Here it is!
The art department will be working to make the dress pop more from background. I asked for my usual corrections (longer fingers and less boob on the hero). And then, making my agent laugh her head off, I asked for a daintier foot on the heroine.
But other than those minor quibbles, I love this cover. Love the color and the flounces on her dress. Love that there is more ladyback and less mantitty. Besides, this cover continues the tradition of putting my heroine in a dress she never wears in the book. 🙂
When I get the final cover, we’ll do a side-by-side (or more likely a top-by-bottom) comparison to see if I get my wishes.
And in other news, the release date for HIS AT NIGHT is now May 25, 2010.
Updates below the fold.
The art department works fast. I have the revised cover with the higher contrast. The heroine now has a fabulously smooth and un-stout foot. And the hero more stubbles, which I’d also asked for. Don’t see that much difference in the length of his fingers, but I can live with that.
I approve. 🙂
Though of course now that her foot is lovely, my Anna Wintour gaze of unrelenting criticism has landed on the heroine’s back. My editor concurs that it needs further smoothing. So now we await the next round of photo-shopping.
(After going through the cover process a few times, I have a certain sympathy for the editors of the glossy magazines and the art directors of advertising shoots. You should have heard the numerous complaints I made about the first version of DELICIOUS’s cover; I was unhappy with the model from nose to hip. I even said aloud to my editor whether I wasn’t part of the problem perpetuating the illusion of the perfect body with my demands for beautiful, smooth everything.
But then on the other side is the need to present a perfect–or as perfect as possible–image for a product we need to sell. Sigh.)
And voila, back is smooooooooooooooth. 🙂
I have to say, I’m glad to see a little meat on her bones, especially since I gave her weight as nine-and-half stones. Not heavy, but not featherweight either.