Jen Blood

Jen Blood - Editor

Cushing, Maine, United States

Experienced professional offering expert editing of plot-driven fiction, particularly mystery, romance, YA, New Adult, and some fantasy.

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Overview

I'm owner of Jen Blood Editing (formerly Adian Editing and Publishing Consultation), and have worked as a professional editor for over fifteen years. I have an MFA in Creative Writing/Popular Fiction, and specialize in content and copy editing of plot-driven fiction, particularly mystery, romance, romantic suspense, YA, and New Adult. I am also the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Erin Solomon mysteries, and thus have insight not only on the writing end of things, but the publishing and marketing side as well.

Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Crime & Mystery
Romance
Thriller
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Head Editor

Self-employed
November, 2018 – Present (about 2 months)

After running my own very busy editing business for five years, I took a break to focus more on home and family. A year and a half later, it's time to return to the editing that I love with a fresh take on what it means to be an editor. Jen Blood Editing caters to a small clientele of authors in multiple genres. My focus is on assisting you in creating the best book possible through a combination of top-notch content and copy editing, excellent customer service, and practical advice on publishing areas like cover selection, writing the sales blurb, choosing your publishing team, and more. As both a USA Today-bestselling novelist and editor to some of the top names in independent publishing today, I'm excited to work with new and established writers committed to achieving their publishing dreams.

Owner, Head Editor

Adian Editing and Publishing Consultation
January, 2012 – June, 2017 (over 5 years)

I started Adian Editing unofficially in 2012 (officially opened the doors in 2014) geared toward independent and traditionally published authors seeking specialized content and copy editing of plot-driven fiction, specifically mystery, thriller, suspense, romance, some fantasy, and some YA. Closed the doors on that business because of a multitude of life changes (new house, new family, shifting directions) while I focused on home and family.

Portfolio (23 selected works)

Gates of Hell (ARKANE Book 6)

J.F. Penn

An ancient manuscript that leads to the Gates of Hell. A woman’s revenge for the death of her father. ** From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author J.F.Penn **When the last of the Remnant is murdered at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, ARKANE agent Dr Morgan Sierra is drawn into the hunt for a supernatural Key. She's joined by agent Jake Timber, who must face his own fears as they d... read more

An ancient manuscript that leads to the Gates of Hell. A woman’s revenge for the death of her father. ** From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author J.F.Penn **When the last of the Remnant is murdered at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, ARKANE agent Dr Morgan Sierra is drawn into the hunt for a supernatural Key. She's joined by agent Jake Timber, who must face his own fears as they d... read more

Day of the Vikings (ARKANE Book 5)

J.F. Penn

A ritual murder on a remote island under the shifting skies of the aurora borealis. A staff of power that can summon Ragnarok, the Viking apocalypse. ** From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author J.F.Penn **When Neo-Viking terrorists invade the British Museum in London to reclaim the staff of Skara Brae, ARKANE agent Dr. Morgan Sierra is trapped in the building along with hostages un... read more

A ritual murder on a remote island under the shifting skies of the aurora borealis. A staff of power that can summon Ragnarok, the Viking apocalypse. ** From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author J.F.Penn **When Neo-Viking terrorists invade the British Museum in London to reclaim the staff of Skara Brae, ARKANE agent Dr. Morgan Sierra is trapped in the building along with hostages un... read more

Darker Water (Once and Forever Book 1)

Lauren Stewart

Some fairytales begin with a kiss...After another painful breakup, Laney Temple finally understands love is a fairytale and sex rarely comes with a happy ending. She’s too busy for it right now anyway—she has a business to run, art to create, and candy to crush. Sure, eventually she’ll be ready to switch from her plastic-and-silicon lover to a flesh-and-blood one. But before that happens, she ... read more

Some fairytales begin with a kiss...After another painful breakup, Laney Temple finally understands love is a fairytale and sex rarely comes with a happy ending. She’s too busy for it right now anyway—she has a business to run, art to create, and candy to crush. Sure, eventually she’ll be ready to switch from her plastic-and-silicon lover to a flesh-and-blood one. But before that happens, she ... read more

Liar, Liar, Tabloid Writer

Suzie Quint

Cleo Morgan's dream of being a respectable member of the mainstream press is waylaid when her mother, a retired Las Vegas showgirl, gets into a financial jam. Instead of following up her Pulitzer-nominated story with more hard-hitting news, she’ll be writing a different kind of exposé. Soon it will be stories about Bigfoot sightings and alien abductions and having dinner with Elvis. And the da... read more

Cleo Morgan's dream of being a respectable member of the mainstream press is waylaid when her mother, a retired Las Vegas showgirl, gets into a financial jam. Instead of following up her Pulitzer-nominated story with more hard-hitting news, she’ll be writing a different kind of exposé. Soon it will be stories about Bigfoot sightings and alien abductions and having dinner with Elvis. And the da... read more

City of Ghosts: A Mystery in Vienna

Shawn Kobb

VIENNA. A city of history and culture, where Mozart, Freud, and Beethoven once walked the streets. For American university student Jake Meyer, it is a chance to recover from a family tragedy he left behind. Surrounded by the baroque palaces and charming squares of the city, he hopes to pull his life back together.However, Jake quickly learns danger lurks in the most beautiful of places and his... read more

VIENNA. A city of history and culture, where Mozart, Freud, and Beethoven once walked the streets. For American university student Jake Meyer, it is a chance to recover from a family tragedy he left behind. Surrounded by the baroque palaces and charming squares of the city, he hopes to pull his life back together.However, Jake quickly learns danger lurks in the most beautiful of places and his... read more

The Sense of Reckoning: An Ann Kinnear Suspense Novel (The Ann Kinnear Suspense Novels Book 2)

Matty Dalrymple

After solving the Philadelphia Socialite murder, Ann Kinnear should be riding high. Instead, she's depressed and considering abandoning her spirit sensing business. To add to her problems, Ann has suffered a series of injuries to her hands—could these be the ghostly repercussions of the violence that ended her last case?Ann goes to Maine to solicit help from fellow spirit senser Garrick Masser... read more

After solving the Philadelphia Socialite murder, Ann Kinnear should be riding high. Instead, she's depressed and considering abandoning her spirit sensing business. To add to her problems, Ann has suffered a series of injuries to her hands—could these be the ghostly repercussions of the violence that ended her last case?Ann goes to Maine to solicit help from fellow spirit senser Garrick Masser... read more

Lyon's Roar: Zodiac Assassins Book 1

Artemis Crow

Twelve Zodiac Assassins. Forged in the Darkness of the InBetween, Ruled by the Shadow Side of their Stars, The Only Hope for the Light of Humanity. The InBetween, a subterranean haven created by the goddess Hecate for persecuted paranormals and ruled by twelve formerly-human princes, has been hidden for centuries, their numbers growing, and their hatred for humans festering. So when the parano... read more

Twelve Zodiac Assassins. Forged in the Darkness of the InBetween, Ruled by the Shadow Side of their Stars, The Only Hope for the Light of Humanity. The InBetween, a subterranean haven created by the goddess Hecate for persecuted paranormals and ruled by twelve formerly-human princes, has been hidden for centuries, their numbers growing, and their hatred for humans festering. So when the parano... read more

Unearthed (The Heights Book 2)

Lauren Stewart

“What would you give up for freedom?”“Everything.”“Even if it wasn’t yours?”For three years, Keira lived in hell on earth, kept and tortured by a psychopath. He should’ve killed her. Because now she’s looking for payback, to see his face when she shoves a stake into his chest, to feel his dust under her boot. Then she’ll finally be free…of everything but the memories, scars, and nightmares. Un... read more

“What would you give up for freedom?”“Everything.”“Even if it wasn’t yours?”For three years, Keira lived in hell on earth, kept and tortured by a psychopath. He should’ve killed her. Because now she’s looking for payback, to see his face when she shoves a stake into his chest, to feel his dust under her boot. Then she’ll finally be free…of everything but the memories, scars, and nightmares. Un... read more

CLUB MEDicine: A gripping psychological thriller with a shocking twist

Jack Kinsley

“An exceptionally well-written novel and a psychological thriller in the best sense of the word.” -Readers+Writers JournalWhat drives a reasonable man to commit murder? Travis Martin was the great American success story. A former addict who started the premiere private rehab in the hills of Malibu, California, he had it all: a thriving business, a beautiful wife, and a daughter who was the cen... read more

“An exceptionally well-written novel and a psychological thriller in the best sense of the word.” -Readers+Writers JournalWhat drives a reasonable man to commit murder? Travis Martin was the great American success story. A former addict who started the premiere private rehab in the hills of Malibu, California, he had it all: a thriving business, a beautiful wife, and a daughter who was the cen... read more

My Life as Athena: Secrets of a Greek Goddess

Daphne Ignatius

Everyone has secrets. The goddess Athena has more than most!Athena, beloved daughter of Zeus. Worshiped by millions as the goddess of Wisdom and War. What problems could she possibly have? Well…•Her mother was killed by Zeus to prevent an ancient prophesy from coming true; one that might be about Athena herself.•Athena is smart, gutsy and rebellious in an age that demands its females be gentle... read more

Everyone has secrets. The goddess Athena has more than most!Athena, beloved daughter of Zeus. Worshiped by millions as the goddess of Wisdom and War. What problems could she possibly have? Well…•Her mother was killed by Zeus to prevent an ancient prophesy from coming true; one that might be about Athena herself.•Athena is smart, gutsy and rebellious in an age that demands its females be gentle... read more

The Russian Assassin: A Max Austin Thriller, Book #1

Jack Arbor

You can’t go home again…Former KGB assassin Max Austin's peaceful life in Paris is shattered when his mother's imminent death brings him back to a world he only wants to forget. Before he's even unpacked his bags, a brutal act of terrorism sends Max running for his life and forces him to uncover secrets about his father’s past to save his family's lives.Max’s sister and nephew become pawns in ... read more

You can’t go home again…Former KGB assassin Max Austin's peaceful life in Paris is shattered when his mother's imminent death brings him back to a world he only wants to forget. Before he's even unpacked his bags, a brutal act of terrorism sends Max running for his life and forces him to uncover secrets about his father’s past to save his family's lives.Max’s sister and nephew become pawns in ... read more

Cat & Mouse: A Max Austin Short

Jack Arbor

Max, a former KGB assassin, is living a comfortable life in Paris. When not plying his trade, he passes his time managing a jazz club in the City of Light. To make ends meet, he freelances by offering his services to help rid the earth of the world's worst criminals. Max is enjoying his ritual post-job vodka when he meets a stunning woman; a haunting visage of his former fiancé. Suddenly, he f... read more

Max, a former KGB assassin, is living a comfortable life in Paris. When not plying his trade, he passes his time managing a jazz club in the City of Light. To make ends meet, he freelances by offering his services to help rid the earth of the world's worst criminals. Max is enjoying his ritual post-job vodka when he meets a stunning woman; a haunting visage of his former fiancé. Suddenly, he f... read more

Into the Sky: The Five Stones Pentalogy - Book One

Erica Converso

"Five gems there are to act as keysFor the gate to the land of death.In silver, over mountain, beyond the trees,At journey's center, across the seas,To pass the door where no man draws breath."Alcione wants more than anything to join her father and brother as one of the Talaria, the riders who defend the King on their flying mounts, the arion. She dreams of soaring up into the sky to protect h... read more

"Five gems there are to act as keysFor the gate to the land of death.In silver, over mountain, beyond the trees,At journey's center, across the seas,To pass the door where no man draws breath."Alcione wants more than anything to join her father and brother as one of the Talaria, the riders who defend the King on their flying mounts, the arion. She dreams of soaring up into the sky to protect h... read more

A Bright and Distant Star: The Five Stones Pentalogy - Book Two

Erica Converso

"Riddle asked, puzzle spun,You'll be lost before you've won."Alcione has found the first stone that leads to the land of the dead. With four more, she can find a way back to the family that was taken from her. But it won't be easy, and it will test her bond with her best friend Tremi to its limits.Meanwhile, the Arkos has assigned shy and studious Seffina to track the whereabouts of Alcione an... read more

"Riddle asked, puzzle spun,You'll be lost before you've won."Alcione has found the first stone that leads to the land of the dead. With four more, she can find a way back to the family that was taken from her. But it won't be easy, and it will test her bond with her best friend Tremi to its limits.Meanwhile, the Arkos has assigned shy and studious Seffina to track the whereabouts of Alcione an... read more

The Bloodless Assassin: Steampunk, humour, and adventure (The Viper and the Urchin Book 1)

Celine Jeanjean

An assassin with a fear of blood.A mouthy street girl.Are they really the city’s only hope?When Rory discovers Longinus’s blood phobia, she makes him a deal. Train her, and she won’t ruin his reputation as a lethal assassin. What she doesn’t expect is that her new master has more eccentricities than a stray dog has fleas. And that in aligning herself with him, she now finds herself in the cros... read more

An assassin with a fear of blood.A mouthy street girl.Are they really the city’s only hope?When Rory discovers Longinus’s blood phobia, she makes him a deal. Train her, and she won’t ruin his reputation as a lethal assassin. What she doesn’t expect is that her new master has more eccentricities than a stray dog has fleas. And that in aligning herself with him, she now finds herself in the cros... read more

Jaguar Transit: SciFi Suspense with a Metaphysical twist (Crystal Ceres Time Travell Book 2)

Laure Edwards Reminick

Betrayal. Pirates. Robot Battles. Chihuahua.In 2962, Alexa Jane Alden has been marking time until she can return to her real life—a thousand years ago. Her vigil ends abruptly, however, when she’s informed about events in that far back time. But really, what’s a little deception among friends?Particularly when compared with the demand that she comply with the mandate of rogue artificial intell... read more

Betrayal. Pirates. Robot Battles. Chihuahua.In 2962, Alexa Jane Alden has been marking time until she can return to her real life—a thousand years ago. Her vigil ends abruptly, however, when she’s informed about events in that far back time. But really, what’s a little deception among friends?Particularly when compared with the demand that she comply with the mandate of rogue artificial intell... read more

The Letterbox

Layton Green

What if you had the chance to uncover tangible evidence of the divine? How far would you go, what dangers would you brave, in pursuit of the greatest mystery of all? Four companions of varying beliefs, on a journey to the forgotten corners of Europe, are about to find out.On a desolate English moor, a team of scientists unearths a two-thousand-year-old wooden box, preserved in silver and inlai... read more

What if you had the chance to uncover tangible evidence of the divine? How far would you go, what dangers would you brave, in pursuit of the greatest mystery of all? Four companions of varying beliefs, on a journey to the forgotten corners of Europe, are about to find out.On a desolate English moor, a team of scientists unearths a two-thousand-year-old wooden box, preserved in silver and inlai... read more

Twice Young

Jo Ann Simon

When Rika Olmstead began restoration of her two hundred year old home on the coast of Maine, little did she imagine that in the midst of the hard work, she would be meeting a ghostly stranger who would change her life forever and lead her into a tantalizing adventure of secrets, mystery and very unexpected love.

When Rika Olmstead began restoration of her two hundred year old home on the coast of Maine, little did she imagine that in the midst of the hard work, she would be meeting a ghostly stranger who would change her life forever and lead her into a tantalizing adventure of secrets, mystery and very unexpected love.

Jagged Night

Iain Edward Henn

An action-packed thriller from the author of the Amazon charts bestsellers 'The Delta Chain' and 'Disappear'How do you stop a killer who appears and disappears like a wraith?For ex-adman Tom Coulter, it's personal.His protégé is the first victim of a medieval-style assassin. A phantom who is targeting corporate and political high-flyers.Each attack is counting down to a terrifying moment-of-tr... read more

An action-packed thriller from the author of the Amazon charts bestsellers 'The Delta Chain' and 'Disappear'How do you stop a killer who appears and disappears like a wraith?For ex-adman Tom Coulter, it's personal.His protégé is the first victim of a medieval-style assassin. A phantom who is targeting corporate and political high-flyers.Each attack is counting down to a terrifying moment-of-tr... read more

Last Stop: Paris (The Eddie Grant Series Book 2)

John Pearce

Finalist for Best Indie Book of the Year, Shelf Unbound MagazineHe got them all...All but oneNow the leader of the gang is in his sights.He never caught the man who caused his family's murder, but now he's close. Never cross a man who's out for revenge... Eddie Grant has unfinished business. While the unofficial CIA operative decimated the crime syndicate responsible for his family's murder, t... read more

Finalist for Best Indie Book of the Year, Shelf Unbound MagazineHe got them all...All but oneNow the leader of the gang is in his sights.He never caught the man who caused his family's murder, but now he's close. Never cross a man who's out for revenge... Eddie Grant has unfinished business. While the unofficial CIA operative decimated the crime syndicate responsible for his family's murder, t... read more

Hope In Every Raindrop (Kyle Walker Book 2)

Wesley Banks

Small towns have big stories. That was a lesson Katie’s father taught her years ago. A lesson she’s taken to heart. And right now, Katie is desperate for a big story. Reeling from the recent loss of her father and with her agent breathing down her neck for the next book, the twenty-one-year-old writer picks a spot on the map and finds herself bound for a middle-of-nowhere town called Bishopvil... read more

Small towns have big stories. That was a lesson Katie’s father taught her years ago. A lesson she’s taken to heart. And right now, Katie is desperate for a big story. Reeling from the recent loss of her father and with her agent breathing down her neck for the next book, the twenty-one-year-old writer picks a spot on the map and finds herself bound for a middle-of-nowhere town called Bishopvil... read more

For Freedom Alone: A Novel of the Highland Clearances

Lea Wait

Three young people, their Highland home burned by the British, struggle to survive in the slums of Edinburgh, Scotland, already full of refugees from the Irish potato famine and the industrial revolution. Dreaming of America, fifteen-year-old Meggie finds a job as a hotel maid. Kirstie, only four, huddles in a dark room to be safe. And twelve-year-old Rab must make his contribution to their fu... read more

Three young people, their Highland home burned by the British, struggle to survive in the slums of Edinburgh, Scotland, already full of refugees from the Irish potato famine and the industrial revolution. Dreaming of America, fifteen-year-old Meggie finds a job as a hotel maid. Kirstie, only four, huddles in a dark room to be safe. And twelve-year-old Rab must make his contribution to their fu... read more

Once Upon A Nightmare

Nat Goodale

DRUGS GUNS BOATS MONEY PLANESJesse Langdon III accepts an offer he should refuse. He is lost in a deteriorating marriage and torn by the love for his children. He falls into the depths of the underworld, where unlimited cash brings corruption to the highest levels of government and the courts. It is near impossible to determine who is the assassin, the informant or the federal agent. Once Upon... read more

DRUGS GUNS BOATS MONEY PLANESJesse Langdon III accepts an offer he should refuse. He is lost in a deteriorating marriage and torn by the love for his children. He falls into the depths of the underworld, where unlimited cash brings corruption to the highest levels of government and the courts. It is near impossible to determine who is the assassin, the informant or the federal agent. Once Upon... read more

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