Mark Longmire is a graphic designer in Knoxville, Tennessee. At his Web site, he pokes fun at various and sundry aspects of modern life – including the rather over-the-top covers used to sell romance novels. Here’s a montage of some of his variations on that theme. Click the image for a larger view.
There are more at the link, as well as additional examples submitted by his fans. Some are not safe for children, but they’re all amusing. A tip o’ the hat to Tiffanie Gray on MeWe for introducing me to his work.
I don’t write in the romance genre (I wouldn’t know where to start – I’m a bit too down-to-earth for that stuff), but it’s highly lucrative for those who succeed there. I know one former Marine artillerist who’s active in that field, writing under a pseudonym (feminine, of course). If his readers only knew that the writer making them sigh heavily was a manly cannon-cocker instead of a ladylike bosom-heaver . . .