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The Tale of Two Covers – Jenn LeBlanc

July 11, 2011

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!

Comment and enter to win an eCopy of THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE!

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  1. some of those pictures are very yummy!

  2. Hi Jenn!!! I must say it’s pure drivel and the pictures distracted me so much that I spent a whole week Lost In LeBlanc. Seriously! I do adore the wet Roxleigh picture though. But in all seriousness, you have created something amazing, unique and wonderful. Is Perry’s book out yet???

    Please don’t enter me for the giveaway. I’ve got *mumble mumble* copies of it. Just stopping by to give Jenn, Rox and Francine some love. <3

  3. OMGoodness!! Geeeez! Ahem….wowzers!! AWESOME!!!

    Pretty hard job for you I’m sure…….happy to know you are a true and dedicated photographer. You kept going when the going got tough I see. :-D

    Wishing you the best!

  4. Totally fanning myself off… really…

  5. Hi Jenn. I swear I can never get tired of looking at pictures of Derek! I love the concept of this book and I can’t wait to see your next one. You know I will definitely be that one too.

    Please don’t enter me.

  6. A wonderful cover — I love it! And I think you have a great idea, too, so I’d love to read the book. Thanks –

  7. Great pictures!

  8. I think it’s awesome that you are a photographer. It gives you an experienced eye when it comes to choosing book covers. I really love the cover for The Rake and the Recluse. The serene and content look on his face really draws you in. Also, he looks like he is holding on to her like his life depended on it. His feelings for her are quite clear. Congratulations on the new release!

  9. Hi Jenn,

    Welcome to the blog! I absolutely LOVE your photos. And your cover is fabulous. Good luck with The Rake and the Recluse. :)

  10. Wow. That is a thigh. =)

  11. How did you pick accessories in your shots? Are there any that spoke to you particularly? (I really like the stone, at least I think it’s a stone!)

  12. Gotta love the cover! Those are some seriously titillating pictures

  13. This is a first! I love the idea of photos throughout the whole story to complete my reading experience!

  14. Wow! What a concept and what execution! And a yummy guy, too!

  15. Love the cover. Would love to read it!

  16. Hi everybody! I’m so sorry I missed all the fun today! It has been crazy around here with casting for my next book!

    Mariana, Kati, Jenna, Susan, Estella and Danielle, thank you. I’m so glad you all love the pictures.

    Dalila, I can’t even begin to put into words how much I love my job. It isn’t just looking at beautiful men, it’s also all the amazing people I get to work with everyday. I am well and truly blessed, a very lucky girl.

    Stacie thank you so much, you are exactly right. He is content, knowing she is safe within the steel vice of his arms, that is exactly the feeling I wanted to convey, did you also notice the modern corset? Just a little nod to the time travel aspect.

    Beverley, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    Shannon, yes. Yes it is. That is no chicken leg there. :)

    Carly the props were chosen very carefully to fit in with the book. The river stone actually came from Rockaway Beach in California, when I wrote the book I had Gideons younger brother holding a stone he’d collected as a child, and when I visited the beach last year I saw this one that looked just like the one from my head. I like to call it kismet. Checking all the props to make sure they were period, makibg sure to only use the most poignant of the scenes, it was a very long process.

    Thank you Linda, zeee, infinitieh and BookFiend! I hope you do read it, and enjoy it, then come find me online and tell me what you thought!

    Good luck in the giveaway everyone!!!


  17. Great cover and great pictures! I think it awesome that you are a photographer and have the ability to create your own covers. It’s always disappointing when you read a great book, but then look at the cover and the hero (or heroine) look nothing like the book describes them as!

  18. Love seeing the images — how fun to be able to incorporate them in the book. Don’t enter me for the drawing as I just bought the Kindle copy (only $2.99? I’ll give it a try!) Oh, and the model…he’s very yummy. 8-)

  19. Great pics. I would love to read your book. :)

  20. Thank you Jessica, you’re correct, I am in a very unique position as a pro photog and writer. I hope I have used my talents in a way that will truly benefit my readers.

    Babs thank you so much, I put the book on sale to celebrate my going to RomCon in August. I’m so excited! My model, Derek, is also coming with me. :)

    Thank you Crystal!

  21. Jenn –
    I loved the pictures and after looking at them I feel I know you better as an author because of the different perspective I now have of you. I really love the final cover chosen and the one feeling I get looking at it is a sense of not only tremendous strength but volnerability at the same time.

    I’m thrilled to see more authors releasing in ebook format as they closed our local bookstore just after Christmas last year. As an avid reader it’s no longer a luxury but a necessity to be able to access books this way and isn’t it wonderful that it’s done almost instantly!

  22. “one feeling I get looking at it is a sense of not only tremendous strength but volnerability at the same time.”

    Yes yes YES!! Jeanne, exactly! Gideon is such a stalwart tough guy. But this woman, oh she has him undone.

    Thank you! I love the ebook format as well, and to play right into that with an illustrated romance, I hope, pushes it further.


  23. Um, yeah, what Dalila said, whew! excuse me for a moment while I sigh………..

  24. Lisa, you are excused…you are welcome… and THANK YOU. :)

  25. Is official water pourer a job you’d be willing to give me during RomCon? Or perhaps handler? Not THAT kind of handling. Although…

  26. I love time traveling books. It is interesting to see how characters acclimate to the different time period and perceptions of the people.

  27. Is it bad that I wish you lived closer to the east coast so I could apply to be your assistant? :) I’m loving this idea the more I read about it. Can’t wait to read the book! Love the idea of “casting” for your next hero. Oh, to be able to do that. *sigh*

    Amazing images!

  28. I know I will sound like a parrot but the photos are wonderful. This book is right up my alley!

  29. It’s wonderful that you had a hand at selecting the cover for your book — I think it contributes beautifully to the story you are telling. ^_^

  30. Kati, as always, <3 you
    Stephanie I love them too. I suppose that's why I write them, they are my favorite.
    Terri, I suppose you wouldn't be surprised to hear that I do hear that an awful lot? Casting is one of the best things EVER.
    Thank you Tracey, I appreciate it EVERY TIME I hear it. It means a LOT to me. :)
    Thank you Tin, it's pretty special.

    Thank you everyone!! Good luck in the giveaway!
    Remember if you don't will the book is on sale right now for $2.99 from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance Ebooks and iTunes.

  31. Welcome, Jenn!

    Your photographs are wonderful and give us an eye full! I have always wanted to be a photographer, but just don’t have the talent for it. I definitely want to read The Rake and The Recluse.

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