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New Cover Design: Farming Grace

Please join me in congratulating Paula Scott on the publication of her memoir, Farming Grace! I had the pleasure of helping Paula put the cover together. Here's the book description:

Sometimes your past must be plowed before your future can be planted…

Her great-great-grandma came to California in a covered wagon more than a hundred years ago, and her family has farmed in the Sacramento Valley ever since, but a life of farming was the last thing she wanted… until the day fate brings her back to the farm.

Nineteen-year-old Paula Scott leaves California when the almonds are in bloom for college in Reno, Nevada, where cocaine, casinos, and her first honest-to-goodness boyfriend will break her farm-girl heart. But her story doesn't end in the desert with a broken heart.

When life knocks us down, we get back up, we try again, we marry and maybe divorce, but in the midst of our down and dirty, raw and real, painfully ordinary lives, sometimes the extraordinary breaks through, and we se…

New Cover Design: Lady of the Seven Suns

Please join me in congratulating Tinney Sue Heath on the publication of her new historical novel, Lady of the Seven Suns! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

Rome, 1210. Lady Giacoma dei Settesoli is a capable, confident woman, happy in a loving marriage and possessed of great wealth and all the power it conveys. But when tragedy strikes and her world shatters, only the barefoot holy man from Assisi can pull her back from the abyss.

Her wealth and privilege now a burden, Giacoma yearns to follow Francesco in his Christ-like life of sacred poverty. But her sons, her household, and the local beggars all rely on her--and soon, so does Francesco himself, as she finds ways to support his nascent brotherhood, vulnerable to a Church hierarchy quick to equate nonconformity with heresy.

Based on a true story, Lady of the Seven Suns tells of a woman who must thread her way between duty and faith. Her intelligence, compassion, and sense of humor support her …

New Cover Design: Cry of the Heart

Please join me in congratulating Martin Lake on the publication of his new historical novel, Cry of the Heart! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

She gave away her child to save his life. Another woman took him in, at risk to herself.

Viviane Renaud is a young mother living on the French Riviera in the Second World War. Times are hard but she is not the sort to be dismayed by circumstances. One day her life changes forever. A young Jewish woman, fleeing from the authorities, begs her to take care of her four year old boy, David. Almost without thinking, Viviane agrees.

Viviane’s life is never the same again. She fabricates a story to explain how David came to be with her and must tip-toe around the suspicions of her neighbours, her friends and most of all her mother and sister. She and her husband, Alain, find allies in unlikely places, particularly an American woman, Dorothy Pine.

But then, the world crashes around them. Threatened by Allied milit…

New Book Release: Taming Beckett

Please join me in congratulating G.K. Brady on the publication of her debut contemporary romance novel, Taming Beckett! I had the pleasure of working with G.K. on a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover of this refreshingly realistic and meaningful sports romance! Here's the book description:

When thirty-two-year-old Beckett Miller is caught supplying the drugs that nearly kill his latest one night-stand, the dominoes of his high-octane celebrity life tumble one after another in spectacular fashion. Now a pariah in the pro hockey world, Beckett is without his multimillion-dollar job, his assets, and his self-respect. What remains is a yearning to pull himself out of his self-made sinkhole, and he begins a grueling climb toward deliverance and grace. Along the way, he grasps at a single lifeline in Paige Anderson, the reluctant real estate broker Beckett coaxes to sell his Denver home—and the only woman who’s ever told him “no.” 

Thirty-one-year-old Paige has b…

New Cover Design: Vivaldi's Lost Concerto

Please join me in congratulating Jennifer Mackenzie Dunbar on the publication of her debut historical novel, Vivaldi's Lost Concerto! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

Vivaldi's Lost Concerto is inspired by the 2010 discovery of a Vivaldi flute concerto in the archives of a medieval Scottish Abbey...

Fiona Sinclair knows she must do all that she can to earn her release from prison. A childhood of neglect, years of drug abuse and homelessness have all but eroded the good in her. When she is given a battered flute as part of her music therapy, she begins to hear a tune that has both haunted and enchanted her since childhood, and she draws from it the strength she needs to carry on. By chance she learns that her mysterious tune is the second movement of a recently discovered Vivaldi concerto that has lain hidden in Scottish archives for three hundred years. But Fiona doesn’t ever listen to classical music, and this piece has not been playe…

New Book Release: Silent Water

Please join us in congratulating P.K. Adams on the publication of her new historical novel, Silent Water, the first book in the Jagiellon Mystery series! Jenny had the pleasure of designing the cover, and Jessica Cale had the pleasure of copyediting this richly depicted mystery set in sixteenth-century Poland. Here's the book description:

It is Christmas 1519 and the royal court in Krak√≥w is in the midst of celebrating the joyous season. Less than two years earlier, Italian noblewoman Bona Sforza arrived in Poland’s capital from Bari as King Zygmunt’s new bride. She came from Italy accompanied by a splendid entourage, including Contessa Caterina Sanseverino who oversees the ladies of the Queen’s Chamber.

Caterina is still adjusting to the life in this northern kingdom of cold winters, unfamiliar customs, and an incomprehensible language when a shocking murder rocks the court on Christmas night. It is followed by another a few days later. The victims have seemingly nothing in common…

New Cover Design: Montana Vagabond

Please join me in congratulating Ramona Flightner on the publication of her newest historical romance, Montana Vagabond, book eight in the Bear Grass Springs series! I had the pleasure of helping Ramona design the cover. Here's the book description:

A destructive secret. An honorable man. A plea for forgiveness.

Jane Keith has known little kindness in her life. When she finds herself abandoned and starving after venturing to Bear Grass Springs, the warm welcome by the MacKinnons surprises her. Although she is now an integral part of the bakery staff, with no concern for room and board, she frets about her younger brother, Duncan. He's reckless and wild, and she fears what will occur if he continues to frequent the saloons and gambling tables. And she is terrified of what will happen should Duncan reveal her long-held secret.

Ben Metcalf is accustomed to living alone. He works hard as Ewan MacKinnon's foreman, but he tires of being the only single adult at their family gather…

New Cover Design: Lacewood

Please join me in congratulating Jessica James on the publication of her new historical novel, Lacewood! I had the pleasure of helping Jessica design the cover. Here's the book description:

Sometimes love is just too powerful for one lifetime…

MOVING TO A SMALL TOWN in Virginia is a big change for New York socialite Katie McCain. But when she stumbles across an abandoned 200-year-old mansion, she’s enthralled by the enduring beauty of the neglected estate—and captivated by the haunting portrait of a woman in mourning.

Purchasing the property on a whim, Katie attempts to fit in with the colorful characters in the town of New Hope, while trying to unravel the mystery of the “widow of Lacewood.” As she pieces together the previous owner’s heartrending story, Katie uncovers secrets the house has held for centuries, and discovers the key to coming to terms with her own sense of loss.

The past and present converge when hometown hero Will Durham returns and begins his own healing process by…

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:

Moves and Counter-Moves: Letting Your Antagonist Drive the Plot

12 Most Popular Grammar Questions and Answers on

The Dos and Don’ts When Meeting Agents at Writing Conferences

It’s Great to Suck at Writing

6 Tips for Reading Like a Writer

Self-Publishing Basics: How to Pick the Size of your Book

A Short and Sweet Beginner’s Guide to Securing Amaz…

New Book Release: Byzantine History in the 11th Century

Congratulations to Eileen Stephenson on the publication of her first nonfiction book, Byzantine History in the 11th Century! I had the pleasure of working with Eileen on a copyedit, and I designed the cover too! Here's the book description:

The formidable Byzantine Empire lasted over a thousand years, but the fruit of its greatness and the seeds of its destruction can be found in the 11th century. This book is a brief introduction to the leading figures and events of those pivotal years – those who brought the empire to its pinnacle; the others who carelessly wasted its military might and treasure; and the hero who began its slow recovery. The drama of a hundred years of rebellions and murders, romance and political scheming will bring this fascinating civilization to life for the reader.

Byzantine History in the 11th Century is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon! Add the book to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Eileen's website, where she blogs about al…

New Book Release: The Spymaster's Brother

Please join me in congratulating Anna Castle on the newest installment in her Francis Bacon mystery series, The Spymaster's Brother! I had the pleasure of helping Anna with a copyedit, and I designed the cover. If you're a fan of historical mysteries with a touch of humor and tongue-in-cheekiness along with fun and memorable characters, this series is for you! Here's the book description:

Anthony Bacon is home with a wealth of foreign secrets — and a few of his own.

Though seldom strong enough to leave his rooms in brother Francis’s house, Anthony’s gouty legs never hinder his agile mind. He’s built the most valuable intelligence service in Europe. Now the Bacon brothers are ready to offer it to the patron with the deepest pockets.

Before they can open the bidding, Francis finds a body lying in the weeds near Gray’s Inn. The abandoned coach beside it belongs to Anthony. The clues point to his personal secretary. Worse, the murdered man was heard spreading rumors that could d…

New Book Release: Severed Knot

Please join me in congratulating Cryssa Bazos on the publication of her second historical novel, Severed Knot, companion to the critically acclaimed, award-winning Traitor's Knot! I had the pleasure of working with Cryssa on a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Barbados 1652. In the aftermath of the English Civil War, the vanquished are uprooted and scattered to the ends of the earth.

When marauding English soldiers descend on Mairead O’Coneill’s family farm, she is sold into slavery. After surviving a harrowing voyage, the young Irish woman is auctioned off to a Barbados sugar plantation where she is thrust into a hostile world of depravation and heartbreak. Though stripped of her freedom, Mairead refuses to surrender her dignity.

Scottish prisoner of war Iain Johnstone has descended into hell. Under a blazing sun thousands of miles from home, he endures forced indentured labour in the unforgiving cane fields. As Iain plots…

New Book Release: Across the Great Divide: The Clouds of War

Please join me in congratulating Michael Ross on the publication of his debut historical novel, Across theGreat Divide: Clouds of War, book one in a trilogy about the American Civil War and its aftermath. I had the pleasure of offering Michael some developmental and copyediting assistance before he began the submissions process and was acquired by Elm Hill, a division of HarperCollins. Here's the book description:

Lexington, Kentucky, 1859. After saving John Hunt Morgan from a puma attack, fifteen-year-old farm boy Will Crump joins Hunt’s militia, the Lexington Rifles. Morgan mentors Will and enrolls him in the local university, where he hopes to study law. As tensions rise between the North and South, Will is torn between his loyalty to Morgan and his love for his family. Will’s father, sisters, and sweetheart follow the Union, while Morgan and Will commit to the South. As part of Morgan’s band, Will participates in ambushes and unconventional warfare until his first real battle a…

Best I've Come Across Round-up: Historical Fiction Edition V

You may be wondering why this post looks a bit different today. Regular readers know that I'm pretty good at finding writing resources, tips, and fun stuff and passing them along to my followers on social media, and every couple of weeks I compile the best of what I come across in a recap post for this blog. But this edition is special! It has a theme near and dear to my heart: Historical fiction! Historical fiction is one of the most difficult genres to write, yet guidance can be hard to come by. Browse through the writing section of your favorite bookseller and you'll find dozens of titles on writing romance, mystery, sci-fi, memoirs--but you're lucky if you find one title on writing historical fiction. So when I come across a good resource online, I save it, and I've been earmarking my historical fiction finds for a post just like this! Without further ado, here they are:
Conducting Field Research for More Authentic Nonfiction & Historic Fiction

13 Insights on Hi…

New Cover Design: Unbridled Montana Passion

Please join me in congratulating Ramona Flightner on the publication of her newest historical romance, Unbridled Montana Passion, book seven in the Bear Grass Springs series! I had the pleasure of helping Ramona design the cover. Here's the book description:

A scandalous past. A long-held secret. Will they trust in their love?

After escaping years of abuse, Fidelia Evans is finally content. She is proud of her job working in her sister’s bakery while tatting highly sought-after lace in her spare time. She finds comfort in knowing she has a safe place to live. Fidelia attempts to forget her past, although her frequent nightmares provide a constant reminder of her past ordeals. As she settles into her new life, her fascination and attraction to Bears grows. Afraid of repeating the mistakes of her past, Fidelia hesitates yet yearns for more than friendship with Bears.

John Runs-From-Bears Renfrew is a patient man. He enjoys his work in the livery with horses for company and accepts his…