Charles Paz, Mr. Romance 2009, visited New York City last week for a photo shoot with artist Judy York (left) and a visit with Dorchester and RT staff. He will appear on the cover of Connie Mason’s THE LORD OF DEVIL ISLE, currently slated for a June 2010 release. As soon as we have the final cover, I’ll be sure to share. With his infectious smile and incredible enthusiasm, Charles is pretty impossible not to love. Of course, the abs are nice too. But it was a pleasure to have him here.
June 25, 2009
April 29, 2009
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But back to Dorchester. Through our partnership with LibreDigital, we’ve added a Browse Inside feature to help readers preview the first 10% or so of a book’s content. We currently have Browse Inside available for all 2008 titles and 2009 through April. Similar to the widgets currently available through Harlequin and HarperCollins, they not only allow readers to sample a book before purchase, but they also facilitate promotion easily allowing authors, reviewers, and bloggers to embed the preview on their own sites. We’re looking forward to using this tool for special promotions and free ebook giveaways in the future. So stay tuned…
And just for fun, a few more RT pics from Lisa Cooke:
April 28, 2009
We’ll have more pics on the Dorchester site as soon as we’re able to load them. Christie Craig served as our official photographer and owns a camera much better in the low light than mine. But a zillion thanks to Lisa Cooke for snapping these shots while I was judging. Click on each photo for a larger version (and the ability to zoom!).
The show was divided into three sections: Casual wear, portrayal of an assigned character, and formalwear. Four judges–Marketing Manager Erin Galloway, American Title winner Marie-Claude Borque, attendee drawing winner Julie Floyd, and myself–marked contestants on a scale of 1 to 10 in each round.
I can’t speak for the other judges, but mostly I was looking for how well their looks would translate on a cover. Did they seem versatile? Knowledgeable of how to pose for a shoot? Would they work well for a photographer? But answers to audience questions done during the casual section and their definition of romance, which was read as the walked the runway in their formalwear, did come into play as well.
Between rounds with the models, we were entertained “Dancing with the Stars” style.
After all three rounds, the scores were tallied and the results:
Contestants’ Choice: Franco D’Angelo
Readers’ Choice: Charles Paz
Mr. Romance 3rd Place: Jeremy Rivenburg
Mr. Romance 2nd Place: Stefan Pinto
Mr. Romance 2009, winning an all-expenses-paid trip to New York and photo shoot and appearance on a Dorchester cover: Charles Paz