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:






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

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



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:

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.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Captain Lacey books in print

Because the old mass market paperbacks of the Lacey series are now very hard to find (and going for ridiculous prices on used book sites--$25; $45 and more), we are working to get the entire series republished in print (POD).

The books will be available in what's called "Expanded Distribution" which means that, while bookstores won't necessarily keep them in stock, they can special order for you (they'll be available via Ingrams). Therefore, if you don't want to order via Amazon, you will be able to find these books via Barnes & Noble and independent booksellers.

I encourage you to utilize mystery booksellers, such as Poisoned Pen ( and the like, to shop for mysteries. I truly want to see these bookstores stay in business! It's wonderful to enter a bookstore where the staff knows so much about the genre and can find and recommend books at the drop of a hat. Many mystery bookstores do mail order (and online ordering), if you don't have an indie mystery bookseller near you.

I have already put the print copies of Hanover Square Affair; The Necklace Affair and other Stories; and A Death in Norfolk into expanded distribution. (It might take a few weeks before they appear as available.)

In the next weeks to months, A Regimental Murder; The Glass House; Sudbury School Murders; Body in Berkeley Square; and A Covent Garden Mystery will follow. All need to be formatted, checked, and then printed--it takes a couple weeks for them to appear for sale on Amazon after they're uploaded, and then another month or so to be available in larger distribution. I'll update the website with links as they appear.

Disappearance in Drury Lane will appear in print (and orderable by bookstores) very soon after the e-version goes online.

We're working hard to get this series up to date and available for everyone, e-book lovers and print-book lovers alike. Thanks for your patience.

(And I'm writing on Drury Lane every day, don't worry).

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Friday, June 28, 2013

What Captain Lacey has been up to...

I've been doing many things on this side of the laptop since last I posted. New website, as I noted. I am trying to figure out a way to get this blog on the website itself so my updates are all in one place. I'll keep everyone posted on that.

I am progressing nicely on Drury Lane. Lacey is going places he's never been and adjusting to a new stage in his life. I am happy with the book so far. I have a pub date in mind, which isn't long from now, but I don't want to invoke the jinx on this book, so I'm not saying until the book is with an editor. I want to, but I won't.

After Drury Lane will come Murder in Grosvenor Square. I still want to take Lacey and Grenville to Egypt, since Grenville is so fond of the place, but I need to fit the book where it will naturally fall timewise in the tales, as well as logically with the development of Lacey's life. I don't want them to run off to Egypt just to go. It all has to make sense.

I had originally planned to write ten Lacey novels; however, now I see no reason to stop the series until it is ready to end. I think all series should end (gracefully), but only when it's time. I keep thinking of adventures for Lacey, so I will continue to write them.

For now, Drury Lane is coming along, and I'll announce a pub date as soon as I dare.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

New Ashley Gardner Web Site

Looks like my new Ashley Gardner site is live!

It will likely take a while to remove the old site from caches, so please reload the page or retype the address if you see the old, dark blue site. The new site has graphics that resemble the new book covers.

Drury Lane is progressing!

Ashley Gardner website might go down temporarily...

today or so, while we move everything over to the new website. Hope it won't disappear at all, but in case it does--I'M STILL HERE AND NOT GOING ANYWHERE. Will post when new website is live.

Ashley Gardner

Friday, May 03, 2013

Drury Lane and Regency England

Now have one hundred plus pages on Drury Lane! I'm absolutely thrilled to be making progres--it's taken me so dang long to be able to sit down and write this book.

While I'm posting, I'd like to pass on an excellent reference to all things Regency (and late eighteenth century, England and a more global context): the Jane Austen's World blog.

Well worth browsing through for both lovers of Jane Austen's novels and a look into the world of the time.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Drury Lane update

I'm very pleased with the progress I'm making on Disappearance in Drury Lane. Have about 75 pages, introduced some new players / new problems, with regular characters in full attendance. I don't want to give anything away, but we are back in London, exploring its streets and squares, from elegant Mayfair to the back streets of the East End. One of Marianne's old friends has gone missing, but what should be a simple  case of course proves to be anything but.

In other news, I have a website designer and builder busily overhauling the entire website, and hope to hear from her soon. The preliminary designs look great. I've gotten notifications from some readers about the problems with my current website, which are noted and being addressed. The website will be on a new platform with a new look, updated for the wider laptop monitors (web address will not change).

I will keep writing along on Drury Lane, and have a pub date for you soon. (Every time I project one, life happens, so I'm trying to fool life by saying nothing until I have the full draft finished.)

I'm excited today because one of my Jennifer Ashley romances hit #16 on the New York Times list and #44 on the USA Today. Excellent news! My way of celebrating is to write more, so I'm continuing deep into Captain Lacey's world.

I'll update here again when I have more news.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

March 2013

It seems as though the universe is conspiring to keep me from writing anything. I am working on Disappearance in Drury Lane, a few chapters in, and deep into another historical romance which is past due at my publisher.

I had another publisher pull a series off sale overnight at the end of January, and I spent all of February scrambling to get those books re-released (as my inbox was flooded with email from angry readers). Happily that is now resolved, and I no longer have to spend large chunks of every day revising and proofreading an entire series.

Plus I have new, contracted books that are busily coming back to me for rewrites, editing checks,  proofreading, and other things.

However, I do write every single day, 365 days a year (even on Christmas and my birthday). I'm not an author who sits back eating bon-bons waiting for inspiration to strike. I write. Even when I'm revising, editing, proofreading, having cover conferences, working on back cover copy, and making my publisher happy doing blog tours, going to appearances and book signings, I'm typing 500 to 3000 words a day depending on how much of other stuff I have to do.

A little bit at a time, and it all gets done.

I have released the second boxed set of the Captain Lacey Mysteries, which includes Sudbury School, The Necklace Affair (novella), Body in Berkeley Square, and Covent Garden Mystery. When I get a couple more books done, I will bundle those with Death in Norfolk. (Nook link:; Kindle link:

I am also now actively talking with a website designer so hope to have a new look for the Gardner Mysteries website soon.

It's all coming. The rise of self-publishing has given me the opportunity to revive and write more in the Lacey series (a good thing), but it has also descended my life into chaos ("May you live in interesting times").

Sunday, January 06, 2013

New Year, More Capt Lacey

From the flood of email in my inbox, many people are waiting anxiously for the release of A Disappearance in Drury Lane.

I know I planned to write and publish this book in 2012, but it unfortunately got shoved to the back burner along with pretty much everything else when Berkley upped my writing schedule for my romance series, asking for a couple of new novellas and another novel to be (quickly) written in 2012. I have signed another contract with Berkley, so the workload will continue.

That said, I am working on Drury Lane right now. I made the mistake last year of projecting too many pub dates, which got me into trouble when things got backed up. So, I'm currently writing the book, I will alert everyone when it is finished and to the copyeditor, by which time I'll be able to announce a definite publication date.

I am also planning an overhaul, with new graphics and design, of the gardnermysteries website (I am hiring someone to do this so it doesn't take writing time). At some point I'll have a lovely new site for Captain Lacey.

Also  I am working on putting out the second boxed set (Sudbury School through Covent Garden along with Necklace Affair). Book 7 (Death in Norfolk) through 9 or 10 will be in a third boxed set after they are all out.

Let me assure everyone that I have not given up on the Captain Lacey series. I have plenty of plans for its future. I do have to work around four other series--a lot for one person to do! but I have not abandoned it.

I am very happy that for the next couple of months I'll be revisiting Captain Lacey, Lady B., Marianne, Grenville, and Mr. Denis, report what they're up to, and pen another dark and gritty mystery.

I will keep you all updated with my progress. Thank you for your patience!

Ashley Gardner