Friday, September 20, 2013

Disappearance in Drury Lane is OUT!

A Disappearance in Drury Lane is out! Today! Now! I am bouncing off the ceiling.
It can be ordered from:

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Disappearance-Captain-Regency-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00ELUVAJ0/

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-disappearance-in-drury-lane-ashley-gardner/1116959753?ean=2940148602835

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-disappearance-in-drury-lane

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/359519

OmniLit: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-adisappearanceindrurylane-1301344-237.html

The PRINT edition files have been submitted, and should be available for purchase by next week. Likewise the Apple edition is wending its way to iTunes via Smashwords.

Thank you so much for your patience and support on this book's release. It was a journey!I hope you enjoy it.

Murder in Grosvenor Square is next!

See more about the series at http://www.gardnermysteries.com

Friday, September 06, 2013

Captain Lacey Boxed Set 1 limited time sale!

Because I can, I have put the e-version of the first boxed set of the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries on sale for 99 cents for a limited time. If you or a book lover you know have been meaning to try this series, you can now for a great price! Hope you enjoy it. And Disappearance in Drury Lane will be up September 20!Bundle Volume 1

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/captain-lacey-regency-mysteries-book-bundle-1-ashley-gardner/1108485755?ean=2940013690271&isbn=2940013690271

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Captain-Lacey-Regency-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B006YZ0OOM

Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Disappearance in Drury Lane Available for Pre-Order

Great news! A Disappearance in Drury Lane has been made available for pre-order at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Disappearance-Captain-Regency-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00ELUVAJ0/

It will be available from Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, Apple, and of course, as a PRINT book as well. If I can do pre-orders for those, I will, but if not, it will still be available from those vendors the same day it goes live at Kindle.

I'm very thrilled I am finally able to bring this book to you.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Drury Lane Release Date

On Friday, I typed THE END on A Disappearance in Drury Lane. And there was much rejoicing. The release date for this book will be September 20, 2013.
Excerpts will be posted soon. I will be busily revising / rewriting then sending the ms to an editor in order to meet that publication date. More news on that as it happens.
In other news, A Regimental Murder, is available in print in a new trade paperback. I gave it "expanded distribution" which means that (eventually), booksellers will be able to special order it, and it will be available online at Amazon, B&N, Book Depository, and other places. 
For now, the print version is available on Amazon:
The rest of the books not already in print will soon follow! Drury Lane will also be out in print at the same time as or shortly after the ebook.
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Drury Lane Updates

I am now about 3000-5000 words shy of finishing the next Captain Lacey book (that's about 2-3 chapters depending on how much I have left to tell--I don't adhere to a rigid word count). I will have this done by the end of the week and be able to project a pub date.

Be sure to subscribe to my book info email blasts to be notified as soon as Disappearance in Drury Lane is available.

In other news, the print edition of Regimental Murder should go live very soon (I submitted it; just waiting for the vendors to get around to putting up the order buttons). Plus I'm still looking into getting these books into audio. I will, one way or another.

Take care.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

More Updates; Audiobook opinions

I'm about 20K words away from finishing the draft of Drury Lane. (For me, about 80 pages.) Then will come rewrites / revisions (which take nowhere near as long as writing the first draft), then editing by an outside editor, then proofing. I will do my best to get the print version out alongside the e- version or very soon thereafter. As soon as I type "The End" I will post a pub date! (I already know it, but again, the whole jinx thing is keeping me from saying it yet.)

I'm also interested in getting Captain Lacey out in audio. I think this series would lend itself well to being read aloud.

That said, I've heard from audiobook companies that cozy mysteries sell poorly in audio. Mystery fans, are you audiobook fans? I've listened to mytery audiobooks (the Cadfael series; Dick Francis; Mary Higgins Clark), and while I'm not a huge audiobook fan (I like to read fast), I enjoyed them.

Opinions? Would you like Captain Lacey in audio? Is it worth it for me to pursue it?

Sunday, July 07, 2013

New Covers for Capt. Lacey print books



I've had a few complaints from readers about the women on the covers of the Captain Lacey books. To some, a woman on the cover signals "romance," and definitely not mystery. Why this should be, I'm not sure--to me a romance cover has a shirtless male who obviously works out two hours a day and swallows a case of protein powders while he's at it. If he has a shirt, it's falling off; and if a female is with him, she's pushing it off, or he's pushing her clothes off, or both, or they're sprawled sensuously in bed. A simple lady standing alone does not shout "romance" to me. Can women not appear on a book cover without it being a romance novel? This puzzles me (and the feminist in me).

However, I do listen to feedback, and the new print covers will be lady-less (with the exception of Hanover Square and Death in Norfolk, which are already in print--print covers take many weeks to change [designer has to redo it first of all] and racks up additional charges for re-uploading and re-printing). The ladies will remain on the e-book covers, but all the to-come print covers will be of scenes only.

The Glass House's new cover is above as an example of how the covers will look sans females.

FYI: The background on the cover of The Glass House is a photograph taken by me in London, in St. James's. Other tourists in London take photos of the stone-still guards or Nelson's column--I take pictures of doors.