|Author Gaelen Foley|
You see, I suffer from depression. I have since I was 14. My mother and I also spent 21 years in a volatile, unpredictable and verbally abusive household. Long story short, she finally had a way out in 2007 but it left us financially unstable and to make matters worse, at 21 years old, my depression was at a high point. Now any one with depression or who has a loved one with severe depression knows what its like to feel that way, or to watch someone they love struggle with daily activities and chores. Well that was me. My eating and sleeping habits were terrible, I weighed only about 100 pounds and was doing my best to keep outsiders from finding out just how bad things were.
In 2009, on one of the rare times I joined my mom on a trip to Target, she told me to go look at the books and to pick one out because I needed something to do while she was at work besides sleep. My mom's a stubborn woman so I knew she wouldn't let me leave unless I picked a book so I did as she said. Scanning the dozens of books on the shelves, my eyes kept coming back to one book. It was My Wicked Marquess by Gaelen Foley. I hadn't been doing a lot of reading at that time so I didn't know who Gaelen Foley was. I picked up the book, and read the blurb but before I could make a decision, my whirlwind mother snatched the book and said "Okay I'll get you this one, it will be your birthday gift."
Sadly, it took me a few more weeks before I dragged myself off the couch and opened the book to the first page. My mom wanted to know what the book was about, her sneaky way of making sure I actually read the book. After only a few pages, my interest was piqued. Spies in Regency England? It quickly became clear that My Wicked Marquess wasn't just a run of the mill historical romance novel, this book had action in it! I've never been a girly girl so this was a plus, I liked the mystery of trying to guess the villain's next move, all the while anticipating that moment when the hero and heroine realize that they just might be in love with each other.
Without even noticing, I had something to look forward to, exciting stories that took place in one of my favorite time periods. The characters were memorable, passionate and intelligent. I found myself thinking about each book I read long after I had finished. I smiled, I laughed and I thoroughly enjoyed myself for the first time in a while.
So there you have it, the very short version of why Gaelen Foley is, and always will be one of my absolute favorite authors ever. I am eagerly anticipating the next book in the Inferno Club series, My Notorious Gentleman (and anything else Gaelen Foley wishes to contribute to the romance novel community.
And in case any of you are wondering, yes I still battle depression to this day. My mother and my situation hasn't improved much since 2009 but I am getting a little help from a program here in my city. It's a daily struggle that I try to keep away from my blogging and my friendships with other bloggers, but it is always there. So that is why I am grateful that authors like Gaelen Foley share their stories with the rest of us, I don't know if authors know how much their books mean to some of their fans. Sometimes their books are the difference between looking forward to tomorrow and staying stuck in the past.
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Enough about the real life talk, let's get to the good part. This month I have TWO prizes for you all. The first is for INTERNATIONAL visitors, it is your choice of e-book by Gaelen Foley.
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The next is for US/CAN residents only. It is print copies of the first two books in the Inferno Club series AND a swag pack which includes bookmarks, a signed book flat and a few other goodies.