Book covers! As authors we love ‘em or hate ‘em or cry over them. I mean, uhum…not me personally, of course. Mine are alwwwaaays great. Here, for instance is one of mine from years ago. I remember seeing this one and thinking, who is that woman and why is she riding that nice gentleman’s thigh.

But hey, let’s take a look back. If you’ve been reading romance a while maybe you’ll recognize some of the names.

Remember the Topaz man? He was Penquin’s guy back in the 90’s. Apparently he graced more than 500 titles, which translates to 50 million books.

That’s a heap o’ print even compared to Fabio who first appeared on Hearts Aflame in 1987. After that the Fabs had another 400 or so before ending his reign in 1994.

Which is a drop in the old proverbial bucket compared to John DeSalvo who did 1500. 1500!! Crazy! Or so I thought until I met him at a conference a few years back. Once I saw him in all his DeSalvoey glory I wondered why he was on so FEW books. (This is him on one of mine. Sigh.)

But I confess, I’m not just meandering down Memory Lane here. I’m bringing up this scintillating topic because I have a new cover for my October book and (tee hee) I love it. Okay, true, I’ve admitted in the past that I don’t really like those overly dramatic covers. (You know the ones: He’s all macho and she’s all swoony.) And yes, I’ve said I adore that rich monochromatic, woman-only art I’ve gotten recently. But then my editor sent me this:

Yowsa! Right?

Anybody know who this guy is? I don’t really keep track of the models, but I don’t mind having my name emblazoned across his abs. 🙂

So, how about you, ladies? Drooled over any good cover models lately? How about in years past? Who’s your favorite? Who am I forgetting?

(Top Down Authors, feel free to put up any covers that feature folks we should know about. Old? New? Let’s talk about them.)

Hey, a couple comments mentioned Nathan Kamp, so I checked him out. Here he is. Do you think he’s the guy on my cover?? The abs look the same. 🙂

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23 Responses to

  1. KylieBrant says:

    Wowza is right, Lois! He is yummy! I'd be drooling on his back, too. (I'll bet he likes that. I'll bet I know what else he likes, too, but I'm not telling because hey, if I meet him, I need some weapons in my arsenal!)

  2. lois greiman says:

    I know, right? I wrote to the art director to thank him, and he said, "Yeah, I've never had so many women ask who a model was before." But when I asked the same thing, he didn't respond. Maybe he's a secret model. Like a secret agent, only yummier.

  3. Michele Hauf says:

    Num! Gorgeous! He is most definitely a MAN. And woman? WHat woman? Congrats on the awesome cover with your name so huge we almost don't care about the man. Almost. 🙂

  4. lois greiman says:

    Thanks Michele. I'm surprised they even bothered to put a woman on it. Like Kylie said, she does seem to be drooling on his shoulder. Which is weird, but really, kind of understandable.

  5. He is definitely eye catching and yummy! I'd like to know who he is too. He could accidentally seduce me anytime! I thought the woman looked very dazed and sated- when I bothered to notice her:)

  6. Helen Brenna says:

    I wouldn't mind having my name emblazoned on his abs, either, Lois! He's beautiful! Maybe he'll be at RT?!?!? Boy, for a glimpse of him, I might consider going!

  7. I wish publishers would put the names of the models on the inside cover of the book, of course, maybe they wish to remain anonymous!I only know of two models, Nathan Kamp and Paul Marron, both drool worthy~

  8. lois greiman says:

    Karyn, I've heard of Nathan Kamp, but I can't recall his face. And you're right, publishers should list the models' names.

  9. lois greiman says:

    Helen, you should definitely see if this guy's going to be at RT. Not too late to be an official stalker.

  10. Candy says:

    Lois, your guy is defiantly gorgeous!! Nathan Kamp appears on Karen Marie Moning's book covers. She actually has a link on her website of a type of portfolio of some of his work. (if she still has it up)I love yummy men and yours is yummy Lois.

  11. Keri Ford says:

    name on the abs?? pffttt…I wanna be that woman with my hand on his abs!okay, I'd take the name across the front too. 🙂

  12. lois greiman says:

    Keri, I think the woman on the cover has gone catatonic. Now your chance to make a move. 🙂

  13. Kathleen O says:

    Rosemay Roger and Kathleen Woodiwiss had some great abs on their book covers..

  14. PJ says:

    Whoa! That is one gorgeous cover, Lois and one HOT man!I adore Nathan Kamp. Love, love, love his covers! He has the most beautiful lips. Oh, and the rest of him isn't bad either! 🙂

  15. Keri Ford says:

    Lois-I think her knees are giving away for all the hotness and they snapped the pic as she fainted. Can't blame the gal too much for that!

  16. lois greiman says:

    Woodiwiss did have some gorgeous covers. And good books.

  17. Mmm, the Lois Greiman label on a very tempting six-pack. What reader wouldn't belly up to the bar for a can of that?

  18. lois greiman says:

    Belly up! Huh! Cute. But he doesn't have a belly. Just…wow…I like 'em.

  19. lois greiman says:

    Hey, PJ, Karyn, and Candy all mentioned Nathan Kamp so I found a pic. Come backkkkkkk, ladies, and tell me if you think that's him on the cover. Sure would be a lot easier if my publishing people would just tell me his name, huh?

  20. Stephenia says:

    Lois, what a hot guy on the cover! I'd definately pick your book up for a look-see based on the cover alone. Looking at him makes me want to be the heroine in the book, lol.

  21. Michele Hauf says:

    Nope, not Kamp. But maybe even better.

  22. PJ says:

    Lois, I think it might be Andrei Claude. Check out his site.

  23. Absolutely fabulous cover! The new guys are great but I still love John DeSalvo!!!!

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