Romantic Fiction from Erindale Publishing

Erindale Tales
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Discussion by the author, Courtney Seligman

 The Erindale Tales are a series of novels set near the Erindale River, which flows through Erindale, an imaginary land similar to early 19th century Britain, as viewed with nostalgic remembrance of "simpler" times. The Foreword to Two Pigs and a Chicken describes the setting:
 There is a land which exists not in ordinary space and time, but only in our collective imaginations. A land where, far removed from the turmoil and strife of great cities and kingdoms, good men can live simple, honest lives, and pass on their values, little changed by the passage of time, to their sons and grandsons, and from them to their sons and grandsons.
 In such a land, romance often takes root and grows. Of course, even for the people who live in such a place, things are not always as easy or as pleasant as we might want to imagine; but when true love blossoms, they and we can enjoy a truly magical experience.
Two Pigs and a Chicken is the story of Gael, a farmer who barters two pigs and a chicken for a girl and gets more than he bargained for. It was originally meant to be completely separate from any of my other works, but even before it was in print I received requests for a sequel from those who read preliminary drafts, fell in love with its characters and wanted to read more about them.
 The resulting sequel, The Maiden All Forlorn, kept growing until it was too long to be published as a single novel. In the end I broke it into three novels and added three more to expand upon the original storyline. The six volumes tell a tale spanning forty years and three generations, ending a few years after Two Pigs and a Chicken, so they are to a certain extent prequels as well as sequels. (An Author's Note at the end of The Maiden All Forlorn, which was published in July 2010, establishes the tone and setting of the series.)
 I originally expected to work on the series in earnest, to ensure that new volumes were published every year or so, but due to an extended illness and a contractual commitment to write a different series of novels beforehand, things were set back a bit. However, all problems have now been resolved and I have returned to work on the Erindale Tales; so the next volume (An Unsuitable Suit) was published in February 2017, and the next two ( A Year To Remember and Just Jamie) were published in 2020, Poor Emily should be in print by the end of 2021, and The Colonel and The Lady and Blind Man's Bluff (which completes the series as currently planned) should be in print before the end of 2022.