I just found the cover for my next book on Amazon. It’s always exciting to see the cover of one’s story–to see what an artist has come up with for one’s characters. Are they anything like one imagined? Usually, the artist doesn’t read the book, but they get detailed descriptions of the characters, as well as the story line, from the author and editorial team.
I have to say I like this one. It has a pretty lavender color scheme, and the placement of the hero and heroine matches that of its sister book: The Making of a Gentleman, my Aug. ’08 book. For those who read that story about Florence, this is her brother, Damien, the parson’s story. The costume (the white “preaching bands” collar) is historically accurate for the regency period). I just wish they’d made the waistline of the heroine’s gown a trifle higher to be more in line with the empire waists of the regency period. The same goes for Florence’s gown on the cover of The Making of a Gentleman; it should have been a little higher. Waistlines didn’t start dropping until almost 1820 as the fashion styles transitioned into the romantic period of the 1830’s.
But other than that, I really like this cover. I kind of like the “headless covers,” so a reader can imagine the hero & heroine’s face themselves. Usually, the artist’s models are not exactly the people I’ve envisioned.