Jon Paul & Kieran Kramer fans! Vote for ‘Say Yes to the Duke’ cover!

Pose 1This contest is just too good to be true! We, the fans of this duo of unbelievably talented artists, Kieran Kramer & Jon Paul, are invited to take part in choosing a cover for Kieran’s next book ['Say Yes to the Duke' Book 3 in the House of Brady series, out in August] from THREE poses done by Jon Paul.

This contest is run by Heroes & Heartbreakers website and it’s on their FB page. You canPose 2 stop by their page [LIKE them while you're there, won't you?], from now ’till Thursday at 5 p.m. ET and cast your vote for 1 of 3 possible poses for the hero and heroine by “LIKING” your favorite pose: The image/pose with the most “likes” on Facebook* after 5 p.m. ET that day is the pose that will end up on the final cover!

Once the contest is over and the winning cover chosen, it will be revealed on H&H. How cool is that?!

Head on over to Facebook now to check out the images and to cast your vote for your favorite pose!

*Don’t forget! YOU MUST “LIKE” THE PICTURE of your choice! Just commenting ain’t enough!

**The art for all 3 poses, including the image used at the top of this post, is courtesy of Jon Paul, www.jonpaulstudios.com

***b2b will giveaway Kieran Kramer’s ‘Say Yes to the Duke’ to one lucky winner that jumps over and comments on H&H’s FB page and comes back and tell us which pose they voted for and why! US Giveaway only!

Here’s my favorite and the reason I voted for it is the dreamy look in both of their eyes…oh, and those booty cheeks on the hero are nothing to sneeze at!

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Jon Paul Ferrara Interview with Vince August

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Hello my bookworms! Today I thought to take a break from featuring authors and feature someone you all know I have a weakness for and that is Jon Paul Ferrara and his awesome, amazing and soul reaching cover art.

If you read romance novels, then you’ve heard of him and if you didn’t I am 100 % sure that you’ve at least once bought one of the books for which he did the cover art. There’s no way in Hell that you can look at one of his art covers and not be deeply moved and touched by them. They in themselves are just too powerful…too real…at times overwhelming.

The man himself is a very, VERY private person and last year I had the privilege to ‘meet’ him [albeit only on Facebook] and through many of our conversations, I have now come to respect him as much as his work. What an awesome human being he is!

To me, he was a mystery, but thanks to Mr. Vince August and his interview, that has changed and I can finally put a face and a voice to the artist I came to admire very much. I really hope you watch this short two-part very fun and informative interview.

Before you do, here is Jon Paul in his own words about how he came to do the interview.

“Vince August is a very good friend of mine from way back. One of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet. He approached me awhile back with the concept of doing an interview about my artwork and a little look behind the scenes of the process of how a book covers are done.

I am a very private person and very seldom do interviews, especially where video is involved. Well, needles to say, Vince talked me into it, thinking it would be a good idea for people to see how passionate I am about my work and get a behind the scenes look of my work environment and the process of cover art.

It turned out, I had a lot of fun doing the interview, as you can see in the video. He made me very comfortable and that put me at ease by the way he handled  the thing, and to be honest, it really didn’t even feel like an interview. It felt like we were just two friends hanging out.

I also recently did another interview before Vince August and that was for a Canadian TV art program which has already aired in Canada this past fall. Doing both, I can say that I really had a good time…

I hope to sell my art in print form and I have several other ideas I have in mind… hopeful the first item will be out before Christmas.

The other day Facebook disabled or deleted my Fan Page for no reason that I am aware of. I never promoted, sold or ran any contest on my Facebook Fan Page or did anything that would offend anybody. I posted my artwork. Period. After building up a fan base for several years and over 5000 of you loyal fans, as of yesterday, I have no Fan Page! I actually was going to release something in the next two weeks until FB knocked my fan page off and that kind of put an obstacle in the road that might hold up my plans.

Hopefully if the day comes when FB decides to re-enlist my Fan Page again or I decide to create a new one, I will post it and share it with you guys.

I am working on a whole new series of books for my publishers that I will be posting soon… though wouldn’t be able to release any info just yet out of respect to my publishers…in the meantime, I hope you watch and enjoy the interview…

FEATURED ARTIST: Jon Paul Ferrara

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Bookworms, I’m gonna make you work for this Giveaway and you’ll love it!

To ONE of you Jon Paul will send a piece of his art signed!

To TWO of you b2b will send one book each of one of the books he did cover art for.

All you need do is tell us what does the book cover art means to you? How important is it when deciding to buy the book? Which one of Jon Paul’s cover art books is your favorite?

Won’t you join our celebration by:

1) Subscribing to our Blog…

2) ‘LIKE’ -ing us on our Facebook!

All of the above are required for a TRIPLE chance to win in the Grand Giveaway!

However, if you’re already a follower and our FB buddy, all you need do is…COMMENT on the upcoming posts and you’re all set to go.

*Giveaway US only.

To ALL Romance Novel Cover Artists: Happy Valentine’s Day!

To celebrate this day of Love and Romance I’ve decided to share with you all my love of Romance Book Cover Art and Artists. I wonder if any of you take a peek at the inside of a cover to find out who did the cover art for that book. Have you ever wondered what it takes to bring us such beauty, movement and magic? What is the process and how long does it take? Who chooses the models? Where do they get their costumes? How long does it take to finish the project?Jon Paul Ferrara is one of my favorite Dude’s and he says “It all starts with an art director sending me a fact sheet of a general description of the characters of the story and the time period the story takes place in. Some art directors will send along a small sketch with notes on what they specifically are looking for. I would have to say 80 percent of my work is historical which I love the most, for I love history. Once I’ve read through the material I start my research (funny, things have change since the Internet) for years ago I use to live in libraries, though now with the information highway which is the Internet, a good percentage of my research is done there. Though being a historical illustrator for 25 years now I have built up  a collection of books … literally over a thousand books i have in my library … mostly art books and history books with a good section on costumes through the ages. I also collect movies on DVD to study from also, actually the first video I purchased and I attribute to part of me being a romance illustrator was “Somewhere in Time” love the time period and loved the film… I love directors like Franco Zeffirelli Martin Scorsese, Francis Coppola etc…. Once all my references are in place for the cover at hand, I begin my search for models I feel that will fit the characters in the story. I work with all the major model agencies in NY… Wilhelmina, Ford, Ikon, CESD, etc.. From there I use two studios in NY to do the shoots… Media Photo and Shirley Greene studios and now in the last 5-7 years I’ve been doing my own photography also… Photography has always been a love of mine, so I had a professional photo studio built in my house where the models come out to me… My studio is in Northern New Jersey. I have to say I love doing my own photography for I have complete control from beginning to end of the creative process. Once the photos are taken, it is usually a combination of several photos I use … you would never know it… I take body parts from one photo and use them in another so I get the perfect motion and feeling that I am looking for … composing is like being a sculptor… I look for lines and angles that run through the bodies to give a feeling of motion and passion that other wise might be static if I use only one photo. One of my female models jokes with me and says, “no one needs a cosmetic surgeon when we have you around Jon Paul “(lol)…When I am putting photos together like this … that is when my years of studying anatomy come into play … for if I didn’t have that knowledge it would never work or look right … from there then I start the painting … in today’s ever changing publishing world you have to work digitally in order to survive…Most publishers will not wait for an oil painting when you can work digitally so much faster, for you don’t have to wait for trying times and changes are easier..I have to say I do mix it up by combining traditional and digital to keep my traditional look so to speak and not computer looking. I am basically a trained oil painter that changed digitally for publishing purposes, though in my Gallery work I am 100 percent traditional.” For the rest of his interview please visit Isn’t It romantic website here:  http://romancebooks.splinder.com/post/22418327 or go to his website here: http://www.jonpaulstudios.com/

I’ve recently read an interview with Romance Cover Artist James Griffin who said this of his favorite covers “I always seem to like the latest one best, but there are  a few covers that I’m proud of. Of the 3500 or so book covers I have created there James Griffin, are some that stand out to me as being satisfying for artistic reasons. One that is always a favorite is the front and step back covers for When the Duke Returns, by Eloisa James.” For the rest of the interview please visit Happily After website here: http://happily-forever-after.blogspot.com/2011/02/interview-with-romance-cover-artist.html. Please check it out. He takes us on a great journey and answers some of the above questions. You can also visit him on his blog here: http://paintlayers.blogspot.com/

Alan Ayers is another artist that I admire as well. Check him out at his website here:    http://www.alanayers.com/Romance/romance.html

To see Elaine Gignilliat’s wonderful work you can visit here: http://www.romancebookcoverart.com/ and for Chris Cocozza don’t forget to stop by and say hello here: http://chriscocozza.com/

And last but certainly not the least we have Max Ginsberg and you can check his art here: http://www.ginsburgillustration.com/index.html

We’re often familiar with Cover Models, but it is rare for me to hear anything about the Cover Artists. I found out that even the Authors are not sure who did their cover Art, but they love the result!  They are men and women that deserve our praise and today I would like to wish them a Happy Valentine’s Day and humbly thank them for their AMAZING work and let them know how much they’re appreciated!

Please visit them when you get a chance and I hope you enjoy their work as much as I have!