charles paz at shoot

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.

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And just for fun, a few more RT pics from Lisa Cooke:

Leanna Renee Heiber and Lisa

Leanna Renee Heiber and Lisa

 

Me with the much-coveted rooster of the RomanceBandits blog

Me with the much-coveted rooster of the RomanceBandits blog

Franco D'Angelo and Lisa at the vampire ball

Franco D'Angelo and Lisa at the vampire ball

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.

Franco D'Angelo play's Lisa Cooke's gambler hero Dyer Straits.
Franco D’Angelo play’s Lisa Cooke’s gambler hero Dyer Straits from TEXAS HOLD HIM. Stefan takes on the angst of the hero from Jade Lee’s DRAGONBOUND, his favorite book ever as he assured us.
Konstantinos reveals his inner animal as he portrays Sir Nico Wulfson from Kathryne Kennedy's ENCHANTING THE BEAST
Konstantinos reveals his inner animal as he portrays Sir Nico Wulfson from Kathryne Kennedy’s ENCHANTING THE BEAST
Jimi Gaskin plays Bonnie Vanak's title character from THE LADY AND THE LIBERTINE.  Or Libertarian as initially announced.
Jimi Gaskin plays Bonnie Vanak’s title character from THE LADY AND THE LIBERTINE. Or Libertarian as initially announced.
Jeremy Rivenburg didn't need much of a costume to play Angie Fox's Harley-lovin' shape-shifting griffin Dimitri from THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR DEMON SLAYERS
Jeremy Rivenburg didn’t need much of a costume to play Angie Fox’s Harley-lovin’ shape-shifting griffin Dimitri from THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR DEMON SLAYERS
Charles Paz takes a turn about the stage
Charles Paz takes a turn about the stageEric Truglia in formalwear
Konstantinos chooses all black for his formal ensemble
Konstantinos chooses all black for his formal ensemble

 

Stefan in his formalwear
Stefan in his formalwear

 

Between rounds with the models, we were entertained “Dancing with the Stars” style.

Siblings show off the Hustle
Siblings show off the Hustle
Heather Graham does the rumba
Heather Graham does the rumba

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

Charles Paz with both his trophies, which were presented by Mr. Romance 2008 Chris Winters
Charles Paz with both his trophies, which were presented by Mr. Romance 2008 Chris Winters

 

The whole gang
The whole gang
Christie has posted some more pics over at Killer Fiction.