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
The Saxon Outlaw’s Revenge is out in November in print and ebook in December and I can finally share the cover art and blurb.
At the mercy of her enemy!
Abducted by Saxon outlaws, Constance Arnaud comes face-to-face with Aelric, a Saxon boy she once loved. He’s now her enemy, but Constance must reach out to this rebel and persuade him to save her life as she once saved his…
Aelric is determined to seek vengeance on the Normans who destroyed his family. Believing Constance deserted him, he can never trust her again. Yet, as they are thrown together and their longing for each other reignites, will Aelric discover that love is stronger than revenge?
I’ll be honest and say the cover doesn’t show the Aelric I had in my head because he’s a Saxon so really should be much blonder than reddish and with longer hair (he’s been living wild in the forests of Cheshire for years after all). I’d used Tom Hiddleston and Tom Felton as inspiration. Having said that, I love the pose and his brooding intensity. He does look like someone who might seriously consider whether to sacrifice the woman he loved to get his revenge on the man he hates.
The original cover was slightly different and I emailed my editor and asked if the hair colour could be changed and the art department worked their magic. The original and new covers are here for comparison.
It’s a December release so will be alongside Christmas books on the shelves so I think the candles give it a festive touch too.
The book can be preordered here for readers in the USA and here for readers in the UK
The UK cover hasn’t been finalised yet so I’ll be interested to see which one they go for.
I’d love to know what you think. Let me know in the comments below.
I’ve got two covers now and I don’t know whether or not it was intentional on the part of the art department but they’re very similar. Both feature lovely heroines in green with moody skies in the background. As much as I would have loved to see who they chose to play the heroes (one dark, one blonde – who would you choose?) I really like my ladies.
Which cover do you prefer? Do you go for the covers with couples or heroes rather than heroines? Let me know in the comments or over on Twitter @elisabethhobbes or Facebook ElisabethHobbesAuthor
I’ve used one of the American Harlequin branded ones and a UK Mills & Boon as the logos are different but both books are available on Amazon.com and co.uk and other online sites. Clicking on the cover pictures should take you right there if the cover has whetted your appetite.
I’ve never had the opportunity to create a man before. I birthed a son once, but I had a pretty good idea how he was going to turn out, and anyhow, I didn’t have much say in the result.
Today however I received my AFS, which stands for Art Fact Sheet. Before today I didn’t know these even existed. I don’t know how I thought book covers came about. I think I just assumed someone would magically look into my brain and make it up from there (or, I dunno, read the book). Instead I get to fill in a very detailed document asking for what the characters look like, wear, any other visual elements and so on. It’s all rather fun.
I have a very clear picture in my head what the characters look like, especially my hero -who wouldn’t, that’s half the fun of writing. Of course he isn’t just one person (though Tom Ellis in Merlin comes pretty close).
Like a latter day, and slightly less gruesome, graverobber I’ve stolen bits of various different people. So he’s got J*’s lovely blue eyes, the dark, floppy curls that belong to K, that way of looking through his eyelashes that L does, the slightly crooked smile belonging to M, and so on. Which is all rather lovely in my head but probably less than useful for an art department. I’m half tempted to get a load of photos and make a collage but the resulting image would be more likely to send readers screaming for the hills than swooning with lust.
So I’ll fill in my sheet and attach plenty of links to photos online and wait with antic…pation to see what they come up with.
*why do X, Y and Z always get all the fun!