Look what I found while book browsing! Same models, different background, different story. It’s interesting to see how cover artists can change the tone of a story by changing the background.
I’ve seen this happen twice before with other books. I’m also seeing an erotic line of books being released with one standard cover, with each book being a stand-alone read, written by different authors.
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One of the most exciting treats for me as a writer is seeing the hero or heroine in my stories come to life in a book cover. In earlier days of illustrated covers (Harlequins to historical romance clinch covers) two books would have had zero chances of carrying the same cover.
But the digital age ushers in stores and gallerias of stock book cover images available for purchase. Or plain simple drooling—I mean, viewing. Add some enterprising models that have carved out niches as romance novel cover models, and what do you have? Cover art candy stores!
While this is great news for publishers, authors, cover artists and readers, cover artist Angela Anderson shares this interesting thought, “Unfortunately, in this digital age, cover images are used and reused often. Sometimes within the same publishing house. We do our best to avoid it, but sometimes it just can’t be helped.”
Cover art has come a long way from the historical romances of the 70’s to 90’s with their bodice-ripping, couple-clinching, hide-if-you-take-on-bus with you covers that sported the hero’s long tresses curled around the heroine’s creamy, naked thighs. Wait. Was it the heroine’s long tresses curling around the hero’s sculpted, naked thighs? Feast your eyes on this beauty. There are tresses a-curling everywhere, and plush breastusses on the verge of spillage. What’s wrong with this picture? I actually like clinch covers! Anyway, this was a “then” cover.
This is a “now” cover. Modern, hot–wait. How come they’re still so damnn sexyyyy? This is the gorgeous cover of author Rachel Leigh’s newest release, Coming Back. Welcome home, I say 🙂 Congratulations, Rachel.
As a reader, I’ve seen the most dramatic changes in historical romance book covers. Then again, historical romances led the charge in clinch cover coupling.
With my debut book, I think I actually requested a hot clinch cover. My friends might have groaned when I told them of my wishes. I wanted sexy. I wanted erotic in the Hawaiian tropics. I wanted faces when it was probably more desirable to NOT show features. But the heroine is an island girl, so it was important for me to see a mainstream model with slightly exotic features representin’! I even requested the hero not be bulked-up to kingdom come, but that he look fit to indicate an active lifestyle. I love this cover!! These two have been a good luck charm.
And here they are again! They’re temporarily gracing the cover of Rachel Leigh’s current work in progress, Greek Gratification.
So here you have my cover story, and I’m sticking to it. Before I go, may I leave you with this image of author Christina Dodd’s famous cover featuring a three-handed heroine?