Shana Galen Glitters!

Shana 2I’m delighted to bring back to the lair sparkling Jewel of the Romance World, Shana Galen!

Shana’s here to give us a sneak peek (well, not that sneak, frankly!) at her latest sparkling romantic adventure SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND which is out from Sourcebooks Casablanca on 4th March. This is the last instalment in her glittering, bestselling Jewels of the Ton series. SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND is already creating a lot of buzz, including a Top Pick review from RT Book reviews.

Shana 1Here’s the blurb:

Careful, gentlemen—there is more to this courtesan than meets the eye…

What better disguise for a secret agent than that of a courtesan? Lily Dawson, dubbed the Countess of Charm, is a spy working for the Crown to uncover a traitor. Andrew Booth-Payne, Earl of Darlington, wants to hate Lily for taking up with his father, but something about Lily intrigues him. When he discovers there is more to her flirtation than greed, he knows he must help her uncover a traitor. Even if that traitor is his own father…

You can find out more about Shana and her books on her website: www.shanagalen.com

So without further ado, here’s Shana:

MY FAVORITE EXCERPT

As an author, I never know what life experiences will make it into my books. You’d think very few, considering I write books set in the early 1800s, and I live in 2014. But though I don’t put cell phones or cars in my books, human interaction hasn’t changed much in 200 years.

Shana 3When Princess Galen was a baby—she used to be Baby Galen, but now that she’s four, she informed me she would like to be called Princess Galen—she did not like to sleep. In fact, I don’t think she liked being a baby because she didn’t like to do any of the typical things babies do—you know, sleep or eat or sit in her car seat. You’d never know she was the Fussiest Baby in the World now because she’s super happy and smiling all the time. But when she was a baby and it was naptime or bedtime, I really wanted to pull my hair out. It was just torture to get her to go to sleep, and it was torture if she stayed up too because either way she was screaming her head off.

Those of you who are moms or aunts or babysitters know that when you are stuck with a crying kid day in and day out, you’ll try just about anything. One thing that worked for me was telling her a story. I’d use this singsong voice, and she probably liked the voice more than the story, but the story was for me. It was all about this little girl who had a closet full of magic dresses in all the colors of the rainbow. Each dress had a magical property. It was a great story because I could embellish if I was feeling creative, but I also knew it so well, I could say it in my sleep—and probably did!

shana 5Gradually, bedtime became easier, and I could do normal things, like read a book or rub her back to get her settled down. But then one night when she was three, she had a nightmare and was having trouble going back to sleep. I started telling her the story again, and believe it or not, she remembered it. Now she still requests it sometimes, and it’s a special bond we have from those rough early days.

About the time of Princess Galen’s nightmare, I had started working on SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND. I wanted readers to know where the heroine, Lily, had come from. She’s a courtesan and a spy, but she didn’t start out that way. She started out as a little girl with a family and a mother who told her bedtime stories. The book is about how Lily became who she was, and, of course, how she falls in love with the Earl of Darlington and defeats the villain Lucifer. But today I wanted to share one of my favorite scenes in the book, the scene with Lily as a little girl. See if you can catch anything from real life in it.

shana 6“Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Lily.”

Lily snuggled under her covers and listened to her mother’s singsong voice. She heard the rain pattering outside on the roof and the clip-clop of horses’ hooves as a hackney passed her family’s modest home in London. On the floor below her, the low rumble of her father’s voice reverberated as he spoke to the man who’d arrived shortly after supper. Her father entertained more and more unexpected visitors of late. When she pressed her ear to the door to listen, she heard names like Napoleon and Fishguard and La Légion Noire whispered in furtive voices. Until Mamma told her to come away.

Sometimes she was scared, even though she didn’t know what she was scared of. But here, in her cozy room with the low-sloped ceiling, lying in her soft bed with her baby doll and her mamma beside her, she felt safe. Lily yawned. “What about the little girl, Mamma?”

anthology“She was in possession of several very special dresses. There was a green dress that glittered with emeralds, and when she wore the green dress, she could fly.”

Lily closed her eyes, imagining flying.

“There was a purple dress with a velvet bodice and ruffles on the skirt, and when she wore the purple dress, she was a princess. There was a pink dress covered with spangles, and when she wore the pink dress, she could dance like a ballerina. There was a red dress that radiated with rubies, and when she wore the red dress, she was so strong.”

“As strong as Papa?”

“Yes. That strong. Now, close your eyes and listen.”

But Lily knew her favorite dress was coming, and it was so hard not to bounce with excitement.

shana 7“There was a white dress that dazzled with diamonds, and when she wore the white dress, she could swim like a fish. And there was a blue dress, and that was her favorite because it sparkled with sapphires. When she wore the blue dress, she was invisible.”

“And no one could see her.”

“That’s right, Lily Bea.”

Her name was Lillian Beatrice Dawson, and sometimes her mother called her Lily Bea. Mamma had pet names for all of her children—names like Robert Bear for her big brother and Lottie for Charlotte, who was only a year older than Lily—but Lily liked her special name best.

shana 8Mamma tucked the coverlet in snugly, and Lily yawned again. “Lily,” her mother asked, “why do you like the blue dress best? Is it because blue is your favorite color?”

“No.” Green was her favorite color, but it was all right that Mamma didn’t remember that. She had a lot to remember. “It’s because I want to be inbisible.”

“Invisible? Why?”

“Like Papa. He says his job is to be in-vis-i-ble.”

“Hmm.” Her mother huffed, and Lily opened her eyes to see Mamma’s expression. Sometimes Lily said things that made her mother unhappy. Usually they were statements related to Papa. Mamma smoothed Lily’s hair off her brow, and Lily closed her eyes again.

“And lastly there was a black dress,” Mamma said, “as long and black as midnight, and when she wore the black dress, she could sleep for hours and hours. So let’s put on our black dress, and go to sleep.”

“Good night, Mamma.”

“Good night. Sweet dreams.”

Lily closed her eyes and dreamed of jewels and ball gowns.

Shana 4What was your favorite story as a child or your favorite to read to your child?

I have 2 (TWO!) prizes to give away! The first is only for readers in US/Canada–win the complete set of the Jewels of the Ton books, WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND, IF YOU GIVE A RAKE A RUBY, and SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND, plus a fabulous rose quartz necklace. The other giveaway is open to everyone not in the US/Canada, and it’s another complete set of the books in the series.

BanditBootyShana, what a lovely generous set of prizes. People will be clamoring at the gates of the lair to win this one.

Good luck, everyone! Get commenting!

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185 Comments

  • Jane says:

    Congrats on the upcoming release, Shana. My favorite book from childhood is Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are.” I also really loved the Dr. Seuss and Clifford the Big Red Dog books.

  • Marcy Shuler says:

    What a sweet story and excerpt, Shana. I love being able to see where Lily came from. And all Princess Galen stories are adorable to me since I always wanted a little girl and had two boys.

    As a child I loved Green Eggs and Ham. LOL And my two boys liked If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.

  • Robin Greene says:

    What a lovely story and interesting excerpt. Congrats on the publication of your new book.

    Please enter me into the giveaway.

    Thanks.

  • Ki Pha says:

    Hi Shana!!!! Baby…err Princess Galen is just too adorable~ She sure is going up fast. It felt like yesterday when she was babe.
    And that expert! Gosh I knew I liked Lily but I think this may be my favorite one when I get it!!!
    I have this story I loved as a child that my mother used to tell me but it’s a foreign one. It’s about a night owl and his animal friends. Plus some very strange and very unfriendly accidents, but I still love it and they still makes me laugh when I think about them.

  • Patty L. says:

    I loved the excerpt. I must read them. 🙂 As for my favorite story as a child, it was Cinderella. I wanted to be a princess and fond my prince charming.

  • Lisa Hutson says:

    Sadly, I don’t remember being read to as a child. But I read all the time to my kids. Though neither of them learned to love reading until they were adults. Crazy! But I enjoyed reading them Dr Suess. Well, lots of other books too. But the Suess was a favorite.

  • Amy Conley says:

    I think one of my favorite books was HENRY HIGGINS. A teacher read it to our class but because it was taking to long for her to read it I went to our school library to check out my own copy so I could read even at home. Our school library was set up with certian sections depending on what grade you were in. I was in 2nd grade but Henry was in the 4th and 5th grade sections. The librarian REFUSED to let me check the book out. Even my teacher telling her I could read wouldn’t budge her. It took my mother coming to school and telling the libratian I was to be alloed to read ANY book they had to get her to back down. So I got Henry and then found out there were sequels…a new love! So I’d have to say that book had the most meaning for me on many levels.

    • Amy, is Henry Higgins anything to do with My Fair Lady? And good on your mum!!!

      • Amy Conley says:

        Anna somehow I just knew you wouldn’t know who HENRY HIGGINS was. LOL He was a 4th grader who got into all sorts of scrapes with his best frie Ramona. She had her set of books too, but I liked Henry better

    • Shana Galen says:

      Amy, how ridiculous! Glad you finally got to read it. Sounds like you were determined. I too read above my grade level and ran into some resistance.

  • Mary Preston says:

    I can remember reading & re-reading HEIDI by Johanna Spyri as a child. I wanted to be climbing the Alps helping Grandfather look after the goats. (Goats? What was I thinking?)

    Of course in my head I looked like Shirley Temple in her portrayal of Heidi. (RIP Shirley Temple Black, you had an amazing life.)

    • Mary, didn’t Shirley Temple Black have an amazing life? Wow!

      Oh, I read and re-read Heidi too. I still remember how she took soft white bread back to her grandfather when she left the town because his teeth used to hurt eating the hard black bread that they had in the mountains. I remember visiting Johanna Spyri’s village in Switzerland – there’s a lovely statue of Heidi in pride of place.

    • Shana Galen says:

      I loved Shirley Temple movies. It’s pretty funny to look back at our ideas when we were kids, isn’t it? Goats… 🙂

  • Helen says:

    Hi Shana and Anna

    Two of my very favourite authors 🙂

    Shana as a child I loved Heidi and when my kids were young I loved reading Possum Magic to them

    Congrats on the new release I was eagerly awaiting Lily’s story and lucky me (I got an early copy from Netgalley) finished it last night and what a fantastic story it is a great finish to this wonderful series and that first chapter were Lily’s Mum is telling her that story is so heartwarming. Thank you for another great story.

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Awww, Helen, what a lovely thing to say. Thank you! Shana and I are turning into quite a double act these days, between anthologies and blogging!

      Another Heidi fan? Yay! Possum Magic was after my time too. Clearly I need to be young again!

    • Shana Galen says:

      Thank you so much, Helen. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I haven’t read Possum Magic. I’ll check it out from the library.

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Welcome back, Shana, and hugs to Princess Galen. I’ve never been lucky enough to have children of my own, but my BFF had a baby much like Baby Galen, so I feel for you!

    I’m so excited by this latest book – I started reading the Spy series after your last visit and have been saving up this series to read on my next plane journey, when I can get an uninterrupted read!

    I had so many favourite books as a child. We lived in Iran and Afghanistan for a while, where English language books were hard to come by, so the few I had were precious. I loved all the fairy stories, but Cinderella in particular. I also loved a book called Ping (coincidentally an Anne Gracie favourite!) about a duck on the Yangtze River.

    • Shana Galen says:

      I’ll have to check out Ping too, Anna. I love getting children’s book recommendations. Thank you for the compliments.

    • Anna, I remember Ping! It had wonderful illustrations! For some reason, a book I remember was a Little Golden Book about road developers wanting to knock down a little old lady’s house but then they built around it when they saw her lovely yellow roses.

  • Caren Crane says:

    Oh, Shana, I so related to your story about trying to induce your daughter to sleep. My son was the worst sleeper ever. He never wanted to nap, hated bedtime and required hours of stories before he would settle down. I thought for the longest he would be an only child because…what if it got i>worse??? Happily, my daughters were a bit easier, with the youngest being a piece of (very happy) cake. Of course, he’s wonderful NOW, so no one believes he was such a horrible baby. Pfft!

    Still, I always loved reading aloud, so all that reading didn’t bother me much (if I could stay awake for it). One book of his I particularly loved was called The Lion and the Stoat by Paul O. Zelinsky. It was based on stories of Pliny the Elder and was series of tales featuring a lion and a stoat who were rival artists. Very clever, with great illustrations. I loved that!

  • Shannon says:

    I loved story time at bedtime. It was often difficult to pick a favorite from our pile of books. At one point it was One Fish, Two Fish from Dr. Suess. A little later, Cinderella was the favorite but my two little brothers didn’t like that so much. When I was six or seven, my grandmother went blind from maculur degeneration, so she began recording and sending stories on reel-to-reel audio tapes about elves and evil hobgoblins for her grandchildren. I’ll have to ask my mother what happened to those tapes, since the rule was each family got one and then had to send it on to the next family. Who knows where I’d find a tape player?

    I’m so glad to Sappfires is out (or almost out); I’ve been reading the series faithfully. No need to enter me into the contest.

    • Shana Galen says:

      Thanks, Shannon for sharing that. You should definitely look for a tape recorder because it would be so cool to hear your grandmother again. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Shannon, how wonderful that your grandmother recorded those stories. What a wonderful piece of heritage. You definitely need to find them. I’m pretty sure there are specialist places that will transfer old recordings onto new technology.

  • Nicole Laverdure says:

    Hi Anna! Hi Shana! Congratulations for your beautiful story!
    My boys loved to be read stories of boys wanting to become knights or warriors. I loved to take the time to read to them, those were special moments.
    Thank you Shana for this beautiful giveaway!

  • Cindy Hutcheson says:

    Green Eggs and Ham! I remember reading with my father when I was tiny.

  • Hi Shana –
    So great to have you here in the lair! Love this series and the magic dresses and how you tied a real-life experience into your fiction.

    I remember The Dragons of Blueland being a favorite book as a child. As to my children, I liked to read them poems from Where the Sidewalk Ends. My daughter’s all-time favorite story was something called The Clown-Arounds. My son loved everything with a battle in it – it could be battling mice, hobbits, or a young boy leading an army of people and English speaking animals – if there was a sword in the story, it held his attention.

  • tina m says:

    My favorite books as a child were Sleeping Beauty and there was a book – A shark in Charlie’s Window, about a boy picking up a shark egg case and hatching it, I remember my mother laughing and enjoying this book with me, it is one of my favorite memories.

  • Patricia says:

    Hi Shana and Anna!
    This is a wonderful post. Thanks for the giveaway!!!
    As a child I loved several books: Cinderella, Heidi, The Little Princess, Sissi and Anne of Green Gables.

  • Susan Gorman says:

    Great interview ladies!
    Really loved Lily and Darlington’s story!!
    I loved Dr Suess and Black Beauty when I was younger.
    My daughter loved Goodnight Moon when she was younger. She was not a great sleeper either. We read a lot together. She loved the Magic Tree House books and all of the American girl books.

  • may says:

    Anne of green gables.. Loved the entire series.

  • Beth Repard says:

    I loved all of the Curious George books, as well as Mike Mulligan And His Steam Shovel.

  • Laurie G says:

    My favorite story as a child was THE CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE-George Seldon.

    M y children’s favorites were:
    Louis, The Trumpeter Swan- EB White, the Narnia series by CS Lewis, all of Shel Silverstein’s books Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Giving Tree etc and Amy MacDonald’s Little Beaver and His Echo. My husband and I took turns reading to the children almost every night. All 4 children are now avid readers as is my only granddaughter. I’m constantly buying her books to read. She loves Dora , The Explorer.

  • Kathleen O says:

    I can’t remember many stories told to me as a child. We were always sung to sleep. My mother sung to us, my brothers and I, and to her grand kids Danny Boy.

  • Susan Sey says:

    I loved the Little House On the Prairie stories, probably because the heroine was a under-sized, plain-brown-haired-and-blue-eyed girl just like me. And the beautiful blonde with the elegant manners was just the sister. There was my life in a nutshell. I loved Laura & still do. 🙂

    • Shana Galen says:

      I loved the TV show, Susan, but didn’t read the books until I was older. I was a teacher when I read them and could definitely relate to Laura’s experiences.

    • Susan, I missed out on the whole Little House on the Prairie thing. It was on TV here but just never watched it and never read the books. Anna Sugden LOVES those books – have you two got together on your mutual affection?

  • Elizabeth M says:

    My mom use to take me to library and I would pick out stacks of kid books to take home. Most of them were the pop-up books, which I just loved as kid. My mom bought a lot of the Little Golden Books for me (they were so cheap back then) and I remember the Shy Little Kitten was my favorite. There was also a Cinderella book I had that had really pretty illustrations in it. Sadly my parents got rid of most my children books. Wish they haven’t. 🙁

  • Debbie says:

    I don’t remember one in particular in childhood. I know mom always read to my sister and I, I do know Dr. Suesss was a hit, any of them. Later I got hooked on a series called the Happy Hollister’s. With my children I loved reading the 13 Days of Halloween, The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid on Anything, Schnitzel’s First Christmas and It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny. I’ve held onto those books for a time if I ever am blessed with grandchildren. Congrats on your release!

  • Lori H says:

    My girls loved the Bible story of Esther and as they got older Little Women was a fave.
    I enjoyed fairy tales when I was a little girl and later enjoyed Nancy Drew.

  • Betty Hamilton says:

    I was very young when my grandmother took me “to town” for a re-release of “Gone With The Wind” it became and remains my all time favorite movie and book!! (I was only about 10 when I read the book version)

    • Shana Galen says:

      Betty, that was always my favorite book when I got a bit older. I still love it. How cool to see GWTW on the big screen.

    • Wow, Betty! Good on you reading that huge book at that age. Actually I was hooked on Georgette Heyers and Victoria Holts at that stage of my life. Guess we were both fated to grow up to be historical romance readers, hey?

  • Hellion says:

    LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Must find now.

    My favorite bedtime story, I think, was Cinderella. I had a little hardback book, blue and green (my favorite colors) with a picture of Cinderella in her floaty dreamy dress. Mom would read me books quite a lot, encouraged reading.

    I wanted to grow up, be ‘rescued’ from drudgery (who doesn’t right?), wear beautiful dresses and dance all night…it sounded lovely.

    • Shana Galen says:

      My daughter’s favorite color is blue, too, Hellion. She also loves Cinderella, though I don’t think she has much drudgery in her life. She may disagree!

    • Helly, it’s a lovely fantasy, isn’t it? My fave was always Beauty and the Beast – I always liked how Beauty was pretty proactive for a fairytale heroine.

  • Mary D. says:

    I loved the story about Princess Galen and how it made it into the book.

    I liked the Disney book version of Cinderella and Dr. Seuss’ Go Dogs Go. My grandparents also had the Blue Books of Fairy Tales that I liked to read.

  • Cyndee says:

    As a little girl I loved Currious George. At about 5th grade I was in love with the Lord of the Rings.

  • Josie Hink says:

    My kids loved to hear me read Junie B Jones books!!!

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  • Debbie Oxier says:

    When I was a child, I loved horses. I read any kind of horse story I could get my hands on. Black Beauty was my favorite. My kids and I loved to sit down and read the Richard Scarry books. They loved looking for Glow Worm. When they got a little older it was Charlotte’ s Web.

  • Denise says:

    I had a huge book of fairy tales that sat on my bed. I would read one every night. Stories like Snow White and Rose Red and Cinderella. Then when I got older I loved to read “From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basily E Frankwhler” About two kids running away to live in the MOMA. The thought of living in a museum rambled in my head for a long time. I would alwyas imaging being locked in a store or mall over night. This was a book that just left such a lasting fantasy for me.

  • bn100 says:

    I think Cinderella

  • Great interview, ladies! And such a sweet, sweet story about Princess Galen’s part in Lily’s story. LOVED the excerpt!

    I learned to read from the Dr. Seuss books. My Mom read them to us all the time. I still have a Raggedy Ann and Andy book she read to me when I was just a toddler. My favorite Dr. Seuss was ARE YOU MY MOTHER? Such a cute story.

    My grandmother used to tell us her own version of fairy tales. Her Cinderella story was a favorite for all of her granddaughters.

    • Shana Galen says:

      Louisa, I forgot that I also liked Raggedy Ann and Andy. Thanks for the reminder. We have ARE YOU MY MOTHER? I still love it.

    • Louisa, LOVE Are you My Mother? I didn’t discover until we got some books in the house for my nieces and nephews when they were little. The other book from that lot that I really loved was Harry the Very Dirty Dog.

  • Minna says:

    My favorite (before I learned to read) was an Uncle Scrooge comic where Scrooge McDuck’s coins suddenly become alive and turn against him.

  • annie says:

    My favorite book as a child was Anne of Green Gables. Memorable and special.

  • Diane says:

    I read Goodnight Moon to the children. They love this classic.

  • pearl says:

    When I was very young I enjoyed Heidi, Black Beauty and my ultimate favorite was Be My Friend which was read over and over to me.

  • Arizona Dutt says:

    I have a unique name, which I always caught grief for in school when I was younger. One day in elementary school the teacher read a book called My Great Aunt Arizona. I was in awe. There were people besides me named Arizona?! YAY!

    Since that day, it’s been one of my very favorite books. Now that I’m older and have children, I have a copy of the book for each of them in the hopes that they’ll love it as well.

  • EC Spurlock says:

    Shana, what a lovely story!

    When I was a child, my mom had a wonderful set of children’s classics called My Book House. It was twelve volumes full of stories, poems and beautiful illustrations, designed so that each succeeding volume was geared to an increasing age level; it grew with the child. I learned to draw by copying those illustrations.

    I read to my children as soon as they could sit up and understand words. My oldest had a favorite book called I Am a Little Airplane; we had that book memorized so well that when we were driving to visit relatives and it was naptime in the car we could recite it to him, because he WOULD NOT go to sleep until he had a story! My younger son had no patience for the baby books and did not get into reading until he was 3 and we started reading Harry Potter. He just needed more challenging material!

    • Shana Galen says:

      Whoa! Smart kid. Harry Potter at 3! What did he read at 5? Rocket science? 🙂

      • EC Spurlock says:

        Well, I ws doing the reading out loud to his brother, who was 8, and he just got hooked on it. He would always fall asleep halfway through the chapters though. 🙂 And as a matter of fact… both my kids did end up in a NASA-sponsored science and rocketry program sponsored by a local museum. The younger one started in kindergarten and went through his junior year of high school, when the program was discontinued. The “I Am a Little Airplane” guy? He’s taking flight lessons…

    • Wow, smart kid! Harry Potter seems quite advanced for a three year old!

  • catslady says:

    Your stories are so sweet – both your fictional story and your Princess Galen story. My children never went to sleep with a blankie or a stuffed animal, they went to sleep with those cloth books (more so my older daughter who is still an avid reader like me). I was never one for rerading, even to my children if I could help it. Besides the tons of books that I bought them, we visited our book mobile faithfully and would take out 30 books at a time lol. So no favorite bed time story (although I wish I had you talent to have made them up) but many, many stories.

    • catslady says:

      sorry, that was “rereading”

      • catslady says:

        Okay, I should have proofread my posts – can’t seem to type today (I’m watching ice skating too lol). That should have been “your” talent.

    • Shana Galen says:

      Oh, I am not one to criticize over typos. I write them all the time. I didn’t even see yours! I have a few of those soft baby books because I always thought they had dual purposes–snuggling and entertainment!

    • Catslady, variety is the spice of life. I still remember how excited I used to be when my grandmother used to take me to the library! Used to come home with armfuls of reading goodness!

  • ellie says:

    Books and reading for my younger self and my children and grandchildren are precious and treasured. We read and love it. Favorite now for the little ones is Brown Bear.

  • Gena Robertson says:

    I was the oldest of 5 kids, and I read everything I could get my hands on – but the first thing I remember reading that we had a copy of at home was Grimm’s Fairy Tales. It seemed huge. But I read that over and over to myself and out loud to my siblings.
    And during my first pregnancy, I was compelled to buy a copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. I read aloud to my baby before he was born, after he was born, through my next pregnancy and then to both the boys until they wanted to read books by themselves. Of course, we read other things, too. But you know, they are grown men, one married, both living out on their own, and they each have their own copies of Grimm’s Fairy Tales to read to their children when the time comes. Some stories resonate and become part of a tradition that you don’t want to let go of 🙂

  • Janet says:

    I always liked Goodnight, Moon.

  • Julie Duffy says:

    I enjoyed reading the excerpt and interview, and this is a nice blog with nice story’s.
    Thank’s for the giveaway opportunity.

  • Quilt Lady says:

    When I was a child I always loved Cinderella. Even to this day I love the rags to riches stories, but I have never found the riches yet. When my so was young I read him a lot of the Mercer Myar book. Just Me and My Day was one of his favorites.

  • Chelsea B. says:

    My Papa used to read me Hansel and Gretel. It actually really scared me but, weirdly enough, was also my favorite 🙂

  • girlfromwva says:

    always loved the book If You Give A Mouse a Cookie for reading to my 2 younger kids. older two loved Corduroy.

  • Pissenlit says:

    Awww…Princess Galen! That’s too adorable!

    My favourite stories as a child were Hilary Knight’s Cinderella, The Seasons with Strawberry Shortcake by Mercedes Llimona, It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz, I Am a Bunny by Ole Risom and Richard Scarry(illustrator), Stephen Cosgrove’s Serendipty series(Flutterby was my favourite!), Corduroy by Don Freeman and The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Ya, I read a lot even back then. 😀

    • Wow, Pissenlit, another generational gap for me – I didn’t read any of these at all. But I was definitely a huge reader as a kid – it’s a habit I’ve kept, thank goodness!

    • Shana Galen says:

      What a great selection. Some of those are our favorites too. I’ll add a few of them to our list. I love all the new books I’m learning about.

  • Sandy Xiong says:

    I’ve been following your tour just to read more about Lily and Andrew. A glimpse at Lily’s past is like a dream that fade away because of who she is now.
    I don’t have a favorite bed time story. As a child, my parents didn’t tell me any story so I never know what the experience is like. I think when I have kids, I’ll just read them any stories from books I buy for them. Fairy tale for girls and I don’t know what genre for boys.

  • Becke says:

    Shana,
    Fabulous covers with such vivid colors.

    What was your favorite story as a child or your favorite to read to your child?

    I loved to read my son the Spot books that had the little boxes to lift up. The first I think was Where’s Spot.
    b

  • Kim says:

    Congratulations on the new book. I liked reading Rumpelstiltskin. I also remember having an illustrated fiction book about a little girl learning to ice skate.

  • Glenda says:

    What an adorable story about Princess Galen! I love how you worked it into the book! Great excerpt!

    One of my favorite books both as a child and to read to my kids was Where the Wild Things Are.

  • Janie McGaugh says:

    My two favorite books when I was little were Horton Hatches the Egg and The Tawny, Scrawny Lion. I always loved reading them to my children, too!

    • Janie, Horton Hatches the Egg was a family favorite in our household. It was in a hardback volume with a couple of Dr. Seuss stories – I remember something about starz on tharz? Don’t know the other one but sounds cute!

    • Shana Galen says:

      I can’t think of any Seuss book I don’t like, Janie. I haven’t read Tawny, Scrawny Lion. I’ll check it out.

  • Wow, huge day in the lair. Thanks to Shana for being such a great guest – and we wish you all the best with Sapphires. And thanks to everyone who swung by to say hello.

    Don’t forget to check back to see who won the prizes!

    • Shana Galen says:

      Thanks for having me back, Anna! Just FYI< the book isn't out until March 4, but I should get my copies next week. I'll send the books as soon as I get Sapphires in. The necklace will come from my publisher.

  • SecretNinja says:

    Hi Shana & Anna,

    A little late to the party. When I was kid, I loved reading Goodnight Moon. I would have my parents read it to me over and over again. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    Ada

  • Anita H. says:

    Hi Shana, hi Anna!

    When I was younger, I loved getting read fairy tales. Anytime you can tell me a story about a Princess or a knight in shining armour, I was happy!

  • Diana Huffer says:

    As a child, I loved all the Dr Seuss books as well as a wide variety of comic books! I also had ever Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and the Bobbsey Twins books!

    Congrats on the new book — it’s sounds like a great read! 🙂

  • CrystalGB says:

    I always loved the Berenstein Bears and the Richard Scary stories. I love your books. 🙂

  • Jen B. says:

    I can’t remember my favorite childhood book. I loved reading books to my children …today we rescued the Eloise books from getting sent to Goodwill. We love them!

  • Shana Galen says:

    Oh, good call rescuing those, Jen!