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Maybe a good freebie will be a good lure.  :P

This author has quite a few books out and they all seem to get good reviews among folks I follow on goodreads and on amazon. Different type of characters for CR. And normal length, not short.

Thanks, downloaded it!  :)  I have some of her books on my tbr pile, but haven't read any of them yet. Well, I have read the Rugby series she co-wrote with Penny Reid and loved those.  Book #4, "The Varlet and the Voyeur" is scheduled to release in June, can't wait!  :D

The Book Corner / Re: The Great American Read on PBS
« on: May 19, 2018, 05:52:04 PM »
What an eclectic list! I too was surprised that I've read quite a few of those. 39, actually  :)

That's pretty good! I've read 27.

The Book Corner / The Great American Read on PBS
« on: May 19, 2018, 09:24:09 AM »
Just set my dvr to record. Anyone else plan on watching or voting?

The Great American Read

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I think either of those stock images could work, though I prefer the 2nd one.  One thing I'd recommend regardless of the stock you decide to go with is to keep the typography as close to your existing covers as possible.  Keep the title two words at the bottom of the cover, it will match the branding of the 1st two better. I put together quick mockups examples.....

There's an interesting podcast interview with author Kevin Kneupper on Horrible Writing.

The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- April 2018
« on: April 17, 2018, 11:48:38 AM »
I decided on the thriller....

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: April 16, 2018, 08:39:41 AM »
My dvr is getting full and I need to clear some space. Just finished watching The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story / FX Network..

I just caught up with The Terror / AMC Network & I'm working through McMafia, also on AMC.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: April 05, 2018, 03:57:12 PM »

Writers' Cafe / Re: Image for Box Set
« on: March 19, 2018, 09:57:19 AM »
Do you have a lot of blank white space around the box set? If you crop it tight with as little space around the box as possible, then it should show up as large as possible.... if your image size it to standards.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Reputable Cover Designers, anyone?
« on: February 28, 2018, 09:34:57 AM »
Bayou Cover Designs

Thanks for the recommendation Jeff!  :) Adding a link to my KBoards Yellow Page that includes my custom cover prices and info... Bayou Cover Designs on the KBoards Yellow Pages.

The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« on: February 28, 2018, 08:50:26 AM »
The latest Kleypas is out today. The 4th in the Ravenels

This one is about the woman doctor, looking forward to it. Sometimes by xmas. I am like 74 out of 132 on the wait list with 2 copies.  :o :o :o :o :o
It'll be a while. The audio is available at another library, but Brooklyn is the only of mine that has the ebook.

I thought I got on that list fast, but not so. Maybe they'll buy some more copies.

I just started reading it.  :) 

Luckily my library has 21 copies and I've been on the wait list since the end of last year. This library adds titles extremely early, so often time I get on the list early.... especially if I request the title ahead of time. The only drawback is that my hold list is tied up with pre-releases that are months & months away from publication, so I have to be selective as to what i put on hold.

Anything Else Amazon / Re: An annoying Echo Dot feature
« on: January 31, 2018, 02:43:34 PM »
I had the same problem and set my bedroom Dot to Do Not Disturb awhile back. It hasn't bothered me since.  :)

The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« on: January 07, 2018, 10:06:41 AM »
Cagnes was actually the first to recommend the series in this thread in February 2013.  Thanks again, Cagnes!,63555.msg2101189.html#msg2101189

You're very welcome! Wow, that was a long wait for the 3rd book. Didn't realize it was finally out, thanks for letting us know Wisteria Clematis! Off to amazon to get my copy!  :)

The Book Corner / Re: My Year in Books at Goodreads
« on: January 06, 2018, 09:06:51 AM »
I love looking over other's lists!  :) Here's mine.....

Writers' Cafe / Re: Series book cover designs? Where?
« on: December 13, 2017, 11:24:43 AM »
Sounds like BookCoverMall may be what you're looking for.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Night of the Living Shirtless Men
« on: November 20, 2017, 11:53:49 AM »
I'm not comparing all romance books to McDonalds, don't think I actually even mentioned romance in general anywhere, just the legion of clone books that feature nearly identical shirtless (and mostly headless) men on their covers. I could enjoy a good love story but if a book is actually well-summed up by just a photo of a bare chest, it's not for me. I want more complexity, whereas those particular covers feel like an insult to intelligence. I also disagree that covers aren't supposed to be subtle. Two of my favourite covers of recent YAs I've read are American Street


and Starfish


I realize that you didn't insult "all" romance books, "only" the ones with bare chested men. So sorry that your intelligence is so sensitive as to be insulted by a book cover.  ::) You're also insulting the authors and readers of those books.

Your cover examples are way out of left field. They're great covers, I love them too, they're totally off topic though. We're talking bare chests, which you see on romance covers, mainly steamy romance. Those covers wouldn't be fitting for a steamy romance and a man chest wouldn't be fitting for either of those books, so I don't get your point.  ???

I feel that a cover can be either subtle or not subtle, either can work, but they should be a good representation of the genre. The man chest covers do convey their genre, at first glance you can see what type of book it is.... which is a good thing, because then you know not to read it.  ;)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Night of the Living Shirtless Men
« on: November 19, 2017, 03:17:46 PM »
About the only romance category I don't see shirtless covers is in historical romance. Come on over! :D

They may not be as plentiful, they're in HR too.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Night of the Living Shirtless Men
« on: November 19, 2017, 03:03:42 PM »
Readers of this genre aren't looking for any kind of quality or distinctiveness, just going for the same kind of basic Big Mac thing (or maybe I should say Whopper since we've already got the BK crown up here) every time? I guess that sounds about right.

Many books feature headless torsos. Books by indie authors, some of them kb members, books by trad published authors, books by big name best selling authors. To imply that those books lack quality or distinctiveness is a bit harsh and insulting to those authors and their readers.  ??? If they're not your cuppa, that's okay, they're just not for you. No need to disrespect the writers and readers of the genre.

I'd started this thread to whine and complain about seeing these shirtless creatures across multiple categories where they don't belong. From there the thread has morphed into just talking about these garmently-challenged heathens and even includes images of the horrifying (and often headless) beasts. *shudder* Just goes to show these shirtless demons are indeed taking over. I can't seem to avoid them. They are legion!  :P
Oops, sorry! Looks like you have been invaded by a legion of torsos!  :o

Writers' Cafe / Re: Night of the Living Shirtless Men
« on: November 19, 2017, 11:47:36 AM »
Personally, I like a man with clothes...

Courtesy of Facebook's Steampunk & Victoriana

Aramis- The Musketeers

I personally don't know any women who wouldn't like seeing that man on a cover. Of course, the book would need to fit the image. Though, I've never come across a stock photo like that on any of the stock sites. The image is from a tv series, the guy is an actor, the clothing is from a professional wardrobe department, so it's a bit of an unrealistic standard for the average book cover.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Night of the Living Shirtless Men
« on: November 19, 2017, 10:07:22 AM »
I don't often browse Amazon for books, so I wasn't aware of the problem. I don't know what categories they're popping up in, but they definitely should be in romance. A shirtless torso can be in any type of romance though, not just erotica. I don't read erotica and I've read several headless shirtless torso books. It usually indicates a steamer romance, rather than squeaky clean.

It's much easier to find a good chest than a good face. I'm sure every model is beautiful on the inside and all that, but if the face is going to scare away customers, you break out the guillotine.
So true! I've designed several headless torso covers, usually at the request of the author. The search for stock is so much easier when you only have to concentrate on the body.... adding a head to the mix narrows the options a great deal.

This stock is a good example of why it's often necessary to go headless & I've used this model's torso on a cover before. Cropped without the head it's good stock for a romance cover. With the head, it wouldn't work for romance.

As for the bodies not being realistic, that's how they're described in the books. If the hero is described as tall, athletic, muscular, with a six pack, the author is not going to want an average guy, a little soft around the middle on the cover.

The Book Corner / Re: "Most Read" kindle books, per Amazon
« on: November 17, 2017, 07:48:31 AM »
I can see those books as being top ten read fiction. I've read 9 of them. I never got around to reading the 3rd Fifty Shades installment and probably never will.

I've only read Unbroken from the non-fiction list. I'd like to read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, but haven't gotten around to it... it's been on my tbr list for the past 7 years.

Kindle Accessories / Re: Amazon cover now $39.99
« on: November 14, 2017, 06:34:58 PM »
It's great that they reduced the price, but a bummer for those who paid full price for them.  Like me!  ???

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: November 14, 2017, 06:32:55 PM »
Cagnes, I see in your sig you're reading Seven Stones to Stand or Fall. I just got that from the library. What a doorstopper!!

I had already read Roger's father's story and two of the Lord John's. I was really only interested in Virgins, Ian and Jamie in France. The ebook was only $3.99 so I picked it up. Reading it now.
Virgins was also the story I was most interested in reading. I started Seven Stones awhile back & I really should get back to it. I read one story from it, then read a few novels and so on, so it taking a long time to finish it.

Here's a bunch of articles from EW including a video of the photoshoot.
Good stuff!

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