I am thrilled to unveil the cover for The Garden Intrigue!
As some of you know, there was a slight kerfuffle over the cover for The Orchid Affair. (You can read the full story here.) So this time, my editor and I went through this cover together, every step of the way. Since fine art covers were no longer on the table, we found a model who looked like Emma, with her flyaway straight blond hair. We decked her out in bling, like Emma. (Emma is not subtle about her jewelry use.) And, since the book takes place largely at Malmaison, you can see the rose in her hand, a nod to Josephine’s famous gardens.
If you want to know some of the nitty gritty that goes into these book designs, check out that rose on the side. We had already used a rose for The Seduction of the Crimson Rose— but we all wanted a rose for Josephine’s garden. So the art department found a very different kind of rose. Mary’s rose was deep red and finely etched, rather like Mary. Emma, on the other hand, gets pink roses, a little bit windblown, just like Emma. Neat, no?
The Garden Intrigue comes out on February 16th…. Stay tuned for more!