When I released the cover for Once Burned the other day, dozens of readers replied, “Hey, that’s Paul Marron!” I didn’t know if this was true (I STILL don’t know who the Cat and Bones models are, btw) so I asked my editor. She consulted with the art department and was told that the model’s name was James Rizzo. So, being the diligent author that I am (HA! people who know me cry) I went about correcting people on the model’s name.
Then….(cue spooky music as the plot thickens)….The Reading Cafe told me they’d contacted James for an interview and he stated that he was NOT the model for Once Burned. My mind was awhirl! Who was this bare-chested mystery man on my cover?? 😉
A flurry of emails ensued between me and my publisher that boil down to this: Apparently two models did photo shoots for Once Burned, with the art director having the hard choice of deciding who he felt represented Vlad’s look and attitude the best (and let me pause here to say I’m sorry I didn’t also get the chance to examine many different photos of two hot, half-naked men because again, I am a diligent author! *wink*)
After much deliberation, my art director chose….(cue drumroll)…a photo of Paul Marron that you now see on the cover. Yes, ladies, many of you called it, and you were right. Kudos to you for being savvy readers who know your cover models!
However, when I first asked, James’s name was given to me out of a simple case of looking at one model’s invoice and not the other. My apologies for any confusion this caused.