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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:

Amazon Keywords Can Make or Break Your Book Sales

7 Elements of Historical Fiction

Writing a Scene with Good Dialogue and Narration

5 Secrets to Creating a Compelling Series Character

The Secret Life of a Book Manuscript

9 Practical Tricks for Writing Your First Novel

The ABCs of Story: Plots, Subplots, and Sub-Subplots

New Cover Design: Forget Me Not

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Please join me in congratulating Stephanie Carroll on the publication of Forget Me Not, a Gothic historical fiction novella. I had the pleasure of helping Stephanie put the cover together using a photo she herself took at a cemetery in the city in which her story takes place. Here's the book description:

Originally published in LEGACY: AN ANTHOLOGY, "Forget Me Not" is set just after the turn of the century in Colma, California, a city where the dead outnumber the living. It follows Lauraline Rosland, a young woman who knows on the day after her 30th birthday, she is going to die. She has three days left and is determined to do something - anything - worth remembering. 

"Carroll takes a different approach to legacy through her short, "Forget Me Not." It takes you on a roller coaster ride, starting with anger and frustration (partly because you don't understand what is causing it) to sadness and regret to even smiles and warm content. It was ultimately a s…

New Cover Design: Blood Enemy

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I'm pleased to share that Blood Enemy by Martin Lake has been re-released with a new cover designed by yours truly! Here's the book description:
King Alfred was their lord and protector – until savagery shatters the bonds of love and loyalty. 
Twins Ulf and Inga have risen quickly in the service of King Alfred of Wessex. Ulf is a King’s-thegn, one of his trusted household warriors. Inga is servant and friend of the King’s eldest daughter, Aethelflaed. 
The peace between Alfred and Guthrum, King of Danelaw East Anglia, still holds. But when the Norse chieftain Hrólfr attacks Ulf’s village, it unleashes a chain of events which will change forever the lives of Ulf, Inga and their friends.
Ulf falls prey to powerful demons and loses his sense of worth, his position and his liberty. Aethelflaed and Inga become pawns in Alfred’s plans to enlarge his kingdom. And a heathen army returns to threaten a precarious peace and stability.
From the bestselling author of Land of Blood and Water, T…

New Book Release: Panther Across the Stars

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Please join me in congratulating Lon Brett Coon on the publication of his debut novel, Panther Across the Stars! I had the pleasure of offering Lon some developmental assistance on this unique historical fiction/sci-fi mash-up. Here's the book description:

A larger-than-life tale of one man’s courage, sacrifice, and unyielding defiance to fight for his peoples’ freedom against those that would take it, and in this great struggle he finds friendship with three alien beings fallen to Earth that stand with him.

He is Panther Across the Sky, and his world is fading. He takes all the hurt and pain a lifetime gives him and stares into his soul to face the greatest master he will ever know. Just a man among a dying people, he inspires his kin beyond all limit of mind and body in their outstretched and desperate grasp for freedom against overwhelming odds and the mighty nation arisen to the east in the early 1800s – America. 

And along the way, he forges a bond with three alien beings fallen…

New Book Release: The Alchemy of Night

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Please join me in congratulating Nicola Italia on the publication of her newest historical romance, The Alchemy of Night! I had the pleasure of helping Nicola with a copyedit on this dark and suspenseful Victorian London whodunit. Here's the book description:

Emmeline Bell, the only daughter of a well-known London solicitor, is intelligent, beautiful, and well loved by her family and friends. 

Nigel Carey, the second son of Lord Marham, is quiet and reserved yet secretly pines to call Emme his own. When Nigel proposes, Emme accepts it without love, knowing the match will give her a comfortable life. She is unaware that Nigel's dark and mysterious older brother, Everett, heir to the earldom, also holds a deep desire for her.

Arriving a week early to a mutual friend's annual winter house party, Emme and Everett strike up an unexpected friendship, one that quickly leads to romance. As Everett invokes feelings in her she never thought possible, he urges her to break off her engag…

New Cover Design: Two Journeys Home

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Please join me in congratulating Kevin O'Connell on the publication of Two Journeys Home, book two in the Derrynane Saga! I had the pleasure of helping Kevin design the cover. Here's the book description:

It’s 1767. As the eagerly anticipated sequel to Beyond Derrynane begins, Eileen O’Connell avails herself of a fortuitous opportunity to travel back to Ireland. In Two Journeys Home, the O’Connells encounter old faces and new—and their lives change forever.

Her vivacious personality matched only by her arresting physical presence, Eileen returns to Derrynane this time not as a teenaged widow but as one of the most recognised figures at the Habsburg court. Before returning to Vienna she experiences a whirlwind romance, leading to a tumult of betrayal and conflict with the O’Connell clan.

Abigail lives not in the shadow of her sister but instead becomes the principal lady-in-waiting to Empress Maria Theresa.

Hugh O’Connell leaves behind waning adolescence and a fleeting attraction …

Best I've Come Across Round-up: The NaNoWriMo 2017 Edition

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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 what I've been compiling over the past two weeks for those who are preparing to participate in National Novel Writing Month:

How a Month of NaNoWriMo Can Lead to a Lifetime of Better Writing

41 Insider Tips for Winning NaNoWriMo 2017

30 Tips for Writing a Book in 30 Days

Want To Win NaNoWriMo This Year? 7 Tips On Writing And Productivity

How to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

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New Book Release: Counterpoint: Theo, Earl of Suffolk

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Please join us in congratulating Elizabeth St. John on the publication of Counterpoint: Theo, Earl of Suffolk, a companion novella in her Lydiard Chronicles series! Jenny had the pleasure of helping Liz with a copyedit, and she designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Theo Howard, Earl of Suffolk is torn. Betrothed to a child to satisfy his family dynasty, he longs for the freedom to make his own choice. And when he attends a lavish party at his family's newly-restored palace, he is immediately attracted to Lucy, a beautiful young lavender-seller. But in this enchanted world of Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night Dream, all is not as it appears. Theo's headstrong sister Frances is determined to sabotage her own arranged marriage, and aided by the cunning of Frances and her friend Barbara St.John, perhaps Theo can find his own path to happiness and true love.

When I wrote The Lady of the Tower, the story revealed itself in the narrative of my ancestress, Lucy St.J…

New Book Release: By Love Divided

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Please join us in congratulating Elizabeth St. John on the publication of her newest novel, By Love Divided, Book Two in the Lydiard Chronicles! Jenny had the privilege of offering developmental and copyediting assistance on this sequel to Elizabeth's critically acclaimed debut novel, The Lady of the Tower, and she also designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Royalist Sir Allen Apsley thinks his choice is clear, but when his mother embraces the Puritan cause, and his beloved sister Luce falls in love with John Hutchinson, a Roundhead soldier, his loyalties are tested. Is it family first? Is it country first? As England falls into bloody civil war, Allen must fight for king and country, while Luce embraces Parliament’s radical views and confronts the very core of the family’s beliefs. And when their influential Villiers cousins raise the stakes, Allen and Luce face a devastating challenge. Will war unite or divide them? In the dawn of rebellion, love is the final battl…

New Book Release: Blood on the Rock

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Please join us in congratulating Kelly Clayton on the publication of the third novel in the Jack Le Claire Mystery Series, Blood Ties! Jenny had the pleasure of working with Kelly on a developmental edit and a copyedit of this suspenseful mystery set on the Channel Island of Jersey, which Kelly has called home for most of her life. Here's the book description:

How do you stop a killer who has everything to lose?

A man sits alone on his yacht, contemplating his good fortune as the sun slowly sets. But the past has a way of catching up with you.

Can you ever turn back the clock?

Sophie Ginelli has returned home, having fled Jersey a decade earlier. She is trying to make amends and claim what is hers by right. But a lot can happen in ten years. Will she like what she finds?

With her future threatened, Sophie must decide what she is willing to do to come out on top. An unexpected romance opens her eyes to new possibilities. Will she follow her heart?

Is blood thicker than water?

DCI Jack Le …