Monday, May 20, 2013

creation: The Regency Storybook (& colouring book)

(Quick PSA: I'm a terrifically terrible blogkeeper. No posts in the entirety of 2012? Uh, whoops? My only excuse is that tumblr has eaten my soul and I've done nothing to fight back.)

So, hey, all Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer and otherwise early-19th-century fans: Regency author Lesley-Anne McLeod and I have released a new book, The Regency Storybook. It's a collection of twelve Regency-era short stories by Lesley-Anne, accompanied by twelve full-colour Regency costume illustrations by me. (I also designed the book.)

The Regency Storybook by Lesley-Anne McLeod, with illustrations by Shakoriel
Twelve people. Twelve historical events. Twelve stories...

England in the early nineteenth century: a place of extraordinary happenings. War on the continent and political upheavals at home buffeted the lives of ordinary people, while arts and literature flourished under the Prince Regent and a glittering group of aristocrats led high society. It was a period of tumultuous change.

The twelve short stories in this book follow fictional Regency characters facing the challenges of everyday life while brushing up against momentous historical events. Young Miss Phoebe Churcham is unwittingly caught up in the assassination of the prime minister. The publication of a literary classic causes problems for Sir Aubrey Granthorpe. Imogen Rush, Dowager Marchioness of Lavington, visits with an old friend--the Regent's mistress. The tragic death of a princess touches the Newick family as it does the entire nation. And one day, foppish Postumus Enderby is inspired to take radical steps after reading the morning news. These stories and others will draw you into the private lives and wider world of Regency England.

Charming costume illustrations by Shakoriel bring colour to these heroes and heroines, embellishing all twelve of Lesley-Anne McLeod's stories. THE REGENCY STORYBOOK is a collection of lives, loves, and histories--of a time two hundred years ago, but as vivid as yesterday.

The paperback gift book (7.5" square, 114 full-colour pages) is available for purchase via Amazon CreateSpace here, or directly through Amazon.com hereThe Regency Storybook will also be released as an ebook through Uncial Press late this summer.

There's also a special edition of the paperback book, signed, and accompanied by a set of 12 mini art prints of the illustrations, which is available in my etsy shop here. (You can also buy individual 8.5" x 11" prints.)

The Regency Storybook - Special Signed Edition with 12 Mini Art Prints

And, should you wish to colour my fashion illustrations yourself, you can also purchase our Fashions of Regency England colouring book, which contains my twelve line drawings, plus detailed historical notes on each costume by Lesley-Anne. It's also available in my etsy shop. ♥

Fashions of Regency England Colouring Book - 12 Line Drawings