Recent Books I Have Copyedited

The Promise Kitchen

Peggy Lampman


Contemporary Fiction


“When my publishing house assigned Paul Zablocki to copyedit my debut novel, The Promise Kitchen, my editor told me I’d won the lottery. She got that right. I write food-centric women’s fiction, and Mr. Zablocki handled my project with enthusiasm, intellect, passion, and vision. His willingness to be swept into my stories, his attention to detail, and the advice he gave me was astute and inspirational. I was thrilled when he was assigned to copyedit my second, soon-to-be-released book, The Welcome Home Diner. I heartily endorse Mr. Zablocki for your copyediting needs.”

 

Food, friendship, family, and a fresh start.


Shelby Preston, a young single mother, is at a crossroads. She feels suffocated by her hardscrabble life in rural Georgia and dreams of becoming a professional chef. Lord knows her family could use a pot of something good. In Atlanta, Mallory Lakes is reeling from a bad breakup. The newspaper food columnist is also bracing for major changes at work that could put her job at risk. Determined to find the perfect recipe for how to reinvent herself, she gets involved in the growing farm-to-table movement. But an emotional setback threatens to derail everything she’s worked for. — Amazon

The Transporter

Liz Maverick


Contemporary Action/Romance


“I want to note how much I enjoyed Paul’s work on the manuscript. I felt that we were really on the same page, and I appreciated his input and his expertise (and his sense of humor!).”


Shane Sullivan, a.k.a. the Transporter, channels his need for speed into top-secret delivery runs for the Hudson Kings, an elite band of mercenaries. His precious cargo has never talked back—until now. He’s riding to the rescue of his fellow team member’s sister, who’s fleeing her abusive boyfriend. His job: steer clear of trouble and get her to New York City in one piece. But he didn’t count on her driving him to distraction. Now he needs to keep both hands on the wheel—and off his best friend’s sister. Cecily Keegan has a poor track record when it comes to falling for charming bad guys. So although she’s grateful for this hard-bodied wheelman’s protection, she’s terrified of listening to her heart, which has been racing since she got into his backseat. But when she learns that the danger is far greater than a possessive ex, she has to trust Shane—and the strength inside herself—to deliver her from evil. — Amazon

Nightingale Girl

M. R. Pritchard


Contemporary Otherworldly Fiction


“I am so grateful for and really appreciate Paul’s thoroughness, explanations, and commentary (many of the comments made me smile).”


Things aren’t so wonderful within the Seven Kingdoms of Heaven. Meg promised on Sparrow’s life not to leave, but Sparrow’s starting to act a little . . .  strange. Again. The daughter of an Archangel and the Devil’s own spawn should know better than to expect two tickets to paradise without complications. But sometimes falling in love can change a world-weary country girl. Sometimes following your heart means losing your mind. — Amazon

The Welcome Home Diner

Peggy Lampman


Contemporary Fiction


“How lucky I am to have a kindred spirit copyedit this book. Your enthusiasm for my characters , not to mention your culinary expertise, was so very much appreciated.”


Betting on the city of Detroit’s eventual comeback, cousins Addie and Samantha decide to risk it all on an affordable new house and a culinary career that starts with renovating a vintage diner in a depressed area of town. There’s just one little snag in their vision. Angus, a weary, beloved local, is strongly opposed to his neighborhood’s gentrification—and his concerns reflect the suspicion of the community. Shocked by their reception, Addie and Samantha begin to have second thoughts. As the long hours, problematic love interests, and underhanded pressures mount, the two women find themselves increasingly at odds, and soon their problems threaten everything they’ve worked for. If they are going to realize their dreams, Addie and Samantha must focus on rebuilding their relationship. But will the neighborhood open their hearts to welcome them home?— Amazon

Days of Night

Jonathan Stone


Contemporary Thriller


When retired police detective Joe Heller is called in to investigate what might be Antarctica’s first murder, he quickly discovers that winter at McMurdo Station comes with a unique set of challenges: darkness, isolation, and the eccentric behavior of the research facility’s 157 inhabitants. But a difficult investigation turns much tougher when all communication with the outside world is suddenly cut off.

While Heller works diligently to reconstruct the scene of the crime, evidence mounts that a pathogenic event could be ravaging the rest of the planet. As night descends, fear mounts, and confusion reigns, the killer strikes again. If this is a global cataclysm, is someone now picking off the human race’s few remaining survivors? Is this the end of the world—or just the end of Joe Heller’s? — Amazon

The First Word

Isley Robson


Contemporary Romance


To stay sane, Andie Tilly must keep her mind on her work. Her job as a pediatric occupational therapist is the perfect distraction from the unspeakable tragedy she experienced as a child. But when she meets alternative-energy magnate Rhys Griffiths and his autistic toddler, Will, she quickly realizes her heart will never be the same. Especially when her name becomes Will’s first word. After accepting a position as a live-in therapist for Will, Andie steels herself against the appeal of the disconcertingly attractive—and attracted—Rhys. But their chemistry can no longer be denied, and their heated affair seems destined for happily ever after. A destiny Andie’s terrified to embrace. When Andie’s guilt, Rhys’s awkwardness, and the abrupt appearance of an erratic ex threaten to dismantle their delicately blooming relationship, they must decide if love is worth the challenge. Can Andie and Rhys find their way back to each other? Or will the demons of the past simply prove too strong? — Amazon

More Books I Have copyedited

All the Lies We Tell

Megan Hart


Contemporary Romance


This sexy romantic drama from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Megan Hart explores the tangled lives—and loves—of childhood friends.


Everyone knew Alicia Harrison’s marriage to Ilya Stern wouldn’t last. They’d grown up on a remote stretch of Quarry Street, where there were two houses, two sets of siblings, and eventually, a tangled mess of betrayal, longing, and loss. Tragedy catapulted Allie and Ilya together, but divorce—even as neighbors—has been relatively uncomplicated. Then Ilya’s brother, Nikolai, comes home for their grandmother’s last days. He’s the guy who teased and fought with Allie, infuriated her, then fled town without a good-bye. Now Niko makes her feel something else entirely—a rush of connection and pure desire that she’s been trying to quench since one secret kiss years ago. Niko’s not sticking around. She’s not going to leave. And after all that’s happened between their families, this can’t be anything more than brief pleasure and a bad idea. But the lies we tell ourselves can’t compete with the truths our hearts refuse to let go . . . — Amazon

The Misses Bronte’s Establishment

Amy Wolf


Speculative Historical Fiction


What if Branwell Bronte had not died before Emily? What if Charlotte was able to marry her “Mr. Rochester”? What if the Misses Bronte's Establishment actually found a pupil: one who is taught by three geniuses? Meet Maria Shelby, spoiled—and rich—daughter of a knight in mid-Victorian England. Maria has a habit of getting in trouble: at eighteen, she’s already been sacked from six London schools and no one else will have her. Except: “The Misses Bronte’s Establishment,” in the remote Yorkshire village of Haworth. Maria is bundled off to Exile, to a land as strange to her as the Bronte’s imagined Gondal: she finds herself constantly freezing; the strange family she resides with actually recite Shakespeare at the table(!); the brother is a poesy-spouting firebrand; and as for the median Miss Bronte: let’s just say she’s a bit “lacking” when it comes to social skills. Yet with the passage of time, Maria—so ignorant she cannot add a simple sum or say “Hello” in French—comes to value her teachers: Charlotte, Emily, and Anne . . . Part suspense, part high comedy, part Victorian novel, The Misses Bronte’s Establishment takes the reader on a profound literary journey along with young Maria. — Amazon

Before I Knew

Jamie Beck


Contemporary Romance


Author Jamie Beck returns with an engrossing series about family, friendship, and starting over. In this first Cabot novel, a legacy of secrets tests old friends seeking a second chance at life and love.


On the second anniversary of her husband’s suicide, Colby Cabot-Baxter is ready to let go of her grief and the mistakes made during her turbulent marriage. Her fresh start comes in the form of A CertainTea, the restaurant she’s set to open along Lake Sandy, Oregon, with help from her family. But when her executive chef quits just weeks before the grand opening, Colby is pressured to hire old family friend Alec Morgan. His award-winning reputation could generate buzz, but their friendship has withered since her husband’s reckless dare cost Alec’s brother his life. Distracted by guilty secrets concerning the tragedy that changed his and Colby’s lives, Alec self-destructed and lost his famed restaurant. With his career in tatters, he’s determined to use this opportunity to redeem his reputation and to help the woman he’s loved from afar find happiness again. But secrets have a way of coming out.—Amazon

When They Come for You

James W. Hall


Contemporary Thriller


An Amazon Charts bestseller.


After her journalist husband and infant son are brutally executed in a fire in their Florida home, photographer Harper McDaniel has nothing left to live for—except settling the score. When the local police fail to take the arson seriously, Harper takes the reins and discovers her husband was investigating some mysterious deaths at a cacao plantation on the Ivory Coast. Now she’s convinced he was targeted in a corporate conspiracy to silence him. Aided by her former mafioso grandfather and well-connected financier brother, Harper embarks on a global manhunt, flying first to Africa, then Zurich to expose a high-level cover-up inside a powerful chocolate conglomerate. But Harper has a few secrets of her own—starting with her lethal martial arts skills—and she’s not afraid to take on any hired guns or guerrillas standing in her way. In trying to cover their tracks, the conspirators made one fatal miscalculation: they didn’t count on Harper McDaniel coming for them.—Amazon

Seeing Double

Tamra Baumann


Contemporary Romance/Caper 


Dani Botelli has vowed to step out of her demanding movie star mother’s shadow, and is determined to start a new chapter in her life. But two men vying for her attention are making for double the trouble. There’s Jake, her police detective almost-ex who wasn’t so hot as a husband but still has the hots for Dani. And as usual, he needs her intuition and visions to help him solve a crime. Then there’s her high school crush, Michael, a former NFL pro who’s now her mom’s hunky lawyer. Working alongside Jake, while keeping her special gifts under wraps, is proving to be more dangerous than Dani realized. She needs to stay out of harm’s way—and out of Jake’s flirtatious path—long enough to find out if Michael is the one. But will her hard-to-explain hunches be the secret that comes between them?—Amazon

Justice Returns

William Bernhardt


Contemporary Courtroom Drama


Attorney Ben Kincaid is back with the most controversial case of his career. Ben’s former friend, Oscar Kirby, an Iraq war vet subjected by the CIA to “enhanced interrogation techniques,” is the primary suspect when his “interrogator” is murdered. A dramatic trial unfolds in the courtroom–loaded with pitfalls, surprises, and a breathtaking betrayal. Something else, something very dangerous lurks on the perimeter of this case, and Ben must pull every trick he knows to uncover the truth—before it’s too late.—Amazon

More books I have copyedited

Dawn of Wolves

Jayne Castel


Historical Romance


A pious princess determined to take the veil, and a warlord who will have her as his bride. 


Ermenilda, a Kentish princess, is devastated when her father promises her to the exiled Mercian Prince, Wulfhere of Mercia. All Wulfhere has to do is renounce his pagan ways, convert to Christianity, and take back his territory from the Northumbrians. Initially, Ermenilda is sure Wulfhere will not succeed—however, her hopes are dashed when, crowned King of Mercia, he returns to her father’s hall to claim her. Trapped in a marriage she does not want, Ermenilda struggles between her unexpected passion for her husband and her hatred for his harsh, warmongering ways. Wulfhere, initially secure in the knowledge that he has claimed the only woman he will ever want, soon begins to realize that possessing a woman and owning her heart are not the same thing. — Amazon

Wild Whistling Blackbirds

Allen Kent


Historical Fiction


In the tumultuous 1860s, David Whitlock enlists in the hellish Civil War, leaving his wife, Suzanna, to manage the family lumber mill. With a son keeping a Pony Express station in Paiute Indian country and a daughter campaigning for women's rights in mid-century Chicago, Suzanna finds herself a lone woman in a man's world. When reports of her husband’s death place the future of the mill at risk, she battles prejudice, loneliness, and greed to keep the estate intact as she struggles to reunite her scattered family. Set in what is arguably the most impactful decade in American history, Wild Whistling Blackbirds is a story of courage, love, independence, and resilience—immersing the reader in the fears, hopes, and possibilities that were reshaping a divided nation. 

— Amazon

Love Painted in Red

Cristiane Serruya


Contemporary Romance/Erotica


Tavish MacCraig, thirty-three-year-old Highlander, forsook his medical and military career, after being a POW for six months in Afghanistan, to run his family’s internationally renowned art gallery in London, The Blue Dot. Despite being surrounded by wealth and beauty, Tavish’s days are bleak, his nights, living nightmares, and his heart, an empty shell. But when he meets Irish painter Laetitia Galen, a powerful and sizzling attraction ignites between them. Laetitia, who fled hell on earth when she was sixteen, now works as a well-paid housekeeper in a forsaken country manor in Warwickshire and sells her paintings in an obscure gallery. To preserve her new life and recently found peace, she resists Tavish and The Blue Dot's enticing offer of an exclusive contract. Laetitia becomes Tavish’s obsession; Tavish, Laetitia’s unattainable dream. Meanwhile, a man with a burning grudge plots his long-awaited revenge which could destroy them all over again. Tavish and Laetitia will discover that falling in love is life's greatest risk!  A thrilling romance made of loss, lust, and love. 

— Amazon

Let Her Go

M. R. Pritchard


Contemporary Romance


A second chance at love is a fight to the very end. Guys like Alex Sullivan don’t come around every day, but when they do, they aren’t looking for girls like Morgan. She is the unexpected one, the unplanned daughter of parents who don’t want her; she has always stood in the shadow of her beautiful-but-dead twin sister. So when Morgan lands a marriage proposal from the handsome businessman, she pounces on the opportunity. While Morgan is basking in the joy of feeling wanted for once, Alex’s untimely death sends her life into a downward spiral, and she’s left picking up the pieces while the tabloids, pesky neighbors, and an eight-point buck haunt her. The only thing keeping Morgan grounded is her new found love of running. And then there’s her newly acquired business partner, stoic MMA fighter Nick “The Strangler” Stacks. Morgan and Nick have never been able to get along, but Alex’s tragic death forces them to interact when he leaves the two as owners of his successful gym. After years of tepid interactions, Morgan and Nick finally find that they have more in common than they previously thought, and it’s enough to make one of them want to tap out on their disastrous relationship for good. — Amazon

The Secret Rose

Laura Landon


Historical Romance


The events of one horrible night left Lady Abigail Langdon prisoner to a secret. A secret that would change the rest of her life. Something so important that protecting it would prevent her from loving a man she wasn’t sure she could live without. Ethan Cambridge, second son of the late Earl of Burnhaven, left his Caribbean hideout—the home of his heart—to try and salvage the mess his brother had made of the family’s estate. Just stepping onto English soil put his life at risk, but once he met the reclusive Lady Abigail Langdon, the only home he wanted was at her side. Except, he knew she was harboring a secret that prevented her from giving him her heart. — Amazon

Go See the Eclipse: And Take a Kid with You

Chap Percival


Science


Total solar eclipses are rare occurrences at any given location. The last one visible from anywhere in the continental United States was in 1979, in the Pacific Northwest. That's why the August 21, 2017, eclipse is a very big deal. It will offer an estimated sixty-five million people the chance to participate in this celestial phenomenon. Astronomy educator Chap Percival is passionate about this eclipse, especially about inspiring children to view it. This occasion will not only provide a teachable moment, it will also be an extraordinary experience that can't be appreciated through video or photographs. You really do have to be there! Go See the Eclipse explains what an eclipse is and why it's so special, describes the thrill of seeing a total solar eclipse, and gives specific advice on where to go, what to take, and how to prepare. The book also includes activities you can do with children to help them (and you!) understand what is happening in an eclipse and calls on everyone to do what they can to help the children in their lives witness this exciting, potentially life-changing spectacle. — Amazon

Recent Books I have proofread

Tash Hearts Tolstoy

Kathryn Ormsbee


Contemporary Young Adult Fiction


After a shout-out from one of the Internet's superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka suddenly finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust in the limelight: She's gone viral. Her show is a modern adaption of Anna Karenina—written by Tash's literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the 40,000 new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr gifs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever. — Amazon

Saints and Misfits

S. K. Ali


Contemporary Young Adult Fiction


Saints and Misfits is an unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern-day My So-Called Life . . . starring a Muslim teen.


“There are three kinds of people in my world: 1. Saints, those special people moving the world forward. Sometimes you glaze over them. Or, at least, I do. They’re in your face so much, you can’t see them, like how you can’t see your nose. 2. Misfits, people who don’t belong. Like me—the way I don’t fit into Dad’s brand-new family or in the leftover one composed of Mom and my older brother, Mama’s-Boy-Muhammad. Also, there’s Jeremy and me. Misfits. Because although, alliteratively speaking, Janna and Jeremy sound good together, we don’t go together. Same planet, different worlds. But sometimes worlds collide and beautiful things happen, right? 3. Monsters. Well, monsters wearing saint masks, like in Flannery O’Connor’s stories. Like the monster at my mosque. People think he’s holy, untouchable, but nobody has seen under the mask. Except me.”

— Amazon

The Gauntlet

Karuna Riazi


Contemporary Young Adult Fantasy


A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair. Nothing can prepare you for The Gauntlet . . . It didn’t look dangerous, exactly. When twelve-year-old Farah first laid eyes on the old-fashioned board game, she thought it looked . . . elegant. It is made of wood, etched with exquisite images—a palace with domes and turrets, lattice-work windows that cast eerie shadows, a large spider—and at the very center of its cover, in broad letters, is written: The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand. The Gauntlet is more than a game, though. It is the most ancient, the most dangerous kind of magic. It holds worlds inside worlds. And it takes players as prisoners. — Amazon