Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tidbit Tuesday

Well, the sun is shining here--brilliantly--for the first time in weeks. We still have numerous feet of snow, but the weather forcast is calling for a bit of a warm up by the end of the week. I always get so antsy this time of year for spring. Winter where I live comes, sometimes by the end of October. This year it was early November. And while it's nice for holidays, four months of the white stuff and the frigid temps has me a little...well...blue. I'm ready for spring, the sounds of the birds, the feel of the warm sun, and at last, the ability to open my windows!

All this waiting on spring leads me to today's post. Just a bunch of tidbits, really. So, first in the queue is Foreign Covers. As an author, I'm always so excited to get my foreign covers. First, because I'm SUCH a cover monger. I literally drive my editor insane, asking when my covers will be ready. So, not only do I get one cover, I can get several, if the countries who purchase the rights to the book decide to change it. And the other reason I love foreign covers is to see what sells in their country, what readers are looking for in their covers. The covers I'm going to show you now tie in nicely with that spring-like feel. Strange, since the first one is the cover for Winter's Desire.
The French cover for Winter's Desire! OMG, I cannot tell you how much I am in love with this cover. The colors, the sensuality, her red hair and that stunning white lily! I just love it. And I think the French are very sensual and romantic people, and this cover really conveys that. I just love it! What do you think?
The Italian cover for Sinful! So different from the original, which featured Wallingford looking alone and rough, and very masculine. I see this as more from Jane's perspective. It has a softer, feminine feel, with just a hint of the sexiness. I really like it, and I can't believe how very different it is from the original.
This is the Italian edition of Lust. It's not a completely different cover, but they've cropped it closer, and cut out some stuff, so it does have a different feel. There's very definitely more of a focus on the female model. I do, however, love the title. Sigh...Lussuria....sounds perfect!

I do wish I was able to read in other languages. I have a very rudimentary understanding of French and Italian, so I'm able to pick out words here and there, but really, I can't read them. I do sometimes fear that maybe all of the book is not there, considering these foreign copies are usually a little thinner!

In other news, I have some bragging to do. I'm not the bragging sort, but this important to me--maybe it's because the book was so important to me. The news....Sinful has been nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice award, as well, as these....

 Woo Hoo, I'm so happy that someone other me fell for poor old Lord Wallingford! How I loved him and Lindsay! Thanks so much to everyone who nominated Sinful! Now, let's keep everything crossed that I might win of one of them!
And speaking of Lindsay and Wallingford, we'll be seeing more of them, and their ladies in May, when the anthology The Wedding of the Century releases from HQN. My novella Seduced By Starlight features Jase Markham, the son of Linday and Anais, and Blossom, the daughter of Wallingford and Jane.
Starting in mid April, I'm going to have some fun on the blog, introducing it, and bringing Lindsay and Wallingford back, as well as putting up deleted scenes from the anthology, and a sexy teaser of Jase and Blossome! And maybe even a little snippet or two of Lindsay and Wallingford, down the road! There will also be chances to win some early copies of the anthology!

Until next time, be well!


Scorpio M. said...

Congratulations, well deserved! It was with SINFUL that I discovered your books. I really loved Wallingford myself..hehe.

The foreign covers are so beautiful!

Charlotte Featherstone said...

Thanks, Scorpio! I really love Wallingford, and how damaged he is!

I needed to get away from writing emotional angst for a bit. Lindsay and Wallingford did me in. But the book I'm writing right now Pride and Passion is starting to get nice and emotional and angsty. I had no idea that the Duke of Sussex was that tortured!

Virginia C said...

I am also a "cover lover"! I think that you have been cover blessed with both the foreign and US covers of all your books : )

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Anonymous said...

Congrats, Charlotte! You deserve every one of them! And Wallingford, well you know he's my fav :) Did I tell you I bought the audio version of Sinful. I listen every night before bed. I'm actually diggin' the narrator's sexy British accent ;)

Charlotte Featherstone said...

Virgina, thanks! I am in love with my covers! Seriously in love!

Barbara, ACK! Really? Listening to the audio book? I only listened to my copy for like five mins, then I shut it off. It just felt weird. But, I'm with you, the narrator does have a VERY sexy voice and accent!

Virginia C said...

The narrator for the "Sinful" audiobook is Victor Villar-Hauser. Here is a link to his photo:


What do you think, ladies?

Charlotte Featherstone said...

Ooh, thanks for sending this link Virginia! I hadn't seen him before, but wow, do I have a new appreciation for him! ;)
Very fine, indeed!

Apparently Sinful was his first audio book. Yeah!

Booklover1335 said...

Congrats! I loved Wallingford too and can't wait for Blossom and Jase's love story.

stacey said...

Your Right the French Cover is so cool.Love it!
Congrants!You deserve it!

Anonymous said...

Hi Charlotte!
I'm sooooo happy you talk about other countries cover!!!
I'm Italian and because you've in this post talked about the Italian version of two of your books - probably the most famous in Italy - I thought I'd tell you my opinion. The "Sinful" in Italian, "Virtù e Peccati" I think the original cover is much better and I would have preferred (the man is soooo cute!!!) but it's already a miracle that they have published and FULLY like yours in America...I can't complain!
For "Addicted" in Italian "Oblio e Passione" - again the cover is totally different but nice - unfortunately someone tell me, but I'm not sure, that this book is cut in some parts...in this case I think I could scream and you can hear me from your home!!!!
About the your last book "Lust" I don't know - and I sincerely hope not - if cuts were made because the book comes out in March but I like the cover...yes I know it's a little bit different, it's always better the original...but I can't change this and I don't understand the editorial choices/problems...
That's all!
I leave you with a greeting in Italian,I hope you would please...
Grazie infinite per i romanzi che scrivi e il tuo bellissimo blog!
Un abbraccio dall'Italia

Laura T said...

Your new covers are simply STUNNING! They are so beautiful and passionate. Wow! I have been trying to get more info on Pride & Passion without success. I'll keep watching for it so I can add it to my Wish List immediately!


Charlotte Featherstone said...

Edimione, thanks so much your kinds words! The Italian language appears so beautiful when read, and the sound of course...well, it's a romance language, so it always sounds to passionate! I don't know what you said, though!

Laura...more to come on Pride and Passion and all the other books! I'm writing that book right now. It does release the last week of Nov. 2011

Anonymous said...

In fact I had to add the translation, I try to remedy the omission:

"Thanks so much for the novels you had write and for your wonderful blog!
A hug from Italy"


Charlotte Featherstone said...

Oh, thanks! That was so beautiful!

Theresa @ Fade Into Fantasy said...

Wow! Sounds like you must live pretty close to where I am in Michigan. Our winter shows up around the end of Oct, beginning of Nov, and by the time March comes around I'm dying to see the sunshine!

Congratulations on all of the nominations/awards! I have read Lust and you are now one of my favorite authors! Cannot WAIT to read more of your work :)

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