Here is the newest cover for something I’ve got going up this week. Once again the lovely Jaycee DeLorenzo over at Sweet & Sassy designs did it for me. She does gorgeous work, wouldn’t you agree?
I’m particular about the people I want on my covers, so I can’t just give her a vague description and hope to get something that’s going to make me happy. I troll the royalty free stock photo sites for just the right thing. The hero of The Sea Rose is a pirate. Of course he is. Girls love pirates. It’s a known fact. They like their pirates dark and handsome. Try putting in the words “dark-haired pirate” into a photo search engine and you get a bunch of wonky, jacked-up cartoon pirates or a thousand Jack Sparrow wannabes. So I modified it to “dark-haired man” and got 16,340 results. That’s 165 pages of unusable photos. All of the men are wrong. OR you find the right face/hair combination and he’s wearing clothes that are completely unsuitable. Or he’s making a ridiculous expression. Or he’s twelve.
So we narrowed it further and input “handsome dark-haired man” which netted 7,785 results. Ava and I sad on my computer at Bank of No Forks and cackled away at some of the suggestions. Every third one looked like they were trying to channel a vampire. Not just any vampire mind you, but a dark, brooding Anne Rice kind of vampire. ***eye roll***
So it came down to looking at 165 pages of men and ending up with half a pirate. He’s not exactly right. His hair is off a bit from my mind but at least he doesn’t look like he’s going to exsanguinate you from a major artery.