It’s three weeks now till everyone gets to meet Miss Merton and the reviews for the advance reader copies have been fabulous so far. Thanks to Heather, Deb, Sissy and Crystal for sharing your thoughts of the ARC copy of the book on Goodreads. You’re the best! 😀
Melanie was first imagined more than three years ago and at that time I did not have an clear vision for her. I only had my imagination. When it came time to do the cover I scoured stock art sites looking for just the right features. Dark hair, pale skin (she shuns sunlight). Appropriate clothing for her was a must. Stock photo sites have a lot of images but what they wear is not always regency era appropriate. I got very lucky when I visited NovelExpression.com and found my model (pictured left). She is Melanie and as an added bonus, my preferred model for Walter is lurking in the background of this shot. Add the right setting and voila! The cover for Miss Merton’s Last Hope is born. 😀
~ Meet Miss Merton ~
Melanie Merton hated her life. She hated the clothes she wore. The house she lived in that was no longer hers to manage. The smiles she had to bestow upon her brother’s friends while overlooking their scowls. Even without the responsibilities she’d always enjoyed, and the hours on her own, she never had a moment’s peace. She just wanted a quiet morning, and that never seemed to happen lately unless she confined herself to her bedchamber.
Today, she was entertaining Mr. Linus Radley until his sister, Julia, her new sister-in-law, came down that morning. The forms of proper behavior that had been drilled into her head since she was a young girl made it impossible for her to say what was really on her mind, even when she wanted to. She was too polite to ask Mr. Radley to go away until a more reasonable hour of the day, and had ordered tea and cake to fill the endless minutes until Julia relieved her of this duty.
“It looks to be a lovely day for a stroll,” Mr. Radley said suddenly. “Might I entice you to venture out with me to look upon the sea? With your maid, of course.”
Melanie sighed with what she hoped sounded like regret and not irritation. She would not go out walking with Linus Radley, with or without a suitable chaperone. She had seen enough of him in the past weeks not to want anything more to do with him than she absolutely had to. He was a bully. “Unfortunately, I am otherwise engaged today.”
Dear God, the man wants particulars.
I hope you enjoyed meeting Miss Merton. More to come next week. 😀