Dissecting the Covers for the Passions Series

Several readers have asked me about the gorgeous set of new covers for my Passions series. I’m so much happier with these covers than any of the ones they ever had in their previous incarnations.

I worked extensively with the cover designer to get exactly the look I wanted. We had several discussions over the “feel” of the design. She was incredibly patient, trying out various filigree border designs for the silver pieces at the top and bottom until we found just the right one. And then she tried out many shades of red to find the one that worked for me.

We agreed that my name should be in the same font and orientation she used on my Suburban Dominants series and the positioning of both the name and title would correlate. The font for the title though needed to look more historical, so she found one that had a very old English look.

That was the easy part. Finding the right images for the covers was a challenge. I must have looked at a gazillion stock photos to find just the ones I wanted. It isn’t easy to find stock photos of people in Medieval garb that don’t look too ridiculously fake, awkwardly posed or painfully inappropriate.

I went back and forth with the designer because not all of the pictures would work in the context of a cover. Some of them couldn’t be cropped to fit in the space, the model’s poses were wrong, or the colors clashed with the background. I didn’t like a lot of the models she suggested – they just didn’t seem right. We finally found three couples that worked well for the three novels and decided to go with just the armor and sword for the short story that leads off the series.

And the whip, of course. Sharp-sighted readers have noticed that there’s a whip in each of the covers. I wanted to convey somehow that these books contain BDSM, spanking, and domestic discipline as part of their theme.

There were compromises because of the limited number of models I found acceptable. The cover model of the knight on Ruling Passion has short blond hair, while Lord Jeoffrey’s hair is long. And the model on the cover of Binding Passion doesn’t have Philip’s curly hair, though we did find one with his neatly clipped beard.

Nonetheless, I’m more than happy with the way these covers came out.

Covers for the Passions Series

The Passions stories are a series of loosely related Medieval historical romances that include strong BDSM and Domestic Discipline themes. The heroes are alpha and dominant but the heroines are also strong women in their own right. The first in the series is a romantic short story. The others are full-length novels.

I wanted covers that would share some of the branding from my contemporary novels, but would have their own distinct look as well, something that would suggest historical with hints of BDSM and Domestic Discipline.  I think my cover designer outdid herself with these.

       

Time’s Running Out on This Great Contest

To celebrate the upcoming release of NAUGHTY FLAMES on December 1st, the Naughty Literati are giving away a 7″ Kindle Fire loaded with books by our fabulous authors including:

The Naughty Literati’s complete boxed-set collection
Alpha vs Alpha by Francesca Hawley
Charming the Masters by Katherine Kingston
Desire in Tartan by Suz deMello
Moonlight Danger by Tina Donahue
Taken by Nicole Austin
Terracotta Warriors by Berengaria Brown
The Pleasure Device by Regina Kammer
WindChance by Charlotte Boyett-Compo
WindWolf by Charlotte Boyett-Compo

There are many ways to enter, including a daily bonus entry, so come back every day to increase your chances of winning. Good luck and happy reading!

Contest begins November 16th and runs for two weeks.

Secret Santa Sir is available for Pre-order

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Secret Santa Sir is now available for pre-order at Amazon and Itunes.  Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and a few others are coming soon.

Just to whet your appetite, here’s one of the notes Maggie receives from her unusual Secret Santa:

On the first day of Christmas, my Master gave to me, an adventure for the holidays.

Maggie –

I’m thrilled that you’ve decided to go along with my proposal. I know it was a difficult decision for you. As I said before, you can stop this at any time if you’re not happy or comfortable with it.

I’m giving you safe words to use. If you say “Yellow light” at any time, it means you need a break or a breather. If you say, “Red light,” that means whatever we’re doing stops, right then and there, and we talk about it. I promise to respect your wishes if you use those words. For your safety, I’m enclosing an envelope that contains my name and plans. Please don’t open it, but put it in your desk at home. It’s your insurance that I won’t do anything to harm you.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here’s what I want you to do next.

Tonight I want you to go to the Redwood Hotel and present yourself at room 344 at precisely seven-thirty. Before you knock on the door, I want you to put on the enclosed. Put on the blindfold first, then wind the scarf around your head over the blindfold. There will be no peeking. Once you have those on, knock on the door. From then until you leave that room, you will follow all directions I give you.

If you have another commitment tonight and cannot make it, put a note in this bag and leave it on the corner of your desk this afternoon.

Otherwise I’ll see you tonight.

Your Secret Admirer

Secret Santa Sir has a cover!

I’ve got the cover for Secret Santa Sir now and I’m thrilled with it.  I’m really proud of the covers for the entire series, but this one may be the best of all.  It’s perfect for the story:

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The book, which is a short novel set at Christmas, is on track for a December 5th release.  Pre-order links should be coming shortly.

What I’m Working on Now

I’ve had several people ask me recently what I’m working on and when I’ll release new material other than in the Naughty Literati anthologies or re-releases of older books.  The anthologies have taken up a considerable amount of my attention this past year, and between those and organizing the re-release of the Suburban Dominants series, my non-working time has been pretty full. I’m planning for more writing time in the coming months, so look for a new story or two from me early next year.

I have two things I’m currently working on – a new series of novellas tentatively called The Disciplinarians, and a novel currently called Judith’s Challenge.  It would be a sequel to my story in the Naughty Reunions anthology titled “Renovating the Relationship,” thought it might be more accurate to say that the story is a prequel to the novella.  In any case, it’s about two-thirds done and I’d like to have it done by March of next year.

Stay tuned for more!

A Sexy Peek at Kyle’s Bargain

LynnSexySaturday_buttonNote: this post is part of the My Sexy Saturday Blog Hop.

Have a small look at my newest release (well, re-release, actually!), Kyle’s Bargain. Seven sexy (short) paragraphs.

Meg said, “Wait. Take it off. Take it all off.”
He turned and grinned at her. “You want a striptease?”
The thought made her smile. “Sure.”
Devilish lights winked in his blue eyes. “I will if you will.”
“You’re on. But you go first.”
“We take turns,” he countered. “Since I’ve already got my shirt off, you have to do yours.”
“You didn’t do a striptease for the shirt so it doesn’t count.”

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