YA Fantasy series: Unraveled World by Alicia Fabel

Fantasy and world-building fans, it's your lucky day. I loved editing for Alicia Fabel and her crazy world. It's fresh, funny, and action-packed with vivid descriptions that leave you laughing or gasping. Try it! It may be your next addiction! Earth is just a prison realm for humans who don't know it. FYI: Accidentally breaking out is … Continue reading YA Fantasy series: Unraveled World by Alicia Fabel

Merry Christmas from the Editing Hall

Be sure the spelling on your holiday cards are correct. Here's a list to check twice! Common mistakes to avoid when penning a note of Yuletide cheer: Christmastime is one word. Ho! Ho! Ho! has exclamation points after each one. Santa Claus has no E at the end. Xmas does not have a hyphen after … Continue reading Merry Christmas from the Editing Hall

Adverbs: The Uninvited Guests

Adverbs have received a bad rap over the years. Many authors diligently avoid words ending with -ly. Yet, those little devils may sneak in without notice. I love a well-placed adverb. Used sparingly, it can help set the tone or add just the right detail to a mental image.  By definition, an adverb describes or … Continue reading Adverbs: The Uninvited Guests

Grammar Giggles: Weekend Word Warrior

We'd like to share the Washington's Post list of winning words with alternate meanings. Do you have a favorite? I loved #9 and #14. More clever wordplay courtesy of The Yeshiva World. dilate: live long abominable: a bull that swallowed a bomb professor: opposite of confessor pharmacist: a farm hand psychopath: crazy paving agog: a … Continue reading Grammar Giggles: Weekend Word Warrior

The Penguin’s Progress by Eric Merry

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

The trend of fewer commas…

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…

Earl of Sunderland by Aubrey Wynne

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

Why clarity is so important…

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!

Grammar Giggles from The Editing Hall: Dangling Participles

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

Sweet Torture by Dayna Quince (Book 2 Fated Love Series)

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)