By 2006, with over 58 million copies of her books have been sold worldwide, with translations appearing in 12 languages, johanna lindsey is one of the worlds most popular authors of historical romance. That first book by lindsey that i ever read is, even still, my absolute favorite historic of hers, and possibly of all time. May 23, 20 as a mere male the big hair fabio clone is more likely to put me off than get me to buy a book. Johanna lindsey was born in 1952 in germany where her father was stationed with the u. Hearts aflame is novel by johanna lindsey, originally published in june 1987 by avon books. Book covers that got me into trouble the book pushers. The italian model who goes by just his first name became the face of. For instance, writer johanna lindsey had a string of truly outrageous covers that peaked with 1985s tender is the storm. The elaine duilloillustrated cover for hearts aflame by johanna lindsey became a huge hit thanks to the inclusion of fabio. In a statement to usa today, fabio paid tribute to. My biggest problem with the cover of warriors woman. When adding books, please add the actual cover or edition with fabio on it if at all possible from your own shelves. Love only once is the first book of the series and it starts off with reginas story. For the young among us, fabio lanzoni is an italian model who found his perfect niche in 1987, when he modelled for the cover of legendary historical romance novelist johanna lindseys book, hearts aflame.
Jul 15, 2019 he had already been modeling in the united states for a decade before he landed his first cover. Her books also played a key role in establishing the career of cover model fabio, as he was featured on numerous lindsey covers through the 1980s and 90s, most notably on gentle rogue. Cover model fabio by 1991, fabio had attracted the attention of readers, who initially assumed that the cover star was an imaginary character, an artist. Aug 10, 2008 that cover was such a success that he subsequently posed for many of lindseys covers, all painted by duillo, who says that he was such a good model that no one could compare with him. The shadow and the star featured a dripping wet fabio emerging from the water. The book rose to number three on the new york times best sellers list. The 1990 cover for johanna lindsey s gentle rogue, painted by elaine duillo and featuring fabio it was artist elaine duillo who first discovered fabio. We should never judge a book by its cover unfortunately, we have a tendency to do exactly that. Fans of lindsey s work have been on twitter sharing their memories of her books with one another. Duillo painted from photographsshe worked through robert osonitsch studios, a sort of onestop shop popular with cover artists. The bestselling novel and cover were so successful that fabio, painted by cover artist elaine duillo, became a fixture with lindsey s books.
Lindsey inked a 10 book contract with avon, she was writing two books a year, and each of her previous 19 novels had sold at least 700,000 copies, according to a times report. Johanna lindsey has been hailed as one of the most popular authors of romantic fiction, with more than sixty million copies of her novels sold. Johanna is and always will be the absolute queen of my reading universe. Fabio s recognition as a reallife model coincided with a revolution in the industry, as the bodice ripper tags made way for a new level of respect. An iconic male model for romance book covers, fabio lanzoni was depicted on more than 400 romance novel covers during the 1980s and the 1990s, including classics such as johanna lindseys gentle rogue and savage thunder. Theres nothing like seeing fabio on the cover during his prime. He had already been modeling in the united states for a decade before he landed his first cover. In some ways, fabio represented exactly the stereotype that the typical romance reader may associate the romance hero with. Johanna lindsey 19522019 was worldrenowned for her mastery of historical romance entertainment weekly, with more than sixty million copies of her novels sold. Fabio, king of romance novel covers, opens up about his own.
Just for the iconic factor of it alone, it was also fabios first. Johanna lindsey books list of books by author johanna. Army soldier that was stationed in germany, where she was born although as an army brat, she wouldnt stay long and moved around frequently. See more ideas about historical romance books, historical romance and romance books. He turned to a colorful stack of paperback romance novels. Lindsey inked a 10book contract with avon, she was writing two books a year, and each of her previous 19 novels had sold at least 700,000 copies, according to a times report. The covers of lindseys novels have been widely parodied, fitting in as they do with a trend in romance publishing to use gaudy. Really, this is the least of the weirdness to be found on a johanna lindsey cover, but im trying to inform, not terrorize with fabio thigh. The romance stories feature strong heroines and exciting plots along with plenty of steamy scenes. Johanna helen lindsey nee howard, march 10, 1952 october 27, 2019 was an american writer of historical romance novels. Lindseys steamy book covers defined the goldenhaired male model known as fabio, a romance correspondent tells the post. Although, fabio graced many a cover depicting men of all type, within one short year, those tanned pecs and that long hair had been relegated to hiding beneath a flap that showed a demure.
The actor and model has graced the covers of hundreds of romance novels, but his own romantic life hasnt been novelworthy. Taking one of fabios covers, savage thunder johanna lindsey, 1989, for example, we can see how the masculinity featured on the book cover continues to. First of all, i would like to say, i love your website. Legendary romance novelist johanna lindsey has died. The success of this book gave her the courage and esteem to write more books even creating several novel series. Reviewed in the united kingdom on october 22, 2010. Love only once johanna lindsey never a romance reader until this one. What happens when cheesy romance covers are made by. This overhead perspective isnt used a lot on romance novel covers, making this one all the more eye catching.
In total, she has fortynine books that have all had success. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, fabio posed for the covers of tons of romance novels. She has published at least one novel every 23 years since then, with the exception of a gap between 1998 and 2004. Fabio appears on no less than 466 romance novel covers, including a few of his. She is glad that computergenerated covers are being used for midlist authors because it will allow her to retire. Fabio pays tribute to incredible romance novelist johanna. Johanna lindsey wrote her first book, captive bride in 1977 on a whim, and the book was a success. The next cover or should i say covers that got me into trouble were the johanna lindsey books now you think fabio would be to blame nope. Thats not to say that the clinch cover doesnt pose a problem for the romance community. More than sixty million of her nearly fifty books have sold worldwide, with translations in twelve languages.
As a longtime georgette heyer fan, her covers have generally gone down the old masters route. In this countdown we take a look at the funniest, cringiest and cheesiest romance novel covers ever. After all, these decadent, dayglo masterpieces didnt just appear. They all had covers with a couple in a clinch, the woman usually looking adoringly up at a barechested man more often than not various versions of the model fabio or his clones and i became used to that. Since none of you know me, i can admit here that i have all of johanna lindseys back list hidden away in my closet complete with nekkid fabio covers. See more ideas about romance novel covers, romance novels and romance books. Owing to their diversity of settings lindseys work covers a number of romance subgenres, including medieval, regency, western, viking, and even science fiction.
Johanna wrote her first book, captive bride in 1977 on a whim, and the book was a success. Fabios 54th birthday is just a good excuse to revisit his best book covers fabio lanzoni, the longhaired, 63, perfectly chiseled italian modelactorauthor is turning 54 today and is still looking better than ever. Below is a list of johanna lindseys malory family books in order of when they were originally published. With hair dyed blackpresumably because that makes him look indianand flowing in the wind, except in this. Fabio and the history of romance novel covers the attic jezebel. Johanna lindseys gentle rogue, the first of the malory series, published in 1990 featured fabio and romance covers had come into their own. Johanna lindseys writing career began in 1977 when she wrote and released her first book called captive bride. Johanna lindsey, the bestselling romance writer who sold more than 60 million steamy novels worldwide over a prolific 40year career, has died at age 67. May 14, 2018 fabio lanzoni is the king of romance novel covers. See more ideas about historical romance books, romance and romance novel covers.
Beginning with her first historical romance published in 1977, lindsey s books have found popular success. Johanna lindsey, the prolific and influential romance writer, has died. Johanna lindsey books list of books by author johanna lindsey. Aug 10, 2008 more interest accumulated when fabio was used as a sole cover model on two laura kinsale covers, the shadow and the star and the prince of midnight, after avon executives learned that fabio raised book sales by up to 40 percent. Cover model fabio a household name for nearly a decade, fabio is also the undisputed god of romance. Fabio, king of romance novel covers, opens up about his. The origin of clinch covers on romance novels book riot.
There are exceptions, of course remember the old angelique series. Anyway, i waited a long while until i could find the fabio cover edition of johanna lindsays gentle rogue before buying it. Order of johanna lindsey books johanna lindsey 19522019 was an american novelist of historical romance. Fabio international fan club fabio ifc fabios covers. Johanna lindseys books have been topping bestseller lists for decades.
More interest accumulated when fabio was used as a sole cover model on two laura kinsale covers, the shadow and the star and the prince of midnight, after avon executives learned that fabio raised book sales by up to 40 percent. Browse author series lists, sequels, pseudonyms, synopses, book covers, ratings and awards. Dec 23, 2019 johanna lindsey, the prolific and influential romance writer, has died. The queen of the covers now does lead authors only, and her most recognizeable covers are those of johanna lindsey and bertrice small bertrice, by the way, buys her covers as art and has filled her house with them. Original elaine duillo cover image featuring fabio. Lindsey s steamy book covers defined the goldenhaired male model known as fabio, a romance correspondent tells the post. Dec 23, 2019 johanna lindsey, the bestselling romance writer who sold more than 60 million steamy novels worldwide over a prolific 40year career, has died at age 67. As you can see, the results are pretty goddamn funny. Lindsey, betina swan bride not fabio lindsey, johanna angel, 1992 defy not the heart gentle rogue, 1990 once a princess, 1991 not fabio hearts aflame, 1987 man of my dreams, inside, 1996 prisoner of my desire, 1991 not fabio savage thunder, 1997 the magic of you, 1993 you belong to me, 1996 warriors woman, 1990. But even apart from his extraordinary success within that industry, fabio is a media phenomenon. Because my clinch covers are my precious, excessive children and i love every single facet of them right down to the weird, period inappropriate green eyeliner on the heroine of johanna lindseys gentle rogue. Johanna lindsey began her malory family series in 1985 with the novel love only once. Cover model fabio by 1991, fabio had attracted the attention of readers, who initially assumed that the cover star was an imaginary character, an artists creation. Fabios 54th birthday is just a good excuse to revisit his best book covers fabio lanzoni, the longhaired, 63, perfectly chiseled italian modelactorauthor is turning 54 today.
Countless romance novel covers sport his likeness as the embodiment of the ideal hero. All of her books reached the new york times bestseller list, many reaching no. For covers where hes not on them, but is on the stepback, please include a link under your vote to the stepback image. According to the new york times, the author died oct. Mar 20, 2018 my biggest problem with the cover of warriors woman. Johanna lindsey, kathleen woodiwiss, shirlee busbee, catherine coulter to name but a few.
The bestselling novel and cover were so successful that fabio, painted by cover artist elaine duillo, became a fixture with lindseys books. The cover of a book is supposed to be enticing, and its supposed to pull you in. And fabio paid tribute to the lindsey, telling usa today she was. Today, over 58 million copies of her books have been sold worldwide, with translations appearing in 12 languages, she is one of the worlds most popular authors of historical romance. Her most popular books are a series of regency sagas about the fictional malory family see family tree.975 776 1443 19 31 654 1062 595 460 463 586 488 1533 327 1194 1073 653 158 387 1343 1259 531 678 211 142 169 607 204 456 1102 1376 226 637