Today on Cover Model Corner I'm pleased to introduce cover model Len Gunn.
I had the pleasure of meeting Len at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention last year in Chicago at the Desert Breeze Publishing author breakfast and I'm pleased to host him here on Cover Model Corner so you can have a chance to meet him too. :-)
Len, what was the first cover you appeared on and how did this come about?
My first cover is Honor by Janet Dailey. I had the good fortune of competing in the 2011 Mr. Romance Competition in LA during the RT convention. To my surprise, I won the competition and was awarded a photoshoot with Kensington Publishing which yielded not one but five covers!
If you could do a photo shoot anywhere in the world for a cover, where would you most want to go? What sort of shoot would it be?
I would love to shoot in Florence, Italy. The natural beauty of the lush hillsides is breathtaking! I could see either shooting a picnic scene with a vineyard in the background or walking through the vineyard holding hands with my beloved.
Beyond romance novel cover shots, what other projects or jobs keep you busy?
In my spare time (haha), I run a lawn irrigation company. Yeah, I dig holes all day! I enjoy the blue collar work; always have. It allows me to keep life in perspective and to fully appreciate getting treated like a “king” when I am on a photoshoot.
What's one question you wish an interviewer would ask you?
Why hasn’t a woman swept you off your feet?
This question is almost always asked in interviews because your fitness level is beyond the average persons. What is your exercise routine and what sort of nutrition plan do you follow to achieve and maintain your level of fitness?
Hmm, I honestly don’t like to bore others with this subject. I live by one simple rule, what you put into your body (fuel) is what you will get out of it. There is really no reason to make it any more complicated than that. I maintain a very healthy diet of course, and try to change it up every so often so my body doesn’t become dependent on any specific items. Since two years ago I rarely eat meat at all! I feel better than I ever did when on the traditional high protein, lots of meats diet. I feel like a well-oiled machine at all times and haven’t lost any size (common occurance for a traditional vegan or vegetarian male). As a matter of fact, I have added 7-8 lbs of muscle while on my newer diet. I work out with weights five days a week and seven days a week on core and cardio. It’s not an option, It’s everyday life! Desire, Discipline, and Dedication (3 D’s) is the key to any success. You gotta want it!
If you could share three simple fitness tips the average romance reader could do every day to stay healthy, what would they be?
Eat clean (the more ingredients on the list, the more processed it is), Find a way to sweat every day (guarantees you are raising your heart rate), and find ways to change it up often (go for a long walk one day, slow jog the next, change locations to keep you interested, etc).
It's your birthday dinner and the calories don't count. What's on the menu and what are you drinking?
Corned Beef and cabbage (favorite past time from growing up in the Northeast) and Boston Crème Pie! And of course a Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley area.
Describe the perfect romantic evening:
It’s very simple; just spending time with someone that you have an unexplainable connection with. It doesn’t matter in what capacity when the connection is there. Sure, a low lit dinner exuding the ambiance of romance with a great view of a great city or the ocean in the background sets the night off right. But the connection is what it’s all about, because it’s any backdrop special.
Please share one unusual fact about you or your life:
I am only the second in my extended family to attend college and obtain a four year degree (with honors I might add!). My oldest brother was the first and my inspiration for following through with the achievement.
Eight Quickie questions:
1.) Watching the sunset or watching the stars? Watching the sunset
2.) The beach or the mountains? The Beach
3.) Primitive camping or luxury hotel? Camping
4.) Snow skiing or water skiing? Snow skiing
5.) Favorite movie: Tommy Boy (I love comedies that don’t require thought)
6.) Best book you ever read: Intensity by Dean Koontz
7.) Fav. Sport to play: Golf and Beach Volleyball
8.) Fav. Sport to watch: Football (NFL)
Thank you for visiting with me today. It's been fun getting to know you. Before we say goodbye, how can fans stay up to date on your latest news?
Today on Cover Model Corner I'm pleased to introduce cover model John Quinlan.
John is the most tattooed male cover model in the world and it's a pleasure to share his interview here with you today.
Q - John, what was the first cover you appeared on and how did this come about?
*John* - It was called ‘Captive Fantasy’ by Ann Mayburn. She needed a model for her cover that was bad enough to rock a prison jumpsuit with tattoos. I guess I was just the guy she was looking for at the time.
Q - If you could do a photo shoot anywhere in the world for a cover, where would you most want to go? What sort of shoot would it be?
*John* - I love warm weather and beautiful backdrops when I do model shoots so ideally it would be someplace in the Caribbean. You know all the great things would be included like palm trees, sandy beaches and waterfalls. It would be amazing!
Q - Beyond romance novel cover shots, what other projects or jobs keep you busy?
*John* - I have been involved in fitness related things for over 20 years so projects of this nature are always on the table. I will be one of the cover models in Kansas City May 2-5 this year for the RT Convention which should be really fun. I also have 3 little children, 2 boys (6 and 3) and my little princess is 16 months. These angels keep me pretty busy as well but it’s the toughest job I will ever love.
Q - How do you feel about being the most tattooed male romance cover model in the world right now?
*John* - I bring a fresh new look to the romance cover model world. I definitely look a bit different than the traditional male romance cover model of the past. I have 19 individual tattoos; most of them have an Oriental and Celtic cross theme to them which include 2 half sleeves, 7 Kanji characters and 4 nautical stars just to name a few. I love being unique and being referred to as the most tattooed male romance cover model in the world right now does that for me and separates me from the traditional look of many of my model peers. I am truly honored and humbled by this title Debra.
Q -What's one question you wish an interviewer would ask you?
*John* - Great question Debra, maybe something along the line of, “what drives you?” It is a question that just asks what keeps me going, to never give up and to never quit. Great things happen to those that are good people who work hard and treat others with respect. I have done my best over time to be all of these things so let’s see what happens to John Quinlan.
Q -If you wrote a book, what would it be about?
*John* - It would have to be my autobiography. I never talk about myself as I am very humble BUT it would be about all the great people who supported me along this journey to the top of the mountain. Many people have called me the “Mickey Ward” of the modeling business because I was just a scrappy blue collar guy who never gave up. The dream was always in my mind and I worked endlessly to make it a reality.
Q - This question is almost always asked in interviews because your fitness level is beyond the average persons. What is your exercise routine and what sort of nutrition plan do you follow to achieve and maintain your level of fitness?
*John* - Debra, right now I follow an exercise regimen like a boxer. I train now more for stamina and burning calories to keep in top shape. There will be a day or two during the week when I will work out with weights that are bit heavier than normal to switch it up a bit but boxer training is my thing right now. My nutrition was always pretty basic. When it comes to my diet there was never anything scientific about it. I stick to the basics and the key is consistency. To have an effective diet that works one has to stick with it as results don’t happen overnight. I keep my protein level up to maintain my muscle mass during intense bouts of training through chicken, fish and some red meat here and there. I also use some quality whey protein as well. My carbohydrates are usually through oatmeal, potatoes and rice. My favorite vegetable is spinach which is full of iron so this does the job just fine. Good enough for Popeye is good enough for me! I was never a big dairy guy and I love berries, especially blue berries. There you have it my amazingly talented romance writing friend!
Q - If you could share three simple fitness tips the average romance reader could do every day to stay healthy, what would they be?
*John* - Read nutrition labels, don’t consume empty calories and eat a good breakfast (it is the most important meal of the day).
Q - It’s your birthday dinner and the calories don't count. What's on the menu and what are you drinking?
*John* - Greek pizza, loaded as that is my favorite cheat food without a doubt! I love Coke so mix some Rum into it for the sweetest drink to enjoy the moment! I have to mention the desert after everything settles. A chocolate marble cake with dark frosting that is just me for me only. This is so I have the chance to eat the whole thing without worrying about anybody stealing a slice!
Q - Describe the perfect romantic evening:
*John* - I know it sound cliché but a nice dinner in a fine restaurant always starts the night off right. It creates a nice foundation for the rest of the evening with endless possibilities.
Q - Please share one unusual fact about you or your life:
*John* - I was a Vegan but gave up that lifestyle.
Eight Quickie questions:
1.) Watching the sunset or watching the stars? Stars
2.) The beach or the mountains? Mountains
3.) Primitive camping or luxury hotel? Luxury Hotel
4.) Snow skiing or water skiing? Water Skiing
5.) Favorite movie: Wedding Crashers
6.) Best book you ever read: Too many to name just one, love sports books
7.) Fav. Sport to play: Basketball
8.) Fav. Sport to watch: Football
Debra - Thank you for visiting with me today. It's been fun getting to know you.
Before we say goodbye, how can fans stay up to date on your latest news? Do you have any news or announcements to share?
*John* - It has been an honor sitting down with you Debra. I think you are not only a great person but a very talented romance writer that I am proud to call my friend. Thank you for having me. As I mentioned earlier anybody who would like to meet me I will be in Kansas City May 2-5 for the RT Booklovers Convention at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. I look forward to meeting all the great writers and authors out there. God Bless.
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Welcome Scott! Let's get started.
1.) What was the first cover you appeared on and how did this come about?
The first cover I appeared on was KILTED DESIRE, and basically it was because I needed a low cost cover fer my book. Aye, I'm an author too. ;-)
2.) If you could do a photo shoot anywhere in the world for a cover, where would you most want to go? What sort of shoot would it be?
It would be fun tae go back tae Scotland and do a 'Highlander' shoot, actually up in the highlands.
3.) Beyond romance novel cover shots, what other projects or jobs keep you busy?
Being an author too I spend time writing, pus I have a Facebook Fan page that I spend a lot of time on. The page allows me tae share my sense of humor. I do a lot of interacting with fans and they seem tae appreciate it. I have a fun online store too where a lot of my images and slogans are available on various items. Plus I have my own designer fragrance range which has been popular.
4.) If you wrote a book what would it be about?
I have 2 books already published and am working on the 3rd in the KILTED DESIRE series. The books are contemporary Romance/Action stories and are based on my own personal experiences and adventures, mainly after leaving the military.
5.) This question is almost always asked in interviews because your fitness level is beyond the average persons. What is yur exercise routine and what sort of nutrition plan do you follow to achieve and maintain your level of fitness?
I was lucky enough tae be able tae train every day fer my job. Being a member of the most elite Special Forces unit in the world fer over 10 years meant achieving nae only strength, but also a very high level of cardio fitness. I dinnae go overboard any more though, I watch what I eat and train aboot 3 times a week just tae stay trim.
6.) If you could share three simple fitness tips the average romance reader could do every day to stay healthy, what would they be?
Eat sensibly, avoid soda (even if it says diet on the can) and exercise regularly incorporating 'reverse - push back push-ips' in tae yer routine. They'll do wonders fer yer upper body.
7.) Describe the perfect romantic evening:
Nae matter what I say I’m sure it would sound very cliché! I am romantic though – I once proposed tae my American girlfriend by taking her tae a Castle overlooking Loch Ness, dressing in full Scottish regalia and getting doon on one knee! She did say ‘Aye’ but we’re nae together anymore.
8.) Please share one unusual fact about you or your life:
I’m pretty sure I’m the only Scottish, straight, single, Male Romance Author/Cover Model with a military Special Forces background ;) I’m also very accessible, which I have been told is unusual ;) I answer every message I receive on my Fan Page personally.
Eight Quickie questions:
1.) Watching the sunset or watching the stars? Sunset
2.) The beach or the mountains? Mountains
3.) Primitive camping or luxury hotel? Luxury
4.) Snow skiing or water skiing? Snow
5.) Favorite movie: The Hangover
6.) Best book you ever read:
7.) Fav. Sport to play: Soccer
8.) Fav. Sport to watch: Soccer
Scott, thank you for visiting with me today. It's been fun getting to know you. Before we say goodbye, how can fans stay up to date on your latest news?
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Announcing a new section of my website called Cover Model Corner!
What is Cover Model Corner?
Cover Model Corner is a special section of my website dedicated to interviews and photos of the cover models who grace the pages of our book covers. You will find it in the upper right hand of my website.
How did Cover Model Corner come about? A couple of years ago in 2011, I won a fundraiser drawing Jimmy Thomas held in LA at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention. The prize was breakfast in Bed with Jimmy Thomas. As you can imagine, this was great fun. The blog post I wrote about the event and the pics along with the interview Jimmy Thomas did with me later have been the most popular pages on my website. So I decided since my readers enjoyed those so much, it would be fun to have a special section of my website devoted to photos and interviews with my readers favorite cover models.
Here to kick of this new section, I am revisiting breakfast in bed with Jimmy Thomas and sharing the event with you. Stay tuned for future cover model interviews and photos. Enjoy!
Jimmy serving me breakfast in bed.
"(Making sure she doesn't soil her pj's ;))" - Jimmy's quote on his facebook page.
"(What? This breakfast doesn't come with a body massage?)" - quote from Jimmy's facebook page.
"(Cause she's my be-eest frieeend yat, da-da-da-da-dat, da da da da dat, da da da da daaaat...This toast sure is super-duper!!!!)" - quote from Jimmy on his facebook page.
Despite my nervousness (I mean how do you relax and eat breakfast when you are in your pajamas, the photographer is clicking away with the camera and you are sitting next to a famous and handsome cover model?) Jimmy is so much fun I actually started to relax enough to eat in front of the camera and have fun with it. :-)
(And I always did kinda like this song.)
"(Really? You don't say? Hmmmm, so you agree that Pavlov showed that there does exist a basic pattern in the reflex regulation of the activity of the circulatory organs, and that dogs just don't drool saliva when they see food because they haven't been taught proper eating etiquette? Interesting!)" - quote from Jimmy on his facebook page.
For more about Jimmy Thomas and the other cover models who grace the pages of our novels, please visit Cover Model Corner. And enjoy!
Love and Light,
Here is the new cover for my April 11th release, Trapping the Butterfly. What do you think? I absolutely adore it. This is my favorite cover so far.
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Dangerous Ties will be available in all eBook formats April 11th.
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This week I am working on expanding my second book, Dangerous Ties. Readers have said they wished the story was longer and wanted to know more about Nick and Lillian. I'm thrilled my publisher has given me the chance to do that before the book comes out in print April 4th!
Dangerous Ties is also eligible for the RONE awards for best cover in 2012 and best story in 2012. RONE awards will be given out at the Romance Novel Convention in August.
I am thrilled to have Dangerous Ties up for these awards and excited to be attending the convention in Vegas. I hope to see many of you there!
Trapping the Butterfly, which will be released in eBook April 11th, has a beautiful cover. I can't wait to share it with you! (Some of you have had a sneak peak on my facebook pages when my cover artist posted a preview.) Here are my facebook pages.
My fan page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Debra-Parmley/
My personal page: https://www.facebook.com/debra.parmley
I have an exciting feature coming soon on my website which I am sure you will love. It has something to do with those handsome cover models who grace the covers of our novels. That's all I can share for now. The rest is a surprise. ;-)
Keep watching this space for the unveiling! ;-)
Love and light,
Welcome to my website. Please pull up a chair, accept a virtual cup of tea and allow me to share a glimpse into one author’s life.
Oh but rather than telling you all about myself, let me show you. Browse and explore.
I hope you will come back to visit again.
Love and light,
“Dangerous Ties” won the reader preference round of the RONE contest and now is a finalist for the 2012 RONE awards!
Aboard the Wishing Star
A new contemporary romance novel
by Debra Parmley
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