Greetings Humans! I’ve got a guest blogger today and she’s dishing about covers. My covers for one *blushes*. A warm welcome to USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Sax!
Sabine has some awesome covers for her stories. The cover for Alien Bond is probably my fave.
I couldn’t agree more. Suit porn and stubble porn are two of my favs.
First and foremost, I like looking at bare male chests (and shoulders and backs). All of those muscles, the interesting shadows, the vulnerability of exposed skin with the hint of power, fascinate me. I don’t need to see the man’s face. My idea of handsome isn’t the same as everyone’s. But a great male chest is universal. (grins)
Bare male chest also says sexy. It tells me right away there will be some hot scenes in the story. The hero will get semi-naked at least once. I like my SciFi romances spicy so this has huge appeal.
For SciFi readers like you and me, bare male chest also tells us that the hero looks semi-human. Contemporary readers don’t have this issue. Their heroes are human. We read about hunky aliens and rock hard cyborgs. Having a body baring image helps us envision the hero.
When my fabulous cover artist, Amanda Kelsey, and I were talking about images for Releasing Rage’s cover, we knew right away that we wanted one of them to show Rage, the cyborg hero. There is a range of cyborgs in SciFi. Some cyborgs are very machine-like. Some cyborgs, like Rage, look almost human. We wanted to communicate that yes, Rage resembles a very well made human male.
There’s a more practical reason why SciFi romance writers use images of naked male chests on covers. It’s challenging to find images of characters in futuristic clothing. (Historical writers have the same issue.)
What is your stance on naked male chest on SciFi Romance covers? Do you like it? Do you like to see the guy’s face or do you prefer to leave that to your imagination?
Thanks for stopping by, Cynthia. Can I just say how much I love that cover? Read on for information on Releasing Rage. It’s on my TBR list, that’s for certain!
Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.
Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals–kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience.
Until he meets Joan.
Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal–survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.
When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge?
About Cynthia Sax
USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Sax writes contemporary, SciFi and paranormal erotic romances. Her stories have been featured in Star Magazine, Real Time With Bill Maher, and numerous best of erotic romance top ten lists.
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