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Traitor's Knot is Nominated for The Joan Hessayon Award!

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Please join me in congratulating Cryssa Bazos on her nomination for the Romantic Novelist Association's Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers for her debut historical novel, Traitor's Knot! I had the pleasure of offering Cryssa some developmental and copyediting assistance before she began the submissions process. Her novel was subsequently published by Endeavour. Way to go, Cryssa!


From the RNA website:

The RNA was founded in 1960 to promote romantic fiction and support authors. We continue to celebrate the excellence and diversity of the genre and provide a supportive professional network for writers of romantic fiction.

The list (of finalists for the Joan Hessayon Award) is made up of authors whose debut novels have been accepted for publication after passing through the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme. The scheme enables unpublished authors to submit a complete manuscript for critique by one of the Association’s published authors, and to attend RNA events…

New Cover Design: Wolves of War

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Please join me in congratulating Martin Lake on the publication of his newest historical novel, Wolves of War! I had the pleasure of helping Martin design the cover. Here's the book description:

Killers of kings, destroyers of kingdoms. A fast-moving story of the great Viking army.

Leif Ormson is a Skald, a story-teller, renowned for his witty tales. His brother, Sigurd, is a blacksmith, making knives, scythes and horseshoes. And magnificent weapons of war.

But one day Ivar the Boneless, son of Ragnar Lothbrok, commands the brothers to make him a great sword. And he demands that they accompany his army to England.

Leif and Sigurd are thrown into a maelstrom of war and violence. The great Viking army blazes across England, murdering, plundering, killing kings and setting up puppet-rulers in their place. Until now the Vikings had come only to raid and plunder. Now they have come to conquer.

Leif and Sigurd face an agonising choice. Do they seek to return to their familiar lives? Or do th…

New Cover Design: Montana Maverick

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Please join me in congratulating Ramona Flightner on the publication of Montana Maverick, Book Three in the Bear Grass Springs Series! I had the pleasure of helping Ramona design the cover. Here's the book description:

A curious reporter. A charming gambler. Will they accept the love dealt them?

As the newcomer in town, Jessamine McMahon is determined to forge her own path as a reputable reporter. In order to survive in the small town of Bear Grass Springs, she soon learns that she has to peddle local news and gossip as well as hard news. At turns fascinated and repelled by Ewan MacKinnon, Jessamine writes frequent articles about him, calling him the town’s “most disreputable gentleman.”

Ewan MacKinnon lives a charmed life. A successful builder, he spends his evenings at the saloons or at other fine establishments in town. He has no interest in a wife. Nor in love. Not again. However, Jessamine intrigues him with her fiery spirit and determination to prove herself capable in a world…

The Kitchen Mistress Wins an IPPY Award!

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Please join me in congratulating Kathleen Shoop! The Kitchen Mistress was just awarded an Independent Publishers Book Award Gold Medal, Best Regional Fiction (Midwest)! I had the pleasure of helping Kathie with a copyedit of this gripping tale of a young woman's efforts to keep her family together in late 19th-century Des Moines, and I designed the cover!

From the Independent Publishers Book Awards website: The Independent Publisher Book Awards ("IPPY" Awards), launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers. Established as the first awards program open exclusively to independents, over 3,000 "IPPYs" have been awarded to authors and publishers around the world. Independent spirit and expertise comes from publishers of all sizes and budgets, and books are judged with that in mind.


Here's the book description:

For every woman who’s had to choose between the …

New Cover Designs: St. John's Wood, Grover Square, Mayfair, and Chelsea

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Please join me in congratulating Waverly Fitzgerald on the publication of four Victorian historical romance novels! I had the pleasure of working with Waverly on the cover designs. Here are the book descriptions:


High-spirited Thalia Horrocks, desperate to escape from the restrictions of the conventional middle-class life she lives and the loathsome suitor her stepfather and mother have chosen for her, decides to write a novel on a most scandalous subject.

She prevails upon her fast cousin, Lynton, to introduce her to the “pretty horsebreakers,” the courtesans who flaunt their wares in Hyde Park every afternoon. Unexpected complications ensue as Lynton takes Thalia to the notorious Cremorne Gardens and introduces her to the eccentric Lady Guenevere Shallot, a courtesan who changes her name to suit the d├ęcor of her home in St. John’s Wood.

Thalia’s curiosity gets her into all sorts of trouble, but her courage, her generous heart and her new friends help her escape from a desperate situati…

New Cover Design: The Lion of the South

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Please join me in congratulating Jessica James on the publication of her new historical novel, The Lion of the South! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

The Scarlet Pimpernel meets Gone with the Wind in this suspenseful Civil War novel that leaves the lives of two men—and the destiny of a nation—in one woman's hands.

One woman holds the fate of the country in her hands.
Can she let her brother to die so the Confederacy might live?

As the Civil War grinds into its second year, an audacious and mysterious figure known only as the Lion of the South emerges from the shadows to rekindle the Confederacy's spirit of defiance.

Julia Dandridge returns to the Virginia home where she was raised, only to discover that the war has changed everything—and everyone—once dear to her.

With no one to turn to and nowhere to run, Julia is caught in a tangled web of secrets and deception. The only way to save her beloved brother from the hangman's noose is to…

New Cover Design: Love and Mutiny: Tales from British India

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Anne George has a new cover for her debut historical novel, Love and Mutiny: Tales from British India, designed by yours truly! Anne decided the cover she originally published didn't quite capture the emotional themes of her novel, so she turned to me for help, and I was happy to oblige.

Before & After:

Here's the book description:
Reared in India, Edwina Hardingham loves her country and cannot imagine an existence away from it. Equally at home in the vibrant society of members of the East India Company in Calcutta and in the cool clime of Simla, at the foothills of the Himalayas, she enjoys undisturbed calm until confronted with love and mutiny. When the dashing Mr. Grayson rescues her from the hands of brigands in Calcutta, she develops a tenderness for him, which not even the ill-humoured Mr. Davenport can discourage.

All is changed, however, when the long-suffering sepoys of India revolt against the inequitable rule of the East India Company in 1857. Torn between worry …

New Cover Design: The Keeper's Crown

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Please join me in congratulating Nathan Maki on the publication of his newest historical novel, The Keeper's Crown! I had the pleasure of designing the cover of this tale of faith and love during the Great Fire of Rome. Here's the book description:
~Quintus~
As a boy, he dared to fight Nero. Worse, he won.

Stripped of his family, the love of his life, and his self-respect, he sets out on a quest to win a victor's crown, rescue his parents, and restore his family's honor. But his path to glory in the restless province of Judaea is threatened by the corrupt governor Felix, the murderous priest Melechi, and most of all by the rabble-rousing Paul of Tarsus.

When Quintus finds himself in Rome chained to Paul all hope of a crown seems lost, but Paul's example makes him question the true meaning of success. And why does Jael, the mysterious young Jewess who once saved his life, now respond with barely restrained flashes of hate?

~Jael~
The Romans took her father and her brothe…

Best I've Come Across Round-up

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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:

You Can Succeed In The Marketplace As An Independent Author

The First Three Things Editors Notice

How to Use Acting Techniques When Writing a Character’s Emotional Journey

How Writing Short Stories Can Help You Hone Your Novel-Writing Skills

How To Read, Edit, and Evaluate Your Writing With Fresh Eyes

The 5 Factors That Earn 5-Star Book Reviews

Book Publicity and…

New Cover Design: Forsaking All Other

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Please join me in congratulating Catherine Meyrick on the publication of her debut historical novel, Forsaking All Other! I had the pleasure of helping Catherine design the cover. Here's the book description:

England 1585. Bess Stoughton, waiting woman to the well-connected Lady Allingbourne, has discovered that her father is arranging for her to marry an elderly neighbour. Normally obedient Bess rebels and wrests from her father a year’s grace to find a husband more to her liking.

Edmund Wyard, a taciturn and scarred veteran of England’s campaign in Ireland, is attempting to ignore the pressure from his family to find a suitable wife as he prepares to join the Earl of Leicester’s army in the Netherlands.

Although Bess and Edmund are drawn to each other, they are aware that they can have nothing more than friendship. Bess knows that Edmund’s wealth and family connections place him beyond her reach. And Edmund, with his well-honed sense of duty, has never considered that he could fol…

New Cover Designs: The Study of Murder and The Death of a Falcon

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Please join me in congratulating Susan McDuffie on the publication of The Death of a Falcon and the re-release of The Study of Murder! I had the pleasure of working with Susan to design the covers. Here are the book descriptions:



Oxford, 1374: At the command of the Lord of the Isles, Muirteach and his wife Mariota accompany Donald, the lord’s surly thirteen-year-old son, to Oxford. Shortly after their arrival a winsome tavern maid disappears. Muirteach attempts to help Undersheriff Grymbaud with the investigation, as well as keep Donald at his studies and out of the taverns. He has little success with either venture. Mariota thirsts to attend medical lectures at the schools and seeks a way to gain admittance to these classes. 

An Oxford master is brutally bludgeoned to death, and Grymbaud asks Muirteach to investigate the slaying. The arrest of an aged servant for the murder stirs the ever-simmering discord between townsfolk and university students. Then Mariota vanishes. 

Gleaning clues…

New Book Release: Simple Truth

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Please join me in congratulating Carol Bodensteiner on the publication of her newest novel, Simple Truth! I had the pleasure of offering Carol some developmental assistance on this tale of one woman's fight against corporate misconduct in a small-town community, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Angela Darrah is a pro when it comes to pitching client stories to the media. But when she suspects her client is exploiting immigrant workers, she's forced to face her own prejudices and to examine herself in ways she never imagined.

Having landed a career-making assignment at one of Iowa’s largest poultry packing plants, Angela is stymied when the CEO who hired her resists her advice. Worse, he defers her to his right-hand man who keeps Angela off balance as he alternately supports and obstructs her efforts. When Angela finds an unexpected ally in a handsome Salvadoran plant supervisor, her professionalism wavers in the face of undeniable attraction.

As Angela …

New Book Release: Chasing the Wind

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Please join me in congratulating Paula Scott on the publication of the final book in her California Rising series, Chasing the Wind! I had the privilege of helping Paula with a copyedit and the cover design for this emotional tale of faith and love in Gold Rush California. Here's the book description:

A beautiful, half-Indian girl raised by the Californios finds her fate intertwined with an American frontiersman haunted by his past in 1850 California.

As California comes to statehood amidst the madness of the gold rush, Isabella Vasquez must wed a buckskin-clad American who wins her in a card game. Though their union is passionate, Isabella soon finds herself abandoned in a brothel, where she rises to fame as a singer known as the Bluebird. Yet because of her Indian blood, the Bluebird will always be bought and sold in the white man’s world. When more is demanded of the Bluebird than just singing, Isabella flees to Fort Ross in search of her Russian father and her own race of peopl…

New Book Release: The Renewal

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Please join me in congratulating Mike Torreano on the publication of his new historical novel, The Renewal, sequel to his debut 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 submitted it to his publisher, The Wild Rose Press! Here's the book description:

Ike McAlister has finally put the ghosts of his past to rest. He’s found new joy with a spirited wife, a young daughter, and a mountain valley ranch where a man can make something of himself. But a coming railroad through the South Park valley threatens to take his land and tear his hard-won peace apart.

Discovering that the railroad could easily bypass his ranch, he organizes opposition and earns the animus of the formidable foreman. When Ike’s brother Rob, the sheriff, is bushwhacked, Ike sets out on a high stakes quest to get the killer before the killer gets him.

The Renewal is available now in ebook and print formats on…

New Cover Design: Montana Grit

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Please join me in congratulating Ramona Flightner on the publication of Montana Grit, the second book in her Bear Grass Springs series! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

An interrupted wedding. A deceitful bride. A devastated groom. Will they forgive each other and allow their love to rekindle?

After fleeing her past and settling in Bear Grass Springs as the schoolteacher, Leticia Browne has no intention of falling in love with the charming liveryman, Alistair MacKinnon. The pioneer town was to be her refuge. Survival and peace were her goals, not love. She never thought to marry. Never again.

Alistair MacKinnon is a patient man, slow to anger and quick to forgive. He’s waited three years to marry Leticia and his wedding day is upon him. When the door to the church bursts open, interrupting his wedding, he realizes nothing is as it appears. Now, he must face his worst fears , the town’s ridicule, and his hardest challenge yet.

Battling despair at…