The highly anticipated cover


Highly anticipated by me, of course. I just received a scan of the cover flat this morning. Apparently, the Harlequin art department worked quite hard putting it together and I’m very grateful. The cover stands out from across the room!

But the part that made me most weepy…yes, okay. I did sniffle a little…The part that made me most verklempt was the little inscription along the spine that says “Tang Dynasty – China”. I’ve read so many Harlequin Historicals and I’ve seen different categories along there. “Regency – England” “Medieval – Scotland” “Western – America”

And here it is. My little book, the new kid on the playground!


  1. RFLong
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 15:14:50

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! It’s absolutely gorgeous!

  2. sabrina darby
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 15:18:33

    It’s Beautiful!!!! They did a fabulous job. That is a book to be proud carrying around!

  3. Debbie Mumford
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 15:19:19

    Awesome, Jeannie! Absolutely awesome!

  4. Kim Knox
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 15:20:02

    Congrats! It’s beautiful 😀

  5. liz talley
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 15:37:10

    That definely will stand out among the others. Honestly, I was expecting a butterfly, but I do love the red – so bold. I also like the back cover art. Congrats, Jeannie! Enjoy staring at it for hours 🙂

  6. Bev Pettersen
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 15:46:21

    It’s gorgeous, Jeannie. Congratulations!!!!

  7. Sela Carsen
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 16:02:54

    OMG!!!! I may have sniffled a little bit with you. That is sooooo gorgeous! Can’t wait til October!

  8. Jeannie Lin
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 16:08:13

    Thank you everyone. I still can’t look away. I’m going to be seeing green by the end of the day!

  9. Kim Law
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 16:08:54

    Oh, that on the spine is definitely sniffle worthy! Very, very gorgeous cover. I love the red!

  10. Ella Drake
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 16:10:52

    This is soooo gorgeous. It does the story quite proud. Congrats to you and kudos to the art department.

  11. Louisa Cornell
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 16:19:45

    It’s gorgeous, Jeannie ! And as much as you anticipated this cover I am anticipating reading it more! So proud of you Ruby Sister!

  12. sharon lynn fisher
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 16:19:53

    Gorgeous, Jeannie, congrats!!!

  13. Crystal Jordan
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 16:31:56

    That is so exciting! Congratulations! It’s a lovely cover, yay!

  14. Walt M
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 16:32:47

    Great cover! Can’t wait to read it!

  15. Claudia Shelton
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 16:45:53

    Fabulous! Her reflection in the butterfly sword is intriguing.

  16. Elisa Beatty
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 16:46:25

    Gorgeous!!! Romances with red and black as dominant colors on the cover tend to sell well!!!!!! May it be so for you! Can’t wait!

  17. Vanessa Barneveld
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 16:50:28

    Congrats, Jeannie. The cover’s gorgeous! I love the red too! And I love the quotes. Mary Jo Putney–wow! Can’t wait to read it.

  18. Diana Layne
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 17:22:57

    I love, love, love it!

  19. Anne Barton
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 17:42:45

    It’s beautiful, Jeannie! I love the artwork, the quotes, and the back cover blurb. Gorgeous! Congrats, and enjoy. 🙂

  20. Sasha Devlin
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 17:45:45

    That cover is CHILL inducing! Congrats on the release and the fantastic cover.

  21. Megan Kelly
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 17:48:09

    That’s stunning! Wow. It IS hard to look away and it’s not even my book, lol. SO proud of you and eager to read it. Love the Golden Heart mention too! Congrats.

  22. Shawntelle Madison
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 17:51:40

    I love it! I love it! I love it!

  23. Barb Huddleston
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 17:55:22

    It’s a super cover, Jeannie! It captures the attention (draws the eye) immediately and keeps it there with the subtlies of the rest of the details. So much to discover there. As Liz said, the back cover art is intriguing, too.


  24. Kris Kennedy
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 17:55:30

    Yay!! It’s beautiful. And I totally get why you teared up. 🙂

  25. Elise Hayes
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 17:57:23

    I LOVE that the spine says “Tang Dynasty-China.” That’s fabulous! Congratulations, Jeannie!

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  27. Babette James
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 18:10:46

    Wow! It’s so gorgeous. Congratulations!!

  28. Susan B-K
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 18:28:08

    Congratulations, Jeannie! The cover is absolutely gorgeous! I also love all the detail on the back cover.

  29. Anna Treece
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 18:50:38

    Congratulations! It looks fantastic!

  30. Jeannie Lin
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 19:01:15

    I’m quite fond of the back cover myself.

    Mum thinks the girl looks too ferocious and she shuddered at the sword, but she’s never liked swords. Other than that she approves. 🙂

  31. Victoria Dixon
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 19:07:24

    Hey, the girl’s supposed to look ferocious, so that’s good. LOL Aside from that, my computer graphic-designer husband’s comment was, “Damn. There’s competition.” Then he ran downstairs to his computer. You go, girl! 😀

    It is absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to read it! SQUEEEE!

  32. Nadia Lee
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 21:16:29

    It’s stunning. Congratulations!

  33. Rashda
    Jun 15, 2010 @ 01:43:24

    Nice! Congratulations! This will definitely stand out. Looking forward to the read 🙂

  34. Michelle Wilson
    Jun 15, 2010 @ 04:00:30

    Congratulations Jeannie! Yay! I’m so very thrilled for you. The cover is absolutely gorgeous. Is that a butterfly sword she is holding? Eh hem, I can’t wait for my signed copy 🙂 i do agree, seeing China on the spine is a teary moment.

  35. Jeannie Lin
    Jun 15, 2010 @ 05:00:50

    The sword she’s holding would be about right for a butterfly sword in terms of length. One friend commented that there should be two, but that doesn’t bother me at all. Just on Sunday, someone asked me what I wanted on the cover and I said a red dress and a sword — and my wish came true. In more ways than one.

  36. Vicki Bendau
    Jun 15, 2010 @ 05:18:09

    Red dresses and swords! Oh my yes. Truly the ‘grabbiest’ cover I’ve ever seen. Jeannie I am so happy that you love it. All the best to you. Vicki (B) from our asian authors group

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  38. Kristi
    Jun 15, 2010 @ 05:52:42

    That cover is gorgeous, Jeannie! And its totally one that would catch my eye from across the store, even if I didn’t know the author 🙂 And since you’re lacking the man-chest, I suspect you’ll get a couple of buyers of non-romance “historical fiction” checking your book out too (which is a good thing…get them hooked on cool history plus a huge emotional hit!)

  39. Jeannie Lin
    Jun 15, 2010 @ 06:15:23

    Kristi — nothing against man chest, but I was really hoping for a non-man chest cover for that reason! I mean, it has swords and action. I know there are a couple of non-romance readers interested and men are more likely to buy if there’s no beefcake on the cover, I think.

  40. Cara Lopez Lee
    Jun 15, 2010 @ 08:15:03

    That’s one stunning cover, Jeannie Lin! You’re right: this one will jump out at readers from across a room. I understand why you’re excited about seeing “China” on the spine. What a perfect time for this book, when the world’s fascination with China is growing.

  41. Autumn Jordon
    Jun 15, 2010 @ 08:18:27

    Love it! Very eye catching. Congrats.

  42. Dara
    Jun 15, 2010 @ 11:14:33

    SQUEE!!! That’s lovely!

  43. Dara
    Jun 15, 2010 @ 11:16:07

    And especially exciting is the historical category on the spine–hooray! Hopefully yours will help open up the floodgates for all the Asian fiction 🙂

  44. Jax Cassidy
    Jun 15, 2010 @ 14:05:12

    Congratulations on the gorgeous cover! I’m so happy for you. Wow, looking back to when we first met and you were first working on this project…it seems like time just whizzed by. You should hang it proudly in your office!

  45. Jeannie Lin
    Jun 16, 2010 @ 07:22:03

    Oh Jax, it feels like such a long time ago to me. Of course, I’m in the time warp of waiting for my first book to be published.

  46. Robin
    Jun 17, 2010 @ 09:16:43

    Congratulations, Jeannie ~ it’s a beautiful and very eye-catching cover! I’m so excited for you.

    I wanted to tell you what an awesome workshop you gave to LARA. I thought you were fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing all your insight. I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to say hi in person!

  47. Jeannie Lin
    Jun 17, 2010 @ 09:24:46

    Hi Robin! I wish I could have stayed and talked to everyone. My Little Sis had to get home so I had to play chauffeur. I loved seeing everyone!

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  49. Lisa and Laura
    Jun 21, 2010 @ 19:39:16

    Oh Jeannie, It’s GORGEOUS! Absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait to buy a copy of my very own. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!