Cover Spotlight: The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter

Want to know what goes into the making of a sexy Gena Showalter cover? Here’s a behind the scenes look at how the cover for The Darkest Touch was made!

by Kathleen Outdit, Art Director

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We selected from nearly 500 images taken at our photo shoot with photographer Glenn Mackay based on the original concept design by Tara Scarcello. This chosen shot captured the character’s intensity and physique – and was beautifully lit.

Torin is depicted by Justin Howell, an actor, stuntman and model from Toronto, Ontario.


Next we added the signature Lords of the Underworld butterfly tattoo


We then exaggerated the lighting effects to highlight the models muscles and create a dramatic mood.


A smokey atmosphere was built into the scene. It gives the scene depth and also created the dark background need to contrast the type design


The iconic butterfly form again adds some depth and texture to the scene, but is also an important symbol for the Lords of the Underworld series


After creating an illustration – we need to create a cover! The artwork is placed into a layout grid as the front cover. Additoonal illustrations using the smokey textures are created for the spine and back cover art.


The (text) type is designed over the artwork. Crafting the text design can take as much care as the artwork!


Once the cover art is complete and approved, we mark up all of the decorating elements and send it to the printer!

So what did Gena Showalter have to say about the cover of her upcoming book? Well…

“Seeing the cover for the first time, my thought process went something like this:  Muscles. Gloves are off. Muscles. Drool–must wipe it away. Muscles. Oh, this man also has a face. Handsome!  Muscles. 😉 ”


What do you think about the cover for The Darkest Touch? Let us know in the comments section!

About The Darkest Touch:

thedarkesttouchFrom New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes the long-awaited story of Torin, the most dangerous Lord of the Underworld yet…

Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and thoug

h he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.

She is Keeleycael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean her end, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win.

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Comments ( 17 )
  1. linda
    October 20, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Have been waiting for Torin’s book for a long time ,can’t wait

  2. Sheryl
    October 20, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Love the cover and this series! I can’t wait to read Torin’s story!

  3. Kimberley Tremblay
    October 20, 2014 at 10:35 am

    LOOOOOOOOOOOVE the cover!!!!! Can’t wait for this book! <3

  4. Maria
    October 20, 2014 at 11:49 am

    My favorite Lord is going to meet his match. Torin, my most heartfelt wish is that you find the happiness you so richly deserve.

  5. Ellen Castillo
    October 20, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Wow! Hot cover!

  6. Crystal
    October 20, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Well, Torin is certainly smokin hot. Can’t wait to find out what happens in his story!

  7. Fabienne
    October 20, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Waouw superbe couverture

  8. Robelle
    October 20, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Yes! Agreed! Can’t wait! :3

  9. Pamela
    October 20, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    His story has been the one I have been waiting to read. As I read all the ones before this, I was always wondering how and if his story had a happy ending. Waiting on pins and needles for the answer.

  10. Sapphire Bengier
    October 20, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Cool when I’m finished my story I can create my own cover

  11. Tina Burri
    October 20, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Best cover in the series yet. He is just how I pictured him while reading the other stories.

  12. paulette
    October 20, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    YES , YES! i can wait,oh my.

  13. Dee
    October 21, 2014 at 1:17 am

    No…..No….. that can’t be Adobe Photoshop! LoL

  14. Sofia T.
    October 21, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Squee!!!!! I loooove the cover!!!

  15. Dee Dee
    October 21, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Gorgeous cover – and guy! I’ve always felt bad for Torin’s loneliness and isolation but wondered how, given his particular demon, he could possibly ever find love and happiness. At last we’ll find out and I bet it will be epic!

  16. Rohn Federbush
    January 21, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Would you please list the editors at Nocturn for me. I’m trying to submit a professional looking query.

  17. Amy
    January 22, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Hi Rohn,
    The Senior Editor for Harlequin Nocturne is Ann Leslie Tuttle. You can find out more about submitted to Nocturne here:
    Best of luck with your submission!
    ~Amy from Harlequin

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