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Christina Brower

Christina Brower - Editor

New York, NY, United States

A former editor of romance, fantasy, and cozy mysteries at Penguin Random House, who loves helping authors bring their stories to life.

Overview

Hello, and welcome to my Reedsy profile!

Every writer needs a sharp editor who can provide honest, constructive feedback on not only what's working well, but also what could be improved. And that's where I come in. I'm an experienced editor, formerly of Penguin Random House, offering a wide range of editorial services to help you bring your story to life. Whether it's helping you hammer the details of an outline, strengthening a story that's already in its first draft, or polishing up a final draft, I am here to help you make your words sing and your story shine.

I specialize in genre fiction — particularly, romance, fantasy, and cozy mysteries — and have worked with authors of all levels, from self-published authors just starting out in the business to seasoned bestsellers. Notable authors I have edited include USA Today bestsellers Kimberly Lang and Jo Goodman, and New York Times bestseller Tessa Adams.

Bottom line: I enjoy helping authors tell their stories and it would be my pleasure to help you tell yours!

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Paranormal Romance Romance

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
December, 2015 – Present (about 2 years)

As a freelance editor, I provide a range of editorial services for genre fiction, including developmental editing, copy editing, and line editing.

Assistant Editor

Penguin Random House
May, 2012 – November, 2015 (over 3 years)

As an assistant editor for NAL and Berkley, two of Penguin Random House's largest commercial fiction imprints, I acquired, edited, and oversaw the publication of more than a dozen books per year.

Portfolio (18 selected works)

Lay It Down: A Desert Dogs Novel

Cara McKenna

First in the exciting new Desert Dog series, starring hot and sexy bikers in the Southwest...Backbreaking days, wild nights, and the hard hum of steel between your thighs...That’s a life well lived, according to the Desert Dogs—four friends who call Fortuity, Nevada, their badlands home.Vince Grossier is the self-crowned outlaw king around here. But when Fortuity’s slick new mayor invites a ca... read more

First in the exciting new Desert Dog series, starring hot and sexy bikers in the Southwest...Backbreaking days, wild nights, and the hard hum of steel between your thighs...That’s a life well lived, according to the Desert Dogs—four friends who call Fortuity, Nevada, their badlands home.Vince Grossier is the self-crowned outlaw king around here. But when Fortuity’s slick new mayor invites a ca... read more

Give It All (A Desert Dogs Novel)

Cara McKenna

A hot new Desert Dogs novel from the author of Lay It DownKeep your friends close—and your enemies closer....Bar owner Raina Harper can’t say for sure what Duncan Welch is to her. With her small Nevada town under siege by a ruthless casino development and still reeling from a spate of murders, she knows that trusting the public face of the corporate invaders is risky to say the least. Though, ... read more

A hot new Desert Dogs novel from the author of Lay It DownKeep your friends close—and your enemies closer....Bar owner Raina Harper can’t say for sure what Duncan Welch is to her. With her small Nevada town under siege by a ruthless casino development and still reeling from a spate of murders, she knows that trusting the public face of the corporate invaders is risky to say the least. Though, ... read more

Drive It Deep: A Desert Dogs Novella

Cara McKenna

The author of Give It All and Lay It Down reveals how it all started in this prequel novella to the Desert Dog series...Jeremiah Church and Raina Harper have been close since they were kids, back when life was all about hot Nevada summers spent running wild on the backs of their motorcycles with their friends. Now in their thirties, their lives are changing, and so is the way Miah looks at Rai... read more

The author of Give It All and Lay It Down reveals how it all started in this prequel novella to the Desert Dog series...Jeremiah Church and Raina Harper have been close since they were kids, back when life was all about hot Nevada summers spent running wild on the backs of their motorcycles with their friends. Now in their thirties, their lives are changing, and so is the way Miah looks at Rai... read more

Burn It Up (A Desert Dogs Novel)

Cara McKenna

In the latest from the acclaimed author of Give It All, mount up and ride a roaring motorcycle to Fortuity, Nevada, where the heat is rising…After a decade spent chasing shadier pursuits, Casey Grossier has come home to the badlands to settle down in Fortuity. Vowing to put his days of dirty money behind him, he’s cleaned up his act and become co-owner of Benji’s Saloon. But despite his effort... read more

In the latest from the acclaimed author of Give It All, mount up and ride a roaring motorcycle to Fortuity, Nevada, where the heat is rising…After a decade spent chasing shadier pursuits, Casey Grossier has come home to the badlands to settle down in Fortuity. Vowing to put his days of dirty money behind him, he’s cleaned up his act and become co-owner of Benji’s Saloon. But despite his effort... read more

Crosstown Crush (Sins in the City Novel Book 1)

Cara McKenna

The first in a new series from the “wicked-hot”* author of Hard Time and Give It All explores the fantasies of a daring married couple—and those of a stranger invited to play along in their scandalous little games… When he’s working, Mike Heyer is all business—every inch the alpha male, with the hard, capable body to back up his persona. But at home he can be a different man entirely, harborin... read more

The first in a new series from the “wicked-hot”* author of Hard Time and Give It All explores the fantasies of a daring married couple—and those of a stranger invited to play along in their scandalous little games… When he’s working, Mike Heyer is all business—every inch the alpha male, with the hard, capable body to back up his persona. But at home he can be a different man entirely, harborin... read more

Hard Time

Cara McKenna

In this all-new novel from the author of After Hours and Unbound, a woman with a rocky past finds romance in the last place she’d ever expect... Annie Goodhouse doesn’t need to be warned about bad boys; good sense and an abusive ex have given her plenty of reasons to play it safe. But when she steps into her new role as outreach librarian for Cousins Correctional Facility, no amount of good se... read more

In this all-new novel from the author of After Hours and Unbound, a woman with a rocky past finds romance in the last place she’d ever expect... Annie Goodhouse doesn’t need to be warned about bad boys; good sense and an abusive ex have given her plenty of reasons to play it safe. But when she steps into her new role as outreach librarian for Cousins Correctional Facility, no amount of good se... read more

Something to Prove (A Magnolia Beach Novel Book 1)

Kimberly Lang

In the small waterfront town of Magnolia Beach, Alabama, people may forgive, but they never forget—especially when it comes to scandalous reputations, juicy gossip, and a sexy new flame. Former wild child Helena Wheeler was happy to leave behind her hometown—and her sordid past—for Atlanta twelve years ago. But when her grandmother suffers an injury, Helena has no choice but to return, even if... read more

In the small waterfront town of Magnolia Beach, Alabama, people may forgive, but they never forget—especially when it comes to scandalous reputations, juicy gossip, and a sexy new flame. Former wild child Helena Wheeler was happy to leave behind her hometown—and her sordid past—for Atlanta twelve years ago. But when her grandmother suffers an injury, Helena has no choice but to return, even if... read more

One Little Thing: A Magnolia Beach Novella

Kimberly Lang

The USA Today bestselling author of Something to Prove presents a charming novella set in the small Alabama waterfront town of Magnolia Beach, where new love is challenged by long-buried secrets... Even though her family moved away in disgrace after her father’s affair, Sophie Cooper knows that her childhood home in Magnolia Beach is the right place to open her bed and breakfast on the water—e... read more

The USA Today bestselling author of Something to Prove presents a charming novella set in the small Alabama waterfront town of Magnolia Beach, where new love is challenged by long-buried secrets... Even though her family moved away in disgrace after her father’s affair, Sophie Cooper knows that her childhood home in Magnolia Beach is the right place to open her bed and breakfast on the water—e... read more

Everything At Last (A Magnolia Beach Novel Book 2)

Kimberly Lang

In the second Magnolia Beach romance by USA Today bestselling author Kimberly Lang, a small Alabama waterfront town is the perfect place to start over...At first sight, Molly Richards knew Magnolia Beach, Alabama, was the perfect place to escape her unhappy life. And though she's proud of the small coffee shop she’s opened, something is missing. But she won’t let herself be burned by love—agai... read more

In the second Magnolia Beach romance by USA Today bestselling author Kimberly Lang, a small Alabama waterfront town is the perfect place to start over...At first sight, Molly Richards knew Magnolia Beach, Alabama, was the perfect place to escape her unhappy life. And though she's proud of the small coffee shop she’s opened, something is missing. But she won’t let herself be burned by love—agai... read more

After Tonight: A Flirting With Trouble Novel

Annie Kelly

The first edgy, sexy novel in the Flirting With Trouble contemporary romance series. She may be the teacher.... All Hyacinth "Cyn" Hendricks ever wanted to do was make a difference in the world. But when she joins the faculty of a Baltimore reform school, she discovers that she’s bitten off more than she can chew. Because the last thing she expects when she meets her newest student is to see t... read more

The first edgy, sexy novel in the Flirting With Trouble contemporary romance series. She may be the teacher.... All Hyacinth "Cyn" Hendricks ever wanted to do was make a difference in the world. But when she joins the faculty of a Baltimore reform school, she discovers that she’s bitten off more than she can chew. Because the last thing she expects when she meets her newest student is to see t... read more

Until Tomorrow (A Flirting With Trouble Novel)

Annie Kelly

The author of After Tonight returns with another sizzling novel about dangerous desires and forbidden flirtations… She’s trying the straight and narrow... Carson Tucker only has one thing on her mind: getting her life back on track and pursuing her teaching career. She can’t afford to be distracted, yet no amount of good sense can compel her keep her mind—or eyes—off the brooding and mysteriou... read more

The author of After Tonight returns with another sizzling novel about dangerous desires and forbidden flirtations… She’s trying the straight and narrow... Carson Tucker only has one thing on her mind: getting her life back on track and pursuing her teaching career. She can’t afford to be distracted, yet no amount of good sense can compel her keep her mind—or eyes—off the brooding and mysteriou... read more

The Devil You Know

Jo Goodman

From the USA Today bestselling author of This Gun for Hire and one of today's “premier western romance writers,”* a captivating new Western historical romance . . . WHAT HE DOESN’T KNOW . . . After a horse drags him through the countryside, Israel McKenna awakes bruised and battered in a field in Pancake Valley, Colorado. He can recall where he came from and where he was going, but the memory ... read more

From the USA Today bestselling author of This Gun for Hire and one of today's “premier western romance writers,”* a captivating new Western historical romance . . . WHAT HE DOESN’T KNOW . . . After a horse drags him through the countryside, Israel McKenna awakes bruised and battered in a field in Pancake Valley, Colorado. He can recall where he came from and where he was going, but the memory ... read more

Flamebound: A Lone Star Witch Novel

Tessa Adams

After Xandra’s nasty run in with the Arcadian Council of Witches—where she was almost killed and her boyfriend, Declan, was almost framed for it—her plan is to lay low and figure out why its members would torment the people they are supposed to protect. Declan, temperamental and protective warlock that he is, doesn’t feel so reticent. And when violence erupts again, there’s no stopping him fro... read more

After Xandra’s nasty run in with the Arcadian Council of Witches—where she was almost killed and her boyfriend, Declan, was almost framed for it—her plan is to lay low and figure out why its members would torment the people they are supposed to protect. Declan, temperamental and protective warlock that he is, doesn’t feel so reticent. And when violence erupts again, there’s no stopping him fro... read more

Diners, Drive-Ins, and Death (Comfort Food Book 3)

Christine Wenger

For Sandy Harbor’s tastiest comfort food, venture to the Silver Bullet Diner. But head next door to the new drive-in theater if you have an appetite for murder…. Trixie Matkowski has a tall order to fill this fall. Aside from dishing out delicious fare at the Silver Bullet during peak fishing season, she’s helping her friend—Antoinette Chloe Brown, or ACB for short—open a drive-in movie theate... read more

For Sandy Harbor’s tastiest comfort food, venture to the Silver Bullet Diner. But head next door to the new drive-in theater if you have an appetite for murder…. Trixie Matkowski has a tall order to fill this fall. Aside from dishing out delicious fare at the Silver Bullet during peak fishing season, she’s helping her friend—Antoinette Chloe Brown, or ACB for short—open a drive-in movie theate... read more

Macaroni and Freeze (Comfort Food Book 4)

Christine Wenger

In the latest from the national bestselling author of Diners, Drive-ins, and Death, Trixie Matkowski finds herself in hot water after a killer gets cheesed off at a celebrity chef....When the library roof collapses from the harsh winter weather, diner owner and comfort food chef Trixie Matkowski decides to organize a mac-and-cheese cook-off to raise funds for repairs. Priscilla Finch-Smythe, f... read more

In the latest from the national bestselling author of Diners, Drive-ins, and Death, Trixie Matkowski finds herself in hot water after a killer gets cheesed off at a celebrity chef....When the library roof collapses from the harsh winter weather, diner owner and comfort food chef Trixie Matkowski decides to organize a mac-and-cheese cook-off to raise funds for repairs. Priscilla Finch-Smythe, f... read more

It's a Wonderful Knife (Comfort Food)

Christine Wenger

Comfort food and murder are on the holiday menu in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Macaroni and Freeze . . . All Trixie Matkowski wants for Christmas is a break—just not the broken leg she got after slipping on some ice. With Sandy Harbor alive in the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s the busiest time of the year at Trixie’s Silver Bullet Diner. There are million... read more

Comfort food and murder are on the holiday menu in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Macaroni and Freeze . . . All Trixie Matkowski wants for Christmas is a break—just not the broken leg she got after slipping on some ice. With Sandy Harbor alive in the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s the busiest time of the year at Trixie’s Silver Bullet Diner. There are million... read more

Weave of Absence: A Weaving Mystery

Carol Ann Martin

It’s a joyous time at Dream Weaver—Della Wright’s studio in small-town Briar Hollow, North Carolina—as part-time employee and full-time friend Marnie Potter is preparing for her upcoming marriage. Della has enlisted a tight-knit group of close friends to handweave a beautiful collection of fine household linens as a wedding gift for the happy couple. But when Della notices Marnie’s suave fianc... read more

It’s a joyous time at Dream Weaver—Della Wright’s studio in small-town Briar Hollow, North Carolina—as part-time employee and full-time friend Marnie Potter is preparing for her upcoming marriage. Della has enlisted a tight-knit group of close friends to handweave a beautiful collection of fine household linens as a wedding gift for the happy couple. But when Della notices Marnie’s suave fianc... read more

Loom and Doom (A Weaving Mystery)

Carol Ann Martin

From the national bestselling author of Weave of Absence comes a mystery set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, where weaving studio owner Della Wright finds herself tangled up in murder…. Della and her friend Jenny are remodeling Dream Weaver, turning their shared business space into two separate shops. But after the work is completed, building inspector Howard Swanson refuses to ... read more

From the national bestselling author of Weave of Absence comes a mystery set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, where weaving studio owner Della Wright finds herself tangled up in murder…. Della and her friend Jenny are remodeling Dream Weaver, turning their shared business space into two separate shops. But after the work is completed, building inspector Howard Swanson refuses to ... read more

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