Razor Sharp Editing

I Cut Because I Care

Freelance editing for genre fiction with a romantic plot or subplot

Please note: I am no longer taking on new clients for 2018. If you are a current client and wish to join my waiting list for 2018, please email me. If you are a prospective client, you are welcome to email me to discuss new projects, but I won't be booking for 2019 until October, 2018.

Happy editing,
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MEET YOUR EDITOR

After getting my PhD in Microbiology and working for years in the biotech industry, I chucked it all to pursue my real passion: comma splices. Okay, not really, but I turned my love of technical writing into a professional career editing science manuscripts. As the Amazon self-publishing wave flooded my e-reader with smoking-hot fiction crying out for an editor, I answered the call, virtual red pen in hand. Now I spend my days battling run-on sentences, filling plot holes, and eliminating that dastardly scourge known as filter words.


TESTIMONIALS

"What I love most about working with Elizabeth is how she genuinely cares for her clients and their continued success. She spends time refining her own craft so she can pass that knowledge onto her authors. I consider her not only my editor, but my teacher as well. After each project, I leave feeling as though she’s taught me something new I can leverage for the future.

I came to Razor Sharp Editing as a debut author, knowing little about how to build a balanced and engaging novel. Elizabeth’s insight and input helped me turn a rough manuscript into a polished book I was proud to publish. Her developmental editing skills are pure gold. She’s saved my novels from many common pitfalls by suggesting improvements to characters, flow and the story’s overall structure. Add to that her attention to detail and knack for axing filter words, you can’t go wrong with her on your team."

Devney Perry, Contemporary Romance Author

"I was a helpless mess when I finished my second book, and had no idea what to expect when I sent it to her. She ripped it to shreds and I couldn’t have been happier. Elizabeth pointed out character inconsistencies, plot holes, lost plot threads, my horrible usage of commas, words I kept messing up such as lease and leash. Surprisingly those two words mean two complete different things! Who knew? ;)

Elizabeth’s comments, though. Love them. They made what could’ve been a painful and soul-destroying process into something amusing. I giggled my way through the edits because of her insights and snark; although I did tell her not to spare the snark because I enjoy it. A better editor I simply could not ask for, since Elizabeth has my undying gratitude. Does this sound like a love letter? Yeah, it sounds like it. Can’t help it, though, because she is that awesome."

— Veronica Del Rosa, Paranormal Romance Author

"Elizabeth is beyond meticulous. Her copy editing is thorough, accurate, and extremely well-annotated. It was incredibly painless to work with her on a 160,000-word manuscript. Although not normally part of copyediting, Elizabeth pointed out rough patches in narrative and a couple of character inconsistencies that made the entire project that much better. One of the best investments in my novels I have ever made. I won’t publish another one without her help!"

E.G. Manetti, Sci-Fi Romance Author


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Meet Zac Mackay. Military codename: Cyclone.

He's a widower, a protector, a hero.

And the person who could destroy Anne's life.

Doctor Anne Griffin is back in Oak Creek, Wyoming, only because she has no other options. Here, she was always the shy, stuttering girl, invisible to everyone.

Except Zac. The very reason she left in the first place.

Zac's years in Special Forces taught him survival skills, and he's created a company--Linear Tactical--to teach those skills to others, so they never have to live in fear.

Then why is Annie, the last person he'd ever want to hurt, afraid of him?

Zac's determined to wipe the fear from the eyes of the woman who has never been far from his mind. And fix the mistakes--his mistakes--that put that look there in the first place.

But a predator has set his sights on Annie. And now survival skills will become much more than lessons...


Nothing good happens when she takes her mask off.

By day, Natalia is the strict principal of a private school with a staid, troubled legacy. By night, she’s a lithe, agile assassin with a penchant for latex. Or at least her cosplay character is. The two identities don’t mingle until she meets a handsome comic book shop owner at the local comic con. Now there’s a guy she’d be willing to peel her mask off for.

Too bad he’s the father of one of her students.

Single father Chris has no time to date, thanks to his business, his daughter, and his ex’s meddling family. But how can he resist a comic lover in a business skirt? She’s his perfect woman. Or she would be, if she didn’t keep the professional and play parts of her life so separate. And he swore he’d never date a woman ashamed of him again.

Too bad she’s obsessed with what the wrong people think of her.

Together, they could be an unstoppable duo, but when Chris’s daughter acts out at school, Natalia will be put in an impossible position: break all her school’s rules, or pack away her cape forever.


Willa Doon has always been shy. Her quiet demeanor was something she’s always embraced. That is, until Jackson Page moves to town. The one man she desperately wants to take notice struggles to remember her name.

Year after year, Willa stands by, watching as the bartender slash playboy drowns his demons in beer and sex. Then one night, he shows up at her door, suddenly aware that the girl he’s seen around Lark Cove is now a beautiful woman.

Except what he doesn’t remember is that this visit isn’t his first. They spent a night together once before. A night he’s forgotten, thanks to a bottle of tequila.

A night that crushed a timid girl’s heart, and set a broken man on the path to heal them both.


COMING SOON

They met in jail.

Deputy Farah James arrests bad boys, she doesn’t date them. So when an ex-con with a fiery past returns to town, she ignores the criminal things he does to her pulse. Behind bars, Jesse Rodriguez and his wicked looks were easy to dismiss, but as a free man with a life to reclaim, he’s never been more dangerous to her—or her job and the ranch that depends on her paycheck.

When stopping to help a stranded motorist puts Jesse on the radar of the local deputy, for once, he doesn’t complain. After all, Farah’s just as cute as he remembers. Too bad she’s also an icy professional who doubts he’s a changed man. He’s willing to give her up as a lost cause and make his way out of town…until an accident strands him at the ranch next door.

Crossing paths on duty is one thing, but seeing how good Jesse is with his hands threatens everything she’s ever worked for. But Farah’s not the only one taking a risk, and he won’t torch his future again, even if it means leaving her in his rearview mirror for good.


Finn Bollinger. Military codename: EAGLE.

A single dad, a warrior, a hero.

And the only person who can save Charlotte Devereux. The woman who once shattered his life.

When former Special Forces soldier Finn Bollinger is asked to help with an undercover mission, he's up for the task. His job teaching survival skills to civilians at Linear Tactical keeps him sharp, and he can still handle himself in the field.

But the Army damn well didn't teach Finn how to handle Charlotte Devereux. She's back and she's all sorts of bad news.

Charlotte can't change the past. Can't change the choices she made or the fact that they cost her everything. All she can do is endure the fallout. Even if that means putting her future in the hands of Finn, the man who has every right to want to destroy her.

And can in so many more ways than he thinks.

When Finn's undercover mission goes impossibly wrong, he'll have to depend on Charlotte's strength in order to survive. But everyone has a breaking point.

He's fighting for what's right.

She's fighting just to survive...


A shifter without a mate is a shifter without a mind.

It’s been five years since Shilo’s mate walked out on her and she’s been just a little, tiny bit unstable, a feeling that isn’t helped by the impending fight with a neighboring colony. She might not be all there, but even a crazed shifter knows waking up in a stranger’s bed hours from home to find the contacts from her pack murdered means she’s in trouble.

Aimless and restless and unconcerned with anything beyond his next one-night stand, Waylon agrees to act as bodyguard for some shifter pack liaison embroiled in a power struggle. What could it hurt? He’s been aching for five years, and maybe this assignment will take his mind off all he’s lost. But when he meets his client, his world stops. It’s her. His mate. The one he left.

Thanks to their history, he can’t just walk away and leave her as a target. Thanks to her instability, she can’t go home without backup. If either wants to survive the bloody present, both will have to set aside their heartbreaking past and fight for their uncertain future.


Kaine Reynolds wants nothing more than solitude. After an unthinkable tragedy destroys his family, he’s cut off all ties to his former life so he can battle his grief the only way he knows how.

Alone.

So when Piper Campbell knocks on his door, rambling on about being his new neighbor, he slams the door in her face.

But Kaine’s gruff demeanor doesn’t scare her. She’s set on living in Montana and starting over after a terrible divorce. And she wouldn’t mind having a fling to chase away the pain of her husband’s betrayal. Her handsome, albeit rude, neighbor is the perfect candidate.

Yet what neither of them suspect is that their no-strings affair will result in the surprise of Piper’s lifetime—and Kaine’s worst fear.


Every mission has a price.

He never meant for her to pay it.

Aiden has never left anyone behind. Not a comrade and certainly not an innocent. But when an undercover mission goes wrong, he's forced to abandon a woman trapped in a human trafficking ring.

Violet learned brutally that no one is promised a happy ending. She knows Aiden blames himself for his part, but she refuses to let her abduction define the rest of her life.

She won't be a victim again. And she's going after what she wants: Aiden.

Watching Violet transform herself into a fierce warrior is the sexiest thing Aiden has ever seen. The honorable plan would be to stay away from her--let her heal and grow without the shadow of his mistakes clouding her progress--even though every instinct tells him to claim her for his own.

But when they discover the danger they thought they'd left behind is closer than ever, they'll have to face their deepest fears and fight side-by-side in order to survive.


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