Friday, August 9, 2019

Flashback Friday: The Cover Model I Fell in Love With

Someone asked me recently not what my favorite cover out of all my books was, but who was my favorite cover model. She said, “You know, which one would you want to be with, if you could?” Of course, this friend knew my happily-married state and hastened to add, “If you weren’t already taken, of course.”

And I didn’t have to think long. The guy on the cover of Raining Men is, of course, super hot, but the first one I thought of us was Ollie on the cover of Dinner at Home. He’s the smiling guy in the forefront and there’s something about him, to me, that just seems so genuine and warm that I think, if he were real and I were in the market, he’d be someone I’d really go for. Cover artist Reese Dante and I went through looking at lots of male model images when we were trying to decide who would best represent my star-crossed foodie lovers, Ollie and Hank (tough work but someone’s got to do it), but when I saw Ollie, I immediately knew, that’s him. I also knew, in my heart, he was someone who could float my boat. See, the fact that he could cook, was kind, and had a little extra meat on his bones were all qualities I would ascribe to my perfect man.

Don’t you think he’s gorgeous?

And who are your favorite cover models? I’d love to know, so leave a comment below and let’s talk about it.

It only takes a few days for Ollie D'Angelo to lose his boyfriend, his job, and his home. Instead of mourning what he doesn’t have, Ollie celebrates what he does: the freedom to pursue his real passion—cooking. He begins Dinner at Home, a home-catering business, and it takes off.

Late one night, Ollie catches Hank Mellinger, a streetwise hood down on his luck, about to rob his car. Ollie soon discovers that appearances aren’t necessarily what they seem. Hank isn’t a criminal caught red-handed, but a hungry young man trying to make a life for himself and the four-year-old niece he’s trying desperately to take care of.

Instead of calling the cops, Ollie offers Hank a job and a way to pull himself up by his bootstraps. Together, they discover they can really cook... and that their shared passion for food just might lead to a passion for each other.

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  1. I never had a favorite until a former friend ("frenemy"?) made me aware of Ukrainian model Artur Sumara, who's youthful modeling images bear a striking resemblance to one of our real-life friends. Artur appears on Stacey Kennedy's "Til We Meet Again", Hazel Hughes's "Dance With Me", Olivia Hawthorne's "On the Fourth Sexy Day" (he definitely makes a luscious Santa!), and K.D. Robichaux's "KNIGHT: A Club Alias Novel", to name a few. His image appears on roughly a dozen international romance titles as well. If he looks familiar, it might also be because his younger photos are ubiquitous on stock photo sites. Artur is very polite and gracious to fans, which surprised me in light of the language differences. (But his English is much, MUCH better than my Ukrainian!) Once in an Instagram AMA ("ask me anything"), I asked if he'd rather be portrayed on a book cover as a sexy lover or an unstoppable action hero. He responded that he'd enjoy being portrayed as an "anti-hero" - neither good nor bad. As a part-time novelist, I hope to fulfill that wish for him in 5-6 months. ��

    1. I'll have to look him up. Thanks for the comment!

  2. I agree! I love Ollie too. Though my all-time favorite is the guy on the left on the cover of Family Obligations. Something about older men do it for me. Go figure.