Wednesday, August 3, 2016

I Met My Cover Model by Regina Kammer

In July, I went to San Diego for the annual conference of the Romance Writers of America. I attended sessions on the craft of writing, the business of promotion, and opportunities in publishing. I hung out with friends at the pool bar, watched a 19th-century fashion show, and attended the Hamilton sing-a-long.

I also watched a faux cover model shoot. With the guy who's been on three of my covers:

His name is Julian Christian. I had suspected he might be the model in attendance since the session presenters were Kim Killion and Jennifer Jakes of The Killion Group, Inc. -- the company which supplied all of the photos in the above covers (and created the cover for The General's Wife). Plus I happen to know Julian is San Diego-based.

I got to the conference room early, wanting to get a seat in the front. The room slowly filled with tittering, excited authors. And then the presenters arrived. With Julian:
He got up on the stage to begin the mock photo shoot:
Then he took his shirt off:
And when Julian took his shirt off, there was swooning, gasps, and sighs.
He posed as he would during a real cover shoot: Brooding,
crouching (this drew breathy exclamations from the audience and a bemused look from Julian)
And then Jennifer Jakes walked around the room looking for a willing participant for a romantic suspense shot. As if we all weren't willing...
The young woman was chosen -- it happened to be her birthday! They did a romantic suspense pose:
Then Kim and Jennifer explained how they get male and female models to feel comfortable around each other so they can enact a romantic clinch like this
Another willing participant was sought from the audience for a historical or Amish romance cover. The volunteer author donned historical garb. Julian put a shirt on and played the dashing hero:
Then there was a costume change:
for a Scottish historical cover:
Another volunteer got to participate in a rather intimate historical pose:
After all the posing and the question and answer session, the authors lined up to get their pictures taken with Julian. Of course, I had to get mine taken
(thank you to Tricia Linden for taking my photo!)
Then historical romance author Sherry Ewing joined us for a threesome
I mean, we all just posed together!

It was fun, and Julian was a good sport with all the fawning, swooning female authors. He's super nice. I'm really glad I got the chance to meet the man on my covers!

p.s. if anyone knows who any of the author volunteers were, please let me know in the comments!

About the Author

Regina Kammer is a librarian, an art historian, and an award-nominated, best-selling, multi-published writer of erotica and historical erotic romance. Her short stories and novels make history sexier, whether the era is Roman, Byzantine, Viking, American Revolution, or Victorian. She’s even sexed up contemporary settings, Steampunk, and Greco-Roman mythology. She has been published by Cleis Press, Go Deeper Press, Ellora’s Cave, House of Erotica, Story Ink, The Naughty Literati, and her own imprint, Viridium Press. She began writing historical fiction with romantic elements during National Novel Writing Month 2006, switching to erotica when all her characters suddenly demanded to have sex.

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  1. Sounds like fun. Posting with him would have been worth the money to go. :)

  2. It was fun! One of the highlights of the conference.