Work Samples – Books

Here are just a few of the many book projects that I’ve edited and/or published. Formats have included hardcover and trade paperback (and ebook editions), with initial print runs ranging from small run to tens of thousands of copies.


Odin's Promise, A Middle-Grade Novel by Sandy Brehl

Odin’s Promise
A Novel of Norway
by Sandy Brehl

2014 Midwest Book Award
for Children’s Fiction

Recommended for historical-fiction fans
and animal lovers alike.”
ALA Booklist

The Dazzling Darkness, by Paula Cappa

The Dazzling Darkness
by Paula Cappa

Winner, Gothic Readers Book Club Award

“The spirit of Dan Brown meets the darkest ruminations
of Ralph Waldo Emerson …
sending a shiver down your spine.”
– Jonathan Stone

The Swamp Whisperer, by Sylvia Dickey Smith

The Swamp Whisperer
A Sidra Smart Mystery
by Sylvia Dickey Smith

Best Novel of the Year
– Press Women of Texas

Cook the Books, by Marion Moore Hill

Cook the Books
A Scrappy Librarian Mystery
by Marion Moore Hill

“Mixes mystery, humor, and literary nuggets.
First rate and fun.”
– Carolyn Hart

Warming Fires, short stories by Jeff Kunkel

Warming Fires:
Stories for All Seasons

by Jeff Kunkel

“We need stories like these to help us
make sense out of our lives…. These are
stories to warm the heart and spirit.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Time of the Eagle, by Stephanie Golightly Lowden

Time of the Eagle
A Story of an Ojibwe Winter
by Stephanie Golightly Lowden

Book of the Year Award
(Foreword Magazine, Children’s Fiction, finalist)

Buffalo Seekers, by Louis Kirkaldie

Buffalo Seekers
by Louis Kirkaldie

“A fine contribution
to the tradition of Native American voices.”
Midwest Book Review

Plank Road Summer, by Hilda & Emily Demuth

Plank Road Summer
by Hilda and Emily Demuth

“A great choice for young readers
who love historical fiction, and for teachers
wanting to integrate a novel into
classroom studies of the pioneer era. ”
– Kathleen Ernst

I’ve worked with a wide variety of books, for adults and young readers, fiction and nonfiction. Types of projects have ranged from picturebooks to novels to cultural, historical, or philosophical studies to textbooks for college classes.


Doyli to the Rescue, by Cathleen Burnham

Doyli to the Rescue:
Saving Baby Monkeys in the Amazon
by Cathleen Burnham

“It is the best kind of nonfiction – engaging as well as informative….
Burnham shows us how even young children can make a difference in the world.”
– Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

I Love To Write Book, by Mary-Lane Kamberg

The I Love To Write Book
Ideas & Tips for Young Writers
by Mary-Lane Kamberg

“A most welcome source for educators and children.”
– Jan Irving, children’s library consultant

Saving Sailing, by Nicholas Hayes

Finalist, 2009 Book of the Year Award
Silver Medal, Living Now Book Award

Saving Sailing scores high for readability,
beautifully capturing the essence of why we sail.”
WindCheck Magazine

Lost Gold of the Republic, by Priit Vesilind

Lost Gold of the Republic
by Priit J. Vesilind
Book of the Year Award
(Foreword Magazine, History, finalist)

“A splendid book”
– Associated Press

Making the Perfect Pitch, by Katharine Sands

Making the Perfect Pitch
How To Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye
ed. by Katherine Sands

“If you’re serious about getting published,
this is a must-read!”
– Jeff Herman

“Shows you how pitchcraft can help you
win the publishing game.”
– Michael Larsen

“A very useful book for first-time writers.”
ALA Booklist

The Blues is a Feeling, by James Fraher

The Blues is a Feeling
by James Fraher

Independent Publisher Book Award
(Finalist, Photography)

“Warm, loving portraits.”
ALA Booklist

Take Joy, by Jane Yolen

Take Joy
by Jane Yolen

“It touches my spirit.”
– Dallas Morning News

Rethinking Columbus, by Rethinking Schools

Rethinking Columbus
ed. by Bill Bigelow & Bob Peterson

“A book that deserves to be
in every school library.”
– Joseph Bruchac

Illustrated Voyageur, by Howard Sivertson

The Illustrated Voyageur
by Howard Sivertson

“Beautifully illustrated
and smartly designed.”
– Canoe & Kayak

Benjamin Franklin Award
(History, Winner)