Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Kaloo, Kalay! I just received the cover flats (that would be covers with no book inside) for my book that's coming out in June of this year, THE NOTORIOUS KNIGHT and boy, oh, boy, the art department at Harlequin has given me a nice one! (For those not familiar with how the whole cover thing works, I fill in a form with hair color, suggested clothing, etc. and then I don't see a thing until I get the cover flats, so...always a surprise!)
How do I like this one? Let me count the ways.
I like the pose of the couple. It's interesting, it's different, it's not weirdly contorted. I like how they're a little larger than the other couples I've had on my HQN books. The cover look is still similar, but the larger people makes this one unique.
I like the clothes on the couple. Historically accurate -- or at least not obviously a costume.
I like the setting. Now, I don't think I have a bridge in the book, per se, and that castle is kinda huge and fancy, but...I like it. It's interesting and it's one of those things that announces, in no uncertain terms, that this book is a medieval.
I like the heroine. I think it might be the same model as on the book that's out now, MY LORD'S DESIRE,, but that works, because the heroine of THE NOTORIOUS KNIGHT is her sister. I like that her hairstyle is simple, and straight -- just the way Gillian's hair ought to look.
I like that my name is in a large font. I've worked hard, and for a long time, for name recognition. Ditto the "USA Today bestselling author" above my name.
And most of all, I love the hero. My man Bayard looks goooood. I've got a larger version on my website here, but sadly, my scanner does not do him justice. I like the length of his hair, which is pretty much exactly how I described it. I like his hand. I like the way he's looking at her. I like how he seems masculine and yet gentle, not overbearing, probably because it looks like she's bringing him to her to kiss.... What's not to like about that?
Yep, all in all, it's a good one!