Monday, April 17, 2017

New Book Release: The Exchange Soldier

Please join me in congratulating Yusuke Yahagi on the publication of his debut historical fiction novel, The Exchange Soldier! I had the pleasure of providing Yusuke with some developmental and copyediting assistance on this riveting tale of a Japanese soldier who is sent to train with the Nazis during World War II and, horrified by the atrocities of the concentration camps, crafts a daring plan to save as many Jewish people as he can at great risk to his own life. The Exchange Soldier was acquired by German publisher Edition Forsbach, and Yusuke will soon be embarking on a book tour of Germany! Here's the book description:

Growing up as a fisherman, Shota Yahagi attends Tokyo’s military academy. He becomes a master of self-defense and discovers an affinity for the German language. 

As Adolf Hitler comes to power in Germany, Shota is sent there as an “Exchange Soldier” to exchange mutual war tactics between the two newly allied countries.

Later, Shota becomes an elite SS commander. As Hitler invades Poland, the war breaks out. 

Upon his return to Germany from the Russian front, Shota gets promoted to SS general and is assigned to oversee the concentration camps. What he finds there horrifies him. While he rebels at everything he is witnessing, he quickly learns that questioning the operation has deadly consequences. 

Later he falls in love with a German woman. The problem of the concentration camps continues to plague Shota’s conscience, while millions of innocent Jewish people are being tortured and murdered. 

Then one day Shota makes a courageous decision: he is going to take advantage of his rank and position to free as many Jews as possible with the help of Italian Partisans and the French Resistance. 

The Exchange Soldier is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Yusuke's band, Dr. Yahagi and the Mended Hearts!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

New Book Release: Under the Approaching Dark

Please join me in congratulating Anna Belfrage on the publication of her newest historical fiction novel, Under the Approaching Dark, the third book in The King's Greatest Enemy series, which takes place during the tumultuous years of Edward II's reign and downfall. I had the privilege of providing Anna with some copyediting assistance on this exciting and emotional tale of historical drama. Here's the book description:

Adam de Guirande has cause to believe the turbulent times are behind him: Hugh Despenser is dead and Edward II is forced to abdicate in favour of his young son. It is time to look forward, to a bright new world in which the young king, guided by his council, heals his kingdom and restores its greatness. But the turmoil is far from over.

After years of strife, England in the early months of 1327 is a country in need of stability, and many turn with hope towards the new young king, Edward III. But Edward is too young to rule, so instead it is his mother, Queen Isabella, and her lover, Roger Mortimer, who do the actual governing, much to the dislike of barons such as Henry of Lancaster.

In the north, the Scots take advantage of the weakened state of the realm and raid with impunity. Closer to court, it is Mortimer’s increasing powers that cause concerns – both among his enemies, but also for men like Adam, who loves Mortimer dearly, but loves the young king just as much.

When it is announced that Edward II has died in September of 1327, what has so far been a grumble grows into voluble protests against Mortimer. Yet again, the spectre of rebellion haunts the land, and things are further complicated by the reappearance of one of Adam’s personal enemies. Soon enough, he and his beloved wife Kit are fighting for their survival – even more so when Adam is given a task that puts them both in the gravest of dangers.

Under the Approaching Dark is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Anna's website for more information on all of her books, including the popular Graham Saga series.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

New Cover Design: Into the Evermore

Please join me in congratulating Holly Bush on the publication of her newest historical romance, Into the Evermore, the prequel novella to her brand new series, The Gentrys of Paradise! I had the privilege of designing the cover, and this is the tenth cover Holly and I have worked on together! Here's the book description:

Virginia, 1842

Eleanor McManus, upright daughter of a minister, is rescued from kidnappers by a rough and tumble fur trader, Beauregard Gentry, in the wilderness of northern Virginia. With Beauregard’s help, Eleanor makes her way back to her intended groom who declares her soiled, and she finds herself alone, pressured to make life decisions without benefit of family or others she can trust. Beauregard and Eleanor agree to begin a life together, build their legacy together, and their growing devotion to each other is witnessed one cold, crisp Christmas morning.

This novella was originally included in the anthology Christmas in America.

Into the Evermore is available now in ebook format for 99 cents on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Holly's website for the scoop on all of her books.

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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?