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New Cover Design: Bittersweet Tapestry

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

High Summer 1770, Ireland. Eileen O’Connell, her husband Arthur O’Leary and their son, along with Eileen’s treasured friend Anna, have made an uneventful transition from their lives at the gilded apex of the Hapsburg empire and are happily ensconced at Rathleigh House, the O'Leary estate in County Cork. Being prominent amongst those families which are the remnants of the old Gaelic order in the area, they will find that the dark cloud of the Protestant Ascendancy hovers heavily, at times threateningly, over them.

Meanwhile, in France, at École Militaire in Paris, Hugh O’Connell is progressing with his studies, whilst at Versailles Marie Antoinette– until just recently Eileen’s wee little archduchess–confronts her    unhappiness at court, especially the sad state of he…

New Book Release: Amulet's Rapture

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Please join us in congratulating Linnea Tanner on the publication of Amulet's Rapture, third book in the historical fantasy series Curse of Clansmen and Kings, which continues the epic Celtic tale of Catrin, a Druid warrior princess, and Marcellus, the great-grandson of Mark Antony. 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:

Blood stains her Celtic home and kingdom. The warrior Druid princess will do anything to retake her throne.

Although Catrin is the rightful heir to the Celtic throne in Britannia, she is lucky to be alive. After witnessing the slaughter of her family at the hands of her half-brother, who was aided by the Romans, she is enslaved by a Roman commander. He disguises her as a boy in the Roman Legion with the belief that she is an oracle of Apollo and can foretell his future. The sole bright spot in her miserable new li…

New Book Release: Thunder on the Moor

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Please join me in congratulating Andrea Matthews on the publication of her debut historical romance novel, Thunder on the Moor! I had the pleasure of helping Andrea with a copyedit of this dramatic and atmospheric story, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Maggie Armstrong grew up enchanted by her father’s tales of blood feuds and border raids. In fact, she could have easily fallen for the man portrayed in one particular image in his portrait collection. Yet when her father reveals he was himself an infamous Border reiver, she finds it a bit far-fetched—to say the least—especially when he announces his plans to return to his sixteenth-century Scottish home with her in tow.

Suspecting it’s just his way of getting her to accompany him on yet another archaeological dig, Maggie agrees to the expedition, only to find herself transported four hundred and fifty years into the past. Though a bit disoriented at first, she discovers her father’s world to be every bit as ex…

New Cover Designs: The Girls of Haviland & Beyond Haviland

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Please join me in congratulating Deborah Rafferty Oswald on the re-release of The Girls of Haviland and Beyond Haviland with brand new covers designed by me! Deborah had cute original covers for both books, but they weren't quite hitting the mark for an older teen audience, so I had the pleasure of helping her create new covers better suited to her target audience.

Before & After:

On the morning of September 2, 1918, the day before fourteen year old Jay McKenna is to leave home to attend the upscale Haviland Seminary for Girls on scholarship, she witnesses a girl falling to her death from a biplane flying over the family farm. Jay is shaken to learn that the girl, Violet Crane, was supposed to start at Haviland as well.

Jay is frightened to attend the school where the news will be nothing but the stunning events that happened on her property. Yet she knows she must leave home. With her three brothers fighting in the Great War raging overseas, Da holds the remaining family hostag…

New Cover Design: Reminiscing: La Vie en Rose

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Please join me in congratulating Molly Hanna Glidden on the publication of her memoir, Reminiscing: La Vie en Rose. I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

Reminiscing: La Vie en Rose captures true life events and speaks from the heart. Having experienced many tragedies throughout her life, Molly’s worst nightmare came true when she lost her only child…a tragedy she wasn’t sure she’d come back from.

One of her many strengths has been her ability to overcome adversities. She’s lived through the loss of three siblings before the ultimate tragedy. Molly has a tremendous capacity for empathizing with those braving the pain of loss. Since childhood, she has found ways to overcome the many trials and tribulations facing her. She was able to navigate the perils of childhood with determination and gaiety.

Molly’s shared adventures, dating back to the 1950s, expose raw emotion filled with courage, compassion, and humor.  Reminiscing nostalgically brought back …

New Cover Design: On a Lark

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Please join me in congratulating Sandra Fox Murphy on the publication of her newest novel, On a Lark, book two in the Fidelia McCord Series! I had the pleasure of helping Sandra design the cover. Here's the book description:

Fidelia McCord is the only surviving child of John and Mariah McCord of Pond Springs. After having borne great loss and hardship in nineteenth-century Texas – where moments of jubilation and jeopardy carry a girl to womanhood – Fidelia knows the weight of her choices.

At the same time, far away in North Carolina, the Maloney brothers, cooking mash into whiskey in the Appalachian mountains, are making their own life-changing decisions, with Miles Maloney trying to keep his brother Jackson in check and away from the gallows.

But, as Fidelia and Miles each forge their own path to a future, destiny has plans of its own.

On a Lark is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Sandra's website for more info on…

New Book Release: Antonius: Second in Command

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Please join me in congratulating Brook Allen on the publication of  Antonius: Second in Command, the second book in her definitive and meticulously researched trilogy about the fascinating life of Marc Antony. I had the pleasure of helping Brook with a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

"A WONDERFUL ADDITION TO THE PANTHEON OF LITERATURE FEATURING THE ALWAYS FASCINATING MARC ANTONY. AN EXCITING READ!" ~Michelle Moran, international bestselling author of Cleopatra's Daughter

After proving himself as a formidable cavalry commander, Marcus Antonius finally earns a position at his kinsman Julius Caesar’s side. However, Caesar is an exacting general, demanding complete allegiance from his staff, even when his decisions put him at odds with the Senate. Marcus’s loyalty to Caesar comes at a cost, and he soon finds himself embroiled in mob violence and military mutinies. As civil war brings Rome’s Republic crashing down, …

New Cover Design: Farming Grace

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Please join me in congratulating Paula Scott on the publication of her memoir, Farming Grace! I had the pleasure of helping Paula put the cover together. Here's the book description:

Sometimes your past must be plowed before your future can be planted…

Her great-great-grandma came to California in a covered wagon more than a hundred years ago, and her family has farmed in the Sacramento Valley ever since, but a life of farming was the last thing she wanted… until the day fate brings her back to the farm.

Nineteen-year-old Paula Scott leaves California when the almonds are in bloom for college in Reno, Nevada, where cocaine, casinos, and her first honest-to-goodness boyfriend will break her farm-girl heart. But her story doesn't end in the desert with a broken heart.

When life knocks us down, we get back up, we try again, we marry and maybe divorce, but in the midst of our down and dirty, raw and real, painfully ordinary lives, sometimes the extraordinary breaks through, and we se…

New Cover Design: Lady of the Seven Suns

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Please join me in congratulating Tinney Sue Heath on the publication of her new historical novel, Lady of the Seven Suns! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

Rome, 1210. Lady Giacoma dei Settesoli is a capable, confident woman, happy in a loving marriage and possessed of great wealth and all the power it conveys. But when tragedy strikes and her world shatters, only the barefoot holy man from Assisi can pull her back from the abyss.

Her wealth and privilege now a burden, Giacoma yearns to follow Francesco in his Christ-like life of sacred poverty. But her sons, her household, and the local beggars all rely on her--and soon, so does Francesco himself, as she finds ways to support his nascent brotherhood, vulnerable to a Church hierarchy quick to equate nonconformity with heresy.

Based on a true story, Lady of the Seven Suns tells of a woman who must thread her way between duty and faith. Her intelligence, compassion, and sense of humor support her …

New Cover Design: Cry of the Heart

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Please join me in congratulating Martin Lake on the publication of his new historical novel, Cry of the Heart! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

She gave away her child to save his life. Another woman took him in, at risk to herself.

Viviane Renaud is a young mother living on the French Riviera in the Second World War. Times are hard but she is not the sort to be dismayed by circumstances. One day her life changes forever. A young Jewish woman, fleeing from the authorities, begs her to take care of her four year old boy, David. Almost without thinking, Viviane agrees.

Viviane’s life is never the same again. She fabricates a story to explain how David came to be with her and must tip-toe around the suspicions of her neighbours, her friends and most of all her mother and sister. She and her husband, Alain, find allies in unlikely places, particularly an American woman, Dorothy Pine.

But then, the world crashes around them. Threatened by Allied milit…

New Book Release: Taming Beckett

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Please join me in congratulating G.K. Brady on the publication of her debut contemporary romance novel, Taming Beckett! I had the pleasure of working with G.K. on a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover of this refreshingly realistic and meaningful sports romance! Here's the book description:

When thirty-two-year-old Beckett Miller is caught supplying the drugs that nearly kill his latest one night-stand, the dominoes of his high-octane celebrity life tumble one after another in spectacular fashion. Now a pariah in the pro hockey world, Beckett is without his multimillion-dollar job, his assets, and his self-respect. What remains is a yearning to pull himself out of his self-made sinkhole, and he begins a grueling climb toward deliverance and grace. Along the way, he grasps at a single lifeline in Paige Anderson, the reluctant real estate broker Beckett coaxes to sell his Denver home—and the only woman who’s ever told him “no.” 

Thirty-one-year-old Paige has b…

New Cover Design: Vivaldi's Lost Concerto

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Please join me in congratulating Jennifer Mackenzie Dunbar on the publication of her debut historical novel, Vivaldi's Lost Concerto! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

Vivaldi's Lost Concerto is inspired by the 2010 discovery of a Vivaldi flute concerto in the archives of a medieval Scottish Abbey...

Fiona Sinclair knows she must do all that she can to earn her release from prison. A childhood of neglect, years of drug abuse and homelessness have all but eroded the good in her. When she is given a battered flute as part of her music therapy, she begins to hear a tune that has both haunted and enchanted her since childhood, and she draws from it the strength she needs to carry on. By chance she learns that her mysterious tune is the second movement of a recently discovered Vivaldi concerto that has lain hidden in Scottish archives for three hundred years. But Fiona doesn’t ever listen to classical music, and this piece has not been playe…

New Book Release: Silent Water

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Please join us in congratulating P.K. Adams on the publication of her new historical novel, Silent Water, the first book in the Jagiellon Mystery series! Jenny had the pleasure of designing the cover, and Jessica Cale had the pleasure of copyediting this richly depicted mystery set in sixteenth-century Poland. Here's the book description:

It is Christmas 1519 and the royal court in Kraków is in the midst of celebrating the joyous season. Less than two years earlier, Italian noblewoman Bona Sforza arrived in Poland’s capital from Bari as King Zygmunt’s new bride. She came from Italy accompanied by a splendid entourage, including Contessa Caterina Sanseverino who oversees the ladies of the Queen’s Chamber.

Caterina is still adjusting to the life in this northern kingdom of cold winters, unfamiliar customs, and an incomprehensible language when a shocking murder rocks the court on Christmas night. It is followed by another a few days later. The victims have seemingly nothing in common…

New Cover Design: Montana Vagabond

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Please join me in congratulating Ramona Flightner on the publication of her newest historical romance, Montana Vagabond, book eight in the Bear Grass Springs series! I had the pleasure of helping Ramona design the cover. Here's the book description:

A destructive secret. An honorable man. A plea for forgiveness.

Jane Keith has known little kindness in her life. When she finds herself abandoned and starving after venturing to Bear Grass Springs, the warm welcome by the MacKinnons surprises her. Although she is now an integral part of the bakery staff, with no concern for room and board, she frets about her younger brother, Duncan. He's reckless and wild, and she fears what will occur if he continues to frequent the saloons and gambling tables. And she is terrified of what will happen should Duncan reveal her long-held secret.

Ben Metcalf is accustomed to living alone. He works hard as Ewan MacKinnon's foreman, but he tires of being the only single adult at their family gather…

New Cover Design: Lacewood

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Please join me in congratulating Jessica James on the publication of her new historical novel, Lacewood! I had the pleasure of helping Jessica design the cover. Here's the book description:

Sometimes love is just too powerful for one lifetime…

MOVING TO A SMALL TOWN in Virginia is a big change for New York socialite Katie McCain. But when she stumbles across an abandoned 200-year-old mansion, she’s enthralled by the enduring beauty of the neglected estate—and captivated by the haunting portrait of a woman in mourning.

Purchasing the property on a whim, Katie attempts to fit in with the colorful characters in the town of New Hope, while trying to unravel the mystery of the “widow of Lacewood.” As she pieces together the previous owner’s heartrending story, Katie uncovers secrets the house has held for centuries, and discovers the key to coming to terms with her own sense of loss.

The past and present converge when hometown hero Will Durham returns and begins his own healing process by…