Monday, May 2, 2016

New Cover Design: Midnight Kiss

Please join me in congratulating Haley Whitehall on the re-release of Midnight Kiss, Book Three in the Moonlight Romance Series, with a cover designed by yours truly! Here's the book description:

Racial prejudice in the old South threatens to keep them apart, but sometimes love is black and white. 

Unjustly accused of stealing, nanny April Windmire is turned out on the streets without pay or a reference. With no place to go and no friends, she stows away on the Mississippi steamer, the Queen Bee. Her hopes to remain undetected until they dock in St. Louis are dashed when a handsome officer discovers her hiding. Instead of turning her in, he takes her to his private quarters to ensure her safety. There she fights her growing attraction to a man she cannot have. 

Matt Seever's wife died four years ago, leaving him alone with two small mulatto children. He works on the steamer to provide for them, but his job as an officer on the Queen Bee isn’t family friendly. He knows he needs a new wife, but no southern white woman will marry him. When April lands in his lap, his prayers are answered. Or are they? April’s not the trusting type, and racial prejudice runs deep in post-Civil War Missouri. Just when Matt convinces April he loves her, his new family becomes a target, and there’s no backing down from this fight. 

Together, April and Matt must brave heinous racial prejudice. Will it tear them apart or will they find an enduring love? 

Midnight Caller is available now in ebook format on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Haley's website for the scoop on all of her books.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New Book Release: All the Fields Above

Please join me in congratulating P.L. Yizzi on the publication of her newest short story, All the Fields Above! I had the pleasure of working with P.L. on a copyedit of this moving story that brings the past and present together with a twist, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

It's Emma Barlowe's twelfth birthday, and ubiquitous bully Jessica Klimer has a surprise of her own planned for Emma that will change her life forever. After suffering for years, Emma has had enough and refuses to let Jessica or the pain she triggered keep her from the life she was meant to live. Elated to have been accepted at U.C. Berkley and out on her own, three thousand miles away from the town that tried to define her, Emma meets bohemian roommate Freesia, who ultimately leads her to the source of her mysterious pain--the roots of which, Emma finds, reach all the way to her soul.

All the Fields Above is available in ebook format on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords for 99-cents.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

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:

The Art of Taking Critique

How to Write the Perfect Query Letter

7 Things That Will Doom Your Novel (& How to Avoid Them)

How to Write for Teens Without Sounding Like an Adult Writing for Teens

6 Hard Truths Every Writer Should Accept

How to Use Surprise to Build Suspense

Are You Making These Setting Mistakes?

Thursday, April 21, 2016

New Book Release: Bright Yellow by Barb Svedahl

Please join me in congratulating Barbara Svedahl on the publication of her memoir, Bright Yellow! I offered Barb some very early assistance as she set out to share the wit and wisdom she has collected from her mother and many others throughout her life. Here's the book description:

"I was five on that day in 1948 when Mother pulled out the map of Minnesota, closed her eyes, and placed a finger randomly." So begins the life story held within Bright Yellow on the day that the author's mother left her father and moved them to Minnesota. From her mother's days as a home economist for Northern States Power to her work with Therapy Dogs International, her drive--and friendship--inspired and influenced those around her, including her daughter. Eventually, Barb started searching for her own answers to help her explain some of life's coincidences. The more she learned, the more she realized that the people who come and go from our lives all have stories to tell--and teach. Barb's own stories (and her mother's) form the basis for this memoir of life as the daughter of a single mother. Liberally sprinkled with details of life in Minnesota during the last seven decades, Bright Yellow is one woman's story of life's joys--and hardships--brought to the page with honesty and passion.

Bright Yellow is available now in print format on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

New Cover Design: Jane the Quene


Please join me in congratulating Janet Wertman on the publication of her debut historical fiction novel, Jane the Quene, Book One of the Seymour Saga! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

All Jane Seymour wants is a husband; but when she catches the eye of a volatile king, she is pulled deep into the Tudor court’s realm of plot and intrigue...

England. 1535. Jane Seymour is 27 years old and increasingly desperate for the marriage that will provide her a real place in the world. She gets the perfect opportunity to shine when the court visits Wolf Hall, the Seymour ancestral manor. With new poise born from this event, it seems certain that her efficiency and diligence will shine through and finally attract a suitor. 

Meanwhile, King Henry VIII is 45 and increasingly desperate for a son to secure his legacy. He left his first wife, a princess of Spain, changing his country’s religion in the process, to marry Anne Boleyn -- but she too has failed to deliver the promised heir. As Henry begins to fear he is cursed, Jane Seymour’s honesty and innocence conjure redemption. Thomas Cromwell, an ambitious clerk who has built a career on strategically satisfying the King’s desires, sees in Jane the perfect vehicle to calm the political unrest that threatens the country: he engineers the plot that ends with Jane becoming the King’s third wife. 

Jane believes herself virtuous and her actions justified, but early miscarriages shake her confidence and hopes. How can a woman who has done nothing wrong herself deal with the guilt of how she unseated her predecessor? 

Jane the Quene is available now in ebook and print format on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Jane's website for delicious tidbits from her historical research.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

New Cover Design: Camelot's Queen


Please join me in congratulating Nicole Evelina on the publication of Camelot's Queen, Guinevere's Tale Book Two, with a cover designed by yours truly! Here's the book description:

History remembers Guinevere's sin, but it was Arthur who transgressed first.

Forced into a marriage she neither anticipated nor desired, Guinevere finds herself High Queen, ruling and fighting alongside Arthur as they try to subdue the Saxons, Irish, and Picts who threaten Britain from every direction. Though her heart still longs for her lost love, Guinevere slowly grows to care for her husband as they join together to defeat their enemies.

Meanwhile, within the walls of Camelot, their closest allies plot against them. One schemes to make Guinevere his own, another seeks revenge for past transgressions, while a third fixes her eyes on the throne. When the unthinkable happens and Guinevere is feared dead, Arthur installs a new woman in her place, one who will poison his affections toward her, threatening Guinevere's fragile sanity and eventually driving her into the arms of her champion.

Amid this tension a new challenge arises for the king and queen of Camelot: finding the Holy Grail, a sacred relic that promises lasting unity. But peace, as they will soon learn, can be just as dangerous as war. As the court begins to turn on itself, it becomes clear that the quest that was to be Arthur's lasting legacy may end in the burning fires of condemnation.

This highly anticipated sequel to Daughter of Destiny proves there is much more to Guinevere's story than her marriage and an affair. See the legend you think you know through her eyes and live the adventure of Camelot's golden days yourself -- but be prepared to suffer its downfall as well.

Camelot's Queen is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Smashwords. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Nicole's website for the scoop on all of her books and articles on writing and Arthurian lore. And check out Nicole's article for the Huffington Post on traveling in the footsteps of Arthur and Guinevere!

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Friday, April 8, 2016

New Book Release: The Immigrant Wife


Please join me in congratulating Madhu Bazaz Wangu on the publication of her first full-length historical fiction novel, The Immigrant Wife! I was privileged to offer some copyediting assistance on this moving and inspiring story, and I designed the cover! 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.

A move to America presents exciting new opportunities, but Shanti is disappointed to find herself still hemmed in by the restrictions of her Indian upbringing. As her children become adults and her marriage becomes a shell of what it once was, Shanti must find the courage to step out of her husband’s shadow and into the life she’s always dreamed of.

The Immigrant Wife is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon, and you can add it to your shelves on Goodreads. Madhu has published several nonfiction books on Hinduism and Buddhism, and she is the founder of the Mindful Writers Group. Visit Madhu's website for the scoop on all of her books and check out some of her gorgeous artwork.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

New Book Release: Bride of a Distant Isle

Please join me in congratulating bestselling inspirational author and Christy Award finalist Sandra Byrd on the publication of the second book in her Daughters of Hampshire series, Bride of a Distant Isle! I was honored to provide Sandra with some developmental editorial assistance on this haunting tale of love and betrayal delivered in classic Gothic romance style. Here's the book description:

An unforgettable romance set in Victorian England, Bride of A Distant Isle is the engrossing story of Annabel Ashton, who fights to save her family home and her mother's honor while trying to figure out if the man she loves wants her—or just wants to use her to achieve his own ambitions.

Miss Annabel Ashton is a teacher at the Rogers School for Young Ladies in Winchester when she takes a brief visit to her family home, Highcliffe Hall at Milford-on-Sea. She believes her stay will be short but soon learns that she will not be returning to the safety of the school. Instead, she remains at Highcliffe, at the mercy of her cousin, Edward Everedge.

Annabel protests, but as the illegitimate daughter of a woman who died in an insane asylum, she has little say. Edward is running out of money and puts the house up for sale to avoid financial ruin. He insists that Annabel marry, promising her to a sinister, frightening man. But as the house gets packed for sale, it begins to reveal disquieting secrets. Jewelry, artifacts, and portraits mysteriously appear, suggesting that Annabel may be the true heir of Highcliffe.

She has only a few months to prove her legitimacy, perhaps with assistance from the handsome but troubled Maltese Captain Dell’Acqua. But does he have Annabel’s best interests at heart?

And then, a final, most ominous barrier to both her inheritance and her existence appears: a situation neither she nor anyone else could have expected. Will Annabel regain her life and property—and trust her heart—before it’s too late?

Bride of a Distant Isle is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon, 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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Friday, April 1, 2016

New Book Release: Gold Rush Barons

Please join me in congratulating Suzanne Lilly on the publication of her new historical fiction novel, Gold Rush Barons: Book Three of The California Argonauts! I had the privilege of offering Suzanne some developmental and copyediting assistance on this exciting tale of the Gold Rush and the early days of Sacramento. Here's the book description:

It's 1852 during the California gold rush. Dr. Lucinda Arnold and George Arnold have built a dream home and a profitable mining operation employing many workers in the town of LuciArno. But miners begin falling ill with a mysterious ailment. The town preacher convinces the workers the mine is cursed, and they threaten Lucinda and George with their very lives. Lucinda solves the mystery of the illness, but it spells disaster for the mine. Now she must convince George to give up his dream in order to save the town and the men. Her request tears them apart, destroying the very fabric of their lives.

Gold Rush Barons is available now in ebook format on Amazon and will soon be available at other online retailers. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Suzanne's website for the scoop on all of her books.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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 Strategies for Completing a Novel First Draft

Why Your Story is Getting Rejected: Language

10 Lessons Learned Behind the Scenes of a Book Deal

6 Things to Consider After You Write Your First Draft

This Is Why Your Books Aren't Selling

8 Practical Tips to Avoid Too Much Plot in Your Novel

How a Fiction Anthology Is Made