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29 September 2006

Getting our heros on the right kind of horse.


Thanks, Sally and MissChievous! Glad you liked our blog...and Pam, I was in Kepler's tonight and I saw your book on the shelf...The cover of The Slighest Provocation is beautiful. A real standout. Showing my ignorance here, but what famous piece of artwork is on the front cover?

And Kalen, I agree, the Friesian in Lady Hawke is a good choice for the kind of horse a knight would have ridden in the Middle Ages. Probably the closest to what a knight's destrier might have really looked like (a little shaggy, but tough . . .).

And yes, I finally managed to upload my photo!

Kathrynn

10 Comments:

Blogger Candice Hern said...

I'm not Pam, but I can answer the cover question. It's a portion of the portrait of Lady Blessington by Sir Thomas Lawrence. It hangs in the Wallace Collection in London.

1:23 AM  
Blogger Pam Rosenthal said...

Hi Candice, and thanks. I wasn't familiar with the original, but I was hoping for a Sir Thomas Lawrence painting for my cover, because he's so much my ideal of the fashionable English portraitist of the Regency -- very stylish and prolific. I found this one originally by googling him.

This painting is 1822, which isn't bad, periodwise; my book takes place in 1817.

And thanks for telling me, Kathrynn, that you saw The Slightest Provocation at Keplers. Sitings of my books still always amaze me.

7:18 AM  
Blogger Victoria Dahl said...

I agree. . . Pam's cover is amazing. And I just went to Candice's website and almost wept with jealousy. How do you guys get such absolutely gorgeous covers?!?

I haven't seen my first cover yet. Sometime in the next 31 days. I'm terrified. Really, truly terrified.

(Kathrynn, have you seen yours?)

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Susan Mitchell said...

Hi Kathryn, I was so surprised when you mentioned your horse blog today at the SVRWA meeting -- my 12yo daughter had just finished a series of drawings of horses and their typical riders for her medieval history class. She thoroughly enjoyed your blog when I pointed her to it, but she wished it had been longer! :-)

11:58 PM  
Blogger Kathrynn Dennis said...

Wow! I gotta say, Pam, you write erotica with class...thanks, Candice, for the response on the cover art. Pam's cover is one I would notice based on the art alone!

I, too, am awaiting my first cover, Vicki. Don't expect one until next month. Keeping my fingers crossed. Cherry Adair spoke at our chapter meeting and she listed "the cover" as one of the top three things that sell a book...the pressure over something I basically have no control over is a little strange!

Kathrynn

12:04 AM  
Blogger Kathrynn Dennis said...

Hi Susan. Please tell your daughte more to come on the horse info. The more I dig into the history of horsemanship and horses, the more cool stuff I learn. But talk about a time sink. I am more than happy to share the what I dig up . . . wonderful to know someone else thinks the difference between a steed and a destrier are interesting!

Kathrynn

Kathrynn

12:22 AM  
Blogger Pam Rosenthal said...

Thanks for the nice comment, Kathrynn. As for Candice and my covers -- we seem to have caught a wave of lovely, art-based covers that Signet Eclipse is doing. However, there is a very vocal school of thought in romance nowadays that what sells a book in our genre is a naked male torso. I myself don't get that, but evidently it's based on sales numbers. Comments on that?

12:27 AM  
Blogger Victoria Dahl said...

I'll buy (literally and figuratively) the naked male torso on the cover. I've already volunteered for the naked blue man, since Tonda has the red one. What I don't get is the traditional clinch cover, but apparently they do still sell! I have seen some nice ones lately. Less over the top. Actually, I really love the newer, close up, torso-only clinch covers.

But I have no idea what I'll get. My editor mentioned both clinch and hero-only. I mentioned the heroine in her corset and shift. (<= btw, that originally said "corset and shit" and I'm so glad I reviewed it before posting.) We'll see. Regardless, I have to trust that they know what sells! My husband says, "It's your cover, so you will love it." Really?

8:31 AM  
Blogger Kathrynn Dennis said...

I like rich colors, beautiful historical clothes, and headless people on the covers! It somehow it conveys a literary feel, I think.

Male torsos okay...even some of the new toned-down clinch covers are fine...I like books with a standout cover color so I can find them in the pile on the floor, or in the stacks of my to-read books that are jammed in my bookshelf.

Kathrynn

10:43 PM  
Blogger Kalen Hughes said...

Hand off my naked men!

8:37 AM  

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