Tuesday, May 09, 2006

This Is So Cool!


Not only is Part I of romance novel cover guy Nathan Kamp's ExtraView LIVE at Romance: B(u)y the Book, Teresa Medieros is blogging today on Squawk Radio about cover guys who embody the spirit of romance heroes.


So, in whichever order you'd prefer:

1. Read "Real Life Romance Hero" at Romance: B(u)y the Book .
2. Visit Squawk Radio to read Teresa's special blog.
3. Come back here and discuss.
4. Please.

Encore! Teresa Medeiros' next novel, "The Vampire Who Loved Me" hits the shelves in October -- and-- it's got a Nathan Kamp cover. Good show, Teresa, on both counts!

26 comments:

Michelle B said...

I sent you an email, Michelle, but I figured I would post my comments here at the blog as well.

Great interview! I can't wait for the next part:) As a single, almost-30-year old, I somtimes find myself getting in the all-men-are-jerks mentality. Knowing guys like Nathan are out there outside of romance novels (taken or not) brings me hope.

I didn't see Teresa's post up yet at Squawk Radio, but I'll check back as it's a great topic!

Kelley said...

Great interview and I emailed you as well! Nathan is even more yummy then I originally thought! The squawk radio post isnt up yet. I'll check back and return to chat.

CT said...

Wonderful interview with NK, Michelle. Now I can't wait for part 2. I'm happy to see he's such a down-to-earth guy. I like the part where he talks about his wife. I think that's cool.

There's no post at squawk radio yet. I'll have to check back later.

CT

Stacy~ said...

Hey Michelle & Kelley, thanx for stopping by - you guys rock! Hey CT!

I probably won't see Teresa's post til this evening sometime - so I'll miss out on the fun (grumble, grumble)

Eve Silver said...

Excellent interview Michelle! Nathan seems like he really has his act together.

Oh, and Teresa's new cover... WOW!!!

Julie in Ohio said...

I can't get past the fact he likes to cook. That right there says he's a keeper.

I keep staring at Teresa's cover and I can't make that be NK. I think it has to do with the red. It is a hot cover.

The last couple of weeks I have trying to figure out why I never noticed NK on so many of the covers. I think I finally figured it out (with the help of Teresa's blog on Squawk). It is because when I look at the cover, I see them as the H/H. I imagine the picure as part of the book and not as models posing, like in a magazine.

Manda said...

Great job on the interview, Michelle. You really got him talking!

It really is amazing how he "becomes" the cover hero whether it's a regency or a contemporary. He really is quite good at what he does...*grin*

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hey, Michelle! Cool, another michelle b. Yeah, there are lots of great guys out there, and we always stumble over them when we least expect it. Least, that's what everybody here keeps saying. I'm glad you liked reading about NK.

And it's true, CT, and Kelley. Knowing a great-looking guy actually has some depth makes him even more attractive, right? Which doesn't bode too well for guys who don't look like models. But it does when those particular guys learn there are women out there who love their depth, etc. Oh, no, I'm feeling another I Love Nerds rambling coming on...

OH, and Stacy and CT, you need to give us all your links to your NK sites and cover collections. Very cool.

Isn't that funny, JulieO? I didn't notice NK til a couple mos ago cause I always skim over the covers. I don't expect they'll look like the story. But more and more they do. But when I saw the Lori Foster Winston cover, I was like, Holy Moley. This. is. a. man.

Thanks to Stacy, I now know what to look for to make out whether he's on a cover. And on CT's site, she notes when she's not positive an image is his. Truth in advertising. I like that. :)

Eve: You do like the paranormal look, don't you? It's the eyes. Your new guy has the look, too. Your cover guy I mean. don't want to give your handsome husband the wrong idea

So glad you guys took the time to read the interview. Wait til next week!

leslie said...

Great interview, Michelle! He's one very gorgeous man - on the inside and out. Both of my gothic historicals have a dark-haired hero in them...Nathan would be PERFECT for the cover! LOL! Can't wait to read the rest of the interview next week!

Julie in Ohio said...

Any chance for a sneak peak, Michelle?

Angelina said...

You know, the first cover I ever really noticed didn't have a man on it at all. It was a girl, her calf and naked foot as she was slipping away with flowers -- or maybe it was a scarf -- trailing behind her. It was Eloisa James' first novel, "Potent Pleasures." It was why I picked the book. Didn't I feel transcendent when RWA picked it for an award for best cover that year. I was at the RWA conference in DC and even got the thrill of stuttering out a dorky, "Good job!" to the gracious author.

I think about why I liked that cover so much -- what spirit of it I could replicate for my one-day (fingers-crossed) book. And it was just lovely, a pastel Impressionistic dream on a paperback. It invited dreaminess, just like Nathan's covers invite you to tip-tap your nails over every ridge of his oh-so-lovely abdomen.

Michelle, thanks for making the man a little bit of a fantasy in his own right.

Lucy Monroe said...

Michelle...you did a FANTASTIC job with the interview and I'm looking forward to Part II.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hey, Manda. Thanks. You know, I hadn't noticed that he does have a bunch of different looks. I just thought, oh, he can do Latino, Italian, Indian. Mostly the dark, passionate thing.

And he does the cranky/sexy thing really well, like Lori Foster's Wildly Winston. Or have I mentioned before how much I dig that cover? He just looks so damn -- ok, I've gotta say it -- straight. It's so refreshing to see a guy on a romance cover that I'd rather see nude than go shopping with.

Oh, my. I'm feeling the vapors coming on.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Lucy! Thank you. I'm so glad you read it and stopped by, too. What've you been up to, besides hanging with your own romance hero guy?

Angelina, interesting you were so drawn to an artistic cover. Did you find Eloisa's last unusual in it's featuring a guy? I'm glad you see the real fantasy of Nathan Kamp. I like him cause he reminds me of the best things we see in our own guys, or the men we'd like to meet. He's so not a disappointment, which speaks well for him, and can only help the image of romance covers and the genre.

Angelina said...

Michelle, I'm like many of the woman who've commented, that I generally don't notice covers at all -- except really bad ones, like when the eyes are slightly awry or the shadowing is poorly done and their muscles are weirdly lumpy. I'm awful, I admit it. But now that I have a name and personality to attach to the beautiful eyes -- a "Hey, I know how he met his wife" to jar me at the bookstore -- I'll probably notice the covers more. Which can only be beneficials to the authors.

Julie in Ohio said...

Angelina, it's funny you said that about noticing the covers more because I was just thinking around the same thing.
Now that I have a name to go with the face, I will probably be looking for the face each time I'm in a book store.

Eve Silver said...

Michelle, yeah... I see what you mean about the eyes. Mysterious. Sexy. A little dangerous...

CT said...

I, too, didn't realize that NK is on most covers. I first noticed him on Jackie Ivie's Lady of the Knight. I was like 'Whoa, I have to get THAT book!' ;) Since then, I start to notice him on other covers.

And this is my link to my site:
http://ravenscorner.50webs.com/

rachd said...

For the longest time, my favorite authors' covers were rather artsy, which was fine by me because I had that whole, "What me read romance novels?" thing going on If I could disguise what I was reading, great.

Like you, Michelle, I didn't really notice Mr. Snaxy until the Foster cover. What a hunk of manhood!!

Anyway, now it seems the pendulum has swung back the other way and we're seeing more and more h/h covers, especially photograph-like, not just paintings, or whatever it was they do.

Give me more NK any day of the week =). What a wonderful man!

Stacy~ said...

Wow I'm so late to the party, I think everyone's gone home LOL.

To be honest, I "noticed" the covers before, but never gave them much more than a passing thought. Once I saw NK on one of Judith Ivie's books, which shows him in quite a masculine, gorgeous way, that's when I sat up and noticed. Fabio who? (The big F never did it for me. I think of him like one of those long-haired canines....sorry, to the Fabio fans out there...)

Stacy~ said...

Hey Julie, my tip - NK's sexy mouth. If you look at Teresa's cover & compare it to the pic from Michelle's 5/8 post, you can't miss it....but if you need to stare awhile to see it, nothin' wrong w/ that *grin*

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Never too late to the party, stacy. Especially if you're arriving with Snax.

Maybe you should post a little on-line guide for readers wanting to ID NK covers in the future...

Thanks, Bellas, for sharing the first day of the big ExtraView experiment. Nathan Kamp's interview will be the first in a, hopefully, entertaining bunch of in-depth interviews with movers and shakers withing romance.

I've so gotta go write now. Gotta put together a CosmoChix blog, finish tomorrow's package, then finish up Pt II of the NK interview. I think I'll just go to sleep instead and get up early.

Buona sera, Bellas!

amy*skf said...

Ack--later than you Stacy, but yes--the mouth, the mouth--it is so funny now for me to be shelving at the library or shopping in a bookstore and just see NK everywhere. And yet he always looks different (within his own parameters)

Angelina, I swear I can see that cover you described--I don't know why, but I love feet and/or legs on covers.

I can't wait to read The Vampire Who Loved Me. Not only because of Nathan on the cover with those pure dead wicked eyes, but also because I loved After Midnight.

Oh, and doesn't the fact that he cloves to cook just slay you? Besides the fact that he truly loves his wife and would be a friend worth having.

Diane Perkins said...

I loved the interview, Michelle. It was nice to put a person with the handsome face. And I did love that he is so smitten by his wife. But my favorite line was yours about the cooking--"It doesn’t sound hokey to an Italian, Nathan"
Diane

amy*skf said...

cloves to cook? Make that Loves to cook.

Yes, Diane, I loved that line too.

I'm going to bed. Now.

Stacy~ said...

Hey Michelle, any word from NK's camp on what he thought of the interview? I'd be curious....