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Michy
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Postby Michy » Thu July 8th, 2010, 3:21 pm

"Elizabeth" wrote:And I do love the result. Although I still think a beagle puppy would have made it irresistible. :)


Why was the puppy vetoed? Did they think it would "take away" somehow from the image they wanted to portray? I think it would have been a nice, unique touch.

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Postby fljustice » Thu July 8th, 2010, 3:54 pm

Beautiful cover, Elizabeth. I get the "Tudor look" for marketing purposes, but I like your painting better!
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Postby boswellbaxter » Thu July 8th, 2010, 4:06 pm

Beautiful! A shame about the puppy, though!
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Postby Elizabeth » Thu July 8th, 2010, 11:47 pm

Unfortunately the puppy never made it any further than my pleas. I love this portrait:

Lady in a Red Dress with Lapdog

...which is usually said to be Maria Salviati, my Lucrezia's grandmother. A little early in terms of costume, but I love the character in her face and her straightforward look. If they'd chosen to go with a fine-art cover I would have begged myself sick for this portrait. Perhaps they could have photoshopped a little of the curly hair off the doggie so it would have looked more like a beagle and less like a spaniel. :)
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Postby Jemidar » Fri July 9th, 2010, 1:33 am

Gorgeous cover Elizabeth! It's going to look great sitting on my bookshelves :) .
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Postby LoveHistory » Fri July 9th, 2010, 2:40 am

The lady in the red dress with the dog looks fascinating. Not particularly romantic maybe, but I would love to read all about her.

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Postby cw gortner » Fri July 9th, 2010, 5:49 pm

Puppies are always a plus :) However, the cover illustration is still stunning; it conveys romance and intrigue, and is sure to attract readers. Congratulations! I think it's going to be a hit.

I'm so very much looking forward to reading it and hosting you on my blog.
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Telynor
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Postby Telynor » Sat July 10th, 2010, 3:36 am

"Elizabeth" wrote:I think they wanted the Tudor look for marketing reasons. Among the images of the real Barbara I submitted are these two:

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I love the cover, very romantic! The only beef I have is that the hanging sleeve part would not have been floating along like that -- it would have been stiff. Still -- it's far far better than most of the covers that have been littering the shelves lately. And she has a head!

When is the release date?

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Telynor
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Postby Telynor » Sat July 10th, 2010, 3:40 am

"Elizabeth" wrote:Unfortunately the puppy never made it any further than my pleas. I love this portrait:

Lady in a Red Dress with Lapdog

...which is usually said to be Maria Salviati, my Lucrezia's grandmother. A little early in terms of costume, but I love the character in her face and her straightforward look. If they'd chosen to go with a fine-art cover I would have begged myself sick for this portrait. Perhaps they could have photoshopped a little of the curly hair off the doggie so it would have looked more like a beagle and less like a spaniel. :)


Heheh. Don't cut the hair off the spaniel! It's such a pretty little Cavalier!

(My neighbor has a particularly ill-trained beagle that can be heard for miles when they leave it outside on the weekends. I want to take it away from them, they are very bad, very stupid, dog people...)

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Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat July 10th, 2010, 4:29 am

I would guess they nixed the dog because the cover is trying to convey the menacing ambiance of the story, as befits a plot that includes murder. The dog would give a feeling of sweetness and work against that, unless is was a cringing cur or a slinking wolf. As it is, the picture tells a story: pretty young woman, alone and apprehensive, in a creepy, dangerous place.


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