Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ellen Fitzgerald: The Gambler's Bride

The Gambler's Bride was published by Signet for Ellen Fitzgerald in January 1988. Caroline Dysart agrees to elope with the very handsome Charles Montague. She thinks it's because of love, but others whisper that he needs her fortune. After she's married and hears those whispers, she decides to find out the truth.

Allan Kass illustrates our couple sitting outdoors on a low wall in a small park. Our heroine has a fashionable short hairdo and is very pretty. Our hero is rugged and handsome. Allan is great at portraying faces and human physique. I like the setting of the statue and small pool behind them.

Allan is unique in that both his outdoor poses and indoor covers are both wonderful. When one takes the time to look deeper into the cover, you can find a wealth of color and detail, which is unusual with other illustrators.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Ellen Fitzgerald: The Forgotten Marriage

The Forgotten Marriage by Ellen Fitzgerald, was published in April 1986 by Signet. Alicia Delacre happily marries Lucian Morley, only to have him fall in love with Lady Barbara Barrington. Can she win back her husband's love?

This is a pretty outdoor scene by Allan Kass. I like the placement of our couple outdoors, where we see the fields and a rainstorm in the distance. Our heroine blends in with her eggplant dress and basket of yellow roses. Our hero is handsome in a burgandy coat. I like the details of the ornate wrought iron fence and the wisteria growing up the wall.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ellen Fitzgerald: The Dangerous Dr. Langhorne

Next in line are a treat of illustrations for Ellen Fitzgerald's regency stories! Allan Kass did a number of them, which I will display in the next posts.

The Dangerous Dr. Langhorne was published by Signet in October 1985 and is the story of Lady Vanessa Ventriss, who is intrigued by Sir Philip Langhorne, a physician, who is rumored to be dabbling in mesmerism.

Allan Kass creates a pretty outside pose for this cover near a gated wall, which yellow roses bloom. I like that the color mimics the heroine's dress! Look at her Egyptian bangle! The hero is a handsome blond and the details of the stairway into the door, along with the stone wall, is wonderful. Allan's work done in the 1980's is some of his best!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Marjorie Farrell: Miss Ware's Refusal

April 1990 is the publication date of Miss Ware's Refusal by Marjorie Farrell. Judith is too proud to accept the Duke of Sutton's proposal, but he is as proud to open his heart to pity after his war wounds render him blind. Can two stubborn people find love together?

Allan Kass illustrates our couple in a sitting room. Our heroine wears a typical regency day dress of pale yellow while our hero is in a dark russet coat. I like this pose of intimacy in a crowded space!

I apologize again for the length between blog posts. I have been treasure hunting and have found more Allan Kass book covers which I am sharing immediately on Facebook and here, eventually.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Marjorie Farrell: Lady Barbara's Dilemma

Lady Barbara's Dilemma was published by Signet in March 1993 for Marjorie Farrell. Lady Barbara Stanley has her choice of three very different men and in choosing the Marquess of Wardour, she begins to wonder if she's made the correct choice after all?

Allan Kass illustrates our couple at a country fair where our heroine carries a basket of wildflowers and our kilted hero holds a violin. The tents and wagons add to the festival atmosphere of the cover while our heroine wears a very pretty blue day dress and our very Kass hero a plain white shirt with his red kilt.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Marjorie Farrell: Autumn Rose

Back to some Regency Romance covers! Marjorie Farrell wrote regencies for Signet. I have three that Allan Kass illustrated. Signet published this book in January 1991. Honora Dillon is a romance novelist who is raising her daughter, Miranda, alone. When she meets Marcus Vane, she realizes that he could be her perfect match!

Allan Kass illustrates our couple near a river with an ornate bridge that looks like the one in Bath, but this book is set in Hampstead. Our heroine is beautiful in her blue day dress and I love the opaqueness of her parasol! Our hero is clearly besotted and the cover gives us vibes of a happy outcome between them!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Caroline Farr: Witch's Hammer

Witch's Hammer is the last of the gothic romances by Caroline Farr that I have illustrated by Allan Kass. March 1967 is the printing date for this book.

Samantha Crawford travels to Witch's Hammer, home of the stage idol Peter Castellano, to write his memoirs. She and photographer, Richard Mansfield, soon realize that evil inhabits the castle in Maine!

Allan Kass illustrates our heroine from a ledge outside of an iron doorway. We wonder if she is trapped there? This cover is interesting since we see no landscaping or castle in the background, but an up close picture of our heroine in distress. I like the purple light of the castle wall exterior that echo the color of her gown.