Monday, February 27, 2017

New Book Release: Great Ladies

Please join me in congratulating Sylvia Barbara Soberton on the publication of her newest nonfiction book, Great Ladies: The Forgotten Witnesses to the Lives of Tudor Queens. I had the privilege of offering Sylvia some copyediting assistance on this fascinating book that puts the spotlight on women who seldom get it, those ladies-in-waiting and maids of honor who served the famous Tudor queens. Here's the book description:

There has been a great deal written about Tudor queens, but less so about those women who surrounded the throne, who may have held even more power and influence than those who actually wore the golden crown.

Some ladies who served at the Tudor court are only faceless silhouettes lost to the sands of time, but there are those who dedicated their lives to please their royal mistresses and left documentation, allowing us to piece their life stories together and link them to the stories of Tudor queens. These female attendants saw their queens and princesses up close and often used their intimate bonds to their own benefit. Some were beloved, others hated. 

This is the story of the ladies of the Tudor court like you’ve never read it before.

Great Ladies is available now in ebook and print format on Amazon and Amazon UK, and you can add it to your shelves on Goodreads!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Lady of the Tower Earns a B.R.A.G. Medallion!

Please join me in congratulating Elizabeth St. John! Her debut novel, The Lady of the Tower, has been awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion!

The B.R.A.G. Medallion is awarded by indieBRAG, an organization that supports and promotes independently published books. After a rigorous selection and screening process, only ten percent of the books they consider are awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion (Book Readers Appreciation Group).

I had the pleasure of providing Liz with editorial assistance as she crafted this story of her ancestor, Lucy St. John, and I designed the cover!

The Lady of the Tower also received a wonderful review from the Historical Novel Society:

"Few authors tackle this period, opting for the more popular eras, but Elizabeth St John has brought the early Stuart Court in the years before the English Civil War vividly to life. She weaves together the known facts of Lucy’s life with colourful scenes of fictional imagination, drawing on innocent romance and bleak deception to create a believable heroine, and an intriguing plot." -Jane Hill, Historical Novel Society Indie Reviews

Orphaned Lucy St. John, described as "the most beautiful of all," defies English society by carving her own path through the decadent Stuart court. In 1609, the early days of the rule of James I are a time of glittering pageantry and cutthroat ambition, when the most dangerous thing one can do is fall in love . . . or make an enemy of Frances Howard, the reigning court beauty. 

Lucy catches the eye of the Earl of Suffolk, but her envious sister Barbara is determined to ruin her happiness. Exiling herself from the court, Lucy has to find her own path through life, becoming mistress of the Tower of London. Riding the coattails of the king’s favorite, the Duke of Buckingham, the fortunes of the St. Johns rise to dizzying heights. But with great wealth comes betrayal, leaving Lucy to fight for her survival—and her honor—in a world of deceit and debauchery. 

Elizabeth St. John tells this dramatic story of love, betrayal, family bonds, and loyalty through the eyes of her ancestor Lucy and her family’s surviving diaries, letters, and court papers.

The Lady of the Tower is available now on Amazon in ebook and print format! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Elizabeth's website and blog, where she shares tidbits and photos from her research and travels in Lucy's footsteps.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New Cover Design: Unrelenting Love


Please join me in congratulating Ramona Flightner on the publication of Unrelenting Love, Book Five in the Banished Saga! I had the privilege of helping Ramona design the cover of this tale of women's rights and romance in the early twentieth century. Here's the book description:

Crushed…

After the disappearance of her beloved in the Great War, Zylphia McLeod focuses her energy on the Massachusetts referendum to grant women the right to vote. Unwavering in her love for Teddy Goff, she eagerly awaits any news of him. What will she do if he doesn’t return to her?

Steadfast…

In her selfless dedication to her family, Parthena Tyler accedes to societal pressures in order to protect her sisters. Determined to play the piano and to continue in the struggle for women’s enfranchisement, she discovers an inner strength to combat the pressure to conform. She soon discovers not everything is as it appears in her marriage.

Distraught…

At the loss of the woman he loves, Lucas Sullivan immerses himself in music composition. A sought-after piano maestro, he relishes in taunting society matrons with pro-suffrage songs while performing in their private parlors. As he struggles to overcome rumors and avoid scandal, he learns that commitment and integrity are as essential as passion when it comes to love.

Join the McLeod, Sullivan and Wheeler families in 1915 Boston as they champion a woman’s right to vote, defend and celebrate their artistic pursuits, and learn that an enduring love is an unrelenting love.

Unrelenting Love is available now on Amazon in ebook and print format. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Ramona's website for the scoop on all of her books!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

New Cover Design: A Lady without a Lord

Please join me in congratulating Bliss Bennet on the publication of her newest historical romance, A Lady without a Lord, book three in The Penningtons series, with a cover designed by yours truly! Here's the book description:

A viscount convinced he’s a failure

For years, Theodosius Pennington has tried to forget his myriad shortcomings by indulging in wine, women, and witty bonhomie. But now that he’s inherited the title of Viscount Saybrook, it’s time to stop ignoring his responsibilities. Finding the perfect husband for his headstrong younger sister seems a good first step. Until, that is, his sister’s dowry goes missing . . .

A lady determined she’ll succeed

Harriot Atherton has a secret: it is she, not her steward father, who maintains the Saybrook account books. But Harry’s precarious balancing act begins to totter when the irresponsible new viscount unexpectedly returns to Lincolnshire, the painfully awkward boy of her childhood now a charming yet vulnerable man. Unfortunately, Theo is also claiming financial malfeasance. Can her father’s wandering wits be responsible for the lost funds? Or is she?

As unlikely attraction flairs between dutiful Harry and playful Theo, each learns there is far more to the other than devoted daughter and happy-go-lucky lord. But if Harry succeeds at protecting her father and discovering the missing money, will she be in danger of failing at something equally important—finding love?

A Lady without a Lord is on sale now in ebook and print editions on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Bliss's website for the scoop on The Penningtons series!

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Friday, January 27, 2017

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 Steps to Creating a Flexible Outline for Any Story

How to Write Time-Travel Historical Fiction

5 Tips for Writing Appealing Characters

Tips for Creating Voice in Your Writing

5 Ways to Hide Your Villain In Plain Sight

Moving Print Book Files from CreateSpace to IngramSpark

7 Writing Rules You Can Ignore

Monday, January 23, 2017

New Book Release: Moriarty Takes His Medicine


Please join me in congratulating Anna Castle on her newest release, the second book in her Professor and Mrs. Moriarty Mystery Series, Moriarty Takes His Medicine! I had the pleasure of working with Anna on a developmental edit and a copyedit of this clever mystery featuring Sherlock Holmes's favorite villain and his charming bride, and I designed the book's cover! Here's the description:

Professor & Mrs. Moriarty tackle a case too ticklish for Sherlock Holmes to handle on his own...

James and Angelina Moriarty are settling into their new marriage and their fashionable new home — or trying to. But James has too little to occupy his mind and Angelina has too many secrets pressing on her heart. They fear they’ll never learn to live together. Then Sherlock Holmes comes to call with a challenging case. He suspects a prominent Harley Street specialist of committing murders for hire, sending patients home from his private hospital with deadly doses or fatal conditions. Holmes intends to investigate, but the doctor’s clientele is exclusively female. He needs Angelina’s help.

While Moriarty, Holmes, and Watson explore the alarming number of ways a doctor can murder his patients with impunity, Angelina enters into treatment with their primary suspect, posing as a nervous woman who fears her husband wants to be rid of her. Then a hasty conclusion and an ill-considered word drive James and Angelina apart, sending her deep into danger. Now they must find the courage to trust each other as they race the clock to win justice for the murdered women before they become victims themselves.

Join the Moriartys for the second adventure in the series hailed as “A must for Sherlock enthusiasts” by Midwest Book Reviews.

Moriarty Takes His Medicine is available now in print and ebook formats on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Anna's website, where she blogs about her research and writing historical fiction set in England.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Book Release: Still Waters Run Deep


I'm a little late in sharing this, but please join me in congratulating David Cook on the publication of the latest installment in The Soldier Chronicles Series, Still Waters Run Deep! I had the pleasure of working with David on a copyedit of this exciting tale of what a jaded soldier hopes to be his final military campaign, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Rifleman Arthur Cadoc, guerrillero, rogue and hero, and now going by the moniker of El Tirador - the marksman, rides with Spanish Colonel Rai Herrero's irregulars, who have joined Wellington's allied army to fight in the Pyrenean campaign. It is the winter of 1813 and the French are being pushed back from their mountainous border defences and into southern France. The long and bitter war looks soon to end because Napoleon is rumoured to have suffered a spectacular defeat in the north against the Prussians, Austrians and Russians. However, Marshal Soult's French army will fight Wellington's men every step of the way, and so Cadoc has one last campaign to battle before he can hang up his prized rifle for good. Facing pitched battles, deadly raids, and the rescue of a comrade behind enemy lines, an old enemy returns and suddenly Cadoc finds that the war truly is far from over.

Still Waters Run Deep is available now in ebook and print format on Amazon and Amazon UK. Add the book to your shelves on Goodreads and check out David's website for the scoop on all of his books.

David also has a great January giveaway! Enter to win a bundle of signed books!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Book Release: Sebastian's Way: The Paladin


Please join me in congratulating George Steger on the release of  Sebastian's Way: The Paladin, the second book in the Sebastian Chronicles series! I had the privilege of working with George on a copyedit, and I designed the cover too! George is a former military man and history professor, and his passion for the Carolingian era shines in this continuation of a young count's tale of adventure, duty, honor, and love in the time of Charlemagne. Here's the book description:

He’s fought for his lands, his marriage, and his king, but the fight for his soul is just beginning

“He’s alive.” With these two words, the world as Sebastian knows it will never be the same. After several years of hard-won domestic bliss bolstered by his status as one of King Charlemagne’s most trusted advisers, the news that his cousin Konrad—his sworn enemy and the abusive first husband of his beloved wife, Adela—is alive means that their marriage is not valid in the eyes of the almighty Church. Even the king is no match for the dictates of the Church, and Sebastian has no choice but to watch as the love of his life enters a convent.

Heartbroken and set adrift, Sebastian embarks on a series of reckless escapades, hell bent on killing Konrad or himself, whichever comes first. But he accomplishes neither and grudgingly accepts Charlemagne’s offer to make him one of his twelve paladins, men who hold the king’s absolute trust to undertake the most important missions for the realm. After helping to force the once-mighty Avar nation into submission, the king sends Sebastian to the capitals of Constantinople, Jerusalem, and Baghdad. In each city, thrust into foreign worlds of intrigue and danger, he faces complicated diplomatic tasks with slender chances of success. Transformed from a faithful, idealistic youth into a bitter warrior ensconced in the violence of Charlemagne and surrounded by enemies, Sebastian’s arduous journey transforms into one not just for the glory of his king, but for his very life and the reclamation of his soul.

Sebastian's Way: The Paladin is available now in print and ebook format on Amazon and  Barnes & Noble. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out George's blog for the scoop on the series.

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