on June 23, 2021
It’s all here on the PLW YouTube Channel.
And for more info about Sanborn Maps, check out my Unlocking the Secrets of Historic American Cities with Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.
on June 11, 2021
on June 6, 2021
In a minute or so…links later!
on April 24, 2021
SHINE is for readers and writers, editors and researchers, and anyone else who loves to talk about books, especially our favorite historical fiction.
Here’s the official story:
“We are a group of historical fiction readers and writers who love to talk about historical fiction!
We’d love to find out what you are reading and writing, but please limit self-promo to Fridays.
Other recommendations are welcome any time!”
on April 9, 2021
In which I share FIFTY FABULOUS links where you can explore just about any time and place in history!
Something for everyone on Paper Lantern Writers!
on October 9, 2020
You know, Monster Month!
Today at Paper Lantern Writers I’m sharing lively links about some of the 19th century’s scariest monsters. And the woman and men who wrote their stories.
on August 30, 2020
Yep, Fanny Newcomb and the Irish Channel Ripper has a new cover.
Here’s what I told fellow crime novelist Vinnie Hansen when she interviewed me for the Sisters in Crime NorCal newsletter earlier this year:
“Last June I was at the Historical Novel Society Conference and saw my book on sale next to all of the other “Gilded Age” novels. My existing cover—which featured turn-of-the-century pornography which ties into my story—really stood out, and not in a good way.
Suddenly, my cover was not at all attractive to me, which meant that it probably wasn’t attractive to other readers either. And if it’s not attractive, it’s not going to sell. I want Fanny to find a home with many readers, and I’m hoping that a new cover will open her to a new market.”
So there you go. I want to share Fanny’s story with more readers and realize now (two years after publication!) how much an attractive front cover helps to, well, attract readers.
What do you think? Doesn’t Fanny’s new cover make you want to read on?
And thanks to cover designer Fiona Jayde for helping me with my dream of an attractive Gilded Age New Orleans cover.
on August 29, 2020
As you can see from my homepage (and from my FB Banner and elsewhere), Fanny Newcomb has changed!
Yep, the cover of FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER has definitely changed.
Gone are the drops of blood and the photographs of Gilded Age prostitutes. Gone is the back cover copy proclaiming “Gilded Age New Orleans is overrun with prostitutes, pornographers, and a malicious Jack the Ripper copycat.” And gone, even is the IBPA Gold Medallion for Historical Fiction (although of course, Fanny is still a winner; only the Medallion has been removed from the cover).
The back cover copy has also changed, and it begins with a wonderful quote from one of my favorite historical mystery authors, Ann Parker:
FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER is a ripping good read. Author Ana Brazil brings the dark underbelly of Gilded Age New Orleans vividly to life as her trio of determined female sleuths seek out a Jack the Ripper copycat killer.
–Ann Parker, author of the award-winning Silver Rush series
But WHY did I change the cover of FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER?
That question will be answered tomorrow!