A long time ago I was having brunch with a friend of mine who casually mentioned that he was going to be on the cover of a Harlequin novel. Naturally, I almost choked on my pancakes when he told me.
He was a little embarrassed about the whole thing, but I did get him to tell me all about the process of posing for the cover of a romance novel (or more specifically, an Inspirational Historical Romance). Turns out it’s not as exciting as I thought it would be. In fact, it just sounded like a regular acting job where you go in and pretend to be someone else, and then you get paid.
When I saw him recently, he handed me a copy of his Harlequin. Of course, it’s not his book because it’s written by Allie Pleiter, but you know what I mean. It was pretty weird to see my friend standing in front of me and then see him on the cover of a romance novel. And I didn’t miss the chance to get him to autograph the book for me, even though it made him blush just a little.
In you’re interested (and I was!), here’s an article that explains the entire cover art process for Harlequin.
And here’s a great post that takes a behind the scenes look at a Harlequin cover shoot.