Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Cover Design: Blood on the Snow

Congrats to David Cook on the publication of the third book in his Soldier Chronicles series, Blood on the Snow, with a cover designed by yours truly! Here's the book description:

Winter, 1794, Flanders, and the British are retreating. 

Faced by appalling weather and pursued by an overwhelming enemy, the very survival of the British Army is at stake. 

With little supplies and ammunition, Lieutenant Jack Hallam of the 28th Regiment must prove himself by leading his company through the full horrors of the withdrawal, where morale is desperately low, and where looting and ill-discipline are rife. 

The men must endure freezing temperatures, disease and battle if they wish to see home again, and if any officer can accomplish this feat, then that man is Jack Hallam. 

Blood on the Snow is a gripping tale of honour, bravery and self-sacrifice in the darkest of times. 


Blood on the Snow is available for Kindle on Amazon for only $1.29, and the first book in the series, Liberty or Death, is FREE on Smashwords! Check out David's website for more on the other books in this series and his work-in-progress about Robin Hood.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

New Book Release: Libby Morgan: Reunion


Congratulations to Leah Zieber on the publication of her debut novel, Libby Morgan: Reunion, the first book in the American Heritage Quilt Series! I am so excited to finally be able to share this book with everyone! Leah is an award-winning quilter and quilt historian. She travels the country attending quilt shows and presenting workshops and lectures on preserving America's rich quilting traditions. This book has been a true labor of love for Leah, and I am honored to have been a part of her journey. I performed a copyedit, and I designed the cover.

Finding historically accurate models in stock art can be difficult, but it's especially difficult to find children or young adults. Fortunately, Leah has a daughter who fit the bill and a group of friends happy to lend a hand and their nineteenth-century clothing! Yes, that's Leah's daughter on the cover, who also served as inspiration for Libby Morgan, a young woman embarking on a personal journey to learn more about her family's history through quilting and the love and sense of community surrounding quilt-making. Here's the book description:

Coming from a long line of seamstresses, Libby has yet to sew anything more than the rudimentary button or hem, but on a visit to Connecticut she learns more than just how to sew patchwork. Set in 1855 New England and London, this tender story, Libby Morgan: Reunion, follows tenacious Elizabeth (Libby) Jane Morgan through her thirteenth summer of new adventures at home and abroad. She is given a birthday gift of sewing tools and fabric, as well as old family letters to use as templates for making her first quilt. Her decision to first read the letters results in questions that only her Grandmother Morgan’s stories can answer—stories of true love, horrible loss and family connections to London nobles. Her keen eye and inquisitive nature draws her family into a mysterious investigation that tests their faith, challenges their ability to forgive, and results in a resurrection and reunion of lost hearts.

Libby Morgan is available now in print on Amazon (Kindle book coming soon) and as an ebook at Barnes & Noble and Smashwords, and you can add it to your shelves on Goodreads. And if you have an interest in America's quilting history, you've got to check out Leah's website, where she blogs about quilting and has tons of gorgeous photos, including more from the cover photo shoot!

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Monday, September 22, 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:

5 Mistakes Writers Make (and How to Avoid Them)

99 Essential Quotes on Character Creation

5 Quotes on Writing from Elmore Leonard

How to Map Out Your Hero's Adventure

3 Things Your Novel's Narrator Needs to Accomplish

Free Download: Exploring Character Development in Your Writing

How to Destroy Your Initial Idea & Make Your Story Better


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!

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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