When I clicked on a Google alert for Christmas Magic on the Mountain, I got a sense of déjà vu looking at the cover. It seemed very familiar. Oh, there were some differences: character faces, day vs. night setting. But there were also a lot of similarities.
This often happens with series romance covers. Artists create cover images from photographs taken at shoots. The pink-clad baby who appeared on the cover of Marriage for Baby has been on many other covers. So if a cover seems familiar, it probably is.
I thought I'd see what my heroes, Jake Porter and Sean Hughes, from the respective books have to say about their cover similarities.
Jake: Why were you wearing my sweater, Hughes?
Sean: Dude, I own a snowboarding company. You think I'd actually wear that sweater? Out in public?
Jake: You've got a point.
Sean: At least we're wearing our own gloves.
Jake: Damn straight.
Sean: Dudes don't borrow accessories from other dudes.
Jake: Unless it's climbing gear.
Sean: True that.
Jake: Now the girls…
Sean: I could see Zoe borrowing Carly's green sweater.
Jake: And gloves.
Sean: My Aunt Vera knitted Zoe's hat and scarf.
Jake: Kendall and Austin gave Carly hers.
Sean: Why the hell are we wearing scarves?
Jake: No clue. I don't own one.
Sean: I sure don't. I can't believe we aren't wearing hats.
Jake: I always wear a hat in the wintertime. Fleece lined.
Sean: Comfy and warm. The only way to go.
Jake: Wool's good, too.
Sean: Wool rocks.
Jake: Those sweaters look like cotton.
Sean: It's amazing we didn't suffer hypothermia dressed like that. Never wear cotton when you're going outside and could get wet.
Jake: Stop with the rescue team leader stuff. No one cares.
Sean: Sorry, dude. Occupational hazard.
Jake: You should have put your arm around Zoe to keep her warm like I did with Carly.
Sean: I was trying to be good. Act like a gentleman.
Jake: How long did it take Zoe to see through that?
Sean: Let's see how long it'll take for you to see through a black eye.
Jake: Let's grab a pint of the new Winter Ale at my brewpub instead.
Sean: Sounds good. But you might really want to ditch the sweater first.