‘The Christmas Fireplace’ + New Project: RLL!

This holiday season, we are delighted to share with you a special short story, ‘The Christmas Fireplace’, which was written for the 141 incredible supporters of our Lady Lavender Kickstarter campaign.

Click here to read the short story!

As we mentioned earlier this year, the main reason behind our Lady Lavender campaign was to gather support from our Regency Love community and, by extension, to see how much interest there still was in the Regency Love world. After releasing Mr Graham’s in-app purchase in 2015, our team has been on an indefinite hiatus, uncertain if we would continue to make more games.

We found a solution in Lady Lavender: as a standalone spin-off novel, Lady Lavender was an opportunity for Samantha to explore some of the characters in depth at her own pace (which ended up being four years), while the rest of the team took a break and focused on other areas of our lives. We had every intention to finish telling our Regency Love stories, but we didn’t know when we would have the time to make another full game – or whether there was still interest in the world and its characters.

Ultimately, your enthusiastic and heart-warming response to Lady Lavender made the decision easy for us. And so, without further ado, we are thrilled to announce that our new project is titled:

Regency Love: London

That’s right – we’re returning to the world of Regency Love, and we’re doing it with the latest London styles!

We’ll still be working on this in our ‘spare’ time, so we aren’t able to provide any timelines for now – Regency Love: London might be released in 2021, or 2025, or 2050 (we hope it won’t be that long). But, what we can confirm, is that:

  • Lady Lavender Kickstarter supporters will have early beta-testing access;
  • There will be three main romanceable characters;
  • Lord Sutton is one of them;
  • Mr de Lancie, whom we introduced in Lady Lavender, is another one;
  • We’ll explore several queer characters and stories;
  • The mysterious letter at the start of the story will finally be resolved;
  • Christopher (the MC’s brother) will be featured; and
  • We are seriously stoked about returning to Regency Love!

We will post any updates as they become available. As you may have noticed by now, we work slowly and sporadically, so it might be a while yet before we can share anything tangible from Regency Love: London.

But, as we hope you’ve also discovered, we put a lot of thought, effort, and love into all our works. We are so incredibly grateful for your continued patience, and we will do our very best to create a game worthy of your love and support.

With love, gratitude, and the warmest holiday wishes,
Samantha, on behalf of the team

P.S. If you haven’t yet purchased, read, or reviewed Lady Lavender (especially on Goodreads), we hope you might consider giving it a go. While the MC from Regency Love is only a minor character and mightn’t be whom you expected, we wanted to tell another kind of story about Ellie, Lord Sutton, and their family and friends. The paperback is available at the lowest possible price (we’re not getting any royalties) until 31 December.

P.P.S. For everyone who’s already shared their love for Lady Lavender via Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, email, and so on: thank you. Your support means the world to us. ♥

P.P.P.S. For those who are planning to read Lady Lavender over the holidays: you might want to keep some tissues handy. Sorry-not-sorry.

Lady Lavender Release!

Today, the 16th December, is an important date to us because it’s:

  • Jane Austen’s birthday (244 years young today)
  • Regency Love‘s original release date in 2013
  • Lady Lavender‘s release date!

Melody and Samantha had a small celebration (complete with an amazing bespoke cake by @160celsius), and drank lots of tea on Jenny’s behalf. We’ll be posting more photos on our Twitter and on Samantha’s Instagram!

You can get your copy of the novel below:

Lady Lavender is also on Goodreads. We hope you’ll enjoy the novel, and we’d absolutely love to know what you think!

We also wish to thank our incredible Regency Lovers on Kickstarter, who have been super duper generous with their support these past two months. Thanks to them, the paperback copies now have maps and family trees (previously only intended for a digital pack), and the Amazon paperback has a low introductory price till the end of 2019.

In alphabetical order, here is the list of our amazing supporters:

Abigail Holloway
Adrienne Tuatara Foster
Aimee Briley
Alex H
Alex Jackson
Amanda McCall
Ana Silva
Angelique Wille
Anna De Cicco
Anna L
Anna Li
Anna Maria L
Anna Tran
Anna Wojda
Audie Austen
Bonnie Rutledge
Caitlin Conlon
Caitlin Mortimer
Cassandra Young
Chelby Mather
Chrisha Arga
The Creative Fund by BackerKit
D. Wilson
Danielle Jones
Dar Rivkin
David Yeager
Dawn Kaye
Donna Bevan Herren
Elly McG
Ely Stilburn
em winters
Emmeline B
Erica Nelson
Erika Paul
Fiona Morton
Gaby Spartz
Germa Barragán
Ginger Adams
Gioia Pappalardo
Guest 173789955
Guest 1885080474
Guest 407741892
Guest 432296112
Irene Langford
Javiera Pincheira
Jenn Evans
Jenna Lindeke Heavenrich
Jenny Larson
Jessica Johansen
Jessica Kizer
Jina T
Joanne Renaud
Joy Counts
Julie Christensen
Julie Shasta MacTire
K. Gavenman
Karen L
Kat Let
Katarina Scoleri
Katie Hamilton
Kelsey R. Marquart
Kim Nguyen
Kimia Shabahang
Kylie Mallett
Lærke W. Thomsen
Lara Owsley
Lara Worsley
Laura B
Laura Doherty
Lauren Clinnick
Layla H
Linda Fitzpatrick
Lindsey Appell
Lorelei Nguyen
Lori F.
Dr M. A. Crippen
M. C. A. Hogarth
Maaria Posti
Mariah Driggs
Marie Whelan
Mary Osborn
Megan Greenan
Michelle W
Monica Altx
Monica Singh
Rosie Crossley
Ruth Bonser
S. R. Dreamholde
Saga Albright
Samantha Richards
Sarah Fowerbaugh
Sarah Kingdred
Savannah Camacho
Shannon O. McGinnis
Shannon Symonds
Shelly Counts
Sian Eleri Jenkins
Silke Akkermans
Siyang Zhang
Stephanie Fitts
Stephanie Mason
Stephanie Robinson
Taylor Harrison
Tellina Liu
Tori Hebdon
Vicki Crockett
Xiri R

Happy reading!

Kickstarter Preview Chapters Released + Mini Profile: Graham

In the third week of our Kickstarter, we unlocked the early-bird discount for Lady Lavender when it’s released by Amazon on 16 December – how amazing! We don’t know what the exact price will be, but to show our appreciation for the overwhelming love and support from you, we will price it as low as possible until the end of December!

We have also released the exclusive preview of Lady Lavender‘s first three chapters, available to backers only. We’ve received some encouraging feedback so far – thank you so much! You should have received an email earlier if you’ve backed this project. You can also access the page here.

This past week, we’ve polished off parts of the novel manuscript, selected some typography, and played around with floor plans some more. Melody has undertaken the challenging task of drawing a central piece of architecture featured in Lady Lavender – and specifically, in Lord Sutton’s home – and the drafts are looking as intricate and grand as we’d hoped!

And now for our next mini profile: Lieutenant Graham (formerly known as Mr Graham, but who has since enlisted permanently)!

Name: James Graham

What makes them happy: 

  1. Being outside
  2. Large gatherings where he can interact with old friends and make new ones
  3. Feasts!

Virtues: Friendliness, enthusiasm, industry, charisma

Vices: Drink; occasional stubbornness and intolerance

Quote from Lady Lavender: ‘Aubrey, you look like a dirty, wet dog!’

Kickstarter Week 2 + Mini Profile: Ellie

The second week of our Kickstarter campaign has been exciting, with such milestones as reaching 100 pledges and unlocking the phone wallpapers stretch goal! We are so grateful to our wonderful Regency Lovers for their support!

Those who follow us on Facebook and Twitter may have also noticed we opened Lady Lavender‘s secondary romance to speculation. After hearing about some wonderful pairings, we hinted at a non-heteronormative pairing – and we were blown away by the support we’ve received! We also received some queries about queer characters in general, and while we haven’t yet had an opportunity to explore all their stories in full in Regency Love and Lady Lavender, we definitely have both LGBTQIA+ and racially diverse folks in our Regency story world. We can’t promise when we’ll be able to tell their stories fully, but your wonderful support on our Kickstarter is definitely helping bring those stories closer to fruition!

We’re also heading towards unlocking our next two stretch goals:

  • $5,000: Early-bird discount on the physical book from Amazon (until the end of December, 2019)
  • $6,000: Christmas short story for Regency Love

And now, it’s time for Ellie’s mini profile – we hope you’ll enjoy!

Full name: Eleanor Frances Ashcroft

What makes them happy:

  • Sitting in front of the fire with her family
  • Exploring, refining, and improving her art
  • Trying new sweets, cakes, and ices

Virtues: Kindness, diligence, compassion, loyalty

Vices: Anything sweet

Quote from Lady Lavender: ‘I love the symmetry of English cathedrals. I find it all very pleasing. What I love most, however, are the discrepancies. The symmetry is but an illusion; the imperfections are what can tell the living stories of each building – and I find that breath-taking.’