Operational Updates

Dear Ripped Bodice Community, 

We want to make sure we are keeping you updated on how we are handling this crisis. It’s been a very challenging time but we are hanging in there.

The shop remains closed to all customers with no events on the calendar.


-Online orders

We are still accepting online orders and have adopted a process to best comply with the evolving guidelines from California and LA County Departments of Health. 

This means that Leah is processing all incoming orders and our staff has been instructed to stay at home. Because this is now a one-woman operation, shipping may be slower than normal. We love and appreciate your support in this incredibly difficult time, so we ask that you bear with us as we continue to fill orders. Given the state of the world and The Post Office, we are strongly recommending that you use USPS flat rate shipping at this time to ensure the quickest and most accurate delivery.


-Care packages

We are now accepting new orders for care packages. However, because we are down to a shipping staff of one, we will be accepting orders in batches so as not to overwhelm Leah. Head to this link to enter your email address, and we’ll send you the order link once it’s your turn.

Questions about orders (or anything) can be directed to hello@therippedbodicela.com


Finally, now is a great time to think about becoming a Patron of the store. 


There is already a ton of cool content you can check out on our page. Including 12 original short stories from some amazing romance authors. Vlogs and other fun stuff. We know this is not an option for everyone and that's totally okay and understandable. But if you're looking for a way to help, this is a great option. 

We hope you are all doing okay and making it through one day at a time.
xoxo, Bea & Leah and Fitz

Saga of a Lady (Paperback)

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"History, mystery and romance- perfect escape reading "This novel brings alive California history while combining rip-roaring adventures and mystery with a passionate love story.1848, New York City dock. As Lady Clarissa Barrington Wells boards a ship beginning her dangerous journey to California, she is distracted by the sight of a dark, handsome fellow passenger. This man, whose wicked smile evokes an irresistible magnetic attraction in her, is more worldly than the awkward boys she met at her debutante balls in New York, and more dashing than the boring old men she met after her presentation to Queen Victoria. He is unsuitable for more than a flirtation, but far from society's scrutiny, she succumbs to his "bad boy" charm. Forbidden, steamy lovemaking thrills her beyond her wildest dreams, and she almost decides to overlook his lack of suitability. But then she discovers she has surrendered her virginity to a promiscuous rake. After arriving to the rancho hacienda of her father's new wife near Monterey, she discovers she is pregnant. Ashamed to bring disgrace to her family, she embarks on a dangerous horseback trip across the California wilderness to find shelter and raise her unborn child---just as gold is being discovered. More dangerous than the bears and snakes that inhabit the region are the pair of serial killers whose attention she attracted on the journey to California. SAGA OF A LADY is the first story of a multi-part historical romance thriller beginning in the Victorian age spanning two continents and landing in Early California. Thrown into the chaos of the old west from the refinement of Victorian society, Lady Clarissa continues to face the dangerous challenges of her new surrounds. "To Ride Forth Seeking Romance and Adventure" - An Olde California Custom -

About the Author

The stories of Sherri Leigh James are inspired by a childhood entertained by tales of legends and journals of early California settlers, including accounts of heroic women who have immigrated to California over the last two centuries. Her debut murder mystery novel, GIRL WITH A PAST is set in the late 1960's and 2008 on the UC Berkeley campus and in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sherri Leigh James lives in California with her husband, near their children and grandchildren.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780999858226
ISBN-10: 099985822X
Publisher: Black Hawk Press
Publication Date: April 11th, 2018
Pages: 240
Language: English