These memoirs are also located in the London Imperial War Museum. This must be one of the most interesting non-fiction books I've edited. A young man sat on Biggin Hill in early 1940, watching an attack on the R.A.F. fighter station. As a German bomber spun out, chased by a British Spitfire, Eric knew what … Continue reading The Penguin’s Progress by Eric Merry
Commas are necessary. It is the current trend to eliminate as many as possible but please be careful. Your pets will appreciate it. I am a purist when it comes to grammar. Yes, I adjust my style to reflect my individual clients but... Commas have been getting a bad rap lately. Less is more, they … Continue reading The trend of fewer commas…
Part of the Wicked Earls' Club, this sweet Regency novella is on sale for .99 this week. Editor Sherry really enjoyed editing this clean read. He’s inherited the title of rake. She hides behind her independence... Fate accepts the challenge. Grace Beaumont has seen what love can do to a woman. Her mother sacrificed her … Continue reading Earl of Sunderland by Aubrey Wynne
Ever read the children's book Don't Touch the Button? Here is the adult version! This was funny until I realized I'm getting on a plane in less than a few days. I'm headed to Amsterdam, Belgium, and Germany. Wonder what kind of editing funnies I'll see while I'm on vacation? Back to the point—word placement matters!
Historical romance is one of my favorite genres to edit. This sweet Regency novella by Meredith Bond is set in exotic India. A good Indian girl peeking out from behind her veil. A handsome Englishman determined to find adventure. Two people dare to dream the impossible. Lakshmi Rai has never been your ordinary good Bengali girl. … Continue reading Under the Mango Tree by Meredith Bond
Are you dangling your participles? A misplaced modifier can make you an accidental comedian. A dangling modifier is a word or phrase that modifies a word not clearly stated in the sentence. A modifier describes, clarifies, or gives more detail about a concept. Think of modifiers as arrows shot from a bow, and the words they … Continue reading Grammar Giggles from The Editing Hall: Dangling Participles
Yes, I have a weakness for historical romance—Regency in particular. Working with this author has been a treat for both of those reasons. This is the second in Dayna Quince's Fated Love series. This is a great series for spicy Regency lovers. AMAZON iBooks NOOK KOBO Can a single … Continue reading Sweet Torture by Dayna Quince (Book 2 Fated Love Series)
Weekend Word Warrior: PARAPROSDOKIAN. A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence, phrase, or larger discourse is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. Got a favorite? Now, go forth among the your people and impart this … Continue reading Grammar Giggles from The Editing Hall: Weekend Word Warrior
Paranormal romance fans will love this new series by Valerie Twombly. I edited the first book, "His Burning Desire" included in the Dallas Fire & Rescue Kindle World. I was very excited when Valerie decided to expand this into a new series with dragon shifters. It's her same sizzling heat between characters with the addition … Continue reading Rescue Me by Valerie Twombly: Book 2 in Sparks of Desire series.
Remember the LITERAL people in your life. Misplaced modifiers can be catastrophic! A misplaced modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that is improperly separated from the word it modifies or describes. Because of the separation, sentences with this error often sound awkward, ridiculous, or confusing. Furthermore, they can be downright illogical. The example above … Continue reading Grammar Giggles From The Editing Hall: Misplaced modifiers