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New Book Release: The Forgotten Tudor Women: Gertrude Courtenay: Wife and Mother of the Last Plantagenets

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Please join me in congratulating Sylvia Barbara Soberton on the publication of her newest nonfiction book,  The Forgotten Tudor Women: Gertrude Courtenay: Wife and Mother of the Last Plantagenets . I had the privilege of offering Sylvia some copyediting assistance on this intriguing glimpse into the life of a woman who played a supporting role in some of Tudor England's biggest moments. Here's the book description: Gertrude Courtenay led a dangerous life, both in a personal and political sense. Daughter of a prominent courtier, she started her career as maid of honour and then lady-in-waiting to Katharine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife. She sided with the Queen during the Great Matter, as the divorce case between Henry VIII and Katharine of Aragon was then often known. A bitter enemy of the King’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, Gertrude plotted and intrigued with Henry VIII’s enemies, brushing with treason on many occasions. Wife and mother of the last Plantagenets of the Tudor

New Cover Design: Lotharingia

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Please join me in congratulating Lara Byrne on the publication of her debut novel, Lotharingia: Charlemagne's Heir ! I had the pleasure of helping Lara design the cover. Here's the book description: From the royal halls of Germany to the papal Curia, to the walled cities, mighty fortresses, and rolling hills of Central Italy, Lotharingia is a rare journey through the characters and events that convulsed the Holy Roman Empire at the dawn of the second millennium. 1062 After a long-held feud has claimed the men in her family, Matilde prepares to succeed her father as margrave of Tuscany. A descendant of Charlemagne, heiress to the most prestigious relics in Christendom, and a trained warrior, she could comfortably rule on her own. To her dismay, the Church will support her extraordinary claim to power only if she accepts a traditional role and marries the Duke of Lotharingia - a man who fills her with dread. Despite her formidable mother's diplomatic nous and mysterious relic

New Cover Design: Strong Suspicions

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Please join me in congratulating Amy Renshaw on the publication of her debut historical mystery, Strong Suspicions, first book in the Sophie Strong Mystery Series! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description: A notorious woman is murdered, and reporter Sophie Strong stumbles onto the story. Does she have what it takes to find the killer before it’s too late? Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 1912: As the only female reporter at the Milwaukee Herald, twenty-two-year-old Sophie Strong is thrilled when she’s invited to cover the party of the season. Soon she’s swept into the opulent world of the city’s wealthy brewing families. But before she can even get to her typewriter, she discovers a murder victim. The intriguing Detective Jacob Zimmer warns her to leave sleuthing to the police, while Sophie’s editor insists she focus on tea parties and fashion shows. But when her friend and fellow suffragist Clara Elliot comes under suspicion, Sophie is determined to uncover

New Book Release: And Tyler No More

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Please join us in congratulating Stan Haynes on the publication of his debut historical novel,  And Tyler No More ! Aaron had the pleasure of assisting Stan with a developmental edit, and Jenny Q designed the cover. Here's the book description: Kill the president of the United States? How could a rational and law-abiding citizen ever conclude that assassination is an option? What if one death could stop the growth of slavery? 1844. President John Tyler is weeks away from submitting to the Senate a treaty for the annexation of the Republic of Texas into the Union. Slaveholding Texas. A doubling of the amount of enslaved territory in the country. Giving the southern states a majority in the Senate. Monty Tolliver, a former top aide to an influential senator, is as sane and dutiful as they come. Along with his best friend, Ben Geddis, a naval officer and an abolitionist, they determine to stop Tyler, an unelected president who, in their view, has already committed multiple transgressi

New Book Release: Island of Gold

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Please join me in congratulating Amy Maroney on the publication of her newest historical novel,  The Castilian Pomegranate , the first book in a brand new series, the Sea and Stone Chronicles . I had the privilege of providing Amy with some developmental and copyediting assistance. Here's the book description: 1454. A noble French falconer. A spirited merchant's daughter. And a fateful decision that changes their destiny forever... When Cédric is recruited by the Knights Hospitaller to the Greek island of Rhodes, his wife, Sophie, jumps at the chance to improve their fortunes. After a harrowing journey to Rhodes, Cédric plunges into the world of the knights—while Sophie is tempted by the endless riches that flow into the bustling harbor. But their dazzling new home has a dark side. Slaves toil endlessly to fortify the city walls, and rumors of a coming attack by the Ottoman Turks swirl in the streets. Desperate to gain favor with the knights and secure his position, Cédric navi

New Book Release: The Castilian Pomegranate

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Please join me in congratulating Anna Belfrage on the publication of her newest historical novel, The Castilian Pomegranate , book two in the Castilian Saga. I had the privilege of providing Anna with some copyediting assistance. Here's the book description: An enraged and grieving queen commands them to retrieve her exquisite jewel and abandon their foundling brat overseas—or never return Robert FitzStephan and his wife, Noor, have been temporarily exiled. Officially, they are to travel to the courts of Aragon and Castile as emissaries of Queen Eleanor of England. Unofficially, the queen demands two things: that they abandon Lionel, their foster son, in foreign lands and that they bring back a precious jewel — the Castilian Pomegranate. Noor would rather chop off a foot than leave Lionel in a foreign land—especially as he’s been entrusted to her by his dead father, the last true prince of Wales. And as to the jewel, stealing it would mean immediate execution . . . Spain in 1285 is

New Book Release: The King's Sword

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Please join me in congratulating Rebekah Simmers on the publication of her debut historical novel,  The King's Sword ! I had the pleasure of assisting Rebekah with a copyedit. Here's the book description: 1479. Matthias is no hero. He’s no one. Simply another mud-spattered baseborn face among thousands, until an act of kindness aligns him with an extraordinary opportunity. His prince fallen in battle, Matthias is entrusted to retrieve a foreign princess as a bride for his king in exchange for a second chance at a promised reward. Given the honor of wearing his sword in his king’s name, Matthias is hellbent to keep his word. His king — his brothers — are counting on him. And soon, so will she. Princess Avelina has nothing. And no one. Since the death of her parents shattered her world, Avelina has lived as a political pawn, having been degraded, disinherited, and defined by others. When a mysterious soldier arrives at her bridal barter, Avelina dares to hope  —  could this be th

New Book Release: The Fourth Sword

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Please join me in congratulating Yvon Delville on the publication of his debut historical novel,  The Fourth Sword ! I had the pleasure of assisting Yvon with a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description: Sometimes, fate shatters the best-laid plans. In 1974, Elise, a young Belgian woman, loves being a nurse and thinks she has her entire future planned. Unfortunately, an inexplicable event turns her life upside down as she wakes up on a battlefield in 1706 in what was then called the Southern Netherlands. Upon learning that she can never return to her time, she reluctantly accepts that she must comply with society’s archaic and oppressive rules regarding her gender. Only two options are available for her life: marriage or joining a religious order. She wishes to pursue her nursing vocation, but she would need to become a nun and abandon her independence. Elise has many suitors, but none of them understand her dreams for a life of purpose–until she meets a dashi

New Cover Design: Great Crossing

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Please join me in congratulating Judalon de Bornay on the publication of Great Crossing ! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description: 1807: With the country spiraling out of control and heading toward another war with England, a slave woman and a man destined to become an American vice president find themselves on a different kind of collision course. Although they lead very separate lives, one hand rules them both: Jemima Johnson, matriarch of the first western political dynasty and stern mistress over Great Crossing. Richard's world revolves around fulfilling his mother's plans for a brilliant political future. Julia's every move depends on his mother's whims, as her pet slave. Julia watches helplessly as Richard pursues independent and worldly-wise Suzanne, the woman who has the mettle to help him become president. But when his mother destroys those plans, Julia's relief knows no bounds, for she clings to the one freedom even a sla

New Cover Design: Golden Adventures

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Please join me in congratulating Diane M. How on the publication of Golden Adventures , book three in The Dahlonega Sisters series! I had the pleasure of helping Diane design the cover. Here's the book description: The Dahlonega Sisters, Golden Adventures is contemporary women's fiction that takes place in the quaint historic town of Dahlonega, Georgia. It is the last of a three book series featuring three mature sisters with unfulfilled dreams. The oldest, and always a bit haughty, Rose Ellen has her heart set on an extravagant Tuscany wedding. She struggles to gain the support of her two sisters and daughter. When she pushes her fiancé's generosity, her whole world starts to crumble. Meanwhile, Marge toys with a life-long desire to open a bed and breakfast in her large Victorian house. She quickly becomes overwhelmed when her brother explains business 101 to her. She's ready to ditch the dream, but her brother isn't. On the other side of town, superstitious and a

New Book Releases: Cunning Woman Mystery Novellas

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Please join me in congratulating Anna Castle on the publication of her newest historical mysteries,  The Case of the Tangled Maypole and The Case of the Miscast Curse , books two and three in the Cunning Woman Mystery series! I had the pleasure of copyediting these novellas and designing the covers. Here are the book descriptions: It’s May Day, a time of joyful song and dance. But Jane Moone is called at sunrise to view a sorrowful sight — Lucy Quirk, strangled in the maypole’s tangled ribbons. Lucy came to Ayreford to re-unite with her long-lost father. The prominent cunning man is delighted to welcome her into his work, as well as his life. But Lucy has her own agenda and soon starts spilling secrets from his confidential patient notebooks. Jane and John Greenslade, local barrister, find plenty of conflict around Lucy’s death. The local Puritans wanted to stop May Day once and for all. Quirk wanted to stop his daughter’s gossip. Any number of townsfolk might have confided things to t

New Cover Design: Jessie's Choice

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Please join me in congratulating Carolyn E. Cook on the publication of her newest historical novel,  Jessie's Choice ! I had the pleasure of helping Carolyn design the cover. Here's the book description: For over twenty years, Jessie Reed and her husband Amos have enjoyed a good life running a successful farm. Then, in an instant, their days together are swept away. Jessie must build a new existence, although she has no idea what that might be. ---I determined to write to Strat . . .He possessed a thoughtful soul and in my current state, I could trust him with my grief and looseness of mind. At Christmas, I found myself stepping off the train in Minden Springs and Strat’s smile offered warm greeting. As Jessie moves forward, her friends provide encouragement – Strat, Glory, Sheriff Dodson, Pearl, and the residents of Mrs. Ritchey’s boardinghouse. But often when a person least expects, a door opens. ---Parading along the boardwalk was a woman in travel attire . . .Her expression

New Cover Design: Holly's Homecoming

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Please join me in congratulating Jenny Knipfer on the publication of Holly's Homecoming ! I had the pleasure of helping Jenny design the cover. Here's the book description: A CHRISTMAS NOVELLA OF RESTORATION AND SWEET ROMANCE It’s the end of 1897 and Christmas approaches. It’s been years since Holly Moore has seen her father, a well-known lumber baron, but she has heard he’s come back home to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Having lived with her aunt and uncle since the age of ten, Holly holds mixed feelings about seeing the man who once abandoned her. When the opportunity comes for Holly to slip into the household of Grapevine Lodge—her childhood home and the seat of the Moore Lumber fortune—virtually unnoticed, she takes it. While at Grapevine Lodge, Holly encounters Matthew Peterson, the son of a business associate of her father’s. She quickly develops a friendship with Matthew, but when she finds out just who he really is and what he’s come to the lodge for, Holly questions thei

New Cover Design: Death of a Producer

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Please join me in congratulating Donna Daniel on the publication of her new mystery, Death of a Producer, book one in her Twenties LA Mystery series! I had the pleasure of helping Donna design the cover. Here's the book description: On a battlefield or at a cocktail party, a dead body is the ultimate secret. Lights out. Finished forever. But not for those with eyes to see. Fresh from serving as a nurse amid the carnage of the Great War, Marnie Frederickson sees what others don’t—hopes, apprehensions, the shadow under a smile. Marnie has transformed herself into a crime reporter, committed to speaking for the voiceless. When a small-time producer is shot dead at a drinking party filled with Hollywood types, even her editor warns her to stop when the police close the case. But Los Angeles in 1920 isn’t just a sun-drenched paradise; it’s a hotbed of schemes and ambition. As Marnie sets out on her own and tracks down every hustling actor, every reluctant witness, other motives emerge.

New Book Release: Puck the Halls

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Please join me in congratulating G.K. Brady on the publication of Puck the Halls , book 7.5 in the Playmaker Series! I had the pleasure of working with G.K. on a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description: The Colorado Blizzard hockey team descends on a luxurious mountain retreat to celebrate a teammate’s holiday wedding! In a gigantic castle decked out for Christmas, with luxurious bedrooms, multiple hot tubs, fully stocked bars, and even a private chef, seven couples are prepared to spend an idyllic few days reconnecting with each other. But into every relationship a little snow must fall, and long-simmering arguments turn into full-blown face-offs that even Santa’s magic can’t thaw. Resolved not to let the men ruin their good time, the women soak away their frustrations at a luxury spa, while the men, equally determined not to let the women spoil their fun, attack Colorado’s winter wonderland on snowmobiles with daredevil speed and bravado. But when disaster