Well, I thought I’d take a break from the more serious posts that I’ve been doing lately and talk about something that’s rather soothing to the mind. Besides. it’s fun! I just got copy of my new cover for the book that’s due to be released in March of 2010 — and it’s a honey, and here it is:
Isn’t it beautiful? This is Nathan Kamp for any of you who are wondering or don’t know. He’s been in retirement apparently for two years, but he did come out of retirement to pose for this cover. One thing I didn’t know about Nathan is that he has Cherokee heritage, as well as Swedish. Did you know that? Nathan must be one of the most handsome men in America. Notice also the waterfall in the background. That plays a large role in this new book. Also, note the name change on this book — Gen Bailey is a new writing name for me
So I thought, while we’re at it, that I might also show an assortment of my other covers, also. Here is the cover for my current book that’s out, BLACK EAGLE. Another stunning cover. I don’t know the model’s name for this cover, but I think I should probably try to find out. He’s beautiful, isn’t he? Also, I want to make a note for the artist who painted this picture also and for the art department staff at Berkley, who put the whole thing together. It is quite beautiful, I think.
Here’s another one that’s absolutely stunning — this cover for RED HAWK’S LADY. Notice the mist inthe background. This plays a large part in that book. I’m not certain of this, but I believe that this is Nathan Kamp yet again. Very beautiful. Very handsome. RED HAWK’S WOMAN was an interesting book for me if only because it gave me the opportunitiy to research archaeology. To this day I have about 10 books of archaeology on my library shelves…some more difficult to understand than others. But look at the abs on this man. Wow. I’m an exerciser and I certainly admire a man who takes the time to work to obtain these kinds of abs and this kind of look.
Here’s another one that’s absolutely stunning. THE LAST WARRIOR. Again, I’m in the dark as to the model of this book, but I do believe that it might again be Nathan. Do any of you know? This book, THE LAST WARRIOR, BLACK EAGLE, and THE PRINCESS AND THE WOLF, are the three books of mine that are still in print. Here’s a picture of that cover. I used to know the name of this particular model, but his name really escapes me right now. Hopefully, I’ll remember before I end this post. THE PRINCESS AND THE WOLF was another book that was fun to write because it encompassed two different continents, as does THE LAST WARRIOR. THE PRINCESS AND THE WOLF was an AVON/Harpercollins cover,by the way. The rest so far, have been Berkley. But there are a few other covers that I love too. And I certainly hpe that you’ll bear with me as I travel down memory lane here.
Here’s another one of those beautiful covers from Berkley. This one actually has the heroine in it, also. This is another one of my most favorite covers. I love the colors, I love the scenery and I love the aesthetics of the coupe. The horse in this picture also figures prominently in this particular story also. Again, I don’t know the artist, but I should. It is stunningly beautiful, I think. Okay, now here’s another: This was the first cover that I did with Berkley. Does anyone know this model? I thought that it might be John D’Salvo. If anyone knows, please tell me. It’s another gorgeous cover, with beautiful colors and a handsome, handsome man.
So while I’m at it, I’ll show you a few of my other covers. All of them attest to the artistry of the art departments at these publishing companies.
LAKOTA SURRENDER was the first cover I ever had. Way back in 1994. The model is John D’Salvo and Cindy Guyer. I was very pleasantly surprised by this cover. I thought it was probably the most beautiful cover I’d ever seen. I still love it.
Here’s another: WHITE EAGLE’S TOUCH was my 5th book for AVON. It was one of my best selling books. And it is still one of those books that I love and adore. Gosh, I have to remember this fellow’s name, cause he was on quite a few of my covers, but this one I loved. I still remember the first time I saw it. I thought it was one of the most gorgeous covers I’d ever seen. Here’s another:
I finally remembered this terrifically handsome man’s name. It is Joseph Anselmo. SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE was my 10th book for AVON/HarperCollins. I loved this cover, too. SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE was another opportunity for me also. With this book I learned a bit of history and technology (early technology) of photography — because my heroine was a photographer. Okay, now here’s another interesting cover: At the time this book came out, I was very much involved with a literacy project on the Blackfeet reservation. At that time, there was a man on the reservation who looked exactly like this cover. At a pow-wow there, a friend of mine, Patricia, introduced me to this man’s double, there on the rez. Handsome!
And then there’s this utterly charming and utterlyl gorgeous cover: GRAY HAWK’S LADY. My 4th book for AVON. This is the book I was writing when I first met my husband, Paul. This book remains a favorite of mine because it was during the writing of this book that I not only met my husband, but we were also married. In this book is my reaction to our first kiss. It literally left me breathless. It certainly made me sit up and take notice, and within a few short months after that kiss, we were married. : ) Note again the stunning colors in this book. This is also the book that I was promoting at the time when I met and toured with the late, Nancy Richards-Akers. And so this book remains to this day one of my favorites. The model, by the way, is John D’Salvo.
This was the cover for my second book for AVON and my second book published. Again, notice the colors and the rich texture of the artistry. This is another one of those books that spanned two different continents. As a matter of fact, this books takes place almost entirely in England — and yes, it is definitely an Historical Indian Romance. The model here, I believe, is Joseph Anselmo.
Okay, so here are the remaining covers,one at a time:
These covers are respectively, Lone Arrow’s Pride, with model Joseph Anselmo. The Proud Wolf’s Woman (My 3rd book) with John D’Salvo as the model. Above and to the left is War Cloud’s Passion with model Joseph Anselmo and over tof the right here is Wolf Shadow’s Promise, also with model Joseph Anselmo.
As you can see I have been blessed with one beautiful cover after another. I’m really excited about the new cover — so excited I had to share all my covers with you. But here’s one that never made it to the cover of a book: This is me with cover model John D’Salvo in I believe it was 1994 or 1995. Wow, that seems a long time ago now. So much has changed — not only in my own life, but also the very environment in which we live.
Well, there you go. Once again, I’ll be giving away a copy of one of my books to one of the readers who leaves a comment on this blog today. Applies to the several united States only.
So what do you think? Which of these is your favorite cover? And why? I also have a picture of John and I dancing — at the same function — I believe it was an RT convention — my first ever.
I’d love to hear from you. So come on in and let’s chat.