by Anna Campbell
Hooray, hurrah and huzzah, it's time to unveil my brand-new website!
Check it out at: http://www.annacampbell.info/
I started working on this with my brilliant designer Paula Roe months ago. I hope you like the finished product of all our hard slog.
Coming up with the basic design took us forever. I wanted to convey a number of themes to visitors. I wanted the elegance of the Regency period which is when all my books are set. I wanted to tie in with the British settings. I also wanted a design that spoke volumes about the atmosphere of the books - sensual, dark, passionate, romantic, dramatic.
You can see why Paula and I spent weeks shooting designs back and forth, can't you? I adore what she came up with and I think it covers everything I asked for.
We both had input in the final look. During my last trip to the U.K., I'd become enamoured of Sir Henry Raeburn's beautiful Regency portraits. I think these gorgeous pictures of men and women from the first quarter of the 19th century perfectly convey the glamorous, dangerous Regency world.
As far as the British element went, I showed Paula some photos I'd taken in my travels and we both decided these shots would be perfect to complement the portraits. I love that pictures I took myself are now part of this website which reflects my work.
Here are two of my favorite shots to make an appearance in the new design. The white building covered in camellias is an old pin factory rebuilt as part of the garden architecture in beautiful Bodnant Gardens in Wales.
The second photo is of a mullioned window in the impossibly romantic Haddon Hall in Derbyshire. You might know this house as it was used as Thornfield in the recent BBC JANE EYRE adaptation with Toby Stephens as Mr. Rochester. It's one of my favorite houses in England and definitely worth a visit if you're ever in the vicinity.
I'd said to Paula I wanted a really rich color scheme and she came up trumps with the red and the black and the gold. I adore that curling satin ribbon that links everything together. Pure design genius! And again, every Regency!
We've kept popular pages from the original website so every month, I'll still be doing My Favorite Things and Latest News and regular contests. But I've also added a press page and a one-stop spot for videos and book trailers.
And extra excitement for February, I've put up the Books Page for my May release MIDNIGHT'S WILD PASSION.
Here's the blurb:
London’s most notorious seducer, Nicholas Challoner lives solely for revenge. The dashing, licentious Marquess of Ranelaw can never forgive Godfrey Demarest for ruining his sister—now the time has come to repay the villain in the same coin. But one formidably intriguing impediment stands in the way of Nicholas’s vengeance: Miss Antonia Smith, companion to his foe’s unsuspecting daughter.
Having herself been deceived and disgraced by a rogue—banished by her privileged family as a result and forced to live a lie—Antonia vows to protect her charge from the same cruel fate. She recognizes Ranelaw for the shameless blackguard he is, and will devote every ounce of her intelligence and resolve to thwarting him.
Yet Antonia has always had a fatal weakness for rakes…
You can read an excerpt here.
To launch my website, I'm running an extra special contest for February and March. And the question is majorly easy too.
So this was my big project for this year (aside from writing my latest book!). Have you completed or are you planning any big projects of your own lately?