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Bethany Blair

Bethany Blair - Editor

New York, United States

Former Penguin Random House editor of romance and cozy mysteries. Send me your 'oohs' and 'aahs' and your 'eeks' and 'squeaks.'

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I am a former Penguin Random House book editor who specialized in romance and cozy mysteries. Though I am no longer working at a large publishing house, I still love to consume and edit books. When I'm not reading, you can find me running through the streets of Brooklyn or trying the latest novelty Oreo flavor. If you have a project you're passionate about, I'm happy to help give it shape and craft it into something readers will love.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Paranormal Romance Romance

Work experience

Assistant Editor

Penguin Random House
July, 2014 – October, 2016 (over 2 years)

In addition to my own authors, I worked alongside two senior editors on manuscripts for New York Times bestselling author Miranda James, Victoria Hamilton/Amanda Cooper/Donna Lea Simpson, Susannah Hardy, Jean Flowers, Laura DiSilverio, Terrie Farley Moran, Mary Kennedy, Nancy J. Parra, Elaine Viets, Laura Bradford/Elizabeth Lynn Casey, and M.L. Rowland for the cozy mystery genre. For the romance genre, I worked on manuscripts for Lisa Desrochers and Stephanie Julian.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Prose and Cons (A Magical Bookshop Mystery)

Amanda Flower

Magic, books, and cats collide in a village near Niagara Falls in the latest mystery from the author of Crime and Poetry... In Cascade Springs, New York, Violet Waverly and her grandma, Daisy, are the proprietors of Charming Books, where the power of the written word is positively enchanting... October in Cascade Springs means tourists are pouring in for the annual Food and Wine Festival, and ... read more

Magic, books, and cats collide in a village near Niagara Falls in the latest mystery from the author of Crime and Poetry... In Cascade Springs, New York, Violet Waverly and her grandma, Daisy, are the proprietors of Charming Books, where the power of the written word is positively enchanting... October in Cascade Springs means tourists are pouring in for the annual Food and Wine Festival, and ... read more

Cheddar Off Dead (An Undercover Dish Mystery)

Julia Buckley

Caterer and cook Lilah Drake is up to her elbows in deadly trouble in the latest mystery from the author of The Big Chili... The Christmas holidays are one of Lilah’s favorite times of the year, filled with friends, family, and, of course, tons of food orders for her covered dish clients. But Lilah’s Yuletide cheer ends when she sees a most Grinch-like crime: the murder of a Santa in a school ... read more

Caterer and cook Lilah Drake is up to her elbows in deadly trouble in the latest mystery from the author of The Big Chili... The Christmas holidays are one of Lilah’s favorite times of the year, filled with friends, family, and, of course, tons of food orders for her covered dish clients. But Lilah’s Yuletide cheer ends when she sees a most Grinch-like crime: the murder of a Santa in a school ... read more

Cold Pressed Murder (An Olive Grove Mystery)

Kelly Lane

Eva Knox and her quirky Southern family are back in the second in the “intriguing”* culinary mystery series. It’s the pits for the attendees of the annual Farm Family Fare in Abundance, Georgia, when olive oil farmer Eva Knox finds herself in the middle of a murder case... Eva and the residents of Knox Plantation are oozing with excitement over the activities planned for the Farm Family Fare. ... read more

Eva Knox and her quirky Southern family are back in the second in the “intriguing”* culinary mystery series. It’s the pits for the attendees of the annual Farm Family Fare in Abundance, Georgia, when olive oil farmer Eva Knox finds herself in the middle of a murder case... Eva and the residents of Knox Plantation are oozing with excitement over the activities planned for the Farm Family Fare. ... read more

Sowed to Death (Farmer's Daughter Mystery)

Peg Cochran

In the latest Farmer’s Daughter Mystery from the national bestselling author of No Farm, No Foul, farm owner and blogger Shelby McDonald must field another murder mystery....The county fair is the highlight of the year for the small town of Lovett, Michigan—especially for food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald, who writes as the Farmer’s Daughter. She’s submitting jams and jellies she’s cr... read more

In the latest Farmer’s Daughter Mystery from the national bestselling author of No Farm, No Foul, farm owner and blogger Shelby McDonald must field another murder mystery....The county fair is the highlight of the year for the small town of Lovett, Michigan—especially for food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald, who writes as the Farmer’s Daughter. She’s submitting jams and jellies she’s cr... read more

Dangerously Charming (Broken Riders Novel, A)

Deborah Blake

From the author of the Baba Yaga novels, a brand new series set in the same “addicting”* world, filled with wild magic, enchanting damsels, and the irresistibly daring men who serve the Baba Yagas... The Riders are three immortal brothers who protect the mythical Baba Yagas. But their time serving the witches has ended—and their new destinies are just beginning... Ever since a near-fatal mista... read more

From the author of the Baba Yaga novels, a brand new series set in the same “addicting”* world, filled with wild magic, enchanting damsels, and the irresistibly daring men who serve the Baba Yagas... The Riders are three immortal brothers who protect the mythical Baba Yagas. But their time serving the witches has ended—and their new destinies are just beginning... Ever since a near-fatal mista... read more

Dangerously Divine (Broken Riders Novel, A)

Deborah Blake

The author of the “wonderful” (Tamora Pierce) Baba Yaga novels and Dangerously Charming is back with a magically mesmerizing new tale about the dashing and daring Broken Riders... The Riders: Three immortal brothers who kept the Baba Yagas safe, now stripped of their summons to protect. But fate is not finished with them—and their new callings are even more powerful... Though his physical woun... read more

The author of the “wonderful” (Tamora Pierce) Baba Yaga novels and Dangerously Charming is back with a magically mesmerizing new tale about the dashing and daring Broken Riders... The Riders: Three immortal brothers who kept the Baba Yagas safe, now stripped of their summons to protect. But fate is not finished with them—and their new callings are even more powerful... Though his physical woun... read more

A Chasing Fire Novel (3 Book Series)

Ann Marie Walker, Amy K. Rogers

From Book 1: First in a tantalizing new trilogy about reigniting a forbidden desire from long ago...As heiress to a media empire Alessandra Sinclair was raised to put family obligations first. But everything changes the night her first love walks back into her life and turns her whole world upside down. Haunted by the memories of a secret romance with a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, s... read more

From Book 1: First in a tantalizing new trilogy about reigniting a forbidden desire from long ago...As heiress to a media empire Alessandra Sinclair was raised to put family obligations first. But everything changes the night her first love walks back into her life and turns her whole world upside down. Haunted by the memories of a secret romance with a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, s... read more

Protege

Lydia Michaels

The author of the provocative Surrender Trilogy presents a new novel of one woman’s introduction to a world of sinfully sweet submission... For too long, French teacher Collette Banks has locked her deepest desires away in the darkest corners of her mind. But now, she’s taking matters into her own hands by applying to a secret and exclusive society devoted to matching people with their ideal p... read more

The author of the provocative Surrender Trilogy presents a new novel of one woman’s introduction to a world of sinfully sweet submission... For too long, French teacher Collette Banks has locked her deepest desires away in the darkest corners of her mind. But now, she’s taking matters into her own hands by applying to a secret and exclusive society devoted to matching people with their ideal p... read more

Forsaken (Deep Connection Novel, A)

Sierra Kincade

The author of the “funny, sweet, suspenseful, and smoking hot” (Beth Kery) Body Works series is back with a dangerously seductive new trilogy...His job is to find her, not to fall for her...Marsella Talent has been on the run for two years, ever since her father thrust a ledger into her hands and told her to run from the police swarming their family restaurant. Now, with the cops and her fathe... read more

The author of the “funny, sweet, suspenseful, and smoking hot” (Beth Kery) Body Works series is back with a dangerously seductive new trilogy...His job is to find her, not to fall for her...Marsella Talent has been on the run for two years, ever since her father thrust a ledger into her hands and told her to run from the police swarming their family restaurant. Now, with the cops and her fathe... read more

Ghost Maker (The Ghost Seer Novel)

Robin D. Owens

Clare Cermak has a gift for speaking to ghosts of the Old West, but in the latest from the author of Ghost Talker, she may soon join their ranks... With Clare’s health fading, she and her partner—the love of her life—detective Zach Slade, head to Manitou Springs, Colorado, in search of the only healer who can help them: the ghost of Sister Juliana Emmanuel, whose healing skills live on in the ... read more

Clare Cermak has a gift for speaking to ghosts of the Old West, but in the latest from the author of Ghost Talker, she may soon join their ranks... With Clare’s health fading, she and her partner—the love of her life—detective Zach Slade, head to Manitou Springs, Colorado, in search of the only healer who can help them: the ghost of Sister Juliana Emmanuel, whose healing skills live on in the ... read more

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Jeanne Quigley

I enjoyed a terrific collaboration with Bethany. With great enthusiasm for the project, Bethany deftly edited my manuscript, fixing typos and punctuation errors, repairing awkward sentences, and catching inconsistencies in the plot and overuse of words/descriptions. Bethany made the manuscript better and I thank her very much for her hard work.

, August 2017

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