I love getting covers through. There’s always a slight anxiety that the model or scene won’t resemble anything in the book but so far (Saxon’s black hair aside) I’ve been very pleased with mine.
The cover for Redeeming the Rogue Knight was particularly important because it was my first book that was linked to a previous one through a character. We’ve already met the hero Roger in The Blacksmith’s Wife as he was Joanna’s original crush (boo, hiss). His brother Hal was on the cover of that book so I made it clear when I filled in the Art Fact Sheet that I was hoping for someone with a family resemblance. Here’s what they gave me.
The story starts with Roger and his companion leaving a nobleman’s house around dawn. Judging by the colour of the sky it’s pretty early and he certainly looks like he’s checking he isn’t being followed.
‘Roger finished dressing rapidly in his thickly padded jerkin and travelling cloak and reached for his sword. He cast a final look around the room in case they had forgotten anything before leading the way to the kitchens where he knew there was a door that would be unguarded. Making friends with the maidservant was proving to have a benefit he had not anticipated and they were able to creep out without being spotted and make their way to the stables.
In silence, they wrapped sacking around their horses’ hooves and shouldered their saddles. The animals snickered in protest at the early start and Roger paused to run his hand across the rough winter coat of the chestnut courser. They led their mounts around the edge of the courtyard. Fortune was on their side as they passed through the gateway without notice.’
Have you spotted the anachronism? It was the second thing I saw (right after I’d stopped admiring Roger’s arms) but most people admitted they never got past looking at Roger. Anyway, I’m very happy with it and I think the covers make a lovely pair.
I can definitely see a family resemblance, can you?
Redeeming the Rogue Knight is out in August (print) and September (ebook) and is available to preorder viewBook.at/RogueKnight
The Blacksmith’s Wife is still available if you want to discover his backstory myBook.to/BlacksmithWife