Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Claudette Williams: Hotspur & Taffeta

Hotspur & Taffeta was first published in June 1981 by Fawcett and is the story of Lady Taffeta and her boldness and let her beholden to Lord Tarrant, also known in society as Hotspur. Can two bold society darlings become a loving pair?

The covers by Allan Kass are identical, yet reversed for the later issued in March 1989. I think that the earlier edition is the actual painting while the publishers reversed the cover for the later issue. I'm not too sure why they did this since other reissues were not reversed. Kass shows our couple at a ball with the hero asking the heroine to dance. It's almost a better picture of the hero than heroine in my opinion. Judging from the scene, it looks like a lively party!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Claudette Williams: Cotillion for Mandy

Cotillion for Mandy was written by prolific regency author Claudette Williams and published by Fawcett in 1978. Mandy's twin brother is accused of murder and she needs the help of her elderly guardian to rescue him. Only that her guardian isn't elderly and falls into love with her at one glance!

Allan Kass creates a nice cover of our couple seated on a marble bench on a sunny day. The scene is serene as they share some time together and we wonder if he speaks of his love. I really like the pink flowers all around them.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Claudette Williams: After the Storm

After the Storm by Claudette Williams was published by Fawcett in 1977. It's the story of Jenny Ashley and how she finds love after the death of her childhood sweetheart at Waterloo. She makes a marriage of convenience with the Earl of Waine only to find out that it looks like a love match!

Allan Kass creates a simple cover of our couple in front of a fireplace sharing an embrace. It's a poignant scene and one filled with love. Note the use of color all through the picture that makes our couple stand out and the fireplace glow.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Anna Wibberley: Were this Wild Thing Wedded

Were This Wild Thing Wedded by Anna Wibberley was published by Fawcett in 1976. It may have an unfortunately named title, but has a great Allan Kass cover art! It's the story of Caroline Hamilton who is a rebellious young heiress and the men who flock around her.

Allan Kass shows our couple at a duel and it's interesting to see our heroine there since by tradition women weren't allowed at duels. I like the look that the hero gives her and his combatant looks fierce. It's a great scene and I hope you enjoy.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Phyllis A. Whitney: Willow Hill

Our last book by Phyllis A. Whitney is Willow Hill. Published in April 1975 by Signet, This is a story about kids whose high school becomes integrated and how they and their parents react to the new racial tension. Val was a senior and the editor of the school paper, so she had a front row seat to the events of her school and how her friends react.

Allan Kass gives us a typical cover of high school teens. Our heroine clearly has a choice between the two guys behind her. Note the detail and the African American boy in the background. It's a great cover and story.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Phyllis A. Whitney: The Vanishing Scarecrow

The Vanishing Scarecrow by Phyllis A. Whitney was published by Signet in January 1975. Jean and her mother inherited Rainbow Island, an amusement park, from her uncle and they wanted to keep it running but someone was trying to shut them down by scaring the customers and ruining the exhibits.

This is a suitably scary cover by Allan Kass with the heroine teen  walking through a field of scarecrows and one about to grab her! It's closer to the adult gothic covers with only the heroine and the ubiquitous mansion with a glowing light inside! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Phyllis A. Whitney: Secret of the Tiger's Eye

Secret of the Tiger's Eye was published by Signet in October 1978. Phyllis A. Whitney pens a story about a cave in the garden of Benita's Aunt's home in Cape Town, South Africa. It is rumored to be the den of a ghostly tiger. Two boys make fun of Benita's imagination after she sees the ghostly tiger, but they all band together to figure out the mystery.

Allan Kass shows our teens entering the cave which is sufficiently mysterious to see! Our heroine carries a lit candle while an older teen watches from behind. We see a spooky mansion outside in the moonlight. I like the heroine's overalls and cute bob haircut.