Historical Romance by Sandy Raven
Welcome to my website! I write sensual historical romances with a twist of adventure and strong heroines. More information here.
News and Events
I'll be releasing a Boxed Set of the first five books (okay, four and a novella,) towards the end of summer. In it will be the short story that will be a lead-in to the next generation of books. That series, while still a part of The Caversham Chronicles, is titled The Titans of the Revolution. I'm working on those books now, and while the books are NOT finished yet, I do have covers for the short story and the first book. But I'll have a cover reveal for those at a later date. (The 3 girls' cover is absolutely gorgeous! I love it! Just wait!)
And here are some gratuitous cat pics because I've been kitty sitting my grandcats this week. Hmmmm... It seems only one of the three pics came through. I wonder why. Anyway, this is Ditto, and he's rubbing his face on everything this week. He has to remind the dogs that he was here before they were. :-D
I have exciting news! The first two books in the Caversham Chronicles have been translated into Italian and will be released very soon. All that's left is the formatting. Within about a week I will have Italian language books for sale in Italy! As I am Italian-American, I really wanted my mother tongue to be my first translation. Spanish translations are in the works now and will be coming soon as well.
A book release is kind of like giving birth.
I know it sounds cliche, but that's the way it feels to me. I'm so happy that LUCKY'S LADY seems to be very well-received so far. And for that I am thankful to a lot of people--first of which is my fantastic editor, Gail Shelton; the best betas evah! (Rosetta, Mary, Janet, and Melinda); a great cover artist, Kim Killion; the team of proofreaders at Proofreading by the Page; my formatter, Natalie at Clear Skies Author Services; my assistant, Ashley, and my husband, and daughters. I couldn't do it without them.
So, LUCKY'S LADY isn't even out one week and I've already had the questions "What's next? Marcus' book?" And my answer is no. Marcus' book is after the girls' book. It's just been planned that way. The three little girls christened at the end of Already His are getting their book first because... well, because I'm just obsessively chronological like that.
This book is WHAT THE FATES DECREE. My three girls are the fates. These are the three baby girls who do everything together. Including getting married. I'm having fun with this story. The only thing I will give away is that the engaged couple at the beginning don't marry each other, because they've already fallen in love with someone else. They just needed some maternal spurring in the right direction to open their eyes to a big mistake before it happens.
And I will reveal one more secret... Marcus meets the mother of his daughter at the engagement ball. I'm not telling you WHICH engagement ball either!
That's it. Nothing else. No mas.
And finally, because we had a Princess born today, I'm going to post a picture of my puppies! (You knew that was coming, right?) This is Attila and Boudicca playing in my office while I work. I could take this picture every single night and it would be the same. Because they play right next to my chair. Only the toys are different. For the most part I've learned to ignore their growling, yelping and singing. It's when they hit my chair or desk that's irritating. I've learned to keep a squirt bottle on the desk next to me. Wanna know how to stop a pair of Dobermans from fighting? Point the squirt bottle at them. Honest! :-D
LUCKY'S LADY - Pre-order is now available!
I have a daughter (well two daughters actually) and they are the sunshine in my days. This morning I received another reminder from my D1, that I have not posted to my page lately and DON'T YOU THINK IT'S TIME YOU DID?
She's right. I have a book coming out this month (finally!) LUCKY'S LADY is available right now for pre-order from Amazon and Apple iBooks. Here are the links:
Lucky's book is the book of my heart. Because of that, it was a challenge to me because I wanted it to be perfect. (If there actually is such a thing as perfect.) That's probably because it was originally the planned ending to the Caversham Chronicles and I wanted it to be something people would remember. When I decided to Indie publish, and readers began to write and tell me how much they loved the series and didn't want the stories to end, I started thinking about being able to continue with the next generations.... Once I decided I would do that, I had to rewrite some of what was in this book to reflect the future of the series. That's hard to do when you don't know what the future of the series is beyond a one or two more books.
Research is not a chore when the subject matter is one you love.
My editor opened my eyes about some things, and I sought professionals out to verify my technical research. So, in the end, it took longer, but it's hopefully a better book for it. My thanks to Adam P. in England, and Karen N. in the U.S. for verifying my work.
Will I do more sailing stories. Well.... probably. Mary-Michael has a shipyard to run. She and Lucky will be coming back to live in Baltimore. But before I do, I have three young ladies waiting to go to a house party and meet the loves of their lives, and a Marquess who needs a mother for his precocious little girl.
So it's back to the writer's cave for me. I will try and make time for more updates. Especially when I begin releasing my translated titles. I have Italian in the works right now, with my translator working on the second book right now. And last night I just accepted terms with a Spanish translator, who will begin working on my books soon. I'm still looking for French and German translators, so if you're one, or know of one, drop me a line here at: Sandy@SandyRaven.com
Oh, if you want to hear something great, it's a really short audio (about 12-13 minutes) on the Tea Races. Here's the link!
And, one last thing... Look for the audio of MISS AMELIA LANDS A DUKE to be released very soon. It's complete and I'm waiting on that same daughter mentioned above to add the cover to the file so that it downloads as one unit. It will be available everywhere, not just through Audible or iTunes. I'm very excited about the prospect of distributing widely with that one audio. Because it's the series prequel, I'm hoping those who hear it will move on to the other books in the series.
That's it for now. I have to get back to work now!
Oh, I can't go without sharing gratuitous picture of a happy dog.
Almost a new year, and a new look for my website! This functionality of this new site should be much easier for those of you visiting from your phones and tablets. While it might not be as 'fancy' looking as the old site, this one is much more streamlined and user-friendly. Or so I'm told. So, if you have a problem navigating, please leave me a note with what is not working properly for you and I will forward to the web mistress (aka my Darling Daughter #1, or D1.)
Welcome to all the new visitors! So the past few weeks I have had a few ads in places and it's increased my visibility some--which is a good thing in this business. One of the exciting things that's happened over this past weekend (aside from the new website going live,) is I've crossed a little milestone.... I've reached the 100,000 books sold mark. Okay, so it's not the millions of some of the superstar authors, but I'm still young, and quietly working my way up there. ;-)
Last month, as a birthday present to myself, I got another Doberman pup--a little female to keep the Ridiculously Handsome Dog company. She is Ridiculously Lovable Little Girl Dog (who will grow to be a nice-size girl if she keeps eating the way she does!) Below is the pic of me with my darling Boudicca, and the Ridiculously Handsome Attila the Dog.
Sometime after the first of the year, we're going to have to look into training for them both, and perhaps a refresher for me. They're both kind of spoiled and rambunctious, and that can be dangerous when it's icy out and we're going down a hill or steps. So that's a New Year's Resolution for me.
That's it for now, I've got to get back to work on Lucky's book. (And, yes, I'm STILL working on those edits.)
Thank you Apple iBooks readers for making CAVERSHAM'S BRIDE #1 in the Romance Category today! Thank you, I love you!
I have to thank my UK readers for making MISS AMELIA LANDS A DUKE #2 in the Regency Historical category at Amazon.UK. You ladies (and gents) ROCK! I am beyond thankful... I'm humbled. Really.
We have a new cover for Lucky's Lady, the files for the old cover were lost, and my fab cover designer created a completely new cover for me. I actually love it better than the blue cover I already had. Here it is. Look! Very pretty, autumn-y looking, no?
ALSO, REMEMBER THE DATE: October 1, 2014..... Miss Amelia Lands A Duke will be available for purchase at all ebook stores online! Print copies will be available through Create Space and Amazon only.
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