TACKLING THE ROMANTIC SUSPENSE READERS’ ETERNAL QUESTION — WHERE DID THEY GET THAT HOT GUY ON THE COVER?
It’s the romantic suspense readers’ eternal question. Do they consider the exciting content of the book? Nope. They take one look and ask: Where did they get that hot guy on the cover? As an example, here is a cover of my newly released ebook. Cute guy, yeah? Hot. Great body and definitely has that bad boy look. But check out the sweet mouth. Surely he’s not all bad. Works for me!
When my novel reached the Etopia Press Production Department, I was asked to describe the hero to the cover designer. Well, I know how my hero looks—he’s hot—but the cover designer’s idea of a hot guy could be totally different. Tony, the hero of Letting Evil In, is a hot federal agent in Rio. He’s Italian-Brazilian. So I went on a grueling assignment. I searched images of hot Italian actors. And I found Luca Argentero. It was love at first sight. Here he is:
They probably couldn’t exactly feature that one on the cover…
The Etopia Press cover designers went ahead and found their own hot guy anyway. I love him too. I’ve had a lot of readers’ ask how the publishers found him. But unfortunately where he hangs out is a publisher’s secret. If I find him I’ll let you know.