"I loved shooting the cover for Ruling Sheikh, Unruly Mistress because I got to be nine months pregnant for the hour of shooting. We achieved this effect by stuffing three pillows up my evening gown; I might have felt like a stuffed animal during the shoot, but the cover turned out beautiful and my belly looks so real!"
"My second favorite shoot has to be His Darkest Embrace, a sci-fi romance novel where the man is a shape-shifting jaguar and the cover consists of he and I getting passionate under a water fall. To simulate this, the photographer's assistant was pouring water on top of us from a ladder while we stood in a kiddy pool."
"The guys are hot. Most have rock hard abs, wavy hair and dimples — but they are also always totally respectful and professional so working with them is something I genuinely enjoy. Sorry to disappoint, but I have never dated one of my hunky costars."
"Ugh, anytime I have a cold, or the man has a cold. Getting close to anyone’s face when they are all snotty is just gross and makes it almost impossible to turn up the romantic heat."
"From wardrobe, to lighting, to where to put your hands, there are a lot of specifics that go into making the perfect romantic picture."
"The physicality between my costar and me is the last piece of the puzzle, so we do really concentrate to complete the collective vision of the author, art director, illustrator, and photographer."
"Shoots are one hour from start to finish but I have done expanded shoots for certain covers."
"A cover is trying to capture the love between characters — it can be smoldering, tender, forbidden, wholesome — and it's up to me and my 'man of the hour' to bring it to life, but you would be surprised at how technical the shoot itself is."
"The author has the final say to what goes on their book cover. They work with the art directors of the publishing houses to come up with mood and concept of the cover and then the art director communicates with the illustrator and photographer who in turn cast models and then we play it all out in front of the camera."
"The photographer I work with is an awesome woman who is kind, flexible, and supportive of her models. She gives us simple instructions throughout the shoot — 'tilt your chin,' 'stick your butt out,' 'give us more intensity,' and my personal favorite 'perfect' — for when you’re doing exactly what they’re looking for."