Tuesday, July 18, 2017

New Book Release: The Wind in the Embers

Please join me in congratulating Malcolm David Logan on the publication of his debut historical novel, The Wind in the Embers, Book One in the Amulet Series! I had the privilege of helping Malcolm with a copyedit of this gripping tale of one of the Roman Empire's most fascinating women, Galla Placidia. Here's the book description:

Discovering the truth about your mother’s sordid past can be troubling. If you’re the new Emperor of Rome, it can be downright terrifying.

Rome’s ruling Augusta is rumored to be weak. It is said that she is under the thumb of her powerful master of soldiers, Aetius. But few know the real Galla Placidia, a cunning and ruthless adversary capable of holding together a crumbling Empire long enough to hand it off to her son.

Placidius is on his way to Constantinople, where he will emerge from behind his mother’s twelve-year regency to assume his full power as emperor. En route, he comes into possession of a letter allegedly written by her. It lays out the incredible true story of her life, from her kidnapping by a barbarian king, through the scandal that drove her into exile, to her tempestuous romance with a dashing yet power-hungry rogue whose presence has complicated both their lives.

Now Galla Placidia wants to prepare her son for the trials ahead, but Placidius is suspicious. Is the letter real, or is someone trying to manipulate him? Only time will tell, and, as they draw closer to Constantinople, murder and treachery ensue. Is his mother the woman he thinks she is, or is she someone else altogether?

The Wind in the Embers is available now in paperback on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Malcolm's website for more info on the Amulet series!

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Friday, July 14, 2017

New Book Release: Publish and Perish


Please join me in congratulating Anna Castle on the newest installment in her Francis Bacon mystery series, Publish and Perish! I had the pleasure of helping Anna with a copyedit, and I designed the cover. If you're a fan of historical mysteries with a touch of humor and tongue-in-cheekiness along with fun and memorable characters, this series is for you! Here's the book description:

It’s 1589 and England is embroiled in a furious pamphlet war between an impudent Puritan calling himself Martin Marprelate and London’s wittiest writers. The archbishop wants Martin to hang. The Privy Council wants the tumult to end. But nobody knows who Martin is or where he’s hiding his illegal press.

Then two writers are strangled, mistaken for Thomas Nashe, the pamphleteer who is hot on Martin’s trail. Francis Bacon is tasked with stopping the murders — and catching Martin, while he’s about it. But the more he learns, the more he fears Martin may be someone dangerously close to home.

Can Bacon and his band of intelligencers stop the strangler before another writer dies, without stepping on Martin’s possibly very important toes?

Publish and Perish is available now in print and ebook formats on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iTunes. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Anna's website, where she blogs about her research and writing historical fiction set in England.

**Right now you can download a copy of the first book in the series, Murder by Misrule, for free on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iTunes!**

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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:

Social Media Misconceptions Debunked for Indie Authors

Embrace Your Strengths—and Flaws—to Find Your Writing Voice

The "Sweet 16" First Lines of Your Manuscript

Why There Has Never Been a Better Time to Self-Publish

10 Ways to Promote Your Self-Published Book

What’s the True Value of Your Book?

Switching from Querying Agents to Querying Publishers

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Immigrant Wife Wins National Indie Excellence Award!

I am thrilled to share that The Immigrant Wife by Madhu Bazaz Wangu has won the 2017 National Indie Excellence Award in the Multicultural Fiction category! I had the privilege of assisting Madhu with a copyedit of this moving and inspiring story, and I designed the book's cover. Here's the description from the awards site:

The National Indie Excellence® Awards (NIEA) helps establish independent publishing as a strong and proud facet of the publishing industry. Recognizing authors that put their heart and soul into their work, NIEA is a champion of self-publishers and the small, independent presses that go the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect. Established in 2007, the NIEA competition is judged by experts from all aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters.

Winners and finalists are determined based on “overall excellence of presentation- a synergy of form and content” in a wide range of genres.

The Immigrant Wife was also a finalist in the Multicultural Fiction category in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards!

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest Not-for-Profit book awards program for indie authors and independent publishers. In its eleventh year of operation, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in over 70 different categories, for the year, and is presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (www.IBPPG.com ) in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency.

Here's the book description:

As a girl on the brink of womanhood in 1960s India, Shanti Bamzai has big dreams. Rather than enter into an arranged marriage like her sister, Shanti embarks on a journey into the unknown, leaving her family home behind for an education and a chance to chart her own destiny.

While India experiences an upheaval of cultural and societal changes as old-world traditions collide with the modern global era, Shanti navigates college, a marriage of her own choosing, and motherhood, fighting a constant battle between the pressures of traditional expectations and her own burning desire to be an artist and an independent woman.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

New Book Release: The Mother Keeper


Please join me in congratulating Paula Scott on the publication of her new contemporary novel, The Mother Keeper! I had the pleasure of working with Paula on a copyedit of this inspirational tale of love, faith, and family secrets, and I helped her design the book's cover! Here's the description:


They say the truth will set you free . . . but what if the truth ruins your life?

Jenny McBride has lost her faith and her reason to live in a terrible accident in Colorado Springs, but meeting a girl in trouble in Tennessee just might turn things around.

Ellie Ryan is seventeen and determined to move to Nashville to pursue her dreams of making it as a songwriter, but an unexpected pregnancy shatters her plans and sets her on a course she never imagined. 

Shawn Klein has it all. The beautiful girlfriend. The scholarship to play football at Vanderbilt after he graduates high school. At eighteen, he leads worship at his father’s prosperous megachurch. His life is perfect. So why isn’t he happy?

Everything changes when Shawn’s parents bring Ellie into their home to care for her until she gives birth. It’s the life with a real family that Ellie has always dreamed about, and the kind of future Shawn never knew he wanted, until Ellie’s past threatens to destroy everything.

When Jenny arrives in Tennessee to adopt Ellie's baby, only one thing is certain. A baby will be born, along with a crime of passion, and a desperate struggle to bury the truth. 

The Mother Keeper is available now in ebook and print format on Amazon and will soon be available at other online retailers. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Paula's website for her inspirational posts about writing, family, and farm life.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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:

How to Tell if Criticism is Valid (And What to Do About It)

Sex and the Historical Fiction Author

How to Overcome Rejection by 200 Literary Agents (& Still Land a Book Deal)

What If They Hate My Book? Coping with Negative Reviews

Backstory vs. Prologue

How to Craft the Perfect Antihero

10 Tips for Writing a Successful Query

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

New HNS Feature: The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz illuminates the idyllic yet dangerous world of lighthouse-keeping in the early 20th century

Tiffany Reisz, international bestselling author of The Bourbon Thief, is back with a new novel about a woman who travels back in time to 1921 and falls in love with a lighthouse keeper who looks remarkably like her deceased husband, and I recently had the chance to ask Tiffany a few questions on behalf of the Historical Novel Society.

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Bestselling and RITA Award-winning romance author Tiffany Reisz is diving into the realm of historical fiction, and her new novel The Night Mark immerses readers in the lighthouse culture of post-WWI America and the shifting social attitudes of 1920s South Carolina. The Night Mark is the tale of a 21st-century woman grieving for her husband who is swept away by the tides. She awakens to find herself in 1921, coming face-to-face with a lighthouse keeper who looks exactly like the man she’s been mourning for four years.

The novel was inspired by a trip with her husband to Savannah, Georgia, where Reisz learned about the legend of Florence Martus. “A lighthouse keeper’s sister, she apparently fell in love with a sailor who shipped out and left her behind. She would greet every ship that came into port by waving a flag or a lantern in the hopes her true love was aboard and coming back to her. Andrew and I thought that sounded like a cover story to us. Maybe Florence just didn’t want to get married so she made up this fiancĂ© so she never had to marry anyone else. Probably not true but that’s how the writer brain works, always looking for plot twists!” With this story, Reisz returns to the barrier islands of South Carolina, the setting that captured her imagination as she wrote her earlier novel The Bourbon Thief.

Reisz describes the time period as a fun one to explore as a writer. “I was shocked by how contemporary it felt researching that time. It’s right after WWI but right before the Great Depression, so it was a kind of eye of history’s storm. And certainly a time period where women were really starting to take charge of their lives as they tasted independence during the war.”


Friday, May 19, 2017

New Book Release: Intermission

I'm a little late in sharing this, but please join me in congratulating Serena Chase on the publication of her fifth novel and first contemporary, Intermission! I had the privilege of offering Serena some early developmental assistance on this emotional tale of theater dreams and first love. Here's the book description:

We are starlight on snow. The reflection of something already beautiful—absorbed, reflected, and remade into something . . . more. 

And this kiss . . . 

This kiss is everything I’ve needed to say . . . and longed to hear.

Sixteen-year-old Faith Prescott eagerly awaits the day she will exchange her small Iowa hometown for the bright lights of Broadway, but her success-driven parents want her to pursue a more practical career, labeling “artsy” people—including their daughter—as foolish dreamers worthy of little more than disdain.

When Faith meets nineteen-year-old Noah Spencer she discovers someone who understands her musical theater dreams . . . because he shares them. 

Faith’s mother despises everything about Noah—his age, his upbringing . . . even his religious beliefs—and she grasps at every opportunity to belittle his plans to study theater and pursue a stage career. When those criticisms shift further toward hostility, resulting in unjust suspicions and baseless accusations, an increasingly fearful stage is set for Faith at home, where severe restrictions and harsh penalties are put in place to remove Noah Spencer from her life.

But Faith has never connected with anyone like she has with Noah, and no matter how tight a stranglehold her mother enforces to keep them apart, Faith will not give him up. Behind the curtain, Faith’s love for Noah continues to grow . . . as does her determination to hold on to her dreams—and him—no matter how high the cost. 

Intermission is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Serena's website for the scoop on all of her books, including her bestselling and critically acclaimed Eyes of E'veria series!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Cover Design: For the Brave


Please join me in congratulating Holly Bush on the publication of her newest historical romance, For the Brave, the first book in her new Gentrys of Paradise series! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. (And let me tell you it was no hardship spending my time looking for a hunky, rugged model :) Here's the book description:

1869 – Matthew Gentry joined the Confederate Army at eighteen years of age after an argument with his father, leaving Paradise, his Virginia home and famed horse breeding stables, for the fields of Gettysburg. Having survived the War Between the States, Gentry is haunted by the violence and inhumanity of the war. He continues to roam the country long after the conflict is over, finding solace in the arms of soiled doves and at the bottom of whiskey bottles. Finally traveling home after learning of a family tragedy, he nearly loses his life in a spring-flooded riverbed.

Annie Campbell, lone survivor of her family, lives at a remote farm near the North River, raising pigs and trying to grow enough to feed herself, and to stay out of the crosshairs of the Thurmans, violent men who run the town of Bridgewater. Annie’s secrets threaten her safety, even as she rescues and nurses Matthew Gentry. 

Matthew knows he must return to Paradise, to grieve with his family. Will his heart lead him back to Bridgewater and Annie Campbell? 

For the Brave is available now in ebook and print format on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iTunes. Add it to your shelves on Goodreadsand visit Holly's website for the scoop on all of her historical romances.

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