Guest Post: Umm . . . Stop By Anytime to Check Out My Toner by Juliet Rosetti
Behold the hero of the latest Mazie Maguire adventure, revealed here in all his sculpted glory, the gorgeous Canadian ex hockey-player Ben Labeck, who swaggers through Crazy for You, my new Loveswept Romance. Due out in January, it takes up where Ben and Mazie Maguire left off in The Escape Diaries.
Sue Grimshaw, Random’s only-slightly-crazy creative director, foolishly allowed me to offer my two cents worth into the cover’s appearance—thank you, Sue—and it was fascinating getting a glimpse into the world of cover creation. I had a million questions about it—well, not just the design itself but the cover guys. Since I didn’t want to become known as that pain-in-the-butt-prima-donna-writer, I haven’t pestered the art people with all my stupid questions.
Until now. Readers, wouldn’t you like to know how the magic is performed? Take an ogle at this TGIF photo that appeared recently on the Romance at Random website, for instance. Was I the only one who fell in love with this guy? Sexy but sweet—that aw- shucks smile matched with those devilish eyes and incredible body—devastating.
So here’s what we want to imagine–and don’t spoil our fantasies by telling us it was taken in a studio. We want to hear that this is how Friday afternoon went down for Random’s editors and art people. You’d just mixed up a big batch of Margaritas, you’d turned off the AC, and this guy wandered in to fix the Xerox machine. With a wrench he happened to have attached to his belt. You have anything that needs loosening, honey? We want to hear that this helpful handyman was hired on the spot to appear on the next fifty Loveswept covers.
As romance readers, you’re probably aware of the male torso takeover of covers in the last couple of years, but don’t you wonder where those perfectly sculpted bodies come from? Or is it just one studly male who poses for all the covers and the artists just airbrush his hair different colors? I’m curious to know how the men feel about being cover guys. Does it get drafty waiting around shirtless while the photographer fusses with f-stops? When the art director torques them into suggestive poses with female models, do the guys get turned on? Or—see Ben’s cantilevered pose above—do screaming vertebrae douse any hints of simmering passion? What about the guys’ buddies—do they tease the cover model guys mercilessly about being lust objects for millions of romance readers?
Also–where do these guys hide out the rest of the time? In her wonderful guest post on R@R last week, Mira Lyn Kelly mentioned seeing guys with “sun-kissed, sweat-slicked, hard-cut muscles” jogging around her home town every time she goes for a drive. Mira—could you send a couple of those sun-kissed hardbodies around in our direction some time, because a lot of us are in kind of a drought, shirtless-torso-wise.
Okay, readers—this is your chance (purely imaginery, alas) to decide who appears on the next Loveswept cover. Who do you choose? A movie star? A sports stud? Your boyfriend? Who’s the man most likely to put you in the mood for romance?
Please send me your comments—also other questions you have about The Guys of Loveswept. I’m looking forward to seeing your replies. Excuse me now—I need to go take a cold shower under the lawn sprinkler.
Juliet grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm. She has taught school in Milwaukee and in Sydney, Australia, where her duties included coaching cricket—a pretend sport originated by the Monty Python troupe. Her travel pieces, humor, and personality profiles have appeared in many publications and she is a past winner of The Milwaukee Journal’s Wordsmith Award for Non-fiction. Currently she lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin with her husband and son and is working on the second Mazie Maguire novel.
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