Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Murder by Misrule Named One of the Best Books of the Year by Kirkus Reviews!

Congratulations to my lovely client Anna Castle! Her debut historical mystery, Murder by Misrule, not only received a starred review from Kirkus earlier this year, but it has also been named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Thrillers and Mysteries of 2014!

Woo hoo! Way to go, Anna! (And Francis Bacon and Tom Clarady, of course, who star in this delightful series!) I was privileged to work with Anna on a developmental edit, a copyedit, and in designing the book's cover. Anna has a way with words and a wonderful talent for characterization and historical ambiance.

Here's what Kirkus had to say about Murder by Misrule:

Though the plot keeps the pages turning, the characters, major and minor, and the well-wrought historical details will make readers want to linger in the 16th century.

A laugh-out-loud mystery that will delight fans of the genre.

Click here to read the full review. Here's the book description:

Francis Bacon is charged with investigating the murder of a fellow barrister at Gray’s Inn. He recruits his unwanted protégé Thomas Clarady to do the tiresome legwork. The son of a privateer, Clarady will do anything to climb the Elizabethan social ladder. Bacon’s powerful uncle Lord Burghley suspects Catholic conspirators of the crime, but other motives quickly emerge. Rival barristers contend for the murdered man’s legal honors and wealthy clients. Highly-placed courtiers are implicated as the investigation reaches from Whitehall to the London streets. Bacon does the thinking; Clarady does the fencing. Everyone has something up his pinked and padded sleeve. Even the brilliant Francis Bacon is at a loss — and in danger — until he sees through the disguises of the season of Misrule.

Murder by Misrule is on sale now through Christmas: Get the Kindle book for $2.99 or a print copy for $8.30! Check out Anna's website if you get a chance, where she blogs about her research and writing, and add the book to your shelves on Goodreads!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Sebastian's Way Earns a B.R.A.G. Medallion!

Please join me in congratulating George Steger! His debut historical fiction novel, Sebastian's Way: The Pathfinder, Book One of The Sebastian Chronicles, 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 working with George on a copyedit and cover design. Here's what indieBRAG had to say about Sebastian's Way:

"'It is dangerous to be right in matters where the established authorities are wrong,' said Voltaire, aptly reflecting the theme of Sebastian's Way, a powerful tale of two men, the High King Charlemagne, 'the Thunderer,' who fights and reigns like his pagan enemies, and Sebastian, an intrepid young warrior whose vision challenges the king to forge a new path to peace. A provocative plunge into the Dark Ages, here is a saga of vicious religious wars between Christian Franks and pagan Saxons, a tale of the pain of love thwarted by the rigid mores of the times, a rich and colorful medieval stew full of pageantry and filled with the authentic stock of the times: savage warriors, groundbreaking clergy, salty peasants, and plenty of memorable maidens for those who like a good romance—a realistic yet imaginative time travel back to the reign of Europe's greatest medieval monarch."

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New Cover Design: Marksman

Congrats to David Cook on the publication of the fourth book in his Soldier Chronicles series, Marksman, with a cover designed by yours truly! Here's the book description:

Spain, 1810. 

The victorious French have overrun the country. The Spanish armies are no more, and only the guerrilleros are left to wage war against overwhelming numbers. 

Welshman Arthur Cadoc, stranded in the chaos of war and still wearing the green jacket of the 95th Rifles, now fights for the charismatic Spanish Colonel, Antonio Rai Herrero, who wants nothing more than to unite his countrymen against the ruthless invaders and avenge the death of his wife and children. 

When a British exploring officer reveals that a traitor working for the French plans to eliminate the partisan leaders, Cadoc is plunged pell-mell into the guerrilla - the ‘little war’. With only his training, wits and his trusty Baker rifle, Cadoc proves that as a Rifleman of the legendary 95th Rifles, he is not only a daring and a deadly marksman, but a man born for fighting against the odds. 

Marksman is an authentic historical story set during the Peninsula War, the fourth novella in The Soldier Chronicles series. 

Marksman is available now on Amazon and Amazon UK. Add the book to your shelves on Goodreads and check out David's website.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

New Book Release: Highlander's Hope and the Legacy Box Set

Congrats to Kathryn Loch on the publication of her newest novel in the Legacy of the Mist Clans series, and her first Christmas romance, Highlander's Hope! This is the fourth novel in the series, and I am proud to say I've worked with Kath on all four. Kath always goes the extra mile to make sure she's bringing history to life accurately, and in this novel, her hard work shines in her authentic portrayal of the Christmas season in medieval Edinburgh. Here's the book description:

Connell and Mairi have left the safety of MacGrigor Castle, hoping to reach Edinburgh, vanish into the busy city, and elude the Scottish and English mercenaries hunting them and their infant ward, the bastard son of the newly crowned King Edward II, and a pawn in the war for control of Scotland’s future. 

With his family dead, Connell has nothing left to lose. He willingly puts his life on the line for Mairi and wee Adam, but he cannot give Mairi what she wants more than anything: his heart. Holding himself apart from everyone, his grief and guilt threaten to defeat him faster than any mercenary blade, for at his side is a constant reminder of everything he has lost. 

But as he and Mairi make a new home for themselves and settle into city life in the guise of a blacksmith and his family, Mairi’s loving attentions and the spirit of the Christmas season give Connell something he’s not had in years: hope. But as he lets his guard down and begins to open his heart, a new threat closes in. Connell will have to fight harder than he ever has before for the one precious gift he only now realizes he ever truly wanted: a second chance at life and love. 

You can purchase Highlander's Hope on its own for $2.99 on Amazon (please note that the formatting issues mentioned by earlier reviewers have been resolved) or as part of the brand new Legacy box set! 

For a very limited time, you can purchase this box set featuring all four full-length novels in the Legacy of the Mist Clans series for only 99-cents on Amazon! All of the books in this series can stand alone, but the characters are so well drawn and their stories are so finely woven with historical events of the time that reading them in order from beginning to end makes for an extremely satisfying experience. And at this price, why not?

Check out Kath's website for more insight into her research and the writing process, and add the books to your shelves on Goodreads!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

New Cover Design: Train Station Bride

Train Station Bride by Holly Bush has a brand new cover designed by yours truly! Holly has been very successful with her Prairie Romance series with sepia-toned covers, but she felt it was time to offer them in print and bring them to life in full color. Check it out!

Before & After:

What do you think? Here's the book description:

1887. Debutante Julia Crawford endures a lifetime of subtle ridicule as the plump, silly daughter of a premiere Boston family. Julia strikes out on her own to gain independence, traveling to the Midwest to marry an aging shopkeeper and care for his mother. Julia finds her new home rough and uncivilized after the sophistication of a big city, while closely held secrets threaten to ruin Julia’s one chance at love. 

Jake Shelling was sixteen and grew up quick when his parents died from influenza on the South Dakota prairie. Left with a half-cleared farm and two young sisters, he spent little time on his own needs . .till now. At thirty-five, he figured it was high time to have some sons and a mail order bride would suit him just fine. No expectations of love, just a helpmate from sturdy stock, ready for farm life. 

Will fate and chance play a trick on Julia and Jake? 

Train Station Bride is available in ebook and paperback on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks! Check out Holly's website for the scoop on all of her books, and stay tuned--we're working on a cover for a brand new book next!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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:

5 Moral Dilemmas That Make Characters & Stories Better

Important Writing Lessons From First-Time Novelists

4 Ways to Motivate Characters and Plot

12 Hardwired Expectations Every Reader Has

Tips on World-Building: How to Make Your Imaginary World Real

How to Develop Any Idea Into a Great Story

3 Ways to Increase Your Daily Word Count While Away From Your Computer

Friday, November 7, 2014

New Cover Design: Dark Angels Prey

Congratulations to Elizabeth Genovese on the publication of her second novel, Dark Angels Prey, with a cover designed by yours truly! Elizabeth pens spiritual tales of supernatural adventure and love (check out The Astral Shore, which was released last week, also with a cover by moi), and creating these covers was a real departure for me. I'm used to the soft and light of historical fiction, and here I had to venture into the bold and bright world of contemporary. It was a challenge, but I think we managed to do a good job of it! Here's the book description:

When Joe Ross survives the car accident that kills his father, he thinks he’s alive for a purpose—to save a child prodigy. But saving the boy could cost him the love of his life, his dreams, and maybe his soul. Bombarded with supernatural orders he can’t ignore, an angel and demon steer Joe to the mysterious town of Angelfish Cove. 

Time stops in the '60s in the Cove and its secrets lead to a sequestered monastery in Quebec. Behind the gates of Marianlake Augustinian Monastery lies a world of wondrous miracles and demonic cutthroats. Joe finds his destiny at Marianlake—and a gift for humanity—if he can outwit the forces of Hell to get it. 

DARK ANGELS PREY … a stand-alone tale of supernatural suspense! 

Travel with Joe Ross to Ocala, Boston, Quebec, New York City, Rome, New Orleans, St. Petersburg, and a distant land where homes are made of red clay and the air smells of meadows. 

Dark Angels Prey is available now for Kindle on Amazon, and be sure to check out Elizabeth's website!

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Just for Fun Friday: The Poe Edition

Who better for this holiday than the master of spooky?
Happy Halloween!