Gisborne: Book of Pawns
Twelfth century England – a time when status means power.
Guy of Gisborne – a man of disturbing secrets and subtle skills.
Ysabel of Moncrieff – a woman of status whose life changes with the receipt of a letter.
Two people drawn together by loyalty, lust, and a lost inheritance and whose existence depends on whom they trust, on how they move between Church and State…
and on how they play the game.
They illustrate the entire feeling of the novel. The story is a journey, both physical and emotional for the two protagonists: Guy of Gisborne and Ysabel of Moncrieff. The green strip along the bottom is part of a medieval painting… a bird’s eye view of a rural scene showing the country through which the two characters passed.
The documents overlaying the whole piece are twelfth century documents.
The chessboard and pawn are the designer’s own.
In this instance, armed with the briefest of briefs and on the understanding that I believe my designer has great empathy, she went to work and I’m content with what she has created. To me it is the essence of the story.
For a writer like me, receiving the cover is like a surprise birthday present, maybe that Gucci scarf you may have coveted all your life… it’s the wrapping, the ribbon, the perfectly inscribed card. In the final outcome, it’s what helps me make it over the line when that last stretch looks longer than a marathon.
Only a few yards to go now and I am done!
I’m loving the cover very much. It marries with the story so well. Good job!
Thank you, Johnnycrowman… good to have you on mesmered!
Amazing cover! My family is addicted to chess, I’m addicted to Gisborne.
You put together two things very dear to me.
Can’t wait for publication!
Cassia! I know that name… I’ve seen you participating in a lot of Guy/RA comment. Thank you for the compliment… hope you enjoy the book.
I am laughing because I am coming down with a cold and read “subtle skills” as “stubble”…hehehehe Can’t wait for the book…
Nothing like that stubble, Annie.
Looking really good Prue! I love the cover, especially with all the additions as they all mean something to the story, its so classy and subtle….just like Guy!
Can’t wait for the book
Subtle for sure, Yelloweeee … sometimes so subtle, it’s like getting blood from the proverbial stone. As Ysabel discovers.
“Like getting blood from the proverbial stone, as Ysabel discovers”
That’s made me even more excited to read how you complete the story of Ysabel and her escort! I can’t wait to see what you have done with it and was delighted to know you have stretched it out into another book aswell.
Congrats to you and the cover designer, not long to go now!
Even if I didn’t know your work, the cover would make me want to pick it up. Beautiful job. Your cover designer did a spectacular job! Not much long now!
I have to agree – if i walked into a bookshop i would pick up that book for it’s cover even if i didn’t notice the word ‘Gisborne’ on it.
And seeing the cover has got me into a fever of anticipation for the book itself all over again!
Bollyknickers (I love that name!) I think for a cover designer to hear what you say, is the highest compliment. I sent her your comment.
Thank you Resabi… you’ve seen this developing from the get-go… hope you enjoy it.
What a stunning cover. Brilliant. Can’t wait for the book.
Thank you, AJ. I hope you’ll be happy with where I am taking Gisborne. It’s a long way from Nottingham, that’s for sure!
Can’t wait to finally read the rest of the story Prue
Counting the days myself, Gilly. Hope it’s up to scratch!
What a great cover. Can’t wait to read the book!
Anne, I am really, really nervous about this. It’s my first sortie into hist.fict.
Congratulations Prue, it’s a very nice cover!
Not long now… Can’t wait to read the full story and the changes you made.
Hallo, Summer. Thank you so much. It’s ages since we talked as I have been really dilatory about Twitter. Must get back into it if I can make time after this one’s released and before i get too heavily into writing vol 2.
Well, your cover designer hit the mark again!! Pass along my admiration and delight with this. Have I mentioned that I can’t wait for this to come out? =D
Thanks NB. I can’t wait for it to come out either. If only to get rid of the nerves!
Seeing the cover after taking part – as a fond supporter – in the efforts of your own journey to publication has been emotional, a thrilling moment. Especially knowing what a precious , gripping story this beautiful cover will wrap up … Few yards and the real journey will start. Fingers crossed! Love. MG
And I really appreciate the pre-publication review. Looking forward to giving you the release date of the novel so that you can release the review!
So glad you’ve continued with this story–have loved it ever since its first postings here! Funny, how the journey of a novel can parallel the journey of a character–and I knew this journey would end well 🙂
Ah, but does it end well? That’s the point, Rowenna.
So excited for you, Lady Mesmered. Seeing this wonderful cover really whets the appetite. As if it could get any whetter 🙂
I can’t wait, I can’t wait!
I shall be happy to move on to research for Vol 2 and let Vol 1 make its way. As part of the promotion and publicity, I am doing a ‘cruise’ of story destinations on a particular blog. I have chosen Chester as ‘my cruise port’ as there is so much information that I just don’t want to waste!
Congratulations! This book looks completely fascinating to me and I LOVE the cover. Please let us know when we can purchase it!
Thank you, Phylly3 and be confident, Ishall definitely let you know when it’s published. First week of march is looking likely. It depends now on the editor’s speed, because I’m happy to sit up all night to conclude the edits and be done!
Got here at a link from Me + Richard Armitage. This is the first I’ve heard of your book, and it sounds so good!
Melanie, pleased that you’re visited. Thank so much to Servetus. I hope you’ll enjoy the book… it’s due out in the first week in March.