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New Book Release: Counterpoint: Theo, Earl of Suffolk

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Please join us in congratulating Elizabeth St. John on the publication of Counterpoint: Theo, Earl of Suffolk, a companion novella in her Lydiard Chronicles series! Jenny had the pleasure of helping Liz with a copyedit, and she designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Theo Howard, Earl of Suffolk is torn. Betrothed to a child to satisfy his family dynasty, he longs for the freedom to make his own choice. And when he attends a lavish party at his family's newly-restored palace, he is immediately attracted to Lucy, a beautiful young lavender-seller. But in this enchanted world of Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night Dream, all is not as it appears. Theo's headstrong sister Frances is determined to sabotage her own arranged marriage, and aided by the cunning of Frances and her friend Barbara St.John, perhaps Theo can find his own path to happiness and true love.

When I wrote The Lady of the Tower, the story revealed itself in the narrative of my ancestress, Lucy St.J…

New Book Release: By Love Divided

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Please join us in congratulating Elizabeth St. John on the publication of her newest novel, By Love Divided, Book Two in the Lydiard Chronicles! Jenny had the privilege of offering developmental and copyediting assistance on this sequel to Elizabeth's critically acclaimed debut novel, The Lady of the Tower, and she also designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Royalist Sir Allen Apsley thinks his choice is clear, but when his mother embraces the Puritan cause, and his beloved sister Luce falls in love with John Hutchinson, a Roundhead soldier, his loyalties are tested. Is it family first? Is it country first? As England falls into bloody civil war, Allen must fight for king and country, while Luce embraces Parliament’s radical views and confronts the very core of the family’s beliefs. And when their influential Villiers cousins raise the stakes, Allen and Luce face a devastating challenge. Will war unite or divide them? In the dawn of rebellion, love is the final battl…

New Book Release: Blood on the Rock

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Please join us in congratulating Kelly Clayton on the publication of the third novel in the Jack Le Claire Mystery Series, Blood Ties! Jenny had the pleasure of working with Kelly on a developmental edit and a copyedit of this suspenseful mystery set on the Channel Island of Jersey, which Kelly has called home for most of her life. Here's the book description:

How do you stop a killer who has everything to lose?

A man sits alone on his yacht, contemplating his good fortune as the sun slowly sets. But the past has a way of catching up with you.

Can you ever turn back the clock?

Sophie Ginelli has returned home, having fled Jersey a decade earlier. She is trying to make amends and claim what is hers by right. But a lot can happen in ten years. Will she like what she finds?

With her future threatened, Sophie must decide what she is willing to do to come out on top. An unexpected romance opens her eyes to new possibilities. Will she follow her heart?

Is blood thicker than water?

DCI Jack Le …

New Cover Design: Resilient Love

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Please join us in congratulating Ramona Flightner on the publication of her newest historical romance, Resilient Love, Book Seven in the Banished Saga. Jenny had the pleasure of helping Ramona design the cover for this tale of passion, tragedy, and activism. Here's the book description:

Obstinate

In her sense of right and wrong, Zylphia Goff is a suffragist leader in 1917 Washington, DC. Her unwavering promotion of her cause provokes disharmony, dissension, and doubt, even among her most ardent supporters. Will her husband, Teddy, respect her strident beliefs that jeopardize their future?

Courageous

In the face of one of mining’s greatest tragedies in Butte, Montana, Patrick Sullivan struggles to aid the miners while attempting to shatter his wife’s icy reserve. When a ghost from his past returns to threaten his family and his future, Patrick must confront his fears. Will he defend his family from this threat and rekindle his wife’s love?

Steadfast

In his love for his wife, Morgan Whee…

New Cover Design: The Believers

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Please join me in congratulating Alfred Woollacott on the publication of his new historical fiction novel, The Believers: In the Crucible Nauvoo! I had the pleasure of working with Al on the cover design. Here's the book description:

From the author of The Immigrant, another stimulating novel that will linger with you regardless of your faith or beliefs.

After losing her parents at an early age, Naamah Carter discovers renewed meaning to her strong Christian beliefs through Joseph Smith’s testaments. His following in Peterborough, New Hampshire, flourishes, yet Naamah, her beloved Aunt Susan, and other believers suffer family strife and growing community resentment. She leaves her unfriendly situation and journeys to Nauvoo to be among thousands building their Prophet‘s revelation of an earthly Zion on a Mississippi River promontory. There, her faith is tested, enduring loss of loved ones and violence from those longing to destroy Nauvoo. With the western exodus imminent, she faces…

Best I've Come Across Round-up: The Historical Fiction Edition IV

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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:
Engagement Not Promotion: How Historical Novelists Can Be a Gateway to the Past

Because It Happe…

New Book Release: The Last Suttee

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Please join me in congratulating Madhu Bazaz Wangu on the publication of her new novel, The Last Suttee! I had the privilege of assisting Madhu with a copyedit of this heart-wrenching, inspiring story of one woman's crusade to end female ritual suicide in rural India, and I also designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Kumud Kuthiyala has worked hard to put her early life in Blue Town behind her. As director of an all-girl orphanage in metropolitan Ambayu, she has become a warrior for women’s education and equal rights. With the help of her love, Dr. Shekhar Roy, she is vigilant in protecting her charges from outdated customs that victimize girls and women. Despite her many successes, her past still haunts her.

A shocking phone call from an anonymous caller turns Kumud’s world upside down. A young bride from Blue Town has decided to commit suttee.  Kumud has no choice but to return to the town and somehow stop this heinous crime, disguised as a ritual. 

Driven by a despe…

New Book Release: The Kitchen Mistress

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Please join me in congratulating Kathleen Shoop on her newest release, The Kitchen Mistress, Book Three in the Letter Series! I had the pleasure of working with Kathie on 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! Here's the book description:

For every woman who’s had to choose between the secrets that protect her and the people she loves the most…

1892—Des Moines

Katherine Arthur and her family are back, and it’s time to collect the money Mrs. Mellet left them in her will. The tidy sum will allow the family peace of mind and a future that’s stable and fulfilling. But when things don’t go exactly as planned, Katherine steps up to do more than her share. Hired as a kitchen mistress, her intuition (with the help of a mysterious recipe book), cooking prowess, and work ethic make her the perfect partner for the enigmatic, wealthy woman next door. Then Aleksey Zurchenko arrives.

Vio…

Just for Fun Friday: Oh crap!

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Hee Hee! Happy Friday, y'all!

NEW HNS Feature: Elizabeth Fremantle’s The Girl in the Glass Tower Explores the Invisibility of Women in History

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Elizabeth Fremantle, the critically acclaimed author of Queen's Gambit, Sisters of Treason, and Watch the Lady, is celebrating the paperback release of her most recent novel, The Girl in the Glass Tower, and I recently had the chance to ask her a few questions on behalf of the Historical Novel Society.

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In Elizabeth Fremantle’s fourth novel, The Girl in the Glass Tower, she departs the world of the Tudors to illuminate the life of Arbella Stuart, the tragic heir to Queen Elizabeth I. Thanks to her famous cousins, Arbella is often overlooked these days, yet that was not always the case. Several attempts to exploit her as a political pawn during a time ripe with plots and treason led to Arbella being closely watched and sequestered for most of her life.

“It is precisely because Arbella is so little known that I wanted to shed light on her story,” Fremantle explains. “In some ways my aim was for The Girl in the Glass Tower to work as a companion piece to my earlier novel, Sister…