What goes into creating a cover for historical romance?

Heroes and Heartbreakers had an article a few days ago about the making of Elizabeth Hoyt’s newest book cover.

I found it an interesting read, even though I disagree with some of the attitudes of people creating these supremely anachronistic covers!

I do love how they raided the author’s Pinterest account for inspiration both for the cover and the stepback. Who says Pinterest is just a waste of time…?!

What I found most interesting was the way they digitally added hair to the model’s head and removed some of his shirt so THEY COULD PAINT ON HIS MUSCLES! Not even a model body is good enough for romance readers, apparently! Poor man.

Original-Shot-235Elizabeth Hoyt's Duke of PleasureDuke-of-Pleasure-by-Elizabeth-Hoyt-300


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