Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New Cover Design: Christmas in America

Please join me in congratulating Holly Bush, Piper Huguley, Joanna Shupe, and Donna Thorland on the publication of their brand new historical romance anthology, Christmas in America! I had the honor of designing the collection's cover. Here's the book description:

The celebration of Christmas is a magical time for love. A new anthology filled with America's rich history and Christmas traditions from four of your favorite historical romance authors. 

“Christmas at Mount Holly” by Donna Thorland 

The Jerseys, December 23rd, 1776 - The American Revolution is on the brink of total collapse. The Rebels have lost New York, the Continental Army has endured a disastrous retreat through New Jersey, and Washington is about to lose what remains when enlistments expire on New Year’s Eve. The cause needs a miracle, but Christmas is a time for wonders: as Angela Ferrers—the woman known to history as the Widow of Mount Holly—will discover when she sets a honey trap for Hessian Colonel Count Carl Emil Urich von Donop, only to find herself ensnared in mutual attraction. 

“Miracle on Ladies’ Mile” by Joanna Shupe 

New York, 1895 - After losing his beloved wife, department store owner Alexander Armstrong seems incapable of anything other than work, despite his ache to be a better father to his daughter. When the pair encounters Grace, a charming shop girl designing the store’s Christmas window displays, he struggles to accept that perhaps miracles do happen in the most unlikely of places… 

“The Cowboy’s Christmas” by Piper Huguley 

Smithson, Oklahoma Territory, 1893 - Postponing her missionary trip to Africa, apprentice teacher Serena Newcomb must travel west to face the unrequited love of her past -- rebel cowboy Baxter Smithson. Banished from his Georgia home for the crime of falling in love with the wrong woman, Baxter is surprised that his Christmas gift is a grown-up Serena, ready to confront him for ignoring his duty and to show him that the true meaning of Christmas is love. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

New Cover Design: Avelynn: The Edge of Faith


Please join me in congratulating Marissa Campbell on the publication of Avelynn: The Edge of Faith, the second book in her popular Avelynn series! I had the pleasure of helping Marissa design the cover of this rich tale of love, betrayal, and danger in ninth-century Wales. Here's the book description:

It's the year 871. Charges of treason, murder, and witchcraft follow Avelynn into exile as she flees England with Alrik. Arriving in Wales, they find refuge among Alrik's friends in the Welsh nobility. Cast out by his half-brothers, Alrik seeks to regain his honor and earn favor with the gods. When war threatens, Alrik embraces gold and the opportunity for his crew to become mercenaries, aiding the Southern Welsh kings in their fight against Rhodri the Great. 

Desperate to return home, Avelynn seeks to find a way to prove her innocence, but she is pitted against Alrik as their desires for the future clash. With battle looming, Avelynn's faith in their relationship is further tested through a bitter struggle with Marared, a jealous lover from Alrik's past. Marared's threats turn deadly, and Avelynn runs afoul of magic and sorcery, causing her to question her beliefs and role as priestess. 

When Avelynn and Alrik are betrayed, Avelynn is captured and Alrik is charged with regicide. The two become separated, a chasm of greed, deceit, and ambition driving them apart. In an act of harrowing faith, Avelynn will stop at nothing to find her way back to Alrik and break them both free from Wales's bloodthirsty grasp.

Avelynn: The Edge of Faith is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Check out Marissa's website for trailers, playlists, blog posts, and more about Avelynn's world!

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Friday, September 16, 2016

New Book Release: The Reckoning

Please join me in congratulating Mike Torreano on the publication of his debut historical fiction novel, The Reckoning! I had the privilege of offering Mike some developmental editorial help on this Western tale of betrayal, vengeance, and love before he began the submission process, and it was picked up by The Wild Rose Press! Here's the book description:

Ike McAlister returns home to Kansas after the Civil War, his soul bruised and empty. Worse, his parents have been killed by Quantrill’s raiders, who are still on the loose. No stranger to death and destruction, he vows to run the killers down. A clue leads him to the high plains of Colorado, but when his sister, Sue, disappears from there, his world quickly spins out of control. In the midst of this turmoil, a feisty landlady sparks an attraction, the only good thing in Ike’s life. 

Racing against time, he must make a deadly choice. If he continues to pursue the killers, Sue will likely never be found. But if he veers off to find his sister, the killers’ trail will go cold. 

Which track to follow? Will the love of family triumph in his broken heart, or will it be the passionate hate of revenge?​

The Reckoning is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and it's currently 50-percent off on The Wild Rose Press's website.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Best I've Come Across Round-up

In a perfect world, this blog would be full of writing and editing tips, research assistance, and all other kinds of good stuff you'd expect an editor to come up with. But the truth is, between editing and cover design gigs and maintaining my first love, my book review blog, I'm just too busy to devote as much time as I'd like to this blog. But I am pretty good at finding resources, tips, and fun stuff and passing them along to my followers on Twitter and Facebook. So I thought I'd compile the best of what I come across on the world wide web every once in a while in a recap post for this blog. Here's the latest:

Bringing Characters to Life with Quirks and Habits

5 Rarely Discussed Self-Publishing Mistakes

Tips for Creating Voice in Your Writing

Why Facebook Is Your Dream Publicist

How Writers Can Create Continuity in Showing the Passing of Time

Top 5 Ways to Build a Flimsy Villain with a “Mustache Twirl”

How to Remove Your Pirated Books From the Internet

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

New Book Release: The Beauty of St. Kilda

Please join me in congratulating Nicola Italia on the publication of her newest historical romance, The Beauty of St. Kilda! I had the privilege of working with Nicola on a copyedit of this moving romance with a unique and absolutely breathtaking setting. And I'm proud to say this is the seventh book Nicola and I have worked on together! Here's the description:

When Emily Clairmont's husband is tragically struck down by typhoid fever after only a few months of blissful domesticity, Emily finds herself heartbroken and completely alone in the world. Having lost her mother in childbirth and her father right before her marriage, she has no choice but to seek a position as a governess. She reaches out to her husband’s family solicitor, Quinn Westbourne, hoping that he may be able to help her.

Quinn takes one look at the young and beautiful Emily and decides that a job as a governess will not do. He writes instead to the father-in-law she's never met, and when Leopold Clairmont offers her a place in his home, Quinn agrees to escort Emily to his isolated refuge in St. Kilda. But he did not anticipate how challenging it would be to keep his distance from the grieving widow when all he wants to do is take her in his arms and console her. The two forge a friendship on their journey, and Emily begins to wonder if she could find solace and a live a comfortable life as a widow in her new home.

The tiny island of Hirta in the remote cluster of islands known as St. Kilda off the Scottish coast is wild and beautiful, her father-in-law is warm and welcoming, and her sister-in-law offers her much-needed female companionship, but the island is also full of secrets. When Emily learns things about her husband that he never revealed, she wonders if she ever really knew him at all. Torn between her devotion to her departed husband and her growing feelings for Quinn, Emily must decide whether her heart belongs to the living or the dead and find the courage to act before it's too late.

The Beauty of St. Kilda is available now in ebook format on Amazon for $2.99! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and get the scoop on all of Nicola's books on her website.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Book Release: Time and Regret

Please join me in congratulating M.K. Tod on the release of her newest historical fiction novel, Time and Regret, on sale today from Lake Union Publishing! I worked with Mary on both of her previous novels and had the honor of offering some editorial assistance on Time and Regret before she began the submission process. I could not be happier to see her career take off with her first traditionally published novel! Here's the description:

When Grace Hansen finds a box belonging to her beloved grandfather, she has no idea it holds the key to his past—and to long-buried secrets. In the box are his World War I diaries and a cryptic note addressed to her. Determined to solve her grandfather’s puzzle, Grace follows his diary entries across towns and battle sites in northern France, where she becomes increasingly drawn to a charming French man—and suddenly aware that someone is following her . . .

From her grandfather’s vivid writing and Grace’s own travels, a picture emerges of a man very unlike the one who raised her: one who watched countless friends and loved ones die horrifically in battle; one who lived a life of regret. But her grandfather wasn’t the only one harboring secrets, and the more Grace learns about her family, the less she thinks she can trust them.

Time and Regret is available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound! Add the book to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Mary's website, which was just named one of Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers, where she posts lots of great articles on researching and writing, and every year she compiles an awesome historical fiction survey.

Time and Regret will be on tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours from August 16-31 and with France Book Tours from September 1-10.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Madhu Bazaz Wangu Earns Two Readers' Favorite Five-Star Seals!


Congratulations to Madhu Bazaz Wangu! Both her short story collection, Chance Meetings, and her debut novel, The Immigrant Wife, have been awarded Five-Star Favorite Seals from Readers' Favorites! I had the pleasure of working with Madhu on a copyedit of both books, and I designed the covers, and I must say these seals are well deserved!


Praise for Chance Meetings:

"Wangu’s short stories in Chance Meetings left me with a good feeling. These are the types of stories that I will not soon forget. These are also the types of stories I will love to share with my child when she is a little older. I highly recommend this book." ~Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite

Praise for The Immigrant Wife:

"This book is an experience worth treasuring. Readers who are fascinated by Indian culture, or who wish to challenge the biased traditions of a society, would enjoy Madhu’s work." ~Ankita Shukla for Readers’ Favorite

"This certainly is not an overnight read, and each section of Shanti’s journey as a woman is as important as the last. I was inspired by her ability not to give up on her dreams. The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey by Madhu Bazaz Wangu is undoubtedly one of the best novels I have read this year." ~Heather Osborne for Readers’ Favorite

"All in all, this is an excellent book, providing a rich and authentic look into Indian society and culture, and I highly recommend it." ~Gisela Dixon for Readers’ Favorite

Chance Meetings and The Immigrant Wife are available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon, and you can add them to your shelves on Goodreads. Madhu has published several nonfiction books on Hinduism and Buddhism, and she is the founder of the Mindful Writers Group. Visit Madhu's website for the scoop on all of her books, and check out some of her gorgeous artwork.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Best I've Come Across Round-up

In a perfect world, this blog would be full of writing and editing tips, research assistance, and all other kinds of good stuff you'd expect an editor to come up with. But the truth is, between editing and cover design gigs and maintaining my first love, my book review blog, I'm just too busy to devote as much time as I'd like to this blog. But I am pretty good at finding resources, tips, and fun stuff and passing them along to my followers on Twitter and Facebook. So I thought I'd compile the best of what I come across on the world wide web every once in a while in a recap post for this blog. Here's the latest:

4 Ways to Take Criticism Like a Pro

5 Tips to Creating a Page Turner

What Every Writer Should Know About Book Covers

10 Ways to Start Your Story Better

5 Tips for Editing Dialogue

Rewriting the 7 Rules of Dialogue

How Indie Authors Can Get Their Books Into Libraries