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Do steamy romance books need sexy covers?

I had a book delivery today. Thanks, Indigo!

It spent the day lying face down on the table, so my kids wouldn’t comment on the delicious tummy of the model.

One of my daughters would be a little too interested. The other would be mortified since she doesn’t even like it when the dancers on DWTS take off their shirts. (Not sure how she’s my daughter!) And my son would demand to know why I’m reading a book like that.

Do steamy romances need sexy covers?

You know the covers – the ones with the model with the rock hard abs or perky little bums half covered with a lacy pair of panties? Half naked couple caught in a heated embrace?

Do I need to have covers like that?

When I began publishing, I wanted a different look for my books. The Husbands and Wives series wasn’t part of the BDSM juggernaut sweeping the publishing world after Fifty Shades. My books were a fun story of a couple enjoying other couples – no angst, no dominating Doms. Just sex. Sex between married couples. Swingers. They were different than what was out there and I wanted a different look for them.

Plus, I’m a mom. Anna Ellis is my pen name. My kids know I write a more ‘adult romance’ but they know not to ask too many questions about it. It’s not that I’m embarrassed about what I write – I’m quite proud of it – and I have every intention of telling them exactly what I write when they’re older. But right now I’d like to spare them from any comments from immature teenage friends. Hormones, you know? Some might be a little too interested and the series is for mature readers! So it’s best to keep all things Anna quiet around the house.

I wanted to make my book stand out from the hard abs and tight tushies (which are lovely, btw!)

Husbands and Wives covers showed simple silhouettes and a variety of colours (for the variety of partners!)

I love the covers and I’m grateful to my designer Donna Chabot for her help with them. I’ve revamped a few of my Holly covers over the years but I’m in no hurry to do that with Husbands and Wives. I went a little more risqué with my Office Plays and Touch covers but not enough to be embarrassed to have the books lying around the house!

For my new series, I went back to the original, non-sexy ideas for covers.  The setting of Adults Only is a country inn. I hope these covers make you want to visit.

coming October 2017

Look for in January 2018

Finish the series on March 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Series – Adults Only

Mrs. Robinson’s Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to relax for the weekend. Enjoy the country atmosphere of rural Nova Scotia. Meet new friends.

Enjoy new friends.

Adults only.

Shared Accommodations:

Morena Robinson isn’t what you expect from the owner of a country inn. She has more secrets than the US government and a past that surpasses any of her younger visitors. Michael Lorde is her sexy right-hand man who is tormented by a lost love. Together they welcome guests to the B &B and do what they can to make their stay a memorable one.

Jacey and Dominic love their swinging lifestyle with their neighbours but decide they want a new experience for their weekend away. Something exciting.

And that’s exactly what they get at Mrs. Robinson’s.

Room Service

There isn’t much Callie Champlain won’t try. So when she hears about a B & B for adults, she decides the idyllic countryside would be a perfect place for a weekend of relaxation.

But Callie doesn’t get much rest when she meets Michael Lorde.

Late Check-Out

Iliya is still reeling from the breakup of her marriage to Del. She needs to get away, meet new people. Get her groove back.

Mrs. Robinson’s B & B is the perfect place for that.

Pre-order your copy of the first book in the Adults Only series, Shared Accommodations next week!