Tuesday, February 06, 2007

New Cover!

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!


Kimber said...

Love the blue in the dress. Catches my eye.

And most impressed with the size of your name.

It's a book I wouldn't mind being seen reading (i.e. no naked chests). So I'll likely finish it on the bus ride home from the bookstore.

Christine said...

I love it Margaret! I've always thought HQN did a great job with their covers and this one is excellent.

And I'd love to have my name that big! Someday. :)

Margaret Moore said...

I appreciate the no-naked-chest thing, too. If there's a more intimate picture, it'll be on the inside cover. Don't know if that'll be the case here -- I won't know until I get the books.

As for the size o' me name, well, it didn't happen overnight. I just kept working and writing and working and writing...despite being told numerous times that (a) historicals are dead and (b) medieval historicals are REALLY dead. :-)

Meljprincess said...

Awesome cover, Margaret!
I'm going to do a collage with all the coverflats I've collected over the years. Will you be giving any away? I'd love to have one for my collection/collage. TA!


Amy Ruttan said...

Beautiful cover! I love it! Can't wait to read it, because I really enjoy your books regardless of the cover.