Thursday, October 1, 2015

New Book Release: Chance Meetings

I'm a little behind in posting this, but please join me in congratulating Madhu Bazaz Wangu on the publication of her debut short story collection, Chance Meetings! I was privileged to work with Madhu on a copyedit of this lovely collection of diverse stories about chance encounters, and I recently redesigned the book's cover. Here's the description:

In this eloquent collection of stories, twelve different people from different walks of life discover how one chance meeting with a stranger can change a person forever. Drawing from her own Indian-American heritage, Madhu Bazaz Wangu examines the lives of ordinary people facing challenging circumstances—cruelty, prejudiced minds, twisted family relationships, unhappy marriages—and demonstrates how these situations transcend ethnicity and background as interactions with strangers force each character to look deep within themselves, often acknowledging painful truths and long-held secrets, in order to seize control of their own destinies and forge their own paths to independence and happiness. Madhu Bazaz Wangu poignantly weaves a universal message that ties the characters in these stories together, one that applies to anyone who has experienced poverty, jealousy, fear, prejudice, disillusionment, and above all, the feeling of being a foreigner, even within one’s own family.

Chance Meetings is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads and visit Madhu's website for the scoop on her Mindful Writers workshops.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

New Book Release: The Sunken Realm

Congratulations to Serena Chase on the publication of the fourth and final book in her Eyes of E'veria series, The Sunken Realm! I've had the privilege of providing editorial support to Serena on all four books, and while I'm sad to see the series end, I am so excited that the rest of the world gets to read the epic conclusion. If you haven't yet read the other books in the series, go grab 'em now! These exciting, edgy, allegorical twists on fairy tales have tons of five-star reviews, and for good reason. If you're a fan of great storytelling and high adventure, you'll love 'em too. Here's the book description:

She is an outcast among knights 

Her reputation in ruins, her knighthood revoked, and her future bleak, Erielle de Gladiel would have welcomed death as her due. Captured by pirates, she was beaten, whipped, branded a thief—and worse—and then set adrift to die. She did not expect—or even want—to be rescued. Especially not by the dashing blasted pirate now calling himself her husband. 

He is the King of Pirates 

His oath satisfied and his Legacy secured, Cazien vows vengeance on all who harmed Erielle. But before he can hunt them down, a strange visitor appears with an urgent message—a message that aligns with prophecy Erielle has written in her sleep: The Seahorse Pirates must reach Nirista before the famed Tournament of the Twelve . . . or hundreds of stolen children will die. 

Together, they are relentless 

With the fate of many resting upon them, Cazien and Erielle sail to Nirista. Once there, they are forced to follow separate paths to achieve their aims. Treacheries are uncovered and allies are gained, but in the shadows, a hidden foe plots a grievous betrayal that could shatter not only their hope, but the Seahorse Legacy itself. 

The epic conclusion of this series-within-a series, The Sunken Realm sweeps Erielle and Cazien along a pulse-pounding voyage to discover all they are meant to become, together. Giving subtle nods to several fairy tales, including an unexpected twist to the story of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, this romantic YA pirate adventure is the final novel in the Eyes of E’veria series . . . but the Seahorse Pirates and their friends in E’veria may yet have stories to tell.

The Sunken Realm is available now for Kindle on Amazon and is coming soon to Nook and Smashwords. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Serena's website for the scoop on all of her books and the world of E'veria.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

New HNS Feature: Sarah McCoy Ties the Past and Present Together in The Mapmaker’s Children

Sarah McCoy, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the smash hit, The Baker's Daughter, is back with a new novel about abolitionist John Brown's daughter, and I recently had the chance to ask Sarah a few questions on behalf of the Historical Novel Society.


In her newest novel, The Mapmaker’s Children, Sarah McCoy presents abolitionist John Brown through the eyes of his daughter, Sarah, and anchors the past to the present through a dual-narrative structure centered on an old house in Charlestown, West Virginia, where a doll head used to hide information for the Underground Railroad is found in the present day by a woman struggling to reconcile the life of her dreams with her current reality.

McCoy explains that she originally set out to write a contemporary novel. “I heard a sentence spoken by a woman, Eden Anderson, ‘A dog is not a child.’ It was the way she said it that wouldn’t let me be. Confident, angry, and yet deeply wounded by the very words she spoke. I couldn’t shush her no matter what I did.”

In the novel, Eden struggles with infertility and the damage that years of treatments and the raised hopes and crushed dreams that accompany them can inflict on a psyche. A move to a new home in a historic small town leaves Eden feeling lonelier than ever and questioning the survival of her marriage, but the discovery of an old doll head in a hidden cellar sparks her curiosity...

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

New Cover Design: A Rebel without a Rogue

Congrats to Bliss Bennet on the publication of her debut historical romance, A Rebel without a Rogue, with a cover designed by yours truly! Rebel without a Rogue was a finalist in the RWA Beau Monde’s Royal Ascot Contest 2014 and a finalist in the Valley Forge Romance Writers’ Sheila Contest 2013. Here's the book description:

A woman striving for justice 

Fianna Cameron has devoted her life to avenging the death of her father, hanged as a traitor during the Irish Rebellion of 1798. Now, on the eve of her thirtieth birthday, only one last miscreant remains: Major Christopher Pennington, the English army officer who not only oversaw her father’s execution, but falsely maligned his honor. Fianna risks everything to travel to London and confront the man who has haunted her every nightmare. Only after her pistol misfires does she realize her sickening mistake: the Pennington she wounded is far too young to be the man who killed her father. 

A man who will protect his family at all costs 

Rumors of being shot by a spurned mistress might burnish the reputation of a rake, but for Kit Pennington, determined to add to his family’s honor by winning a seat in Parliament, such salacious gossip is nothing but a nightmare. To regain his good name, Kit will have to track down his mysterious attacker and force her to reveal the true motivation behind her unprovoked assault. Accepting the mistress of an acquaintance as an ally in his search is risky enough, but when Kit begins to develop feelings for the icy, ethereal Miss Cameron, more than his political career is in danger. For Kit is beginning to suspect that Fianna Cameron knows far more about the shooting—and the reasons behind it—than she’s willing to reveal. 

As their search begins to unearth long-held secrets, Kit and Fianna find themselves caught between duty to family and their beliefs in what’s right. How can you balance the competing demands of loyalty and justice—especially when you add love to the mix? 

A Rebel without a Rogue is on sale now in ebook and print editions on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Bliss's website for the scoop on The Penningtons series!

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Tuesday, September 1, 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:

Want to Be a Writer? It’s Time to Act Like a Writer!

Writing for the Soul: 5 Less Conventional Tips

How to Write Vivid Descriptions

Get Rid of On-the-Nose Dialogue Once and For All

5 Writing Challenges All Writers Face (& How to Deal With Them)

How to Use Setting to Challenge Your Characters

9 Practical Tricks for Writing Your First Novel

8 Things You Need to Know About Novel Writing From a Former Journalist

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New Book Release: Finding Gabriel

Please join me in congratulating Rachel Demeter on the publication of her new historical romance, Finding Gabriel! I had the pleasure of helping Rachel polish her manuscript to perfection before she began the submission process for traditional publication. Rachel received multiple offers to publish and accepted a contract from Momentum Books, a division of Pan Macmillan. I am so happy for Rachel, and if you are a fan of darker historical romance featuring tortured heroes and strong heroines, you're gonna love this one. 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.

Ariah Larochelle is a survivor. Orphaned at twelve and victim to a devastating crime, she has 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?

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.

Finding Gabriel is available now in ebook format on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and the print edition is coming soon! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Rachel's website for the scoop on her writing and her popular debut novel, The Frost of Springtime.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

New Cover Design: Grave Doubts

Congratulations to Gigi Vernon on the publication of Grave Doubts, A Mystery & Magic Historical Short Story! I had the pleasure of designing the cover for this spooky story. Here's the book description:

It’s 843 Anno Domini and Francia is being terrorized by Vikings and their heathen magic. Something is killing cows, removing the flesh, and etching the skeletons with runes. Has this evil been unleashed by a pair of Viking corpses and rune stones discovered in fresh graves? An ex-knight newly turned priest is forced to partner with a stubborn Frankish peasant to solve the riddle of the runes and battle Viking magic. Will they be able to save the village and its cows? 

A newly revised and expanded edition of a short story originally published in the now out of print anthology Ghostbreakers: New Horrors.

Grave Doubts is available for Kindle on Amazon for 99-cents! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Gigi's website for the scoop on all of her stories!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New Book Release: Love in the Valley of the Kings

Congrats to Nicola Italia on the publication of her newest historical romance, Love in the Valley of the Kings! I had the privilege of working with Nicola on a copyedit of this exciting tale of love and treachery in 1920s Egypt. Here's the book description:

Intelligent and lovely Emma Hayward is the pride and joy of her father, renowned archaeologist Rupert Hayward. Having graduated from college, Emma is intent on following in her father’s footsteps to become an archaeologist in her own right. 

After extensive research from decades of digging in Egypt, Rupert believes there remains an undiscovered intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings. With financial backing secured, Rupert decides to bring his family to Egypt, and Emma is thrilled to begin excavation on her first official dig. 

When the Haywards arrive in Egypt, Emma is introduced to the newest member of the excavation team, exotic and handsome Winston Spencer. Half-Egyptian and half-British, Winston finds himself drawn to the blond beauty, even though she is engaged to another man. Working and living together day in and day out, the two archaeologists find themselves falling in love amid the endless sand and sultry heat of Luxor. 

But as the team closes in on the tomb of the famed King Nebnenbuta, someone among them wants nothing more than to destroy it all. Emma and Winston must stop a killer before he strikes again, and before they lose their one chance at happiness. 

Love in the Valley of the Kings is available now on Amazon for Kindle. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Nicola's website for the scoop on all of her historical romances.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

New Cover Design: Midnight Caller

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

Life without love is painful, but in the Reconstruction Era South forbidden fruit can be deadly. A fiery romance between a widow and an African-American man has more consequences than either of them imagined. 

Slavery has ended, but racial prejudice remains in Kentucky. Emma Bennett guards a secret that could destroy her life. Until now she never considered the price of her security. Becoming a well-respected member in Louisville had seemed a dream come true, but at what cost? 

Her husband’s death from a carriage accident releases Emma from her loveless, controlling marriage. Now she has a chance to find happiness and raise a family. But before she begins courting again she wants to experience her freedom. At the advice of the leading socialite in town, she takes a black lover to fulfill her sexual needs. His raw masculine power awakens feelings she didn’t know existed. After the first touch, she craves more. 

Frederick works as a roustabout by day and moonlights as a prostitute. He knows better than to fall in love with his white client, but Emma enchants him the first time he calls on her. To keep them both safe, he works hard to put up barriers. Unfortunately, he can’t protect Emma from the slimy Mr. Hawthorne, who wants her as his bride. Frederick vows to keep her safe even if his forbidden love costs him his life.

Midnight Caller is available now on Amazon for Kindle for 99-cents! 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, 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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