Wednesday, August 31, 2005

site changes

My site will be moving to a new host (same name) gradually, so it will not be updated for a while. I'll be posting any updates, excerpts, announcements, new book news, etc. here so that the file transfer to the new site will be easier.

One reason I like the Regency period is--no Internet! Of course, they had their share of quirks. In the Regency, books were purchased unbound; a gentleman would send his books to a bookbinder to be bound in hardback. If the books were in volumes (e.g., Richardson's Clarissa, published in the mid-1700s, was published in volumes, not the huge tome we buy from Penguin), then the gentleman could collect all the volumes and bind them together. So a wealthy man could have a library of beautifully bound books. A poor man who liked to read would have to try to keep his paper copies nice.

The cover of A Body in Berkeley Square is posted below. I think Berkley did a nice job.

Ashley Gardner

Monday, August 29, 2005


I set up this blog, then went and lost the password (BG). See my Jennifer Ashely blog ( to also see what I'm up to.

A Covent Garden Mystery went to my editor last month, and I am awaiting her feedback (she's on vacation at the moment, lucky woman).

A Body in Berkley Square is proofread and back at the publisher and probably is heading to the printers. That will be out in December.

Please feel free to email me ( or post here if you have any questions about the series, the characters, the Regency, or what have you.

Take care,

Ashley Gardner