In which our heroine has a sexy encounter with a mysterious stranger–who happens to be the duke, who happens to be the one man she could never wed. Ah, romance!
One of the frequently asked questions of any romance author is, “Do you have a say in your covers?” To which one often answers NO. Or “yes, I have the option to agree with my publisher!” As you can see from my books page, I have been #blessed with many beautiful historical romance covers in which not one person can manage to stay fully attired.
But in a dramatic turn of events, I did have very much input in the cover of It’s Hard Out Here For a Duke!
First, I was given the option to choose my model! It is a good day when one’s editor sends you an assortment of headshots of very handsome men and says “pick which one strikes your fancy and you shall have him.” This was a challenging task, but not an unpleasant one.
Next, I got to choose the pose. This involved looking at many pictures of my chosen model as he struck various poses with his shirt hanging open and with sexy smoldering expressions. My job is not the worst.
And then, the conflict!
I had selected a pose in which my hero is leaning seductively because he is inspired by Dr. Derek Shepherd from Grey’s Anatomy who, in the words of Dr. Miranda Bailey, is “tall, handsome and likes to lean against things and ponder the difficulties of dating beautiful women.” Now I had imagined that this horse-mad duke would be leaning against a stall in a barn (a fancy stall in a fancy barn) but when I suggested this my editor said (and I paraphrase): “absolutely not oh no he is leaning against bed. This is not open for discussion. You can thank me later.”
Next I gently inquired about the possibility of including a rearing stallion in the background, in a manner which harkened back to the “old skool” romances of yore. This was also rebuffed.
BUT! My devoted husband has decided to wield his photoshop skills for my benefit and so he has created a version of the cover in which a stallion rears seductively and subtly in the background. Because romance.
And so, BEHOLD, this unofficial, handcrafted romance novel, in which a handsome, scantily clad man stands oblivious to the stallion in his midst.
The most interesting thing that had ever happened to Lady Serena Cavendish was being jilted by the Duke of Frye. And Greyson Jones, agent of the crown, was the second. Check out this excerpt from HOT ROGUE ON A COLD NIGHT, my novella in this latest anthology from the Lady Authors.
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In which Lady Amelia runs away (again) and the duchess finds love (again).
In which Lady Bridget gets married to Lord Darcy. There is cake. Lots of cake.
In which host Claudia Hall Christian and I discuss the world of romance fiction. I share my research into why romance gets so little respect despite being a billion dollar business and why I believe it’s so incredibly popular. You can get more information about Women and Fiction at WomenandFiction.com