macro, and can't say enough good about Avon and their extremely supportive publicity dept and sales team. Avon is really good at publishing historical romance, in particular.
Amy: That's wonderful to know that you think so highly of them for I'm hoping to call myself an Avon author some day. I've been reading Avon romances forever and tend to follow their authors more than other publishers and perhaps now I know why although it something I've always suspected - they have the best authors and strong author loyalty.
With the release of MY RUTHLESS PRINCE, which is now available for sale, we are pulled into the dangerous world of treachery and deception with Drake and Emily. It sounds dangerous and very exciting! We're all hoping Emily can save Drake from his desire for revenge and from himself. Next up, I understand that it will be Beau and Carissa's turn to encounter their own mysteries and dangers but we'll have to wait until next Fall for that one. How many more members of the Inferno Club do you see emerging to have their stories told?
Gaelen: Well, Amy, that is the great question ...and you and your blog readers can be the first to know (cuz I haven't yet announced it) that there will be three more books after MY RUTHLESS PRINCE. For those who are following the series, you probably saw Beau's book coming, so that won't be a surprise (Autumn 2012). If you recall, our rakish pal Beau has been worried as hell about his two buddies, Nick and Trevor, who haven't been heard from in months. Here's a hint: They're alive! *g* But all is not well...
Amy: OMG!! That IS very exciting news and folks, you heard it here first!! I was hoping you would say there would be more ... that is wonderful news indeed!
Gaelen, thank you for your time, I know how busy you are right now and I do so appreciate you coming to visit us. I have but one more question and it's not at all related to any of the above. If you could become any character from any book, who would it be and why?
Gaelen: Hmm...what a fun question!! Well...I think I would love to become Jane Bennet from Pride & Prejudice, at least for a few days. The reason is that she's SUCH a good, kind, gentle, obedient person. I would love to find out what it feels like to be that sweet and good and demure, lol. I'm much more of a headstrong, passionate Marianne Dashwood by nature, LOL (see Kate Winslet in Sense & Sensibility) Ah well, it's better to admit one's own flaws than have someone else point them out to you, ha ha. If I couldn't be Jane Bennet, then I'd opt for Melanie Wilkes in Gone With The Wind for the same reason. Such a saint! What must that be like?? Unfortunately, I already have plenty in common with Scarlett, lol. What about you? Who would you be? Do tell!
Amy: I love asking that question because it generally gives us some interesting insight into the person living beneath the surface. Gaelen, I believe there's some Jane Bennet or Melanie Wilkes in you but I suspect you would soon be bored but then again being like Scarlett or Marianne Dashwood isn't such a bad thing ... they were both romantics, much more than Jane or Melanie. Thank you again for visiting us today!
Gaelen: Thank you so much for letting me visit your blog today, Amy! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a very Happy New Year to you all! Don't forget, if you would like to read Ch. 1 of MY RUTHLESS PRINCE, it is posted at my website, at www.gaelenfoley.com. All the best!
Amy: You're welcome here any time and I am personally very excited about reading MY RUTHLESS PRINCE. Drake sounds sexy and dangerous, so until my next pretend 'boyfriend' comes along, I'd like to be Emily just because she gets to have a thrilling adventure with Drake. ; )
So how about y'all ... Gaelen would like to hear who you would be if you could be any character from any book? Answer Gaelen's question in a comment and please be sure to leave your email address to qualify for a chance to win a copy of Gaelen's first book in the Inferno Club series, MY WICKED MARQUESS - the one that started it all.
Daphne Starling. True, she's temptingly lovely, but
a jilted suitor has nearly ruined her reputation.
Still Max cannot resist her allure - or the challenge
of proving London's gossips wrong. He would
do anything to win her hand ...
and show that even a wicked marquess can make a perfect husband.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!
Happy Reading Everyone and Good Luck!