Are you going to HNS 2015?

I am so excited to attend my first Historical Novel Society Conference in Denver this June! I'll be presenting on three panels: (Re)creating the Past: Historical Fiction Without the Famous; The Art of Book Cover Design for Historical Fiction; and The Red Pen and Historical Fiction: An Editor’s Perspective. Will you be attending? I'd love to meet you there!

Friday, May 22, 2015

New Book Release: I Was a Famous Rock Star

Congrats to Alexandra Ainsworth on the publication of I Was a Famous Rock Star, the first book in her brand new M/M romance series, Men of Midnight Dreams! I had the privilege of working with Alexandra on a copyedit of this fun and sexy story of a rock star who can't remember the last five years of his life after a fall from stage. Here's the book description:

What if the whole world knows who you are, but you wake up to find you have forgotten everything since high school? 

When Caleb wakes up in a glamorous LA clinic, he is a changed man. His once-scrawny body is toned, his now-white teeth gleam, and everyone looks at him in adoration. Caleb shouldn't even be in the US--he's English, and has never traveled farther than London. 

Somehow Caleb transformed from an eighteen-year old, sexually questioning, reclusive high school student who spent his free time composing and practicing music in his parents' shabby council flat to become a world famous rock star with adoring fans and his own mansion overlooking the Pacific. 

Caleb bravely tries to fit into his new life as he recovers from his amnesia. But who is the handsome assistant publicity manager who visits him in the hospital? Why does everyone think Caleb is straight? What has Caleb forgotten? And will he ever remember?

I Was A Famous Rock Star is available now on Amazon for Kindle for only 99-cents to celebrate its release! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Alexandra's website for the scoop on all of her books!

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Wednesday, May 13, 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:

How to Craft Characters Scene by Scene

6 Secrets of Writing a Novel Without an Outline

5 Ways to Choose Your Novel's Title

How to Introduce Your Hero

Please Shut Up: Why Self-Promotion as an Author Doesn't Work

Free Download! The Hybrid Author Game: Self-Publish Your Way to a Traditional Publishing Deal

How to Make Your Query Stand Out

Monday, May 4, 2015

New Book Release: Tales of Byzantium

Congratulations to Eileen Stephenson on the publication of her first collection of short stories, Tales of Byzantium! I had the pleasure of working with Eileen on a developmental edit and a copyedit as she crafted these gripping tales, and I designed the cover too! Here's the book description:

Three stories of love, war, and destiny in medieval Byzantium

A young empress defies her powerful father for love and her rightful place on the throne

A charismatic commander takes the gamble of a lifetime to save the lives of  thousands of innocents

An exiled princess finds a new sense of purpose and creates a legacy that will stand through the ages

These stories provide a glimpse of the dynamic and proud Byzantines who lived during the height of the empire's splendor.

Tales of Byzantium is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon! Add the book to your Goodreads shelves, and check out Eileen's website, where she blogs about all things Byzantine. And if you're going to HNS Denver in June, you'll get to meet Eileen there!

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

New Cover Design: Death is a Duty

Congrats to David Cook on the publication of Death is a Duty, the fifth novella in his Soldier Chronicles series! I had the pleasure of working with David on the cover. Here's the book description:

June 1815, and Napoleon Bonaparte has returned from exile to plunge Europe into war once again. 

Veteran soldier Regimental-Sergeant Major Adam Bannerman of the 42nd Foot, the Black Watch, momentarily watches the dawn light flicker over the city of Brussels before joining his regiment with the rest of the Duke of Wellington's patchwork army of British, German, and Netherland troops. Peace has been irrevocably shattered by the news that Bonaparte has already crossed the border into Belgium, catching the allies unprepared. Wellington hurriedly orders his men, mostly raw recruits and some with dubious loyalty, south to battle their old enemy in what will truly be the clash of nations. 

During the campaign, Bannerman uncovers a dark tale of murder which could dishonour the regiment if it ever came to light. As the war draws to its bloody conclusion at Waterloo, Bannerman, in the midst of flame and powder smoke, must use his wits to survive not only the French assaults, but men on his own side who want him dead. 

Blood will be spilt. Fate demands it. 

Death is a Duty is available now on Amazon and Amazon UK. Add the book to your shelves on Goodreads and check out David's website.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

New Book Release: The Reign of Love and Chaos

Please join me in congratulating Nicola Italia on the publication of her newest historical romance, The Reign of Love and Chaos! I was privileged to work with Nicola on a copyedit of this intense tale of love and liberty taking place during the French Revolution. If you like your romance on the sexy side with a hearty dose of history, this one's for you! Here's the book description:

In the Arabian palace of the sheik, serious and lovely Isabelle Fairfax is surrounded by her doting family and servants and wants for nothing. When she comes of age, she decides to travel to France to live with the Carmelite nuns, who are a cloistered sect, much to the shock of her parents. 

Once in France, she becomes a link to the outside world for the nuns, and her days are spent in prayer, solitude, and bartering for goods in the small village. 

Meanwhile, less than fifty miles away, a new French government is forming in Paris, and Nicolas de Lieurrey is at the center of it. Trained at the prestigious Lycee Louis-le-Grand school, Nicolas is an engineer by trade but drawn to the new world swirling around him. His best friend, Max, entices him to run as a delegate in the new government, and together they have a front row seat to the changes in France. 

However, many of the changes are not good, and as the restrictions on the religious houses increase, Isabelle makes the journey to Paris to stem the anti-religious fervor. Nicolas is drawn to the innocent young woman even as his friend Maximilien Robespierre plunges France into a reign of terror, killing tens of thousands in the name of the new republic. 

The Reign of Love and Chaos is available now on Amazon! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads and check out Nicola's website for the scoop on all of her books!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Cover Design: A Pledge of Better Times


Please join me in congratulating Margaret Porter on the publication of her new historical fiction novel, A Pledge of Better Times! I was privileged to work with Margaret in designing the cover. Here's the book description:

A sweeping tale of ambition, treachery, and passion incorporating 17th century historical figures, royalty, and events. 

For generations Lady Diana de Vere’s family loyally served England’s crown. But after King Charles II’s untimely death, her father firmly opposes James II’s tyranny. Charles Beauclerk, Duke of St. Albans—the late king’s bastard son by actress Nell Gwyn—also rebels against his newly crowned uncle’s manipulation. 

Political and religious turmoil bring revolution and yet another coronation before Charles returns to from war to claim his promised bride. As companion to Queen Mary Stuart, Diana 
has followed her de Vere forbears into royal service. She expects Charles to abandon his military career after marriage, but he proves unwilling to join the ranks of the courtiers he despises and mistrusts. 

In palace corridors and within their own household the young duke and duchess confront betrayals, scandals, and tragedies that threaten to divide them. And neither the privileges of birth nor proximity to the throne can ensure their security, their advancement—or their happiness. 

Includes Book Group Discussion Guide. 

A Pledge of Better Times is available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! Add it to your Goodreads shelves, and visit Margaret's website to view the book trailer and check out her blog posts about researching and writing English historical fiction.

Need a cover designer?
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jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Wednesday, April 8, 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:


12 Query Letter Tips from Literary Agents

4 Writing Tips Learned in Drama School

The Differences Between Middle Grade and Young Adult

6 Answers to Questions About Copyright Law

The Top 10 Elements of a Book People Want to Read

FREE Download: How to Impress Literary Agents

Finding Time to Write



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

New Cover Design: Seven Nights with Ayahuasca


Congrats to Nicholas Floyd on the publication of his first book, Seven Nights with Ayahuasca, a memoir of his time spent in the Amazon and the spiritual journey he took with the ancient practice of consuming hallucinogenic ayahuasca. Here's the book description:

Secluded in the depths of the Peruvian Amazon, Nicholas Floyd plunges headfirst into the ancient shamanic ritual of ingesting Ayahuasca, a medicinal and extremely potent hallucinogenic brew that thrusts him into a profound introspective journey of unbridled euphoria, unbearable anguish, unsettling imagery, and unexpected epiphanies. Brutal and heart-wrenching visions force him to confront himself for the first time in his life, and he emerges from the emotional crucible as a man reformed in ways that he never predicted.

Seven Nights with Ayahuasca is the graphic firsthand narrative of one man’s life-changing Ayahuasca visions, written in precise language devoid of the vague analogies and cryptic spiritual lingo that often saturate such accounts of Ayahuasca. In this gripping and phantasmagorical expedition of the mind — easily accessible regardless of one’s experience with hallucinogens — Floyd vividly details both the Ayahuasca intoxication itself, as well as the incredible therapeutic potential thereof.

Seven Nights with Ayahuasca is available now in print and ebook formats on Amazon!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New Cover Design: The Proposal


Congrats to bestselling historical romance author Margaret Evans Porter on the re-release of The Proposal with a brand new cover designed by yours truly! Though really, Margaret did most of the work in finding the perfect cover art and providing me with a shot of the castle from her personal collection. I simply had to put it together. But she's a beauty, isn't she? Here's the book description:

When a lonely young widow and a mysterious earl clash over a neglected castle garden, suspicion and secrets threaten a blossoming love.

Sophie Pinnock, a talented and determined landscape designer, arrives at Bevington Castle seeking redemption for past deceits—only to become entangled in a fresh one. She can’t reveal to her enigmatic employer her yearning to preserve rather than replace his decayed formal gardens. And she firmly declares her reluctance to be his mistress. But should she become his wife?

Cassian Carysfort, the new Earl of Bevington, returned to England to claim his title and inheritance. Lovely Sophie, as elusive as she is rebellious, repeatedly defies his expectations. When confronted with tragedy and loss, Cass discovers that the lady’s heart is the most valuable treasure of all—the one he knows he doesn't deserve.

The Proposal is available now on Amazon in ebook and print formats, and the ebook is also available on Barnes & Noble and Kobo. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Margaret's website for the scoop on all of her books!

Need a cover designer?
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jennyq@historicaleditorial.com