Friday, October 22, 2010

News: Cover for FORGIVEN

I'm very excited today to be able to display the cover for my second novel, FORGIVEN (Speak/Penguin, late spring 2011).

FORGIVEN is a not-quite-sequel to FAITHFUL; in this second novel I follow the story of Kula Baker, a secondary character in FAITHFUL, to San Francisco in 1906. The novel is a romance and mystery and, like FAITHFUL, largely a coming-of-age story that takes my characters through the tumultuous, exciting city of San Francisco of that time and through the great earthquake and fires that so devastated the city in April of that year.

But I do want to mention that one of the subplots in FORGIVEN deals with the exploitation of children/child slavery. It is a facet of the history of Kula's time and place that I discovered during my research, and I couldn't, for obvious reasons, ignore it. I feel that it's important to turn the spotlight on this issue because, tragically, it still exists.

I want to add that Jeanine Henderson is the cover designer, and I think she's brilliant.

22 comments:

Les Edgerton said...

GREAT cover! The color just pops! Did you have any input into the cover choice?

Okay, I've got to ask... Do you sleep with your books when they first come out? This is a serious question--I always do.

Congrats on a great cover, a terrific book, and a super publisher!

Janet Fox said...

Thanks, Les!! I did have input - Penguin and my editor are great that way. But it's the designer, Jeanine Henderson, who deserves all the credit.

I do drool over the first box of ARCs. And then I get really nervous. And re-edit the book every time I pick it up. :)

(BTW - worked really hard on this first page after reading HOOKED...)

sharimaurer said...

I love this cover and I can't wait for Forgiven.

It's beautiful in its own right, but also as a companion to Faithful.

Congrats!!!

http://www.amiekaufman.com said...

What a gorgeous cover! I agree, it stands beautifully on its own, but also works so gorgeously with Faithful.

http://www.amiekaufman.com said...

Hi, new follower here. I agree, it's absolutely gorgeous--stands alone, but also goes so beautifully with Faithful.

Janet Fox said...

Hi Amie!

Thank you, Shari and Amie - I feel the same!

Kitty Keswick said...

Janet, I didn't think there could be a more beauitful cover than Faithful. The cover for Forgiven has proven me wrong. The colors pop and are lovely.

Janet Fox said...

Kitty, that is so sweet. Thanks!

Jeri said...

What a gorgeous cover! I love the covers and the image. Very evocative.

And hooray for Kula getting her own book! I'm eagerly awaiting this one.

Michelle said...

What a beautiful cover! I can't wait ;)

rhondahayter said...

Wow! That'll jump out at you from a bookshelf. Beautiful

Irene Latham said...

Congrats, Janet, on the lovely new cover! Looking forward to reading Kula's story. xo

Alea said...

Beautiful! Loved hearing you speak at KitLitCon today!

Janet Fox said...

Thank you all!! Jeri, Rhonda, Irene - my 2k galpals - xo.

Michelle - you are so sweet!

Alea - so wonderful to meet you! What a conference - whew. So much to digest!

Hugs, everyone.

Jame said...

SO so beautiful! I love the hair and the dress, and the movement they evoke. And I'm beyond thrilled that Kula gets her own book!!!! I kept looking for the button to click to win an ARC--hahaha---put me on the list when/if that ever happens.

Yay! XOXOXOXO,
Your fan.

Janet Fox said...

Wow -Jame - xoxo right back!! Thank you!

And when I have ARCs, I'll stage a contest for sure. :)

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I loved FAITHFUL and am excited to read about Kula's experience! This cover is stunning.

Janet Fox said...

Thanks, Caroline! You are so kind!

Ishta Mercurio said...

Beautiful cover! (And I want that dress...)

Janet Fox said...

Thanks, Ishta! I'm actually thinking of trying to make it...

Sarah said...

Awesome!
As for that dress.. I know the photographer who has it. I'm the model on that cover. lol :) I just saw this today and I think the cover designer did a fantastic job! Can't wait to buy a copy!

(If you wanted to ask the photographer about that dress, you can e-mail me at sarah@sarahingle.com)

Janet Fox said...

Wow - Sarah - really?? I love that cover and your photo and that dress! Kudos to you!

The photographer just emailed me, too, so this cover is making the rounds. :)