One assignment from the DS106 assignment bank that caught my eye was the Valentine’s Day Caption Challenge. For this assignment, we had to take a postcard from a bank on Flickr and add a caption to “[raise] the love spirit to a new level.” Unfortunately, when I followed the link to find a card to use, I got an error page. Undeterred, I searched the name of the artist (Franco Accornero) using Google and found this very spicy painting of a couple in front of the Washington Monument.

Since the assignment description stated that the artist typically did work for romance novels, I thought I would get a kick out of transforming it into a fake romance novel cover. I got a lot of my inspiration for the style by looking up “gothic romance novels” on Google images. This blog has several great examples that I drew from. So, I present to you Secrets of the President’s Cabinet, a romantic thriller about two political rivals who have to keep their affair a secret from the most powerful man in the United States.

Romance of the Ages