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New Cover Design: The Life and Times of Lilly Quinn

Please join me in congratulating Carolyn E. Cook on the publication of her newest historical novel, The Life and Times of Lilly Quinn! I had the pleasure of helping Carolyn design the cover. Here's the book description:

Fleeing hazardous circumstances in New Orleans, Lilly Quinn arrives in hardscrabble Minden Springs, a thrown-together town on the dry prairie of 1870s Kansas. She plans to continue her journey onward to San Francisco, but her chance sighting of Barnett Swan, the only lawman for miles around, gives her pause. She chooses to remain, at least for the time being. As Lilly says, “It was only the shortest of encounters, perhaps a minute, but on that much alone, I made the rash decision to retrieve my carpet bag from the stage and extend my stay in this dismal place. That marshal seemed worth investigating.” 

Little does she know that the choice will determine the entire future course of her days.

Told in the voice of feisty and independent Lilly, the story flows through de…

New Book Release: The Column of Burning Spices

Please join us in congratulating P.K. Adams on the publication of her new historical novel, The Column of Burning Spices, sequel to The Greenest Branch! Jessica Cale had the pleasure of working with P.K. on a copyedit, and Jenny had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

The year is 1143. Hildegard, already a well-known physician, has expanded her work to writing not just about medicine but on theological matters as well. Once again, the monks of St. Disibod are there to stop her, citing the biblical passages that admonish against “women teachers.” Also, Abbot Kuno is aging, and it is only a matter of time before he is succeeded in the post by Prior Helenger, who wants nothing more than to see Hildegard permanently relegated to the convent’s enclosure.

Leaving St. Disibod is Hildegard’s only hope of continuing her mission of healing and writing as she sees fit. She has been saving money from the convent's endowments for years, but in order to establis…

New Cover Design: Entrapped

Please join me in congratulating Barbara Kyle on the re-release of Entrapped! Many of you are familiar with Barbara's historical novels, but she's also written a contemporary environmental thriller, and I had the pleasure of designing its new cover. Here's the book description:

When Liv Gardner arrives in the rural town of Spirit Creek, Alberta, she has nothing but her old car and a temporary job as paralegal with the local attorney. But Liv’s down-market persona is a ruse. She is actually in-house counsel of Falcon Oil, a small oil and gas company she co-owns with her fiancé, CEO Mickey Havelock – and they are facing financial ruin.

Their assets are concentrated around Spirit Creek where farmer Tom Wainwright, convinced that lethal “sour” gas killed his wife, is sabotaging Falcon’s rigs. But Wainwright is clever at hiding his tracks and the police have no evidence to charge him. With the sabotage forcing Falcon toward bankruptcy, Liv has come undercover to befriend Wainw…

New Cover Designs: The Patricia MacPherson Nautical Adventure Series

Please join me in congratulating Linda Collison on the re-release of her Patrica MacPherson Nautical Adventures series! Linda wanted to update her covers with a more eye-catching and creative style, and I had the pleasure of helping her achieve that goal. Here are the book descriptions:

Portsmouth, England,1760. Patricia Kelley, the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy Barbadian sugarcane planter, falls from her imagined place in the world when her absent father unexpectedly dies. Raised in a Wiltshire boarding school sixteen-year-old Patricia embarks on a desperate crossing on a merchantman bound for Barbados, where she was born, in a brash attempt to claim an unlikely inheritance. Aboard a merchantman under contract with the British Navy to deliver gunpowder to the West Indian forts, young Patricia finds herself pulled between two worlds -- and two identities -- as she charts her own course for survival in the war-torn 18th century.

Patrick MacPherson is a qualified surgeon’s mate; but …

New Cover Design: For Her Honor

Please join me in congratulating Holly Bush on the publication of her newest historical romance, For Her Honor, the fourth book in her Gentrys of Paradise series! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

Virginia 1873. Adam Gentry, heir to the celebrated Paradise Stables, is haunted by the visions of his lost love. Feeling cursed by fate, he slips deeper into grief, shrouded in a cloud of liquor and depression, and neglects his duties and responsibilities. But when Adam is forced to accept that there’s nothing he can do to change his past, he knows he must move on.
And he accepts his own destiny: that he will never love again.
Emmaline Somerset finds herself in the worst possible position any unmarried woman can be in. She will have to abandon all of her plans, hopes, and dreams for an independence using her own talents. The only viable solution is to move to a distant relative’s home and reinvent herself as a widow with an infant. No one will ever be …

New Cover Design: Let the Little Birds Sing

Please join me in congratulating Sandra Fox Murphy on the publication of her newest novel, Let the Little Birds Sing! I had the pleasure of helping Sandra design the cover. Here's the book description:

In 1847, the McCord family, filled with hope for prospects of a better life, packed all their earthly belongings into covered wagons and left their homes in Indiana for Texas. The world beyond was in front of seven-year-old Fidelia, and little did she know, as the wagons traveled down the dusty trail to the southwest, that there would be the need for all the courage she could muster. Her faith would be tested and fortitude found in the most unexpected places.

Let the Little Birds Sing is the beginning of Fidelia McCord’s story, of the hardships she encounters and sees around her, told through the eyes of a precocious and determined girl. It is a tale set in early America inspired by the journey of a girl coming of age amidst the perils of settling in a new and untamed land.

Let the Li…

New Cover Design: Jubilant Montana Christmas

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

A resourceful baker. Her resentful husband. Can they rekindle their love in time for Christmas?

Leena Johansen loves her job baking Norwegian treats for the townsfolk of Bear Grass Springs. She only wishes her new marriage were as sweet. When her husband demands she make a choice that will rip her from the life she is creating, she makes a drastic decision.

Karl Johansen is a proud man. He never thought Leena would marry a man like him. When he attempts to bend her to his will, he risks more than he imagined. Now, as Christmas approaches, he must find a way to put their relationship to rights before it is too late.

Will Karl and Leena realize that no one wins in a battle of wills and that compromise fosters great love?

Jubilant Montana Christmas is available in ebook and p…

New Book Release: Cyber Sisters

Please join me in congratulating Kelly Clayton on the publication of her newest novel, co-written with Grant Collins, Cyber Sisters! I had the pleasure of working with Kelly on a developmental edit and a copyedit of this suspenseful tale of four women's mission to fight back against online crime, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Do you know who you’re talking to online?

Marianne Sinclair has it all. She’s a self-made woman in a man’s world, rich, well-connected and smart, so she is infuriated when she falls victim to an online scam.

Who can you trust?

Determined never to let it happen again, Marianne enrols in a cybersecurity class and meets other women in the same position. A devastating tragedy draws them together, as they try to make sense of what has happened.

With her business under attack and her darkest secret on the verge of being discovered, Marianne and her fellow victims conceive a plan to turn the tables on their tormentors.

When they’ve taken ever…

New Book Release: A Puff of Silk

Please join me in congratulating Kathie Shoop on the publication of A Puff of Silk, book one in her new Bridal Shop Series! I had the pleasure of offering Kathie some copyediting assistance on this tale of a down-on-her-luck fashion designer's attempt to start over back in her hometown. Here's the book description:

A Novella—Book 1—Bridal Shop Series

New York City dress designer to the stars Amelia Pettipiece cleared a unique path to fashion-glory. With her career soaring, grand penthouse apartment on Central Park, and handsome boyfriend who supports her ambitions, Amelia could not have dreamed of a better life when she left Pittsburgh after college.

But when Amelia’s signature design, the famous FiFi Hererra’s wedding dress, disintegrates off the bride’s body as she walks down the aisle, every thread of Amelia’s charmed life unravels.

Amelia’s Instaglam life turns into an Instaslam. She runs back home to her gram’s place in Eagle Bend, Pennsylvania, to hide until she can figure o…

New Cover Design: To the Death

Please join me in congratulating Martin Lake on the publication of his newest historical novel, To the Death, sequel to Wolves of War! I had the pleasure of helping Martin design the cover. Here's the book description:

The Viking army is about to face its greatest challenge, the Kingdom of Wessex. King Æthelred and his brother Alfred are determined to wage war to the death. 

An epic tale of the great war for England.

The Great Viking Army has conquered Northumbria and East Anglia. Two English kingdoms remain independent, Mercia and Wessex. The sons of Ragnar, leaders of the army, must decide which to attack next.

Leif Ormson, once Skald to Ivar the Boneless, has now been made a jarl. He is a reluctant warrior and is grateful and relieved when he is given rich lands in which to live in peace and prosperity.

But the Vikings’ relentless lust for conquest sweeps him and his family into peril and war. As the army marches towards Wessex, he wonders if he will again have dealings with Prince …

New Book Release: The Forgotten Tudor Women: Anne Seymour, Jane Dudley & Elisabeth Parr

Please join me in congratulating Sylvia Barbara Soberton on the publication of her newest nonfiction book, The Forgotten Tudor Women: Anne Seymour, Jane Dudley & Elisabeth Parr. I had the privilege of offering Sylvia some copyediting assistance on this intriguing glimpse into the lives of women who played supporting roles in some of England's biggest moments. Here's the book description:

Anne Seymour, Jane Dudley, and Elisabeth Parr all have their own unique stories to tell. Born into the most turbulent period of England’s history, these women’s lives interplayed with the great dramas of the Tudor age, and their stories deserve to be told independently of their husbands. 

Anne Seymour served all of Henry VIII’s six wives and brushed with treason more than once, but she died in her bed as a wealthy old matriarch. Jane Dudley was a wife and mother who fought for her family until her last breath. Elisabeth Parr, sister-in-law of Queen Katherine Parr, married for love and became…

New Book Release: Murder at Archly Manor

Please join us in congratulating USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett on the publication of her new historical mystery, Murder at Archly Manor, Book One in the High Society Lady Detective Series! Jessica Cale had the pleasure of assisting Sara with a copyedit. Here's the book description:

A high society murder. A spirited lady detective. Can she out-class the killer before an innocent person takes the fall?  

London, 1923. Olive Belgrave needs a job. Despite her aristocratic upbringing, she’s penniless. Determined to support herself, she jumps at an unconventional job—looking into the background of her cousin’s fiancé, Alfred. 

Alfred burst into the upper crust world of London’s high society, but his answers to questions about his past are decidedly vague. Before Olive can gather more than the basics, a murder occurs at a posh party. Suddenly, every Bright Young Person in attendance is a suspect, and Olive must race to find the culprit because a sly murderer is determined to make…

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:

The Art of Seduction: How to Entice and Captivate Your Readers

Case Study: How Self-Publishing Led Author Jonathan French to Hybrid Success

How to Write Strong Scenes: 4 Key Questions to Evaluate Your Scene

What is the "Great American Novel"?

Evoking Emotion in Fiction: 7 Ways to Make Readers Give a Damn

100 Writing & Publishing Tips from the 2018 …

New Cover Design: Distant Hills

Please join me in congratulating Nora Ryell on the publication of her debut historical novel, Distant Hills! I had the pleasure of helping Nora design the cover of this adventurous tale of a woman wrongly convicted of murder and her fight to take back her life. Here's the book description:

Dear Reader,

Distant Hills is the first in a series of historical novels featuring brainy and feisty women. The novel begins in England in 1734. My heroine, Kate Hardy longs for adventure and escape from the small town she lives in. She thinks her life is dull but she is unaware that malign forces are at work to destroy her life.

Convicted of a murder she did not commit, she is exiled to the exotic island of Jamaica as a prisoner. She believes her life is over, but it is just about to begin. She is rescued from her plight by Marcus Huntley, Earl of Cairnmore. A friend has written to him with the unwanted plea to protect Kate, and at first, Marcus sees this as a burden, but then an audacious idea s…

New Book Release: Lady of a Thousand Treasures

Please join me in congratulating bestselling inspirational author and Christy Award finalist Sandra Byrd on the publication of the first book in her new Victorian Ladies series, Lady of a Thousand Treasures! I was honored to provide Sandra with some developmental editorial assistance on this gripping tale of secrets, betrayal, and love delivered in classic Gothic romance style. Here's the book description:

Miss Eleanor Sheffield is a talented evaluator of antiquities, trained to know the difference between a genuine artifact and a fraud. But with her father’s passing and her uncle’s decline into dementia, the family business is at risk. In the Victorian era, unmarried Eleanor cannot run Sheffield Brothers alone.

The death of a longtime client, Baron Lydney, offers an unexpected complication when Eleanor is appointed the temporary trustee of the baron’s legendary collection. She must choose whether to donate the priceless treasures to a museum or allow them to pass to the baron’s onl…