By the way, if you haven't had a chance to read Chapter Two, it posted on my blog Monday. Abigail's blog was down so she posted here. Be sure to follow the link and read Chapter Two.
Mr. Darcy’s Enchantment blurb:
In a Regency England where magic and faeries are real…
Fitzwilliam Darcy is a powerful magician who controls fire, water, and wind. What he cannot control is his growing feelings for Miss Elizabeth Bennet.
Elizabeth’s sentiments towards Darcy are quite different. She detests his arrogance, and she fears he will expose her use of forbidden magic - forbidden to women, that is. He is the last man in the world she would choose to help her on a difficult and dangerous task.
But when a magical war looms between the land of Faerie and their world, a Lord of Faerie demands that Darcy and Elizabeth serve together as his emissaries to make peace with the other mortals. That mission throws them into the middle of a chaotic power struggle between magicians whose power dwarfs their own, and everything Elizabeth has ever believed about her family, her friends, and her enemies will be called into question.
Doesn't this sound good? I can't wait to read it. How about you? I'll turn the floor over to Abigail Reynolds and let her tell you a bit about the cover.
I was worried about what to put on the cover of Mr. Darcy’s Enchantment the entire time I was writing it. I wanted the cover to clearly indicate that the book is both Regency and fantasy. I used every search term I could think of on stock photo sites trying to find an image that would work for the fantasy aspect – fairy, fay, Titania, sylph, dryad, fairyland, elf, and dozens of others. After spending hours and hours without success, I contacted my cover designer, Jane Dixon-Smith, and said that I thought I was going to need original artwork for this cover because I couldn’t find any pictures to suit it. Instead, she told me the secret password, which was to search the sites for ‘wood nymph.’ Lo and behold, within an hour I’d found more images than I could ever use! Jane made a gorgeous cover out of one of them. It’s my favorite of all the covers I’ve ever had! I love the way Elizabeth and the dryad reflect each other, with the mortal world on one side and Faerie on the other, and how even the shape of their dresses is a mirror image. I also loved a different stock photo that looked like Titania, but it would have been too busy to put her in, too.
Thanks so much, Janet, for hosting me for the cover reveal!
It was my pleasure. Are you ready to show this beauty? Let's do it!
It was my pleasure. Are you ready to show this beauty? Let's do it!
What do you think? Isn't it gorgeous! The colors, the pictures, everything is enchanting! I love it. Jane Dixon-Smith outdid herself on this one. Congratulations to both of you. Now let's take a look at the full jacket.
Stunning! I love the small front cover pic at the top of the spine. It brings the front and back together while allowing the reader to see the front when the book is on the bookshelf. I'm a cover junkie and can't help it, but I don't think I'm alone. How many of you study a cover? Does a cover ever encourage you to buy a book or do you go more by the blurb and what you know of the author's writing? I think all play an important part in the original appeal of a book, and Mr. Darcy's Enchantment certainly is appealing on all accounts.
Since I mentioned the author's writing, here's a short bio telling us more about Abigail Reynolds and when she began writing.
Abigail Reynolds may be a nationally bestselling author and a physician, but she can't follow a straight line with a ruler. Originally from upstate New York, she studied Russian and theater at Bryn Mawr College and marine biology at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. After a stint in performing arts administration, she decided to attend medical school, and took up writing as a hobby during her years as a physician in private practice.
Website: Pemberley Variations
Once again, Dear Readers, if you have not yet read Chapter Two of Mr. Darcy's Enchantment, you can find it here.
Gorgeous cover, congratulations Abigail. I'm looking forward to the release.ReplyDelete
Isn't it gorgeous! I'm glad you dropped by, Kate.Delete
Just fabulous! Yes I do think the cover is important. It took me ages to buy one book because I didn't like the depiction of Darcy on the cover and still don't. It was nothing at all like my image of Darcy. I look forward to this book however and will stock up on tissues and chocolate in readiness. Thank you for sharing Abigail and Janet.ReplyDelete
Thanks! I know what you mean about having a person on the cover who looks wrong. It just grates somehow!Delete
It was a pleasure to share, Glynis. I have felt the same about covers with people on them that don't "fit." Thanks for telling us your thoughts.Delete
Stunning cover! I can't wait to read it!ReplyDelete
Coming soon, I promise!Delete
I feel the same, Pamela!Delete
Brilliant cover..I love it it’s gorgeous..really hits the spot for what u wanted it to encourage..so looking forward to the read..ReplyDelete
Thanks! Glad you like it.Delete
Hi Jennifer! The cover gives the reader much to ponder, doesn't it.Delete
Very pretty cover and looks very enticing with all those lovely magical tones. Best of luck with the launch... I’m sure you will do well as your books are terrifically good reads!ReplyDelete
Thank you. I'm excited about the launch and the book, but I don't know how many JAFF readers are willing to give fantasy a try. I'll find out, I guess!Delete
Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I liked hearing your thoughts on the cover.Delete
It’s lovely. I love how the “negative” space in the center actually draws me into the mist. Well done! And the spine is smart!ReplyDelete
Isn't the cover lovely! Glad you dropped in.Delete
It’s beautiful, I love it!ReplyDelete
I love it, too, Laura! Thanks for commenting.Delete
I think a good cover is very important. It is what draws the eye. Your covers are always beautiful but this may take the cake.ReplyDelete
I agree with you, Sagan. I think this may be the best yet! I appreciate hearing your thoughts on a good cover.Delete
Oh, that's really a lovely cover! Looking forward to the release!ReplyDelete
Isn't it lovely! Thanks for commenting, Melanie.Delete
Thanks, Melanie! I can't wait for it to be out there in readers' hands.Delete
Wonderful cover. I can't wait to read the story. I have all your books and they are fantastic.ReplyDelete
Hi Sandra. I hope you get to read the story soon. It's great to add one more to your library, isn't it!Delete
Thank you, Sandra! I'm so glad you enjoy my books - and the cover!Delete
I love the cover and the entire jacketvhas exquisite artwork. Absolutely gorgeous.ReplyDelete
You are right, Debbie. The entire jacket is exquisite.Delete
I am eagerly awaiting the release of this book.
This may be one I want to hold in my hands and look at, front, spine, and back. I love doing that while a read a paperback.Delete
Thanks! And the latest news is that it's available for pre-order at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KK4Z5CN/ :)Delete
Absolutely Beautiful Cover! Wow! ♫ReplyDelete
It is a "Wow" cover, isn't it, Jen. Glad you popped in.Delete
oh it's beautiful! Love it!!!!ReplyDelete
Hi Puddles! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!Delete
what a magical cover--I'm entrancedReplyDelete
Good comment! It is a magical cover. I think it has me entranced too! :)Delete
I love the magical feeling it has!Delete
Fabulous cover. And yes, I love covers and they do influence me in my purchase decisions. This one is so unique. I love the arch and that little shot on the spine really sets it apart when it is on a shelf. You can recognize it among the 'common' books. Abigail I swear I thought I saw you the other day and wanted to approach the poor lady. I decided if it was you, I didn't want to disturb your peace or privacy. That was so hilarious. You weren't by any chance in KY recently were you? You don't have to answer that. Blessings on the launch of this book. It sounds delightful. I love paranormal and fantasy, especially when ODC is involved. Yep... Darcy with magic... be still my heart. And, with Elizabeth by his side... oh, yes, you can't beat that.ReplyDelete
I'm afraid it wasn't me in KY, though on a cold day in Massachusetts, going south sounds good! I confess that a good cover can draw me in to look at a book that I'd otherwise skip.Delete
Wow! I do think that is a beautiful cover. Gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Thanks! So glad you like it, and thanks for commenting!Delete
I can hardly wait!ReplyDelete
Not much longer to wait now - in fact, it's just gone up for pre-order!Delete
The first two chapters, well actually, the first chapter have me utterly hooked. And the cover....stunning. Makes me think it would be worth acquiring both the printed version and the ebook version, the second being my preferred format these days with the ability to enlarge the font! My goodness this is such a unique idea. Can't wait.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Michelle! So glad to hear you're hooked. I'm preferring ebooks for the same reason. I just bought an ebook of a paperback I owned because I was struggling to read the small print.Delete
That is gorgeous. One doesn't see that color on a cover often and it is so lovely.ReplyDelete
Thanks! I love that color.Delete
Love the cover, love all your books can't wait to read this one.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Gail, that's great to hear!Delete
Some books deserve to be displayed facing forwards on bookshelves. This is one of them. Absolutely gorgeous, Abigail. Well done to you and Jane for the design. Looking forward to reading the rest of the story, too. Will you be releasing an audio version eventually? I'm currently in the middle of listening to Mr. Darcy's Journey and am thoroughly enjoying Elizabeth Klett's performance of it.ReplyDelete