The Frank Kalan Romance Cover Art Collection

Real FantasyClose up of artwork for the book The Real Fantasy

In December 2017, the Browne Popular Culture Library received 130 original oil paintings by commercial artist Frank Kalan, donated by his family. The paintings represent a period during the 1980s and 1990s when Mr. Kalan worked as a cover illustrator for romance novels produced primarily by Harlequin Enterprises. In addition to the paintings, the collection includes paperwork showing the direction Kalan received from the publisher, reference photographs used to create the paintings, and cover mockups created from the paintings.

The Frank Kalan Collection provides researchers with the opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the most important elements of romance novel marketing- the cover. In addition, the BPCL already holds copies of many of the books created from Mr. Kalan’s work. The ability to consider this particular combination of creative process and published product is unique among academic archives, and will be a tremendous resource for scholars of romance fiction, one of the fastest growing aspects of popular culture research.

Winter SunlightRomance fiction generates more than $1 billion in revenue annually for the publishing industry, with thousands of new titles published each year. That such a massive economic engine is created primarily by women, for women makes it an important area of study for students of gender, business, and literature alike.

In keeping with its mission to both collect and share popular culture, the BPCL will also work to actively display the artworks for the public to enjoy. The Browne Popular Culture Library is grateful to the Kalan family for its generous donation, and is happy to be able to preserve and provide access to this important resource.

Additional information about Frank Kalan and his work.

TitleAuthorYearBook Call Number (if avail.)Painting SizePaperwork?
A Husband Made in TexasCarter, Rosemary1997 12 x 18Yes
A Killing in Quail CountyCole, Jameson1997pop PS3553 O47285 K55 199718.5 x 29Yes
A Lake in KyotoLewty, Marjorie1985 11 x 15Yes
A Man UntamedArthur, Katherine1990 11.5 x 19Yes
A Most Determined BachelorMacgregor, Miriam1998 13 x 20Yes
A Place Called RambularaWay, Margaret1984pop PN6701 L7 H37 no. 26589.5 x 13.5Yes
A Rooted SorrowWest, Nicola1985 9 x 12Yes
A Second LovingJameson, Claudia1989pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 209912 x 18Yes
A Time To GrowJameson, Claudia1985 9.5 x 12.5Yes
A Warning of MagicKingston, Kate1993 12 x 18Yes
Always ChristmasRutland, Eva1992pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 324011 x 17Yes
Amaryllis DreamingHarvey, Samantha1985 9 x 12Yes
Bittersweet HoneymoonLewty, Marjorie1988pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 298513 x 19Yes
Bluebells On The HillMcMahon, Barbara1986 9.5 x 12.5Yes
Breaking the IceGregory, Kay1990pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 320611 x 16.5Yes
Brides for BrothersMacomber, Debbie1985pop PS3563 A2364 B741555 199813 x 20Yes
Call Back The PastMacLeod, Jean1988 11 x 17Yes
Call of the MountainMacGregor, Miriam1986 10 x 13.5Yes
Charlie's DadScott, Alexandra1997 11.5 x 19Yes
Christmas AngelBeverly, Jo1993pop PR9199.3 B424 C5 199211.5 x 18Yes
Colours of LoveHenaghan, Rosalie1993 19 x 27Yes
ContrastsKirby, Rowan1986 9.5 x 12.5Yes
Daddy's Little HelperMacomber, Debbie1995pop PS3563 A2364 D31555 199813 x 19Yes
Deck The HallsAllison, Heather1990pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 309111.5 x 18Yes
Denial of LoveKemp, Shirley1992 12 x 19Yes
Desert RoseMay, Wynne1993pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 327312 x 18Yes
Distant ShadowsYork, Alison1992 11.5 x 18Yes
Every Kind of HeavenCampbell, Bethany1991pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 316310 x 15.5Yes
Family SecretsMichaels, Leigh1994pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 332411.5 x 18.5Yes
Fiance for ChristmasGeorge, Catherine1998 12 x 20Yes
Firm CommitmentDenton, Kate1991pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 312311.5 x 18Yes
Flirtation RiverCampbell, Bethany1988pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 291113 x 18Yes
Force FieldDonnelly, Jane1986pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 287111 x 15No
Foreign AffairRutland, Eva1992pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 328316 x 25.5Yes
Forgive And ForgetSinclair, Tracy1987 11 x 18Yes
Found: One FatherWaverly, Shannon1996 13 x 19Yes
From This Day ForwardMarton, Sandra1985pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 13089 x 13Yes
Frozen EnchantmentSteele, Jessica1989pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 306511 x 15.5Yes
Fully InvolvedWinters, Rebecca1990pop PN6017 L7 H37 no. 304711.5 x 18Yes
Greek Island MagicBevan, Gloria1984pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 261810 x 14Yes
He Was The StrangerStrutt, Sheila1986 9 x 12Yes
Heart of MarbleDawson, Helena1988pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 300712 x 16Yes
Hijacked HoneymoonLennox, Marion1997 12 x 20Yes
Hitched: A Ranch, a Ring and EverythingDaniels, Val1996pop PN6071.L7 H37 no.341812.5 x 19No
Home For ChristmasJames, Ellen1993 11.5 x 18Yes
House of MirrorsWhittal, Yvonne1983pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 25389.5 x 15No
Impossible InheritanceMurray, Annabel1990pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 9811.5 x 18Yes
In Pursuit of LoveBauling, Jayne1995 10 x 16.5Yes
Island of LoveHammond, Rosemary1992 10 x 17.5Yes
Ivy's LeagueAllison, Heather1993pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 326912 x 20Yes
Jungle AntagonistGair, Diana1982pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 25309.5 x 15.5Yes
Lake Haupiri MoonMoore, Mary1983 10.5 x 15Yes
Last Chance MarriageGibson, Rosemary1997 12 x 19Yes
Legacy of ShadowsLennox, Marion1994 11 x 18Yes
Living Next Door to AlexGeorge, Catherine1996 12 x 20Yes
Love Comes StealingScott, Alexandra1983pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 258511 x 17Yes
Love Is the AnswerHammond, Rosemary1993 11.5 x 18Yes
Love or MoneyHart, Virginia1991pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 313510.5 x 16Yes
Love's HarborJames, Ellen1991pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 315412 x 18Yes
MaelstromCooper, Ann1984pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 263010 x 14Yes
Mail-Order BridegroomLeclaire, Day1994pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 336112 x 19Yes
Man of StoneRoding, Frances1987pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 116313.5 x 17.5Yes
Master of NamangillaDaveson, Mons1990pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 10310.5 x 15Yes
Moreton's KingdomMacLeod, Jean1982pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 25539.5 x 15Yes
New DiscoveryAyre, Jessica1984 9.5 x 14Yes
New Lease on LoveWaverly, Shannon1991pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 320412 x 18Yes
Night Of The Spring MoonHart, Virginia1987 15 x 19.5Yes
No Going BackHoward, Stephanie1993 10 x 15.5Yes
No Love in ReturnBarnes, Elizabeth1989pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 297213 x 18No
No TiesGibson, Rosemary1995 12 x 9No
No Title - Red Sky Embrace w/ Palm TreeUnknown  9.5 x 15No
Not Part of the BargainFox, Susan1989pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 298311.5 x 15.5Yes
Once for All TimeNeels, Betty1984 9.5 x 12.5Yes
Once Upon A WeddingRiggs, Paula Detmer1993pop PN6071 L7 S54 no. 52417.5 x 18Yes
One Reckless MomentAllan, Jeanne1988pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 298912 x 15.5Yes
Only A WomanCampbell, Bethany1988 9 x 12Yes
Only My DreamsKirby, Rowan1987pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 296013.5 x 18Yes
Outback BrideHart, Jessica1996 12 x 19Yes
Passion's VineGraham, Elizabeth1985 10 x 12.5Yes
Place For The HeartLeigh, Catherine1989pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 307510 x 16Yes
Playing for KeepsHammond, Rosemary1994 12 x 20Yes
Preview of ParadiseSinclair, Tracy1986pop PN6071 L7 S57 no. 30919 x 14.5No
Ready for RomanceMacomber, Debbie1993pop PN6071 H37 no. 303215.5 x 23Yes
Red Hot PepperDenny, Roz1990pop PN6071.L7 H37 no. 303212.5 x 18Yes
Ride a Wild HorseDonnelly, Jane1985 9 x 12Yes
Rites of LoveWinters, Rebecca1990pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 312011.5 x 19Yes
Road to LoveArthur, Katherine1986 13.5 x 18Yes
Season of ForgetfulnessSummers, Essie1983pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 26459 x 13.5Yes
Secret FireWinspear, Violet1984 9.5 x 13Yes
Secret WeddingRichmond, Emma1996 11.5 x 18.5Yes
Send in the ClownKnoll, Patricia1989pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 300213.5 x 18Yes
Send Me No FlowersArthur, Katherine1987pop PN 6071 L7 H37 no. 294812 x 16Yes
Separate LivesJantz, Caroline1986pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 27939 x 12Yes
Shadow of a TigerDonnelly, Jane1993 11.5 x 18.5Yes
Sight of a StrangerField, Sandra1981pop PN6071 L7 M5 no. 1869;
pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 2480
15 x 17.5Yes
Silver BellsDaniels, Val1990pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 309211 x 18Yes
Stone AngelBrooks, Helen1992 10 x 15.5Yes
Strictly BusinessMichaels, Leigh1986pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 295113.5 x 18.5Yes
Sweet VixenNapier, Susan1983 9 x 12.5Yes
Taming a HusbandWallington, Vivienne1996 13.5 x 18.5Yes
Tarik's MountainJanes, Dana1987pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 292611 x 15Yes
Temporary ArrangementWaverly, Shannon1993pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 325916 x 25.5Yes
Temporary ParagonGoldrick, Emma1986pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 288911 x 15Yes
That Man From TexasWilder, Quinn1985 9 x 12.5Yes
The Apollo ManMacLeod, Jean1987 11 x 15Yes
The Chain of DestinyNeels, Betty1988pop PN6071 L7 H37 no.305311.5 x 16No
The Cinderella CoachDenny, Roz1992pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 316913.5 x 20Yes
The Diamond TrapCampbell, Bethany1988pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 252213 x 18No
The Games People PlayHadley, Liza1989pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 8810 x 16No
The Heron QuestLamb, Charlotte1986 9.5 x 12.5Yes
The Long Way HomeCampbell, Bethany1987 9.5 x 13Yes
The Matchmaking DepartmentMcKeone, Dixie1985pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 27229.5 x 12Yes
The Only SolutionMichaels, Leigh1994pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 333711.5 x 18Yes
The Passion and The PainAbsalom, Stacy1984 9.5 x 12.5Yes
The Real FantasyAnderson, Caroline1996 12 x 19Yes
The Santa SleuthAllison, Heather1993pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 334112 x 18Yes
The Singing TreeWeale, Anne1992 12 x 18Yes
The Tiger's CageWay, Margaret1996 9 x 12Yes
The Turn of the TideDay, Samantha1984 10 x 13Yes
Tidal WaveMacLeod, Jean1990 10 x 15Yes
Trouble in ParadiseGreen, Grace1996 12 x 18Yes
Turquoise HeartJames, Ellen1990pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 306910 x 15.5Yes
Valley of GentiansRome, Margaret1982pop PN6071 L7 m5 no. 1909;
pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 2513
9 x 15Yes
Verdict: ParenthoodMcBride, Julie1997pop PN6071.L7 H323 no.69914.5 x 17.5Yes
Walk Into TomorrowCarter, Rosemary1985pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 28169 x 12Yes
Web of FateDawson, Helena1991 11 x 18.5Yes
Wild For To HoldMurray, Annabel1985 9 x 12Yes
WildtrackWest, Nicola1983pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 261011.5 x 18.5No
Winter Stranger, Summer LoverMcMahon, Barbara1986pop PN6071 L7 H37 no. 289512 x 16Yes
Winter SunlightAlexander, Susan1986pop PN6071 L7 H38 no. 103111.5 x 15Yes