I’m clueless in several ways. For instance, I can’t seem to empty the canister in my vacuum cleaner and hubby always has to put it back together for me. I’m also a bit dense when it comes to driving directions. I know where I need to go, but if I have to express it to someone else, they will get lost.
However, what saddens me most is my absolute cluelessness when it comes to male romance cover models. You know, guys like these.
I browse a lot of romance sites and am connected to a lot of readers. I’m always astounded at how much cover model knowledge they possess. How do they remember all those model names? Where do they even discover them? Is there a database no one told me about?
I’ve often posted pics on my Facebook page or pinned them to Pinterest, only to have excited readers jump into the conversation and declare, “Ooh! I love Justin!” or “Fred is so hot in this picture” or “If you like that picture of Dennis, wait until you see this one!”
And I invariably think, “His name is Dennis?”
Now, in all fairness, I do know a couple of the fine men who’ve graced my covers (Louis Bottone and Scott Nova), thanks to Facebook, but the others are mysteries to me. I would like to know them and tell them how happy I am with their work, but I have no clue where to begin. How does one identify a man when all one sees is his bare chest? Is there a bare chest repository somewhere?
I won’t even get into female models here. Again, I’ve met one or two of my lovely ladies through Facebook, but very often in romance, we see even less of them than we do of the men.
So to all the men I’ve loved before, because I have loved each and every one of you in my way, please forgive me. I do not know your names. I do not know your birthdays or favorite foods. I feel as if we’ve shared intimate moments in my head and I didn’t even ask for your phone number so I could call you again.
And I will tell you this. You won’t be my last. There will be more of you, as many as I can muster. My unknown, beloved heroes. Men of mystery who seem content to remain that way.
If you recognize my models, male or female, let me know. And if you are a model who has graced one of my covers, please reach out to me. I’d love to be able to thank you.