Devil’s Play by Kenja Carlton
Series: Sweet as Sin #2
Genre: Paranormal Multicultural Erotic
Publisher: Parker Publishing
Publish Date: May 25, 2013
Snuggled within the warm embrace of marital bliss, biologically altered army Captain Drake Devilin and his supernatural bride Sienna face their biggest challenge to date. Called back for duty in World War II, Drake must leave his amazing life behind and join his troop to fight the Nazis. Although he’s certain his new mission is merely a rouse to obtain his most precious commodity, his wife, Drake leaves, but not before giving Sienna a magical necklace in the hope it will protect her against unknown enemies.
Lured from her prosperous island by a sorcerer who is convinced she was always meant to be his bride. Sienna is challenged to play three magical games to ensure her husband’s safe return. In each game, a limited time is given to Sienna to immerse herself into a new world, situation, and persona; find Drake; and have him acknowledge her by name. And she can’t use her powers to make it happen.
Everything dear to Sienna’s heart is put in jeopardy. Willing to fight for the love of her life and her happiness, Sienna takes on the sorcerer in his own game of cat and mouse.
Cover Art by Kenya Carlton
When I was picking out a book cover for a publisher a while back, I was told the requirements would include a man and a woman. Covers with both genders just sold better. So I grabbed my monocle and proceeded to investigate romance covers, and this is what I came up with.
Historical Romance: Tried and true historicals have a man and a woman on the cover. Usually the chicky is in a submissive position, kneeling or bent over in some Cirque du Soleil acrobatic feat that I couldn’t imagine (or I could but wouldn’t be able to get up from). As of late, many of the bestsellers have a woman with a fab dress on and only partial showing of a man. His chin, his chest, or his hand across her waist but not the whole shebang, an entire man will never been seen all together. I think the marketing departments must have realized we don’t give a crap what he looks like, we just want to see how pretty that damn dress is before he snatches it off of her.
Contemporary Romance: Contempts seem to be a free for all. Quite a few covers have both lovers straight on facing the reader with a sexual gaze that challenges anyone to get in the way of their lust. If the face shot is not what you prefer, then be prepared for Human Anatomy 101. Most of the contemporaries have either just torsos and no heads, or backs and no heads. At first glance this is hot because the background and colors are amped; subconsciously the reader’s mind is forced to go with the cover artist’s on the odyssey they are taking us on. But then you realize in real life torso pics are weird and someone has a fetish that just can’t be explained.
Erotic: These covers are almost always abstract. Erotic is hotter and in your face, but you will never see a titty or a cock on the front flap. A mask or a tie ala Fifty Shades of Grey or a gush of water thanks to Maya Banks Rush. These innuendos could mean most anything, but I found on a lot of blogs the abstracts almost always get a WTF! The more wink and kiss covers that don’t want to reveal too much carry a leg that goes passed the panty-line or good hand full of side boob, but that’s about it as far as naughty. Some of the racier, but less popular, covers have bondage themes or an evil-looking man promising a good spanking. Hmmm, where the hell are the woman? Are they too busy being tied up and whipped that they can’t be bothered to take a damn picture? Who knows!
Cozy Romance: This genre is an easy one to break down. The covers let the reader know something really downright adorable is going on behind all those poofy colors. Houses on top of seaside coves or an amazing dinner table decorated to the nines. But my personal favorite is the shot of the Cadillac or pick-up truck that show the lover’s feet sticking out of the window … who could beat that for cute? Certainly not those dirty bird erotica covers that’s for sure.