When I found out I was going to get an Anne Cain cover for TEMPT ME TWICE I was thrilled! Why? Well, look at it and you’ll know exactly why The Smutketeers are so in love with her work. Is that hot, or what? And she uses color and form and balance flawlessly. Yes, I’m an art geek, so I think about these things. The way things look is important to me. I’m a frustrated artist, so I tend to have images for all my books in my head, with no way to execute them. Waiting to see a new cover can be excruciating for me-especially this one, as TEMPT ME TWICE is based on a real life experience and Paul is a real person. With Anne, I didn’t even have to worry. It’s as though she caught some psychic fragment from my mind because Paul looks like Paul. Amazing!
I already knew Anne’s work not only through my fellow Smutketeers, but because she’s done some of my favorite covers ever, many of them for authors I know personally. R.G. has already shown two of my favorites: GO BETWEEN by Dayna Hart and THE FALLEN by Gwen Hayes, but there are so many other amazing Anne Cain covers! Here are a few of my favorites:
The award-winning cover for FIREFLIES by Ally Blue. This cover just glows! Sensual and lyrical and romantic. *sigh*
Then there’s the cover for LOVE AND LORE by Sela Carsen. This cover is so evocative to me. Sensual, beautiful imagery. The colors and fluid lines make me think of Lord Leighton’s Flaming June, one of my favorite neo-classical paintings.
I also love the cover for TEMPTATION CITY by Lyric James. This cover is pure sex! And the cover for MK Mancos’s BY A SILKEN THREAD is so dynamic to me. It’s visually simple, yet it has a certain energy and emotional component to it that I love.
So you can see why we are celebrating Anne’s work for an entire week-we worship her a li’l bit, as we should. And in honor of the Week of Cain, I am going to give away a copy of my latest release, TEMPT ME TWICE, to one lucky winner who comments on today’s post. The winner will be announced in this post on Friday, so check back!
And you must all come back to see our interview with Anne on Friday-get into the mind of the artist, see what makes her tick, see how she handles our relentlessly nosy questions! And stay tuned for more interviews here at Smutketeers with all sorts of fascinating folk in the coming months!