“Stealing from one person is plagiarism. Stealing from 100 is research.” Austin Kleon
So I told you last week that there was a cover coming for Black Swan. Black Swan is the story of Tess, Logan’s on again off again love interest from White Rabbit, and how she struggles to balance her marriage with her tenuous relationship with her mother — all before the pressure explodes and she finds herself in serious trouble.
Here are her thoughts from the opening paragraphs:
Cold, unrumpled sheets were all that greeted me when I rolled over to the other side of my bed.
The sun beamed through the curtains, illuminating the spot where there should have been another warm body. I stretched and then let out a breath, scrambling to get upright. When I sat up, my hand brushed against something, a piece of paper laid neatly on the pillow next to mine. There was a single rosebud taped to it, plucked from the bush outside the very front of our building.
I picked up the note. It had Hannibal’s lovely scrawl all over it.
My darling, it read. He was always one for baroque flourishes of the language. It made me giggle sometimes. Even now, I smiled in spite of myself, all former traces of annoyance vanishing into thin air.
I apologize for not being here when you woke this morning. I had a rather urgent meeting to attend. I will return home as soon as I am able.
He hadn’t signed it. No “Love, Hannibal” or anything like that. Instead, he stamped it with his official seal, a monogram of his initials encircled with raised dots. I’d seen him put it firmly to important documents on so many occasions that by now, he surely repeated the action on muscle memory alone.
I was annoyed again. Full frown and all. Dammit, it was Saturday. I was starting to wonder why my husband even bothered to leave notes at this point.
As you can see, in Black Swan, Tess quickly realizes that there a price to pay for her seemingly perfect life.
I’ll stop there, don’t want to give too much away. But for now, here’s look at the cover.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments!
So I’m a stinker.
This is (obviously) not the actual cover for Black Swan. This is just me popping in to tell you that the cover is done and that if you want to see it, stop by here next Friday, the 17th to get a peek.
Or you can sign up here and get it delivered and nice and shiny to your inbox.
Toodles for now.
Englishe is Tess’ only friend. Though actually, frenemy is more like it.
Tess does join up with a circle of women, the wives of her husband’s colleagues. She not-so-lovingly refers to them as the “housewives club.”
Ironically, her association with them only serves to make her loneliness and isolation feel more pronounced. They’re classic “mean girl” crew, and she finds them tedious to be around.
The one exception is Englishe, the group’s de facto leader and the closest thing Tess has to a friend.
At least in the beginning.
Name: Englishe Hurst
Role in story: Frenemy
Lives: Upper East Side – New York, New York
Born: Brighton Beach – Brooklyn, New York
Fatal Flaw: Self-Importance