Cover! Books! Exclamation Points!

Yesterday was a very exciting day for me.

First, I got an e-mail containing the cover for Proof by Seduction. I know; I already have posted a cover for PROOF. But this was the final cover.  So let’s do that comparison thing again:

Old Cover for Proof by Seduction
Old Cover for Proof by Seduction
Final Cover for Proof by Seduction
Final Cover for Proof by Seduction

Wow. Look how different they are!  It’s like, they changed the alignment of the Julia Quinn quote.  But what you do have, attached to this, is a much larger version of the cover. And now you can finally see how that locket actually stays up: my heroine does, in fact, defy gravity.  (Needless to say, this ability of hers drives my scientifically-minded hero completely mad).

BUT in any event, yesterday I also got my very first author copies.  With my name on them.  Admittedly, my name is underneath “Mary Balogh” and “Nicola Cornick.”  Still, it is there!  My husband opened it up and began reading, making snide commentary which totally didn’t help matters at all (even though it was funny).  Naturally, I did what all authors do when they receive their author copies: I built a fortress.

Behold, the impenetrable fortress!
Behold, the impenetrable fortress!

Notice the large black beast in the wild . . . uh, wild tan carpeted yonder. That foul beastie is about to come and breathe a hurricane gale upon my author copies, causing my impenetrable fortress to collapse into a sad pile of books. Which makes it a not very impenetrable fortress.  (But then again, I don’t suppose I would have much luck writing a romance novella that had no penetration, so it’s probably all for the best. Good cat.)

This was more than enough excitement for me, so I shall have to share it with you! One of the commenters to this post will win a copy of the anthology.

25 thoughts on “Cover! Books! Exclamation Points!

  1. Ah, yes, those lovely large black beasts. They do tend to have a thing for knocking over books, do they not? With mine, I don’t even need to build a fortress. I merely need to leave them stacked on the desk, or even–heaven forbid–placed where they belong on the shelf. The felines must always remind their humans who is in charge.

  2. I love the cover for Proof by Seduction – the purple looks great.

    And yea! for book fortresses. My 3yo saw the picture and said “kitty kick it down”. LOL!!

  3. Hi 🙂
    The final cover looks great. They lightened everything it looks like, so the quote is more legible, the skin tone better, etc.
    I love the fort and the baby black panther.
    Congratulations on all the author copies & having a fun husband.
    All the best,

  4. Gorgeous cover! Does the tangible presence of the books make the whole thing more real? 🙂 Congratulations on one more milestone, Courtney!

  5. I love PROOF’s cover in all forms. The lighter blue dress is pretty, but my favorite touch is the bow on Jenny’s stockings. And yay on author copies and fortresses! It’s so very exciting!

  6. Great cover! Make sure you nominate it in the annual cover contest at Cover Cafe next year. A few days earlier with its release and it could have been included in the 2009 contest.

  7. Congratulations on your very first author copies! I hope whoever wins gets a book with genuine black beast marks (teeth, claws, drool – whatever). And I’m all for gravity defying lockets and penetration, not necessarily in that order. Or maybe I do, I’m not very experienced in that whole locket thing, maybe it is rather pleasant!

  8. Thank you, everyone!

    To answer your questions: I can see no differences between the covers (but I just had an eye exam today, so my pupils are all dilated–naturally, I am staring a computer screen!), nothing feels real at all, no matter what, Mho is always invited to play with the caveat that not pictured is a sheepherding dog who would love to practice on any sheep, and what else can I do to make this sentence longer; ah, yes, a semicolon.


  9. I love the cover! It is deliciously scandalous! 🙂 Congrats on receiving your author copies and building a fortress, haha! That is exciting!

  10. Wow, just great–really lovely. Add in the RWR article I got in the mail this very afternoon, and it has been all things CM today! And there’s no way I can add a semi-colon.

    Oh, I already pre-ordered Proof, and the bookstore lady thinks I’m nuts because it doesn’t come out for a while yet. But I’ll wait.

  11. How am I supposed to bring that book to work to read? Whether or not my teachers understand English, they’ll understand that it’s not appropriate…

    ..ah well. 🙂

  12. “…gravity defying locket” *SNERK*
    “…lack of penetration” *SNORK*

    methinks I detect a lego-lover in you…

    and kudos on the Quinn-quote.

    I’m hoping DH’s snide remarks were for the other works, and not yours!

  13. Ooh, I really like the royal purple background contrasting her lilac corset/bedsheets. And I love love LOVE the green anthology cover. It’s festive without being too obvious.

    Congratulations on both, you won the romance novel cover jackpot, I reckon! (Not a fan of hulking man-meat and swooning maidens in clinches, I must confess.)

  14. LOL,
    I love that you did the cover comparisons 🙂 It is a lovely cover, and the necklace bothers me that it defies gravity, but if it didn’t then you probably would miss it.

    It’s a great fortress, but I think I would have to line them all up for a wall of books so that I could sit and admire them all 🙂

    Congrats on being in an anthology with Mary Balogh. Hopefully it will bring you lots of new fans!

  15. Great cover, Courtney. They toned down the red and lightened up the background nicely, too. Very provocative.

    Yay on getting your first print book!!! You must be very excited.

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