Saturday, November 30, 2013
Allan Kass's cover is elegant. We see a handsome gentleman escorting two beautiful ladies on a walk. Our ladies wear summery day dresses and seem to be enjoying his company. We wonder which of the ladies is his favorite!
Friday, November 29, 2013
Allan Kass illustrates one of his last covers here but a delightful one. I like the heroine's simple blue gown. Even at age 80, Kass gets the details correct as we see a country cottage set in a sylvan landscape. Note the thatched roof on the cottage and the grass growing between the slabs of cement.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
This is a gorgeous cover by Allan Kass! The heroine is simply beautiful and our hero handsome and rakish! I love her sapphire and pearl jewelry that she wears as ornament to her evening dress. We catch them in the act of leaving for an evening's ball.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Allan Kass creates a cover set in a ballroom for this book. It's always interesting to me when he does a scene with other people besides the hero and heroine because it's fun to compare the dress and facial features of the others. In this cover, our couple are prominent, elegant, and handsome. What catches my eye is the heroine's intricate hairdo. Click to enlarge.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Trevor Cotterell, the Earl of Leafield, has chosen Flora Campion to be his latest mistress. Soon, he learns that she plays her own game of love and that they both may lose!
Allan Kass shows our heroine behind the stage in her costume. The hero has just given her flowers and we get a glimpse of the audience behind. The hero seems captivated by this dark beauty!
Monday, November 25, 2013
Allan Kass gives us a musical cover for this book. Our heroine is seated at a harpsichord and our hero holds a violin. We assume that they have just played a duet. Music would have been an important accomplishment and always performed live in those days before the record and phonograph. Note the detail on the instrument itself and the features of the room.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Allan Kass shows our couple in a bedchamber where we guess from the cover that they aren't married. I like that the heroine is closer and in more detail than the hero, who gazes at her as they discuss their situation. The loud design of the bedspread is a nice touch and give a glimpse of color to the illustration.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Allan Kass creates a unique and unusual (for him) cover of a sailor and two of his guards. It's shadowy and stark. I like that it feels like a moment someone might glimpse if they walked by them. Definitely a different feel for a Kass cover than what he usually produced.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Allan Kass shows us a handsome man, dressed in armor, while the lady next to him is elegantly gowned and jeweled. We see a softer side of Philip while the fanatics behind him speak of a harsh and determined ruler.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Allan Kass gives us a accurate portrait of Henry and also illustrates both women this book is about. I like the detail that he puts into their garments and jewels. Note the King's castle in the background.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Allan Kass gives us a glimpse of his ability in the next few books by showing us that he can illustrate a moment in history accurately. He gives us a scene with our hero and heroine but also shows a battle in the background. It's an intricately detailed cover.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Allan Kass shows our couple near the ruins of an old church and cemetery. I like Allan's older contemporary covers because he creates clothing that would be worn nowadays. This couple could be on the cover of a book this year! While noting all of the gothic influences, I like that the hero is protecting the heroine and holding her in a close embrace!
Monday, November 18, 2013
This is an unusual cover for Allan Kass but typical of mysteries and gothics of that date. He gives us a combined illustration of our heroine, the apartment building and the moon. A few other earlier works of his have this same design.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
This cover by Allan Kass shows our heroine receiving a gift from the hero. She holds the cape to her face while he looks on. It looks like a surprise gift and Allan captures her delight in the gift as she looks at her reflection.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Allan Kass illustrates this cover with an action picture of our couple riding on horseback. Our heroine is bright in a red habit which is stunning against her hair and black horse while the hero is greeting her. The pagoda in the background suggest that this is possibly a private estate park. Note the folds in the clothing: it's another example of Allan's talent.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Allan Kass portrays our elegant couple in a box at the opera! I love her dark green gown and matching jewels, especially her tiara, which Kass doesn't usually give his heroines. Note her matching fur lined cape! The hero is dashing in his sedate black tie and definitely attentive towards our heroine. It looks like a night of magic!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Allan Kass shows our couple in a bucolic setting with them boating on a small lake and enjoying the scenery. I like that both are casually dressed and wish we didn't have the big title banner so that we could see the rest of the cover.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I like this cover by Allan Kass because the hero is more glorious than the heroine! He is resplendent in his uniform and Kass gets the details correct. Our heroine is almost plain in comparison with her low cut green gown with white underdress. It's interesting that her hair is left down, too. No jewelry or ornaments. The scene looks like a favorite of the heroine, too.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Allan Kass's gothic romances are always a treat. In this cover, we see our heroine fleeing the haunted castle. I like Allan's touch of her jewelry and cloak, which are similar to his regency covers. Her laced nightdress is risque, though!
Monday, November 11, 2013
Allan Kass gives us a very compelling illustration of our lovely heroine watching a battle while hanging on to the rigging of the title. Even though this takes place during Regency times, she is anti regency in her dress and existence. I love the sweep of her long hair as she gazes fearlessly on the other ships and her earrings which are her only feminine adornment. Enjoy this unusual cover by Kass.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
This cover is a favorite of mine by Allan Kass. In his typical style, he portrays our couple walking with a pretty fountain and beautiful tree showing its fall colors nearby. Our heroine wears a simple but elegant yellow gown while the hero is seasonal in hunter green. It looks like the last of the warm autumn days.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
While this book feels like one long adventure, Allan Kass shows our couple in a quiet and contemplative pose. I like how we see their intimacy as the hero cuddles our heroine and reassures her. Take a moment and click to enlarge the photo to see all of the detail which Allan is famous in his illustrations.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Allan Kass shows our couple outside a country estate where two horses roam the land. While the hero wears hunting pink, the heroine is dressed in a pretty spring dress with matching straw bonnet. I like the combination of purple and green that Allan uses. Note the heavy gold necklace; Allan frequently adds gold jewelry to our heroines!
It's a pretty, eye catching picture!
Thursday, November 7, 2013
This is a rural cover by Allan Kass. He places our couple near a small stream with a slight waterfall. Our heroine has been picking flowers and we assume that the hero has joined her there. I like all of the colors and how they are both a bit more casual than a normal Kass cover!
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
This cover shows our couple standing outside the door of a fashionable house. I like that we get a lot of detail with our hero and heroine. She is elegant in light purple while our hero is dashing in maroon. They seem to be quietly in love. Too bad that the award circle is over her gown.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
I love these earlier covers by Allan Kass. He seats our couple on a settee and they share a quiet but intimate moment. I like her simple but elegant yellow gown while our hero is dressed for dinner. Our heroine has short curly hair, which was daring and unusual for the day.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Allan Kass didn't illustrate too many seafaring covers, so each one is very interesting and different. Our heroine's bonnet is about to blow away and the hero is nearby to help her save it from the water! He is dressed like a sailor. Note the choppy waves and the detail in the lengths of rope.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
It's hard to believe that Allan Kass was 80 when he created this cover! We still see detail and precision that embodied his earlier covers. I like this scene where our heroine seems shy while the hero isn't afraid to show his affection in the ballroom! Her emerald green gown sets off her red hair to perfection!
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Moira, the widowed Duchess of Sheffield, must work with the Earl of Langley since he is now guardian of her young son but the Earl hates her because his brother went off to war when she married another and was killed.
Allan Kass depicts our couple outside on a cold day. Both are dressed heavily but hatless. We wonder if they are traveling together or has the heroine arrived for a visit? I love her purple coat which we've seen in a few other Kass illustrations!!
Friday, November 1, 2013
Allan Kass shows our couple kissing while outside in a storm. Our hero is casually dressed and may have run to get the heroine out of the approaching storm. I like her jaunty hat which compliments her gown of raspberry. I also wonder if the lightning is a subtle nod to their passion?