This episode of Evolution of a Cover is for LADY UNDAUNTED, the rewrite of my 1997 HarperCollins medieval romance, MISBEGOTTEN, featuring Lady Joslyn and Sir Liam. From start to finish, the process took about a week. First I’ll share the models who didn’t make the cut. Let’s call this “Pre-Evolution Of A Cover”:
NAH #1: This one’s too… “I’m gonna whomp you.” Lady Joslyn wouldn’t do that. I think…
NAH #2: This one… I like her. She’s different–unique–but she isn’t quite Lady Joslyn. Next!
NAH #3: This one… A good fit for how I envision Lady Joslyn–all that determination–but not quite there.
NAH #4: This one…lots of determination, but not quite Lady Joslyn and the pose is too…posed.
YEAH #1: With 4 “Nahs” I spent a day searching for my Lady Joslyn. And found this… And now for Evolution Of A Cover!
PART I: THE PERFECT LADY JOSLYN ~ My cover designer, armed with a better idea of what I envisioned for LADY UNDAUNTED, did me one better with this model. Now to place Lady Joslyn against an appropriate background and see her into a 14th-century gown.
PART II: THE PERFECT BACKGROUND ~ Hello Ashlingford Castle! I see why we had to switch horses, the original’s neck and head too far forward to fit the cover. What do you think of a different mane? As for the gown, I love its transformation and the addition of the sword belt (I’ll have to work that into the rewrite). Definitely keep the stunning pink, but lower the sleeve toward the wrist and nix the multi-colored ruffles.
PART III: HORSING AROUND ~ I thought the background was lush before, and now this… Sigh! The sleeve looks great, but I miss the gauzy bit of gown behind her. Can you add it back in? Horse-wise, this one has too much movement considering the heroine appears to be at a standstill. Let’s go back to the last horse and lighten its mane.
PART IV: PERFECTING HORSE & GOWN ~ Wishy-washy me says the mane’s original color looked better, so…you know. Love the gauzy bit of material returned to the back of her gown. Hey, this was a relatively easy one. So just one more thing–darken and soften her hair.
PART V: TA DA! ~ The finalized LADY UNDAUNTED. Happy dance time! Thank you for joining me.