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Best I've Come Across Round-up

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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

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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

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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…

New Book Release: Dagger's Destiny

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Please join us in congratulating Linnea Tanner on the publication of Dagger's Destiny, sequel to the award-winning Apollo's Raven! Jessica Knauss had the privilege of offering Linnea some copyediting assistance on this exciting tale of adventure, intrigue, and betrayal in ancient Britannia. Here's the book description:

A Celtic warrior princess accused of treason for aiding her enemy lover must win back her father’s love and trust

War looms over 24 AD Britannia, where rival tribal rulers fight each other for power and the Romans threaten to invade to settle their political differences. King Amren accuses his daughter, Catrin, of treason for aiding the Roman enemy and her lover, Marcellus. The ultimate punishment is death unless she can redeem herself. She must prove loyalty to her father by forsaking Marcellus and defending their kingdom—even to the death. Forged into a warrior, she must overcome tribulations and make the right decisions on her quest to break the curse that …

New Cover Design: Let Your Heart Be Light

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Please join me in congratulating Pat Wahler on the publication of Let Your Heart Be Light: A Celebration of Christmas! I had the pleasure of helping Pat design the cover of this collection of stories, essays, and poetry. Here's the book description:

What Do You Love About Christmas?

The scent of pine. A crackle and snap from the fireplace. Warm cinnamon-and-sugar cookies.

Pour yourself a cup of cheer and savor the journey back to memories of childhood, when you schemed to get that perfect present.

Find out whether one little dog can heal a broken heart and spark the possibility of new love.

Treasure memorable moments steeped in the joy of family and friends.

Rediscover the humor of the holiday season--courtesy of a white goose.

Readers who love the magic of Christmas will devour these and other bite-sized stories written in the timeless yuletide tradition.

Let Your Heart Be Light is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Pat'…

New Cover Design: Ocean Rhythms, Kindred Spirits

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Please join me in congratulating Sheree K. Nielsen on the publication of her newest book, Ocean Rhythms, Kindred Spirits: An Emerson-Inspired Essay Collection on Travel, Nature, Family and Pets. I had the pleasure of helping Sheree design the cover using a photo from her own collection. Here's the book description:

Ocean Rhythms, Kindred Spirits is a reminder to be present in the moment, live life with abandon, invariably respecting nature, animals, and people.

Join Sheree K. Nielsen, 2015 Da Vinci Eye Award Winner (Folly Beach Dances), on a journey as she awakens the wanderlust in her soul, defines moments of clarity while walking on the beach, finds solitude diving with sharks and dolphins, and befriends sea-loving dogs. She'll reveal her strong connection to family and beloved pets, the beauty in a mimosa tree, and the kindred spirit that lives in all of us. A unique essay collection of all things warm and good, inspired by the author's love for Emerson. Complementary ph…

New Cover Design: The Guinevere's Tale Trilogy Box Set

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Now that all three books in the Guinevere's Tale Trilogy by Nicole Evelina have been published, they are also available in a box set! I had the pleasure of designing the covers. Here are the book descriptions:

Guinevere is remembered for her role as King Arthur’s wife and for her adulterous affair with Lancelot. But there is so much more to her story…

Priestess. Queen. Warrior. Experience the world of King Arthur through Guinevere’s eyes as she matures from a young priestess who never dreamed of becoming queen to the stalwart defender of a nation and a mistress whose sin would go down in history. Throughout it all, Guinevere faces threats from both foreign powers and within her own court that lead her to place her very life on the line to protect the dream of Camelot and save her people. 

This compendium of Nicole Evelina’s two-time Book of the Year award-winning trilogy – Daughter of Destiny, Camelot’s Queen, and Mistress of Legend – gives fresh life to an age-old tale by adding hi…

New Cover Design: Mistress of Legend

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Please join me in congratulating Nicole Evelina on the publication of the third and final book in the award-winning Guinevere's Tale Trilogy, Mistress of Legend! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

Legend says Guinevere spent her final days in penance in a convent, but that is far from the truth.

Having escaped death at the stake, Guinevere longs to live a peaceful life in Brittany with Lancelot, but the threat of Arthur’s wrath quickly separates the lovers. Guinevere finds herself back in Camelot, but it is not the peaceful capital she once knew; the loyalty of the people is divided over Arthur’s role in her death sentence. When war draws Arthur away from Britain, Mordred is named acting king. With Morgan at his side and a Saxon in his bed, Mordred’s thirst for power becomes his undoing and the cause of Guinevere’s greatest heartache.

In the wake of the deadly battle that leaves the country in civil war, Guinevere’s power as the former queen …

New Cover Design: The Path to Somerset

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Please join me in congratulating Janet Wertman on the publication of The Path to Somerset, sequel to her highly acclaimed debut, Jane the Quene! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

After the tragic romance of Jane the Quene, the second book in the Seymour Saga trilogy, The Path to Somerset, takes a dark turn through an era in which King Henry VIII descends into cynicism, suspicion and fits of madness – and in which mistakes mean death. 

Edward Seymour’s future is uncertain. Although his sister Jane bore Henry the son he’d sought for twenty years, when she died in childbirth, Henry’s good nature died with her. Now the fiercely ambitious Edward must carve a difficult path through Henry’s shifting principles and wives. Challenged at every turn by his nemesis, Bishop Stephen Gardiner, Edward must embrace ruthlessness in order to safeguard not only his own future but England’s as well. 

This is the account of Henry’s tumultuous reign, as seen through t…

New Book Release: Let Slip the Dogs

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Please join me in congratulating Anna Castle on the newest installment in her Francis Bacon mystery series, Let Slip the Dogs! I had the pleasure of helping Anna with a copyedit, and I designed the cover. If you're a fan of historical mysteries with a touch of humor and tongue-in-cheekiness along with fun and memorable characters, this series is for you! Here's the book description:

Secret trysts, daring dalliances, and a body in the orchard...

It’s Midsummer, 1591, at Richmond Palace, and love is in the air. Gallant courtiers sport with great ladies while Tom and Trumpet bring their long-laid plans to fruition at last. Everybody’s doing it—even Francis Bacon enjoys a private liaison with the secretary to the new French ambassador. But the Queen loathes scandal and will punish anyone rash enough to get caught.

Still, it’s all in a summer day until a man is found dead in the orchard. The youth had few talents beyond a keen nose for gossip. He was doubtless murdered to protect a s…

New Book Release: Fortune's Hostage

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Please join me in congratulating Kelly Clayton, writing as Julia Hardy, on the publication of her first historical romantic suspense novel, Fortune's Hostage! I had the privilege of assisting Kelly with a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover! Here's the book description:

England, 1813

Greed, deception and lust...

Miss Eloise Camarthon is in the midst of her first London Season, which has been delayed by several years due to the untimely death of her parents. No ordinary debutante, she wants to live her life on her own terms, as promised by her uncle, the Duke of Westbury, who is also her guardian. But Eloise is wealthy in her own right and a target for those with her fortune in their sights.

Benedict Warrington, the Earl of Rothsea, has come to London in search of answers to a family tragedy. His investigation takes him to Westbury's country seat, where he meets the beguiling Eloise, and a dangerous chain of events is set in motion.

Who can you trust whe…

New Cover Design: Queen of the Darkest Hour

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Please join me in congratulating Kim Renfeld on the publication of her newest historical novel, Queen of the Darkest Hour! I had the pleasure of helping Kim design the cover. Here's the book description:

Francia, 783: Haunted by the Saxons’ attack on her home fortress, Fastrada obeys her father and marries Charles, king of the Franks and a widower with seven children and an eighth on the way by a concubine. As more wars loom, Fastrada’s greatest peril lurks within the castle walls: Pepin, Charles’s son by his embittered former wife. Blaming his father for the curse that twisted his spine, Pepin rejects a prize archbishopric and plots with his uncle and mother to seize the throne. Can Fastrada stop the conspiracy before it destroys the kingdom?

Based on historic events during Charlemagne’s reign, Queen of the Darkest Hour is the story of a family conflict endangering an entire country—and the price to save it.

Queen of the Darkest Hour is available in ebook and print format on Amazon

New Book Release: Counterpoint: Barbara, Lady Villiers

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Please join me in congratulating Elizabeth St. John on the publication of Counterpoint: Barbara, Lady Villiers, a companion novelette in her Lydiard Chronicles series. I had the pleasure of working with Liz on a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Barbara Villiers Palmer is one of the most famous courtesans in history. Mistress to Charles II and mother of five of his children, Lady Castlemaine's notoriety is legendary. This is the story of her namesake and grandmother, Barbara St.John Villiers. The apple did not fall far from the tree.

Barbara St.John Villiers has always despised her sister Lucy, and when Theo Howard, Earl of Suffolk, fell in love with her, Barbara thought she'd die of jealousy. Instead, she decided to get even by befriending someone even more scandalous than herself, Theo's sister, Frances Howard, Countess of Somerset. Unfortunately, Frances was then imprisoned in the Tower of London, accused of murder, and Barbara had to fi…

The Historical Novels Review Names By Love Divided an Editor's Choice!

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Please join me in congratulating Elizabeth St. John! Her novel By Love Divided, sequel to critically acclaimed The Lady of the Tower, was just named an Editor's Choice by the Historical Novels Review, the Historical Novel Society's quarterly review magazine!

Liz and I worked together on a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover. HNR Reviewer Janice Ottersberg talks about what makes By Love Divided so special:

It is evident that Elizabeth St. John has done extensive research in writing this book based on her own family’s experiences during this time in history. The language she uses is so authentic. Her writing engages the senses with the sights, sounds, and smells of 17th-century life. Her world and characters are so real I wanted to remain there. I loved this book, and the Lydiard Chronicles are now on my list of all-time favorite historical novels. A fantastic read.

Click here to read the full review!

Are you a member of the Historical Novel Society? If yo…

New Cover Design: A Maiden's Honor

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Please join me in congratulating Josanna Thompson on the republication of her debut novel, A Maiden's Honor, with a new cover designed by yours truly!

Check out the before and after:

Here's the book description:
A young woman raised in the South Pacific, captured by pirates. The Dey of Algiers, torn by conflicts in religion and love. Their stories intertwine.

Raised by her Scottish father and the natives of a remote island in the South Pacific, Sarah Campbell and her father embark on a perilous journey to Scotland. Sarah knew that her life would change when she left her beloved island. Never did she imagine that she would be sold into a harem. Only Hassan Aziz, the most feared pirate on the Barbary Coast, can save her. But is Hassan willing to jeopardize his secret mission and risk his life and the lives of his crew to shield this intoxicating maiden from slavery?

Naa’il is the Dey of Algiers, a man who has everything, including, wealth, power, wives, slaves, concubines. Two Ame…