Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New Book Release: Tempest

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, Tempest! I had the pleasure of working with David on a copyedit of this exciting tale of military treachery, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Fishguard, February 1797: HMS Britannia anchors off the Pembrokeshire coast in the dying days of winter. Two armed companies of soldiers row ashore, led by the charismatic American, Colonel William Tate. They are met by the local Welsh Volunteer regiment, who, unlike the suspicious locals, has been expecting them. 

But one man has been secretly shadowing a small flotilla bound for the same destination. Major Lorn Mullone, a shrewd Irishman employed by the British government, considers that their arrival is more than fortuitous. 

Is this just a mere coincidence or perhaps a ruse de guerre? Mullone has to uncover the truth, and, with every step of the way, he must tread carefully if he is to survive. 

Tempest 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.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

New Book Release: The Vaudeville Star

Please join me in congratulating Nicola Italia on the publication of her newest historical romance, The Vaudeville Star! I had the privilege of helping Nicola with a copyedit on this tale of love and obsession in the theater world at the turn of the twentieth century. Here's the book description:

On a Mississippi Plantation, Ruby Mae Sutton throws herself into the arms of the only man she has ever loved, Ford Rutledge. At fifteen years old, she has given her heart away and is not ashamed to brazenly declare her love to the twenty-five-year-old man, who is also the fiancé of her sister. 

But Ford has no intention of taking advantage of the blond beauty, even though her reckless behavior causes his engagement to be broken. Ruby is sent off in disgrace to a boarding school in Connecticut, where she remains for the next three years. 

Once in Connecticut, Ruby discovers her singing voice and decides to leave after graduation for the bright lights of New York and the vaudeville stage. 

Ford also decides to make his home in New York and suddenly finds himself face-to-face with Ruby Sutton, the very grown and very beautiful rising star of the vaudeville stage. 

As Ruby’s star ascends, she makes a huge conquest with the King of Manhattan: William Parker. King Parker begins to take an interest in Ruby’s career, and more importantly Ruby herself, as Ford finally realizes he is in love with her. 

King finances a tour to Europe as his interest in Ruby takes a turn toward the more obsessive. Ruby finds herself torn between her true love for Ford and the obligation she owes King. She must tread carefully between the two men, and the brutal murder of someone they all know causes everyone to wonder who had the motive.

The Vaudeville Star 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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Thursday, June 2, 2016

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:

5 Things That Should Be On Every Writer’s Bucket List

The Joy Of Genre Mashing: 5 Tips For Writing Cross Genre

7 Surprising Things I Learned Self-Publishing a Book

The 5 Biggest Fiction Writing Mistakes (& How to Fix Them)

5-Minute Book Marketing for Indie Authors

4 Writing Routine Myths That Kill Creativity

How to Ruin a Romance in 5 Easy Steps

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

New Book Release: Moriarty Meets His Match

Please join me in congratulating Anna Castle on her newest release, the first book in her Professor and Mrs. Moriarty Mystery Series, Moriarty Meets His Match! 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 I designed the book's cover! Here's the description:

Professor James Moriarty has but one desire left in his shattered life: to prevent the man who ruined him from harming anyone else. Then he meets amber-eyed Angelina Gould and his world turns upside down. 

At an exhibition of new inventions, an exploding steam engine kills a man. When Moriarty tries to figure out what happened, he comes up against Sherlock Holmes, sent to investigate by Moriarty’s old enemy. Holmes collects evidence that points at Moriarty, who realizes he must either solve the crime or swing it for it himself. He soon uncovers trouble among the board members of the engine company and its unscrupulous promoter. Moriarty tries to untangle those relationships, but everywhere he turns, he meets the alluring Angelina. She’s playing some game, but what’s her goal? And whose side is she on?

Between them, Holmes and Angelina push Moriarty to his limits -- and beyond. He’ll have to lose himself to save his life and win the woman he loves.

Moriarty Meets His Match is available now in print and ebook formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 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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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Time and Regret Acquired by Amazon's Lake Union Publishing!

I am so thrilled to share that the lovely M.K. Tod has sold her newest historical fiction novel, Time and Regret, to Lake Union! I worked with Mary on both of her previous novels and had the honor of offering some editorial assistance on Time and Regret before she began the submission process. Check out Mary's post about the book here. Time and Regret has a lovely cover and is already available for preorder. The book goes on sale August 16th. Here's the description:

When Grace Hansen finds a box belonging to her beloved grandfather, she has no idea it holds the key to his past—and to long-buried family secrets. In the box are his World War I diaries and a cryptic note addressed to her. Determined to solve her grandfather’s puzzle, Grace follows his diary entries across towns and battle sites in northern France, where she becomes increasingly drawn to a charming French man—and suddenly aware that someone is following her…

Through her grandfather’s vivid writing and Grace’s own travels, a picture emerges of a man very unlike the one who raised her: one who watched countless friends and loved ones die horrifically in battle; one who lived a life of regret. But her grandfather wasn’t the only one harboring secrets, and the more Grace learns about her family, the less she thinks she can trust them.

Time and Regret is available for preorder now on Amazon! Add the book to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Mary's website, which was just named one of Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers, where she blogs about writing historical fiction.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Author Julie Collins Featured on ITV!

So this brought tears to my eyes! My lovely client Julie Collins was featured in a piece by the UK's ITV (Julie hails from Jersey) about her debut novel, Blood in the Sand (pen name Kelly Clayton) and the very personal motivation that brought it to fruition. (I make an appearance at the 1:52 mark--well, my name does!) I had the privilege of working with Julie on a developmental edit and a copyedit of this romantic thriller set on the isle of Jersey. Please give it a look! it's a wonderful piece!

How far would you go to claim your birthright?

When family tragedy strikes, New York lawyer Grace Howard travels to the Channel Island of Jersey. Welcomed by her family’s connections by marriage and suffering from a personal setback, Grace is introduced to two very different men. However, all is not as it first appears in this island community, and before long Grace is caught up in a murder enquiry. In her time of greatest need, Grace doesn’t know who she can trust.

DCI Jack Le Claire has returned to his Jersey roots after a stint with the London Metropolitan Police, where he worked Homicide and Serious Crime. After months of dealing with run-of-the-mill cases, Le Claire cannot help but miss his time with the Met and secretly longs for something more challenging.

Be careful what you wish for -- it might just come true. 

Blood in the Sand is available now in ebook and print format on Amazon and Amazon UK. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Kelly's website for the scoop on her upcoming releases and writing and publishing tips.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

New Cover Design: Been Searching for You

Please join me in congratulating Nicole Evelina on the publication of her brand new contemporary romance, Been Searching for You, with a cover designed by yours truly! Been Searching for You was the winner of the 2015 Romance Writers of America Great Expectations and Golden Rose contests. Here's the book description:

Annabeth is a hopeless romantic who believes in soul mates. In fact, she's been writing to hers each year on her birthday since she was 16.

Now, at 34, she's still holding out hope of finding Mr. Right even though he'd be fighting an uphill battle to gain her trust, thanks to a traumatic experience years before that's left her unable to commit.

When Annabeth meets a handsome literature professor named Alex on her 34th birthday, she thinks her quest may finally be at an end. Things don't quite go as planned, so Annabeth resolves to do everything she can over the next year to find the unknown recipient of her letters. But blind dates, Meetup events and online singles sites have nothing on what fate has in store for her when a co-worker unexpectedly quits and Annabeth finds herself working in close quarters with both Alex and her long ago ex, Nick. Fighting her attraction to one and loathing for the other, Annabeth is forced to face all of her old insecurities while keeping an eye on a scheming frienemy who may derail her hopes and dreams.

Written in the tradition of Bridget Jones' Diary, Kim Gruenfelder's A Total Waste of Makeup, and Melissa Pimental's Love By The Book, this romantic comedy shows that love on the sweet side can exist for the modern girl, if only she's willing to trust herself and search hard enough.

Been Searching for You is available now in ebook and print format on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Smashwords. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Nicole's website for the scoop on all of her books.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

New Book Release: Golden Age Ladies

Please join me in congratulating Sylvia Barbara Soberton on the publication of her newest nonfiction book, Golden Age Ladies: Women Who Shaped the Courts of Henry VIII and Francis I. I had the privilege of offering Sylvia some copyediting assistance on this fascinating book that sheds light on some powerful women who are not as much in the spotlight as some of their contemporaries, and it paints a vivid picture of the threads that tied these two rival courts together. Here's the book description:

“Two such courts as those of France and England have not been witnessed for the last fifty years.” Niccolo Sagudino, 1515 

They had to be strong if they wanted to make it in a man’s world. They lived on the brink of the golden age of the European Renaissance and witnessed social and religious upheavals as the medieval world they knew crumbled to dust, replacing the old with the new. 

Louise of Savoy knows that her son Francis is destined for greatness, but he faces new challenges after his accession, trusting his mother to become regent during his absence. 

Mary Tudor agrees to marry Louis XII, a man thirty-four years her senior, but after his unexpected death, she decides to become no man’s pawn and marries for love, creating one of the greatest scandals in Renaissance Europe. 

Claude of France may have been meek and submissive, but there is more to her character than meets the eye. 

Brought up at the French court, Anne Boleyn boldly refuses to become Henry VIII’s mistress. Her refusal triggers the King’s divorce case and eventually leads to the change of the religious persuasion of the entire nation. 

Margaret of Alençon, Francis I’s sister, faces new challenges as her brother’s captivity after the Battle of Pavia propels her onto the diplomatic stage of Europe. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

New Book Release: Until the Day Breaks

Please join me in congratulating Paula Scott on the publication of her debut historical romance, Until the Day Breaks! I had the pleasure of working with Paula on a copyedit of this exciting and inspirational tale of love, faith, and danger in pre-Gold Rush California, and I helped her design the book's cover! Here's the description:

A young woman finds her loyalties tested beyond limit and her desires torn beyond measure in 1846 California. 

After sailing around Cape Horn, and barely surviving the perilous journey, devout Protestant Rachel Tyler arrives in California just in time for her father’s wedding and the unfolding of the Bear Flag Revolt. Though already engaged to marry a minister in Massachusetts, Rachel’s ambitious father arranges her betrothal to Roman Vasquez, a blue-blooded Catholic son of the gente de razón, the ruling class of California. 

Roman, a proud, Spanish soldier, is ready to fight and die for his homeland. As the Yankee rebels raise their bear flag in Sonoma square, the last thing Roman wants is an arranged marriage to the American daughter of his enemy, Joshua Tyler. But his Uncle Pedro, the patrón of the family, has other plans. 

Neither Rachel nor Roman desire this unlikely engagement that assaults their religious beliefs, but they cannot escape the passion flaming between them as war looms on the horizon and bitter rivals rise up to destroy them amid the breathtaking backdrop of the last days of the Californios. 

Until the Day Breaks is the first book in the sweeping saga of California Rising, a tale of love, intrigue, and destiny, where passionate men and women lay the foundation of the Golden State with their very lives.

Until the Day Breaks will be released on May 7th and is available now for preorder in ebook and print format on Amazon and will soon be available at other online retailers. And check out Paula's website for her inspirational posts about writing, family, and farm life.

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