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New Book Release: Paris in Ruins

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Please join us in congratulating M.K. Tod on the publication of her newest historical novel, Paris in Ruins ! I had the pleasure of offering some early developmental assistance, Jessica Cale provided some copyediting assistance, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description: Paris 1870. Raised for a life of parties and servants, Camille and Mariele have much in common, but it takes the horrors of war to bring them together to fight for the city and people they love. A few weeks after the abdication of Napoleon III, the Prussian army lays siege to Paris. Camille Noisette, the daughter of a wealthy family, volunteers to nurse wounded soldiers and agrees to spy on a group of radicals plotting to overthrow the French government. Her future sister-in-law, Mariele de Crécy, is appalled by the gaps between rich and poor. She volunteers to look after destitute children whose families can barely afford to eat. Somehow, Camille and Mariele must find the courage and strength to endure

New Cover Design: Cadence to Glory

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Please join me in congratulating Mary Beth Dearmon on the republication of Cadence to Glory with a brand new cover! I had the pleasure of helping Mary Beth with the redesign. Here's the book description: The year is 1773, and rumors of revolution abound. The return of the wealthy Eton family to Williamsburg, Virginia, however, briefly distracts the town's elite. The youngest Eton son, Thomas, thus reunites with Priscilla Parr, his childhood friend and the now-cynical daughter of a proud Loyalist family. Thomas learns to admire her scathing wit while Priscilla finds herself drawn to his ambitious idealism. He soon introduces her to the radical principles of liberty, the fuel of the colonial rebellion. On the eve of Revolution, however, fate turns against the young lovers, whose families are politically opposed. As the ideological forces within her own home begin to parallel the clash between Britain and the Colonies, Priscilla is unexpectedly faced with a dangerous decision bet

New Cover Design: The Apple King

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Please join me in congratulating Barbara Anne King on the publication of her newest historical novel, The Apple King ! I had the pleasure of helping Barbara design the cover. Here's the book description: A successful immigrant keeps a shameful secret. Will his past stop him from aiding his birth-country’s freedom? In 1881, Nikola Markovich’s ambitions took him from poverty in Croatia to pursuing his dreams in America. And despite a rocky start, the determined foreigner finds his fortune in the booming apple business. But years later, his sinful burden resurfaces when he hears word of his homeland’s fight for independence. As conflict brews in Europe, Markovich can no longer stand by and watch Croatia’s desperate struggle. But when a Slavic diplomat comes to town to lobby for assistance, Markovich is shocked to discover a connection to his hidden disgrace that tears his loyalty in two. Can the remorseful man put aside his checkered past and help his people rise from the ashes of war

New Cover Design: The Importance of Pawns

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Please join me in congratulating Keira Morgan on the publication of her debut historical novel, The Importance of Pawns , Book One in the Chronicles of the House of Valois. I had the pleasure of helping Keira design the cover. Here's the book description: Based on historical events and characters in sixteenth-century France, this timeless tale pits envy, power and intrigue against loyalty and the strength of women’s friendships. Although the French court dazzles on the surface, beneath its glitter, danger lurks for the three women trapped in its coils as power shifts from one regime to the next. The story begins as Queen Anne lies dying and King Louis’s health declines. Their two daughters, Claude and young Renée, heiresses to the rich duchy of Brittany, become pawns in the game of control. Countess Louise d’Angoulême is named guardian to both girls. For years she has envied the dying Queen Anne, the girls’ mother. Because of her family’s dire financial problems, she schemes to mar

New Cover Design: Find the Wind's Eye

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Please join me in congratulating Alton Fletcher on the publication of his debut historical novel,  Find the Wind's Eye ! I had the pleasure of helping Alton design the cover. Here's the book description: In 1854 Boston, Third Lieutenant Andrew Gunn of the United States Revenue Cutter Service questions the president’s direct order to extradite a fugitive slave, Anthony Burns, back to Virginia aboard his ship—a lawful order that he believes is immoral and unjust. Torn between his own reverence for freedom as an American and his sworn duty, Gunn suffers the hazards of hard choices that threaten his own life, liberty, and happiness. His first real exposure to the scourge of slavery brings chaos to his ordered life, despite his desperate attempts to control it. Set aboard a small ship in the midst of a gathering political storm, FIND THE WIND'S EYE is a timely, moving story about a man of principle trying to find his way in a fast-changing, increasingly ambivalent world. He stri

New Book Release: The Bareknuckle Groom

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Please join me in congratulating Holly Bush on the publication of her newest historical romance, The Bareknuckle Groom , the second book in her Thompsons of Locust Street series! I had the pleasure of providing some copyediting assistance, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description: Meet the Thompsons of Locust Street, an unconventional family taking Philadelphia high society by storm . . . 1869. Bareknuckle champion James Thompson is confident his future continues with beautiful women and victories in the boxing ring. Men admire his skills, power, and quick fists and are more than willing to bet their hard-earned coins on his name. Women admire his handsome face, his undaunted confidence, and his powerful body. Nothing will change his successfully plotted course, until… Lucinda Vermeal arrives on the Philadelphia social scene when her father moves them to the city in the hopes that his only daughter will find a suitable partner. After all, her husband will be intimately

New Cover Design: The Steel Beneath the Silk

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Please join me in congratulating Patricia Bracewell on the publication of The Steel Beneath the Silk , the highly anticipated third book in the Emma of Normandy Trilogy. I had the pleasure of helping Pat design the cover. Here's the book description: A breathtaking conclusion to Bracewell’s Emma of Normandy Trilogy, brimming with treachery, heartache, tenderness and passion as the English queen confronts ambitious and traitorous councilors, invading armies and the Danish king’s power-hungry concubine. In the year 1012 England’s Norman-born Queen Emma has been ten years wed to an aging, ruthless, haunted King Æthelred. The marriage is a bitterly unhappy one, between a queen who seeks to create her own sphere of influence within the court and a suspicious king who eyes her efforts with hostility and resentment. But royal discord shifts to grudging alliance when Cnut of Denmark, with the secret collusion of his English concubine Elgiva, invades England at the head of a massive viking

New Book Release: Now and Then Stab

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Please join me in congratulating Anna Castle on the publication of her newest historical mystery, Now and Then Stab , Book Seven in the Francis Bacon Mystery series. I had the pleasure of offering Anna some copyediting assistance, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description: Spring, 1593. A ballad is posted in the heart of London inciting violence. The Lord Mayor offers one hundred crowns for the name of the author. Thomas Clarady wants that money and drags Francis Bacon into the game. At first it’s just a riddle to be solved. Tom talks to poets, while Francis analyzes the verse. Things take a dangerous turn when the authorities focus on two popular playmakers. One is cruelly tortured. Another is killed in dubious circumstances. Did he start a brawl that ended in tragedy? Or was he murdered by his dinner companions? The official story seems plausible, at first. But Tom doesn’t buy it. Distraught at the death of his friend, he refuses stop digging, uncovering a plot he sho

New Cover Design: Bold, Bright Spirit

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Please join me in congratulating Martin Lake on the publication of his newest historical novel, Bold, Bright Spirit ! I had the pleasure of helping Martin design the cover. Here's the book description: Miriam Rosenfeld is fifteen years old. Almost an adult yet still a child, craving independence while needing support, truculent and loving, exasperating and a joy. Typical in so many ways. Except the year is 1940; Miriam is a Jew and lives in Nazi Germany. Life is terrifying, especially as her younger brother, Oscar, has Down’s Syndrome and is, therefore, targeted by the Nazis for extermination. When Oscar is caught by the police, their parents fight to save him, their mother is savagely beaten and their father killed. Their mother's last words to Miriam are to take care of Oscar and flee. Miriam and Oscar embark on a journey across the continent to an aunt they have never seen. It calls on all of Miriam’s intelligence, resourcefulness and determination, all her boldness and spir

New Cover Design: Light and Shadow at Pemberley

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Please join me in congratulating Lee Elliott on the publication of Light and Shadow at Pemberley: A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice ! I had the pleasure of helping Lee design the cover. Here's the book description: Pride and Prejudice concludes with two weddings and the expectation of perfect felicity, but it’s far from the end of the story… The following summer is blissfully happy for Darcy and Elizabeth, who have retreated from London society to enjoy time alone at Pemberley during the early months of their marriage. As they are making preparations for an autumn journey to Scotland, word comes that Lady Catherine has fallen ill, and the Darcys hasten to Rosings.   After Anne de Bourgh’s hopes of marrying Darcy are shattered, her mother, Lady Catherine, is furious, and Anne is set thoroughly on the shelf. But her mother’s illness allows Anne to finally escape her oppressive rule. As her cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam is the first to discover, Anne is a much more interesting and tenaciou

New Cover Design: Out of the Bower

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Please join me in congratulating A.E. Walnofer on the publication of Out of the Bower ! I had the pleasure of helping A.E. design the cover. Here's the book description: London, 1817: Celia Woodlow is trapped in Titania’s Bower, a brothel disguised as a coffee house. She is wretchedly resigned to this fate until high-spirited Honora Goodwin appears. Shared tragedy quickly bonds them in friendship and they determine to flee the Bower together, though they wonder at their survival outside its walls. Suddenly, Honora vanishes without a word, and Celia is left feeling betrayed and hopeless. Barclay Durbin, a young street preacher, desires little more than to help London’s destitute masses. After he encounters Honora, injured in her flight from the Bower, he comes to believe she is divinely appointed to become his wife. Honora knows that encouraging the good-hearted gentleman’s attentions may prove to ensure her future security, but she is intent on liberating Celia. Telling Barclay onl

New Book Release: Neander: Exploitation

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Please join me in congratulating Harald Johnson on the publication of Neander: Exploitation , Book Two in the Neanderthal Series. I had the pleasure of offering Harald some developmental editing assistance. here's the book description: “ What kind of world is this? ” It’s five years later, and Tom Cook is living a “normal” life with his Neanderthal family 40,000 years ago. But when a life-threatening crisis strikes his daughter, Tom decides to carry her to the future for the medical help she desperately needs. And in the process, he’s entangled in a modern world very different from the one he left behind. Now, caught up in a secret plan to exploit his daughter’s unique Neanderthal DNA, Tom must find a way to save everything he loves and cherishes. If you're a fan of the time travel novels of Jack Finney (Time and Again), Stephen King (11/22/63), or Michael Crichton (Timeline), you'll relish this sequel to NEANDER: A Time Travel Adventure from historical-fiction author Haral

New Book Release: The Jewel Cage

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Please join me in congratulating Jane Steen on the publication of The Jewel Cage , Book Four in the House of Closed Doors series. I had the privilege of offering Jane some copyediting assistance. Here's the book description: Does love conquer all? Nell’s not so sure. Adjusting to wedlock isn’t easy for a woman whose initial aversion to the married state took her to the Poor Farm. When a tragedy out of the blue prompts her to repay past debts, her charitable instincts threaten to wreck her happy new life. What does she really want—and what does she really need? Attraction to an old friend shakes Tess’s world. Can she change his indifference to love? Martin struggles with demons from his own past as he oversees the rebuilding of the store and the creation of a new home. Will his ambitions hurt those he loves the most? Young Sarah faces the antagonist who knows the secret that might ruin her future. Join the beloved characters from the House of Closed Doors series as we bridge the yea

New Book Release: Defending the Reaper

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Please join me in congratulating G.K. Brady on the publication of Defending the Reaper , fifth book in the Playmaker Series! I had the pleasure of working with G.K. on a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description: Blizzard captain Dave Grimson’s life is as tangled as a wad of skate laces—and it’s a mess of his own making. Used to being in charge, “the Grim Reaper” has become the team leader in name only. Adding insult to injury, he finds himself dumped and single. Though he’s determined to piece his life back together, it’s time to leave his team and his city behind. What he needs is a trade and a fresh start. Dating? He’s leaving that behind too, until he collides with Ellie Hendricks. Literally.  Ellie is fighting to keep her landscaping company afloat before it gets buried under the mountain of debt her ex left behind. The last thing she needs is Dave Grimson crashing into her life. Besides, Dave is big and growly and so not her type

New Book Release: The London Monster

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Please join us in congratulating Donna Scott on the publication of her second historical novel,  The London Monster ! Jenny had the pleasure of designing the cover, and Jessica Cale assisted Donna with a copyedit. Here's the book description: In 1788, exactly one hundred years before Jack the Ripper terrorizes the people of London, a sexual miscreant known as the London Monster roams the streets in search of his next victim… Thomas Hayes, having lost his mother in a vicious street assault, becomes an underground pugilist on a mission to rid the streets of violent criminals. But his vigilante actions lead to him being mistaken for the most terrifying criminal of all. Assistance arrives in the form of Sophie Carlisle, a young journalist with dreams of covering a big story, though she is forced to masquerade as a man to do it. Trapped in an engagement to a man she doesn’t love, Sophie yearns to break free to tell stories that matter about London’s darker side—gaming, prostitution, vio