Tag Archives: Novels

Baby Making with the Incubus – Coming Soon!

It’s true. The contracts have officially been signed with SirenBookStrand so the beyond naughty and a bit nice follow-up novel to Incubus Makes Three will be out in late October.  Here is a short and “sweet” blurb to whet your appetite.

Shari has been happily living in a polygamist relationship these past three years with her stepbrother and the reformed incubus demon that seduced them both. Now, she finds herself expecting a baby and doesn’t know how this new miracle will impact their passion filled family or even which is the father.
Immortal Incubus, Dorian, fears he is the father and that no half human baby can be born alive on earth of Incubus seed. Shari’s step-brother and mortal lover, Gabriel, questions his ability to be a father but fears to disappoint his partners.
Sacrifices will be made and passions inflamed as demon Dorian attempts to keep both of his human lovers and the unborn child from harm and heartbreak.
This is a happily ever after for all of the characters. However, readers will be challenged to predict how it can all end in anything but heartbreak.
More details coming soon.

Covers For Lovers

Recently I started looking at novel covers with a whole new perspective, mainly that of an author versus a consumer.  What cover designs sell novels and what do they say about the publisher’s understanding of readers?

To put it bluntly, romance novels are given some of the cheesiest and most stereotypical cover art in the industry.  I know I can’t be the only reader that has passed up buying a new book because the cover was so “mommy porn” looking that I would be embarrassed to ever be seen reading the novel. Who wants to have to defend their reading choices to strangers?  Unfortunately that is just what some of these ridiculous covers force the consumer into doing.

After doing some research I discovered a few important bits of background.  Romance novels are often written at a higher reading level than say a spy novel or adventure series.   I also discovered that not only do smart women read tons of romances (okay, I already knew that one, duh) but some super smart Ivy league PhD type women have penned some of my favorites.  Which brings me back to my final ugh of the day, why can’t the covers be less cringeworthy?

Well, apparently the industry has determined that most readers want to be able to determine the basic time period and tone of the book by quickly looking at the cover.  So if you love historical novels then you should be able to tell the period — regency, gothic, etc.– by simply looking at the cover costumes and architectural background.  A certain color theme and image will also be indicative of the “heat” level of the story.  Finally, elements in the cover allow the audience to determine whether or not is has a supernatural element, a dark side or is a romantic comedy piece. I wish the publishing houses would be a bit more creative than all that but it turns out that over half of the fiction bought is from the romance genre so something they are doing must be working.   These two sites had an interesting take on the whole thing and are more than worth checking out.

http://jobourne.blogspot.com/2012/05/this-is-what-i-hate-about-romance.html

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2009-07-06-romance-novels_N.htm

And finally, for a humorous look at the whole cover thing check out this website:

http://www.worldoflongmire.com/features/romance_novels/