I’ve had an interesting, fun and varied year of proofreading and editing, as well as starting a new job working in libraries, and another writing for a publisher. I’ve been busy, but having a ridiculously good time. Below I’ve collected what I’ve worked on as Eve Proofreads in 2014. Each of these projects has been such a joy to work on. I’m very lucky so many extraordinarily talented authors have let me read their work. I urge you to have a look through and purchase any that take your fancy; they are all well worth reading. The title quote is from Jerome K. Jerome, who’s pretty good too.
I really loved proofreading Evan Kingston’s Slash Serial.
Slash is a metafictional erotic thriller / comedic murder mystery / romantic slasher, originally published in seven parts. Alexis Bledsoe, star of TV’s #1 family drama, is certain coming out the closet will kill her career, so she turns to erotic fan fiction about herself as her only sexual outlet. But when the stories turn sinister and begin to match real-life murders on the set of her show, she struggles to discover their author’s true identity while trying to keep her own a secret.
Originally published in seven parts, you can download the whole thing here or get the beautiful handmade set here.
Frances M Thompson hired me for a few of her short stories, published as Night Bus and in the London Eyes collection.
Written by Guardian Top London Blogger Frances M. Thompson, London Eyes is a compilation of thought-provoking contemporary fiction inspired by the sights, sounds and souls of the world’s most popular, and some say greatest, city. Find out how and why one young woman uses the busy streets of the City of London to disappear in An Invisible Girl. In Angel you begin to understand the lengths some people go to to avoid loneliness in London.
Night Bus is a gentle and thought-provoking short story about dreams, love and the strange things that happen when you get the night bus in London.
Tilde O’Hara is an English woman with Irish parents and a Swedish name.
Tilde O’Hara lives in London with two cats who don’t like her very much.
Tilde O’Hara has a job she loves, a gay best friend she loves and a maisonette she loves, albeit really a bed-sit.
One night Tilde O’Hara meets an old woman on the number 94 bus and everything changes.
Here’s where you can find them.
I really enjoy a bit of YA fantasy. The first book I worked on this year was Ava Smith’s Bewitching Luke. Here’s the synopsis:
Seventeen year old Freya Cook is a witch. She is able to cast spells and tell the future. She is shunned by everyone in the tiny village she lives in and doesn’t have a friend in the world. One day, salvation presents itself in the form of Luke Jones – who just happens to move in next door.
Start reading it on Wattpad.
I also worked on Joe Clay’s Demons of the Jungle, a darker paranormal fantasy:
Debra and Patricia were in the fight of their lives. The jungle became a prison, filled with nightmares and mysterious happenings. The un-explainable events drove Debra and Patricia to the realization they were part of a much bigger scheme. The demons were planning on taking over humanity and they were to be the mothers of the offspring.
Download it here, and look forward to Joe Clay’s upcoming novel that I also spent time on this year.
I proofread and helped with the author Q & A and book club questions for The Changing Room by Jane Turley.
“Today, I am in the changing room of my life and tomorrow, win or lose, I’ll move forward a stronger and wiser woman.”
Sandy Lovett’s confused mother and chaotic life are having an effect on her waistline. She knows she needs to change her life but doesn’t know how until she buys a risqué dress which sets in motion a sequence of life-changing events. After years as a mother, carer and full-time employee, Sandy quits her job and places her mother in a care home, and life seems on the up. But disaster is never far away for the hapless Sandy as her mother’s obsessions continue to wreak havoc and her husband’s business begins to fail. Short of cash and needing a flexible job, Sandy joins a sex-chat service. At The Beaver Club Sandy discovers a talent for selling telephone sex – a skill she later regrets when she meets unscrupulous local politician and prospective MP, Trewin Thackeray. The Changing Room is a comedy-drama for all those whose glass is half-full. Preferably with gin and a big fat cherry!
Download it here or get the paperback.
I also worked on Jane Turley’s short story collection A Modern Life, which I hear is Santa’s new favourite book.
A Modern Life is collection of contemporary short stories for time-pressed readers. A reflection on the challenges of living in the 21st century, A Modern Life covers a multitude of topics including marriage, murder, child abduction, climate change and war. It also features Jane Turley’s distinctive slapstick-comedy tales and a chapter of her début comedy, The Changing Room.
Buy the ebook or the paperback.
It was great fun working on 200 Shorter Stories by C. H. Aaberry.
Two hundred tales of two hundred letters and spaces.
Plots, worlds and character refined to their essence.
Sci-fi, whimsy, fantasy, horror, thriller and more.
Short stories unlike any you’ve read before.
Get it from Amazon or Smashwords.
I also edited C. H. Aalberry’s new novel Zo and the Impossible Gardens.
Zo woke up in the Impossible Gardens with no memory of how he got there and no way to escape. He is alone, and the night skies are full of stars and moons he does not recognize. Whatever brought Zo to the Gardens leaves him puzzles to solve, rewarding his efforts with strange animals from Earth and beyond. Zo loves adventure, but will he ever get to go home?
This is the story of Zo and the Impossible Gardens.
I proofread E. J. Frost’s sexy sci-fi novel, Snowburn.
Hale Hauser is a Company killer. Perfectly engineered, highly trained, superbly effective. But when ordered to assassinate his own kind, Hale rebels, and the Company buries him in a hole so deep that no one has ever escaped.
After escaping, Hale hides on Kuseros, a backwater Colony on the Deep Frontier. He begins a new life as Sandringham Snow, pilot and smuggler. Hired by Kez, a local runner, to retrieve a box of black-market glands, Hale follows her through the maze of strange loyalties and twisted customs of Kuseros’ underground gangs. In payment, he takes the one thing only a woman can give him, and discovers the one thing his new life is missing.
But Kez has a secret, which will threaten them both. To protect her, Hale must unleash the monster. Can he control the killer inside long enough to discover the truth before it destroys them? Or will he lose everything just as he’s found it?
Buy it here.
I actually met Stephen R. Harrison in real life after proofreading his debut novel Lorenzo’s Cause. He’s a delight and so is the book.
When Adam Drysdale’s self-inflicted misery drives him to take his own life, his only wish is for oblivion. He soon realises that his wish has not been granted when he finds himself returned to the world as a spirit. But he is no ordinary spirit, because he has the extraordinary ability to possess and control other living creatures.
And so begins Adam’s remarkable journey to uncover the reason behind his existence. It will involve cats and dogs, unwitting pensioners, some shady individuals, a psychotic gang leader and a highly unusual nightclub doorman. His journey will eventually lead him to the heart of why humans exist, and with it what the afterlife has in store for him.
Lorenzo’s Cause is a humorous, sad, and at times harrowing story, which reflects on the human condition as it twists and turns its way to some novel concepts of what lies beyond.
The ebook and paperback can be purchased on Amazon.
Steve Turnbull employed me to edit steampunk space adventure Journey Into Space, 1874.
When the Royal Navy send their first crew into the Void, the first part of the expedition goes off without a hitch. But when the three-man crew discover their assumption that they are the first men in the Void is false, their journey becomes a desperate fight for survival in the harshest environment in the universe: The Void.
Available here. I’m currently working on the next Maliha Anderson mystery, so I strongly recommend you catch up with the first three here.
I’ve just sent back Timothy Hurley‘s extraordinary novel about a soldier coming home, Johnny Don’t March. Look out for that in January.
There are a couple of other great titles I got to read this year which aren’t out yet, including Drae Box‘s fantasy adventure The Royal Gift, get a sneak peek here, and the new novel from Buzz Malone. (If you haven’t read Silence of Centerville yet, do.)
To every author mentioned here, thank you so much for hiring me this year and for letting me read the products of your brilliant imaginations. You’re all fantastic!
What have you been doing this year? I hope it’s been a good one.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy and productive 2015!