The Lure of A Good Book Cover

I’m tidying up my novel closet before I dive into the next project, and am about to reacquaint myself with some of my early books. I have three stories yet to polish for republication by Belgrave House/Regency Reads: two set in the Gold Rush American West, El Dorado and Desperado (which was originally published as — ack! — Outlaw Love), released in 1981 and 1985 respectively; and a third, Caprice, set in Regency England and released in 1980.

Caprice was my attempt at writing a melodramatic bodice-ripper. Those were the days of Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers (who famously said she understood the big emotions), and I devoured their novels along with a great many other fascinated females. Caprice is straight melodrama, written to formula. El Dorado is a combination of melodrama and humor. By the time I got to Desperado, there was very little melodrama involved.  When it comes to writing, the big emotions aren’t my cup of tea.

I’ve been putting off delving into these books because of my compulsion to rewrite them, which would involve a huge amount of work: the books I wrote then aren’t the books I would write today.  Last night I decided to just check the manuscripts for scanning errors and let them go. They are what they are and I liked them very much once upon a time.

Except for Caprice. 

Caprice is my least favorite of my books. It’s also the book that sold the most. Maybe because it has one of the best covers, by Elaine Gignilliat.


Like the book or no, I loved the cover. The artwork is hanging in my hall.

Published in: on November 7, 2018 at 5:29 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. I am kind of surprised that your least favorite book is Caprice! Caprice is one of my very favorite books. I must have read it about 10 times. You still are one of my very favorite authors along with Elizabeth Hoyt, Sherry Thomas, and too many more to mention here as it will take up a few pages. Thank you for all your books especially Caprice. I can not seem to find books similar to Caprice. Love, Nandini.

    • Thank you so much, Nandini. I’m glad you enjoyed Caprice. My feelings about the book probably have to do with the fact that it was the only one I ever wrote to formula, or what I thought the big-romance-novel formula should be. (I must have got it halfway right; people used to write asking for more Sébastien.) Plus I’m super-critical of my own stuff, and that book was written a long time ago. You’re right, no one seems to be writing that sort of book these days, which is too bad. Again, thank you for taking the time to comment. I’d just had a rough couple days and it came at the absolutely perfect time.

  2. I have found a small Regency print, possibly a book illustration, 1821, with a period riddle that I need some help with. There is a reference to “Point Nonplus”, which I know is the title of one of your books. Would you be willing to look at the print and share with me what you may know?

    John Shaw
    Washington, DC

    Please indicate how I might send yo an image

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