I’ve received the cover art for The Blacksmith’s Wife and I have to say it’s certainly eye catching!
Obviously the big difference between this and my other books is having more than one person and a change of composition. I love my single ladies on Falling for Her Captor and A Wager for the Widow but as a reader I’m always drawn to covers with the characters interacting. As a friend said of this cover that they look like they’re in the middle of an argument but you can tell there is attraction running beneath it, which sums up the book well.
Hal is a wonderful looking hero who is close enough to Aidan Turner to make me happy (I did put in a request). I can’t remember if I described Joanna wearing green in the story but I’m pleased to have another green-clad heroine to continue the theme of my other two books.
I love the tagline on the front as well.
Here’s a short extract that might have inspired the cover art.
Hal did not answer when she knocked on the door. She thumped again and when there was still no response she cautiously lifted the latch and entered. The heat was stifling. Hal was standing with his back to the door. He had removed his tunic and sweat ran in rivulets down his back, his shirt clinging to his body. He worked silently, unaware of her presence, tapping the bar of glowing metal, flattening and turning it as it lengthened into a sword blade.
As she stood, back to the door watching in fascination, Hal swore. He began to hammer harder, turning the blade over and over until, with a roar of frustration, he lifted the hammer high and brought it down hard on the anvil beside the blade.
Joanna gasped at the sudden ferocity.
Hal stiffened and turned. ‘How long have you been watching?’ he asked furiously.
‘Not long…’ Joanna faltered. She reached for the door latch. ‘I’ll go.’
‘No, don’t. I’ve lost my way with this piece.’ Hal lowered his hammer and rubbed his eyes wearily. ‘Why are you here?’
Joanna held out the ale. ‘It’s hot today. I thought you might be thirsty.’
He stared at the mug uncertainly before taking it. He raised it to his lips, but paused and his eyes filled with suspicion. ‘You haven’t visited me here since your first day. Why now?’
I’d love to know what you think of the cover so please leave a comment to let me know.