Holding out for a hero…Mark, where for art thou?

The release of my feminist v. spanko novel, Body Politics is a mere week away, and I’ve begun to work on my Pinterest board for the book. I need a male image to represent Mark DeLuca, the hero of the story.

Mark is the deputy chief of police and a spanko. He’s American by citizenship, Italian by heritage. He’s very tall, six feet six inches, muscular and macho to the core. He’s thirty-nine years old.

(A little secret between you and me: I’m in love with the guy. But I don’t think he’d be interested in me, even if Stephanie Gordon, the heroine, wasn’t in the picture. Besides that, he’s not real. Not real, Cara. Not real.)

So, I search for “masculine man” on Bigstock photo for a picture to represent my Stephanie’s Mark on Pinterest.  How difficult it can be to find a photo of a handsome, masculine man? Come, browse with me for a moment (remember my search term)…

We have scary

A wee bit too old

Handsome but too young

Potential on the beach, but there’s no beach in my story

Right look wrong hat

Wrong genre

Let’s look at the guy on the beach again

There’s a story here, but it’s not mine

My first real possibility, but still a tad young. Maybe Mark ten years ago. What I like is the expression on his face.

And finally…Mark. I wish the model’s expression were more intense, but this works. May I introduce Mark DeLuca.

I’m not quite done with the Body Politics Pinterest board (still don’t have a cover to show), but if you want to take a peek at what I have so far, it’s here.

Body Politics, the third novel in the Rod and Cane Society series, will be released by Loose Id, January 8, 2013. All the novels are written as stand alones so you can read them out of order or pick the one that strikes your fancy. Here’s the Body Politics blurb:

Feminist Stephanie Gordon knows the instant she meets blind date Mark DeLuca it’s not going to work. Sure the deputy chief of police is criminally sexy, but he’s arrogant, domineering and sexist. Thank goodness after the evening ends, she’ll never have to see him again.

A member of the Rod and Cane Society, an organization of men who spank, Mark DeLuca is attracted to Stephanie like a paddle to a well-rounded ass. He sees beneath the shield of feminist militancy to the soft, sensitive woman she tries to hide. When she storms away in a snit, the chase is on. Can a Dom convince a diehard feminist her true strength lies in submission?


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13 Responses to Holding out for a hero…Mark, where for art thou?

  1. I go through the same thing looking at stock photos for covers. I’m think we can magic wand that beach right out from behind the hottie though . . . You’re right, I enjoyed looking at him twice. 😉

  2. Oh the perils of writing a book these days….. Now who plays Mark Deluca in the Movie ?

  3. Love your Pinterest board for this. And I HATE pinterest so that’s some feat you’ve accomplished.


  4. ekisjan says:

    Scary guy might work if Mark ups and murders everyone at the end of the story…

  5. Thianna D says:

    I had to giggle at “a wee bit too old” LOL Maybe that would be the picture for the head of the Rod & Cane Society.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      SURELY you don’t mean Otis Davenport, the president of the Rod and Cane Society? *gasp of dismay* Otis, while being an older gentleman, is quite distinguished and appears many years younger than he is.

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