So a few days ago a couple of authors were bouncing ideas around about promo for the upcoming Romantic Times convention. They came up with the idea of having trading cards similar to baseball cards. Except these would be Romance Trading Cards with a different card for our heroes and heroines divided into categories. The idea’s taken off and I’ve thrown my hat into the ring. (Yes, I’m nuts adding more work to my load but I think it might be fun.) I’ll be handing them out at the literacy signing at the Romance Writers conference in New York in June and if I can get them done in time, I’m hoping to convince someone who is going to the upcoming Romantic Times conference out in L.A. to take some for me as well. (But considering that’s a month away and I still have to get them designed and printed, AND through Canadian customs which is slower than molasses in January, I’m not sure that’s possible.) And I’ll be giving them away to anyone who asks here.
But…and here’s where you come in…I need stock photos I can use for some of my characters. I have the perfect guy to use for Brett from Texas Tangle, and for Chad and Mark from the Hauberk series. I also have photos I can use for Rosie from Personal Protection and Lauren from the upcoming Deliberate Deceptions. But, I’m stymied when it comes to photos for Jodi from Private Property, and Nikki and Dillon from Texas Tangle. And while I’ve got a perfectly lovely “chest” to use for Sam from Personal Protection, I’m wondering if that’ll be enough — if you want a head on that body, I need you to scour the photo sites and see if you can find something that matches your vision of what he looks like. (I always thought of him along the lines of Dwayne Johnson or Vin Diesel.) I’m also going to need ideas for my three characters from Tangled Past – Sarah, Nate and Jackson. (There’s a ‘partial’ face of Sarah on the cover of Tangled Past. Jackson is part native-American, Nate has sandy brown hair — I always think of Little Joe from Bonanza when I think of him.)
So here’s your assignment: scour the stock photo sites such as iStockphoto or Dreamstime or Shutterstock. Or you can also try FreeImages.com or morgueFile. Or you can try this list: Free Stock Images List. Find a photo you think represents one of my characters, then come back here and post the link along with what character that photo represents. (It needs to be a royalty-free photo that I can purchase the rights to so I don’t violate any copyrights.) If I choose one of the photos you suggest for one of my characters, I’ll send you an entire set. (once they’re printed, that is.)
It’ll be fun to see if your visions of my characters match mine. Oh, and have I forgotten any characters? You don’t really want a Grandma Barnett card, do you?