Friday, September 12, 2014

New Cover Design: The War Nurse


The War Nurse by R.V. Doon, a historical family saga and epic military romance set during WWII, now has a brand new cover designed by yours truly! She had a perfectly nice cover before, but she felt that it didn't really get across the time period and tone of the novel, and that's where I came in!

Before & After

 


What do you think? Here's the book description:

This historical thriller begins on the eve of WWII in the Philippines. Katarina Stahl an American Red Cross nurse, is the happiest she’s ever been in her life. She’s making love and playing music with Jack Gallagher in an idyllic paradise. Their medical mission is over, the boat tickets to home are purchased, and all that remains is to fly a sick child to the hospital at Clark Air Field. 

She never expected to witness bombs falling out of planes. In those terrifying first minutes, she frees a German doctor accused of spying and saves his life. She turns to nursing the injured, unaware she’s unleashed an obsession more dangerous to her and those she loves, than the war she’s trapped in. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

New Cover Design: Corral Nocturne

Congrats to Elisabeth Grace Foley on the release of her newest Western romance, Corral Nocturne, with a cover designed by moi! Here's the book description:

A short and sweet retelling of the beloved Cinderella story set on the Montana prairies.

Life on her brother's ranch is lonely for Ellie Strickland. Ed's ungracious manners and tight-fisted habits keep visitors away and his mother and sister close to home. But when Cole Newcomb, son of the wealthiest rancher in the county, meets Ellie by chance, he is struck by an unexpected impulse to rescue her from her solitude--and Ellie's lonely summer is transformed.

When Cole asks her to go with him to the Fourth of July dance, Ellie is determined that nothing, from an old dress to Ed's sour temper, will stand in her way. By the time the Fourth of July fireworks go off at midnight, will they herald only more heartache, or maybe--just maybe--a dream come true?

Corral Nocturne is available for pre-order on Amazon for $1.99! And be sure to stop by Elisabeth's website where she blogs about everything Western!

Need a cover designer?
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Best I've Come Across Round-up: The Historical Fiction Edition


You may be wondering why this post looks a bit different today. Regular readers know that I'm pretty good at finding writing resources, tips, and fun stuff and passing them along to my followers on social media, and every couple of weeks I compile the best of what I come across in a recap post for this blog. But this edition is special! It has a theme near and dear to my heart: historical fiction! Historical fiction is one of the most difficult genres to write, yet guidance can be hard to come by. Browse through the writing section of your favorite bookseller and you'll find dozens of titles on writing romance, mystery, sci-fi, memoirs--but you're lucky if you find one title on writing historical fiction. So when I come across a good resource online, I save it, and I've been earmarking my historical fiction finds for a post just like this! Without further ado, here they are:


10 Tips for Aspiring Historical Fiction Authors

Tackling Historical Fiction

Using Memoirs And Letters When Researching For A Historical Novel

World-Building in Historical Fiction

Tanya Landman's Top Tips for Writing Historical Fiction

Researching a Historical Novel

Manuscript Wishlist for a Literary Agent Looking for Historical Fiction


If you've found a good online source of advice for writing historical fiction, please share it with me in the comments!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Book Release: Gold Rush Deluge

Please join me in congratulating Suzanne Lilly on the publication of her newest historical fiction novel, Gold Rush Deluge, Book Two of the California Argonauts series! I was privileged to work with Suzanne on both a developmental edit and a copyedit of this exciting sequel to Gold Rush Girl. Using real newspaper headlines, Suzanne brings a tough year in California's history to life via aspiring young doctor Lucinda York and her beau, George Arnold. Thinking they've left danger and strife behind in the goldfields, they arrive in Sacramento to find disaster, disease, and diabolical machinations. If you're a fan of clean historical fiction with spunky heroines, you've got to check this series out! Here's the book description:

Sacramento is underwater. A deluge of epic proportions has engulfed the town, leaving Lucinda Martin York and George Arnold stranded. Lucinda uses her medical skills to help save the citizens of Sacramento, working as a physician’s assistant to Dr. Mitchell Kersey. When she uncovers lies and treachery in the doctor’s past, she becomes enmeshed in dangers even more deadly than the flood. Lucinda must fight to save her life, her dreams, and her future with George. 

Based on historical events of 1850 Sacramento, Gold Rush Deluge is riveting and romantic. 


**The first California Argonauts book, Gold Rush Girl, is on sale now for 99-cents!**

Gold Rush Deluge will be released August 23rd and is available for preorder now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Smashwords!  Check out Suzanne's website, and add her books to your shelves on Goodreads!

Need an editor?
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jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Friday, August 15, 2014

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:


18 Things Only People Who Read to Escape Will Understand

The 8 Laws of Foreshadowing

How to Harness Creativity to Empower Your Writing

Key Differences Between Middle Grade and Young Adult

11 Steps to Finding the Agent Who Will Love Your Book

8 Unexpected Lessons From Working With a Literary Agent

18 Hemingway Quotes for Writers


Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Book Release: Lies Told in Silence


Please join me in congratulating M.K. Tod on the publication of her second historical fiction novel, Lies Told in Silence, a companion to her first novel, Unravelled. I had the pleasure of working with Mary on a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover! This cover has special meaning for Mary, by the way, that's her grandfather on the cover--wasn't he a handsome young thing? You don't need to read Unravelled first to appreciate Lies Told in Silence, though I recommend it if you can to fully appreciate these two connected stories that span two world wars, two continents, and examine the consequences of love and loss during the time of war.

In May 1914, Helene Noisette’s father believes war is imminent. Convinced Germany will head straight for Paris, he sends his wife, daughter, mother and younger son to Beaufort, a small village in northern France. But when war erupts two months later, the German army invades neutral Belgium, sweeping south towards Paris. And by the end of September, Beaufort is less than twenty miles from the front. During the years that follow, with the rumbling of guns ever present in the distance, three generations of women come together to cope with deprivation, fear and the dreadful impacts of war. 

In 1917, Helene falls in love with a young Canadian soldier wounded in the battle of Vimy Ridge. But war has a way of separating lovers and families, of twisting promises and dashing hopes, and of turning the na├»ve and innocent into the jaded and war-weary. As the months pass, Helene is forced to reconcile dreams for the future with harsh reality. 

Lies Told in Silence examines love and loss, duty and sacrifice, and the unexpected consequences of lies.

Lies Told in Silence is on sale now in ebook and print formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! If you get a chance, stop by Mary's website and say hello! She posts lots of great articles on researching and writing, and every year she compiles an awesome historical fiction survey. Add the book to your Goodreads shelves, and check out the blog tour going on right now with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours--lots of reviews, interviews, and chances to win the book!

Need an editor or cover designer?
Email me anytime to chat about your project!
jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Book Release: Blood of the Summoned

Please join me in congratulating Philip Adams on the publication of his debut novel, Blood of the Summoned! I was privileged to work with Phil on a copyedit of this imaginative twist on history. Blood of the Summoned is a paranormal historical thriller set during the last days of the Anglo-Saxon age, weaving a terrifying twist on traditional vampire lore seamlessly into the fabric of actual world events. Though there are some elements of horror in the story, they are not overpowering, and Blood of the Summoned is perfect for anyone who likes plenty of intrigue and action in their historical fiction! Here's the book description:

It is the fateful year of 1066, the last days of the Anglo-Saxon age. King Edward the Confessor lays dying, having neither produced an heir nor named a successor, and the struggle for the English throne is on. 

Eadwyn, the son of a peasant sheep farmer on the cusp of manhood, is away on a journey to York when he learns that Scottish raiders have sacked his home village and killed everyone, including his mother, his sister, and his father, Wulfric. What Eadwyn doesn’t know is that a demon spirit has entered Wulfric’s body and has begun using it to satisfy its lust for sex, power, and above all, blood. 

With nowhere else to go, Eadwyn takes refuge at an old English abbey, where an ancient book, the Codex of Qedesh, has been hidden away for generations and is now under the protection of the abbot, Prior Cuthbert. Obligated by monastic tradition, Cuthbert has studied the book and kept it safe over the years, though he’d long dismissed it as no more than a bizarre tale. But when bodies turn up bearing the hallmarks of a vampire attack, the signs become too clear to ignore. And when Molly, the pretty maidservant to a local lord, shows up at the abbey, having narrowly escaped the clutches of the vampire Wulfric, they learn the ghastly truth about Eadwyn’s father. Suddenly, the secrets of the Codex come horribly to life, as Eadwyn, Molly, and Cuthbert find themselves swept up in a larger, more deadly power struggle that threatens to turn loved ones into mortal enemies and humans into bloodthirsty beasts. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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:

7 Essential Elements of a Bestselling Novel

Free Download: 10 Grammar and Novel Writing Myths Debunked

12 Remarkable Words You Should Include in Your Vocabulary

How to Finish That Novel

The Top 10 Publishing Insiders (and Outsiders) to Follow

7 Steps to Creating a Flexible Outline for Any Novel

What Writers Need to Know About the eBook Market