Good morning, dear readers. I hope you’re enjoying a lovely weekend.
Today I am hosting a cover reveal for Anngela Schroeder’s upcoming release, The Goodness of Men, and I think you will just LOVE this cover, which sounds like it’s a great fit for this story. I asked Anngela to visit today to share the collaborative efforts behind creating this cover and I think you’ll be impressed with the detailed planning that went into creating this cover.
Please help me welcome Anngela back to Just Jane 1813…
I love my book cover! I actually get such a feeling of happiness, almost giddiness, when I look at it. The story of my book cover began on a very late August night. “The Goodness of Men” was at the editors, and I was scrolling through Shutterstock trying to find a few good pics for the cover. I entered ‘Regency pictures,’ ‘historical pictures,’ ‘Jane Austen pictures,’ and any other category I thought might connect me with what I was looking for. There was nothing…Well, that’s not true. There were a number of CGI images, and also images that other JAFF authors had used because of the limited amount of accurate pics. So, I got an idea.
I called my good friend Paige, at Paige Lampson Photography, and said, “Let’s do a photoshoot—a historically accurate (as possible) photo shoot. There are some good writers that have little to work within the area of cover photos.” She was game.
I then had to come up with the models and the hair. For the models, I’m pretty lucky in what I do. As a teacher, I have a plethora of potential models willing to pose for my covers. After asking my senior class President, I contacted another former student who is a beautician, and we were set. However, I was still without costumes, and the day was fast approaching. I’m no seamstress (although I have a slight obsession with fabric stores and purchasing yards of fabric for imagined projects), but in the famous words I’ve used so many times before, “I bought a pattern…” Luckily, my dear friend Sandra talked me off the ledge. “It seems to me,” she logically stated, “that the Jane Austen society you belong to should have someone in it who has costumes.”
GENIUS!!!! She was right. I contacted Anna Morton who is in my region, and owns ‘ThitherJaneAusten.com’ and she so graciously loaned me ball gowns, day dresses, bonnets, spencers, an open robe, stays, ribbons, and clothes for men as well, including riding boots! OH, WHAT FUN I HAD!!!! We have done three photo shoots, with a total of three female models and two male models. Being married to a history teacher, I am very much about historical accuracy, so the only thing I couldn’t truly control was the men’s hair. Other than that, we attempted to make even our venue historically accurate (minus a few photo-shopped out garden lights).
Then, we all the pics from our shoots were ready, I left it up to the brilliance of my cover designer, Susan Adriani to work her magic, and she did. I conveyed my idea, and she ran with it. She also used background pics of Paige’s trip to the UK for the ruins, and I feel it really enhanced my vision.
If you’d like to peruse Paige’s pics, a portion of the 3,000 pictures we have taken are posted at Photopaige.smugmug.com. You won’t be disappointed
That’s quite a story, Anngela! It sounds like a tremendous amount of creative teamwork went into this cover and the results are certainly worth your efforts. I LOVE when an author places such a high importance on getting his/her cover just right. Well done, Anngela and friends!
Now let’s enjoy the fruits of your labors and check out this breathtaking cover:
Wow, that’s a gorgeous cover, isn’t it? I love how so many elements came together to create this mysterious and atmospheric presence!!
Readers, are you ready for the book’s blurb? Here we go:
“This will not do,” said Elizabeth. “You never will be able to make both of them good…Take your choice, but you must be satisfied with only one. There is but such a quantity of merit between them; just enough to make one good sort of man…” -Pride and Prejudice
From her youngest days, Elizabeth Bennet’s ability to accurately judge the character of others has been recognized and noted by those around her in such a consistent manner as to lead her to believe it herself. The misfortune of meeting Mr. Darcy, a wealthy landowner from the north, only solidifies this belief.
The memory of his disapproval of her family, proves his character is lacking and sadly unlike his childhood friend, the charming and colorful Mr. Wickham, who is esteemed by all he meets. Although her opinion once lost is not lost forever, the effort to regain her favor is great.
With Elizabeth’s youngest sister fortunate to be in company with Mr. Wickham in Brighton since the spring, and her own travels to Kent cancelled, she must await the pleasures of a summer holiday to the North with her aunt and uncle Gardiner. However, it is there that she is once again thrust into Mr. Darcy’s presence and must determine if he is truly the architect of the many wrongs she has laid at his door.
Fitzwilliam Darcy cannot exorcise Elizabeth Bennet from his thoughts. A chance meeting at the estate of his friend reignites all the flames he has attempted to suppress since their last meeting. Believing in her partiality, he is stunned to overhear her true estimation of him and is determined to change her opinion.
Battling with memories and secrets from his past, Darcy must fight against his natural reserve to win the heart of the woman he loves.
Will the unexpected appearance of a stranger encourage Elizabeth’s change of heart? Might an episode from Mr. Darcy’s past force Elizabeth to see the man within? Can one man have all the goodness and the other only the appearance of it?
Join us for another sweet “Pride and Prejudice” reimagining, suitable for ages teen and up.
Meet Anngela Schroeder
Anngela Schroeder lives in California with her husband of 16 years and her three rambunctious sons. She has a degree in English with a concentration in British Literature and a Masters of Education. She has a mild obsession with Jane Austen, and enjoys traveling, baking and making her family’s world a magical place.
I’d like to offer one Just Jane 1813 reader an eBook of The Goodness of Men. To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment on this post and let us know what you think of this new cover, no later than midnight, ET on September 27, 2017. The winner will be announced after this date on this blog.
I’d like to thank Anngela Schroeder for inviting me to host this cover reveal. I can’t wait to read this story! You can follow the blog tour schedule below to learn more about this book.
September 29/ Just Jane 1813 / Book Release & Excerpt Post
October 2 / Babblings of a Bookworm / Excerpt Post
October 3 / So little time… / Character Interview
October 4 / Obsessed with Mr Darcy / Book Review
October 5 / From Pemberley to Milton / Character Interview
October 10 / Diary of an Eccentric / Excerpt Post
October 11 / Every Savage Can Dance / Book Review
October 12 / Diary of an Eccentric / Book Review
October 13 / Austenesque Reviews / Book Review
October 14 / Laughing with Lizzie / Excerpt Post