Friday, January 31, 2014
Allan Kass gives us a pretty cover with our couple sitting outside on a warm evening near a pond. Both are dressed for a ball or dinner and it's clear that the hero has much to say to the heroine and possibly brought her outside for an proposal! What I like is how Allan always gets the perspective correct, both human and room or building. Note the classical statue nearby and the detail in the garden, bench, and building.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Colby Mannering proposes a shocking bargain to Lord Nevil Browning which would give each something they desperately wanted but would love be part of the bargain?
Allan Kass shows our couple at a military review where the hero is handsome in his uniform. Note all of the detail that Allan gives! The heroine is pretty in purple and I like the parade with the others watching in the background.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Allan Kass gives us a fun cover of our artist heroine and her subject, the hero! I like all of the color here besides the artist's palette and her work. Also, the flowers and pot give a nice touch in this relatively simple background.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Enough about the book. Look at the cover!! Allan Kass didn't illustrate many nurse romances, but they are a treat for the eyes. This one is just gorgeous, from the setting to the couple. The heroine is so pretty with her white nurses uniform and a sweater over it. The hero is handsome in a quiet, brooding way. I'm sure that these were fun to create and I hope you enjoy them. If you find any others not listed in this blog, feel free to contact me!
Monday, January 27, 2014
Allan Kass paints a lonely house on a dune from where we see our heroine fleeing. She is typical of his other gothic heroines with long hair, big earrings, and wide belts! I like that Allan doesn't create the same haunted castle in every cover although he probably had editor standards that had to be met. I'm sure that these were easily created, yet you can see the detail he puts in each picture.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Allan Kass creates a manor house set in a beautiful woodland for this cover. Our heroine stands at the edge of a pond looking at someone or something. This cover has a very regency feel to it in look and dress and I like the muted colors.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
While the castle looks like it belongs in England or Scotland, Allan Kass gives us a beautiful heroine to admire! She has a gypsy look to her with her dark hair and hoop earrings! She looks as if she's hiding from someone nearby. I love Allan's use of jewelry; it's one of his trademarks. I hope you enjoy this cover!
Friday, January 24, 2014
Allan Kass creates an almost normal cover for this gothic. He does include the lighted window, but other than that, it's the angle of the heroine and the house behind her that give us a spooky feeling, along with the bare tree. I love the 1970's outfit and jewelry!
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Allan Kass shows our heroine in a soft green gown as she wanders through a graveyard. We see a typical haunted mansion in the background and the light shows that it's either dusk or dawn. Our heroine is a pretty girl and even though this cover is over 40 years old, it could be used on a book today!
Friday, January 3, 2014
Allan Kass creates a heroine walking along the shore. Her dark purple dress is timeless but her jewelry isn't! I think her hair flying away looks odd but Allan seems to have her in motion. I like the white mist drifting in the background.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
What I like about Allan Kass's gothic romance illustrations is that he uses color as an emphasis. I like the soft green that surrounds this illustration and gives it an otherworldly feel. The heroine's hip clothing could be worn now, 40 years after this cover was painted!
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Allan Kass shows our heroine at the edge of the woods where we see the gloomy mansion behind her. What I like about these is that we get to see Allan's earliest cover illustrations but also see how he doesn't veer too far from what other artists were illustrating for this genre. Allan didn't illustrate many gothics but I always look for his signature on the cover just to make sure!