Thursday, January 7, 2021

Defending the Reaper

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—even if she did have time to give him a second look. Which she doesn’t.

Dave’s determined to make up for the damage his careless behavior has caused Ellie. What begins as a good intention, however, leads somewhere he never expected, and his well-guarded heart starts to show some cracks. Ellie’s unlike any woman he’s ever known. She’s unimpressed by his money, his celebrity, and him. All she wants from Dave is to have her van fixed. But he didn’t get where he is by backing away from challenges, and he’s not backing away from this one either—until he has to face-off against his demons. 

As Dave lowers his defenses, Ellie catches a glimpse of something tender—and very compelling. But Dave has secrets he’s locked away, and she can’t solve them or his mixed signals. To understand Dave’s every unspoken word, she’s going to have to read between the lines.

Keeping it casual is the smart play, but Dave and Ellie’s mutual attraction won’t be denied, and it pulls them into the deep end … until those secrets come home to roost, threatening to crush the shaky trust they’ve built. Can they keep their heads above water, or will they be caught in a surge that drowns them both? 


Defending the Reaper
 is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit G.K.'s website for the scoop on her upcoming projects!

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

The Art of Book Cover Design for Historical Fiction


*This is an older post, but it remains so popular that I keep it pinned here on the main page.*

I had the pleasure of speaking on The Art of Book Cover Design panel at the Historical Novel Society conference last June with Emily Victorson from Allium PressSarah Johnson from Reading the PastAnna Michels from Sourcebooks, and Kris Waldherr from Art and Words. We each presented on different aspects of designing historical fiction covers, and my task was to discuss my approach and trends in the genre. In case you missed it, or if you attended and would like to have a copy of your own, here is my portion of the presentation!

L to R: Anna, Kris, myself, and Sarah
The first thing I do when working on a cover is determine the genre or subgenre and the target audience, and then I spend some time browsing through the bestsellers to see which covers are selling books and what they look like. It’s important that you pay attention to cover trends when creating yours. You may think your cover is going to stand out because it’s so different from others in the genre, but that approach can often backfire. Cover trends exist in the first place because they sell books. Readers of a genre are used to seeing a certain style of cover, and if your cover doesn’t even come close, they may very well skip over it, thinking it’s not the type of book they like to read. So the trick is crafting a cover that falls within the trends in the genre while standing out and catching the eye of your target reader. 

So with that being said, I want to briefly touch on some popular trends in today’s historical fiction covers. A significant portion of the historical fiction market is targeted toward women, so that’s where we’ll begin.


So let’s start with the trend readers either seem to love or hate: The Headless Woman. This trend is popular because the heroine in a reader’s imagination rarely matches a real-life depiction on the cover. So it gives us a chance to envision what her face looks like and also adds an air of mystery. (Check out Sarah's portion of the presentation for the original headless woman cover that started the trend!)

The London Monster

Please join me in congratulating Donna Scott on the publication of her second historical novel, The London Monster! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. 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, violence—and realizes Tom could be the one to help. Together, they come up with a plan.

Straddling the line between his need for vengeance and the need to hide his true identity as a politician's son becomes increasingly difficult as Tom is pressured to win more fights. The more he wins, the more notoriety he receives, and the greater the chance his identity may be exposed—a revelation that could jeopardize his father’s political aspirations and destroy his family’s reputation.

Sophie is also in danger as hysteria spreads and the attacks increase in severity and frequency. No one knows who to trust, and no one is safe—Tom included, yet he refuses to end the hunt.

Little does he realize, the monster is also hunting him.



The London Monster is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Donna's website for the scoop on her forthcoming novels!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Ride with the Moonlight

 Please join me in congratulating Andrea Matthews on the publication of Ride with the Moonlight, book two in the Thunder on the Moor series! I had the pleasure of working with Andrea on a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

After rescuing sixteenth-century Border reiver Will Foster from certain death at her family’s hands, time traveler Maggie Armstrong finally admits her love for the handsome Englishman, though she can’t rid herself of the sinking suspicion that her Scottish kin are not about to let them live in peace. What she doesn’t expect is the danger that lurks on Will’s own side of the Border.

When news of their plans to marry reaches the warden, he charges Will with March treason for trysting with a Scot. Will and Maggie attempt to escape by fleeing to the hills, but when Will is declared an outlaw and allowed to be killed on sight, they can no longer evade the authorities. Will is sentenced to hang, while Maggie is to be sent back to her family. Heartbroken, she has no choice but to return to Scotland, where her uncle continues to make plans for her to wed Ian Rutherford, the wicked Scotsman who she now realizes murdered her father in cold blood. With Will facing the gallows in England, and herself practically under house arrest in Scotland, she continues to resist her uncle’s plans, but her efforts are thwarted at every turn.

Will’s family, however, is not about to stand by and watch their youngest lad executed simply because he’s lost his heart to a Scottish lass. A daring plan is set into motion, but will it be in time to save Will’s life and reunite the lovers? Or will Ian’s lies prompt Maggie’s family to ensure the bond between them is forever destroyed?



Ride with the Moonlight is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Andrea's website for tons of great historical information and a peek behind the scenes of her books.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Across the Great Divide: The Search

 Please join me in congratulating Michael L. Ross on the publication of The Search, sequel to Clouds of War in the Across the Great Divide series. I had the privilege of working with Mike on a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Where do you go when home is no longer an option?

The guns of the Civil War have ceased firing, and the shots are but an echo . . . yet the war rages on, deep inside Will Crump's soul. His "soldier's heart" is searching for peace, and in that quest Will joins the westward movement, setting his path on a collision course with adventure, loss, and love.

The Westward Expansion floods the sacred, untouched lands with immigrants, bringing conflict to the Shoshone, Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho. Amidst the chaos Will finds safety in the shadow of the US Army, but the army brings battle-hardened troops into Red Cloud's War, pulling Will into a tornado of conflict. Broken treaties and promises leave both sides searching for answers. Will's search leads him to a battle for survival, and there he finds a love that could change him forever.

Dove, a young Shoshone woman, is a survivor of the Bear Creek Massacre. After being kidnapped and escaping from the Cheyenne, she joins Will's search, seeking where she belongs. Dove longs for more than the restricted role placed on women in her tribe. If she can learn to trust a white man, he just might help her find home... and hope.

Together, Will and Dove must search for understanding, and reach Across the Great Divide.



Across the Great Divide: The Search is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Michael's website for his fascinating historical blog posts.

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Pathway to Home

Please join me in congratulating Pat Wahler on the publication of Pathway to Home, book three in the Becker Family series! I had the pleasure of working with Pat in designing the cover. Here's the book description:

An unexpected revelation sends her on a journey…

After her mother’s death, Mira Gordon learns a shocking secret. Could it be true she has a family she never knew existed? She is compelled to put her sorrow and her dream of owning a pastry shop on hold, in a venture that will take her from Key West to Kansas City. What Mira discovers will change her life forever.

Aiden Stewart, a widower and firefighter, struggles to reimagine the future while single parenting his young daughter. When he meets the lovely but determined redhead from the Keys, she catches his eye… and tugs his heart. But Aiden senses there is more to Mira than she’s telling him, and fears the possibility of a new heartbreak.

Can Mira and Aiden move past the pain of grief to claim a new love?




Pathway to Home is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Pat's website for the scoop on all of her books.

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

A Hussar's Promise

 Please join me in congratulating Griffin Brady on the publication of A Hussar's Promise, sequel to her debut historical novel, The Heart of a Hussar! I had the pleasure of working with Griffin on a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Betrayed by the lord he has served since boyhood, Jacek Dąbrowski, captain of winged hussars, has just been exiled to a remote fortress along the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth’s southeastern border—a dangerous no man’s land where reviled Tatar raiders constantly hunt for fresh slaves to satisfy the Ottoman Empire’s insatiable appetites.

But Jacek’s lord, Eryk Krezowski of Biaska, has taken far more—he has also taken Jacek’s only love, Oliwia, for himself. Determined to forget Oliwia and Eryk, Jacek grinds out a new life in the war zone that is now his home. When tragedy strikes and he is called back, he cannot refuse and must once again confront those who have betrayed him. 

Once a Russian peasant, Lady Oliwia Krezowska has risen to a lofty perch she never sought. The reluctant lady of a vast estate, Oliwia has everything a woman could want—except Jacek, the only man she’s ever loved. Even if she weren’t bound to Eryk by marriage, she has no hope of recapturing Jacek’s heart—his bitter hatred toward her is an impenetrable wall.

Upon Jacek’s return to Biaska, secrets are revealed and he realizes much of what he once believed is wrong. He embarks upon yet another mission with newfound purpose, only to be confronted by an enemy he never saw coming. Just as one dream is realized, another is shattered. Jacek’s fortitude will be tested again and again as he endures battles no man should in an effort to reclaim his life and his love.

Meanwhile, a different foe, one who was but a shadow of a threat before, continues to grow, becoming more powerful every day. That enemy’s sole quest is to destroy Biaska, including Oliwia and everyone she loves.

Though worlds apart, Jacek and Oliwia are in the battles of their lives—for their lives—from which neither may survive. 



A Hussar's Promise is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Griffin's website for more information about the winged hussars and her contemporary romance series!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Christmas at Hembry Castle

Please join me in congratulating Meredith Allard on the publication of Christmas at Hembry Castle, a companion novella to her popular Hembry Castle series! I had the pleasure of helping Meredith design the cover. Here's the book description:

You are cordially invited to
Christmas at Hembry Castle

An unlikely earl struggles with his new place. A young couple’s love is tested. What is a meddling ghost to do? Travel back to Victorian England and enjoy the joys, the challenges, and the festive holiday celebrations with Edward, Daphne, Frederick, and the other beloved characters at Hembry Castle. 

Christmas at Hembry Castle is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Meredith's website for more information on all of her books.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The Six Marriages of Henry VIII Part One: His Wives

Please join me in congratulating Janet Wertman on the publication of her newest book, The Six Marriages of Henry VIII, Part One: His Wives, translated from the original French version first published in 1878. I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

Originally published in 1878, The Six Marriages of Henry VIII is like the farcical love child of The Spanish Chronicle and Agnes Strickland, uniting Agnes’ pretense at biography with the Spanish Chronicle’s tendency to “bring some scenes to life.” Oh, and it’s all told in the snark of Charles de Marillac, the French ambassador to Henry’s court during some key years.

Jules D’Argis repeats a lot of the over-the-top, no-this-never-happened stories – and invents new ones, many of which are based on the cultural practices he was familiar with and therefore tell us a lot about his own era. In a scene right out of a Bronte novel, D’Argis trots out a fortune teller to warn Anne Boleyn of the dangers that await her; elsewhere he speaks of the court going to Brighton to enjoy the seashore. Unfortunately, D’Argis also shows us what an antisemitic place France was at the time, in a gratuitous scene showing a jeweler who must remake for Jane Seymour a diamond-and-ruby necklace once destined for her predecessor. I eliminated the slurs but left the scene in, knowing that he had already proved his poor judgment by that point (he thought Anne had in fact slept with Norris, for goodness’ sake!).

In all, it’s a wild read. Tudorholics will love to see how England’s historic rival told the stories of the Tudors, especially closer to the actual events.



The Six Marriages of Henry VIII, Part One: His Wives is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Janet's website for more information on all of her books and her blog posts on Tudor England.

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Monday, November 23, 2020

A Thimbleful of Honor

 Please join me in congratulating Linda Lee Graham on the publication of her new romantic historical novel, A Thimbleful of Honor! I had the pleasure of working with Linda on a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover for this emotional tale of a man's homecoming twenty-five years after the last Jacobite uprising. Here's the book description:


Before his father offered to shelter Wylie's two sons, nothing could lure Wylie Macpherson back to Scotland. But after a bitter twenty-five-year exile, his homecoming proves harder than anticipated. Instead of the scorn he expected, he's faced with the relief of a struggling village long awaiting his return. All Wylie wants is to retreat to his ship, yet the tug of his memories and responsibilities is difficult to ignore.

Having lost one man to the sea, Anna Macrae is cynical of men chasing dreams across oceans when everything one could want—family, community, friends—can be found in the Highlands. Though preoccupied hiding her father's infirmity while managing his business in his stead, she can't help but notice Wylie's sons need a parent, and their father is too absorbed in his own grief and anger to notice. As she grows close to them, her traitorous heart begins to spin fantasies of a life not meant to be.

Blindsided by a barrage of painful memories, Wylie pays little heed to the heat building between himself and Anna until he finds he can think of nothing else. Will he flee once again, or will he fight one more battle to claim the sweetest of prizes?

A poignant story of love, loss, and coming home, A Thimbleful of Honor is set in the heart of Scotland's Highlands, twenty-five years after the 1745 Jacobite rebellion.



A Thimbleful of Honor is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Linda's website for more information on all of her book.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

The Bachelor's Bride

 Please join me in congratulating Holly Bush on the publication of her newest historical romance, The Bachelor's Bride, the first book in her brand new 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…

1868. Elspeth Thompson is the middle daughter in a family with tightly held secrets. While she loves her family, she longs to break out from their overprotective hold, to find herself, to be noticed for who she is rather than as chaperone to her beautiful younger sister, Kirsty, or underling to her elder sister, Muireall. A chance meeting under scandalous circumstances offers her the opportunity to be seen for herself, but the repercussions could lead to the downfall of her family.

Confirmed bachelor Alexander Pendergast enjoys his position as the right-hand man of one of the most influential and powerful politicians in Philadelphia. Heir to the largest textile mill on the east coast, Alexander is handsome, charming, and the ultimate catch on high society’s matrimonial market. But he has no interest in settling down with a pampered debutante. He doubts the perfect woman for him actually exists…until he meets Elspeth Thompson.

But the Thompsons and Pendergasts move in different circles, and Elspeth has no desire to be judged and found wanting by Philadelphia’s first families. Though she tries to resist Alexander’s charms, when he comes to her family’s rescue, she knows there’s more to him than she’d first thought. But Alexander realizes that his ambitions may have placed Elspeth and her family in grave danger. With an unseen enemy determined to uncover the Thompson family’s secrets, Alexander grapples with secrets of his own, secrets that could cost him the only woman he’s ever truly cared about.

When Elspeth finds herself in terrible danger, can she muster the inner strength of her ancestors to save herself and her family and find the courage to meet love head on?


The Bachelor's Bride is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Holly's website for more information on all of her books.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Promise Thief

Please join me in congratulating Lee Evie on the publication of her new historical novel, Promise Thief, book two in the Promise series! I had the pleasure of helping Lee design the cover. Here's the book description:

SHE HAS NO FUTURE. HE HAS NO PAST. A GAME BEGINS.

Joseon Korea

During the long midwinter, snow drifts through the stark streets of sprawling Hanyang. Within the stifling walls of the Pavilion, a gisaeng slave girl is driven to the edge of her endurance.

Chungjo is ambitious. Beautiful. Cruel. A slave girl who submits to no-one and destroys all who stand in her way. Yet a mysterious stranger thwarts her plans at every turn. Craftier than she could anticipate, he is a young man who is her match.

Soon a dance begins. Who will discover the truth first? Who will destroy the other?

A dark romantic story of old Korea.


Promise Thief
 is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, visit Lee's website for her blog posts and podcasts about Korean history, and check out book one, Promise Season!

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Antonius: Soldier of Fate

 Please join me in congratulating Brook Allen on the publication of  Antonius: Soldier of Fate, the final book in her definitive and meticulously researched trilogy about the fascinating life of Marc Antony. I had the pleasure of helping Brook with a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:


"A masterpiece of historical writing in the best traditions of Mary Renault and M.C. Scott." ~Griff Hosker, Author of The Sword of Cartimandua Series

Marcus Antonius has it all—power, prestige, a heroic military reputation, and the love of Queen Cleopatra. But as master of Rome’s Eastern provinces and kingdoms, he must maintain peace, and in so doing, he sacrifices his own happiness, yoked within a loveless marriage and an eroding alliance. As Octavian’s star rises, Marcus must compete with his rival’s success, though it leads to an embittered struggle threatening to end their unity.

Once Marcus finally takes matters into his own hands, his fate becomes tied to the East—and Cleopatra. Far from Rome and his seat of power, a horrific campaign to fulfill Julius Caesar’s vision will forever alter him. He is a man torn between two countries and two families, and ultimately—a soldier fated to be the catalyst transforming Rome from Republic to Empire.


Antonius: Soldier of Fate
 is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Brook's website for her posts about traveling for research and all things 1st century BC Rome.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Midnight Fire

Please join me in congratulating P.K. Adams on the publication of her new historical novel, Midnight Fire, the second book in the Jagiellon Mystery series! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

In the summer of 1545, Caterina Konarska undertakes the long journey from Bari to Kraków in search of a cure for her ailing son Giulio. In Poland, she finds a court far different from the lively, cultured place she remembers from twenty-five years ago. The old king lies on his deathbed, and the once-charming Queen Bona has aged into a bitter, lonely woman—isolated from power and estranged from the heir, Zygmunt August.

Haunted by memories of a crime she solved long ago, Caterina approaches the queen with caution. Bona promises medical assistance for Giulio, but at a price: Caterina must travel with her son to Vilnius, where, in exchange for a medical consultation with a royal physician, she will attempt to dissuade Zygmunt August from marrying his scandal-ridden mistress, Barbara Radziwiłł.

Caterina agrees, but she soon learns that Zygmunt August listens to no one, especially when it comes to his love life. And when a puzzling murder shakes the Vilnius court, the duke immediately suspects his mother’s agents. Caterina is thrust into yet another investigation, but as bodies and clues pile up, she realizes that in trying to clear the queen’s name, she has placed her and Giulio’s lives in grave danger.

The second Jagiellon Mystery, Midnight Fire explores the nature of duty and sacrifice and the unpredictable ways in which personal and political events can trigger buried traumas, with explosive and deadly consequences.


Midnight Fire is available now in print and ebook editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit P.K.'s website for more information on all of her books, historical articles, and book reviews!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The Kindness of Thieves

Please join us in congratulating Gail Feeney on the publication of her debut historical novel, The Kindness of Thieves! Jessica Cale had the pleasure of assisting Gail with a copyedit, and Jenny Q designed the cover. Here's the book description:

The Kindness of Thieves, set in 1857 Victorian England, is a story of suspense layered with romantic intrigue.

In the guise of a suave gentleman returned to his native land, Jack Cooper sets out to plan one last scheme to line his pockets before leaving his life of crime and establishing himself in a life of respectability. Jack finds the perfect target, the pampered heiress of a wealthy businessman.

Anne Reed, a country vicar’s daughter, has a life rich in books and lacking in future prospects. To her surprise, she is given the opportunity to visit London. In the company of friends and family, Anne begins to discover her place in the world. One of those friends is Jack’s new target.

Jack insinuates himself into the girls’ social circle and proceeds to stage the last big job of his career, the abduction of the heiress.

Plans never work out as intended.


The Kindness of Thieves
 is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Gail's website for more information and historical notes on her books.

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Monday, October 5, 2020

The Boy King

Please join me in congratulating Janet Wertman on the publication of The Boy King, the final book in her highly acclaimed Seymour Saga series! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

The Unsuspecting Reign of Edward Tudor

Motherless since birth and newly bereft of his father, King Henry VIII, nine-year-old Edward Tudor ascends to the throne of England and quickly learns that he cannot trust anyone, even himself. 

Edward is at first relieved that his uncle, the new Duke of Somerset, will act on his behalf as Lord Protector, but this consolation evaporates as jealousy spreads through the court. Challengers arise on all sides to wrest control of the child king, and through him, England.

While Edward can bring frustratingly little direction to the Council's policies, he refuses to abandon his one firm conviction: that Catholicism has no place in England. When Edward falls ill, this steadfast belief threatens England's best hope for a smooth succession: the transfer of the throne to Edward's very Catholic half-sister, Mary Tudor, whose heart's desire is to return the realm to the way it worshipped in her mother's day.



The Boy King is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Jane's website for delicious tidbits from her historical research.

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Winning Score

 Please join me in congratulating G.K. Brady on the publication of The Winning Score, fourth book in the Playmakers Series! 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:


She can’t stand him. The feeling is mutual. Can they make it through quarantine together?

Quinn Hadley only does one thing as well as he plays hockey—wheeling the ladies. He’s the envy of his teammates. With puck bunnies on speed dial in every city, he never spends a night alone unless it’s by choice. He has a certain type—hot, blond, and easy. So when he meets Sarah Nelson, bagging her is nowhere on his radar. Not only is she a brunette, but her fiery, take-no-prisoners style is a turn-off. Plus, she’s his teammate’s sister and totally off-limits.

But his disabled mother—who’s just been foisted on him—loves Sarah. And not only is his mom methodically ruining his sweet bachelor lifestyle, but she keeps firing every caregiver Quinn hires for her. So when COVID-19 puts everyone on lockdown, Quinn offers Sarah an opportunity she can’t refuse, despite the warning bells clanging in his head. 

Sarah Nelson is fleeing a devastating breakup and has nowhere to go but to her brother’s place in Denver. An engineer by training, she needs a job pronto so she can yank herself back up on her own two feet. But COVID-19 stops her dead in her tracks. So when Quinn Hadley offers her a temporary job making stupid money, she has a hard time refusing—despite the fact she has to live under the same roof with a guy who turns her stomach. She’s had too much experience with charmers like him, and Quinn Hadley is the biggest charmer of all. With a track record to prove it. But it’s the other side of Quinn she never expects, and it’s far more lethal than his public persona.

When Mr. Smooth and Ms. Prickly shelter in place together, not even his mansion is big enough to contain the fireworks. These two are sparks colliding with gas: combustible and explosive. 

Someone’s bound to get burned.


The Winning Score is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit G.K.'s website for the scoop on her upcoming projects!

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Case of the Spotted Tailor

Please join me in congratulating Anna Castle on the publication of her newest historical mystery, The Case of the Spotted Tailor, first book in the Cunning Woman Mystery series! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

Welcome to Ayreford in 1591, where cats can talk and fairies are real.

Jane Moone leaves her thriving practice as a cunning woman in London to return to Ayreford to care for her father, Amias, who has grown quite peculiar in the years since she left home. Before she can find out what’s troubling him, her only client’s husband is murdered. The tailor is found in his workshop covered in red spots with a bottle of tonic from Moone’s apothecary near at hand. A rival cunning man accuses Amias of poisoning him, and the old man is arrested.

Jane knows her father is innocent. She joins forces with a handsome barrister to study the scene. They find evidence to support Amias, but each item is altered when a blackbird sings. That bird has been following them everywhere. The barrister doesn’t notice, but Jane finds it alarming. How can a bird change the label on a bottle or alter the sketch of a footprint?

Things only get more peculiar. Amias's ginger cat gives Jane wise counsel, a frog-pond fairy claims to know her long-lost mother, and a hedge witch knits hair into spell-stopping nets.

Either Jane is caught in a very strange dream or Ayreford is thickly inhabited by the Fair Folk, playing out their ancient rivalries through the unsuspecting townspeople. But Jane can’t think about that either way. Not yet. She’ll do whatever she must, however bizarre, to save her father from hanging. And then she’ll get the truth from him--or possibly his cat.


The Case of the Spotted Tailor is available now in print and ebook formats on Amazon. 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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Friday, September 25, 2020

Secrets of Greenoak Woods

Please join me in congratulating Brenda Davies on the rerelease of Secrets of Greenoak Woods with a new cover designed by yours truly! Here's the book description:

His secrets could destroy her.
Her secret could save him.

A MAN SCORNED...

Benjamin is haunted by childhood traumas, and he bears the scars on his body and soul. Withdrawn and sullen, he is mistrusted by everyone, including Mary, the woman he secretly loves.

A PROMISE MADE...

Mary will never break the promise made to her dying mother, but she never imagined that promise would leave her with a dark secret. A secret that will deliver her straight to the gallows if discovered.

SECRETS AND BETRAYALS LAID BARE...

When Mary's life is altered forever, Benjamin finds the courage to offer her the protection she needs, but how far will she go to keep her secrets safe? Benjamin must prove his worth to win her love, but someone from his past is intent on seeing him fail.

Set in 1816 against the untamed splendour of the Cornish coast is a passionate story of love, loss and dark secrets.


Secrets of Greenoak Woods is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads and learn more about Brenda's books there!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Heart of a Hussar

 Please join me in congratulating Griffin Brady on the publication of her debut historical novel, The Heart of a Hussar! I had the pleasure of working with Griffin on a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

A tale of chivalry, love, and conflicted loyalty set in 17th century Poland

Exploiting Muscovy’s Time of Troubles, Poland has invaded the chaotic country. Twenty-two-year-old Jacek Dąbrowski is an honorable, ferocious warrior in a company of winged hussars—an unrivaled, lethal cavalry. When his lieutenant dies in battle, Jacek is promoted to replace him, against the wishes of his superior, Mateusz, who now has more reason to eliminate him. 

Jacek dedicates his life to gaining the king’s recognition and manor lands of his own. Consequently, he closely guards his heart, avoiding lasting romantic entanglements. Unscathed on the battlefield, undefeated in tournaments, and adored by women eager to share his bed, Jacek has never lost at anything he sets out to conquer. So when he charges toward his goals, he believes nothing stands in his way. 

Upon his return from battle, Jacek deviates from his ordinarily unemotional mindset and rescues enemy siblings, fifteen-year-old Oliwia and her younger brother, Filip, from their devastated Muscovite village. His act of mercy sets into motion unstoppable consequences that ripple through his well-ordered life for years to come—and causes him to irretrievably lose his heart. 

Oliwia has her own single-minded drive: to protect her young brother. Her determination and self-sacrifice lead her to adopt a new country, a new religion, and a new way of life. But it’s not the first time the resilient beauty has had to remake herself, for she is not what she appears to be.
 
As Jacek battles the Muscovites and Tatars threatening Poland’s borders for months at a time, Oliwia is groomed for a purpose concealed from her. All the while, Mateusz’s treachery and a mysterious enemy looming on the horizon threaten to destroy everything Jacek holds dear.


The Heart of a Hussar
 is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Griffin's website for more information about the winged hussars and her contemporary romance series!

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Monday, September 14, 2020

A Maiden's Prayer

Please join me in congratulating Srianthi Perera on the publication of her debut novel, A Maiden's Prayer! I had the pleasure of helping Srianthi design the cover. Here's the book description:

Berty Uncle must have a wife! 
  
In 1970s Sri Lanka, matchmakers performed family introductions, and families placed advertisements in newspapers when young people could not find partners on their own. Using the ancient study of celestial bodies—Vedic Hindu Astrology—astrologers paired men and women for lifelong companionship. 
  
In A MAIDEN’S PRAYER, precocious Tamara de Silva narrates her handsome uncle’s story through the romantic lens of youth, and comically highlights the wild machinations of her extended family in their efforts to marry him off.  
  
However, the successful engineer ignores all matchmaking efforts and proceeds recklessly according to his fancy. His rejection of family tradition brings startling and unexpected results. 


A Maiden's Prayer
is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Srianthi's website for more information on the book, including photos and music, and Srianthi's nonfiction articles.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Lassoing a Montana Heart

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

A desperate journey to an unknown land. A selfless act of kindness. A marriage of convenience.

Davina MacQueen yearns for a loving family. After fleeing from her conniving father in Scotland, she arrives in Bear Grass Springs, Montana Territory, with hope and determination. Soon, she is an integral part of daily life on Sorcha and Frederick’s ranch. Unfortunately, the giant of a man, Slims, is to be her tutor in the kitchen. He’s intolerable. Insufferable. And all too attractive for her liking.

Slims has no time for teaching Miss Sorcha’s cousin. Against his will, he begins to yearn for the time alone with her, even if it’s obvious she loathes him. What he wouldn’t give to trace his fingers through her silky, golden hair and hear her laugh.

When they are stranded in the middle of a blizzard, he is shocked by her dedication to his wellbeing. Upon arrival in town, she is threatened by vicious gossips, and he realizes he will do anything in his power to protect her. If only she would accept his love as readily as she accepts his proposal.

Will Davina learn to trust in a Slims’s love again, or will she allow the fears from her past to keep her alone?


Lassoing a Montana heart is available in ebook and print editions on AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo, and Apple. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Ramona's website for the scoop on all of her books!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The Edge of Hell

Please join me in congratulating S.K. Keogh on the publication of her newest historical novel, The Edge of Hell. I had the pleasure of helping Susan design the cover. Here's the book description:

Thirteen thousand Union soldiers will lose their lives at Andersonville prison. James Keenan is determined Nate Calhoun will not be one of them.

James and Nate have nothing more in common than their rural hometown. In Burr Oak, class distinction and petty jealousies pit the two young men against each other. Their combative relationship carries over into the ranks of the Eleventh Michigan Infantry, where Nate struggles to live up to the reputation left behind by his brother, and James contends with an abusive sergeant, Robert Langdon. Once a preacher in Burr Oak, Langdon seeks retribution for James’s part in his fall from grace.

The bloody battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga wipe away past differences and forge a deep bond between James and Nate. As Sherman’s armies march inexorably toward Atlanta, Nate’s capture puts that bond to the test. Determined to rescue his friend from notorious Andersonville prison, James risks desertion to embark on a dangerous journey through the wilderness of war-torn Georgia, pursued by Langdon, bent on revenge.

The Edge of Hell tells the story of the rank and file from small-town America—farmers and shop-owners who made up the nucleus of the Federal army and, through extraordinary valor, preserved the Union.


The Edge of Hell is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Susan's website for the scoop on all of her books and articles of historical interest.

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Monday, August 3, 2020

The Murderess of Bayou Rosa

Please join me in congratulating Ramona DeFelice Long on the publication of her debut novel, The Murderess of Bayou Rosa! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

In the summer of 1920, the town of Bayou Rosa, Louisiana, is in its twilight, but hope arrives with the construction of a new railroad depot. The brighter future is imperiled when a free-spirited local woman shoots her lover in the back, but won't say why. Now, the town is faced with a legal and moral dilemma. With rows of new graves in the cemetery from a devastating world war and influenza epidemic, can a jury of twelve men vote to hang a woman they’ve seen grow up since birth?

Joelle Amais was a willful child, an unwed teenage mother, and now an accused murderess. As the weeks stretch between her arrest and a delayed trial, her defiant silence threatens to blow Bayou Rosa apart. Joelle’s only ally is her daughter, Geneva, the town schoolteacher, whose demure demeanor hides the stubbornness she inherited from her mother. Geneva is determined to see her mother get a fair trial, even after Joelle’s enemies turn their ire, violently, toward her.


The Murderess of Bayou Rosa is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Ramona's website for more information about the book and her writing inspiration.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

The Drive in '65

Please join me in congratulating Sandra Lynne Reed on the publication of her memoir, The Drive in '65! I had the pleasure of helping Sandra design the cover. Here's the book description:

In 1965, two sisters packed up their five children and their mother--eight people--in a nine-passenger van and traveled North America for fourteen weeks. After living in Alaska twenty years, they wanted to see more of the world and show their children what lay beyond Alaska's borders.

Sandra Lynne Reed was thirteen that summer. The tiny town of Moose Pass, and the southern edges of Anchorage, one hundred miles north, defined Reed's provincial childhood and left her curious about the world she saw in magazines and on television--strange places that were her own country. In a summer of "firsts" she and her siblings discovered the magic of fireflies, natural wonders, and treasures of history. On their tinny transistor radio, they followed news of the space race, the Civil Rights movement, and the escalating war in Vietnam. The musical sound track of the British invasion and the rising rock-and-roll era followed them as they circled North America, traveling as far south as Mexico City.

The courage of her mother and aunt, undertaking an international adventure in a day when women could not obtain a credit card or serve on a jury, provided an example to all their children.

Like the Good Friday earthquake had done in 1964, the Drive in '65 shook up her world, exposing shocking poverty and racial divides and lighting a fire in her for further travel but also weakening fault lines in her family that no one had predicted. Using a trove of letters and memorabilia, and her own memories, Reed has recreated the adventure of a lifetime in The Drive in '65.


The Drive in '65 is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-a-Million. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Sandra's website for more information about her books and her blog posts on history and inspiration.

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