You can’t judge a book by its cover.
As a writer, I know that old adage is just a bunch of malarkey. We’ve all either bought or bypassed books because of the cover. We’ve all given recommendations to friends – that cover just doesn’t do the book justice. It’s really a good book.
Romance novels are known for their sultry covers that capture the perfect moment to illustrate the story on the pages within. Ripped torsos, flowing gowns, pouting lips, sharp-edged daggers, warriors clad in kilts – each cover image is a promise to the reader that must be kept.
In the days of the bodice rippers (RIP), covers were often painted works of art, loosely based on models. If an author was lucky she might get Fabio on her cover! But now, with so many books being published, cover art has become a blend of photography and Photoshop - real models thrust against imaginative backdrops with the stroke of a mouse or stylus.
There’s a lot of work to getting that one second of intense passion between two characters on the cover of book!
Here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes at one of the iCandy photo shoots.
Historical models, Jessie and Brian, hold their poses while hair is tucked and Jessie’s skirt is positioned so a cover artist can turn the folds into a billowing ball gown, and Photoshop some highland boots on our laird to cover up those Gold Toe socks.
Here, menage models are posed to make it look as if they’ve known each other intimately – instead of a mere twenty minutes.
But when the images appear on the site, ready for the cover artists to work their magic, corset and kilt cinching, holding a pose in a highlander’s arms, or making three strangers look comfortable together, is all worth it!