Just a short post to reveal the cover for my upcoming regency with Aphrodisia, BLACK SILK. Well, it’s coming in April 2008, but the way time seems to go by, I guess April will be here before I know it. My editor described my cover as “Sharonesque”, a word I’ve been rolling around on my tongue for the last few days. I rather like the sound of that—even if I’m not quite sure what I want it to mean.
I love the drama of my cover, even if it isn’t a strongly historical image. This will be my first couple cover, at least once where they have been caught in the midst of being passionate, which, for me, really suits the story. Shouldn’t a couple cover suit all of my erotic romance books (at least not the menage ones)? Well, I guess so, but in BLACK SILK, my hero uses sex like liquor or a drug—to help him forget a painful past. Sex has so many layers for him that have nothing to do with desire or love, and until he opens his heart to the heroine, he can’t really explore desire and love. So for me, the passionate couple definitely strikes a chord for this story.
I also got my copy edits along with my cover flats, so I am furiously working on those right now, and have taken a break from my WIPs to get them done. I’m enjoying the read, and have not been struck by any intense, furious desire to rewrite sections—though we seem to get so little time for copyediting, there’s never time to navel gaze. Which I think is probably the point! I’d be hopeless if I had months to rethink every word. Which I would—wouldn’t we all?
Here’s the blurb for BLACK SILK:
Maryanne Hamilton had expected to be shocked, but the wanton orgy she finds in Mrs. Master’s salon makes her wonder if she has walked into hell. Desperate to escape, she comes upon the master of sin himself—Lord Swansborough. Fascinated by his nakedness, she longs to touch every inch of his long, hard body. And when he bids her come near, she quickly surrenders to his wicked promises of carnal pleasure and sensual ecstasy…
Now back to copy edits! For everyone else out there—what are you working on in your writing life, or what are you reading?