Happy Valentine’s Day from b2b & Jon Paul Ferrara!

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Today, b2b is in seventh heaven because Jon Paul had agreed to stop by and share his new cover art and a bit of himself with us.

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*To enlarge, click on the image. You’ll love it more enlarged 😉

When it comes to romance book illustrations, this man is on fire! He is the best, and if you’re lucky to have one of your books illustrated by him, you know what I’m talking about. His illustrations are not just mesmerizing but can tell the story that’s within the pages of the books he’s doing the cover art for. Seriously, I could go on and on about how much I love his illustrations, but I won’t because they speak for themselves.

Ever wonder where the starting point is when it comes to illustrations? Check these out!

Behind the Scenes. Photo reference to the left, art to the right.

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The blue dress illustration… which piece do you like better on a cover The full art on the right or the cropped version on the left?

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Entertainment Weekly Magazine approached me last year to do an illustration for the inside of their magazine. It was in the Oct 24th issue and it is an eight page article about how big the Romance Industry is. My art was a double page spread. Models: John DeSalvo and Colleen

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This is my version on the right. Before and After…”Woman photoshopped to fit the definition of beauty in 25 countries.”

Five Questions With Jon Paul Ferrara

Melanie: Jon, as you know, today a lot of fans of EL James’ ’50 Shades of Gray’ will be taking their significant others to the opening of the movie, so my first question is: Tell us your favorite book to movie/series?

Jon Paul Ferrara: Without question The Thorn Birds 😉

Melanie: Oh, that’s a good one! I loved the series, but never read the book.

My next question is in regards to book illustrations. What’s your favorite book illustration that is not done by you?

Jon Paul Ferrara: ‘The Midnight Fury’ by Susan Ellen Gross. I was only twenty-one when I saw the illustration of it which was done by Pino Daeni. I fell in love with the art when I saw it in person at Pino’s studio before I got in the industry. I have a copy of the book next to me when I work. It symbolize the inspiration of what made me want to be a romance illustrator in the first place.

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Melanie: This one looks familiar! I have a very similar illustration you sent me with you in it. It is my favorite!

Who is your favorite musical artist?

Jon Paul Ferrara: It’s Paul McCartney and his version with the Beatles “And I Love Her”

Melanie: What are you favorite song lyrics?

Jon Paul Ferrara: Buddy Holly’s ‘True Love Ways’

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Melanie: Gotta a favorite poet, or two?

Jon Paul Ferrara: I’m a romantic at heart Melanie, you know that! I love reading Ralph Waldo Emerson and John Keats. And how about we put your readers on the spot too, and see if they’ll answer at least 3 out of the 5 you just asked me? Anyone wants one of my signed illustrations can jump right in 😉

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Melanie: Dude, thanks so-so-so much for stopping by today and sharing this Valentin’s Day with us.

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If I were commissioned to do your portrait, which piece do you see yourself in? I’m curious to see what your choice would be 😉

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To learn more about Jon Paul, please visit his website or FB page and in the meantime check this fan made You Tube video. I loved it!

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About Bookworm

I'm married, working, and have grown and independent kids. I love gardening, reading and painting. My favorite TV show is Dancing With the Stars! Television shows have gone to the crap house. My favorite movie of all time is "Last of the Mohicans" with Daniel Day Lewis. Second best is "Titanic" and third "Passion of the Christ". I am an avid reader and I love talking about the books I’ve read, especially romance novels. I will warn you though: I am prone to rants and raves about a lot of things!

12 thoughts on “Happy Valentine’s Day from b2b & Jon Paul Ferrara!

  1. Mel, you are so lucky to have Jon Paul on you blog today. His work is just awesome and symbolises everything I love about romance.

    I’m answering three questions.

    My favourite book illustrations are those Jon Paul did for Maire Claremont’s Mad Passions series.

    My favourite musical artist is Elvis Presley.

    My favourite song lyrics – Elvis’s Memories

    Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind
    Memories, sweetened thru the ages just like wine

    Quiet thought come floating down
    And settle softly to the ground
    Like golden autumn leaves around my feet
    I touched them and they burst apart with sweet memories,
    Sweet memories

    Of holding hands and red bouquets
    And twilight trimmed in purple haze
    And laughing eyes and simple ways
    And quiet nights and gentle days with you

    Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind
    Memories, sweetened thru the ages just like wine,
    Memories, memories, sweet memories

  2. I love Jon Paul’s covers! Three answers to Jon Paul’s questions.

    My favorite illustration is one of Jon Paul’s, and I don’t know if it was actually used on a book cover. It’s the one with the woman sitting on the floor, a white satiny gown spread around her. It’s a beautiful piece of art.

    My favorite musical artist is Adele.

    My favorite song lyrics are from an oldie – Roberta Flack’s Killing Me Softly. I have it on my playlist, and for some reason the music and words tug at me.

    I heard he sang a good song
    I heard he had a style
    And so I came to see him
    To listen for a while
    And there he was this young boy
    A stranger to my eyes
    Strumming my pain with his fingers
    Singing my life with his words
    Killing me softly with his song
    Killing me softly with his song
    Telling my whole life with his words
    Killing me softly with his song
    I felt all flushed with fever
    Embarrassed by the crowd
    I felt he found my letters
    And read each one out loud
    I prayed that he would finish
    But he just kept right on

  3. My favorite book/movie series is
    Anne of Green Gables/Anne of Avonlea

    My favorite book illustration is

    My favorite musical artist “at the moment” lol is
    Sam Smith – so powerful, soul wrenching music

    My favorite song lyrics are
    “Hero” by Enrique Iglesis, ,”Thank You” By Sanctus Real,, “Make You Feel My Love” Lea Michelle,, “Glass” by Thompson Square, , “I’ll be Seeing You” Sammy Fein I think

    My favorite poet is a tie among a few, but I love Keats

  4. Love this interview and revisiting all of the paintings too. Thank you from a fan. My three answers are Last of the Mohicans, Annie Lennox and Robert Burns.

  5. Damn, I’ve clicked back to this post throughout the day to look at that top picture. I keep thinking how much I’d love to have that as a cover for one of my contemporaries. *HOT*

  6. I am a huge fan of Jon Paul’s cover art! I love the covers for Maire Claremont’s Mad Passions series. As for a cover I would love to be in, I would pick one with my favorite cover model, Paul Marron. 😉 Maybe The Wicked Wallflower by Maya Rodale. Thanks for the interview!

  7. What a lovely way to spend Valentine’s Day, Mel. I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t like Jon Paul’s work. It captures everything a woman dreams of.

    I’m moved by poetry in music, not reading poetry. Time to Say Goodbye is one of my favorites.

    When I’m alone I dream of the horizon and words fail me.
    There is no light in a room where there is no sun
    and there is no sun if you’re not here with me, with me.
    From every window unfurls my heart the heart that you have won.
    Into me you’ve poured the light,
    the light that you found by the side of the road.

    Time to say goodbye.
    Places that I’ve never seen or experienced with you.
    Now I shall, I’ll sail with you upon ships across the seas,
    seas that exist no more,
    it’s time to say goodbye.

    When you’re far away I dream of the horizon and words fail me.
    And of course I know that you’re with me, with me.
    You, my moon, you are with me.
    My sun, you’re here with me with me, with me, with me.

    Time to say goodbye.
    Places that I’ve never seen or experienced with you.
    Now I shall, I’ll sail with you upon ships across the seas,
    seas that exist no more,

    I’ll revive them with you.
    I’ll go with you upon ships across the seas,
    seas that exist no more,
    I’ll revive them with you.
    I’ll go with you.

    You and me.

    I would say I could see myself in portrait nine. It’s pensive and I’m more that type.

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