Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Claudia came to visit an old college friend, but soon finds the mansion scary as a domestic drama escalates into hatred and murder.
Allan Kass creates a sufficiently spooky cover with our heroine arms up against the danger while we note a dark mansion in the background. This is the first of nine gothic books by this author illustrated by Kass.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Allan Kass gives us a picture of our couple sitting in a curricle about to go on a ride. It's a fine day and our heroine is pretty in a golden gown while the hero wears a red jacket. It looks like the beginning of a romance!
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
This is another rare Western illustrated by Allan Kass. What's interesting about this cover is the lack of any detail except the hero. Kass shows us a cowboy in typical western clothing carrying a gun. Our hero is weather beaten, but handsome in a rugged way. Note Kass's signature near the leg.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Allan Kass illustrated about 30-40 gothic romances and they are fun to see, though he didn't do much work for Avon, as far as I know. This book has our heroine running down the hallway of a stone building. I like the detail in the stained glass window along with the archway. Note Allan's signature gold jewelry on this heroine! Enjoy!
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Allan Kass shows our couple at a masquerade and it's fun to see the different costumes and their detail. Our hero's costume seems a bit risque and the heroine's pretty. I really like the Elizabethan lady in the background. Masquerades were not unusual and sometimes people just wore a long cloak, or domino, over their evening clothes along with a mask.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Allan Kass creates a country setting for this cover with our couple on horseback. They ride in a grassy area near a stream and seem to be enjoying themselves as they talk together. Allan not only is correct in his depictions of people but also of animals. I appreciate how he draws to scale so that both look natural.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Allan Kass gives us a sweet cover of our couple. I like that the hero has a genuine smile on his face as he looks at the heroine. She has been writing as evidenced by the quill feathers and paper on the desk behind. It's a charming picture which shows the love between them.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Cassandra Cresswell was content to be a bluestocking until the beautiful Miss Taylor stole away the one man she loved.
Allan Kass shows our couple at a ball where they are stealing a moment away from the gaiety. They could almost be dancing. I like the contrast of her pink gown with the black and gray of the hero. Notice Allan's unusual signature in the base of the figurine behind them.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Allan Kass brings us back to the regency with this cover! He illustrates our couple in an embrace and our heroine is very feminine in a purple riding habit with her hat discarded behind. The hero is in dark green, which is a color Kass doesn't use much but makes his coat and waistcoat stand out. This room seems like a 1800's version of a man cave with a comfortable couch and deer head trophy on the wall.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Allan Kass illustrates an interesting scene here with our hero highwayman holding up the carriage where we assume the heroine had been traveling inside! Her coat of blue is exquisite and her bonnet is a perfect match. We get a glimpse of a peach dress underneath. The hero is casually dressed and brandishes a long pistol. Note the detail of the carriage, horses, and driver behind.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Allan Kass gives us an action pose for this cover. We see the hero rescuing the heroine from an overturned carriage. He carries her from the accident and her hair and skirts give us the feel of motion and movement. Again Kass uses autumnal colors for the clothing and landscape.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Allan Kass illustrates our couple while out riding. Our heroine wears a simple, yet elegant green riding habit while our hero is autumnal in brown. I like her white blouse sleeves protruding from her habit's sleeves. They seem enchanted with each other and we hope for a happy ending.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Allan Kass created a few Victorian covers and they are always a treat to view. I especially like this one because it is bright and cheery with our couple standing near a park. The heroine's ornate blue gown is edged with lace and tiers most becomingly. Her hair is swept close to her head and she carries a straw hat. The hero is plainly dressed in black but also elegant. It's almost as if he's telling her not to go away.
Friday, December 6, 2013
This is my favorite western cover by Allan Kass. The colors are simply gorgeous as we see the hero descending the mountain on his white horse. I like how Allan uses the whole cover as a frame for the cowboy with the distant mountains and the nearby creek. I just wish my copy was in better shape. Click to enlarge.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Allan Kass shows our hero as determined as he stands on a cliff edge with his guns. Note his signature under the hero's foot. Though not as detailed as his regency covers, note the tree behind him and the greenery as well as the rock formations. Allan really enjoyed creating these covers of a land that he loved.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Allan Kass illustrated both photos. He told me in a letter that he was surprised not to have more western covers since he lived in Montana! Powdersmoke Feud shows the hero alone against the elements. It's a calm, quiet cover while Clattering Hoofs shows a group of cowboys riding to possibly find our hero. We can almost see the horses moving and stirring up dust. Kass did a few westerns, so it's a treat to find them. If you know of others, please leave a comment.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Allan Kass creates a elegant lady and dashing military hero for the cover of this book. She has a pensive look as she arranges the flowers and he seems to be reassuring her. Note the line of miniatures paintings behind them which are probably family members.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Allan Kass gives us a heroine who we know at first glance doesn't fit into regency society by her Indian looking looks, dark straight hair, and turquoise jewelry. The hero is as opposite her as can be and Kass gives us that difference subtly while showing them standing in a library of a great house.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Allan Kass illustrates a romantic cover of our couple. She looks as if she's about to move away from him and not quite sure of his motives. The hero is silently strong as he detains the heroine. There is a definite air of mystery in this portrait.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Allan Kass's cover is elegant. We see a handsome gentleman escorting two beautiful ladies on a walk. Our ladies wear summery day dresses and seem to be enjoying his company. We wonder which of the ladies is his favorite!
Friday, November 29, 2013
Allan Kass illustrates one of his last covers here but a delightful one. I like the heroine's simple blue gown. Even at age 80, Kass gets the details correct as we see a country cottage set in a sylvan landscape. Note the thatched roof on the cottage and the grass growing between the slabs of cement.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
This is a gorgeous cover by Allan Kass! The heroine is simply beautiful and our hero handsome and rakish! I love her sapphire and pearl jewelry that she wears as ornament to her evening dress. We catch them in the act of leaving for an evening's ball.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Allan Kass creates a cover set in a ballroom for this book. It's always interesting to me when he does a scene with other people besides the hero and heroine because it's fun to compare the dress and facial features of the others. In this cover, our couple are prominent, elegant, and handsome. What catches my eye is the heroine's intricate hairdo. Click to enlarge.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Trevor Cotterell, the Earl of Leafield, has chosen Flora Campion to be his latest mistress. Soon, he learns that she plays her own game of love and that they both may lose!
Allan Kass shows our heroine behind the stage in her costume. The hero has just given her flowers and we get a glimpse of the audience behind. The hero seems captivated by this dark beauty!
Monday, November 25, 2013
Allan Kass gives us a musical cover for this book. Our heroine is seated at a harpsichord and our hero holds a violin. We assume that they have just played a duet. Music would have been an important accomplishment and always performed live in those days before the record and phonograph. Note the detail on the instrument itself and the features of the room.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Allan Kass shows our couple in a bedchamber where we guess from the cover that they aren't married. I like that the heroine is closer and in more detail than the hero, who gazes at her as they discuss their situation. The loud design of the bedspread is a nice touch and give a glimpse of color to the illustration.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Allan Kass creates a unique and unusual (for him) cover of a sailor and two of his guards. It's shadowy and stark. I like that it feels like a moment someone might glimpse if they walked by them. Definitely a different feel for a Kass cover than what he usually produced.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Allan Kass shows us a handsome man, dressed in armor, while the lady next to him is elegantly gowned and jeweled. We see a softer side of Philip while the fanatics behind him speak of a harsh and determined ruler.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Allan Kass gives us a accurate portrait of Henry and also illustrates both women this book is about. I like the detail that he puts into their garments and jewels. Note the King's castle in the background.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Allan Kass gives us a glimpse of his ability in the next few books by showing us that he can illustrate a moment in history accurately. He gives us a scene with our hero and heroine but also shows a battle in the background. It's an intricately detailed cover.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Allan Kass shows our couple near the ruins of an old church and cemetery. I like Allan's older contemporary covers because he creates clothing that would be worn nowadays. This couple could be on the cover of a book this year! While noting all of the gothic influences, I like that the hero is protecting the heroine and holding her in a close embrace!
Monday, November 18, 2013
This is an unusual cover for Allan Kass but typical of mysteries and gothics of that date. He gives us a combined illustration of our heroine, the apartment building and the moon. A few other earlier works of his have this same design.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
This cover by Allan Kass shows our heroine receiving a gift from the hero. She holds the cape to her face while he looks on. It looks like a surprise gift and Allan captures her delight in the gift as she looks at her reflection.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Allan Kass illustrates this cover with an action picture of our couple riding on horseback. Our heroine is bright in a red habit which is stunning against her hair and black horse while the hero is greeting her. The pagoda in the background suggest that this is possibly a private estate park. Note the folds in the clothing: it's another example of Allan's talent.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Allan Kass portrays our elegant couple in a box at the opera! I love her dark green gown and matching jewels, especially her tiara, which Kass doesn't usually give his heroines. Note her matching fur lined cape! The hero is dashing in his sedate black tie and definitely attentive towards our heroine. It looks like a night of magic!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Allan Kass shows our couple in a bucolic setting with them boating on a small lake and enjoying the scenery. I like that both are casually dressed and wish we didn't have the big title banner so that we could see the rest of the cover.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I like this cover by Allan Kass because the hero is more glorious than the heroine! He is resplendent in his uniform and Kass gets the details correct. Our heroine is almost plain in comparison with her low cut green gown with white underdress. It's interesting that her hair is left down, too. No jewelry or ornaments. The scene looks like a favorite of the heroine, too.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Allan Kass's gothic romances are always a treat. In this cover, we see our heroine fleeing the haunted castle. I like Allan's touch of her jewelry and cloak, which are similar to his regency covers. Her laced nightdress is risque, though!
Monday, November 11, 2013
Allan Kass gives us a very compelling illustration of our lovely heroine watching a battle while hanging on to the rigging of the title. Even though this takes place during Regency times, she is anti regency in her dress and existence. I love the sweep of her long hair as she gazes fearlessly on the other ships and her earrings which are her only feminine adornment. Enjoy this unusual cover by Kass.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
This cover is a favorite of mine by Allan Kass. In his typical style, he portrays our couple walking with a pretty fountain and beautiful tree showing its fall colors nearby. Our heroine wears a simple but elegant yellow gown while the hero is seasonal in hunter green. It looks like the last of the warm autumn days.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
While this book feels like one long adventure, Allan Kass shows our couple in a quiet and contemplative pose. I like how we see their intimacy as the hero cuddles our heroine and reassures her. Take a moment and click to enlarge the photo to see all of the detail which Allan is famous in his illustrations.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Allan Kass shows our couple outside a country estate where two horses roam the land. While the hero wears hunting pink, the heroine is dressed in a pretty spring dress with matching straw bonnet. I like the combination of purple and green that Allan uses. Note the heavy gold necklace; Allan frequently adds gold jewelry to our heroines!
It's a pretty, eye catching picture!
Thursday, November 7, 2013
This is a rural cover by Allan Kass. He places our couple near a small stream with a slight waterfall. Our heroine has been picking flowers and we assume that the hero has joined her there. I like all of the colors and how they are both a bit more casual than a normal Kass cover!
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
This cover shows our couple standing outside the door of a fashionable house. I like that we get a lot of detail with our hero and heroine. She is elegant in light purple while our hero is dashing in maroon. They seem to be quietly in love. Too bad that the award circle is over her gown.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
I love these earlier covers by Allan Kass. He seats our couple on a settee and they share a quiet but intimate moment. I like her simple but elegant yellow gown while our hero is dressed for dinner. Our heroine has short curly hair, which was daring and unusual for the day.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Allan Kass didn't illustrate too many seafaring covers, so each one is very interesting and different. Our heroine's bonnet is about to blow away and the hero is nearby to help her save it from the water! He is dressed like a sailor. Note the choppy waves and the detail in the lengths of rope.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
It's hard to believe that Allan Kass was 80 when he created this cover! We still see detail and precision that embodied his earlier covers. I like this scene where our heroine seems shy while the hero isn't afraid to show his affection in the ballroom! Her emerald green gown sets off her red hair to perfection!
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Moira, the widowed Duchess of Sheffield, must work with the Earl of Langley since he is now guardian of her young son but the Earl hates her because his brother went off to war when she married another and was killed.
Allan Kass depicts our couple outside on a cold day. Both are dressed heavily but hatless. We wonder if they are traveling together or has the heroine arrived for a visit? I love her purple coat which we've seen in a few other Kass illustrations!!
Friday, November 1, 2013
Allan Kass shows our couple kissing while outside in a storm. Our hero is casually dressed and may have run to get the heroine out of the approaching storm. I like her jaunty hat which compliments her gown of raspberry. I also wonder if the lightning is a subtle nod to their passion?
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Allan Kass depicts the actual moment of the murder and it's interesting to see his view of the masked man approaching the groom and the heroine's look of fear. There is nothing prettier than a bride and ours is elegant in her full gown of white satin and lace. The groom is suitably bridal and the masked stranger menacing. I like that we can see inside the church to its stained glass windows. Note the gargoyle above the doorway!