Monday, September 14, 2009


At long last I have been given the thumbs-up to formally release the cover image for my second nonfiction release, NOTORIOUS ROYAL MARRIAGES: A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny, and Desire.

Comparing the selection of a marriage partner to fishing for an eel—that staple of Renaissance diets—Sir Thomas More’s father commented that it was as if “ye should put your hand into a blind bag full of snakes and eels together, seven snakes for one eel.”

In these pages are the snakes as well as the eels—the disastrous unions and the delightful ones; the martyrs to marriage and the iconoclasts who barely took their vows seriously; the saintly and the suffering; the rebels and the renegades—all of whom took the phrases “I do” and “I will” and ran as far as they could go with them, exploring and embracing the broad spectrum of passion, power, and possibilities far beyond the royal bedchamber.

You can pre-order the book from Amazon at


Allie ~ Hist-Fic Chick said...

I love the title for Royal Affairs and for Notorious Royal Marriages. I am loving Royal Affairs and I can't wait to read all three. Do you have anything in mind yet for the Royal Pains (if you get to keep the title) cover art?

lizzy J said...

OMG I am so excited to get my hands on this one it is going to be a great read.

Leslie Carroll said...

Hi, ladies!!! I am so glad to see you here!

I never get much of a say in my cover art, Allie. In my contracts I have what is called "cover consultation" which usually means that somewhere down the road in the production process my editor sends me the image that the art department designed and announces that everyone over at the publishing house loves it. I have learned, after 13 published books at 4 different publishers that they all say that!!

Sometimes the covers are brilliant, and sometimes they are less so. With each of my publishers I've been fairly lucky, with more home runs than clunkers; and more times than not the clunkers get revised to the point where I might not love it, but I can live with it without being embarrassed that it's my book.

NAL, which published ALL FOR LOVE, TOO GREAT A LADY and the two "ROYAL" books has a terrific art department. And in fact I had a very big say in the 2 historical fiction covers they did for me, each of which featured an actual painting of the heroine (Mary Robinson and Emma Hamilton) on the cover.