Cover Reveal from Revell by Laura Frantz | Mar 3, 2015 | Uncategorized | 47 comments A marriage of convenience. She is in love with someone else. He has no wish to love again. What could possibly go wrong? Releases September 8th Available for pre-order: Amazon, Christianbook.com, Barnes&Noble Share on Facebook Share Share on TwitterTweet Share on Google Plus Share Share on Pinterest Share 47 Comments Lori Benton on March 13, 2015 at 12:56 pm I like it, Laura. I think it gives a great sense of story and setting and character. And I love the tag lines. What could possibly go wrong??? I can’t wait to find out. 🙂 Gorgeous detail in that gown! laurafrantz on March 13, 2015 at 3:53 pm Thanks, Lori. 🙂 This one is quite different. I had originally asked for the hero and his little daughter on the cover but it seems readers want to identify with the heroine most of all. Those tag lines are mine so I’m please it adds to the intrigue. I did pick the dress though it strays from the 18th-c. design a bit. But I love the fabric! And the heroine has the right look as she’s older and no shrinking violet! Bless you for stopping by! You trumped WordPress as others can’t comment! Lori Benton on March 13, 2015 at 4:35 pm Covers are a funny thing, aren’t they, when they come to our own books. I suspect it’s a little like seeing one’s newborn for the first time (this is only in theory mind, I have no firsthand experience with newborns). It seems to me that before the child is born, you might know if it’s a girl or a boy, but that’s about all you know. You don’t know if she’s going to look like you or her daddy, a blend of both, or maybe he’s going to look most like his red-headed grandpa. Maybe you’ve opted to be totally surprised even about the gender. But I would imagine that so many versions of who that child will be have taken up residence in an expectant mother’s heart over the months she’s waiting for the birth. Then the child is born, and is who she is, and all those other possibilities are put aside forever. It’s a bit like that with book covers. For me, anyway. Sometimes it takes a little while for me to let go of the covers that might have been and embrace the one that is. Other times I take one look and fall instantly in love. laurafrantz on March 14, 2015 at 2:32 am Beautifully said, Lori! And I LOVE your new cover!! I caught that they put your hero (or one of them) in a shirt and think he was fine as is – though I understand why! You are right about the baby analogy and even baby names (book titles) and then the actual birth (final covers). Strangely, the covers I dislike the most of mine (2 in particular) are some of readers’ favorites. This helps keep it in perspective when faced with a colicky cover, lol. Some of my book babies grow on me in time. Alas, and some never do!! Gabrielle Meyer on March 15, 2015 at 8:31 am I love this conversation and analogy, ladies! 🙂 I giggled when I read colicky cover. I only have a little experience with newborn covers, but Lori, you’ve summed-up my experience. Jennifer Zarifeh Major on March 13, 2015 at 5:33 pm I adore that dress! The details are amazaing! And look at the gloves. Not the usual flat cuffs, but the lace detail is so delicate! And what is in that bag? And even with such a lovely hat, our heroine does NOT have hat head! The sun hitting the fence behind her is a nice touch, as it’s on the same trajectory as the sun on her face. Well done, art department. I like that the heroine isn’t 16, and all ready to take on our hero. Gorgeous cover. laurafrantz on March 14, 2015 at 2:25 am Love, love, love your comments, Ms Jennifer! Especially the details. Everyone seems to notice things I don’t. I believe it was you who mentioned the lighting first. That made me take another look. Being the author, Type-A, and a perfectionist, I just focused on what was not entirely correct but since most readers aren’t 18th-century purists, it doesn’t really matter in the end. Revell and the designer captured the necessary elements and nailed Sophie’s look. Guess we’ll have to conjure up some images of Seamus Ogilvy all by our lonesome selves!! Yes, NO hat head! Quite a feat in any century 😉 And that bag – oh my – that bag. You don’t wanna know…! Anne Payne on March 16, 2015 at 8:40 pm Laura, Maybe you could start a Pinterest board for Seamus? 🙂 laurafrantz on March 17, 2015 at 7:32 am Oh, how you tempt me to do that! I actually have a secret Pinterest board for this upcoming novel and it’s my biggest yet! BTW, I’m so enjoying repinning your pins over there. You have beautiful pins! Sylvia M. on March 13, 2015 at 5:55 pm Aaahhh! I am so excited to read this book. I’m sorry they didn’t let you put the hero and little girl on the cover. Sniff. They should have. I would love to have seen them. I don’t know why publishers think readers won’t want to read it with more more people. Look at the successful period dramas. They don’t hesitate to have lots of people on the DVD cover. That doesn’t keep customers from purchasing. Oh, well, my hat goes off to these wonderful designers and their hours of work. They do an excellent job. I do think it’s a lovely cover and agree that it’s very different from your other book covers. I am curious about the house. Is it the correct one for your novel or did they just choose a general plantation house for the cover? I do like the sunniness of the image. It makes the heroine look as if she has a hope and a future. One of these days I hope you get a cover with a village street; a woman stepping out of a carriage; a gentleman handing her down from the carriage with one hand and sweeping his hat off with the other. Leaves will be scuttling across the cobblestones and a beautiful, autumn tree will be in partial view. Of course, one of the village buildings in will have a sign for a local business or tavern. I could dream of these cover potential ideas all day. I hope I’m not breaking the rules by mentioning another publishing house and author. Speaking of covers did you see the post about one of Jody Hedlund’s previous books? The cover designer talks about some of the pre-cover sketches and covers they decided not to use. I think the one cover that doesn’t display the front of the model’s gown could easily be used for another author’s book. I wouldn’t have even recognized the same model. Books and Beverages Could you talk Revell into letting you do a post like this? I would love to see more of the cover creative processes. The Brandon Hill video shoots of your books are always fascinating. laurafrantz on March 14, 2015 at 2:19 am Ah, Sylvia. I could eat your delicious comments with a spoon!! I do love cover art most of all things publishing. Probably for the same reasons I love Pinterest. Both satisfy my craving for beauty and imagination and variety and such. Your description of that village scene and carriage is so lovely and evocative. I can just picture it. Interestingly, for the first Ballantyne book I sent Revell an image from Gaskell’s North&South, the film actually where the hero is in profile on the cover and then the heroine is facing forward. It’s a stunning image and am sure you’ve seen it, too. If not, I will link to it here. I hoped Silas would be represented in profile at least. That didn’t happen but I sure can’t complain about the end result, that amazing collaboration between Brandon Hill and Revell. Brandon is the closest I’ve come to getting the inside scoop on cover design since I was in the studio with him and Wren/model Taylor. I have a whole new appreciation for the process. The video team told me that day that while only 2 or so shots are needed for a cover, Brandon takes 500 or so to get just the right image. I think that’s why he’s such a stand-out designer. Kind of like the difference between a stellar story and a ho-hum book. There’s a lot more depth behind the page. Love how you mention the lighting in this one. Another reader said the clouds/sky seem a carry over from Brandon’s covers and that may be intentional. I am mostly in the dark about this cover as I tend not to ask many questions. Revell did let me choose the dress and though it’s not purely 18th-century since those buttons were taboo for women except for riding habits back then and considered masculine, the hair and such is right. They caught my heroine’s maturity and her determined outlook. She is no shrinking violet as I’ve said! However, she still has a girl’s heart as you will see… The template for Tall Acre behind Miss Menzies here is Gunston Hall, home of George Mason, one of my favorite Virginians. I actually incorporated some of his sad history into the story. But this house is one the designer, Dan Thornberg (also the designer for Morrow’s cover) chose. They ran it by me and I love it as it’s very Georgian but they had to chop a more modern addition off one end of the house ;). I don’t think Gunston Hall can be used but this one is certainly more glamorous than Gunston though Gunston is an absolute marvel within! I LOVE that you included the link for Jody’s post over at Jamie and Anne’s :). Thanks for that. I didn’t see it but am so glad to know about it. Really, I can never get enough of this cover stuff! I will see if I can do a similar post once I see what they’ve done over at B&B. I’m sure Dan Thornberg and Revell’s process is different from Brandon Hill’s just as every author has their own signature style. Again, your thoughtful comments enrich this journal so much. I thought I’d shut it down awhile back for lack of time and the glitches WordPress keeps having but you and others here inspire me to keep posting :)!! Sylvia M. on March 15, 2015 at 10:43 am Laura, I’m glad you post on here, but if you really feel like you should stop or are getting burned out, please don’t keep it open just for my sake. I think this blog is a more intimate setting than FB, and it’s easier to write long epistles! 🙂 laurafrantz on March 17, 2015 at 8:17 am Thanks, Sylvia. I am only frustrated with WordPress and its glitches. I DO love the longer writing format here. Facebook is nearly as short and sweet as Tweets! And I gave Twitter up long ago. Plus this journal feels more like we’re actually sitting around discussing book buzz while having tea :)! Renee C. on March 13, 2015 at 6:25 pm Have I said how much I can’t wait to read this?!?! Squeee!!!! laurafrantz on March 14, 2015 at 1:50 am Renee, I SO thank you for standing by me for 7 books now!!! You are truly an author’s gift, and I know Sandra Byrd and others say the same behind the scenes :)! Renee C. on March 16, 2015 at 7:13 am Awww shucks. ☺️ Thank you. I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t true. Totally excited for your books and Sandra’s. It’s so difficult to wait ONE ENTIRE YEAR!!! LOL! laurafrantz on March 17, 2015 at 7:32 am Amen to that wait. I so wish I could write a book a month! 🙂 Carissa on March 14, 2015 at 3:56 am I love this cover. It’s different that your others, but I still love it. Can’t wait to read it. One of the things I love about your books is that the covers never have the hero on them, which leaves it to our imaginations. laurafrantz on March 14, 2015 at 4:17 am Carissa! THANK YOU for saying that about the hero! You may have hit upon a cover or design secret – sometimes it IS better to leave said hero to the imagination. Everyone has such different ideas of what is appealing. For me, blonde men are never attractive (dare I say that?). So if a blonde man appeared on a cover that is automatically a ‘no thank you’ to me. Not sure why I am anti-blonde as I am one ;). One cover that worked for me was Jody Hedlund’s A Noble Groom. Loved that look, maybe because it was so fresh and hadn’t been done and the title was popped, too. Plus her hero was dark-headed… I was really hoping you’d like this new cover. Your opinion really matters. When I saw you repin it on Pinterest I was gleeful :). Love your faithful, pinning heart!! Carissa on March 14, 2015 at 11:52 am I’m not one for blond heroes either. I tend to lean more towards the dark hair heroes as well as the redheaded heroes as my real life hero my dad is a redhead. Such as the hero in Courting Morrow Little and the Colonel’s Lady. laurafrantz on March 15, 2015 at 6:31 am I forgot to mention redheaded heroes and am glad you did ;). Cass was a keeper redhead, lol. Glad you think so, too! Love knowing your dad is a redhead. I know he’d be very pleased to hear you call him your real life hero. That’s pretty sweet!! Casey Herringshaw on March 15, 2015 at 8:17 am This is so different from your usual cover, but I like it and I can’t wait to read it! Regardless of anything that is on your cover, I know I will love the story. 😀 laurafrantz on March 17, 2015 at 8:31 am Casey! How often I think of you in snowbound CO:) You are never far from my thoughts/prayers. Thrilled you are ready to read. This IS very different from my other covers. Another reader said yesterday that she knew it was my cover without even looking at the name because they still managed to capture or convey my brand for lack of another word. These artists are so gifted in how they use elements that we don’t even think about but make us take a second look! Bless you for being here. You’re always a joy! Sarah R. on March 15, 2015 at 8:29 am I love it! So beautiful and the book sounds amazing. laurafrantz on March 17, 2015 at 8:27 am Sarah, SO thrilled you’re here and enjoying both cover and blurb! I will say this book was a joy to write. Some require more work than others but this one just flowed beautifully. Of course I haven’t gotten galleys yet but my head editor read it and simply said, “My, oh my…” 🙂 Brenda Anderson on March 15, 2015 at 8:41 am Another beautiful cover, Laura! And the tagline? Perfect! Can not wait to read it! laurafrantz on March 17, 2015 at 8:24 am Brenda, Thanks HUGELY for your support once again. I was hoping the tagline would lure you in 🙂 It was such fun to write for this semi-dark book! Sounds like chocolate, lol… I hope your own writing is going well! Love that new cover!! Gabrielle Meyer on March 15, 2015 at 8:46 am Sophie, Sophie. I wonder what her story will reveal? Given your comments to Jennifer, I’m even more intrigued by that bag she carries! This is a truly beautiful cover, with just enough hints at the story to come. I love the maturity and experience I see in her face. And that dress is exquisite! I’m especially fond of her hair for some reason. Don’t we all wish we had hair that looks so refined and perfectly coifed? Says the woman with a messy ponytail today… 🙂 Thank you for sharing! laurafrantz on March 17, 2015 at 8:22 am Gabe, I just saw the spine for this cover and Revell used my favorite shot with all that gorgeously arranged hair even more visible as it’s taken from the back. I hope you like, too 🙂 Love your comments. It IS fun writing about a more mature heroine after a very young, untried Eden, Ellie, and Wren. But Sophie has a girlish heart at times as do we all in certain matters! Wish we could get back to these beautiful coifs, gloves, and hats – and that lovely gown, yes!! Anne Mateer on March 15, 2015 at 6:26 pm Nice! Very different from your others, but I love the four line synopsis! Definitely intrigued! 🙂 laurafrantz on March 17, 2015 at 8:15 am Glad it’s intriguing to you, Anne 🙂 We share the same cover designer so it’s fun to see Dan’s trademark style in this genre. Bless you for being here and chiming in! Cindy on March 15, 2015 at 6:47 pm Just have to say it here if wordpress wants to play nice today…I just love it! Someone else touched on why I think I love it so much…she is older. While I love the young gals, I actually realized the other day that I am about to hit mid-thirty in May and I can identify with these mature ladies. Looking forward to the release date…not just because we get a new book but because I know another title and cover release are around the corner. Yay, they just keep coming. laurafrantz on March 17, 2015 at 8:12 am Oh, Cindy! SO happy you trumped WordPress! It’s an continual aggravation for me and makes me miss Blogger which rarely acted up! Glad you like Sophie’s mature look. She’s my oldest heroine yet. I was amazed to see a grey-haired heroine the other day on Delia Parr’s newest – http://www.amazon.com/The-Midwifes-Choice-Home-Trinity/dp/0764217348 It’s such a lovely cover with the lantern and snow – and even her touch of grey! I just saw the spine for The Mistress of Tall Acre and they used my favorite shot from the cover shoot – can’t wait for you to see it :). Her back is to you and all that lovely boning in the gown’s bodice is showing. Hard to describe but very pretty! And I do love her hair… Yay, indeed, they just keep coming and I’m so very thankful. Thanks to YOU for helping make that happen! Anne Payne on March 16, 2015 at 9:00 pm This is a beautiful cover, Laura. I did wonder about the style of the dress but as you say, the fabric is amazing! I’m partial to wanting to see the male on the cover. I adored The Noble Groom cover for that reason. And he was dark haired, which made it even better. No blondes for me. 😉 Do they ever consider putting a smaller image of the man on the back? Anyway, I look forward to reading this book. Your tagline is quite intriguing. laurafrantz on March 17, 2015 at 7:30 am Anne, You must be a kindred spirit because everything you mention is what I’ve hoped for and thought of! I loved The Noble Groom cover, too, and that dark hair didn’t hurt a bit 😉 I have requested images of my heroes on the back cover copy but the natural settings have won out. I thought it would be fitting to have Silas Ballantyne in profile on the back but then another reader said she doesn’t like to see the heroes even in profile. Such interesting, varied preferences! SO happy you like the tagline. I wrote that and realized what a terrible foundation that is for a marriage – even an arranged one – to be in love with someone else or never wanting to love again. A recipe for disaster – or at least a very agonizingly reached HEA/Happily Ever After! Bless you for your comments. They always add so much! Shantelle on March 17, 2015 at 11:03 am It’s beautiful!! So, so lovely! I’m beyond intrigued, and really can’t wait to read this book, Laura! 🙂 laurafrantz on March 17, 2015 at 11:32 am Shantelle, I smile whenever I see your name as it’s such a lovely one and belongs in a book! I’m really happy so many reading friends like this cover, you, included. This story has a lot of intrigue in it, perhaps moreso than any since The Colonel’s Lady. 🙂 I can’t wait for you to meet these characters! Bless you for your gracious comments. Amanda Stanley on March 18, 2015 at 1:47 am Hi, Laura 🙂 I know it’s been a million years since we last spoke (all my fault and I’m so sorry, truly I am!!) but I saw this beautiful cover and just had to stop by and congratulate you!!! The cover is so lovely and I like how unique it is from your others. Having just come from the Ballantyne Legacy with their coordinating covers it’s cool to see something a little different, yet no less beautiful, like this! That little teaser blurb is so interesting and has my brain firing in a thousand directions, lol! I can’t wait to read it!! Had the chance to read LF a couple months ago and it was fantastic, of course! So sad to see the series go… I could have sworn you had said it was going to be 4 books when you first talked about the series long ago but maybe I’m mistaken? Regardless, it was wonderful to watch the generations unfold and see the enduring faith and abiding love with each H/h. Again, I’m sorry for being away so long… I feel like I’m always so busy… I just finally caved and started what I’m sure will be a long addiction to Pinterest (goodness how the hours fly when you’re pinning, lol!), so that is a fun outlet to unwind with the busyness of the day. I must be the last person in the world to join, though lol! It’s so nice to finally be able to look through your boards (as you can’t browse without an account) and see the inspirations for your books and such. Anyway, praying all is well with you and yours! I’m happy to have stopped by and said hi as I’ve been meaning to do that for a long while now… Blessing to you, sweet Laura!! Hope your winter hasn’t been quite as snowy as mine, lol 🙂 Spring is coming!! laurafrantz on March 19, 2015 at 9:50 am AMANDA!! I’m flat overyjoyed to see you here! In fact, you are on my mind often but since I know you are such a good prayer warrior, when I don’t hear from your neck of the woods I think all is well:) And I’m thrilled to see you make the Pinterest plunge! Absolutely hands down my favorite place (though my new Instagram account is my 2nd). Please let me know how to follow you. I will try to find you. Sometimes Pinterest makes it hard to find or follow people. Not sure why. Everything else over there works so very well! I hope you are soaking up the beauty and inspiration with all those pins as I am. It’s a joy, too, to find this cover appeals to you. The more I look at it the more I like it. Wish I had that dress! And the house;) Sophie looks very serious, like her author oftentimes. At least when I’m working. All is well here and we’ve had the warmest February on record. I hate to say it but I’ve been working on my deck and have tan lines and a sunburn! THAT has never happened before! At least this early. The east coast and south have been so hard hit, etc. I was in KY last month and got caught in a snowstorm. Wish I could have just stayed:) Hugs and love to you, my friend. I am off to look you up on Pinterest…! Amanda Stanley on March 19, 2015 at 6:01 pm Looks like you figured out how to follow me, lol! 😉 The “Pinterest plunge” indeed! Instagram is a cool place too and you can browse without an account (for now at least!). I’ll have to go check yours out. Thank you for thinking of me, my friend. You were often on my mind, too. Our work season in 2014 was the busiest we’ve EVER had! Which I’m very thankful to God for, don’t get me wrong, but it left me chained to our office. Now in our “off season” I’ve been trying to convert all our files and the like to QuickBooks… which isn’t as easy as others have claimed (at least not for me!). And considering April is a sneeze away I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed in making sure everything is up to snuff. I confess to being jealous of your tan lines while I’m over here white as a sheet! But I’m happy Mr. Sun is giving you a treat and warming your neck of the woods for a change 🙂 It was so nice talking with you, Laura! Love & hugs right back at you, my friend! ♥ laurafrantz on March 23, 2015 at 2:26 am Amanda, I DID find you and am delighted:) You have some very lovely pins/boards! It makes me feel connected when we see each other over there:) I can only imagine how busy your family business is but like you said, thankful it’s hopping! Glad you had some rest this winter though not much of one with all that bookwork! Our tax person tried to get me to do some sort of program like you mention but I don’t think I could navigate it. However, I don’t have any doubt you will! LOL about April being a sneeze away. I so agree, allergies and all! Happy early Easter to you, my friend. That seems to have snuck up on us, too, but that’s about my favorite holiday and I’m getting excited. Thanks so much for stopping in here and catching up. You’ve made my month!! Emma on March 23, 2015 at 2:34 am I am so late at commenting here! The cover is beautiful, Laura! It is so very different from all your other covers! I am so excited to finally have a glimpse of Miss Menzies! I cannot wait to read it and to really get to know her! I hope you are doing well, my friend! I have been enjoying your posts on Instagram. I never post anything on there, but I love seeing everyone else’s pictures. laurafrantz on March 23, 2015 at 3:27 pm Ms Emma! I so hope you will like Miss Menzies, given you gifted me with her name:) And a fine name it is – it even fits her to a T! Your very own spanking new copy should arrive in August ahead of release day! Shhh … don’t tell anybody ;). I just hope you enjoy her once you get to know her. Her hero, too. The cover IS very different. Thrilled you think it’s beautiful. I’d love to have that dress! Doing well here, thankfully, just busy, as usual. Am sure you can say the same. And what a winter you’ve had your way! I can’t imagine your delight once you see some green beneath all that snow. March is here which means we can look forward to April and Easter which reminds me I have a spring post to put up here. Love seeing you at Instagram – that’s sure been fun, too. It’s great you don’t have to post pics to enjoy it. I know many who do that. Bless you for being here. You’ve been missed! Emma on March 25, 2015 at 10:45 am I am looking forward to having a copy in my hands! I am sure the story is just as wonderful as the cover! You are much too sweet, Laura! I am so happy that it Spring is right around the corner. This week we are having beautiful weather. The snow is melting and the temperatures have been in the 40’s and 50’s. It has been lovely. I have some exciting news that I have not shared with you. I have found my own, real life hero! We have been dating for almost 6 months now. He is an amazing man. I figure it was time to share the good news with you! laurafrantz on March 25, 2015 at 8:42 pm Can you hear me squealing with joy, dear Emma!?!? I am SO thrilled for you! I know he must be very special just because YOU are:) Heartfelt best wishes to you and your real life hero. He is a blessed man. I can’t say that enough. Romance is in the air… Your first spring together! Thanks for telling me. I can’t stop smiling!! Joanne Bischof on March 25, 2015 at 3:01 pm Oh, Laura… those colors! And I want that dress! It looks so lovely and inviting… and knowing it’s from you makes it all the more special. I can just see so much hard work and heart behind that scene which makes it hard to wait to learn more about these characters and the story in store. Happy writing (and maybe editing! 😉 ), my friend. Hugs! laurafrantz on March 25, 2015 at 8:37 pm Joanne! I was just reading your blog post with pleasure earlier today and cannot. wait. for your cover reveal tomorrow :)! Woohoo! Glad you like the look of Sophie’s dress. Revell was kind enough to let me choose. Am getting ready to read all 400 pages aloud. Should be interesting as I search for glitches. Plus I get to write a couple of additional scenes, always a good, wordy thing :). Anyway, can’t wait to meet your new cast of characters, too. And the male pov is a wonderful thing!! Hugs to you, my friend!!