Saturday, January 19, 2008

Judging A Book By Its Cover - Lori Borrill

This week, I got a treat all authors look forward to--the cover for my upcoming Blaze.

It's always a thrill to see what the artist comes up with based on the write-up I provided them. Do the characters look like I'd envisioned when I wrote the book? Is it sexy, or sassy, or dark or--gulp--dull? We're always dying to have those questions answered, and I have to say that in this case, I'm thrilled with it for a number of reasons.

For one, yes, these characters look exactly as I'd pictured them in the book. Sticklers for cover characters matching the author's descriptions will be pleased with this book. That sexy stud you see there is most definitely Matt Jacobs, exactly how I'd pictured him and exactly as he's described in the text.

Secondly, I had no idea until seeing the cover that my book had been tagged a "Blush". For those unfamiliar with Blush, it's an imprint within the Blaze line for those books with a lighter feel, a bit of a throwback to Temptation but maintaing the Blaze heat. Some might consider them romantic comedies, or at least leaning in that direction. So as a big fan of lighthearted romances, this was definitely a pleasant surprise.

But for me, the biggest excitement in seeing the cover is the little teaser that's too small to read in this picture. It says, "Cheating on a sex survey.....What's the worst that can happen?"

I have to say, my editors couldn't have summarized the plot any better than that. And ironically, it's exactly the thought that spurred the original idea for the story. You see, I'd been watching those eHarmony commercials on TV forever. You know, the ones with the couples who look absolutely perfect for each other, expressing the joys of finding that soul mate put on this earth only for them? You can tell just by looking at them they'll be together forever. And me, having the sick and sordid mind that I do, kept thinking there was a story in there somewhere--but not the easy bliss they show on TV. No, I couldn't shake the thought of someone cheating on one of those surveys, lying through their teeth about every romantic and sexual preference, who they are and what they love, then getting stuck with Mr. Wrong.

Of course, no one genuinely looking for Mr. Right would do such a thing, which was the big kink in my idea. I had to come up with a reason someone would A) take the survey, and B) lie when answering the questions. And once I worked out those details, I had a book that was a whole lotta fun to write (muahahahaha).

In 'Putting It To The Test', my characters are asked to fill out a romantic survey in order to win a spot on a hot project at work. And when my heroine gains some inside information about how the results will be tallied, she sets up her survey answers to make herself the guaranteed winner.

Of course, being the winner means she's been matched perfectly to our hero, a coworker whom she not only hates but who is her greatest rival on the job. And now she's got to pretend to be perfect for him to avoid getting caught in her little ruse.

It's the kind of "I Love Lucy", gee-I-never-thought-that-far plot that makes for a really fun read, and I'm thrilled the cover did such a good job portraying that to prospective buyers.

So being that I've brought us to the subject of matchmaking, let me ask this question: Do you think you'd ever look for a soul mate through an on-line matchmaking service? Or have you? I have a friend who found her husband through a matchmaking service, and after a year she still has a smile on her face.

Post your thoughts in the comments and you're automatically entered to win a copy of my April, 2008 Blaze, "Putting It To The Test", to be delivered in March when I get my author copies.

I'll announce the winner here in the comments Tuesday, 1/22/08.


Jane said...

Never say never. I haven't used an on-line matchmaking service before, but I can't say that I won't ever try it. My friend's friend met and married someone they met on-line and they now have a baby. My cousin is subscribed to one of these services, but he's looking to date and have fun and not marriage.

Jennie Lucas said...

Oh my gosh, Lori, what a hot cover--I love it!

My husband's brother met his wife online through They actually lived only a few blocks away from each other in Seattle, but had never met. They got married 4 years ago and they've become this high-powered, gorgeous couple--he works for Microsoft, and she just got her law degree. I'm always surprised I don't see them on the commercials!

Anyway, Lori, your book sounds amazing. What a terrific premise! Looking forward to reading it!

Ellen said...

I would never (in spite of the never say never) look for someone online or through any dating service. Too much can be hidden or falsified in spite of any precautions taken.

deseng said...

Hi Lori,

Your book sounds like my kind of book! I love romantic comedies! That is one spicy, ai-cha-wow-wa cover!

No, I have never met anyone on line. I do know a friend whose marriage ended up in a divorce because her husband met someone on line and left her for the other lady. They had a little girl who was handicapped too. I thought that was so cruel of him. My friend is left trying to take of herself and her little handicapped daughter. She has that brittle bone disease. I don't know if she gets much child support because I never asked her.

I think the online dating services can be good and bad.

Virginia said...

I can't say that I would never use an on-line matchmaking service. I had a friend that used one for a while and enjoyed. She is married now but she didn't meet him through the matchmaking service. She did meet a few guys but they didn't work out.

Lois said...

LOL I just saw in the comments what I was going to put. :) I never have, and I really have no plans on doing it, but one can't say never, right? LOL

And I'm also another who just loooooved romantic comedies too! :)


Lily said...

I am a bit reticent about those hot Blaze covers with a shirtless hero and the woman in a nightgown... however yours is a bit milder, it is quite nice :)

Nathalie said...

Love the cover and I always like a good romantic comedy too :)

Lori Borrill said...

Wow, there's a lot more experience with on-line dating than I'd expected. It seems lots of people know someone with a story.

A good friend of mine did eHarmony and found some really nice guys, but she chickened out the moment they started asking for pictures. Wasn't ready, I guess.

I'm glad so many of you like lighter romances, and thanks for all the cudos on the cover. I really like it, too!

robynl said...

At one time I bought a magazine with ads and had a few dates that way but never ended up with one of them as a friend even. I am happily married but did not find him on-line, lol.

Estella said...

I don't think I would use an online service. I am married at the present time and plan to stay that way.
Too old to look for another man if I was widowed.
Great looking cover

Cryna said...

Love your cover for your upcoming book.

I can safely say that I would never use an on-line matchmaking service or dating service. I have been a widow for a long time now (20 years) and never had the desire to check into these services.
I am not saying anything is bad about them, just not for me.

Maureen said...

I think it all depends on your situation. I have heard of several people who have met on-line and are still together.

Laura J. said...

Thanks for explaining the "Blush" line. I knew they were starting something a little differant, but wasn't quite sure and being a fan of romantic comedies I will definately be grabbing these up!

Your cover is great and it's nice to hear that the author likes the cover. I think if I was to do a poll that would be the biggest complaint from authors would be the covers don't match the story or the characters appearance.

As for online matchmaking I have two success stories. My cousin me her now husband online and they were married a little over a year ago. Another friend of mine met her now husband online a year ago or so and they got married the night before Thanksgiving. For both my cousin and my friend it was second cousins and the matches are great.

Lori Borrill said...

Argh!!! My apologies as it's WAY past Tuesday 1/22 and I didn't get back here to announce the contest winner.

The winner of the advance copy of Putting It To The Test, coming in March is:


Virginia, I hope you are still around and I'm sorry for taking so long. Please send an e-mail to with your snail mail address.

And thanks everyone for joining me!

Nathalie said...

Congrats Virginia :)