Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New Book Release: A Lady in Disguise

Please join me in congratulating bestselling inspirational author and Christy Award finalist Sandra Byrd on the publication of the third and final book in her Daughters of Hampshire series, A Lady in Disguise! I was honored to provide Sandra with some developmental editorial assistance on this gripping tale of secrets, betrayal, and love delivered in classic Gothic romance style. Here's the book description:

In this intriguing novel of romance, mystery, and clever disguise set in Victorian England, a young woman investigates the murder of her own father.

After the mysterious death of her father, Miss Gillian Young takes a new job as the principal costume designer at the renowned Drury Lane Theatre Royal. But while she remembers her father as a kind, well-respected man of the Police Force, clues she uncovers indicate he’d been living a double life: a haunting photograph of a young woman; train stubs for secret trips just before his death; and a receipt for a large sum of money. Are these items evidence of her father’s guilty secrets? His longtime police partner thinks so.

Then Gillian meets the dashing Viscount Thomas Lockwood. Their attraction is instant and inescapable. As their romantic involvement grows, Gillian begins to suspect even Lockwood’s motives. Does Lord Lockwood truly love her? Or is his interest a front for the desire to own her newly inherited property? And what should she make of her friend’s suggestion that Lockwood or men like him were involved in the murder of her father?

Soon Gillian is convinced that her father has left evidence somewhere that can prove his innocence and reveal the guilty party. But someone wants to stop her from discovering it. The closer she comes to uncovering it, the more menacing her opposition grows. With her life on the line, Gillian takes on an ingenious disguise and takes on the role of a lifetime to reveal the true killer—before it’s too late both for her and for those that she loves.

A Lady in Disguise is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon (check out my interview with Sandra on the book's page), Barnes & Noble, and in bookstores across the country. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Sandra's website for the scoop on all of her books and delicious tidbits from her historical research.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

New Cover Designs: A Mass for the Dead and The Faerie Hills


The first two books in Susan McDuffie's Muirteach MacPhee mystery series have been republished with brand new covers designed by yours truly! Susan wanted new covers with more color, a bit more "pop," and a look we could carry over to each new book in this series set in 14th century Scotland. Here are the book descriptions:

Before & After:


Scotland 1373: Crispinus, the head of Oronsay Priory, is found dead, strangled and battered, his mouth stuffed with sand, in the middle of the tidal strand separating the holy island of Oronsay from the larger island of Colonsay. The Lord of the Isles, overlord of the islands, assigns the task of finding the killer to Muirteach, the Prior’s bastard son.

Since breaking with his father and leaving the monastery, Muirteach has spent his time acting as scribe for his uncle, an island chieftain. Muirteach’s father, a powerful churchman, leaves behind a mistress and several other bastards as well as his embittered eldest son, who is thankful he will never hear the words, “My bastard son, the cripple” again. 

As Muirteach seeks to find his father’s murderer he is helped by the physician Fearchar Beaton, and his daughter Mariota. Muirteach himself is suspected of the murder, as are the Prior’s mistress, her family, and the sub-prior. The killer strikes again, His Lordship wants the mystery solved before the Pope and the King in Edinburgh learn of it, and Muirteach himself must come to terms with his own troubled relationship with his father. Muirteach’s investigation submerges him deep into a whirlpool of deceit, long buried sins, and treachery, from which no one emerges unscathed. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

New Cover Design: The Mountain of the Wolf

Please join me in congratulating Elisabeth Grace Foley on the publication of her newest historical fairy tale novella, The Mountain of the Wolf, with a cover designed by yours truly! Here's the book description:

A Western re-imagining of Little Red Riding Hood in which a girl is willing to walk into the wolf’s den—but will she really find what she is seeking?

In the shadow of the mountain, Rosa Jean Kennedy lives alone, waiting. Vengeance for her brother’s death is the only object left in her life, the one thing that steels her resolve to continue in a solitary, sometimes perilous existence.

When mustanger Quincy Burnett arrives on the mountain, he finds himself strangely drawn to the silent, lonely girl who seems to rebuff all attempts at friendship. But Rosa Jean is determined not to let anyone—even Quincy—stand in the way of her revenge, and her determination may lead them both toward disaster…for there are other dangers lurking in the mountains besides the wolves whose howls are heard at night.

The Mountain of the Wolf is available in ebook format on Amazon! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Elisabeth's website, The Second Sentence, where she blogs about reading, writing, and history. 

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Friday, March 3, 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:

4 Tips for Tailoring Your Distinctive Voice

How Long Should Novel Chapters Be?

28 Great Query Tips from Literary Agents

How to Sell More Books in 2017: 12 Top Tips

128 Excellent Alternatives to the Word “Very”

7 Book Marketing Trends Authors Should Expect in 2017

Make the Most of Your Book's Back Cover

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

New Cover Design: Banished Saga Box Set


Check out the box set cover I designed for Ramona Flightner! It features books 1-3.5 in her popular and highly rated Banished Saga series. Here's the description:

Love and family loyalties triumph in the Banished saga’s vivid description of one family’s struggle against the stifling social restrictions of pre-World War I America.

With over 1200 pages filled with romance, adventure and intrigue, these individual books have over 100 five star Amazon reviews. 

Banished Love: Book 1:

Free-Spirited Clarissa Sullivan dreams for more from life than sipping tepid tea in stifling parlors in Victorian Boston. She defies her family's wishes, continuing to teach poor immigrant children in Boston's West End, finding a much-needed purpose to her life.

As a suffragette, Clarissa is considered a firebrand radical no man would desire. For why should women want the vote when men have sheltered women from the distasteful aspects of politics and law?

When love blossoms between Clarissa and Gabriel McLeod, a struggling cabinetmaker, her family objects. Clarissa's love and determination will be tested as she faces class prejudices, manipulative family members and social convention in order to live the life she desires with the man she loves.

Will she yield to expectations, or follow her heart on a journey of self-discovery as she learns what she cannot live without?

Reclaimed Love: Book 2:

Committed to living a life she desires with the man she loves, Clarissa Sullivan continues to teach poor, immigrant children and to agitate for the vote for women as she awaits Gabriel’s return to Boston. Will her stepmother leave her in peace or is her life about to change again in unforeseen ways?

Convinced Clarissa is the woman he now wants to marry, Cameron Wright renews his pursuit of her. Charming, wealthy and well-bred, he is perceived as the ideal gentleman for a blacksmith’s daughter. With Gabriel far from Boston and his return uncertain, why should Clarissa continue to reject Cameron? 

Devastated after his banishment from Boston, Gabriel McLeod forges a new life in a remarkable city. Will the memories of the love he shared with Clarissa sustain him? 

Monday, February 27, 2017

New Book Release: Great Ladies

Please join me in congratulating Sylvia Barbara Soberton on the publication of her newest nonfiction book, Great Ladies: The Forgotten Witnesses to the Lives of Tudor Queens. I had the privilege of offering Sylvia some copyediting assistance on this fascinating book that puts the spotlight on women who seldom get it, those ladies-in-waiting and maids of honor who served the famous Tudor queens. Here's the book description:

There has been a great deal written about Tudor queens, but less so about those women who surrounded the throne, who may have held even more power and influence than those who actually wore the golden crown.

Some ladies who served at the Tudor court are only faceless silhouettes lost to the sands of time, but there are those who dedicated their lives to please their royal mistresses and left documentation, allowing us to piece their life stories together and link them to the stories of Tudor queens. These female attendants saw their queens and princesses up close and often used their intimate bonds to their own benefit. Some were beloved, others hated. 

This is the story of the ladies of the Tudor court like you’ve never read it before.

Great Ladies is available now in ebook and print format on Amazon and Amazon UK, and you can add it to your shelves on Goodreads!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Lady of the Tower Earns a B.R.A.G. Medallion!

Please join me in congratulating Elizabeth St. John! Her debut novel, The Lady of the Tower, has been awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion!

The B.R.A.G. Medallion is awarded by indieBRAG, an organization that supports and promotes independently published books. After a rigorous selection and screening process, only ten percent of the books they consider are awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion (Book Readers Appreciation Group).

I had the pleasure of providing Liz with editorial assistance as she crafted this story of her ancestor, Lucy St. John, and I designed the cover!

The Lady of the Tower also received a wonderful review from the Historical Novel Society:

"Few authors tackle this period, opting for the more popular eras, but Elizabeth St John has brought the early Stuart Court in the years before the English Civil War vividly to life. She weaves together the known facts of Lucy’s life with colourful scenes of fictional imagination, drawing on innocent romance and bleak deception to create a believable heroine, and an intriguing plot." -Jane Hill, Historical Novel Society Indie Reviews

Orphaned Lucy St. John, described as "the most beautiful of all," defies English society by carving her own path through the decadent Stuart court. In 1609, the early days of the rule of James I are a time of glittering pageantry and cutthroat ambition, when the most dangerous thing one can do is fall in love . . . or make an enemy of Frances Howard, the reigning court beauty. 

Lucy catches the eye of the Earl of Suffolk, but her envious sister Barbara is determined to ruin her happiness. Exiling herself from the court, Lucy has to find her own path through life, becoming mistress of the Tower of London. Riding the coattails of the king’s favorite, the Duke of Buckingham, the fortunes of the St. Johns rise to dizzying heights. But with great wealth comes betrayal, leaving Lucy to fight for her survival—and her honor—in a world of deceit and debauchery. 

Elizabeth St. John tells this dramatic story of love, betrayal, family bonds, and loyalty through the eyes of her ancestor Lucy and her family’s surviving diaries, letters, and court papers.

The Lady of the Tower is available now on Amazon in ebook and print format! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Elizabeth's website and blog, where she shares tidbits and photos from her research and travels in Lucy's footsteps.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New Cover Design: Unrelenting Love


Please join me in congratulating Ramona Flightner on the publication of Unrelenting Love, Book Five in the Banished Saga! I had the privilege of helping Ramona design the cover of this tale of women's rights and romance in the early twentieth century. Here's the book description:

Crushed…

After the disappearance of her beloved in the Great War, Zylphia McLeod focuses her energy on the Massachusetts referendum to grant women the right to vote. Unwavering in her love for Teddy Goff, she eagerly awaits any news of him. What will she do if he doesn’t return to her?

Steadfast…

In her selfless dedication to her family, Parthena Tyler accedes to societal pressures in order to protect her sisters. Determined to play the piano and to continue in the struggle for women’s enfranchisement, she discovers an inner strength to combat the pressure to conform. She soon discovers not everything is as it appears in her marriage.

Distraught…

At the loss of the woman he loves, Lucas Sullivan immerses himself in music composition. A sought-after piano maestro, he relishes in taunting society matrons with pro-suffrage songs while performing in their private parlors. As he struggles to overcome rumors and avoid scandal, he learns that commitment and integrity are as essential as passion when it comes to love.

Join the McLeod, Sullivan and Wheeler families in 1915 Boston as they champion a woman’s right to vote, defend and celebrate their artistic pursuits, and learn that an enduring love is an unrelenting love.

Unrelenting Love is available now on Amazon in ebook and print format. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Ramona's website for the scoop on all of her books!

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