Ravishing Regencies is an eight book novella series that drops the reader right in the Regency period with heroines to root for, and heroes to fall in love with. A circular series, you can start at any point and enjoy the books in any order - and you'll meet some familiar characters as you journey through the series!
In Lost with a Lord, George, Lord of Northmere makes the radical decision to seek out a courtesan - but gets a surprise when he rescues Florence from drowning. Alexander, Duke of Caershire, discovers Teresa dripping wet and abandoned in Drenched with a Duke. When the tide goes out and Adena becomes trapped on an island, Luke, Marquis of Dewsbury tries to keep his hands to himself in Marooned with a Marquis...
You get the idea. Dramatic situations, handsome men, and women who don't always need rescuing in the way you would suspect, this is the series for those who love Georgette Heyer, Ella Quinn, and Sandy Raven.
I love the Regency period – in fact, I live just a few miles away from Bath, England, world-famous for its connections to Jane Austen. I’m published by Endeavour Press for Regency and medieval series, and my latest Western series was chosen to be printed by Amazon's Kindle Worlds.
Because self-publishing gives me control, but self-publishing gives us the chance to craft something - together - truly spectacular.
By creating these books through Kickstarter, we can create something completely unique: a Regency romance series that has the best editor, a genre conquering cover designer, and a fabulous audiobook narrator. Without you, I simply couldn't afford them - and you'll get a huge number of rewards by joining the Ravishing Regencies Team.
I’ve greatly appreciated the love and support I’ve received from Endeavour and the Amazon Kindle Worlds teams, but for Ravishing Regencies, I want to take back control and create something absolutely wonderful: choose my own cover designer, to pick my own editor, and to decide just how to launch, promote, and discount to create a book with outstanding characters, clever and beautiful prose, a cover to die for, and that's just not possible if you allow your book to be published by a traditional publishing house. Doing it myself will cost me £1500/$2000. That's money I just don't have.
The novellas are written, I’ve edited as best I can, but I need a professional. A cover designer that I’ve fallen in love with has created the first three covers, but my pockets are empty. To bring Ravishing Regencies to life, I need your help.
This is your chance to get behind the creation of not just a book, but an entire series: gain early access to ebooks, audiobooks, signed paperbacks, even name a character after yourself! When you join the Ravishing Regencies Team, you’ll be part of a movement that invests in an author willing to go the extra mile to get the novellas absolutely perfect.
My team and I would love you to join us with a pledge of $25/£19 right now, to see the eight book series of Ravishing Regencies come to life.
Eight men. Eight women. Eight disastrous nights that force people together. Eight love stories that tug at the heartstrings set in the wonderful Regency period. Need I say more?
Well, alright then. Just for you.
Lord George was staring at her intently, with far more concentration than he had paid her before.
“You do not think that human warmth, human companionship, are necessary?”
“Of course they are,” she said hurriedly. “But – ”
“You do not believe that without them, we are lost?” He had stood up now, and Florence tilted her head to keep eye contact with him. “You do not know that without that connection, we become almost less human?”
Florence’s stomach shifted again, but it was not in discomfort. “No – no, that is not what I am saying, I just – ”
“Sometimes,” and Lord George spoke in a low voice now, so low that she had to tilt her head upwards towards him to hear every word. “Sometimes in the depths of loneliness, when it feels as though one is an island than no others can reach, the simplest thing can make the biggest difference.”
And now he was kneeling before her, and Florence gasped aloud as he took one of her hands in his own, and it was warm, and rough, and it sent a spark of something she could not describe through her arm and her stomach was warm but it was not quite her stomach and her eyes could not look away from his own.
“Sometimes,” Lord George said with a handsome smile, “just the smallest touch is enough to feel more. To feel connection. To feel love.”
Florence’s breathing was shallow, and her hand was on fire and her head felt thick and she knew that she did not want Lord George to let go of her hand. It was intoxicating. It was ridiculous. It was beyond anything she had experienced.
Lord George’s smile softened, and in a swift motion he broke the connection, removing his hand and turning away from her. “That is what I would describe as a necessity.”
You want to know, and I want to tell you. But of course, it's a little complicated - here's my current project projection for getting the ebooks ready for each novella:
Until we are successful in raising the funds, I can't book slots with my editor, formatter, or audiobook narrator - so here are the dates for the first three books, and we'll confirm the other five when we're successful! I'll always be keeping you up to date with where things are using this gorgeous graphic, and you'll still be getting your ebooks months ahead of everyone who isn't joining the Ravishing Regencies Team. Let's make this the most incredible romance series ever - choose your favourite reward now, and pledge!
The Ravishing Regencies Team: that’s you!
The passionate and encouraging people that have pledged money through Kickstarter, proving that there are people out there who want to support authors to create fantastic fiction.
The behind the scenes team: my Launch Team and Review Team
My mailing list of almost 8000 people contains a one thousand person strong support network: my Launch Team, who Beta read, vote on character names, and help untangle difficult plot points, and my Review Team, who read advance reader copies to provide me with reviews on launch day to help promote the book.
Hi! I’m an historian and romance author, with eleven books published across three time periods: Regency, medieval, and 1840s Texas (it’s a long story!). I love writing meaningful romances between equals in the past, and that’s what I do best.
Julia is an author herself, writing historical time travel romances amongst other things! She is bringing her expertise in fiction and narrative to the Ravishing Regencies series. I’ve worked with Julia on previous books so I know that her quality is absolutely top notch.
A little note from Julia:
At Archbury Consultancy, I edit/mentor creative writing (novels, short stories) and academic work for publication so that the work is coherent and well written for public consumption! I am a published author with many years' experience as an editor and tutor. All enquiries via my website at https://juliaibbotsonauthor.com or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Falcon is an author, writing about princess, pirates, and all things fantasy. He is bringing his design and formatting experience to the Ravishing Regencies series, and I’ve worked with Falcon on my entire previous series, so I know I can trust him completely.
Samantha is an author, writing sensuous Regency romances – so is perfect for this project. She knows just how to create the perfect cover, having done so for her bestselling Regency series Bluestocking Brides.
The audiobook narrator: Verity Burns
Verity is a narrator, and a ridiculously good one at that. She has created audiobooks for romance authors such as Lexy Timms, Amanda Mariel, and Irina Shapiro, and I have wanted to work with her for almost a year.
You’ve probably noticed that I’ve got a lot of authors in my team: that is no coincidence. I want to surround myself with professionals who really understand the publishing world, so that we can all make Ravishing Regencies a huge success. Make sure you pledge now to join us!
Why does it cost £1500/$2000 to create eight novellas? Well, this is why.
I’ve worked closely with leading experts in their fields to get the best prices for these skills, and the best value for the Ravishing Regencies Team:
I’ve worked hard to keep costs down, doing as much of the work myself, but there comes a time when you just have to bring in other professionals. All in all, the Ravishing Regencies Team (that’s you and me) will be spending under £190/$250 for each of the eight novellas to get them to publication.
Risks and challenges
The books are written. They are there, ready and waiting for a little care and attention. There are three potential reasons that I can see that may cause delays:
1. My editor wants some major re-writes
It’s never happened to me before, but I’m not too proud to say that a professional editor may spot a plot hole that I’ve just…missed. If that happens, it’s more important to me that the book is absolutely outstanding than I hit the delivery date – but of course, I will always keep you all informed, and you’ll know exactly what daft mistake I made, and how I intend to fix it.
2. My audiobook narrator gets booked up with someone else
Narrators are awesome! When you find a good one, the challenge is that everyone does too. If they get very busy and other projects take longer, then I’ll have to wait in line, and that could slow things down.
3. The paperbacks take forever to ship
I’m based in the UK. You might not be. That could get a little confusing for the international postal services, and sadly, I don’t have any control over how long it takes them to get your paperbacks over to you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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