In my continuing #TBT look at my Bachelor Chronicles series (in advance of the June 2nd publication of Mad About the Major), today’s smack down is more of a cover standoff: Confessions of a Little Black Dress v. Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress.
A little background might be in order–after writing Love Letters from a Duke, Avon asked me to come up with a title that had the same sort of communication theme. I absolutely wracked my brain trying to find a “Letters” sort of title for Tally’s book. And then, driving down the highway one morning on the way to take my son to speech therapy, I had one of those “Aha!” moments that came from just letting my mind drift.
Tally’s story featured a misdirected trunk full of glorious gowns that she finds–the sort of dresses that have their own stories to tell. You know, like when you find a great vintage gown in a thrift store (if you are like me and LOVE vintage and thrifting–you will totally get this!) and you stop and wonder–where has this dress been? The parties, the events, the heartbreak? If only this little black dress could talk. And then I heard the perfect title just flit by.
Confessions of a Little Black Gown.
I pulled off the freeway and called my editor immediately, breathless with excitement. She loved it right off the spot. But here was the rub–would a black dress be romantic enough on the cover? Wouldn’t it look like mourning? Or too funereal? But I persisted–because who doesn’t love the perfect little black dress? Luckily for me, as usual, Avon pulled it off perfectly. And it has to be one of the very few black dresses I have ever seen on a historical romance novel–making it even more special.
With Confessions of a Little Black Gown all locked down, the game was on to find the same themed title for Pippin’s book. I knew two things about Pippin’s story: she’d also have a fabulous dress, but 2) her story would not take place over the typical house party or London season of most books–rather, this was going to be a romance that took decades for her and Dash to find their happy ending. So essentially, it was going to be a memoir, and so Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress was born.
This cover is one of my favorites–I love the sense of movement to gown–which to me echoes the time passing in this story and the heart of the book–that love can survive over time, and true love can bring two people back together–no matter how much time passes–even when it seems the Fates have conspired to keep them apart.
So now it is your time to vote: Which cover do you like best? And it is okay to love them both–I do.
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Make sure you are all caught up on the Bachelor Chronicles series by June 2nd, when Arabella Tremont, the unruly daughter of the Duke of Parkerton finds her true love–a man who is hardly suited for her–or he is the perfect match? Not that Arabella cares once she finds herself Mad About the Major.