Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hot Zone, Hot Cover & Hot Heroes! (by Catherine Mann)

Our Casablanca blog theme this month is hot and I certainly didn't have to think for more than a second on what I would post! Here's the cover for my second "Elite Force" novel to be released in December - HOT ZONE.



Wowsa, is this cover smokin' or what?! Kudos to the art department on delivering a winner cover to showcase my book.

HOT ZONE by Catherine Mann
"Elite Force" book 2
December 2011
Days full of danger…
For Pararescueman Master Sergeant Hugh Franco, it’s all about saving other people’s lives. Then he moves on. But when he pulls beautiful Amelia Bailey and her adopted nephew from the rubble of a catastrophic earthquake, he finds himself entangled in their lives in ways he could never have imagined…

And desire-filled nights…
Amelia’s trip to the Bahamas to help with an international adoption has been no vacation, but the hardest part is yet to come. As Amelia and Hugh are pulled unawares into a deadly smuggling scheme, simmering beneath their growing need to protect each other is a compelling attraction they’re both determined to deny…

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I've been very blessed with amazing hot hero covers for my "Elite Force" stories. At a book signing in NYC, a reader picked up a copy of my current book - COVER ME - and said the yummy hot hero on the cover should be lick-n-taste!



COVER ME by Catherine Mann
"Elite Force" book 1
On Sale Now!
It should have been a simple mission… Pararescueman Wade Rocha parachutes from the back of a helicopter into a blizzard to save a climber stranded on an Aleutian Island, but Sunny Foster insists she can take care of herself just fine…

But when it comes to passion, nothing is ever simple… With the snowstorm kicking into overdrive, Sunny and Wade hunker down ina cave and barely resist the urge to keep each other warm… until they discover the frozen remains of a horrific crime…

Unable to trust the shady local police, Sunny and Wade investigate, while their irresistible passion for each other gets them more and more dangerously entangled…

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What are some of your favorite covers? When it comes to hot book covers, do you prefer hero only? Hero/heroine cover? Or a suggestive scene/icon cover? One random commenter will receive an advance reader copy of HOT ZONE! Contest open until August 15, 2011.



Order COVER ME: Amazon or Barnes and Noble

Preorder HOT ZONE: Amazon or Barnes and Noble

48 comments:

  1. Lick-n-taste! Love it. Congrats on your new cover, Cathy!

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  2. The cover looks really good, I like all of the action going on in the background.

    Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction :)

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  3. I'm not opposed to the current spate of washboard abs (to wit, the instant example!) but I think Susan Enoch and Sophia Nash have had some really great covers--soft focus, both hero and heroine's faces visible, ALMOST kissing. Those covers somehow conveyed both romance and heat. Being a historical, old-fashioned kinda girl, they will always have some appeal to me.

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  4. Hi Tracey! Thanks for the congrats on the yummy new cover. :)

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  5. Hi Escape! I like the action-ey feel too.... my romantic suspense novels are usually more adventure than a "who done it" so I think the action of this cover really conveys that well. Kudos to the art dept!

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  6. Hi Grace - Those definitely are examples of gorgeous cover - very lushly romantic - and yummy too! :)

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  7. I generally like a softer cover with both hero/heroine. I know and LOVE your work, so I'll read anything of yours. However, if I don't know the author, I probably won't pick up one with an effort cover.

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  8. I love looking at covers of gorgeous men!! But in all honesty, if the book doesn't measure up, then I could care less about how ripped the cover model is. Good thing your books are always AWESOME!!! I get the best of both!!!! Looking forward to reading Hugh's story.

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  9. Arrrgggghhhh! Autocorrect... Supposed to be "edgier" cover

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  10. Hi there, Caro! Always great to hear I'm an autobuy for someone - THANK YOU!!!! :)

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  11. Kris - :::smoooches to you from Hugh! He's happy to hear you're looking forward to his story!!

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  12. I don't mind man candy on my covers but often I prefer covers which have something to do with the story, maybe a scene re-created and colours are very important for me. I liked the cover of Hotzone, it screams alpha male to me and that's necessary for Romantic Suspense. For Historical books I prefer hero/heroine covers, they just look really good and a step-back is even better.

    On another note I really enjoyed Cover Me.

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  13. I opened up this blog and the heat went up at least ten degrees. And it's already supposed to be 106 today in Oklahoma! My daughter says that covers like this should come with a blister pack of nitro pills on the back to stave off heart attacks. After seeing your covers, I'm in total agreement.

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  14. Awesome cover! I have to admit I'm a cover junkie and this one definitely does it for me. Cover Me is just as hot... I look forward to reading both these books.

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  15. I like partial faces but in your case I do like your whole package. I'd rather have a hint of a face than one I don't care for. I love the hunks. I love the gorgeous gowns. They can be alone or together. I really like striking colors or something that catches my eye. If it is more suspense something a little more dramatic is nice too.

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  16. I would say hero only.....especially when they look like this.....wow....breath where did you go??? It is now impossible to concentrate at work....LOL.... But on the other hand....showing this cover to customers.....has certainly made their day better :)

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  17. Too cute what the NYC reader said. Sourcebooks has an awesome cover department. Good luck in December!
    Amelia

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  18. Love the cover, Catherine! Looking forward to reading it. I'm not an artist, and I'm not good at coming up with cover ideas, but I definitely know what I like when I see it. Yours I like a lot!

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  19. Saly, you bring up great points about the elements of the different genres needing diff types of cover style! Glad you ejoyed Cover Me - and the hot alpha on the Hot Zone cover!!

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  20. Nitro pills! Love it! Carolyn, I just adore your humor! I always know when I see a note from you, I'm going to smile. :)

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  21. Hi Chris! Thanks bunches for stopping by to comment - and check out both Cover Me and Hot Zone!

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  22. Catslady - I'm with you! I do adore hunks on a cover. :)

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  23. LOL, Maisie! Happy to Hugh's cover for Hot Zone made some folks' day brighter. ;-)

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  24. Amelia, I compleely agree the Sourcebooks cover art folks did an AMAZING job here - so many lush and gorgeous covers in the Sourcebooks line up!

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  25. Now I have two covers to adore! Hot men and action, there's not much more I can ask for in a romantic suspense. I like my covers to be a fair balance of people and landscape and it also depends on the genre. I like your cover for "Cover Me" it has both the hero and heroine and a nice background to boot. I get right away that it is a romantic suspense. I usually prefer a man and woman plus a nice setting in the background.

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  26. Thanks bunches, Na!!!! Glad to hear you liked both covers. :)

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  27. Congrats on the lovely cover, Catherine. I'm so excited about Slow Hand's book. I actually like the scenic covers seen on some historicals and the silhouetted ones on romantic suspenses. I can appreciate the hot covers with the headless torsos.

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  28. I love the cover of your books and I guess I like the hero and heroine both on covers of books or sometime just an awesome scene does it for me.

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  29. Suggestive posing and the nude-ish bodies are all fine by me, but sometimes the face isn't the one that I'm thinking of and can kinda ruin it. Sometimes the face isn't at all what the author describes in the book and that can ruin it too. Most times though it isn't a problem... take yours for example... those are HOT!

    yadkny@hotmail.com

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  30. Cathy, I can't believe I almost missed this. LOVE the cover...it is what I love to call "Lickable". Yummy!! I can't wait for Hot Zone to get here. Am going through withdrawal from missing the PJs. I hope you had a great day. Love you lots!!!

    Peace and love,
    Paula R.

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  31. Hi Jane! Makes me so happy to hear folks are looking forward to the next book in the series. :)

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  32. Hi Virginia! Thanks so much for the comment and cheers for my cover! :)

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  33. Hey there, NY! You bring up a great point about it being tricky to get the face right. Thanks for the comment!

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  34. Hey there, Paula!! Thanks bunches for posting the cover info on your facebook page - you ROCK!

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  35. hi! I love the cover-another hot book to read! Cover Me was turn-pager, so I know Hot Zone willbe.too! I'd love to win this book so I can add it to my collection!and the cover is hot!

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  36. You're welcome, Cathy. What can I say? I'm a PIMP...a serious book pimp...lol! Hope your day is going well.

    Peace and love,
    Paula R.

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  37. ::::waving:::: Hi Bookworm! So happy you're looking fwd to the next book in the series!! Great to hear from you. :)

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  38. Hey... I ♥ those covers...i always like a hot guy on a cover..but i don't have anything against a plain uni colored book with just the name and title...makes it interesting too.

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  39. That cover is hot. The cover really does contribute to my enjoyment of a book. I still remember a Harlequin cover - the book was about a buff FBI agent with dark hair and the cover model was blond, thin and looked like he was 15. LOL

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  40. I do enjoy a cover I can drool over. But a cover that allows me to take the book to kids activities and Girl Scout camp outs has its merits, too. :-)

    The most important thing on a cover, though, is the author's name. Life is too short to read crummy books, and a good author is a guaranteed good read.

    Can't wait for Hugh's story!!

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  41. Love the covers for Hot Zone & Cover Me! These are perfect Covers should reflect the heat of the stories. If the story's a sweet historical, soft scenery or lovely gowns would suit.

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  42. Hi Winnie, Jennifer, Cathy & Bianca! Thank you so much for stopping by to comment! :)

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  43. the lick and taste thing is fun but kind of yukky. imagine being in the book store and seeing us al licking the books. ewww. But Hot Zone does look mighty fine. that little teaser at the end of Cover Me just didn't give me enough of the story. Hurry. write faster.

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  44. I, too, think it depends on the genre but in general one can't go wrong with a yummy guy showing lots of skin.

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  45. Congrats to YADKNY - you've won the random drawing for an ARC of HOT ZONE! I've sent you an e-mail about receiving your prize. Thanks again to everyone for their comments!! Happy reading.... Cathy :)

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