Sunday, December 16, 2012

Introducing the UK cover for THE HARLOT

Side by side, the UK and US covers for THE HARLOT. I love them both! They both fit the story in slightly different ways. The US cover (left) with its lock and key has been in hand for a long while, but the UK angle on the story (right) is a new vision. Where the US one is erotically iconic and mysterious, the UK version also pins down the passionate mood and turbulant period of the story in such a simple way.  It might not show up well here, but the backdrop is gloriously red with distressed fabric or parchment and the suggestion of flames.

It is a Dark Era, one when a lusty lass will do what she must to survive. Even if it means bartering flesh for a palmful of coins.

Forced to watch her mother burned at the stake and separated from her siblings in the aftermath, Jessie Taskill is similarly gifted, ripe with a powerful magic that must stay hidden. Until one night when she's accused by a rival, and Jessie finds herself behind prison walls with a roguish priest unlike any man of the cloth she has known.

In reality, Gregor Ramsay is as far from holy as the devil himself, but his promise of freedom in return for her services may be her salvation. Locked into a dubious agreement, Jessie resents his plan to have her seduce and ruin his lifelong enemy. But toying with Gregor's lust for her is enjoyable, and she agrees to be his pawn while secretly intending to use him just as he is using her.

Not long to go now! The UK version is scheduled for publication on February 1st, and it will be available on the Mills and Boon dedicated shelves in W H Smith, Asda, and Tesco. Amazon UK currently has the print book on pre order for only £4.68, so if you want a copy this is the time to secure one at a great price!

The US version looks to be shipping from Amazon on January 22nd so I guess it will be in US/Canada bookshops around the 1st February too. The pre order price at Amazon US also features a chunky discount! 

The book is also coming out on Harlequin Australia on the same date and is available at Booktopia for pre order.  It'll also be available through Harlequin Australia later on.

Towards the end of January I'm going to be launching a new blog feature called Witches on Wednesdays, a weekly post where I will chat about the background to the Taskill Witches books. I'm going to share snippets from my research and reading around the turbulent times of the Scottish and English witch trials. This will run through the three month back-to-back publication of the three Taskill books.

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