Henri shouts, “Stand and deliver!”

thd_packshot-web1Actually it’s the other way round, I’m the one who’s delivering. It gives me great pleasure to reveal the cover for my next novel, The Highwayman’s Daughter, which will be published in January 2014.

In contrast to my contemporary romantic suspense novels, the setting for this book is Hounslow Heath in the 18th century, during the golden age of “gentlemen of the road”, and it’s a swash-buckling romp, light-hearted in parts but with darker elements too, as well as a core mystery.

I really love this cover, with its hint of intrigue and the central character’s slightly androgynous clothing and untamed hair, which tells us that she’s free-spirited and possibly a bit of a tomboy. I also love the green marbled background symbolising a forested hide-out (in 1768 Hounslow Heath was still densely forested in places), and the font has undertones of Pirates of the Caribbean.

Another reason I’m very excited is that this is actually my first historical novel. I always saw myself as a writer of contemporary fiction, so when this story presented itself to me, almost completely written in my head, it was rather a shock to the system. Should I ignore it and concentrate on my contemporary work, or should I go where the story was taking me and see what happened?

I trusted my instinct and went with the story. When I’d finished it, not only was I thrilled that I’d written a novel in a historical period which has always captured my imagination – the Georgian period – I also discovered that I’d succeeded in creating my own story universe (and by that I don’t mean an alternate universe…) as well as the basis for a trilogy.

So I’m very glad I didn’t ignore the call to “stand and deliver”!

23 thoughts on “Henri shouts, “Stand and deliver!”

  1. It’s a great cover, Henri, and it sounds as if this will be a fascinating story. I do love the fact that we’re with a publisher who allows us to experiment and to develop our writing in all kinds of ways. We’re very lucky.

  2. That’s looks lovely, Henri – and sounds intriguing! Congratulations!

  3. I love this cover and my 12-year-old daughter who is sitting right next to me squealed with delight, saying it was fabulous and that Choc-Lit “does the best covers!”. Good luck on your new direction. I agree with Margaret in that we’re very lucky to be with a publisher where we can experiment with our writing.

  4. I agree, it’s very liberating to be able to experiment with our writing, because sometimes stories just “happen” and we need to explore them. And when I was presented with the 4 visuals for the cover, this one caught my eye immediately. I’m really pleased with it.

  5. Oh my goodness that cover is stunning!! This definitely sounds like my kind of book! Congrats! 🙂 x

  6. The cover is great very intriguing. The plot sounds the same I would love to try this new direction.

  7. Looking and sounding fab, Henri! So exciting! X

  8. Henri – it’s gorgeous, and, judging a book by it’s cover, this is definitely one I’d like to read; it appeals to my adventurous spirit. Aren’t books liberating? 🙂 xx

  9. The cover is just gorgeous, and I love the title – it’s got everything it needs to make someone grab it off the bookshelf. Can’t wait to read it, Henri.

    Liv x

  10. Fabulous cover, Henri and I love the way you described your book, too. Really looking forward to reading it!

  11. What a beautiful cover, Henri and surely one which will catch the eye on the bookshelves. I look forward to reading this, your description of how you created it is so inspiring!

  12. Thanks for your vote of confidence. I’m totally in love with this cover, and now I hope the story will deliver what it promises 😀

  13. I adore the cover,The Highwayman’s Daughter definitely going on my wish list.

  14. Another corker of a cover….you must be so pleased having three books so close together and all with such wonderful covers…congratulations.

  15. Wow what a stunning cover, I want this in my collection for that alone, sounds like a fantastic read, will be putting it on my list for sure. Just reading your post makes me feel like I have steped back in time.

  16. Thank you, everyone, I can’t wait to hold this one in my hands! There’s just that little matter of having to get through the edits first… (gulp)
    Hx

  17. Sorry to be so late but I was away! A fabulous cover and I too can’t wait to read it! x

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