It’s been awhile since we’ve done a Photoshop contest, but IT IS TIME. First, some backstory:
Both of the RITA® Reader Challenge reviews for Lauren Willig’s Mischief of the Mistletoe referenced that the hero, one Turnip Fitzhugh, didn’t get a sex scene!
Emily wrote, “I love Willig’s light-hearted style. That being said her books work better for me when they are darker. Missing is the steamy sex from the first three Pink books. She writes loves scenes that work for me, so I wish she would go back to the R rated ones.”
And Abby wrote in her review: “I love that moment when my beloved protagonists finally get to consummate their feelings, and in this novel, I was absolutely dying for it. I wanted it to be awkward and sweet and real, and then it just… wasn’t. So that’s it. That’s why it gets a B+ from me instead of an A. Judge me all you want, but I think the Turnip Fitzhughs of the world deserve their moment in the sexytimes sun just as much as those brooding mysterious types!”
I mentioned this to Lauren Willig when I ran into her in the bar at RWA this year, and she laughed about it, especially since both reviewers reached that same “Poor Turnip!” reaction. I asked her if she’d be willing to write the Missing Turnip Sexytimes if the Bitchery readership could came up with an appropriate cover art for the scene. She said she’d totally do it.
Then, a few days later, Mischief of the Mistletoe won the RITA® for Best Historical Romance! Way to go Lauren!
SO IT IS PHOTOSHOP TIME, Y’ALL. Not just any Photoshop, either: HOT TURNIP COVER ART time!
Your challenge: Create a cover for the Missing Turnip Sexytimes scene. You can title it whatever you’d like, but the title is part of the contest. Turnip’s Missing Chapter. Teatime for Turnip. Whatever.
Your job is to design the cover and title for the missing scene, and submit to me by noon EDT Friday 15 July 2011.
A few notes:
– PLEASE DO NOT STEAL ANY ART. Anyone caught lifting paintings from the Prado or Right-click-save-as-ing graphics without permission will be spanked royally! Please ask before you use someone’s art.
– Please make the file size one static image of 300 pixels wide by 450 pixels tall.
– I will post the entries on Friday afternoon, and voting will begin and run through the weekend. Winner will be announced Monday.
– If your cover is selected as the winner, you’ll win a copy of Mischief of the Mistletoe, and a $25 gift certificate to the bookstore of your choice.
But the best part is what we’ll all win: if we receive good covers Photoshopped for our amusement and pleasure, Lauren Willig has promised to write the missing chapter for Turnip. As she says, “Definitely a fitting way to celebrate Turnip winning the RITA®—he’s earned that night (or day, or afternoon) of passion!”
Standard disclaimers apply: I’m not being compensated for this contest. Void where prohibited. Turnips are indeed sexy and look marvelous wearing boots. Measure twice; cut once.
Fire up your graphics software, and bring on the Turnip Bookcovers! After all, as Abby said, “the Turnip Fitzhughs of the world deserve their moment in the sexytimes sun.” Bring it on!