…by Senior Editor Victoria Curran
I walked into my chiropractor’s office last night and took a moment to appreciate that since I’d seen him three weeks ago, he’d grown one of those well-groomed metrosexual-style beards. “It’s cold!” he complained. I probably wouldn’t have even noticed his beard if we hadn’t just had a beard “episode” at the office.
When did beards become a thing? Apparently they were hot in 2013 (according to the Google machine) and predicted to be on the way out. But it’s only recently that I became aware of them—somewhat suddenly after I missed seeing that two out of four covers had heroes with beards on them…when there were no bearded heroes in the books. That’s when I realized that I now consider bearded men to be hotties: I took the cover images for granted and didn’t even see the beards. I highly doubt I would’ve missed a beard a couple of years ago, even though Mr. Clooney had one.
Well, one of the two Heartwarming authors who had a beard thrust upon her loves her cover even if the hero doesn’t quite match up to the guy inside the book. The other took a very strong stand against the cover beard. Personally? I think it’s important for the cover image to match the image the author has created, or at least be in the same ballpark! I’d love to hear where you guys stand on this: If the book has a fabulous eye-catching cover but as you read the story, it’s not capturing the gist of the characters inside, does that affect your read? How? Please weigh in!
I don’t know why I always seem to talk about covers. Maybe it’s because that’s the part of the book creation that’s most out of the author’s hands and so, as editors, we do our best to make sure the author’s vision is represented. Maybe it’s because I think Heartwarming has such strong ones…
And that brings me to the March books. Love love love them.
Really happy to have an interracial romance from Rula Sinara, her second book in the From Kenya, with Love miniseries, After the Silence. And speaking of covers, we ran options past Rula because we found such a diverse range of heroines and she took one look at the one I was so sure best fit Hope Alwanga and said, “That woman is Ethiopian! There’s no way she’s Kenyan.” The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know.
One Perfect Year is the fourth Harmony Valley Novel from Melinda Curtis, set in vineyard country California (in case the wine title didn’t tell you that!). In fact, each book in the month is part of a miniseries, including Amy Vastine’s The Best Laid Plans (Chicago Sisters, book 2 of 3) and Cheryl Harper’s The Bluebird Bet (Welcome to Tall Pines, book 2 of 2). If you’re a new reader to Heartwarming, no worries: the books stand alone. But if you love them, you know you can read more because of the miniseries connection.
You know who else has a beard? The St. Patrick’s Day iconic leprechaun. (Although I dearly hope I wouldn’t miss that beard if I saw it on one of our covers.) I wish you all a happy St. Paddy’s Day later this month, and I sure hope spring’s around the corner—my chiropractor’s finding the beard way too itchy!