Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Circle of Spies Cover!

Last Wednesday I talked about it . . . today I'm showing it to you! =)


I've since learned some fun background on it too. First, the designer is the same one who designed Love Finds You in Annapolis, MD. =) This is Garborg Design--and I got a message saying the model is the designer's cousin. Fun! I love learning that the models I gasp over are related to someone or another. Makes it so much more personal. I usually assume cover models are just hired models, so learning they're friends and relatives of the designers or members of a publishing house always makes me grin in delight. And this beautiful Ms. Garborg (or whatever her name may be, LOL) is so lovely, and such a good Marietta. I couldn't be happier. =)

I also got a note from the costume designer, saying how glad she was I liked the ensemble. Naturally, I had to gush in response, because ohmygoodness. The more I stare at this dress (which is a lot, LOL), the more I love it in all its details.

And so we can see all the covers of the series together... (there will be a second novella between 2 and 3 too, though we have no cover yet *grins*)





12 comments:

  1. I want that dress. IN a bigger size of course.

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    1. Isn't it amazing?? I mean, it obviously is. Which we can be entirely certain of, because even Rachel loves it. ;-)

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  2. It's my favorite cover of all of these...the dress is absolutely stunning.

    (May I voice a complaint, not about any one cover, but about historical fiction covers that show faces? ...because they always have great amounts of (obvious) make-up on the face! It drives me crazy because so few women "painted" from my understanding. Amy I wrong about the wearing of make-up?...though I actually prefer faces to be partially covered so I still use my imagination to know what the character looks like.)

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    1. Cosmetics have been around forever, actually, though they weren't always talked about. One of those things that ladies used but wouldn't mention. They probably wouldn't have looked quite like our modern cosmetics do, but I daresay the costumers aren't going to be mixing up berry juice and lard for lipstick. ;-) And even if the character wouldn't have, there's the problem of photographs washing out faces, so it's a practical thing.

      As for the full face or partial face...I know lots of people who agree with you and lots of people who hate them, LOL. One of those matter-of-taste things. =) Me, I like both!

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    2. Huh. I thought very few ladies actually used make-up. I did know that for photography purposes, some make up would be needed.

      It's fun to hear how others' preferences are different from my own in so many ways...book covers included. :)

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    3. Things like rice powder have been used for a long time--they actually discovered that what they used to powder hair with in the 1700s did an excellent job smoothing the complexion. An accidental discovery as it fell from curls to noses, LOL. Then they'd use beet juice to tint, yes. Very popular in Colonial days. Just as an example. =) I haven't researched it specifically for the Victorian era, but if Scarlett can be trusted, they at the least pinched their cheeks and bit their lips to get the color they wanted, LOL.

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  3. oh, this is definitely my favorite of all the Culper Ring covers! :)

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    1. Mine too! I keep staring at it. It's just awesome. =)

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  4. Wow, that's a beautiful cover! I also love the one for the novella - so mysterious. :-)

    I know Whispers from the Shadows comes out August 1st, but I don't see the novella on Amazon yet - when does it come out? Will it only be offered in e-book format, or also in a physical soft-cover? And I'm curious as to how the numbering works out for it...does the side say "Book 1.5" or something like that?

    Finished Ring of Secrets last week, btw, and *adored* it. ^_^ Thank you for letting me be one of your "influencers"; I emailed my comments to your publisher, posted reviews on Barnes and Noble, CBD, Shelfari, and my blog, talked it up to my gal pals, and had the local library order a copy. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Sapphire!! I appreciate you talking it up so many placed! Nothing beats world of mouth in this stuff. =)

      The novella is a free giveaway, so it will only be offered in ebook format. I'm not sure of its exact release date, but initial discussions were of it being available halfway between the two, so around June or so. *I* have been referring to it as book 1.5, LOL, but I don't know if that'll be an official designation or not. ;-) This is Harvest House's first book meant to be totally free, so we're all having a blast experimenting and discovering with it.

      As soon as I know details and/or it's available, I'll be posting it to my Facebook author page, personal page, my blog, newsletter, you name it, so keep an eye out!

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  5. Wow! All three covers are gorgeous, but I think they get better, the last one is stunning. You must be thrilled!

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