Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Cover Reveal - Avon Books & Sophie Barnes present: A Most Unlikely Duke

When work began on the cover for A Most Unlikely Duke – the first book in my new Diamonds in the Rough series – I was asked to provide character descriptions of the hero and heroine (who were actually inspired by Lilly James and Christian Bale). This was to be conveyed to the art department so they could scout for models. A few headshots were sent my way and I was allowed to take my pick, eventually settling on the gorgeous couple pictured below. And yes, they are in fact a couple in real life! Hence the fantastic chemistry between them =)
A time was set for a photo shoot and when my editor and her assistant stopped by for a look, they took all of these brilliant pictures – pictures that show a romance cover’s development from start to finish.

Clothes are selected and the models dress for the shoot.

Deep purple – exactly what I asked for!

Don’t worry about the shirt…it’s going to come off…

Shooting begins!

Similar poses, different expressions, lots of shots.

Instructing the model on mood and adding wind for effect…

Let’s take his shirt off now…


Here’s the final picture that I selected. The background was added along with the title, author font and Avon logo. Pretty spectacular, don’t you think?!?

A Most Unlikely Duke 
~available online and in stores on June 27th 2017~

He never thought he'd become a duke, or that the secrets of his past would cost him his greatest love...
Raphe Matthews hasn’t stepped foot in polite circles since a tragedy left his once-noble family impoverished and in debt. The bare-knuckle boxer has spent the last fifteen years eking out an existence for himself and his two sisters. But when a stunning reversal of fortune lands Raphe the title of Duke of Huntley, he’s determined to make a go of becoming a proper lord, but he’ll need a little help, and his captivating neighbor might be just the woman for the job…
After her sister’s scandalous match, Lady Gabriella knows the ton’s eyes are on her. Agreeing to tutor the brutish new duke can only lead to ruin. Although she tries to control her irresistible attraction to Raphe, every day she spends with him only deepens her realization that this may be the one man she cannot do without. And as scandal threatens to envelop them both, she must decide if she can risk everything for love with a most unlikely duke.

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  1. Oh my, this is a beautiful cover. Definitely a new favorite of Avon's. I love the deep purple color!

    I look forward to reading this book next year! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  2. Love everything about this!! And cannnot wait to read it!!

  3. Oo o really really wanna read this book!!!! Asap

  4. Ooo I really really wanna read this book!!!! Asap