New Book Covers!

Most of my covers have been designed by me, and frankly, I’m not a great designer.  Dark Persuasion and The Phantom of Valletta were done by a designer, as were earlier versions of The Legacy Series. Recently, I made a business decision to redo all of the covers for these series, and I believe it was a wise investment. The Legacy Services Ladies of Disgrace Romance with a Kiss of Suspense. I’m shouting out a huge thank you to Dar at Wicked Smart Designs for her exceptional talent and eye for design.  You can see all of my updated eBook covers at retailers and on this website. It will take me a week or two to update all of the print versions, but they will be done shortly.  Let me know what you think?  What are your favorites?  I certainly have mine. Thanks, Vicki Read More

Men in Uniform – World War I (Lady Grace Research)

I really wanted to put a man in uniform on the cover of Lady Grace. Days – I spent days hunting pictures on stock photo websites. Only a few decent ones came up after searching World War One soldiers, most of which could not be used because they were editorial. (In case you don’t know what that means, they cannot be used for commercial purposes like book covers because there is no model release. For example, taking photos of men in uniform during a public re-enactment exercise.) However, I did find one I really wanted but they wanted $300 for usage rights. (Gasp for a tiny image in the background behind Grace.) CLICK HERE TO SEE IT After giving up there, I went to the public domain and did find a few that I downloaded. In fact, I had been ready to put the face of one particular gent on Read More

Romance Novel Covers

They say men are stimulated visually. It’s not what they hear whispered in their ears – it’s what they see with their eyes that moves them toward sex and romance. For the most part, I do think that men are wired that way. However, when it comes to reading steamy historical romance novels, women are not only moved by the story, but by the covers that give us a glimpse of the hero and heroine. The historical romance genre bombards readers with bare-chested, muscular males, who have shirts falling off their backs, toned physiques, and six-pack abs. The heroines are women with unbuttoned or unlaced dresses in the back, overflowing breasts from low necklines, and passionate scenes of kissing in provocative poses. They set the stage for the forthcoming sexual tension between the characters and build the reader’s anticipation of what is to come between the sheets . . . Read More