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New Cover Design: The Case of the Spotted Tailor

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Please join me in congratulating Anna Castle on the publication of her newest historical mystery, The Case of the Spotted Tailor, first book in the Cunning Woman Mystery series! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description: Welcome to Ayreford in 1591, where cats can talk and fairies are real.
Jane Moone leaves her thriving practice as a cunning woman in London to return to Ayreford to care for her father, Amias, who has grown quite peculiar in the years since she left home. Before she can find out what’s troubling him, her only client’s husband is murdered. The tailor is found in his workshop covered in red spots with a bottle of tonic from Moone’s apothecary near at hand. A rival cunning man accuses Amias of poisoning him, and the old man is arrested.

Jane knows her father is innocent. She joins forces with a handsome barrister to study the scene. They find evidence to support Amias, but each item is altered when a blackbird sings. That bird has been foll…

New Book Release: His Castilian Hawk

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Please join me in congratulating Anna Belfrage on the publication of her newest historical novel, His Castilian Hawk, first in a brand new series that takes place during the dramatic time when Edward I asserted his power over Wales. I had the privilege of providing Anna with some copyediting assistance. Here's the book description:

For bastard-born Robert FitzStephan, being given Eleanor d’Outremer in marriage is an honour. For Eleanor, this forced wedding is anything but a fairy tale.
Robert FitzStephan has served Edward Longshanks loyally since the age of twelve. Now he is riding with his king to once and for all bring Wales under English control.
Eleanor d’Outremer—Noor to family—lost her Castilian mother as a child and is left entirely alone when her father and brother are killed. When ordered to wed the unknown Robert FitzStephan, she has no choice but to comply.
Two strangers in a marriage bed is not easy. Things are further complicated by Noor’s blood-ties to the Welsh princes …

New Cover Design: Secrets of Greenoak Woods

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Please join me in congratulating Brenda Davies on the rerelease of Secrets of Greenoak Woods with a new cover designed by yours truly! Here's the book description:
His secrets could destroy her. Her secret could save him.
A MAN SCORNED...
Benjamin is haunted by childhood traumas, and he bears the scars on his body and soul. Withdrawn and sullen, he is mistrusted by everyone, including Mary, the woman he secretly loves.
A PROMISE MADE...
Mary will never break the promise made to her dying mother, but she never imagined that promise would leave her with a dark secret. A secret that will deliver her straight to the gallows if discovered.
SECRETS AND BETRAYALS LAID BARE...
When Mary's life is altered forever, Benjamin finds the courage to offer her the protection she needs, but how far will she go to keep her secrets safe? Benjamin must prove his worth to win her love, but someone from his past is intent on seeing him fail.
Set in 1816 against the untamed splendour of the Cornish coast is…

New Book Release: The Heart of a Hussar

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Please join me in congratulating Griffin Brady on the publication of her debut historical novel, The Heart of a Hussar! I had the pleasure of working with Griffin on a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:
A tale of chivalry, love, and conflicted loyalty set in 17th century Poland
Exploiting Muscovy’s Time of Troubles, Poland has invaded the chaotic country. Twenty-two-year-old Jacek Dąbrowski is an honorable, ferocious warrior in a company of winged hussars—an unrivaled, lethal cavalry. When his lieutenant dies in battle, Jacek is promoted to replace him, against the wishes of his superior, Mateusz, who now has more reason to eliminate him. 

Jacek dedicates his life to gaining the king’s recognition and manor lands of his own. Consequently, he closely guards his heart, avoiding lasting romantic entanglements. Unscathed on the battlefield, undefeated in tournaments, and adored by women eager to share his bed, Jacek has never lost at…

New Cover Design: A Maiden's Prayer

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Please join me in congratulating Srianthi Perera on the publication of her debut novel, A Maiden's Prayer! I had the pleasure of helping Srianthi design the cover. Here's the book description:
Berty Uncle must have a wife!  In 1970s Sri Lanka, matchmakers performed family introductions, and families placed advertisements in newspapers when young people could not find partners on their own. Using the ancient study of celestial bodies—Vedic Hindu Astrology—astrologers paired men and women for lifelong companionship.  In A MAIDEN’S PRAYER, precocious Tamara de Silva narrates her handsome uncle’s story through the romantic lens of youth, and comically highlights the wild machinations of her extended family in their efforts to marry him off.   However, the successful engineer ignores all matchmaking efforts and proceeds recklessly according to his fancy. His rejection of family tradition brings startling and unexpected results. 

A Maiden's Prayer
 is available in ebook and print edi…

New Cover Design: Lassoing a Montana Heart

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Please join me in congratulating Ramona Flightner on the publication of her newest historical romance, Lassoing a Montana Heart, book ten in the Bear Grass Springs series! I had the pleasure of helping Ramona design the cover. Here's the book description:
A desperate journey to an unknown land. A selfless act of kindness. A marriage of convenience.
Davina MacQueen yearns for a loving family. After fleeing from her conniving father in Scotland, she arrives in Bear Grass Springs, Montana Territory, with hope and determination. Soon, she is an integral part of daily life on Sorcha and Frederick’s ranch. Unfortunately, the giant of a man, Slims, is to be her tutor in the kitchen. He’s intolerable. Insufferable. And all too attractive for her liking.
Slims has no time for teaching Miss Sorcha’s cousin. Against his will, he begins to yearn for the time alone with her, even if it’s obvious she loathes him. What he wouldn’t give to trace his fingers through her silky, golden hair and hear he…

New Cover Design: The Edge of Hell

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Please join me in congratulating S.K. Keogh on the publication of her newest historical novel, The Edge of Hell. I had the pleasure of helping Susan design the cover. Here's the book description:
Thirteen thousand Union soldiers will lose their lives at Andersonville prison. James Keenan is determined Nate Calhoun will not be one of them.
James and Nate have nothing more in common than their rural hometown. In Burr Oak, class distinction and petty jealousies pit the two young men against each other. Their combative relationship carries over into the ranks of the Eleventh Michigan Infantry, where Nate struggles to live up to the reputation left behind by his brother, and James contends with an abusive sergeant, Robert Langdon. Once a preacher in Burr Oak, Langdon seeks retribution for James’s part in his fall from grace.
The bloody battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga wipe away past differences and forge a deep bond between James and Nate. As Sherman’s armies march inexorably toward…

New Cover Design: The Murderess of Bayou Rosa

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Please join me in congratulating Ramona DeFelice Long on the publication of her debut novel, The Murderess of Bayou Rosa! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

In the summer of 1920, the town of Bayou Rosa, Louisiana, is in its twilight, but hope arrives with the construction of a new railroad depot. The brighter future is imperiled when a free-spirited local woman shoots her lover in the back, but won't say why. Now, the town is faced with a legal and moral dilemma. With rows of new graves in the cemetery from a devastating world war and influenza epidemic, can a jury of twelve men vote to hang a woman they’ve seen grow up since birth?

Joelle Amais was a willful child, an unwed teenage mother, and now an accused murderess. As the weeks stretch between her arrest and a delayed trial, her defiant silence threatens to blow Bayou Rosa apart. Joelle’s only ally is her daughter, Geneva, the town schoolteacher, whose demure demeanor hides the stubborn…

New Cover Design: The Drive in '65

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Please join me in congratulating Sandra Lynne Reed on the publication of her memoir, The Drive in '65! I had the pleasure of helping Sandra design the cover. Here's the book description:

In 1965, two sisters packed up their five children and their mother--eight people--in a nine-passenger van and traveled North America for fourteen weeks. After living in Alaska twenty years, they wanted to see more of the world and show their children what lay beyond Alaska's borders.

Sandra Lynne Reed was thirteen that summer. The tiny town of Moose Pass, and the southern edges of Anchorage, one hundred miles north, defined Reed's provincial childhood and left her curious about the world she saw in magazines and on television--strange places that were her own country. In a summer of "firsts" she and her siblings discovered the magic of fireflies, natural wonders, and treasures of history. On their tinny transistor radio, they followed news of the space race, the Civil Rights m…

New Book Release: Shiloh Valley

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Please join us in congratulating Doris Dumrauf on the publication of Shiloh Valley! Anna had the pleasure of assisting Doris with a developmental edit and a copyedit, and Jenny designed the cover. Here's the book description:

A powerful depiction of the choices we make in pursuit of our dreams and the sacrifices we bear to make them a reality

Rhenish-Bavaria, 1849: Revolution is sweeping across the province, changing the lives of three young people from different social classes forever.

Desperate for freedom and adventure, and trapped in a profession he hates, nineteen-year-old Martin Dupree eagerly joins the rebels. When his own father causes the revolution to flounder, Martin turns to America for deliverance.

Katrin Weber, adored by Martin but betrothed to a man she does not love, boldly leaves home to strike out on her own until a tragedy suddenly ends her hard-won independence.

Drafted into the rebel army, Katrin’s brother Nikolaus wants nothing more than to return to the comfort o…

New Book Release: Bacon's Dozen

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Please join me in congratulating Anna Castle on the publication of Bacon's Dozen: Thirteen Historical Fiction Short Stories! I had the pleasure of assisting Anna with a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

This collection of short stories ranges through time and space from the Yucatán peninsula in the early years of the Spanish conquest (The Broken Circle) to a bank office in late Victorian London with Professor & Mrs. Moriarty (The Stockbroker’s Wife).

Most stories feature Francis Bacon and other characters from his milieu. You’ll read about Bacon’s first case (For Want of a Book) and Tom’s first solo investigation (In Walked a Lady). You’ll find out how Trumpet wangled her year at Gray’s Inn (Artful Bargains) and what really happened to Captain Valentine Clarady (All Englishmen Look Alike). Sir Walter Ralegh and two friends trade ghost stories on a stormy night (Dark Tales from the School of Night).

You’ll even travel through time by a most unusu…

New Cover Design: Pioneer Yearning

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Please join me in congratulating Ramona Flightner on the publication of Pioneer Yearning, the third book in the The O'Rourke Family Montana Saga series! I had the pleasure of helping Ramona design the cover. Here's the book description:

A dangerous love. A shameful secret. Is their love cursed?

Niamh O’Rourke Ahern knows she should feel shame. Regret. Remorse. Anything but the deep relief filling her to the depths of her soul. What kind of woman is she to rejoice at the death of her husband? What woman yearns for another’s touch as her husband’s casket is being lowered into the ground? In the end, she knows it doesn’t matter for she will always be alone. No man will ever fully earn her trust again.

Cormac Ahern watches his brother’s widow with covetous eyes. Niamh should have been his. From the moment they met, she should have been his. Now, his brother is dead, and he finally has his chance to right the wrongs of the previous few years. However, even from the grave, his brother …

New Cover Design: Dawn Empress

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Please join me in congratulating Faith Justice on the publication of her newest historical novel, Dawn Empress! I had the pleasure of designing the cover of this second book in a trilogy about Theodosian women. Here's the book description:

As Rome reels under barbarian assaults, a young girl must step up. After the Emperor’s unexpected death, ambitious men eye the Eastern Roman throne occupied by seven-year-old Theodosius II. His older sister Pulcheria faces a stark choice: she must find allies and take control of the Eastern court or doom the imperial children to a life of obscurity—or worse! Beloved by the people and respected by the Church, Pulcheria forges her own path to power. Can her piety and steely will protect her brother from military assassins, heretic bishops, scheming eunuchs and—most insidious of all—a beautiful, intelligent bride? Or will she lose all in the trying?

Dawn Empress tells Pulcheria’s little-known and remarkable story. Her accomplishments rival those of E…

New Book Release: Leaving Lonesome

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Please join me in congratulating Paula Scott on the publication of her new book, Leaving Lonesome! I had the privilege of helping Paula with a copyedit, and I helped design the cover for this emotional tale of love and redemption in the years following the Vietnam War. Here's the book description:

A family torn apart by war. A love affair that reaches to the sky. And a secret with the power to redeem or destroy them…

Sutter County, California, 1972

John Reno returns from Vietnam a disgraced army helicopter pilot wracked by guilt and grief. Homeless and alone he makes his way from one crop-dusting job to the next until he reaches the woman who can grant him redemption or ensure his damnation.

Swampy Callohan is a young widow barely holding on to her crop-dusting company. She flies her trusty old Stearmans from dawn until dusk, desperate to make it in a man’s world of faster, more efficient ag cat planes, but time, technology, and a family on the brink threaten to destroy her.

When John …

New Book Release: The Cross of Ciaran

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Please join me congratulating Andrea Matthews on the publication of her newest romance, The Cross of Ciaran! I had the pleasure of working with Andrea on a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

When a fifth-century pagan priest is unearthed in Ireland fifteen hundred years after being entombed, archaeologist Caitlin O’Connell is convinced it’s the find of the century. The body is in perfect condition, right down to the intricate tattoos adorning the Celt’s skin. In fact, if scientific data hadn’t proved otherwise, she would swear he hadn’t been interred more than a few hours.

Eager to discover more about the mysterious Celt, Caitlin accompanies the body back to the New York museum where she’s employed, but before she has time to study him, the priest disappears without a trace. Rumors surrounding the event begin to circulate and result in the excavation’s benefactor pulling the plug on the entire expedition.

The rumors are not far off the mark though. After…