Okay, did the title wake you up yet? If not, stay tuned. We’re going to have a look at some of those hunky men on the covers of our books. As you might know already — or at least suspect — all of my books are about the historical American Indian. And some of the men on those covers are incredibly good-looking. And since I don’t have access to others’ covers, if you will bear with me, we will examine some of my own.
This is a past book — or as we like to say — an older title. Orginally part of the Blackfoot Warrior series, this cover quickly became one of my favorites. The model is Joseph Anselmo — and isn’t he delicious?
Then we have another cover — again with Joseph Anselmo and again part of the Blackfoot Warrior series — an older title. The interesting thing about this particular cover is that when it first came out, I was touring in Montana and was on the Blackfeet reservation for their Indian Days Pow-wow. There is a fellow on the reservation who looks exactly like Joseph here — and I was fortunate enough to meet him.
The model for LAKOTA SURRENDER was John D’Salvo and the lady is Cindy
And then we have the most recent favorite cover — however, I don’t know the name of the model for this cover. If anyone knows who this model is, please let me know.
Well, it’s my favorite, although the man is not Native American. Instead, it’s my husband, Paul.
At the time period when I write, the men were not only handsome — George Catlin describes them in 1834 as rivaling a Greek statue in physique — but there were other romantic values in place, as well. Integrity, honor, honesty, undying devotion to family and to the tribe were uppermost. A Jesuit monk once described the Hurons as a tribe of saints. While I don’t know that I would go so far as to say that, I will agree that at this time in history, there were values of life and liberty that at times seem to be lost in our world nowadays. And so I write about this time period in history with the hope of not only entertaining the reader, but bringing back to mind as vividly as possible a time when honor was respected above all else; when money meant nothing and when the land and the creatures upon it were free as the wind.
What’s your favorite cover? Your favorite model? Your favorite title? I’d love to hear about them, and even more so, why they are your favorites. So come on in and let’s talk.