Category Archives: Reading

Sixty Sensational Online Historical Archives

on June 11, 2021

From Gertrude Käsebier to Buffalo Bill to African Americans in WWII to Abigail Adams’ letters to John, there’s something fascinating for everyone in my Sixty Sensational Online Historical Archives on today’s Paper Lantern Writers’ blog.
Come on by for Postcards of Peoria, Heart Mountain Relocation Center Records, King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani photos,  first-person narratives of the American South, and much, much more!

It’s time to SHINE with Paper Lantern Writers

on April 24, 2021

As a founding member of the Paper Lantern Writers Historical Fiction Author Collective (whew! what a long title!) I’m excited to invite you to join SHINE, our new Facebook Group.

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!”

SHINE with Paper Lantern Writers FACEBOOK GROUP!

 

but w-h-y?

on August 30, 2020

Yep, Fanny Newcomb and the Irish Channel Ripper has a new cover.

But W-H-Y?

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.

 

A new look for Fanny Newcomb!

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!