You really can’t tell a book by its cover – at least sometimes #TinaDonahueBooks #PiratesPrize #KensingtonBooks

Every time I receive a new cover from my publishers, I hold my breath. I’m praying, hoping, and pleading that the cover reflects the story inside. I’m not looking for a mirror image of the hero and heroine. That’s not possible. However, I do want the cover to be indicative of the mood of the book: dark, playful, fantasy, historical, contemporary – you get my drift.

I’d say 99% of the time, the cover artists have nailed what I’m hoping and looking for. However, that 1% mismatch can be brutal. I’ve had heroes who were 30 years old represented by guys who had to be in their mid 40s, at least. Those models were undeniably hot – at one time. Not now. Best they moved on and let younger guys take the stage. I’ve had curvy heroines represented by model thin women. Their cheekbones were so sharp they could have injured someone.

Luckily, the vast majority of those mishaps were handled professionally and resolved so that readers and fans could tell my books by my covers.

Here’s the cover for my upcoming December release Forbidden DesireBook 3 in my Pirate’s Prize series.

OMG, I want this guy to come to my door. He is sooooooo HOT! This is one of my fave covers of all time.

Available for preorder – Universal Link

Ready to read December 5


In paradise, the only limits to passion lie in your imagination…

After a life filled with hardship, landing on a lush tropical isle is heaven on earth for mariner Heath Garrison. And it comes complete with two angels who bring out the very devil in him. Identical twins Netta and Aimee are guileless and seductive, living and loving without jealousy. Days of longing, nights of carnal bliss make choosing one over the other seem impossible, but hungering for both sisters is taboo.

Aimee and Netta’s devotion to each other helped them survive the vicious pirates who overran their home. Will a virile Englishman come between them now? When their enemies return, determined to vanquish the islanders for good, Heath races to save them along with his countrymen. But survival will bring a choice—between the life Heath has known, and a love that changes all their destinies…

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