Wednesday, July 22, 2015

New Book Release: Interpretation of Henry VIII's Love Letters to Anne Boleyn

Please join me in congratulating Barbara Parker Bell on the publication of her newest nonfiction book, Interpretation of Henry VIII's Love Letters to Anne Boleyn! I had the pleasure of working with Barbara on a copyedit of this fascinating glimpse into the private correspondence of this powerful man during the early days of his courtship with Anne. Here's the book description:

In her new book, Interpretation of Henry VIII's Love Letters to Anne Boleyn, Barbara Parker Bell takes the reader back in time to the years of Anne Boleyn’s ascendancy. In retrospect, the seventeen love letters penned by the infatuated Henry VIII to a young woman who refused to become his mistress may seem like a prelude to a great tragedy, but they offer an amazing glimpse into the couple’s thoughts, hopes and fears. 

Although the letters are one-sided because only Henry VIII’s correspondence survives and Anne’s responses were lost during the course of history, they provide invaluable insight into the early years of the relationship between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. In this book, Barbara Parker Bell places the love letters in chronological order based on years of extensive research of the letters themselves and of the lives of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII.

Interpretation of Henry VIII's Love Letters to Anne Boleyn is available now on Amazon for Kindle for 99-cents! You can add it to your shelves on Goodreads too!

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

New Book Release: The Road Home

Please join me in congratulating Kathleen Shoop on the publication of her newest historical fiction novel, The Road Home, book two in The Letter Series, featuring characters inspired by Kathie's ancestors. I had the privilege of providing some editorial assistance to Kathie as she crafted this emotional tale of a family's struggles in the Midwest at the end of the nineteenth century. Here's the book description:

Find your way home... 

1891—Living separately for three years, fourteen-year-old twins, Katherine and Tommy Arthur, have done their best to make each boarding house feel like home. But unrest grows as they are driven to questionable actions just to survive. Meanwhile their desperate mother is confronted with breaking yet another promise to her children. Then a miracle descends. Hope rises on a cold, rainy night and changes everything. If Jeanie could just get word to Katherine and Tommy, she knows she can set their lives right again. Agitators, angels, and dangerous “saviors” illuminate the Arthurs’ unmatched determination and smarts. 

1905—Though she tries to forget the awful years that hurt so much, the memories still haunt Katherine. Now, tearful mourners at her mother’s funeral force her to revisit a time in her life that both harmed and saved her in the most unexpected ways. Tommy grieves his mother’s passing as well. He too is thrust backward, compelled to rediscover the events in his life that shaped the man he has become. Will he commit to reconstructing his broken life? The Arthurs come to understand that forgiveness is the only way back to hope, the only way to find all that was good in the misfortune that transformed their lives forever.

The Road Home is available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Kathie's website for the scoop on all of her books and blog posts about writing and historical research.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Art of Book Cover Design for Historical Fiction

I had the pleasure of speaking on The Art of Book Cover Design panel at the Historical Novel Society conference last month with Emily Victorson from Allium Press, Sarah Johnson from Reading the Past, Anna Michels from Sourcebooks, and Kris Waldherr from Art and Words. We each presented on different aspects of designing historical fiction covers, and my task was to discuss my approach and trends in the genre. In case you missed it, or if you attended and would like to have a copy of your own, here is my portion of the presentation!

The first thing I do when working on a cover is determine the genre or subgenre and the target audience, and then I spend some time browsing through the bestsellers to see which covers are selling books and what they look like. It’s important that you pay attention to cover trends when creating yours. You may think your cover is going to stand out because it’s so different from others in the genre, but that approach can often backfire. Cover trends exist in the first place because they sell books. Readers of a genre are used to seeing a certain style of cover, and if your cover doesn’t even come close, they may very well skip over it, thinking it’s not the type of book they like to read. So the trick is crafting a cover that falls within the trends in the genre while standing out and catching the eye of your target reader. 

So with that being said, I want to briefly touch on some popular trends in today’s historical fiction covers. A significant portion of the historical fiction market is targeted toward women, so that’s where we’ll begin.

So let’s start with the trend readers either seem to love or hate: The Headless Woman. This trend is popular because the heroine in a reader’s imagination rarely matches a real-life depiction on the cover. So it gives us a chance to envision what her face looks like and also adds an air of mystery. (Check out Sarah's portion of the presentation for the original headless woman cover that started the trend!)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

(Re)creating the Past: Historical Fiction Without the Famous

Mary Tod, Beatriz Williams, and yours truly presented on the topic of historical fiction without the famous at the Historical Novel Society conference in Denver last month, and Mary has made portions of our presentation available on her blog! In case you missed it, or if you attended and would like to have a copy of your own, here is my portion of the presentation on reader appreciation and historical contribution!

(Re)creating the Past: Historical Fiction
Without the Famous

Why do we love to read about nonfamous people in historical settings?

Market data shows that many readers love to read about the nonfamous people who experienced history firsthand. In my analysis on Goodreads of historical fiction slated for publication in 2015 from mid-sized to large traditional publishers, only 33-percent featured famous protagonists, leaving 67-percent in the nonfamous category. The list of novels compiled by the Historical Novel Society for 2015 puts that figure a little higher: at 75-percent.

Stories of nonfamous characters taking place without the backdrop of a big historical event comprise the majority of these novels, while fictional characters in the middle of big events come in second.

So with all of the titles coming out about queens and duchesses and society gals, what makes historical fiction about nonfamous people just as—if not more—popular?

Keep reading on Mary's blog >>>

Historical Fiction Without the Famous Part I
Historical Fiction Without the Famous Part II

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Friday, June 19, 2015

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:

Developing Your Writing Skills: Point of View

How to Create Instantly (& Instinctively) Recognizable Characters

10 Ways To Enrich Your Mind and Become Better at Cultivating Ideas and Putting Them to the Page

Tips on Balancing Your Writing and Personal Lives

How to Find Your Writing Voice and Embrace It

12 Lessons Learned from a Debut Author

Top 10 (Normal) Struggles When Writing a Novel

Writing a Scene with Good Dialogue and Narration

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

New Book Release: My Stepbrother the Rock Star

Congrats to Alexandra Ainsworth on the publication of My Stepbrother the Rock Star, the second book in her M/M romance series, Men of Midnight Dreams! I had the privilege of working with Alexandra on a copyedit of this fun and sexy story of a rock star who falls for his new stepbrother, but his stepbrother is hiding a big secret. Here's the book description:

Superstar Ezra Williamson is battling some seriously pesky feelings. When his mom meets the man of her dreams, he’s delighted—until Mr. Stepfather-to-be’s hot son moves into his Santa Monica mansion for the summer, and Ezra’s heart races like it’s never done before. 

Bad boy intern Alec Vandergeld has big problems. His Dad is scamming again, and Alec vows to keep him on the right side of the law, even if it means getting the sexy star to kick them out. Everyone knows Ezra is straight, and should loathe Alec’s inappropriate advances. Instead, they become everything stepbrothers should never be. 

If Alec reveals his father is more con man than prince charming, he’ll lose everything. But if he pursues his desires, Ezra's rock star career will be destroyed. Alec needs to act fast, but there's no way out...or is there? 

My Stepbrother the Rock Star is available now on Amazon for Kindle for $2.99! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Alexandra's website for the scoop on all of her books!

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Friday, May 29, 2015

New Cover Design: The Stone of the Tenth Realm

Congratulations to Eva Gordon on the re-release of her historical fantasy novel The Stone of the Tenth Realm with a brand new cover designed by yours truly! This cover forced me to step outside of my comfort zone a bit, challenging me to take my skills and imagination to the next level, and I am very proud of the results! Here's the book description:

Sophie Katz, a Jewish chemistry student, harrowingly escapes a Nazi concentration camp. By way of Prague and with the help of a golem and a magic stone, she is transported into the Tenth Realm, a magical dimension that parallels the world she left behind.

Logan MacLeod, a Scottish warrior, hunted for a crime he did not mean to commit, flees to the Bestiary, a forest so dangerous no man dares enter. Drawn by the haunting sound of his bagpipes, Sophie and Logan meet.

Even as love ensues, the dark evil of the Third Reich threatens the Tenth Realm, led by Gustaf Hissler, Adolph Hitler’s doppelganger.

Together they must join the forces against Hissler in the Tenth Realm and help stop Hitler from world domination in Sophie’s realm. Will they be able to stop the Third Reich before its evil conquers all of the realms?

The Stone of the Tenth Realm is available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Eva's website and Facebook page, where she shares info on all of her books and her adventures in the worlds of steampunk, raptor rehabilitation, and wolf sanctuaries.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Finding Gabriel Acquired by Momentum Books!

I am thrilled to share the news that Rachel Demeter, author of The Frost of Springtime, has sold her new historical romance, Finding Gabriel, to Momentum Books, a digital imprint of Pan Macmillan! I had the honor of working with Rachel on a copyedit of Finding Gabriel and of helping her polish her query letter and synopsis as she began the arduous task of submissions. Her hard work paid off! Rachel actually received several offers to publish, but she knew what she wanted and held out until the perfect offer came in from Momentum!

Here's the book description:

Colonel Gabriel de Laurent departed for the war intending to die.

After a decade of bloodstained battlegrounds while fighting in Napoleon’s army, Gabriel returns to the streets of Paris a shattered and haunted soul. Plagued by inner demons, he swallows the barrel of his flintlock pistol and pulls the trigger.

But fate has a different plan.

Orphaned at twelve and victim to a devastating crime, Ariah Larochelle learned to keep her back to walls and to trust no one. But when she finds a gravely injured soldier washed up on the River Seine, she’s moved by compassion. In spite of her reservations, she rescues him from the icy water and brings him into her home.

Now scarred inside and out, Gabriel discovers a kindred spirit in Ariah – and feelings he imagined lost forever reawaken as he observes her strength in the face of adversity. But when Ariah’s own lethal secrets unfold, their new love is threatened by ancient ghosts. Can Gabriel and Ariah find hope in the wreckage of their pasts – or will the cycle of history repeat again?

Rachel says finding Gabriel is "Perfect for fans of Gaelen Foley’s Lord of Ice and Judith James’s Broken Wing, Finding Gabriel features all the dark romance, searing passion, and historical intrigue of The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables." And here's what Rachel had to say about me when she shared her exciting news:

A special and heartfelt shout-out to the ridiculously talented Jennifer Quinlan/Historical Editorial, who edited Finding Gabriel during it's early stages. She truly allowed the story and characters to reach their true potential, and I'm so grateful to have found her! Aspiring and experienced writers alike: I really can't recommend her services enough.

Finding Gabriel is scheduled for release on August 27, 2015! Visit Rachel's website for the scoop on all of her books and news on the upcoming publication of Finding Gabriel!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

New Book Release: I Was a Famous Rock Star

Congrats to Alexandra Ainsworth on the publication of I Was a Famous Rock Star, the first book in her brand new M/M romance series, Men of Midnight Dreams! I had the privilege of working with Alexandra on a copyedit of this fun and sexy story of a rock star who can't remember the last five years of his life after a fall from stage. Here's the book description:

What if the whole world knows who you are, but you wake up to find you have forgotten everything since high school? 

When Caleb wakes up in a glamorous LA clinic, he is a changed man. His once-scrawny body is toned, his now-white teeth gleam, and everyone looks at him in adoration. Caleb shouldn't even be in the US--he's English, and has never traveled farther than London. 

Somehow Caleb transformed from an eighteen-year old, sexually questioning, reclusive high school student who spent his free time composing and practicing music in his parents' shabby council flat to become a world famous rock star with adoring fans and his own mansion overlooking the Pacific. 

Caleb bravely tries to fit into his new life as he recovers from his amnesia. But who is the handsome assistant publicity manager who visits him in the hospital? Why does everyone think Caleb is straight? What has Caleb forgotten? And will he ever remember?

I Was A Famous Rock Star is available now on Amazon for Kindle for only 99-cents to celebrate its release! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Alexandra's website for the scoop on all of her books!

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