#1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Oct 23 2014
We lost our model again. Yes, I know. C’est la vie.
October 31, 2014 at 11:54 am
I agree with most of the comments so far. My take:
Kate Series 1: The Kate model was okay, the lion was great and the sword was good.
Kate Series 2: The Kate model was great eye-candy for the covers but while she had the right Slavic look (and the braided hair was definitely right), she was much too fresh-faced and “soft” to be a long-time professional killer who had survived the bloodbaths from the first few books. (If shown wearing a uniform she owned in real life, I would expect to see a badge marked “Girl Guide Ranger” rather than “US Ranger” with a Combat Infantryman’s Badge. )
The lion was still great. The new sword was not – that ornamental dress saber as Slayer? Please…
Kate Series 3: The new model looks much more like someone in her 20s who is most definitely “a woman” rather than “a girl” – and one who has travelled a few places and done a few things. Altogether much more believable as a combat veteran. Back to the loose flying hair though.
The lion looks great, even if it’s now a different lion. But the sword still looks like a piece of ornamental junk…
November 4, 2014 at 2:43 am
Am I the only one who sees a young Katey Sagal?
November 5, 2014 at 2:13 pm
Ah well. On the bright side, new model is still beautiful, still strong looking, still has at least right colouring (ie not suddenly a blonde or a redhead), and is fully dressed! And lets face it, I’ll read Kate even if it’s a plain white cover or one of those ghastly poser-art do it yourself art jobs 🙂
November 5, 2014 at 5:25 pm
I agree. I’d read Kate novels even without a model. I envision Kate similar (but softer than) a Xena warrior princess. Just my two cents.
November 5, 2014 at 11:03 pm
I usually don’t like covers with models. I prefer to imagine my own heroine, and when there’s a model, her face always seems to get in a way. And if the model doesn’t really suits the vision that I have created in my head, the whole book kind of looses a little of its appeal. Sometimes I will avoid an unfamiliar book just because I don’t like the model on the cover (never these books though) 🙂 And then model can get changed…
1. As for me, I hated the first model – she was too old!
2. I liked the second model – kind of fresh faced twenty-something young woman. But it was hard to imagine her with bulky Curran-lion.
3. I think the 3rd model is the best so far – not too young, not too old, very pretty and fierce.
But I will repeat myself by saying, it is better when the cover is abstract or at least doesn’t reveal the face of a model.