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New Cover Design: The Believers

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

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

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

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.


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

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.

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…

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:

6 Tips for Creating Believable Characters That Win Over Readers

Why You Should Read About Writing

Improve Your Writing: Become a Demanding Self-Editor

The Power of Writing Contests: Create Your Own Luck

What’s the Best Time to Publish Your Book?

Narrative Structure: What It Is and How To Use It

Sensory Language IS the Detail in Your Writing

Why You Should Have the…

New Book Release: The Seas Come Still

Please join me in congratulating J.P. Jamin on the re-release of his debut historical fantasy novel, The Seas Come Still. I had the pleasure of helping J.P. with a copyedit of this lush and lyrical tale of dual timelines connecting the ancient world, a mystical tradition of women, and the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century. Here's the book description:

A young slave on a Bronze-Age raiding ship fights to survive the Santorini eruption, and to understand the heart of Hibya, his beautiful Minoan rescuer. Amid the turbulence of the Revolutionary era, wounded English naval officer Sebastian "Selkie" Singer flees justice, desperately trying to explain the reasons in letters to the baby girl left behind.

What mysterious thread binds their stories? 

An epic historical novel of mystic discovery. Woven across three thousand years, from the fall of Minoan Atlantis to the dawn of the Age of Reason, The Seas Come Still invites you into the hearts of a closely-guarded sisterhood, s…

New Cover Design: The Beauty Doctor

Please join me in congratulating Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard on the publication of her debut historical novel, The Beauty Doctor! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

In the spring of 1907, Abigail Platford finds herself unexpectedly adrift in New York City. Penniless and full of self-doubt, she has abandoned her dream of someday attending medical school and becoming a doctor like her late father. Instead, she takes a minor position in the office of Dr. Franklin Rome, hoping at least to maintain contact with the world of medicine that fascinates her. She soon learns that the handsome and sophisticated Dr. Rome is one of a rare new breed of so-called beauty doctors who chisel noses, pin back ears, trim eyelids and inject wrinkles with paraffin. At first skeptical, she begins to open her mind, and then her heart, to Dr. Rome. But when his partnership with an eccentric collector of human oddities raises troubling questions, Abigail becomes ensnared …

New Book Release: The Wind in the Embers

Please join me in congratulating Malcolm David Logan on the publication of his debut historical novel, The Wind in the Embers, Book One in the Amulet Series! I had the privilege of helping Malcolm with a copyedit of this gripping tale of one of the Roman Empire's most fascinating women, Galla Placidia. Here's the book description:

Discovering the truth about your mother’s sordid past can be troubling. If you’re the new Emperor of Rome, it can be downright terrifying.

Rome’s ruling Augusta is rumored to be weak. It is said that she is under the thumb of her powerful master of soldiers, Aetius. But few know the real Galla Placidia, a cunning and ruthless adversary capable of holding together a crumbling Empire long enough to hand it off to her son.

Placidius is on his way to Constantinople, where he will emerge from behind his mother’s twelve-year regency to assume his full power as emperor. En route, he comes into possession of a letter allegedly written by her. It lays out the in…