Are you going to HNS 2015?

I am so excited to attend my first Historical Novel Society Conference in Denver this June! I'll be presenting on three panels: (Re)creating the Past: Historical Fiction Without the Famous; The Art of Book Cover Design for Historical Fiction; and The Red Pen and Historical Fiction: An Editor’s Perspective. Will you be attending? I'd love to meet you there!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

New Book Release: The Reign of Love and Chaos

Please join me in congratulating Nicola Italia on the publication of her newest historical romance, The Reign of Love and Chaos! I was privileged to work with Nicola on a copyedit of this intense tale of love and liberty taking place during the French Revolution. If you like your romance on the sexy side with a hearty dose of history, this one's for you! Here's the book description:

In the Arabian palace of the sheik, serious and lovely Isabelle Fairfax is surrounded by her doting family and servants and wants for nothing. When she comes of age, she decides to travel to France to live with the Carmelite nuns, who are a cloistered sect, much to the shock of her parents. 

Once in France, she becomes a link to the outside world for the nuns, and her days are spent in prayer, solitude, and bartering for goods in the small village. 

Meanwhile, less than fifty miles away, a new French government is forming in Paris, and Nicolas de Lieurrey is at the center of it. Trained at the prestigious Lycee Louis-le-Grand school, Nicolas is an engineer by trade but drawn to the new world swirling around him. His best friend, Max, entices him to run as a delegate in the new government, and together they have a front row seat to the changes in France. 

However, many of the changes are not good, and as the restrictions on the religious houses increase, Isabelle makes the journey to Paris to stem the anti-religious fervor. Nicolas is drawn to the innocent young woman even as his friend Maximilien Robespierre plunges France into a reign of terror, killing tens of thousands in the name of the new republic. 

The Reign of Love and Chaos is available now on Amazon! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads and check out Nicola's website for the scoop on all of her books!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Cover Design: A Pledge of Better Times


Please join me in congratulating Margaret Porter on the publication of her new historical fiction novel, A Pledge of Better Times! I was privileged to work with Margaret in designing the cover. Here's the book description:

A sweeping tale of ambition, treachery, and passion incorporating 17th century historical figures, royalty, and events. 

For generations Lady Diana de Vere’s family loyally served England’s crown. But after King Charles II’s untimely death, her father firmly opposes James II’s tyranny. Charles Beauclerk, Duke of St. Albans—the late king’s bastard son by actress Nell Gwyn—also rebels against his newly crowned uncle’s manipulation. 

Political and religious turmoil bring revolution and yet another coronation before Charles returns to from war to claim his promised bride. As companion to Queen Mary Stuart, Diana 
has followed her de Vere forbears into royal service. She expects Charles to abandon his military career after marriage, but he proves unwilling to join the ranks of the courtiers he despises and mistrusts. 

In palace corridors and within their own household the young duke and duchess confront betrayals, scandals, and tragedies that threaten to divide them. And neither the privileges of birth nor proximity to the throne can ensure their security, their advancement—or their happiness. 

Includes Book Group Discussion Guide. 

A Pledge of Better Times is available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! Add it to your Goodreads shelves, and visit Margaret's website to view the book trailer and check out her blog posts about researching and writing English historical fiction.

Need a cover designer?
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jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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:


12 Query Letter Tips from Literary Agents

4 Writing Tips Learned in Drama School

The Differences Between Middle Grade and Young Adult

6 Answers to Questions About Copyright Law

The Top 10 Elements of a Book People Want to Read

FREE Download: How to Impress Literary Agents

Finding Time to Write



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

New Cover Design: Seven Nights with Ayahuasca


Congrats to Nicholas Floyd on the publication of his first book, Seven Nights with Ayahuasca, a memoir of his time spent in the Amazon and the spiritual journey he took with the ancient practice of consuming hallucinogenic ayahuasca. Here's the book description:

Secluded in the depths of the Peruvian Amazon, Nicholas Floyd plunges headfirst into the ancient shamanic ritual of ingesting Ayahuasca, a medicinal and extremely potent hallucinogenic brew that thrusts him into a profound introspective journey of unbridled euphoria, unbearable anguish, unsettling imagery, and unexpected epiphanies. Brutal and heart-wrenching visions force him to confront himself for the first time in his life, and he emerges from the emotional crucible as a man reformed in ways that he never predicted.

Seven Nights with Ayahuasca is the graphic firsthand narrative of one man’s life-changing Ayahuasca visions, written in precise language devoid of the vague analogies and cryptic spiritual lingo that often saturate such accounts of Ayahuasca. In this gripping and phantasmagorical expedition of the mind — easily accessible regardless of one’s experience with hallucinogens — Floyd vividly details both the Ayahuasca intoxication itself, as well as the incredible therapeutic potential thereof.

Seven Nights with Ayahuasca is available now in print and ebook formats on Amazon!

Need a cover designer?
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jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New Cover Design: The Proposal


Congrats to bestselling historical romance author Margaret Evans Porter on the re-release of The Proposal with a brand new cover designed by yours truly! Though really, Margaret did most of the work in finding the perfect cover art and providing me with a shot of the castle from her personal collection. I simply had to put it together. But she's a beauty, isn't she? Here's the book description:

When a lonely young widow and a mysterious earl clash over a neglected castle garden, suspicion and secrets threaten a blossoming love.

Sophie Pinnock, a talented and determined landscape designer, arrives at Bevington Castle seeking redemption for past deceits—only to become entangled in a fresh one. She can’t reveal to her enigmatic employer her yearning to preserve rather than replace his decayed formal gardens. And she firmly declares her reluctance to be his mistress. But should she become his wife?

Cassian Carysfort, the new Earl of Bevington, returned to England to claim his title and inheritance. Lovely Sophie, as elusive as she is rebellious, repeatedly defies his expectations. When confronted with tragedy and loss, Cass discovers that the lady’s heart is the most valuable treasure of all—the one he knows he doesn't deserve.

The Proposal is available now on Amazon in ebook and print formats, and the ebook is also available on Barnes & Noble and Kobo. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Margaret's website for the scoop on all of her books!

Need a cover designer?
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jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Monday, March 16, 2015

New Book Release: Mist of Midnight

Please join me in congratulating award-winning author Sandra Byrd on the release of her newest historical fiction novel, Mist of Midnight, the first novel in her Daughters of Hampshire trilogy. I was honored to offer Sandra some developmental assistance in crafting this addictive Gothic-style tale of deception, danger, and romance in the English countryside. Here's the book description:

In the first of a brand new series set in Victorian England, a young woman returns home from India after the death of her family to discover her identity and inheritance are challenged by the man who holds her future in his hands. 

Rebecca Ravenshaw, daughter of missionaries, spent most of her life in India. Following the death of her family in the Indian Mutiny, Rebecca returns to claim her family estate in Hampshire, England. Upon her return, people are surprised to see her… and highly suspicious. Less than a year earlier, an imposter had arrived with an Indian servant and assumed not only Rebecca’s name, but her home and incomes.

That pretender died within months of her arrival; the servant fled to London as the young woman was hastily buried at midnight. The locals believe that perhaps she, Rebecca, is the real imposter. Her home and her father’s investments reverted to a distant relative, the darkly charming Captain Luke Whitfield, who quickly took over. Against her best intentions, Rebecca begins to fall in love with Luke, but she is forced to question his motives–does he love her or does he just want Headbourne House? If Luke is simply after the property, as everyone suspects, would she suffer a similar fate as the first “Rebecca”?

A captivating Gothic love story set against a backdrop of intrigue and danger, Mist of Midnight will leave you breathless.

Mist of Midnight is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold, and it is also touring the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. Check out the tour schedule and visit the blogs that are hosting reviews, interviews, and giveaways! Sandra will be on my blog, Let Them Read Books, on March 20. And check out Sandra's website for the scoop on all of her books.

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jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Friday, March 13, 2015

New Book Release: Haunted Heart

Congratulations to Kathryn Loch on the release of her contemporary romantic thriller, Haunted Heart! I was privileged to work with Kath on a copyedit. Here's the book description:

Haunted . . . hunted . . . and now a vicious serial killer targets the woman he loves. 

NYPD homicide detective Tyee Crow is forced to stand by as the main suspect in a string of gruesome serial murders is released on a technicality. Infuriated at having his hands tied by the system, he argues with his captain and is removed from the case. Ty resigns and leaves the state—and his past—behind him, his only goal to find a new life well away from New York. 

But the ghosts of the murdered victims won’t let him walk away, and neither will the killer. Ty calls the killer Skinwalker, even though the crimes have little to do with the Navajo legend, which describes a shaman of great power who has turned to evil. But Ty is about to learn that every legend starts with a grain of truth. When Ty suffers terrifying hallucinations of the murdered victims and strange occurrences start happening in his apartment, he questions his disbelief in the supernatural. Fearing for his own sanity, he seeks the help of a respected paranormal researcher, Dr. Beth Givens. 

College professor Beth Givens does not fear ghosts or the supernatural, but she knows firsthand the damage a living person can do. She’s sworn off investigating—and relationships—preferring the safety and comfort of the classroom. When the handsome detective pushes her to investigate his haunting, she wants nothing to do with the case, no matter how attractive he is. But as she learns the details of the murders and realizes how desperately Ty needs her help, she finally agrees to investigate the haunting and discovers far more than she is prepared for. 

Drawn to each other despite their better judgment, Ty and Beth’s relationship soon crosses the line from professional to personal. But neither realizes the danger they are in until it’s too late. 

When the murderer strikes again, Ty and Beth must fight to stay one step ahead of a madman who now hunts those Ty holds most dear while the ghosts who haunt his waking nightmares won't rest until Ty gives them justice. But how can he protect the one who means the most to him against a killer who will stop at nothing to see him destroyed? 

Haunted Heart is available now for Kindle on Amazon, and a print edition is forthcoming. Check out all of Kath's books on her Amazon author page, and stop by her website, where she blogs about writing and romance!

Need an editor?
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jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Thursday, March 5, 2015

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 Tips for Writing Dystopian Fiction

The 7 Tools of Dialogue

5 Things to Stop Doing If You Really Want to Finish Writing Your Novel

21 Easy Ideas to Fuel Your Story with Suspense

Answers to 14 Questions You're Too Afraid to Ask Literary Agents

How to Shut Up Your Inner Editor

The Utility of the Novel Outline

Literary Agencies: Is Bigger Always Better?