Archive for November 19th, 2008

Mystery Lady Unmasked

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Hi, again!

For those curious about the painting we’ve been discussing below, the detail on the Night Jasmine cover was taken from a painting by Charles Sillem Lidderdale called At the Garden Gate.

You can see the full painting on the Fine Art Photographic Library website.

Our anonymous lady (let’s just call her Charlotte, shall we?) is standing at a garden gate, which is very appropriate in the context of the book. I can’t quite make out what she’s holding, but it looks like she has a key in one hand and a flower in the other…. Or is that a note tied in a ribbon?

Second Tuesday Trivia Winner

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Hi, all!

Thank you so much for your fascinating and insightful comments on the cover of Night Jasmine.

Frankly, I get a lot more out of the picture now than I did before. I love the interplay that some found between title and picture, perceiving the lady on the cover as weighing the moral dilemma of the titular temptation. And I’m very intrigued by Tamar’s point that the same reserve that marks out this lady as a potential wallflower in a gentleman would be called “enigmatic” and perceived as dashing. After all, think about how many Regency heroes we know spend their lives propping up mantelpieces and staring sardonically into the crowd, thus garnering whispered compliments and feminine flutters without ever having to utter a word.

But I digress. Again.

The randomly chosen winner for this week’s web contest is… Ariana. Congrats, Ariana!

There are still three more ARCs to go after this, so stay tuned!