The Tale of Two Covers – Jenn LeBlanc 32

Hello Beverley! Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, I love to visit and chat about my ‘little’ project. I was looking around at all the incredibly sexy covers you have posted here and I feel right at home with my new book The Rake and the Recluse, because it is sort of a cover on steroids.

Author: Jenn LeBlanc
Release Date: Jan 20, 2011


Francine Larrabee woke up on the wrong side of the century.

She was fairly certain she went to sleep in her own comfy bed, but she doesn’t quite seem to be there now. Only adding to her problems is that she has no voice, is constantly being glowered at by a large, stunning man who is obsessed with propriety, and she is apparently betrothed to another horrid little man, determined to ruin her, and any other girls that get in his way.

How does she find herself in the past, when she couldn’t even find herself in her present?

How does a self sufficient businesswoman survive in a time when women were still considered property for the whole of their lives and what is she going to do with this man who draws her to him so fiercely.

You see, I am a photographer by day, a romance novelist by night. After my manuscript was finished I decided to shoot my own cover, because I am also a bit of a control freak, and who knows my characters better than me? Nobody. So I did some casting, found a hunky local model and we set up the cover shoot. The original cover was supposed to be this:

Of course this was my first mock up, and that is NOT Derek. Here is the image that I shot for that cover though: 

Such pretty shoulders.

We had so much fun doing the cover shoot—and shooting stuff that had nothing to do with the cover—that I thought, why not keep going?

It was about a month before the first iPad was to be released, and the possibilities for eBooks seemed endless. Why not illustrate the entire novel? Derek and I had great chemistry with the camera between us, so I talked to him about it, and we went all it.

This is one of the images I shot at our second day shoot. my hero, Gideon, is quite the equestrian. Only seemed fair we make sure that was represented. 

The illustrations in the novel really run the gamut of emotion. There are some that are simply detail shots like this:

And there are some that are just jaw-dropping dead sexy like this:

There are also some that are quite telling, reflecting the action in the story.

Or the romance:

Overall the images enhance, drive, and accentuate the storyline, pulling you along on the journey my dear Francine and Gideon are on.

If you’d like more information on The Rake and the Recluse please visit my website, or for updates visit my blog, I am currently casting for the second book which is due out in February 2012.

If you read them please come track me down and let me know what you thought! I LOVE to hear from readers on Twitter, FaceBook or Goodreads!

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