Monday, April 14, 2014

Photo Shoot for A Beauty So Rare

Have you ever been on a photo shoot for a novel cover? 


If you haven't, then I'm right there with you! But I'm so grateful that my publisher took a ton of photos for me on the photo shoot for A Beauty So Rarethe second standalone novel in the Belmont Mansion series



Here are a few behind-the-scenes glimpses…








And now, if you're willing to be so bold, I'd love to know:

1. What's your biggest pet peeve about historical fiction novel covers? 
2. Which do you prefer in historical women's fashion: hoop skirts or bustles?


To read about the woman who sewed Eleanor Braddock's dress for the cover of the novel (and to learn what the most challenging part of the project was), click here!

Tamera

8 comments:

  1. And now, if you're willing to be so bold, I'd love to know:

    Hi Tamera! Yes, I am bold. Here you go!

    1. What's your biggest pet peeve about historical fiction novel covers?
    A) When you read the book and find the cover is totally unrelated in any way to the work inside. :/

    2. Which do you prefer in historical women's fashion: hoop skirts or bustles?
    A) Hoop skirts. They are more real to me. Bustles, while I know they were real too, are just too much. They sick out all wrong, and just look awkward. It is sad women had to deal with them at all in some ways. Bustles take me back to Pecos Bill and his loosing his Slew-foot Sue on their wedding day due to her big steel bustle in her wedding gown. It turns out better than that, but frankly that summed up a good bit of my feelings about bustles for life.

    Thank you for your wonderful work, and all the behind the scenes postings as well!
    Carol :)

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  2. Hi, Tamera!!

    I love BOTH hoop skirts and bustles and am also a cover lover!! I love covers with beautiful dresses, and I agree with Carol in that the worst historical fiction novel cover "turn-off" for me would probably be a cover that wasn't pertinent to the story inside!!

    Thanks for the "behind-the-scenes" glimpses of the photo shoot, I enjoyed reading the dressmaker's comments on the dress also!!

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  3. I love behind the scene posts! How fun to see all that's involved :)

    I was just talking about books covers. It's one of my favorites topics to talk about! As for me, I actually prefer covers without models on them. One of my favorite things about reading is creating a picture with how the author describes the people/places/etc. But hey, if it's a favorite author of mine, I don't care what the cover looks like. You bet I'll be reading it!

    I've written a couple times about this if you wanted to read more :)
    Here's a post of some of my favs: http://booksandbeverages.org/2013/09/13/its-all-in-the-cover-a-look-at-my-favorite-book-covers/

    Here's another one with more covers and why :) http://booksandbeverages.org/2014/01/07/confessions-7/

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  4. Oh and I'd die in a bustle, so hoop skirts for me! :)

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  5. Gorgeous! I love books with models on them because it adds so much character to the story - its rare that I read a novel in which I feel cheated because the model and the description are THAT different so to me, a novel cover such as your latest is perfect. Thanks for sharing this, Tamera - these posts are always a blast! :)

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  6. 1. What's your biggest pet peeve about historical fiction novel covers? - My biggest pet peeve would be when the model on the cover does not match the description given in the book. As several others have stated, I get really disappointed when the picture in my head of the character doesn't match what's portrayed on the book!

    2. Which do you prefer in historical women's fashion: hoop skirts or bustles? - As for this question.. I have no idea! I think the bustles would lay against your legs and skin more and be hot. The hoop skirt might provide more air flow... :D

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  7. LOVE your comments, friends. Oh, you make me laugh. Thanks SO MUCH for traveling with me on this journey. So grateful God brought us together!

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  8. My biggest pet peeve in novel covers, and yours have never done this, Tamera--thank you!, is when they cut the person's head off or face in half. Yes, the dresses are beautiful--but faces are, too. Cutting them off is just creepy. (Thanks for inviting me to boldly say this! LOL.)

    I prefer hoop skirts. Bustles were just silly.

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