I can’t tell you how excited I am to be ‘blogging’ with you. I am honored to be here and look forward to a fun weekend.
This year marks my 25th year as a published author. So much has changed since 1982 when I sold my first book Rapture’s Rage to Zebra. Back in those days, manuscripts were 550-600 pages long – typed on a manual typewriter and using a lot of white out, and everybody was reading. As a romance fan myself, I used to go to three or four different stores every month just to make sure I saw all the titles that were available.
And cover art! What about the changes we’ve seen there? The Flame And The Flower was the first ‘romance’ I ever bought, and I remember being a little embarrassed to check it out because there was a couple embracing on the cover. (Granted they were only about 2 inches tall and very modest, but that was back in the mid to late 70s and Fabio hadn’t shown up yet.)
Do you remember the Fabio cover in the 80s – I think it was a Johanna Lindsey – where he was naked with the girl pressed against him? My Kmart store went around and put stickers over his rear so no one would be offended. I was very blessed to have David Alan Johnson on the cover of my book Heaven. He was the first hunk winner from RT, and we got to tour together. He’s a real gentleman and a lot of fun.
My covers from Leisure have been awesome. Lately, they’ve gone to the ‘guy only’ look, and I think they’re terrific. Take a look at the cover art for ‘Wanted! The Half-Breed’ my June ’08 release from Leisure. It’s gorgeous!
Speaking of Wanted! The Half-Breed, Walker Stevenson is our hero. He’s framed for murder and sent to the penitentiary. While he’s working on a chain gang, he manages to escape and returns home to track down the real killer with the help of our heroine Roni. Roni is a doctor, and it was fun doing the research of women doctors back then. There was a lot of prejudice against them, that’s for sure. The story is set in Texas and hopefully a page-turner for everybody!
Bobbi will be sending two autographed copies of her newest book to two lucky winners, drawn from the names of those who post comments on her blog. Good luck, ladies!