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New Book Release: Antonius: Son of Rome

Please join me in congratulating Brook Allen on the publication of her debut historical novel, Antonius: Son of Rome, first in a 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:

"​​[The] suspenseful, insightful, and beautifully written story of how the unlikely young Marcus Antonius grew into the Marc Antony of history."  ~Margaret George, bestselling author of The Memoirs of Cleopatra and The Confessions of A Young Nero

For over two-thousand years, Marcus Antonius—Marc Antony—has been one of history’s most controversial men. His story was buried with him and written by his enemies. Now his entire saga is revealed in a compelling trilogy by Brook Allen.   

After young Marcus Antonius’s father dies in disgrace, he yearns to restore his family’s honor during the final days of Rome’s dying Republic. Marcu…

New Book Release: The Strongman and the Mermaid

Please join us in congratulating Kathleen Shoop on the publication of her newest historical novel, The Strongman and the Mermaid! Jessica Cale had the pleasure of assisting Kathleen with a copyedit, and Jenny Q designed the cover. Here's the book description:

2019 Donora, Pennsylvania

Ninety-one-year-old Patryk Rusek hides in his attic, hoping the searchers think he’s escaped. When Lucy finally bursts in, she discovers her beloved grandfather clutching a fat, hand-drawn, antique book. In it is the story of Donora, the town that shaped America, its people, and Patryk himself. Before long, Lucy and her son Owen lose track of their goal to get Grandpa Patryk somewhere “safe” as they’re drawn into the book, back in time, into stories that read like real-life fairy tales born of purpose, hard work, and chance.

1910 Donora, Pennsylvania

In the early dawn of Donora, Pennsylvania, the mills make and shape the steel that builds America. Mary Lancos lives in a home on the hill overlooking the …

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 Screenwriting Techniques Every Writer Can Employ

Cross-Pollination: The Future Is Genre-Blending

Book Covers That Sell Hit These 5 Goals

No More Mr. Nice Guys: How to Write Flawed Characters & Antiheroes

Two Strategies for Writing Great Story Endings

Spellcheck Cannot Save You! Author Do’s from Your Editor

Top Ten Publishing Industry Trends Every Author Ne…

New Cover Design: The California Immigrant

Please join me in congratulating Barbara Anne King on the publication of her debut historical novel, The California Immigrant! I had the pleasure of helping Barbara design the cover. Here's the book description:

An enthralling historical fiction novel chronicling the events of World War II as experienced in one American small town

Seeking a better life, young Martin Petrovich immigrates from Yugoslavia to San Francisco at the turn of the twentieth century. In just two years, he is on the verge of achieving his American Dream when disaster strikes, forcing him to flee and start over again.

Martin rebuilds his life in a small farming community set on the Monterey Bay, populated with characters as ethnically diverse as Croatians, Mexicans, and Japanese. But unlike Yugoslavia, which had bitter ethnic divides, farming brings the people together in the spirit of cooperation, and friendships form.

When the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, everything changes. Martin once again finds himself in a …

New Cover Design: Montana Wrangler

Please join me in congratulating Ramona Flightner on the publication of Montana Wrangler, Book Six in the Bear Grass Springs series! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

A fiery temper. A smoldering passion. A raging snowstorm. Is their love stronger than their fear?

Frederick Tompkins enjoys his solitude on his ranch. His rare visits to town result in verbal sparring matches with the annoying Sorcha MacKinnon, and he has vowed to avoid her at all costs. When he finds her, wounded and alone, on an isolated part of his ranch, he rushes to her aid. Devastated that anyone would hurt such a vibrant, spirited woman, he must confront his true feelings for her.

Sorcha MacKinnon is convinced she’ll never have what her brothers have: a committed, loving relationship. When she is stranded at Frederick Tompkins’ ranch, she is faced with the prospect of a marriage of convenience. If she is brave, she will discover the love she’s been searching for.

As winter ra…

New HNS Feature: Exploring Food as the “Great Connector” in The Chef’s Secret by Crystal King

Crystal King is celebrating the release of her new novel, The Chef's Secret, her second book featuring one of Italy's most influential chefs, and I recently had the chance to ask her a few questions on behalf of the Historical Novel Society.

In Crystal King’s new novel, The Chef’s Secret (Touchstone, 2019), one of history’s most enduring yet relatively unknown chefs, Bartolomeo Scappi, takes center stage. King discovered Scappi while researching Marcus Gavius Apicius for her first novel, Feast of Sorrow. “Scappi kept coming up in records of historical Italian chefs. I was intrigued by his cookbook, so I picked up the English translation. I was struck by how little we know of Scappi today, even though this cookbook was such a huge influence on cooks over the centuries. I knew that I had to dig deeper into his story.”

But writing about Scappi required a big jump in time and custom. Fast-forwarding from the first century AD setting of her first book to the 16th century requ…

New Cover Design: The Life and Times of Lilly Quinn

Please join me in congratulating Carolyn E. Cook on the publication of her newest historical novel, The Life and Times of Lilly Quinn! I had the pleasure of helping Carolyn design the cover. Here's the book description:

Fleeing hazardous circumstances in New Orleans, Lilly Quinn arrives in hardscrabble Minden Springs, a thrown-together town on the dry prairie of 1870s Kansas. She plans to continue her journey onward to San Francisco, but her chance sighting of Barnett Swan, the only lawman for miles around, gives her pause. She chooses to remain, at least for the time being. As Lilly says, “It was only the shortest of encounters, perhaps a minute, but on that much alone, I made the rash decision to retrieve my carpet bag from the stage and extend my stay in this dismal place. That marshal seemed worth investigating.” 

Little does she know that the choice will determine the entire future course of her days.

Told in the voice of feisty and independent Lilly, the story flows through de…

New Book Release: The Column of Burning Spices

Please join us in congratulating P.K. Adams on the publication of her new historical novel, The Column of Burning Spices, sequel to The Greenest Branch! Jessica Cale had the pleasure of working with P.K. on a copyedit, and Jenny had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

The year is 1143. Hildegard, already a well-known physician, has expanded her work to writing not just about medicine but on theological matters as well. Once again, the monks of St. Disibod are there to stop her, citing the biblical passages that admonish against “women teachers.” Also, Abbot Kuno is aging, and it is only a matter of time before he is succeeded in the post by Prior Helenger, who wants nothing more than to see Hildegard permanently relegated to the convent’s enclosure.

Leaving St. Disibod is Hildegard’s only hope of continuing her mission of healing and writing as she sees fit. She has been saving money from the convent's endowments for years, but in order to establis…

New Cover Design: Entrapped

Please join me in congratulating Barbara Kyle on the re-release of Entrapped! Many of you are familiar with Barbara's historical novels, but she's also written a contemporary environmental thriller, and I had the pleasure of designing its new cover. Here's the book description:

When Liv Gardner arrives in the rural town of Spirit Creek, Alberta, she has nothing but her old car and a temporary job as paralegal with the local attorney. But Liv’s down-market persona is a ruse. She is actually in-house counsel of Falcon Oil, a small oil and gas company she co-owns with her fiancé, CEO Mickey Havelock – and they are facing financial ruin.

Their assets are concentrated around Spirit Creek where farmer Tom Wainwright, convinced that lethal “sour” gas killed his wife, is sabotaging Falcon’s rigs. But Wainwright is clever at hiding his tracks and the police have no evidence to charge him. With the sabotage forcing Falcon toward bankruptcy, Liv has come undercover to befriend Wainw…

New Cover Designs: The Patricia MacPherson Nautical Adventure Series

Please join me in congratulating Linda Collison on the re-release of her Patrica MacPherson Nautical Adventures series! Linda wanted to update her covers with a more eye-catching and creative style, and I had the pleasure of helping her achieve that goal. Here are the book descriptions:

Portsmouth, England,1760. Patricia Kelley, the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy Barbadian sugarcane planter, falls from her imagined place in the world when her absent father unexpectedly dies. Raised in a Wiltshire boarding school sixteen-year-old Patricia embarks on a desperate crossing on a merchantman bound for Barbados, where she was born, in a brash attempt to claim an unlikely inheritance. Aboard a merchantman under contract with the British Navy to deliver gunpowder to the West Indian forts, young Patricia finds herself pulled between two worlds -- and two identities -- as she charts her own course for survival in the war-torn 18th century.

Patrick MacPherson is a qualified surgeon’s mate; but …

New Cover Design: For Her Honor

Please join me in congratulating Holly Bush on the publication of her newest historical romance, For Her Honor, the fourth book in her Gentrys of Paradise series! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

Virginia 1873. Adam Gentry, heir to the celebrated Paradise Stables, is haunted by the visions of his lost love. Feeling cursed by fate, he slips deeper into grief, shrouded in a cloud of liquor and depression, and neglects his duties and responsibilities. But when Adam is forced to accept that there’s nothing he can do to change his past, he knows he must move on.
And he accepts his own destiny: that he will never love again.
Emmaline Somerset finds herself in the worst possible position any unmarried woman can be in. She will have to abandon all of her plans, hopes, and dreams for an independence using her own talents. The only viable solution is to move to a distant relative’s home and reinvent herself as a widow with an infant. No one will ever be …

New Cover Design: Let the Little Birds Sing

Please join me in congratulating Sandra Fox Murphy on the publication of her newest novel, Let the Little Birds Sing! I had the pleasure of helping Sandra design the cover. Here's the book description:

In 1847, the McCord family, filled with hope for prospects of a better life, packed all their earthly belongings into covered wagons and left their homes in Indiana for Texas. The world beyond was in front of seven-year-old Fidelia, and little did she know, as the wagons traveled down the dusty trail to the southwest, that there would be the need for all the courage she could muster. Her faith would be tested and fortitude found in the most unexpected places.

Let the Little Birds Sing is the beginning of Fidelia McCord’s story, of the hardships she encounters and sees around her, told through the eyes of a precocious and determined girl. It is a tale set in early America inspired by the journey of a girl coming of age amidst the perils of settling in a new and untamed land.

Let the Li…

New Cover Design: Jubilant Montana Christmas

Please join me in congratulating Ramona Flightner on the publication of Jubilant Montana Christmas, Book Five in the Bear Grass Springs series! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

A resourceful baker. Her resentful husband. Can they rekindle their love in time for Christmas?

Leena Johansen loves her job baking Norwegian treats for the townsfolk of Bear Grass Springs. She only wishes her new marriage were as sweet. When her husband demands she make a choice that will rip her from the life she is creating, she makes a drastic decision.

Karl Johansen is a proud man. He never thought Leena would marry a man like him. When he attempts to bend her to his will, he risks more than he imagined. Now, as Christmas approaches, he must find a way to put their relationship to rights before it is too late.

Will Karl and Leena realize that no one wins in a battle of wills and that compromise fosters great love?

Jubilant Montana Christmas is available in ebook and p…

New Book Release: Cyber Sisters

Please join me in congratulating Kelly Clayton on the publication of her newest novel, co-written with Grant Collins, Cyber Sisters! I had the pleasure of working with Kelly on a developmental edit and a copyedit of this suspenseful tale of four women's mission to fight back against online crime, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Do you know who you’re talking to online?

Marianne Sinclair has it all. She’s a self-made woman in a man’s world, rich, well-connected and smart, so she is infuriated when she falls victim to an online scam.

Who can you trust?

Determined never to let it happen again, Marianne enrols in a cybersecurity class and meets other women in the same position. A devastating tragedy draws them together, as they try to make sense of what has happened.

With her business under attack and her darkest secret on the verge of being discovered, Marianne and her fellow victims conceive a plan to turn the tables on their tormentors.

When they’ve taken ever…

New Book Release: A Puff of Silk

Please join me in congratulating Kathie Shoop on the publication of A Puff of Silk, book one in her new Bridal Shop Series! I had the pleasure of offering Kathie some copyediting assistance on this tale of a down-on-her-luck fashion designer's attempt to start over back in her hometown. Here's the book description:

A Novella—Book 1—Bridal Shop Series

New York City dress designer to the stars Amelia Pettipiece cleared a unique path to fashion-glory. With her career soaring, grand penthouse apartment on Central Park, and handsome boyfriend who supports her ambitions, Amelia could not have dreamed of a better life when she left Pittsburgh after college.

But when Amelia’s signature design, the famous FiFi Hererra’s wedding dress, disintegrates off the bride’s body as she walks down the aisle, every thread of Amelia’s charmed life unravels.

Amelia’s Instaglam life turns into an Instaslam. She runs back home to her gram’s place in Eagle Bend, Pennsylvania, to hide until she can figure o…