Friday, March 4, 2011

Sometimes, It Just Comes Together

My husband calls the writing business a roller coaster. One day you finish that manuscript, and you know it’s the best you can make it, and that feels incredibly good. The next day, you see a review for the last book, and someone absolutely hated everything about it, and that can sink you into a black hole for weeks!

But sometimes, everything comes together. That happened to me this week. You see, as part of my contract with Love Inspired Books, I provided thoughts on what the cover might look like for my first novel for them, The Irresistible Earl, which will be out in June. Now, I am no artist. I had a dear friend who passed away who was an amazing artist, so I know what an artist can produce. I sadly lack that gene. But I blathered away on my art fact sheet, telling the folks at Love Inspired that I envisioned the hero to look a bit like Daniel Craig, giving them examples of nineteenth century clothing and interiors, and suggesting that, given the title, we might want to center on the hero on the cover. I have been waiting patiently (okay, with fear and trembling) to see what they would make of all that.

The cover showed up on Amazon on Thursday. And, oh, what a lovely job those artists at Love Inspired did!



Meet Chase Dearborn, Earl of Allyndale. [Swoon-worthy sigh.] Is he perfect? No, but he has character, he looks like he could be standing in a nineteenth century room, and the warm colors evoke the tone of the book.

Sometimes, it just comes together.

10 comments:

Marissa Doyle said...

It most certainly does!!

So it's up for pre-order on Amazon, then? (she asked innocently) :)

Regina Scott said...

Why, yes, Marissa, it is (she also said innocently). It's also up on Barnes and Noble, Borders, Christianbook.com, Chapters, and Powell's Books. Not that I was googling it or anything.

QNPoohBear said...
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QNPoohBear said...

How exciting! I'm hoarding gift cards so I can afford to buy it. The cover looks great. Congratulations! I've tracked down your previous Regencies and I am enjoying reading them. I look forward to meeting your new hero.

Regina Scott said...

Thanks, QNPoohBear! So glad you're enjoying my older books. I don't think you'll have to hoard too many gift cards. In the U.S. the new book is going to be $5.50, I think.

QNPoohBear said...

I just finished ... Miss Renfield and loved the talking parrot. Any chance another talking parrot will work his way into a future novel? Or any other amusing animal sidekicks?

Regina Scott said...

Glad you enjoyed it! At the time The Irredeemable Miss Renfield came out, Judith Lansdowne had a very popular series for the same publisher that featured an amusing parrot named Lord Nightingale. So, I pretty much decided not to compete! Now, hm, I'll have to think about it!

My November release, The Honorable Gentleman, has an extremely large mastiff named Dolly who is loyal to the heroine. I had a lot of fun with her. ;-)

Shirley Marks said...

...le sigh...

Regina Scott said...

Thanks, Shirley!

QNPoohBear said...

I love dogs so I'll be looking forward to The Honorable Gentleman!