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!
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
This cover by Allan Kass is interesting because it shows a heroine in slacks, which was a definite no-no back in Georgian days. Kass gives us the scene of the holdup and we see the hero taking the pistol away from the heroine. It's interesting that Fawcett posts another photo of this cover on the back of the book with a blurb and the name of the artist, spelled wrongly (Alan Kass). In a time where the cover illustrators got little to no acknowledgment, it's great for those of us hunting book covers to find.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Allan Kass's cover also has a gothic feel with a dark castle lurking menacingly in the background. Our couple seem to be fleeing and our hero has a sword at the ready. Both wear Georgian dress and while the hero's coat is ornate, we see little of the heroine's plain dress, excepting the lacy sleeve.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Allan Kass did a few Edwardian covers, so each is a treat. This one shows our couple outside in a purple sunset standing near a pagoda. Our heroine is playing coy while the hero is handsome in his silver dinner jacket. Also, note her topknot hairdo.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Allan Kass gives us a picture of our couple as the heroine descends the steps to greet the hero and continue on to a ball or party. Her amber dress is almost the same color as her hair and her shawl is a good match to the hero's waistcoat. He is handsome in black tie.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Allan Kass shows our couple out riding and we see a fortified castle in the background. I like the heroine's dark green riding habit, which set off both her hair and horse to admiration! Allan is an artist when it comes to animals, too, and here we have a good example with the horses. Click to enlarge the photo.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Allan Kass shows our couple about to enter a carriage for a ride around town. Our heroine wears a plain pink gown under an ornate purple fur trimmed coat. The hero looks eager to accompany her and we imagine a delightful outing.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Allan Kass creates a pretty cover which could grace any regency story. We have our couple strolling down a busy street near a park. Allan is able to get a lot of detail into this small picture with the elegance of the heroine's dress, the couple strolling behind them and the carriage on the left. Allan would send a small 5" by 7" sketch for approval to the publisher and then paint the canvas, which for these small covers were 15" square.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
This is a colorful cover by Allan Kass. I like the flowers growing near the cottage and it's a homey, inviting scene. The heroine's hair is especially pretty with its smoothness and long curl. Our hero is determined to embrace the heroine and maybe steal a kiss.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
This is a nice cover by Allan Kass. We see our couple standing together before dinner and both are dressed for a ball or other evening event. I like the heroine's use of silver that sets off the purple of her gown, which may be a widow's mourning color. The hero holds her hand as they spend a calm moment talking. I'm stumped to describe the black and gold object on the table next to the plate. If anyone knows, leave a message!
Monday, October 21, 2013
This is one of Allan Kass's earliest works as a book cover illustrator and a definite find. I have 4 other books that he illustrated for Dell, so let me know if you find others. His signature or "AK" is proof. This specific cover is very 1960's/70's in feel with our heroine in uniform and heavy turtleneck gazing while the hero puts a log on the fire. We see Allan's touch in the detail of her pins and his wings.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
I wish this cover was larger because Allan Kass gives us a pretty picture of our couple at a London evening party. We see them standing by the stairway with its carved detail and guests milling in the background. Our hero looks the hero with his military award and sword. He has a Christopher Plummer look to him as he gazes on the heroine, who is pretty in pink with roses in her hair and an elegant emerald necklace. I hope the author was pleased with her only book's cover illustration!
Saturday, October 19, 2013
We have a picture of a young couple outside of a pretty cottage. Allan Kass creates a scene where they share a comforting moment with each other. Note the gold jewelry on the heroine because this is a Kass touch and seen a lot on some of his earlier covers. It's also interesting that we see a heroine with her hair down since during the regency time, it was proper for grown women to wear their hair up off their neck.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Allan Kass illustrates our couple in a bedroom where the heroine is sitting on a couch whose upholstery matches the bed hangings and curtains. They are dressed for dinner and it looks like the hero is asking a favor or pleading his cause. My only criticism is that I don't care for the pose where the hero is bending over because we miss some of his face and expression. Otherwise, the detail here is amazing and I'd love a room like this!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
I think that this is a pretty cover by Allan Kass with our couple strolling on a beautiful estate. I like the use of color here with the sky so blue, the grass so green, and the flowers so pink. Our couple seem to be sharing a quiet moment together and maybe falling into love.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The Ardent Lady Amelia was published by Signet in February 1984 and is the story of Amelia Cameron who is convinced that Lord Verwood, a nobleman of mystery, is really a spy because he is too good to be true!
Allan creates a cover with our couple in a rich room that looks out onto a summery vista. Our hero is dark and handsome but what is intriguing to me is the heroine. She wears a burgandy gown that almost clashes with her hair. The blue background of the room save the color day! Note the detail in the silver bowl behind them.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
This is a very early cover by Allan Kass and it's interesting to see the difference with his regency covers just 10 years later. Our couple are outside and distinct while the background is indistinct and almost fuzzy. Our heroine wears a dress and scarf that look like 1970 while the hero's sweater and collared shirt could be from any date. Kass illustrated a few books for this series.
Monday, October 14, 2013
I think that this is a very pretty cover by Allan Kass. I like the setting of the archway and birdbaths and wonder if it's part of an elaborate garden? The heroine is pretty in her plain yellow gown and the hero obviously admiring. It looks like a moment when they realize that they truly love each other.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
This is a unique cover for a regency romance in that it shows no hero. Single person covers were very rare in the 1970's unless the book was a gothic romance which usually pictured the heroine fleeing a haunted house. I like the heroine's purple gown her silver bows and pearl jewels along with her direct gaze. She looks like a force to be reckoned with and again, Allan Kass does a brilliant job!
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Allan Kass illustrates this cover with a picture of our couple in costume at a masquerade. Both wear Georgian garb and look very dashing. We see others in the background from different historical settings. The heroine may be Queen Antoinette but the hero could be a dashing highwayman!
Friday, October 11, 2013
Not quite a gothic cover by Allan Kass! Our couple are riding on a large estate and our heroine is prettily attired in riding dress. I like how her hair hangs down on the side and while the hero is smaller, we can still see Allan's skill by how he is drawn, along with the horses.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
This cover depicts our couple outside of an elegant house. The heroine is dressed for walking in a pretty purple gown with her hat, shawl, and parasol very elegant accessories. My only criticism with these Fawcett covers are that the pictures are so small and it's hard to see all of the detail that Allan Kass creates in his covers.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Allan Kass pictures our couple in front of a building while the heroine alights from a carriage. Our hero is typical Kass as he gazes on the heroine who is elegant in her blue gown and darker blue pelisse and hat. Her purse or reticule is an interesting shape and she looks ready to shop or make calls. Note the ribbon effect at the bottom of her gown.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
This cover by Allan Kass shows our couple on a balcony where in the room behind, a ball is taking place. Our couple share an embrace while the dancers in the background complete a measure. My eye is caught by the gentleman in the pink coat--he must be a dandy!
I wonder if the popularity of Barbara Cartland's books during this time helped this genre become popular? Other popular romances of the time were the gothic and these regency stories were definitely different in flavor. Also this was the beginning of the sexier historical romance with Kathleen Woodwiss's The Flame and the Flower being published around 1977, too.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Alexandra Farrish is leading her younger and beautiful sister through the season and Didi is captivating all of the men, especially the handsome Marquess of Malvern, the one man Alexandra begrudges her!!
This is an interesting cover by Allan Kass. Our couple are at a ball and it looks as if the hero is trying to get the heroine to dance with him. I like the use of the mirror that shows the others dancing. Note her long sleeves, which are probably removable. She also wears some unique jewelry and carries a pretty fan.
Friday, October 4, 2013
I think this is an elegant cover by Allan Kass. Our heroine is simply attired in a golden gown and she shares an intimate moment with the hero. It possibly is a stolen moment, but we are intrigued with the scene.
Allan Kass paints our couple near a garden door sharing an embrace. The heroine's pink gown is striking with her black hair and pale complexion. The hero's features are partially hidden but we get the sense that he is strong and solid. I like the climbing flowers behind him and we see that it's a sunny day.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Allan Kass creates a garden setting for this cover and we see our couple enjoying the sunshine and flowers. It's interesting that they are both redheads since it's rare for Allan's couples to have matching hair color. I also like his use of color with the hero's purple coat and gold waistcoat, which are complimentary colors.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Allan Kass gives us an interesting cover with our couple standing in front of a building that has a Spanish feel. It looks as if it's a church because we see a couple in wedding attire standing in the doorway. I like our heroine's green coat and matching bonnet. The hero is dressed for a special occasion in dark blue and gold. I need to reread to find out where they are located!
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
One of the reasons I like this cover by Allan Kass is that the heroine looks like a young 21 year old as depicted in the story. I also love her red hair and the purple shawl over her neat gown. This is a calm cover and yet we can almost feel the sparks from the couple!