Scholarly re-covers!

So way back in 2013 I noticed that Booklikes was using the wrong cover for Cecilia Grant’s A Gentleman Undone: a Polish-language scholarly book on medieval history with a distinctly scholarly-book cover. And then, a meme was born: re-cover romance novels to look like academic works. The rest is history.

You can see past covers here.

Today, to celebrate our 99 cent sale, I made covers for Gambled Away and each novella in it!

Buy Gambled Away for just 99 cents!

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The scholarly re-cover of Gambled Away, inspired by The Washington Community 1800-1828 by James Sterling Young.

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“Gideon and the Den of Thieves” by Joanna Bourne, inspired by  Illuminating Instruments (Artefacts: Studies in the History of Science and Technology), ed. Peter J. T. Morris and Klaus Staubermann. This exquisite story is a standalone prequel to the Spymasters series, set in Lazarus’s underworld court and featuring a 13-year-old Adrian Hawker!

Image credit: Isabelle Grosjean, via Wikimedia Commons.

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“Raising the Stakes,” by Isabel Cooper, inspired by Home on the Road: The Motor Home in America by Roger B. White. In this story, set in Dust Bowl California, a two-bit scammer with a heart of gold accidentally wins an elf warrior in a poker game! Then she buys him pancakes, and then they team up to take down a crooked preacher.

Image credit (background): Cbl62, via Wikimedia Commons.

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“All or Nothing” by Rose Lerner (me!) inspired by Glorious Mud! by Gus Van Beek. A shy architect asks an irrepressible gambling den hostess to pretend to be his mistress so he can actually get some work done at his ex-boyfriend’s scandalous house party.

Image credit: kev, via Wikimedia Commons.

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“The Liar’s Dice,” by Jeannie Lin, inspired by How Humans Adapt: A Biocultural Odyssey, edited by Donald J. Ortner. A nerdy, sheltered girl sneaks out dressed in her brother’s clothes for a night on the town…and witnesses a murder in the company of a handsome scoundrel. Who kind of reminds me of Han Solo if Han Solo talked a LOT less.

Image credit (coin): CZDK, via Wikimedia Commons.

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“Redeemed” by Molly O’Keefe, inspired by Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth by Stephen F. Knott. This story is set in 1860s Denver. A doctor (who, I have it on good authority, was inspired by Val Kilmer’s Doc Holliday!) recovering from chloroform addiction in a brothel is drawn reluctantly into the troubles of a beautiful singer trapped in a desperately abusive situation. This story will rip your guts out in the best way.

And now I’m taking requests!! Give me a favorite romance (it can be by you!), and I’ll make as many re-covers as I can today and post them here.

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Requests:

1. Beauty by Robin McKinley, for twillshireen.

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Inspired by Longhorned Woodboring Beetles by Steven W. Lingafelter, Eugenio H. Nearns, Gérard L. Tavakilian, Miguel A. Monné, and Michael Biondi.

Image credit: Library of Congress Digital Collections.

2. Lord Perfect by Loretta Chase, for minahbirdie.

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Inspired by Picturing the Past by Gregory M. Pfitzer.

Image credit: The British Museum.

3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik, for Nicky Penttila.

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Inspired by The Archaeology of Social Boundaries by Miriam T. Stark.

Image credit: Wellcome Images, via Wikimedia Commons.

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And remember…

Buy Gambled Away for just 99 cents!

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