Friday, October 20, 2006

A Noble Captive cover.

Thanks to Deb Hale, I discovered that the cover for A Noble Captive is up on

ANC is available for pre order there in hardback and paperback and Sold and Seduced in hardback at So the listing for Michelle Styles is getting longer.

The quickest way to get ANC in paperback will be to order from Mills and Boon where it be available starting 1 Dec.

I have loved this cover ever since I saw an early mock up back in May. Several versions of it are blu-tacked to my wall and have provided inspiration. I love how Tullio cups Helena's head.

This time the cover really reflects the two characters btw. I was not allowed anywhere near the Art Fact Sheet, and it was all done by my brilliant editor.

The story of A Noble Captive occupies a special place in my heart. It is my second Roman. It is the first one that I worked with my brilliant editor on, but it is also one I really wanted to tell. It is one where the ending image came to me first, and then I had to figure out how to get there. It also has a secondary character who is close to my heart and sort of touches on my philosophy that miracles are happening every day. My fingers are firmly crossed that the readers enjoy the story as well.

I am bit over excited as getting the cover image up is like having a Christmas present come early.

Christmas is on my mind because I am currently writing my Victorian Christmas wip. And as a slight departure and for an intellectual challenge, it is a new era and the emphasis is on Christmas and not passion. I am very glad to have read Desmond Morris's book on People watching as I shall be concentrating on the first six stages in the courtship ritual, rather than reaching stage 7 (moth to mouth) in ch 1. It means building up pay offs. And it should be fun, but different.


Anonymous said...

Lovely cover, Michelle.

Feeling a bit Christmassy here too as we had our PTA Christmas shopping evening on Wednesday, and I've been tempted by a few things...

So which carols are you listening to? I know 'The Angel Gabriel from Heaven came' is originally a Breton carol and is probably older than Victorian, but the translation definitely has Victorian imagery ('his wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame') and makes me think of Burne-Jones' angels.

Anonymous said...

I love that cover! And I started reading ANC at Biddy's house and thought the opening scene was fantastic and then I had to leave and she wouldn't let me take it with me! I will have to wait until I can buy it...or spend more time on Biddy's couch...

Jessica Raymond said...

It's a lovely cover, Michelle. So colourful!

Jess x

Sela Carsen said...

Fantastic cover, Michelle! I can't wait to read this one.

Not feeling Christmassy yet, but I think it'll come soon. It'll be time to decorate almost as soon as we move into the house.