Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Book Release: Lies Told in Silence

Please join me in congratulating M.K. Tod on the publication of her second historical fiction novel, Lies Told in Silence, a companion to her first novel, Unravelled. I had the pleasure of working with Mary on a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover! This cover has special meaning for Mary, by the way, that's her grandfather on the cover--wasn't he a handsome young thing? You don't need to read Unravelled first to appreciate Lies Told in Silence, though I recommend it if you can to fully appreciate these two connected stories that span two world wars, two continents, and examine the consequences of love and loss during the time of war.

In May 1914, Helene Noisette’s father believes war is imminent. Convinced Germany will head straight for Paris, he sends his wife, daughter, mother and younger son to Beaufort, a small village in northern France. But when war erupts two months later, the German army invades neutral Belgium, sweeping south towards Paris. And by the end of September, Beaufort is less than twenty miles from the front. During the years that follow, with the rumbling of guns ever present in the distance, three generations of women come together to cope with deprivation, fear and the dreadful impacts of war. 

In 1917, Helene falls in love with a young Canadian soldier wounded in the battle of Vimy Ridge. But war has a way of separating lovers and families, of twisting promises and dashing hopes, and of turning the naïve and innocent into the jaded and war-weary. As the months pass, Helene is forced to reconcile dreams for the future with harsh reality. 

Lies Told in Silence examines love and loss, duty and sacrifice, and the unexpected consequences of lies.

Lies Told in Silence is on sale now in ebook and print formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! If you get a chance, stop by Mary's website and say hello! She posts lots of great articles on researching and writing, and every year she compiles an awesome historical fiction survey. Add the book to your Goodreads shelves, and check out the blog tour going on right now with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours--lots of reviews, interviews, and chances to win the book!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Book Release: Blood of the Summoned

Please join me in congratulating Philip Adams on the publication of his debut novel, Blood of the Summoned! I was privileged to work with Phil on a copyedit of this imaginative twist on history. Blood of the Summoned is a paranormal historical thriller set during the last days of the Anglo-Saxon age, weaving a terrifying twist on traditional vampire lore seamlessly into the fabric of actual world events. Though there are some elements of horror in the story, they are not overpowering, and Blood of the Summoned is perfect for anyone who likes plenty of intrigue and action in their historical fiction! Here's the book description:

It is the fateful year of 1066, the last days of the Anglo-Saxon age. King Edward the Confessor lays dying, having neither produced an heir nor named a successor, and the struggle for the English throne is on. 

Eadwyn, the son of a peasant sheep farmer on the cusp of manhood, is away on a journey to York when he learns that Scottish raiders have sacked his home village and killed everyone, including his mother, his sister, and his father, Wulfric. What Eadwyn doesn’t know is that a demon spirit has entered Wulfric’s body and has begun using it to satisfy its lust for sex, power, and above all, blood. 

With nowhere else to go, Eadwyn takes refuge at an old English abbey, where an ancient book, the Codex of Qedesh, has been hidden away for generations and is now under the protection of the abbot, Prior Cuthbert. Obligated by monastic tradition, Cuthbert has studied the book and kept it safe over the years, though he’d long dismissed it as no more than a bizarre tale. But when bodies turn up bearing the hallmarks of a vampire attack, the signs become too clear to ignore. And when Molly, the pretty maidservant to a local lord, shows up at the abbey, having narrowly escaped the clutches of the vampire Wulfric, they learn the ghastly truth about Eadwyn’s father. Suddenly, the secrets of the Codex come horribly to life, as Eadwyn, Molly, and Cuthbert find themselves swept up in a larger, more deadly power struggle that threatens to turn loved ones into mortal enemies and humans into bloodthirsty beasts. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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:

7 Essential Elements of a Bestselling Novel

Free Download: 10 Grammar and Novel Writing Myths Debunked

12 Remarkable Words You Should Include in Your Vocabulary

How to Finish That Novel

The Top 10 Publishing Insiders (and Outsiders) to Follow

7 Steps to Creating a Flexible Outline for Any Novel

What Writers Need to Know About the eBook Market

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Cover Design: Red, White & Screwed

Congrats to bestselling author Holly Bush on the publication of her newest romance novel, Red, White & Screwed, with a cover designed by yours truly! Here's the book description:

Political strategist Glenda Nelson is having a meltdown. Her handpicked, very married Congressional candidate was just caught climbing out of the window of the Sleepytown Motel, and her philandering ex-husband seems to have the most to gain from the colossal scandal that follows. As Glenda attempts to salvage the campaign in a hotly contested race, conservative and liberal pundits pounce on the story to further their own agendas.

Glenda’s love life is nonexistent to say the least, that is, until she meets handsome artist Chris Goodrich. Chris’s easy-going, carefree outlook on life couldn’t be more different than the 90-mph crazy train that is Glenda’s, but the more time she spends with him, the more she craves his calming presence, his sexy smile, and his steamy embraces. Is Chris worth taking a chance on?

Between the pressure of full-blown spin control mode, rapidly declining job security, refereeing two teenagers, caring for aging parents, and spending hours on her therapist’s couch trying to get past her ex’s crushing betrayal, Glenda finds love and makes the long trek back to happy.

Red, White & Screwed is on sale now in ebook and print formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and be sure to check out Holly's website for more info on her books!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

New Book Release: Finding Faith

Please join me in congratulating Kathryn Loch on the publication of her newest contemporary romance novel, Finding Faith, the second book in her Time for Love series! Kath and I worked together on a developmental edit and a copyedit of this gripping story of love and tragedy. Kath and I have worked together many times, and I continue to be amazed at how prolific she is in cranking out books that are of such high quality. She is an author who truly cares about craft and spends an enormous amount of time making sure she gets the details right. (And she might get a little bit of help in that department from someone we all know and love :) If you like tortured heroes and hot dads, this one's for you! Here's the book description:

After solving a harrowing case involving the brutal murders of nine little girls that nearly caused his self-destruction and cost him the woman he loved, FBI Special Agent Rory Sanders devoted the next seven years of his life to single-mindedly seeking justice for child victims. Though he has never quite succeeded in putting the trauma of that horrible case and the hardship of his childhood in the foster care system completely behind him, he is now a team leader in the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment program, and his team boasts some of the highest recovery numbers in the nation. But the next case assigned to him is one he never saw coming - the abduction of the six-year-old daughter of the woman who broke his heart by walking out on him during his darkest hour: his ex-fiance, Lindsey Ericsson. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Book Release: The Duke in Denial

I'm a little late in posting this, but I want to congratulate Alexandra Ainsworth on the publication of her debut M/M historical romance, The Duke in Denial! I was privileged to work with Alexandra on a copyedit of this beautifully written tale of forbidden love in Regency England. Here's the book description:

Sebastian Lewis never expected to become a duke. But with the sudden deaths of his cousin and uncle, Sebastian’s position changes. He is determined to fulfill his new responsibilities with grace, even if it means remarrying, and even if the attractions of women, so often lauded by poets, fail to interest him. 

Captain William Carlisle, newly returned from India, is elated when he meets Sebastian. Nobody knows of his inclinations, but his harrowing experiences in battle have prompted him to reach for the type of companionship he longs for. He thinks Sebastian might feel an attraction as well, but to his dismay, he discovers that Sebastian is courting his sister Dorothea. 

After a semi-arranged engagement and a disconcerting romantic tangle with William, Sebastian escapes London to look after his manor, only to face mysterious thefts, a headless ghost, and the arrival of his fiancée, her brother, and his family. Sebastian’s new estate sits on the south coast, England’s most vulnerable location, and Napoleon has set his sights on conquering the area. Amid this growing turmoil, Sebastian must sort out his feelings for his fiancée’s brother and keep his home safe . . . and determine if he has the courage to reach for his own happiness in the process.

The Duke in Denial is available now on Amazon in ebook and print format! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Alexandra's website!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Cover Design: Maya: Origins

Please join me in congratulating author Rym Kara on the publication of her debut historical fantasy novel, Maya: Origins, with a cover designed by moi! Here's the book description:

Born a daughter to a king who wanted sons, Maya’s life was spared for her golden hair. The color of her hair—like the sun, fire, and the gold-capped mountain that loomed over her village—was Maya, a color sacred to the Gods. Maya would bring prosperity to her people. 

Yet Fate had a different plan. Maya would not just live among the Gods of the Valley, she would become one! But this gift came with a heavy price, one that would test Maya’s will, courage and endurance. 

Set in the late Nordic Bronze Age, at the dawn of Ragnarok, Maya and the people of Mitgarh prepare themselves for the final battle that will rage between the Jotun Gods and the Aesir Gods. Many were destined to die. Out of the ruins, legends would rise. 

Maya: Origins is available now in ebook format on Amazon for $2.99!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New Book Release: Return to Love

Please join me in congratulating Kathleen Shoop on the publication of her newest book, Return to Love! I was privileged to work with Kathleen on a copyedit of this moving tale of love and loss on the home front during the Vietnam War. Here's the book description:

Sweet Romance… Fresh off their whirlwind nuptials and unexpected but joyous pregnancy, April and Hale Abercrombie are gleeful about their life together. But, while Hale is serving his country in Vietnam, he receives news of the loss of their newborn daughter. 

Back home on leave, Hale can barely wait to hold his wife. Their reunion is passionate and their physical connection strong and soothing. His embrace, his touch, and his love are just as perfect as April remembered. But nothing, not even Hale, can ease April’s heartache. 

Hale stumbles through his attempts at convincing her that their future will be rich and full of wonder despite their loss. His good-hearted but take-charge approach causes her to retreat. Even in grief, April recognizes Hale’s earnestness, yet she can’t help but distance herself from him. With only a short time before Hale must return to war, the couple begins to understand that hope starts with them—that the bliss they once knew will return only if they are willing to trust again. 

Set on the beaches of the Outer Banks, Return to Love is the second book in the Endless Love series. Book one, Home Again, was named a finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Return to Love is available now in print and ebook formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Kathleen's website, where she's got lots of articles and author appearances to share!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

New Book Release: Ladies-in-Waiting: Women Who Served at the Tudor Court

Please join me in congratulating Victoria Sylvia Evans on the publication of her newest nonfiction book, Ladies-in-Waiting: Women Who Served at the Tudor Court! I was privileged to work with Victoria on a copyedit of this follow-up to her highly popular Who's Who at the Tudor Court. Here's the book description:

Drawing on a variety of sixteenth-century sources such as manuscripts, household accounts, chronicles and personal letters, Victoria Sylvia Evans explores the role of ladies-in-waiting at the Tudor court. 
  • What responsibilities did ladies-in-waiting and maids of honour have? 
  • What was required to be selected as a lady-in-waiting? 
  • What did an ordinary day at court look like? 
  • What role did ladies-in-waiting play in the fall of Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard? 
  • Who are some of the most famous ladies to have served the Tudor queens? 
These and many other topics are covered in Ladies-in-Waiting: Women Who Served at the Tudor Court.

Ladies-in-Waiting is on sale now in ebook and print format on Amazon!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Just for Fun Friday: The Importance of Capitalization

The period is on the wrong place, but the capitalization sentiment
is spot-on . . . and hilarious!