And a very nice one at that! Alessia Brio went with one of my image suggestions, and the simple intimacy of it goes well with the story in my opinion.
At Torquere Press, we get the opportunity to give suggestions to the cover artist. It's sometimes difficult for me to help the cover artist, though. There's a point on the cover art request where you're supposed to describe your main characters (just so you don't get a blond man on the cover when both of your characters are dark-haired, for example). My first reaction when I did the CAR for Himiko: Bonding and got to that point was: How on Earth should I know that?? Then I realized that I probably was the most likely person to know...
However, I have two "problems" when it comes to the look of my main characters:
I often imagine the scenes from one person's point of view (like in the Himiko books) - and that means that I don't know how that character looks!
Apart from that, I don't like descriptions which are too detailed. I simply hate it when I read a novel and the writer describes the main character as Fabio. Try as I might, I simply can't get Fabio out of my head for the rest of the story. And I don't want Fabio anywhere near any characters I like;).
With Tom and Mischa, I do have a pretty clear image of how they look, though. I even found a couple of pretty good images when I googled to find the cover image for Happily Ever After. But just in case that someone has the same idiosyncrasies as me, I won't bring them here. Unless you insist, of course:).
They most certainly are, and they are hotter than ever. And kinkier. Unfortunately, they're also fucked up. I can't decide which part I enjoyed more:).
So far, the title of the book is Happily Ever After. It's had another working title, but I think I'll stick with this one. Here's the blurb:
Mischa isn't stupid; he knows that happily ever afters only happen in fairytales. Still, he had thought that as soon as Tom got over the horrible assault that almost tore them apart, everything would be better. Perhaps not fairytale happy right away, but better. Instead, they seem to be falling apart, and quite spectacularly so.
What Mischa hadn't taken into account was the fact that violence have longtime consequences -- consequences that are threatening to shake the very foundation of Tom and Mischa's relationship. Because Mischa can handle Tom's weakness, but he can't face his own. He doesn't have a choice, though. Not if they're going to make it.
As Mischa and Tom struggle to rebuild their relationship, it turns out that happily ever after is damn hard work. It's also wildly kinky, because Tom and Mischa have to build a new trust in the playroom as well. One scene at a time, Mischa and Tom explore their new limits, and that's the kind of work that Mischa likes. After all, that's what badass Doms do.
I'll let you know as soon as I have a date for it!
I read and I write - everything from corporate to kink. My naughty fictional friends are always there to make my life interesting. And pester me, of course. Pesky creatures.