Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Art of Book Cover Design for Historical Fiction


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!)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Life and Times of Lilly Quinn


Please join me in congratulating Carolyn E. Cook on the publication of her newest historical novel, The Life and Times of Lilly Quinn! I had the pleasure of helping Carolyn design the cover. Here's the book description:

Fleeing hazardous circumstances in New Orleans, Lilly Quinn arrives in hardscrabble Minden Springs, a thrown-together town on the dry prairie of 1870s Kansas. She plans to continue her journey onward to San Francisco, but her chance sighting of Barnett Swan, the only lawman for miles around, gives her pause. She chooses to remain, at least for the time being. As Lilly says, “It was only the shortest of encounters, perhaps a minute, but on that much alone, I made the rash decision to retrieve my carpet bag from the stage and extend my stay in this dismal place. That marshal seemed worth investigating.” 

Little does she know that the choice will determine the entire future course of her days.

Told in the voice of feisty and independent Lilly, the story flows through decades and introduces numerous colorful characters. It’s full of life and love, heroes and villains, a page-turning saga. Lilly reveals the western myths, its sometimes brutal realities, and how the landscape captures the imaginations and hopes of those who settle there. 

Set in those legendary, rough and tumble days, The Life and Times of Lilly Quinn presents two strong-willed people who, in spite of their differences, embrace a lasting love that stands the test of time.

The Life and Times of Lilly Quinn is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon! Visit Carolyn's website for more information on all of her books, and check out her guest post on the women of the Wild West on my blog, Let Them Read Books!

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Friday, February 8, 2019

The Column of Burning Spices


Please join me in congratulating P.K. Adams on the publication of her new historical novel, The Column of Burning Spices, sequel to The Greenest Branch! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

The year is 1143. Hildegard, already a well-known physician, has expanded her work to writing not just about medicine but on theological matters as well. Once again, the monks of St. Disibod are there to stop her, citing the biblical passages that admonish against “women teachers.” Also, Abbot Kuno is aging, and it is only a matter of time before he is succeeded in the post by Prior Helenger, who wants nothing more than to see Hildegard permanently relegated to the convent’s enclosure.

Leaving St. Disibod is Hildegard’s only hope of continuing her mission of healing and writing as she sees fit. She has been saving money from the convent's endowments for years, but in order to establish her own foundation she will need the backing of a powerful man of the Church. There are several who could become her champions - from the famed Abbot Bernard of Clairvaux, to the Archbishop of Mainz, to the newly elected Pope Eugenius III. But will they take up a woman’s cause and subvert centuries of established tradition? And will it be enough to protect Hildegard from a betrayal that lurks closer than she could ever imagine?

Set against the backdrop of the lush oak forests, vineyard-covered hills, and sparkling rivers of the Rhineland, The Column of Burning Spices is a tale of courage, strength, sacrifice, and love that will appeal to fans of Ken Follett, Sharon Kay Penman, Bernard Cornwell, and Conn Iggulden.

The Column of Burning Spices is available now in print and ebook format on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit P.K.'s website for more about the book, historical articles, and book reviews!

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Entrapped


Please join me in congratulating Barbara Kyle on the re-release of Entrapped! Many of you are familiar with Barbara's historical novels, but she's also written a contemporary environmental thriller, and I had the pleasure of designing its new cover. Here's the book description:

When Liv Gardner arrives in the rural town of Spirit Creek, Alberta, she has nothing but her old car and a temporary job as paralegal with the local attorney. But Liv’s down-market persona is a ruse. She is actually in-house counsel of Falcon Oil, a small oil and gas company she co-owns with her fiancé, CEO Mickey Havelock – and they are facing financial ruin.

Their assets are concentrated around Spirit Creek where farmer Tom Wainwright, convinced that lethal “sour” gas killed his wife, is sabotaging Falcon’s rigs. But Wainwright is clever at hiding his tracks and the police have no evidence to charge him. With the sabotage forcing Falcon toward bankruptcy, Liv has come undercover to befriend Wainwright – and entrap him.

But Liv never dreamed she’d become torn between saving the company she and Mickey built and her feelings for the very man whose sabotage is ruining them.

On a rain-swept night, Spirit Creek is stunned when one of their own is murdered. The evidence does more than point to Tom Wainwright . . . it shatters Liv’s world.

Entrapped is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Barbara's website for more information on all of her books.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Patricia MacPherson Nautical Adventures Series

Please join me in congratulating Linda Collison on the re-release of her Patrica MacPherson Nautical Adventures series! Linda wanted to update her covers with a more eye-catching and creative style, and I had the pleasure of helping her achieve that goal. Here are the book descriptions:

Portsmouth, England,1760. Patricia Kelley, the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy Barbadian sugarcane planter, falls from her imagined place in the world when her absent father unexpectedly dies. Raised in a Wiltshire boarding school sixteen-year-old Patricia embarks on a desperate crossing on a merchantman bound for Barbados, where she was born, in a brash attempt to claim an unlikely inheritance. Aboard a merchantman under contract with the British Navy to deliver gunpowder to the West Indian forts, young Patricia finds herself pulled between two worlds -- and two identities -- as she charts her own course for survival in the war-torn 18th century.






Patrick MacPherson is a qualified surgeon’s mate; but she’s not the man he claims to be.

It's late October, 1762. After surviving the deadly siege of Havana, Patrick MacPherson and the rest of the ship’s company are looking forward to a well deserved liberty in New York. But what happens in that colonial town will change the surgeon's mate's life in ways she could never have imagined.

Using a dead man’s identity, young Patricia Kelley MacPherson is making her way as Patrick MacPherson, surgeon’s mate aboard His Majesty’s frigate Richmond. She's become adept at bleeding, blistering, and amputating limbs; but if her cover is blown, she’ll lose both her livelihood and her berth aboard the frigate. The ship’s gunner alone knows her secret – or does someone else aboard suspect that Patrick MacPherson is not the man he claims to be?


Patricia MacPherson is not the man she claims to be. The Seven Years War is over but trouble in the American colonies is brewing. Maintaining her disguise as a young man, Patricia is finding success as Patrick MacPherson. Formerly a surgeon’s mate in His Majesty’s Navy, Patrick has lately been employed aboard the colonial merchant schooner Andromeda, smuggling foreign molasses into Rhode Island. Late October, amidst riots against the newly imposed Stamp Act, she leaves Newport bound for the West Indies on her first run as Andromeda’s master. In Havana a chance meeting with a former enemy presents unexpected opportunities while an encounter with a British frigate and an old lover threatens her liberty – and her life. Rhode Island Rendezvous is the third book of the Patricia MacPherson Nautical Adventure Series.


All three books are available in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add them to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Linda's website for more information on all of her books.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

For Her Honor


Please join me in congratulating Holly Bush on the publication of her newest historical romance, For Her Honor, the fourth book in her Gentrys of Paradise series! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

Virginia 1873. Adam Gentry, heir to the celebrated Paradise Stables, is haunted by the visions of his lost love. Feeling cursed by fate, he slips deeper into grief, shrouded in a cloud of liquor and depression, and neglects his duties and responsibilities. But when Adam is forced to accept that there’s nothing he can do to change his past, he knows he must move on.

And he accepts his own destiny: that he will never love again.

Emmaline Somerset finds herself in the worst possible position any unmarried woman can be in. She will have to abandon all of her plans, hopes, and dreams for an independence using her own talents. The only viable solution is to move to a distant relative’s home and reinvent herself as a widow with an infant. No one will ever be the wiser.

Adam, now determined to secure the Gentry legacy, plans to save longtime family friend Emmaline from her embarrassment with an offer of marriage. But what Adam didn’t plan on was how his unexpected attraction to her would stir something inside of him, something he's kept locked deep within.

Can love find its way between two troubled souls, one driven by duty, the other by honor, both determined to find their way home?

For Her Honor is available now in ebook and print format on AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo, and iTunes. Add it to your shelves on Goodreadsand visit Holly's website for the scoop on all of her historical romances.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Let the Little Birds Sing


Please join me in congratulating Sandra Fox Murphy on the publication of her newest novel, Let the Little Birds Sing! I had the pleasure of helping Sandra design the cover. Here's the book description:

In 1847, the McCord family, filled with hope for prospects of a better life, packed all their earthly belongings into covered wagons and left their homes in Indiana for Texas. The world beyond was in front of seven-year-old Fidelia, and little did she know, as the wagons traveled down the dusty trail to the southwest, that there would be the need for all the courage she could muster. Her faith would be tested and fortitude found in the most unexpected places.

Let the Little Birds Sing is the beginning of Fidelia McCord’s story, of the hardships she encounters and sees around her, told through the eyes of a precocious and determined girl. It is a tale set in early America inspired by the journey of a girl coming of age amidst the perils of settling in a new and untamed land.

Let the Little Birds Sing is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Sandra's website.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Jubilant Montana Christmas


Please join me in congratulating Ramona Flightner on the publication of Jubilant Montana Christmas, Book Five in the Bear Grass Springs series! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

A resourceful baker. Her resentful husband. Can they rekindle their love in time for Christmas?

Leena Johansen loves her job baking Norwegian treats for the townsfolk of Bear Grass Springs. She only wishes her new marriage were as sweet. When her husband demands she make a choice that will rip her from the life she is creating, she makes a drastic decision.

Karl Johansen is a proud man. He never thought Leena would marry a man like him. When he attempts to bend her to his will, he risks more than he imagined. Now, as Christmas approaches, he must find a way to put their relationship to rights before it is too late.

Will Karl and Leena realize that no one wins in a battle of wills and that compromise fosters great love?

Jubilant Montana Christmas is available in ebook and print editions on AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo, and iTunes. 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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Monday, November 26, 2018

Cyber Sisters


Please join me in congratulating Kelly Clayton on the publication of her newest novel, co-written with Grant Collins, Cyber Sisters! I had the pleasure of working with Kelly on a developmental edit and a copyedit of this suspenseful tale of four women's mission to fight back against online crime, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Do you know who you’re talking to online?

Marianne Sinclair has it all. She’s a self-made woman in a man’s world, rich, well-connected and smart, so she is infuriated when she falls victim to an online scam.

Who can you trust?

Determined never to let it happen again, Marianne enrols in a cybersecurity class and meets other women in the same position. A devastating tragedy draws them together, as they try to make sense of what has happened.

With her business under attack and her darkest secret on the verge of being discovered, Marianne and her fellow victims conceive a plan to turn the tables on their tormentors.

When they’ve taken everything, even your self-respect, do you fall down or fight back?

From London to Bulgaria to Monte Carlo, the ladies go on the attack, but the unexpected appearance of someone from Marianne’s past shakes her confidence and threatens to ruin all they are trying to achieve.

As her secret fears become reality, Marianne will have to decide how far she is willing to go, and what she’s ready to risk, not only to save her business but to save her life and the lives of those she’s come to love.

Cyber Sisters is available now in ebook format on Amazon and Amazon UK, and the print edition will be available soon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, visit Kelly's website for the scoop on her upcoming releases and writing and publishing tips, and check out her feature on ITV!

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

To the Death

Please join me in congratulating Martin Lake on the publication of his newest historical novel, To the Death, sequel to Wolves of War! I had the pleasure of helping Martin design the cover. Here's the book description:

The Viking army is about to face its greatest challenge, the Kingdom of Wessex. King Æthelred and his brother Alfred are determined to wage war to the death. 

An epic tale of the great war for England.

The Great Viking Army has conquered Northumbria and East Anglia. Two English kingdoms remain independent, Mercia and Wessex. The sons of Ragnar, leaders of the army, must decide which to attack next.

Leif Ormson, once Skald to Ivar the Boneless, has now been made a jarl. He is a reluctant warrior and is grateful and relieved when he is given rich lands in which to live in peace and prosperity.

But the Vikings’ relentless lust for conquest sweeps him and his family into peril and war. As the army marches towards Wessex, he wonders if he will again have dealings with Prince Alfred and his dangerous friends.

He wonders if he will even survive.

To the Death is available in ebook format on Amazon and Amazon UK, and a print edition will be forthcoming. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Martin's website for information on all of his books and his interviews with fellow historical fiction writers.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Distant Hills


Please join me in congratulating Nora Ryell on the publication of her debut historical novel, Distant Hills! I had the pleasure of helping Nora design the cover of this adventurous tale of a woman wrongly convicted of murder and her fight to take back her life. Here's the book description:

Dear Reader,

Distant Hills is the first in a series of historical novels featuring brainy and feisty women. The novel begins in England in 1734. My heroine, Kate Hardy longs for adventure and escape from the small town she lives in. She thinks her life is dull but she is unaware that malign forces are at work to destroy her life.

Convicted of a murder she did not commit, she is exiled to the exotic island of Jamaica as a prisoner. She believes her life is over, but it is just about to begin. She is rescued from her plight by Marcus Huntley, Earl of Cairnmore. A friend has written to him with the unwanted plea to protect Kate, and at first, Marcus sees this as a burden, but then an audacious idea strikes him that Kate may be the solution to a problem of his own. Marcus makes an outrageous proposal – a marriage of convenience in exchange for his assistance to help prove Kate’s innocence.

What begins as a business arrangement quickly develops into a powerful attraction, but before her life can be complete, Kate must bury the past in order to look to the future. Then an unexpected visitor from England brings amazing news which sends Kate back to England and puts her in great jeopardy. For even though she is now more determined than ever to find a killer and clear her name, the killer is equally determined to remain in the shadows and will do anything to stop Kate. 

Distant Hills reminds me of the romances I read and loved while growing up. I enjoyed Harlequin romances by Violet Winspear, Anne Hampson and Margaret Way. Another favourite author was the Australian writer Lucy Walker and I also read everything D.E. Stevenson wrote. I hope you will enjoy this novel in the same way. 

Distant Hills is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Visit Nora's website to read an excerpt!

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Let Your Heart Be Light


Please join me in congratulating Pat Wahler on the publication of Let Your Heart Be Light: A Celebration of Christmas! I had the pleasure of helping Pat design the cover of this collection of stories, essays, and poetry. Here's the book description:

What Do You Love About Christmas?

The scent of pine. A crackle and snap from the fireplace. Warm cinnamon-and-sugar cookies.

Pour yourself a cup of cheer and savor the journey back to memories of childhood, when you schemed to get that perfect present.

Find out whether one little dog can heal a broken heart and spark the possibility of new love.

Treasure memorable moments steeped in the joy of family and friends.

Rediscover the humor of the holiday season--courtesy of a white goose.

Readers who love the magic of Christmas will devour these and other bite-sized stories written in the timeless yuletide tradition.

Let Your Heart Be Light 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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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Ocean Rhythms, Kindred Spirits


Please join me in congratulating Sheree K. Nielsen on the publication of her newest book, Ocean Rhythms, Kindred Spirits: An Emerson-Inspired Essay Collection on Travel, Nature, Family and Pets. I had the pleasure of helping Sheree design the cover using a photo from her own collection. Here's the book description:

Ocean Rhythms, Kindred Spirits is a reminder to be present in the moment, live life with abandon, invariably respecting nature, animals, and people.

Join Sheree K. Nielsen, 2015 Da Vinci Eye Award Winner (Folly Beach Dances), on a journey as she awakens the wanderlust in her soul, defines moments of clarity while walking on the beach, finds solitude diving with sharks and dolphins, and befriends sea-loving dogs. She'll reveal her strong connection to family and beloved pets, the beauty in a mimosa tree, and the kindred spirit that lives in all of us. A unique essay collection of all things warm and good, inspired by the author's love for Emerson. Complementary photographs by Sheree are included at the end of each essay, with a few seafaring friends' photographs as well.

Locations of essays include the Carolinas, Florida, the Caribbean, and the Midwest.

Ocean Rhythms, Kindred Spirits is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Sheree's website to read excerpts and learn more about her inspiration for this collection of essays.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Guinevere's Tale Trilogy Box Set


Now that all three books in the Guinevere's Tale Trilogy by Nicole Evelina have been published, they are also available in a box set! I had the pleasure of designing the covers. Here are the book descriptions:

Guinevere is remembered for her role as King Arthur’s wife and for her adulterous affair with Lancelot. But there is so much more to her story…

Priestess. Queen. Warrior. Experience the world of King Arthur through Guinevere’s eyes as she matures from a young priestess who never dreamed of becoming queen to the stalwart defender of a nation and a mistress whose sin would go down in history. Throughout it all, Guinevere faces threats from both foreign powers and within her own court that lead her to place her very life on the line to protect the dream of Camelot and save her people. 

This compendium of Nicole Evelina’s two-time Book of the Year award-winning trilogy – Daughter of Destiny, Camelot’s Queen, and Mistress of Legend – gives fresh life to an age-old tale by adding historical context and emotional depth. Spanning more than three decades, it presents Guinevere as an equal to the famous men she is remembered for loving, while providing context for her controversial decisions and visiting little-known aspects of her life before and after her marriage to King Arthur. 

Book One: Daughter of Destiny
Before queenship and Camelot, Guinevere was a priestess of Avalon. She loved another before Arthur, a warrior who would one day betray her. Learn the true story of her early life.

•Book of the Year – Chanticleer Reviews 
•Best New Voice, (Silver Award), IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards 
•Winner – North Street Book Prize

"Rich and stunning, easily comparable to novels by other bestselling historical fiction authors." - Chanticleer Book Reviews 

Book Two: Camelot’s Queen
Guinevere is now High Queen and Arthur’s top strategist. But when she is feared dead, Arthur installs a new woman in her place, one who will poison his affections, threatening Guinevere’s fragile sanity and driving her into the arms of her champion. Can the Grail’s promise of peace set things right or will peace prove as dangerous as war?

•Fiction Book of the Year – Author’s Circle
•Best Second Book – Next Generation Indie Book Awards

“Historical fantasy at its finest!" - InD'Tale Magazine

Book Three: Mistress of Legend

Legend says Guinevere spent her final days in penance in a convent, but that is far from the truth. Not one to quietly cede power, she fights for her ancestral homeland against an invasion that threatens both her people and her life.

The Guinevere's Tale Trilogy is available now in ebook and print format on AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksKobo, and SmashwordsAdd it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Nicole's website for the scoop on all of her books and articles on writing and Arthurian lore. And check out Nicole's article for the Huffington Post on traveling in the footsteps of Arthur and Guinevere!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mistress of Legend


Please join me in congratulating Nicole Evelina on the publication of the third and final book in the award-winning Guinevere's Tale Trilogy, Mistress of Legend! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

Legend says Guinevere spent her final days in penance in a convent, but that is far from the truth.

Having escaped death at the stake, Guinevere longs to live a peaceful life in Brittany with Lancelot, but the threat of Arthur’s wrath quickly separates the lovers. Guinevere finds herself back in Camelot, but it is not the peaceful capital she once knew; the loyalty of the people is divided over Arthur’s role in her death sentence. When war draws Arthur away from Britain, Mordred is named acting king. With Morgan at his side and a Saxon in his bed, Mordred’s thirst for power becomes his undoing and the cause of Guinevere’s greatest heartache.

In the wake of the deadly battle that leaves the country in civil war, Guinevere’s power as the former queen is sought by everyone who seeks to ascend the throne. Heartbroken and refusing to take sides in the conflict, she flees north to her mother’s Votadini homeland, where she is at long last reunited with Lancelot. The quiet life she desires is just beginning when warring tribal factions once again thrust her into an unexpected position of power. Now charged with ending an invasion that could bring an end to the Votadini tribe and put the whole island in the hands of the Saxons, Guinevere must draw upon decades of experience to try to save the people she loves and is sworn to protect. 

Mistress of Legend is available now in ebook and print format on AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks, Kobo, and SmashwordsAdd it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Nicole's website for the scoop on all of her books and articles on writing and Arthurian lore. And check out Nicole's article for the Huffington Post on traveling in the footsteps of Arthur and Guinevere!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Path to Somerset


Please join me in congratulating Janet Wertman on the publication of The Path to Somerset, sequel to her highly acclaimed debut, Jane the Quene! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

After the tragic romance of Jane the Quene, the second book in the Seymour Saga trilogy, The Path to Somerset, takes a dark turn through an era in which King Henry VIII descends into cynicism, suspicion and fits of madness – and in which mistakes mean death. 

Edward Seymour’s future is uncertain. Although his sister Jane bore Henry the son he’d sought for twenty years, when she died in childbirth, Henry’s good nature died with her. Now the fiercely ambitious Edward must carve a difficult path through Henry’s shifting principles and wives. Challenged at every turn by his nemesis, Bishop Stephen Gardiner, Edward must embrace ruthlessness in order to safeguard not only his own future but England’s as well. 

This is the account of Henry’s tumultuous reign, as seen through the eyes of two opponents whose fierce disagreements over religion and common decency fuel epic struggles for the soul of the nation. And for power.

The Path to Somerset is available now in ebook and print format 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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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Let Slip the Dogs


Please join me in congratulating Anna Castle on the newest installment in her Francis Bacon mystery series, Let Slip the Dogs! 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:

Secret trysts, daring dalliances, and a body in the orchard...

It’s Midsummer, 1591, at Richmond Palace, and love is in the air. Gallant courtiers sport with great ladies while Tom and Trumpet bring their long-laid plans to fruition at last. Everybody’s doing it—even Francis Bacon enjoys a private liaison with the secretary to the new French ambassador. But the Queen loathes scandal and will punish anyone rash enough to get caught.

Still, it’s all in a summer day until a man is found dead in the orchard. The youth had few talents beyond a keen nose for gossip. He was doubtless murdered to protect a secret, but what sort? Romantic, or political? They carried different penalties—banishment from court or a traitor’s death. Either way, worth killing to protect.

Bacon wants nothing more than to leave things alone. He has no position and no patron; in fact, he’s being discouraged from investigating. But could he live with himself if another innocent person dies?

Let Slip the Dogs is available now in print and ebook formats on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iTunes. 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.

**Right now all of the books in this series are on sale for $2.99 or less, and you can download a copy of the first book in the series, Murder by Misrule, for free on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iTunes!**

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Fortune's Hostage


Please join me in congratulating Kelly Clayton, writing as Julia Hardy, on the publication of her first historical romantic suspense novel, Fortune's Hostage! I had the privilege of assisting Kelly with a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover! Here's the book description:

England, 1813

Greed, deception and lust...

Miss Eloise Camarthon is in the midst of her first London Season, which has been delayed by several years due to the untimely death of her parents. No ordinary debutante, she wants to live her life on her own terms, as promised by her uncle, the Duke of Westbury, who is also her guardian. But Eloise is wealthy in her own right and a target for those with her fortune in their sights.

Benedict Warrington, the Earl of Rothsea, has come to London in search of answers to a family tragedy. His investigation takes him to Westbury's country seat, where he meets the beguiling Eloise, and a dangerous chain of events is set in motion.

Who can you trust when something is worth killing for?

Circumstances force an ultimatum, which threatens to change the course of Eloise's future. Will she be sought only for her fortune, or for herself? And which would be worse? Benedict is on the trail of a vicious murderer but finds more than he bargained for as the deaths mount up. Can he protect Eloise, or will Benedict be the killer's next victim?

Fortune's Hostage is available now in ebook format on Amazon and Amazon UK, and the print edition will be released soon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, visit Kelly's website for the scoop on her upcoming releases and writing and publishing tips, and check out her feature on ITV!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Queen of the Darkest Hour


Please join me in congratulating Kim Renfeld on the publication of her newest historical novel, Queen of the Darkest Hour! I had the pleasure of helping Kim design the cover. Here's the book description:

Francia, 783: Haunted by the Saxons’ attack on her home fortress, Fastrada obeys her father and marries Charles, king of the Franks and a widower with seven children and an eighth on the way by a concubine. As more wars loom, Fastrada’s greatest peril lurks within the castle walls: Pepin, Charles’s son by his embittered former wife. Blaming his father for the curse that twisted his spine, Pepin rejects a prize archbishopric and plots with his uncle and mother to seize the throne. Can Fastrada stop the conspiracy before it destroys the kingdom?

Based on historic events during Charlemagne’s reign, Queen of the Darkest Hour is the story of a family conflict endangering an entire country—and the price to save it.

Queen of the Darkest Hour is available in ebook and print format on AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo, and iBooks. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, visit Kim's website for more information about her books, and check out her blog for fascinating posts of historical interest.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Counterpoint: Barbara, Lady Villiers

Please join me in congratulating Elizabeth St. John on the publication of Counterpoint: Barbara, Lady Villiers, a companion novelette in her Lydiard Chronicles series. I had the pleasure of working with Liz on a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Barbara Villiers Palmer is one of the most famous courtesans in history. Mistress to Charles II and mother of five of his children, Lady Castlemaine's notoriety is legendary. This is the story of her namesake and grandmother, Barbara St.John Villiers. The apple did not fall far from the tree.

Barbara St.John Villiers has always despised her sister Lucy, and when Theo Howard, Earl of Suffolk, fell in love with her, Barbara thought she'd die of jealousy. Instead, she decided to get even by befriending someone even more scandalous than herself, Theo's sister, Frances Howard, Countess of Somerset. Unfortunately, Frances was then imprisoned in the Tower of London, accused of murder, and Barbara had to find a way to turn this to her advantage - and continue her vendetta against Lucy.

When I wrote The Lady of the Tower, the story revealed itself in the narrative of my ancestress, Lucy St.John. But, as with all novels, other characters appeared, and their voices grew strong and insistent, demanding their own story be told. This novelette is Barbara’s counterpoint to chapter thirty-one in the novel, in which Barbara manipulates Theo and his sister to gain much for herself.

A counterpoint is a melody played in conjunction with another, or an opposing viewpoint in an argument. Our lives are complex, and each one of us carries within us a counterpoint to another’s story. Here is one to Lucy St.John, the lady of the Tower.

Counterpoint: Barbara, Lady Villiers is available now in ebook format on Amazon and Amazon UK for 99-cents. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Elizabeth's website and blog, where she shares tidbits and photos from her research and travels in her ancestors' footsteps.

Check out the full-length books in the series, The Lady of the Tower and By Love Divided!

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

A Maiden's Honor


Please join me in congratulating Josanna Thompson on the republication of her debut novel, A Maiden's Honor, with a new cover designed by yours truly!

Check out the before and after:


Here's the book description:

A young woman raised in the South Pacific, captured by pirates. The Dey of Algiers, torn by conflicts in religion and love. Their stories intertwine.

Raised by her Scottish father and the natives of a remote island in the South Pacific, Sarah Campbell and her father embark on a perilous journey to Scotland. Sarah knew that her life would change when she left her beloved island. Never did she imagine that she would be sold into a harem. Only Hassan Aziz, the most feared pirate on the Barbary Coast, can save her. But is Hassan willing to jeopardize his secret mission and risk his life and the lives of his crew to shield this intoxicating maiden from slavery?

Naa’il is the Dey of Algiers, a man who has everything, including, wealth, power, wives, slaves, concubines. Two American cousins are presented to him, and Naa’il is told that only one is a virgin. Drawn to these beautiful maidens, Naa’il tests their loyalty to each other. Little does he know that his game will have devastating consequences . . . especially for him.

A Maiden's Honor is available now in ebook and print format on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Josanna's website for blog posts and information on upcoming books.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Captive Restored


Please join me in congratulating Aubrey Grayson on the publication of her newest historical romance, Captive Restored! I had the pleasure of helping Aubrey design the cover. Here's the book description:

When Amelia Blackmon’s parents died unexpectedly, she was forced to marry a man she barely knew. Now widowed, she vows never to marry again. But when she meets a man who wants to give her freedom rather than control her, she can’t keep her heart from falling in love.

Alexander, Viscount Camberly, was betrayed by his brother and taken from his homeland. Finally back in England, he finds his estate destroyed, his title in question, and a wake of disaster in his brother’s trail. Vowing to right his brother’s wrongs, the last thing Alex has in mind is marriage. That is until he meets Amelia, and finds their futures--and their pasts--intertwined.

But when their enemies catch up to them, can they work together to restore the lives they should have had all along?

Captive Restored is available now in ebook format on Amazon, and the print edition will be available soon! Add it to to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Aubrey on Facebook.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Cry of the Brethren


Please join me in congratulating John Colwell on the publication of his late mother's historical romance Cry of the Brethren! John is working to publish all of his mother's manuscripts, and I had the honor of helping him design the first cover. Here's the book description:

Jessie Trent, stolen from her wedding altar, finds herself a fugitive from the Brethren and her fate in the hands of a buckskin-clad stranger and his raiding party.

Lucas Wakefield realizes he’s put the frightened young woman in danger when he saved her from the cruel fate as Oram Doud’s latest victim. With the Brethren of the Aaronites cult in angry pursuit, he escapes with his prize over frozen Lake Michigan and deep into the mainland.

Hiding out in an isolated cabin, the couple is forced to spend the bitter winter in close confinement. As the cold nights grow longer, Jessie soon finds herself falling in love with her mysterious kidnapper.

Lucas didn’t plan on becoming enamored of the beautiful woman and fights the growing need to claim her for his own.

Their happiness is threatened by a jealous woman and a cult determined to exact revenge. The winds of fate converge, threatening to destroy everything they’ve built. Against all odds, Lucas must fight to save Jessie from the Cry of the Brethren.

Cry of the Brethren is available in ebook and print editions on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Smashwords (where you can also read an interview with John about his mother). Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and learn more about Linda and her novels on Facebook.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Tears of Sorrow


Please join me in congratulating Dale Swanson on the publication of his third novel, Tears of Sorrow, the sequel to his acclaimed novel The Thirty-Ninth Man! I had the pleasure of helping Dale with a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Anton McAllister leads his Dakota family west to escape the white backlash after the US-Dakota War of 1862. Settling into the Black Hills, they merge with the Miniconjou Lakota band of Lone Horn. Anton’s adopted son, Four Wings, befriends the militant warrior Crazy Horse, and their world is turned upside down as they deal with disingenuous treaties, an illegal war brought on by the Grant Administration, and a deranged bounty hunter no larger than a child.

Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, and powerful men from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Nations make their stand when the army begins to build forts along the Bozeman Trail.

Red Cloud wins his war, the great herds of buffalo are methodically destroyed, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull are murdered, and Wounded Knee Creek becomes the death wail of a free Sioux Nation.

And throughout it all, Four Wings struggles to reconcile the good white men he has known, including the mixed blood who raised him, with those who seek to subdue or destroy the  Sioux Nation.

Tears of Sorrow is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Dale's website for info on his books and public appearances.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Montana Renegade


Please join me in congratulating Ramona Flightner on the publication of Montana Renegade, Book Four in the Bear Grass Springs Series! I had the pleasure of helping Ramona design the cover. Here's the book description:

A Respected Lawyer. The Town Pariah. A night at the Boudoir. Will love prevail?

Helen Jameson is tired of being Bear Grass Spring’s laughingstock. With little to lose, she flees the only home she’s known, and bargains her future away to an unscrupulous woman. Her experience three years ago with the town lawyer, Warren Clark, cemented her belief that no man is to be trusted. No one will ever care for her. She is on her own.

Warren Clark is a patient man. He has waited years for Helen’s forgiveness. When his dreams for reconciliation are dashed by her rash actions, he must decide if the future he envisioned with her is one worth fighting for. He quickly learns that rescuing her from the Madam is easy. Earning her trust is his greatest challenge. Now, Warren must convince Helen of his love while he battles those in town eager to separate them.

Will Helen and Warren be courageous enough to relinquish the bitterness of the past and discover the joys of loving one another?

Montana Renegade is available in ebook and print editions on AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo, and iTunes. 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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