I’ve had some interesting feedback on the cover art for The Deception. It’s sexy all right, and it’s apparently made a few readers uncomfortable. Some of you may even be wondering why I chose it.
Part of it is the genre. Romance readers expect, well, romance. And, as I’ve explained in my post, Sweet, Sensual or Erotic Romance? Why I Write Sensual, I include some, shall we say, adult content in my novels. Today’s readers want to see the characters consummating their relationship, and sex is a part of life.
My main reason, however, for doing this cover has to do with the plot line. The Deception is the story of Carrie Daniels, a likeable woman with a girl next door quality about her. Carrie has fallen on hard times. Through no fault of her own, she’s been left homeless and destitute. She’s camping out in the back room of her photography studio, and it’s only a matter of time before her landlord finds out. If that happens, she’ll be out on the streets. Carrie’s mentor, Louise Dickenson, soon hears of her plight. Louise has just picked up a private commission from a client who wants a series of photos of a female nude. She offers to “help” Carrie by asking her to model for the photos, assuring her they will only be seen by private art collectors. Carrie, being desperate, has no choice but to accept Louise’s offer. Later on she’ll have to face the unintended consequences when the photos end up in the wrong hands and her entire world turns upside down.
I wanted the cover to depict one of Louise’s photos. Sexy, yet tasteful, like something one might see in a print advertisement for soap or perfume. We know the model is nude, but all we can see is her back.
The illustration was done by Wes Lowe, the same artist who did the cover illustration for The Reunion. He will also be illustrating the cover for my forthcoming novel, The Journey. To see more of his portfolio, please visit his website at weslowe.com.