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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Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Book Release: Enemy Within

Please join me in congratulating Mick Bose on the publication of his newest historical thriller, Enemy Within! I had the privilege of offering Mick some developmental assistance as he crafted this fascinating story of German spies in the US during World War I. Here's the book description:



The year is 1918. War is raging in Europe. America has a new weapon so deadly no one knows about it. But a killer spy in New York finds out, and he will stop at nothing to fulfill his destructive mission. As the war begins to slip out of the Allies' grasp, who will stop the man who can turn the tide of war? Find out in this blistering, fast-paced thriller that races to a nail-biting finish.

Enemy Within is available in ebook and paperback on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Mick's website for the scoop on all of his books.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Book Release: A Moonbow Night

Please join me in congratulating Christy Award finalist Laura Frantz on the publication of her newest inspirational historical novel, A Moonbow Night! I have been a huge fan of Laura's ever since I read The Frontiersman's Daughter, and I can't tell you how honored I am to have had the opportunity to work with Laura as she developed this harrowing tale of hardship, faith, and love in the wilderness of Kentucky. Here's the book description:

On the vast, uncharted Kentucky frontier of 1777…

After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It’s a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucke–men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew looking for an experienced guide. When his guide appears, Sion balks. He certainly didn’t expect a woman. But it is not long before he must admit that Tempe’s skill in the wilderness rivals his own. Still, the tenuous tie they are forming is put to the test as they encounter danger after danger and must rely on each other.

With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons readers to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.

A Moonbow Night is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Laura's website for more information on all of her books.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Book Release: The Savannah Stargazer

Please join me in congratulating Nicola Italia on the publication of her newest historical romance, The Savannah Stargazer! I had the privilege of working with Nicola on a copyedit of this exciting and noteworthy romance, and I'm proud to say this is the eighth book Nicola and I have worked on together! Here's the description:

Elizabeth Suzannah Dupree lives a pampered life on a Georgia plantation surrounded by her family and friends. “Zasu,” as she is affectionately known, wants nothing more than to run the orange grove plantation when her father retires and live her life in peace. She has no use for society parties, gossip, or even worse, a husband. Which suits the men of Savannah just fine, for, as beautiful as she may be, no one wants an independent, business-minded woman like Zasu for a wife.

But when Zasu meets dashing lawyer Gray Talbot, everything changes. Serious and quiet, Gray doesn't wave away her ambitions as fanciful or remind her of her place in society. Instead, he treats her as an equal and makes her question her decision not to marry. But Gray is hiding secrets, secrets that will threaten their newfound admiration for each other...

Gray Talbot is an abolitionist. And preaching abolition in the South during the Civil War is dangerous. Despite threats and violence, Gray doggedly pursues his desire to see all people free and treated equally. But falling in love with a slave-holding Southern woman wasn't part of the plan.

As the Civil War looms with the election of Abraham Lincoln, the slaves on the Dupree Plantation are also affected. Abused at the hands of a white man, Zasu's maid, Renny, begins to open her eyes to the idea that there is more to life than living in bondage. 

When war breaks out, throwing the South and their way of life into chaos, Renny and her family must decide whether to remain on the plantation or take the dangerous route to freedom. And when tragedy occurs on the plantation, Zasu must decide what she truly believes and where her heart lies.

The Savannah Stargazer is available now in ebook format on Amazon for $2.99! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and get the scoop on all of Nicola's books on her website.

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