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Best I've Come Across Round-up

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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:

Moves and Counter-Moves: Letting Your Antagonist Drive the Plot

12 Most Popular Grammar Questions and Answers on WritersDigest.com

The Dos and Don’ts When Meeting Agents at Writing Conferences

It’s Great to Suck at Writing

6 Tips for Reading Like a Writer

Self-Publishing Basics: How to Pick the Size of your Book

A Short and Sweet Beginner’s Guide to Securing Amaz…

New Book Release: Byzantine History in the 11th Century

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Congratulations to Eileen Stephenson on the publication of her first nonfiction book, Byzantine History in the 11th Century! I had the pleasure of working with Eileen on a copyedit, and I designed the cover too! Here's the book description:

The formidable Byzantine Empire lasted over a thousand years, but the fruit of its greatness and the seeds of its destruction can be found in the 11th century. This book is a brief introduction to the leading figures and events of those pivotal years – those who brought the empire to its pinnacle; the others who carelessly wasted its military might and treasure; and the hero who began its slow recovery. The drama of a hundred years of rebellions and murders, romance and political scheming will bring this fascinating civilization to life for the reader.

Byzantine History in the 11th Century is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon! Add the book to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Eileen's website, where she blogs about al…

New Book Release: The Spymaster's Brother

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Please join me in congratulating Anna Castle on the newest installment in her Francis Bacon mystery series, The Spymaster's Brother! I had the pleasure of helping Anna with a copyedit, and I designed the cover. If you're a fan of historical mysteries with a touch of humor and tongue-in-cheekiness along with fun and memorable characters, this series is for you! Here's the book description:

Anthony Bacon is home with a wealth of foreign secrets — and a few of his own.

Though seldom strong enough to leave his rooms in brother Francis’s house, Anthony’s gouty legs never hinder his agile mind. He’s built the most valuable intelligence service in Europe. Now the Bacon brothers are ready to offer it to the patron with the deepest pockets.

Before they can open the bidding, Francis finds a body lying in the weeds near Gray’s Inn. The abandoned coach beside it belongs to Anthony. The clues point to his personal secretary. Worse, the murdered man was heard spreading rumors that could d…

New Book Release: Severed Knot

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Please join me in congratulating Cryssa Bazos on the publication of her second historical novel, Severed Knot, companion to the critically acclaimed, award-winning Traitor's Knot! I had the pleasure of working with Cryssa on a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Barbados 1652. In the aftermath of the English Civil War, the vanquished are uprooted and scattered to the ends of the earth.

When marauding English soldiers descend on Mairead O’Coneill’s family farm, she is sold into slavery. After surviving a harrowing voyage, the young Irish woman is auctioned off to a Barbados sugar plantation where she is thrust into a hostile world of depravation and heartbreak. Though stripped of her freedom, Mairead refuses to surrender her dignity.

Scottish prisoner of war Iain Johnstone has descended into hell. Under a blazing sun thousands of miles from home, he endures forced indentured labour in the unforgiving cane fields. As Iain plots…

New Book Release: Across the Great Divide: The Clouds of War

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Please join me in congratulating Michael Ross on the publication of his debut historical novel, Across theGreat Divide: Clouds of War, book one in a trilogy about the American Civil War and its aftermath. I had the pleasure of offering Michael some developmental and copyediting assistance before he began the submissions process and was acquired by Elm Hill, a division of HarperCollins. Here's the book description:

Lexington, Kentucky, 1859. After saving John Hunt Morgan from a puma attack, fifteen-year-old farm boy Will Crump joins Hunt’s militia, the Lexington Rifles. Morgan mentors Will and enrolls him in the local university, where he hopes to study law. As tensions rise between the North and South, Will is torn between his loyalty to Morgan and his love for his family. Will’s father, sisters, and sweetheart follow the Union, while Morgan and Will commit to the South. As part of Morgan’s band, Will participates in ambushes and unconventional warfare until his first real battle a…

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

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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:
Conducting Field Research for More Authentic Nonfiction & Historic Fiction

13 Insights on Hi…

New Cover Design: Unbridled Montana Passion

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Please join me in congratulating Ramona Flightner on the publication of her newest historical romance, Unbridled Montana Passion, book seven in the Bear Grass Springs series! I had the pleasure of helping Ramona design the cover. Here's the book description:

A scandalous past. A long-held secret. Will they trust in their love?

After escaping years of abuse, Fidelia Evans is finally content. She is proud of her job working in her sister’s bakery while tatting highly sought-after lace in her spare time. She finds comfort in knowing she has a safe place to live. Fidelia attempts to forget her past, although her frequent nightmares provide a constant reminder of her past ordeals. As she settles into her new life, her fascination and attraction to Bears grows. Afraid of repeating the mistakes of her past, Fidelia hesitates yet yearns for more than friendship with Bears.

John Runs-From-Bears Renfrew is a patient man. He enjoys his work in the livery with horses for company and accepts his…

Best I've Come Across Round-up

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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 Ways to Keep Teen & Young Adult Readers Hooked

How to Raise the Stakes in the First 50 Pages of Your Novel

What to Do (And Not Do) After Attending a Writer’s Conference

10 Lessons Learned During 10 Years of Writing

Taming the Synopsis: 4 Steps for Perfecting One-Page and Long-Form Synopses

Paperback Writer: 10 Writing Lessons from Vintage Paperback Books

As…

New Cover Design: The Gates of Eden

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Please join me in congratulating Nadene LeCheminant on the publication of her debut historical novel, The Gates of Eden! I had the pleasure of helping Nadene design the cover. Here's the book description:

Inspired by a true story ... 

When Josephine Bell discovers how quickly one can descend from middle-class Victorian comfort to the slums of Liverpool, she makes a fateful decision.

Seeking escape from desperate poverty, the sixteen-year-old joins a community of kindly strangers and embarks on an epic journey across a treacherous ocean and into the North American wilderness, pulling a two-wheeled handcart over the Rocky Mountains to a remote desert kingdom.

In her new home, a Mormon settlement in the Utah Territory, Josephine is pressured into a polygamous marriage with a man almost four decades older than herself. She struggles to find her own path amidst a backdrop of rising violence and haunting tragedy. 

The Gates of Eden explores the timeless mysteries of faith and doubt, fear an…

New Book Release: Antonius: Son of Rome

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Please join me in congratulating Brook Allen on the publication of her debut historical novel, Antonius: Son of Rome, first in a definitive and meticulously researched trilogy about the fascinating life of Marc Antony. I had the pleasure of helping Brook with a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

"​​[The] suspenseful, insightful, and beautifully written story of how the unlikely young Marcus Antonius grew into the Marc Antony of history."  ~Margaret George, bestselling author of The Memoirs of Cleopatra and The Confessions of A Young Nero

For over two-thousand years, Marcus Antonius—Marc Antony—has been one of history’s most controversial men. His story was buried with him and written by his enemies. Now his entire saga is revealed in a compelling trilogy by Brook Allen.   

After young Marcus Antonius’s father dies in disgrace, he yearns to restore his family’s honor during the final days of Rome’s dying Republic. Marcu…

New Book Release: The Strongman and the Mermaid

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Please join us in congratulating Kathleen Shoop on the publication of her newest historical novel, The Strongman and the Mermaid! Jessica Cale had the pleasure of assisting Kathleen with a copyedit, and Jenny Q designed the cover. Here's the book description:

2019 Donora, Pennsylvania

Ninety-one-year-old Patryk Rusek hides in his attic, hoping the searchers think he’s escaped. When Lucy finally bursts in, she discovers her beloved grandfather clutching a fat, hand-drawn, antique book. In it is the story of Donora, the town that shaped America, its people, and Patryk himself. Before long, Lucy and her son Owen lose track of their goal to get Grandpa Patryk somewhere “safe” as they’re drawn into the book, back in time, into stories that read like real-life fairy tales born of purpose, hard work, and chance.

1910 Donora, Pennsylvania

In the early dawn of Donora, Pennsylvania, the mills make and shape the steel that builds America. Mary Lancos lives in a home on the hill overlooking the …

Best I've Come Across Round-up

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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:

10 Screenwriting Techniques Every Writer Can Employ

Cross-Pollination: The Future Is Genre-Blending

Book Covers That Sell Hit These 5 Goals

No More Mr. Nice Guys: How to Write Flawed Characters & Antiheroes

Two Strategies for Writing Great Story Endings

Spellcheck Cannot Save You! Author Do’s from Your Editor

Top Ten Publishing Industry Trends Every Author Ne…

New Cover Design: The California Immigrant

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Please join me in congratulating Barbara Anne King on the publication of her debut historical novel, The California Immigrant! I had the pleasure of helping Barbara design the cover. Here's the book description:

An enthralling historical fiction novel chronicling the events of World War II as experienced in one American small town

Seeking a better life, young Martin Petrovich immigrates from Yugoslavia to San Francisco at the turn of the twentieth century. In just two years, he is on the verge of achieving his American Dream when disaster strikes, forcing him to flee and start over again.

Martin rebuilds his life in a small farming community set on the Monterey Bay, populated with characters as ethnically diverse as Croatians, Mexicans, and Japanese. But unlike Yugoslavia, which had bitter ethnic divides, farming brings the people together in the spirit of cooperation, and friendships form.

When the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, everything changes. Martin once again finds himself in a …

New Cover Design: Montana Wrangler

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Please join me in congratulating Ramona Flightner on the publication of Montana Wrangler, Book Six in the Bear Grass Springs series! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

A fiery temper. A smoldering passion. A raging snowstorm. Is their love stronger than their fear?

Frederick Tompkins enjoys his solitude on his ranch. His rare visits to town result in verbal sparring matches with the annoying Sorcha MacKinnon, and he has vowed to avoid her at all costs. When he finds her, wounded and alone, on an isolated part of his ranch, he rushes to her aid. Devastated that anyone would hurt such a vibrant, spirited woman, he must confront his true feelings for her.

Sorcha MacKinnon is convinced she’ll never have what her brothers have: a committed, loving relationship. When she is stranded at Frederick Tompkins’ ranch, she is faced with the prospect of a marriage of convenience. If she is brave, she will discover the love she’s been searching for.

As winter ra…

New HNS Feature: Exploring Food as the “Great Connector” in The Chef’s Secret by Crystal King

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Crystal King is celebrating the release of her new novel, The Chef's Secret, her second book featuring one of Italy's most influential chefs, and I recently had the chance to ask her a few questions on behalf of the Historical Novel Society.

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In Crystal King’s new novel, The Chef’s Secret (Touchstone, 2019), one of history’s most enduring yet relatively unknown chefs, Bartolomeo Scappi, takes center stage. King discovered Scappi while researching Marcus Gavius Apicius for her first novel, Feast of Sorrow. “Scappi kept coming up in records of historical Italian chefs. I was intrigued by his cookbook, so I picked up the English translation. I was struck by how little we know of Scappi today, even though this cookbook was such a huge influence on cooks over the centuries. I knew that I had to dig deeper into his story.”

But writing about Scappi required a big jump in time and custom. Fast-forwarding from the first century AD setting of her first book to the 16th century requ…