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Covers of the Week #46

black couples in romance

Theme: Black or Afro-American Couples on Covers

The month of February in the United States is recognized as Black History Month. So this week Sweet Savage Flame takes a look at some retro romance novels that portray Afro-American or Black couples in intimate embraces on the covers.

It wasn’t until the mid-1990s when Pinnacle started their Arabesque line that mainstream romances began depicting relationships between Black partners.

Or even half-pairings. I’ve read many old-school romances with interracial couplings. Invariably the partner with African heritage was biracial and, usually, that part of their identity was kept secret.

Since then horizons have broadened. There is more variety of characters in romance today than ever before.

Still, there were positive aspects from the late 20th-century that brought us to where we are now.

Part of me wanted to make this an all Beverly Jenkins edition. Jenkins is a pioneer in the romance genre and the “Leading Lady of Historical Romance” featuring Black couples. Her covers really were (and still are) divine. Lamentably, I haven’t been able to track down the illustrators for her 1990s books. Avon has a spotty track record identifying cover artists.

The Covers

In honor of Black history month, for the week of Monday, February 21, 2022, to Sunday, February 26, 2022, let’s appreciate some older romance covers with Black or Afro-American protagonists.

Black Couples in Romance Covers (Clockwise)

  • Topaz, Beverly Jenkins, Avon, 1997, cover artist TBD
  • Unforgivable, Joyce McGill, Silhouette, 1992, George H. Jones cover art
  • A Strong and Tender Thread, Jackie Wegner, Harlequin, 1983, cover artist TBD
  • Sunshine and Shadows, Roberta Gayle, Pinnacle, 1995, cover artist TBD
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Covers of the Week #45

Colors: Red and Pink Romance Book Covers

Did you think we would let Valentine’s Day go by without one last send-off? Are you kidding? We want more Valentine’s romance book covers!

Last week we focused on cover art for romance novels set around February 14. Today, we stay close to the Valentine’s Day theme with pink and red covers!

Strangely, we had a bit of trouble finding some that were mainly all red (we do have a few on deck for upcoming editions of Covers of the Week). There was a wide variety of pinks to choose from, but many were pink-and-teal or pink-and-purple, or pink-and-orange (oh, you folks at Zebra, how we love you!)

The old-school covers loved mixing up shades in a kaleidoscope of variations.

If we were doing modern covers, this would have been an easier task. Do you notice that many covers now highlight one hue, not a rainbow of colors? Usually, it’s the heroine’s dress or the bedsheets the couples are tangled up in.

The Covers

We’re looking at red and pink romance covers for the week of Monday, February 14, 2022, to Sunday, February 20, 2022. We hope you’ve had a nice weekend and wish you love in all its forms!

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Covers of the Week #26

We had a lot of fun a couple of months back doing Covers of the Week #12, where we posted images of when romance covers by talented artists go hilariously bad. So we’re doing it again!

As always, if you’d like to see more cover art, head over to our COVERS section, where you can view pages for individual COVER ARTISTS or take a gander at past Covers of the Week. If you want even more information about romance book covers, check out our COVER LINKS PAGE.

For the week of Monday, October 4 to Sunday, October 10, 2021 (which happens to be my birthday week), enjoy these silly or awful-looking covers that make us smile.