Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New Book Release: The Lady of the Tower



Please join me in congratulating Elizabeth St. John on the release of her debut historical fiction novel, The Lady of the Tower! Elizabeth contacted me after attending my presentation at HNS 2015, and I was honored to work with her on a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the book's cover. The Lady of the Tower is the story of Lucy St. John, once mistress of the Tower of London, and Elizabeth's ancestor. Elizabeth has carefully crafted a novel of Lucy's life using her own letters and diaries, and it's a riveting tale of intrigue, betrayal, and love. Here's the book description:

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.

Need an editor or cover designer?
Email me anytime to chat about your WIP!
jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Friday, January 29, 2016

Just for Fun Friday: Happy Birthday, Mozart!


Hee Hee! This cracked me up. So I'm sharing in honor of Mozart's birthday this past Wednesday. I listen to classical music all day while I'm working. I love both Mozart and Bach. And Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky and Chopin and Dvorak and Ravel and Rachmaninoff and . . .
Who are your favorite composers?

Thursday, January 21, 2016

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:

10 Habits of Highly Effective Writers

8 Tips on Writing Unreliable Narrators

How to Create a Book Release Press Kit in 8 Easy Steps

9 Ways to Stop Your Novel from Stalling

7 Steps to Creating a Flexible Outline for Any Story

5 Things Every Author Needs to Understand about Book Cover Design

7 Tips for Using Hands-On Research to Enrich Your Writing


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New Cover Design: Daughter of Destiny


Please join me in congratulating Nicole Evelina on the publication of her debut novel, Daughter of Destiny, Guinevere's Tale Book One! I had the pleasure of working with Nicole on the cover. Nicole has been researching Guinevere's world for years, and her hard work is paying off. She's got nothing but five-star reviews so far, a feature on Huff Post Books, and it's been shortlisted for the Chaucer Awards! Here's the book description:

Before queenship and Camelot, Guinevere was a priestess of Avalon. She loved another before Arthur, a warrior who would one day betray her. 

In the war-torn world of late fifth century Britain, young Guinevere faces a choice: stay with her family to defend her home at Northgallis from the Irish, or go to Avalon to seek help for the horrific visions that haunt her. The Sight calls her to Avalon, where she meets Morgan, a woman of questionable parentage who is destined to become her rival. As Guinevere matures to womanhood, she gains the powers of a priestess, and falls in love with a man who will be both her deepest love and her greatest mistake. 

Just when Guinevere is able to envision a future in Avalon, tragedy forces her back home, into a world she barely recognizes, one in which her pagan faith, outspokenness, and proficiency in the magical and military arts are liabilities. When a chance reunion with her lover leads to disaster, she is cast out of Northgallis and into an uncertain future. As a new High King comes to power, Guinevere must navigate a world of political intrigue where unmarried women are valuable commodities and seemingly innocent actions can have life-altering consequences. 

You may think you know the story of Guinevere, but you’ve never heard it like this: in her own words. Listen and you will hear the true story of Camelot and its queen. 

Fans of Arthurian legend and the Mists of Avalon will love Daughter of Destiny, the first book in a historical fantasy trilogy that gives Guinevere back her voice and traces her life from an uncertain eleven year old girl to a wise queen in her fifth decade of life.

Daughter of Destiny is available now in ebook and print format on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Nicole's website, where she blogs about writing and all things Arthurian!

Need a cover designer?
Email me anytime to chat about your project!
jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Book Release: Eternal Deception

Please join me in congratulating Jane Steen on the publication of Eternal Deception, the second novel in her House of Closed Doors series. I had the pleasure of working with Jane on a copyedit of this tale of a young woman's determination to remain in control of her own destiny in the nineteenth century. Here's the book description:

Love or independence? Few choices remain for Nell and her new family on the Kansas frontier… 

Kansas, 1872. Unwed mother Nell Lillington hopes to support her daughter Sarah and friend Tess by working as a seamstress in an isolated seminary. When her only ally among the seminary's leaders dies, she must choose between returning to her old life in Chicago and remaining in charge of her destiny. 

As her talent as a dressmaker begins to win her commissions, Nell attracts the attention of two suitors: Reiner Lehmann, a wealthy senior student, and Judah Poulton, an impoverished professor. Shocking news from back home and another death at the seminary press Nell to make her decision. A disastrous winter journey, a treacherous game, and an impossible love could finally wrest control of Nell's life out of her hands for good. 

Eternal Deception is the second book in a series of engrossing historical fiction novels. If you like intriguing mystery, charming romance, and surprises you won't see coming, you'll love this story of one woman's battle for herself on the nineteenth century frontier. 

Eternal Deception is available now in ebook format on Amazon, and the print edition will be available soon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Jane's website.

Need an editor?
Email me anytime to chat about your project!
jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Monday, January 11, 2016

New Cover Design: Sargent's Lady


Please join me in congratulating Judith Fabris on the publication of her debut novel, Sargent's Lady! I had the privilege of working on the cover with Judith and her publisher, Joyce from A Vegas Publisher. Here's the book description:

Peter Wells discovers an old portrait in a Washington, D.C. antique store that he believes has not only been painted by John Singer Sargent, but the Victorian lady's delicate features so intrigue him that he offers to buy it. The antique dealer refuses to sell the painting until it's authenticated. Thus, Peter begins a quest to learn more about this breathtaking beauty. Is this the face of someone he recognizes?

SARGENT’S LADY is a story of love, sacrifice, and survival from the late 1800s-1950s throughout the United States and Europe. After a clandestine love affair in Paris, Maud Driscoll, a Boston debutante, finds herself alone and pregnant, only to learn the baby’s father has been murdered. As an aspiring young artist, Maud is forced by Victorian convention to relinquish her baby at birth. She continues studying and painting until the outbreak of the Great War when she returns to the United States. Several years later, Maud marries a prominent Boston scion but discovers her marriage a farce. Not wanting to face any public humiliation or gossip, she returns to Europe, this time to Italy. The subsequent years bring her worldwide fame through her artwork. She finds love and marries a baron. At the onset of WWII, the Nazis commandeer their home, destroying all the vineyards, and the winery. Maud and her husband, Giovanni, work as servants to survive the shattering onslaught. They stay alive, dreaming they can begin a new life in California. Post war, Maud’s life takes a dramatic turn. She finds her son and discovers he married the daughter of her best friend. The families unite in love and in common interests as they plant vineyards and build a winery. Will history repeat itself?

Sargent's Lady is available now in ebook and print format on Amazon, and you can add it to your shelves on Goodreads.

Need a cover designer?
Email me anytime to chat about your project!
jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Book Release: The Redemption of Julian Price

Please join me in congratulating bestselling author Victoria Vane on the release of her newest historical romance novella, The Redemption of Julian Price, available only in the Once Upon a True Love's Kiss collection! I had the pleasure of working with Victoria on a copyedit of this sweet and sensual friends-to-lovers tale. Here's the book description:

She gave him a chance to bury his past… but the price would be his heart...

Burdened by the past…Orphaned at a young age and left to run wild, at eighteen Julian Price joins the fight against Napoleon in the hope of attaining honor. Devastated when his best friend, Thomas, is killed in battle, Julian returns home burdened with guilt, only to find his wastrel uncle has squandered his inheritance.

Desperate to live her own life… Facing a future of drudgery caring for her aging mother and raising her brother’s children, Henrietta Houghton believes her chance at a real life died with Thomas, the only man who ever wanted her. But Henrietta is still full of dreams. When her wealthy aunt offers her a gift of ten thousand pounds, Henrietta finally has the chance to choose her own destiny.

Everything has a price...With a fortune at her command, Henrietta offers Julian a marriage of convenience, unaware that she really offers Julian a means of salvation—not just his fortune, but his very soul.

Available only in the Once Upon a True Love's Kiss collection!

USA Today Bestselling author, Julie Johnstone, joins bestselling, award-winning authors Katherine Bone, Collette Cameron, Jillian Chantal, Samantha Grace, Alanna Lucas, Lauren Smith, and Victoria Vane in this delightful limited edition, containing eight tantalizing kiss-and-tell stories. Meet dashing, wildly charming rogues, spies, pirates, rakes and their extraordinary, intrepid heroines as they whisk you along on sweet to sizzling romantic romps in these wickedly entertaining historical romances. 

Thursday, December 31, 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:

HarperCollins Goes Indie

The Big Reason Why Agents and Editors Often Stop Reading

6 Steps to Create a Fantastic Narrative Voice

Becoming Your POV Character

How to Conquer Your Writing Fears

In Novel Writing, Practice Makes Perfect

How to Write What You Know . . . And Then Change the Story


Monday, December 28, 2015

New Book Release: Katu

Please join me in congratulating P.L. Yizzi on the release of her short story, Katu! I had the pleasure of offering some editorial assistance on this tale of a young man of two worlds and his grandfather during the American Revolution, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

There is no greater thrill or terror than when history demands one’s attendance. 

1777. Germantown, Pennsylvania. Winter looms. The enemy has arrived, potent and bitter, and camped just across the sleepy little creek from young patriot Joshua, who now doubts the good sense of his father’s involvement in the Glorious Cause. Unfazed by the mortal threat on their doorstep, his Native American grandfather, Katu, seems to care nothing for the rebellion. His only concern is to ready his tattered old fishing net, that seems to be disintegrating nearly as fast as he is, for spring and the shad he believes Providence will send to feed the men winter didn’t want. But Katu knows winter wants him and will have him. With a broken heart and old net, Katu has one last hope, and that is salvaging the impossible. He has lived his long life absolving himself of the matters of the white man, the white man who took his world from him, the white man who gave him his grandson in whom he has placed his total surrender, his absolute victory. 

Reluctant, Joshua aides Katu in the repair of his net, and in the months to follow, Joshua realizes how little he knew of the seemingly indifferent old relic who would ultimately gift his grandson the freedom stolen from him. 

Katu is available now in ebook format on Amazon

Need some help with your WIP?
Email me anytime to chat about your project!
jennyq@historicaleditorial.com