I recently blogged on my beautiful covers for the Dirty Birdies Flock Hop. I thought I’d share my thoughts again here (as an excuse to show off the pretty pictures!!!)
The new release! This beautiful depiction of Tam matches the one of his lover, Herne, on my Bound to the Beast cover—and it might be the prettiest of my covers yet (though there’s tough competition!) The face is perfect for Tam, as is the pose. He knows he’s good looking! I love the sense of movement, and the beautiful woodland details, which take a high res zoom to do justice to—the more you look, the more you see. The lurking stag signifying that Tam is a semi-shifter is a wonderful touch, and the swirling smoke gives atmosphere. For me, this last detail also hints at the dangerous encroachment of the modern world into the ancient forests, a theme of the book.
Tam is one of my favorite characters to write. He’s kind of bratty, and talks to much, and the total opposite to his lover, legendary Greenwood immortal, Herne the Hunter (for more about him, see below!) I always find talky characters easier to write than those strong silent heroes. After they fall in love during the events of Bound to the Beast, Herne manages to remake Tam as a fellow semi stag-shifter spirit. Locking Horns picks up the epic story of Tam and Herne’s love two centuries later. Here’s the blurb:
Blurb: England, 1804. Herne the Hunter has roamed the forests for hundreds of years and he’s known love with fellow half stag-shifter Tam for the past two centuries. The passion between them sizzles hot as ever, but times are changing. Greenwood magic is fading and this threatens both Herne and Tam’s immortality and the bond between them.
After Herne discovers the Greenwood fairies are dying, and dockworkers felling oaks to build warships might be to blame, he wants to fight the modern world with his warrior’s sword. Tam, who embraces all things new, desires a dominant partner, not a brute who wants to drag England back to the Dark Ages. Soon the Wild Hunt, Herne’s ancient army of doom, are back, tempting him to unleash his wrath, and the rhythm of Herne and Tam’s lovemaking seems broken for good. When Tam’s plan to reinstate a spring ritual goes awry, only Herne can save him. Herne must choose between his past and future, and they both must decide what matters most—eternal life or eternal love.
Bound to the Beast: Herne the Hunter! Raaaah! What more is there to say? Like the new image of Tam, I love the sense of motion in this pic, as well as his rearing antlers, and his brooding expression. My Herne is into epic amounts of brooding. Before he meets Tam in Bound to the Beast, Herne has been dwelling on his previous lover’s betrayal of him for over fifteen hundred years! The fiery shades of this cover also capture Herne’s character well. After all, when his blood is stirred, he unleashes the antlers of a stag and the passions of a beast! Click here for more about Bound to the Beast and Herne the Hunter.
My first book and my first cover! When I first saw this, I was totally blown away. I couldn’t believe that such a beautiful design could be associated with a story I wrote—though I had to, because Anne Cain had matched the descriptions of the characters so perfectly. And the bondage with ivy! I will always love this cover to bits. Oh, and just a little note for those who enjoyed this book – three of the characters, Scarlet, Jemima, and Arya are also featured in Locking Horns, set thirteen years before Bound for the Forest.
Robin Hood—and so perfectly my Robin Hood. Once again, I love the details, the arrow and quiver, and of course, Robin’s splendid body to boot. The autumnal colors capture Robin’s world weariness and his complicated relationship with Cal, as well as the seasonal setting of the book. Read an excerpt here.