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New Book Release: The Cold Light of Dawn

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Please join me in congratulating Anna Belfrage on the publication of her newest historical fiction novel, The Cold Light of Dawn, the fourth book in The King's Greatest Enemy series, which takes place during the tumultuous time when Edward III asserts his own power against his mother, Isabelle, and her lover, Roger Mortimer. I had the privilege of providing Anna with some copyediting assistance on this exciting and emotional tale of historical drama that brings to a close this chapter in Adam and Kit de Guirande's lives. (And yes, I did shed a few tears!) Here's the book description:

After Henry of Lancaster’s rebellion has been crushed early in 1329, a restless peace settles over England. However, the young Edward III is no longer content with being his regents’ puppet, no matter that neither Queen Isabella nor Roger Mortimer show any inclination to give up their power. Caught in between is Adam de Guirande, torn between his loyalty to the young king and that to his former…

New Cover Designs: The Three Mystic Heirs and The Three Monks of Tears

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Please join me in congratulating Lawrence Ellsworth on the publication of The Three Mystic Heirs and The Three Monks of Tears, volumes one and two in The Rose Knight's Crucifixion duology! Lawrence penned these swashbuckling tales to coincide with the release of The Red Sphinx, his brand new translation of the forgotten sequel to The Three Musketeers, and I had the pleasure of helping him design the covers. Here are the book descriptions:

In 1619, the secret magic of the Rosicrucian Brotherhood was compiled into The Three Mystic Heirs, a forbidden book entirely obliterated by the Inquisition—except for one copy! And Louis d’Astarac thinks he knows how to find it.

Louis is a young French noble, witty, cultured, and independent—but he’s a hunchback, stunted and deformed. Rejected by his lady-love Isabeau, the desperate Louis decides his only hope is to cure his condition using the spiritual alchemy of the Rosicrucians. He must have that book!

The trail of the lost tome leads Louis to P…

New Cover Design: Montana Untamed

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Please join me in congratulating Ramona Flightner on the publication of Montana Untamed, the first book in her brand new Bear Grass Springs series! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

Annabelle Evans arrives in Bear Grass Springs, Montana Territory, in 1884 hoping to reunite with her long-estranged sister. Expecting to attend her sister’s wedding to Cailean MacKinnon, she is shocked at Cailean’s pronouncement. With his “I’m not marrying a whore” echoing in the General Store, Annabelle discovers that her hoped-for reconciliation will not be as she had imagined. Not one to retreat from a challenge, Annabelle opens her own business, intent on remaining near her sister to repair their damaged relationship and succeeding without the support of a husband.

Cailean Mackinnon swore off marriage twelve years ago when he fled the Isle of Skye in Scotland. A successful livery owner, he is determined to focus on his work and his siblings, adamant that he has n…

New Book Release: Moriarty Brings Down the House

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Please join me in congratulating Anna Castle on her newest release, the third book in her Professor and Mrs. Moriarty Mystery Series, Moriarty Brings Down the House! I had the pleasure of working with Anna on 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:

“Either my theater is haunted or someone’s trying to drive me into bankruptcy!”

Professor Moriarty’s new client is the manager of a West End theater. He’s three weeks away from opening his Chistmas pantomime, the expensive spectacle that pays for the rest of the year. But after months of freak accidents and spooky incidents, the cast and crew are convinced the show is cursed. Worse, he’s out of money and the rent is due.

The Moriartys leap to the rescue. Angelina takes on the leading role and James supplies the needed funds. While she works backstage uncovering secrets and grudges, he follows the money in search …

New Cover Designs: Rubies of the Viper and The Viper Amulet

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Please join me in congratulating Martha Marks on the publication of her newest historical novel, The Viper Amulet, and a re-issue of its predecessor, Rubies of the Viper, both with covers designed by me! Here are the book descriptions:

When her brother is murdered in first-century Rome, Theodosia Varro inherits the family estate, going from poverty and isolation to great wealth and a prestigious position in society. Only by identifying her brother's killer can she feel safe, yet her efforts take her in quite the opposite direction. After her own actions and the scheming of others lead to catastrophe, Theodosia struggles to survive and recover what matters most in her life.

"RUBIES OF THE VIPER is a genuine gem of a mystery set in Rome during the reigns of the Emperors Claudius and Nero. It's full of exciting suspense and beautifully developed characters. Marks's rich portrayal of Roman life is delightful and gruesome in turns--just as a good Roman mystery ought to be. …

New Book Release: Dressing Queen Victoria

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Please join me in congratulating Sylvia Barbara Soberton on the publication of her newest nonfiction book, Dressing Queen Victoria: An Intimate Story. I had the privilege of offering Sylvia some copyediting assistance on this intriguing glimpse into Victoria's wardrobe and the process of dressing her with quotes from her dressers and from Victoria's own journals. Here's the book description:

Queen Victoria was a figure larger than life, and her enduring legacy has proven larger than death as well. Yet despite countless biographies, the real woman behind the regal persona still remains elusive.

This book offers a unique approach to Queen Victoria and explores her extraordinary life and long reign through the most personal objects of all – her surviving clothes and jewels. In this book, we follow Queen Victoria’s life through a unique lineup of dresses charting her journey from an oppressed teenager to the Queen who became a legend during her own lifetime and lent her name to …

New Book Release: School of Hard Knocks

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Please join me in congratulating Theresa Crater on the publication of School of Hard Knocks! I had the pleasure of working with Theresa on a copyedit of this moving tale of two women from very different backgrounds bound together by past transgressions and the hope of a different future. Here's the book description:

The segregation lines are clear in 1950s North Carolina, but the bloodlines—not so much. The past and present intertwine when Maggie Winters risks a friendship with Lily and rescues her daughter and Lily from abuse by the same family that tormented Maggie as a young girl in the 1890s.

Raised on a decaying plantation in 1890s North Carolina, Maggie Winters sees it all—a woman beaten nearly to death, hidden in the barn, and healed by her African-American mother; a man lynched; and the machinations of a white woman hired to teach her to read but who has become determined to marry Maggie’s widowed white father. When Maggie’s father is forced by his Virginia family to marry s…

Best I've Come Across Round-up

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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:

Amazon Keywords Can Make or Break Your Book Sales

7 Elements of Historical Fiction

Writing a Scene with Good Dialogue and Narration

5 Secrets to Creating a Compelling Series Character

The Secret Life of a Book Manuscript

9 Practical Tricks for Writing Your First Novel

The ABCs of Story: Plots, Subplots, and Sub-Subplots

New Cover Design: Forget Me Not

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Please join me in congratulating Stephanie Carroll on the publication of Forget Me Not, a Gothic historical fiction novella. I had the pleasure of helping Stephanie put the cover together using a photo she herself took at a cemetery in the city in which her story takes place. Here's the book description:

Originally published in LEGACY: AN ANTHOLOGY, "Forget Me Not" is set just after the turn of the century in Colma, California, a city where the dead outnumber the living. It follows Lauraline Rosland, a young woman who knows on the day after her 30th birthday, she is going to die. She has three days left and is determined to do something - anything - worth remembering. 

"Carroll takes a different approach to legacy through her short, "Forget Me Not." It takes you on a roller coaster ride, starting with anger and frustration (partly because you don't understand what is causing it) to sadness and regret to even smiles and warm content. It was ultimately a s…

New Cover Design: Blood Enemy

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I'm pleased to share that Blood Enemy by Martin Lake has been re-released with a new cover designed by yours truly! Here's the book description:
King Alfred was their lord and protector – until savagery shatters the bonds of love and loyalty. 
Twins Ulf and Inga have risen quickly in the service of King Alfred of Wessex. Ulf is a King’s-thegn, one of his trusted household warriors. Inga is servant and friend of the King’s eldest daughter, Aethelflaed. 
The peace between Alfred and Guthrum, King of Danelaw East Anglia, still holds. But when the Norse chieftain Hrólfr attacks Ulf’s village, it unleashes a chain of events which will change forever the lives of Ulf, Inga and their friends.
Ulf falls prey to powerful demons and loses his sense of worth, his position and his liberty. Aethelflaed and Inga become pawns in Alfred’s plans to enlarge his kingdom. And a heathen army returns to threaten a precarious peace and stability.
From the bestselling author of Land of Blood and Water, T…

New Book Release: Panther Across the Stars

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Please join me in congratulating Lon Brett Coon on the publication of his debut novel, Panther Across the Stars! I had the pleasure of offering Lon some developmental assistance on this unique historical fiction/sci-fi mash-up. Here's the book description:

A larger-than-life tale of one man’s courage, sacrifice, and unyielding defiance to fight for his peoples’ freedom against those that would take it, and in this great struggle he finds friendship with three alien beings fallen to Earth that stand with him.

He is Panther Across the Sky, and his world is fading. He takes all the hurt and pain a lifetime gives him and stares into his soul to face the greatest master he will ever know. Just a man among a dying people, he inspires his kin beyond all limit of mind and body in their outstretched and desperate grasp for freedom against overwhelming odds and the mighty nation arisen to the east in the early 1800s – America. 

And along the way, he forges a bond with three alien beings fallen…

New Book Release: The Alchemy of Night

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Please join me in congratulating Nicola Italia on the publication of her newest historical romance, The Alchemy of Night! I had the pleasure of helping Nicola with a copyedit on this dark and suspenseful Victorian London whodunit. Here's the book description:

Emmeline Bell, the only daughter of a well-known London solicitor, is intelligent, beautiful, and well loved by her family and friends. 

Nigel Carey, the second son of Lord Marham, is quiet and reserved yet secretly pines to call Emme his own. When Nigel proposes, Emme accepts it without love, knowing the match will give her a comfortable life. She is unaware that Nigel's dark and mysterious older brother, Everett, heir to the earldom, also holds a deep desire for her.

Arriving a week early to a mutual friend's annual winter house party, Emme and Everett strike up an unexpected friendship, one that quickly leads to romance. As Everett invokes feelings in her she never thought possible, he urges her to break off her engag…

New Cover Design: Two Journeys Home

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Please join me in congratulating Kevin O'Connell on the publication of Two Journeys Home, book two in the Derrynane Saga! I had the pleasure of helping Kevin design the cover. Here's the book description:

It’s 1767. As the eagerly anticipated sequel to Beyond Derrynane begins, Eileen O’Connell avails herself of a fortuitous opportunity to travel back to Ireland. In Two Journeys Home, the O’Connells encounter old faces and new—and their lives change forever.

Her vivacious personality matched only by her arresting physical presence, Eileen returns to Derrynane this time not as a teenaged widow but as one of the most recognised figures at the Habsburg court. Before returning to Vienna she experiences a whirlwind romance, leading to a tumult of betrayal and conflict with the O’Connell clan.

Abigail lives not in the shadow of her sister but instead becomes the principal lady-in-waiting to Empress Maria Theresa.

Hugh O’Connell leaves behind waning adolescence and a fleeting attraction …

Best I've Come Across Round-up: The NaNoWriMo 2017 Edition

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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 what I've been compiling over the past two weeks for those who are preparing to participate in National Novel Writing Month:

How a Month of NaNoWriMo Can Lead to a Lifetime of Better Writing

41 Insider Tips for Winning NaNoWriMo 2017

30 Tips for Writing a Book in 30 Days

Want To Win NaNoWriMo This Year? 7 Tips On Writing And Productivity

How to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

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New Book Release: Counterpoint: Theo, Earl of Suffolk

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Please join us in congratulating Elizabeth St. John on the publication of Counterpoint: Theo, Earl of Suffolk, a companion novella in her Lydiard Chronicles series! Jenny had the pleasure of helping Liz with a copyedit, and she designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Theo Howard, Earl of Suffolk is torn. Betrothed to a child to satisfy his family dynasty, he longs for the freedom to make his own choice. And when he attends a lavish party at his family's newly-restored palace, he is immediately attracted to Lucy, a beautiful young lavender-seller. But in this enchanted world of Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night Dream, all is not as it appears. Theo's headstrong sister Frances is determined to sabotage her own arranged marriage, and aided by the cunning of Frances and her friend Barbara St.John, perhaps Theo can find his own path to happiness and true love.

When I wrote The Lady of the Tower, the story revealed itself in the narrative of my ancestress, Lucy St.J…