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Covers of the Week #97: April Fool’s Day
Happy April Fools Day! For this Covers of the Week, Sweet Savage Flame is showing off some parody clinch covers. Theme: April Fool’s Day Covers April Fools! It’s Saturday, April 1, so we’re releasing a special edition of Covers of the Week a little bit early. These aren’t real romance novels; they’re parody covers! Are…
Celebrating National Hugging Day: Spread Love with a Hug!
Did you know today, January 21st, 2023 is National Hugging Day? Sweet Savage Flame is spreading the love by sending virtual hugs to all.
21 Old-School Cover Artists All Romance Readers Should Know
Sweet Savage Flame believes it’s essential to keep the memory of these skilled cover illustrators and their works alive. These 21 names are among the best romance cover artists to have designed clinch covers.
Two Gay Romance Firsts: The Happily Ever After Ending and Clinch Cover
Gordon Merrick created the legendary Peter & Charlie gay romance series. The trilogy portrayed the first mainstream love story between two men that concluded happily ever after. Another milestone in gay fiction occurred when they were reprinted in the 1980s. A young artist named Victor Gadino illustrated the iconic clinch covers. Never before had two men been pictured so intimately on romance novels.
Romance Cover Model: Fabio Lanzoni
Like bodice rippers and vintage romances of yesteryear, model Fabio Lanzoni has been unfairly maligned and mocked by many modern-day romance readers.
There’s a sentiment of contempt displayed at the old-school clinch covers, with some people going as far as declaring that Fabio represented a low point in the genre.
How mean-spirited and wrong these detractors are.