Lady Macbeth’s New Cloak

Just a quick blog today to announce that LADY MACBETH will be out in a trade edition soon, with a new cover! The trade paperback will be released from Three Rivers Press in April — new format, great new price and a great new design. It's always exciting to finally see the cover design for a book — and here it is … 

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The background is a pattern of Celtic knots in a bronze tone on black, and the cover will have a matte and gloss effect. The bronze brooch is a 7th century Irish example in the British Museum — a particularly interesting and dangerous brooch that reflects, in the intricate artistry of its details and the subtle threat of that long point, the hardships and stark beauty of the Celtic age in Scotland. I think it's a striking cover, and I'm very excited to be able to share it with you all first — it's not even up on my website yet, but will be soon!

Also featured in the trade edition of LADY M — two teaser chapters from my next hardcover from Crown, QUEEN HEREAFTER: A Novel of Margaret of Scotland.

"If you think you know Lady M, think again." — Entertainment Weekly

If you were thinking of reading Lady M, but haven't had the chance — or didn't want to spring for the hardcover price (honestly, I've been there myself!) — the trade edition is now available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other sites for pre-ordering. (There's a handy link in our right-hand column if you'd like to check it out further!) 

What do you all think – would this cover catch your eye on the bookstore tables? It's a bit different, and while that's a quality that publishers always hope for to some extent, different can be cool, yet sometimes it's a tricky line to tread.

What cover looks do you like in non-romance historical fiction lately? Would you snap this book up for a closer look, even if you didn't know the author through Word Wenches? Either way, I hope you'll put LADY M in trade on your list of books to look for!

Susan Sarah    

40 thoughts on “Lady Macbeth’s New Cloak”

  1. Having seen how the matte and gloss contrast looks in real time (a jpeg doesn’t do it justice), I can attest how striking it is, and I’m a sucker for dangerous jewelry on book covers. 🙂
    Of course, I’ve also read the book already and know it’s fabulous, so my opinion doesn’t count for much. 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading the excerpt from QUEEN HEREAFTER, though!
    Mary Jo

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  2. Having seen how the matte and gloss contrast looks in real time (a jpeg doesn’t do it justice), I can attest how striking it is, and I’m a sucker for dangerous jewelry on book covers. 🙂
    Of course, I’ve also read the book already and know it’s fabulous, so my opinion doesn’t count for much. 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading the excerpt from QUEEN HEREAFTER, though!
    Mary Jo

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  3. Having seen how the matte and gloss contrast looks in real time (a jpeg doesn’t do it justice), I can attest how striking it is, and I’m a sucker for dangerous jewelry on book covers. 🙂
    Of course, I’ve also read the book already and know it’s fabulous, so my opinion doesn’t count for much. 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading the excerpt from QUEEN HEREAFTER, though!
    Mary Jo

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  4. Having seen how the matte and gloss contrast looks in real time (a jpeg doesn’t do it justice), I can attest how striking it is, and I’m a sucker for dangerous jewelry on book covers. 🙂
    Of course, I’ve also read the book already and know it’s fabulous, so my opinion doesn’t count for much. 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading the excerpt from QUEEN HEREAFTER, though!
    Mary Jo

    Reply
  5. Having seen how the matte and gloss contrast looks in real time (a jpeg doesn’t do it justice), I can attest how striking it is, and I’m a sucker for dangerous jewelry on book covers. 🙂
    Of course, I’ve also read the book already and know it’s fabulous, so my opinion doesn’t count for much. 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading the excerpt from QUEEN HEREAFTER, though!
    Mary Jo

    Reply
  6. That is an absolutely gorgeous cover. I love it. Forget about the display table — it would probably grab me from across the store.

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  7. That is an absolutely gorgeous cover. I love it. Forget about the display table — it would probably grab me from across the store.

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  8. That is an absolutely gorgeous cover. I love it. Forget about the display table — it would probably grab me from across the store.

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  9. That is an absolutely gorgeous cover. I love it. Forget about the display table — it would probably grab me from across the store.

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  10. That is an absolutely gorgeous cover. I love it. Forget about the display table — it would probably grab me from across the store.

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  11. Susan Sarah, I think it’s a beautiful cover. The Celtic knot background is lovely and the brooch is just stunning.
    It would certainly lure me to it from the other side of a bookstore…

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  12. Susan Sarah, I think it’s a beautiful cover. The Celtic knot background is lovely and the brooch is just stunning.
    It would certainly lure me to it from the other side of a bookstore…

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  13. Susan Sarah, I think it’s a beautiful cover. The Celtic knot background is lovely and the brooch is just stunning.
    It would certainly lure me to it from the other side of a bookstore…

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  14. Susan Sarah, I think it’s a beautiful cover. The Celtic knot background is lovely and the brooch is just stunning.
    It would certainly lure me to it from the other side of a bookstore…

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  15. Susan Sarah, I think it’s a beautiful cover. The Celtic knot background is lovely and the brooch is just stunning.
    It would certainly lure me to it from the other side of a bookstore…

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  16. It is strikingly beautiful, Susan Sarah. I would buy this book based on the cover art alone, which wouldn’t be the first time that has happened.*g*

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  17. It is strikingly beautiful, Susan Sarah. I would buy this book based on the cover art alone, which wouldn’t be the first time that has happened.*g*

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  18. It is strikingly beautiful, Susan Sarah. I would buy this book based on the cover art alone, which wouldn’t be the first time that has happened.*g*

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  19. It is strikingly beautiful, Susan Sarah. I would buy this book based on the cover art alone, which wouldn’t be the first time that has happened.*g*

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  20. It is strikingly beautiful, Susan Sarah. I would buy this book based on the cover art alone, which wouldn’t be the first time that has happened.*g*

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  21. The cover is both beautiful and appropriate (an all-too-rare occurrence) and should appeal to a broad cross-section of readers — I hope it sells like hotcakes.

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  22. The cover is both beautiful and appropriate (an all-too-rare occurrence) and should appeal to a broad cross-section of readers — I hope it sells like hotcakes.

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  23. The cover is both beautiful and appropriate (an all-too-rare occurrence) and should appeal to a broad cross-section of readers — I hope it sells like hotcakes.

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  24. The cover is both beautiful and appropriate (an all-too-rare occurrence) and should appeal to a broad cross-section of readers — I hope it sells like hotcakes.

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  25. The cover is both beautiful and appropriate (an all-too-rare occurrence) and should appeal to a broad cross-section of readers — I hope it sells like hotcakes.

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