Friday, September 13, 2013

The Regency Storybook - ebook release!

The Regency Storybook - ebook edition!
Today is release day for the ebook edition of The Regency Storybook -- twelve historical fiction short stories by Lesley-Anne McLeod, with twelve historical fashion illustrations by yours truly. Check it out:

The paperback edition remains available via Amazon Createspace and/or my etsy shop--where there are prints of the illustrations, too ♥

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Regency Storybook (& colouring book)

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 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

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Love, Loss and Other Oddities: Tales from Saskatchewan

Introducing... What I've been working on these past few months! An anthology of twenty all-new stories of love, loss, and strange happenings on the prairie from seventeen Saskatchewan authors. Includes an urban fantasy story by yours truly!

Back for a weekend in the city where it all went wrong, Emma has reservations about everything, especially him.

A trip to her childhood home offers a Cree woman a chance to settle more than her late father’s estate.

When Sam appears in human form, Litha must decide between dying to be with him and living without him.

Love and loss aren’t the only things happening every day on the prairie: Saskatchewan is full of the unexpected. Seventeen regional authors explore just how strange and wonderful this province can be in these twenty stories. From historical fiction to paranormal romance, with stops along the way for contemporary adventures, suspense, and urban fantasy, this anthology is the one Saskatchewan road that won’t take you on a straightforward journey.

Nurturing local writers of popular fiction for twenty-five years, Saskatchewan Romance Writers is proud to present this collection of outstanding short stories. Come take a trip through the extraordinary prairie!

“The title is a perfectly accurate one… there is something here to suit all tastes. I have read all the stories and have been well entertained.” -- Mary Balogh, New York Times bestselling author

Ebook $4.99

Paperback $14.95

More information, including the table of contents and story previews, can be found here. ♥

Thursday, December 1, 2011

new Victorian Poetry Prints - Emily Brontë, P. B. Shelley, A. C. Swinburne, W. B. Yeats

I've been busy these past two months with a big writing project--which I'll be posting about really soon--but I've still managed to make four new Victorian poetry prints! (And then my computer died, but all is well again with no files lost. There was some panic at the time, though.)

As always, prints are available in my etsy shop. The four new ones feature poems by Emily Brontë, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Algernon Charles Swinburne, and William Butler Yeats.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Victorian Poetry Prints (+ etsy shop)

Long time, no blog! I've been busy this past month with a new adventure: creating prints featuring 19th-century illustrations and poetry.

Byron - "She Walks in Beauty" - Victorian Poetry Print

These are Victorian pictorial engravings, line art that once illustrated mid-19th-century books, long out of copyright and in the public domain. I'm remixing them, giving them a modern touch by digitally hand-colouring them. Each painting takes me about eight hours. I really love breathing new life into what are already lovely works of art. I hope the original artists and engravers would be pleased to see these 21st-century adaptations of their creations.

Keats - "Bright Star" - Victorian Poetry Print

Each illustration is paired with a few lines of 19th-century poetry, mostly the Romantic poets (but my definition of 'Romantic poet' is pretty broad and non-canonical). I try to choose poems that fit the mood of the artwork, so that the one complements and illuminates the other. I wonder if the poets would be happy with the prints, too... I imagine some would think them too sentimental (Byron, I'm looking at you!)

Blake - "To See a World in a Grain of Sand" - Victorian Poetry Print

I originally began making these for myself, then thought they'd look wonderful in a neo-Victorian parlor, or a romantic boudoir, or a steampunk study. They're high quality borderless inkjet prints, 8.5" x 11", on heavy cardstock. You can find them here in my etsy shop. I'll be adding a new print every week or so. ♥