The art behind the covers & giveaways

Hello everyone,

Some of my latest posts have been dedicated to cover reveals and I’ve mentioned in all of them how much I love covers, so I believe the subject of this post will not surprise you.

I admit it, I do buy books because of the cover! I know that the cover per se does not tell us if we are buying a quality product or not, but the truth is, we do buy things that are appealing to the sigh, and that happens to me with books. I am always captivated towards books with beautiful, enticing covers and when the cover is everything but appealing, I tend to walk away. Of course I pay a lot of attention to the author, the plot, etc, but the cover is one more detail that could make me buy a book or not. It shows a certain taste that I often see reflected in the writing. Sometimes I stop to read the blurb of a book just because of it’s cover, and if the cover was not attractive I probably would never have read the blurb or bought the book, hence the importance of covers for readers such as me.

I love everything about covers, all the small details in it; the colours, the background, the font, the balance between the front cover and the back cover, etc. And I find that sometimes back covers are disregarded as inferior parts of the book, but I love them as much as front covers, I love to find a book whose back cover reveals me something about the story! And the good covers often do, have you noticed that?

This passion I have for book covers made me cross paths with Janet Taylor’s designs and fall in love with her work. In fact, I first learned about Janet  because I could not resist the cover of The Secret Betrothal by Jan Hahn and had to buy the book because of it. The cover was amazing and because I loved the book so much I decided to look for other things from the same designer. I soon found several covers designed by Janet and became a fan of her work ever since! I don’t know if it is a coincidence or not, but several books with covers designed by her were actually some of my favourites in the year they were published 🙂

Today I’m honoured to say she is my guest as she agreed to answer a few questions about her work 🙂

I also invited the authors with whom she worked with to share a little of their experience with her, and I could not be more delighted to read all these wonderful stories surrounding their covers and the process of their creation (have I mentioned how much I love to read about covers?)

I hope you enjoy reading this interview and the author testimonials as much as I did 🙂


interview

Janet you are quite active in the JAFF community with your blog More Agreeably Engaged, your blog tour coordination and the wonderful JAFF designs, but when did this love for Jane Austen and fan fiction began?

Rita, I am a late bloomer to the JAFF community. It was the last of 2010 or early 2011 when I started reading JAFF. I was going through a bit of a rough time and my friend, Jan Hahn, sent her copy of the 1995 miniseries of Pride & Prejudice home with me to watch. She thought it would be good for me! Ha! I guess you could say it was! I have since immersed myself in anything I could get my hands on, Jan’s books included. This was before An Arranged Marriage had been published but it was already in the editing process. I fell in love with it as soon as I read it and it is still one of my favorites. Believe or not, until that time, I had no clue that Jan wrote JAFF and her stories had been on forums since 2001 or shortly thereafter. Anyway, I had read Pride & Prejudice as a young girl but hadn’t picked it up again until after watching the miniseries.

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And when did it go from reading to drawing?

In 2012, Jan Hahn was getting The Journey read for publication. She asked me to draw Darcy and Lizzy and a highwayman. I did it but on regular typing paper and with regular colored pencils. It was not used for her cover but that was the beginnings of my drawings. I then decided to attempt the two drawings that I call ‘The Look, Darcy’ and ‘The Look, Lizzy’ from one of my favorite scenes in the miniseries. I’ve been drawing ever since.

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I always wonder if you took an arts degree of if you are self-taught, can you tell us a little of your progress in drawing?

I always loved to draw as a child. The summer after my fourth-grade year, there was a traveling artist that came at the invitation of our school. My mother and father allowed me to attend his two-week class where I learned about shading and a few other things. I loved the class but it is my only training.

Since I generally do not have a model, I use a photo for my model. I study it before I draw, while I’m drawing and after I complete a drawing. I look for places where my drawing is vastly different from the photo and what I could do to make mine look more like the photo. Many times it can be a shaded area as small as a couple of millimeters or 1/8 inch that alters how my drawing looks. It wouldn’t seem like something that small could make so much difference but it can. Too much shading, too little shading, not enough curve to a nostril or too much – these can make or break a drawing.

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I think it’s impressive what you can create without an arts degree, it takes true talent! Which type of drawings captivate you the most? And which are the most challenging?

I think I like close-up facial drawings the best of all. They allow me to go for the details and details are ‘my thing’ so to speak. It is all in the details. I love to do the eyes and usually do them first. Since the eyes are the windows to the soul, they are the most important feature. I love to try and capture the expression in the eyes. Sometimes I get it and sometimes I don’t.

As for the most challenging, I will have to say the nose on the facial drawings. It is what always gives me the most trouble. I know you asked which types of drawings and this is not a type but a part of the one I love most. My most challenging drawings would probably have to be buildings. I’m a math person, (I used to teach college preparatory mathematics to high school students) and the lines in the buildings need to be parallel. If they are not, it drives me crazy. It also makes me crazy trying to get them that way! lol

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I know what you mean about the eyes! That’s what captivates me the most in your drawings! You’ve used some of your drawings to do covers. Could you tell us a little bit more about your cover art design?

Designing covers is one of my favorite things to do. I love trying to bring a good story to life through the front and back covers. I am a cover junkie, too, Rita! 😊 Meryton Press gave me my first opportunity to design a cover. It was for Linda Beutler’s The Red Chrysanthemum and I was a nervous wreck in the beginning. I did drawings for the first three covers at Meryton Press, Linda Beutler, Suzan Lauder and Jan Hahn. I did some drawings for J. Dawn King that she used as part of her covers in The Men of Derbyshire Series. I now mostly do graphic design since drawings cannot be ‘fixed’ as easily as graphic designs. It would be great if I could hit a delete button and fix something but that is not the case. If I have used darker colors, they can be almost impossible to remove without ruining my paper. Sometimes, I must start over and that takes much time.

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I know you have lots of merchandising in your website. Do you use all your designs to create merchandising at JT originals? What kind of products can we find there?

I use most of my drawings to create merchandise at JT Originals. I have not had the new ones from 2017 made up yet as I am trying to get a new vendor to do them for me. I do have note cards and note pads from the new drawings. I do those myself so they are easily available.

I have mugs, mouse pads, tiles, compacts, Christmas ornaments, two sizes of note cards and two of note pads.  I can do address labels and bookmarks if they are requested. I am hoping to soon have prints on canvas for any drawing available for purchase.

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One of the merchandise you have on your website is an anual calendar with original drawings. How did that idea come up? Any idea’s for this years calendar? I know we’re still in the beggining of the year, but I’m already looking forward to your next calendar 🙂

I have been doing a calendar since 2013. I had gone to England in August of 2012 for a tour of the 1995 PnP film locations. It was fabulous, by the way! 🙂 One of the tour guides is a Jane Austen scholar and is also a writer. She knows the man that has his art at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath. I had told her of my drawings when viewing some of his in the village that was Meryton in the miniseries. Without my knowledge she contacted him and later told me that I would be able to sell my work. If you notice, I always have ‘my artistic interpretations of the scenes’ either on the back of the calendar or somewhere inside. That was what he told Hazel Jones to tell me. Since 2013 was the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride & Prejudice, Hazel said that could be a good year for me. I’m not sure how it went from there, but the calendar was born. When I got home, I got busy drawing. The rest is history, so the saying goes.

I do have some ideas for the 2018 calendar. It will be drawings too. I’m thinking of possibly using the same men/films as last year but in a different way. That’s all I’ll say for now. Suffice it to say, I think the changes will be ones that you will approve! I’m looking forward to the next calendar too. I will begin working on it in a few weeks. I need to get started on the drawings.

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Thank you so much for allowing me to interview you Janet! I feel I could continue discussing every single detail of your drawings with you for hours. I am also a known geek who absolutely looooves merchandising, so I can not resist sharing with my readers some of the products you have on your website JT Originals 🙂

The 2017 Calendar has to be the first to be displayed 🙂 I remember eagerly waiting for Janet to share the next drawing that would be included in this years calendar, I knew Colin Firth would have to be in it, but I was thrilled to see that Richard Armitage and Ciaran Hinds as Mr. Thornton and Captain Wentworth respectively, were also included. I would just ask you to take a closer look at Ciaran Hinds card, isn’t it just perfect with the letter drawn in the back??

Oh…and you should look at all the faces here because Janet is offering one set of 12 cards with each one of these gentleman in one of the cards 🙂

 

But I could not finish my part on this post without showing a little more of what you can find at JT Originals. I confess to own a few of these items and to look forward to the new merchandising Janet will create with the new drawings, particularly the one of John Thornton 🙂

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I’m sure you’ve noticed by now how much I like and admire Janet’s work, but I’m not the only one loving her work! I’ve asked some of the authors who worked with her to write a few words about that experience, and was touched by how special they herJanet to be 🙂


author-testimonials

 

Nicole Clarkston

When Janet first wrote to me about No Such Thing As Luck, she graciously offered to host me on her blog. I had never explored the JAFF community at all, so I thoroughly enjoyed clicking through all the sights at More Agreeably Engaged. When I discovered her artwork, I was astonished. This lady has a true gift for capturing characters real or imagined, and her eye catches the balance, the light, and each nuance of expression. As a writer, my desire is to push the pause button on special moments, translate them into print, and breathe life into them. Janet does that very same thing with her images.

Though I barely knew her and was not quite certain what I was letting myself in for, I had to ask Janet to work on my next cover! As it happened, that was for Northern Rain, a book which was less than half completed at the time. Since we had months (at the speed I write), we spent that time becoming friends as we talked over cover ideas. Janet is what we Americans colloquially describe as a “Good People.” May I brag on her as a person a little more before returning to her work?

Janet was, very appropriately, my first taste of the wonderful enigma that is the JAFF community. She uses her speech and her actions to bless others, and you never hear a word of her which is not spoken in admiration. She encourages authors, bloggers, and readers alike, and she employs her precious time helping others find a good read to wind down after a hard day. When she is not blogging about new books or painting her breathtaking Richard Armitage portrait, she is a proud grandmother, a supportive mother, and a loving sister. In addition to these things, she spends her spare time caring for rescued dogs. Her heart truly aches for these canine orphans, and she invests more time and love into them than many people do into their own children.

Janet’s son Jeff happens to be a talented designer in his own right, and the two of them have continued to grow their artistic talents together. I have been the happy beneficiary of their combined efforts! I will allow Janet to fill you in on those details, but I would like to draw your attention to some of her trademarks. Firstly, each book cover she creates ties into the story. As far as I know, she has read every book before creating the cover, and she creates a visual catch for a reader to pause and take in. If you capture every detail she lovingly drops into that cover, you may as well not read the book, for you have already divined its essence.

Another talent of hers is for the eyes. They spark, snap, draw you in, or set you at ease. A talented actor is able to convey with a simple look an entire novel’s worth of feelings, and Janet can trap that look forever on canvas. Unlike with my own vocation, she cannot simply hit the “delete” button, so every flick of the brush must be precise. I will never know how she can transform an unruly glob of paint into (here I go again) Richard Armitage’s tender, impossibly eloquent expression in the legendary Kiss Scene, but she does. She even manages to create my favourite look on my period heroes- a roguish 5 o’clock shadow! How? Well, she tells me that it has something to do with admiring the real thing for hours on end, and I suppose there are less pleasant ways to develop a talent.

Perhaps it goes without saying that I have already forced Janet to promise that she will craft the covers for my next projects. I could not imagine turning my book babies over to anyone else! I am glad that this amazing woman is receiving the recognition she deserves for her work. I hope that one day soon we will all be able to sit down to a cup of coffee with Janet’s RA portrait smiling back at us. A Colin Firth coaster would match nicely, I think, and perhaps a Matthew Macfadyen mousepad would round out the collection. Good luck in the giveaway, everyone!


 

Jan Hahn

About ten years ago, I met Janet Taylor (in the flesh). Our personalities clicked, and we soon became friends. Four years passed, however, before I shared my love of Pride and Prejudice with her, much less the fact that I wrote Austen-inspired stories. I was a bit shy about my obsession. About the same time, I learned that she was an artist and a skilled photographer of the ‘critters’ that roam her property out in the Texas hill country. I soon discovered an abundance of information about birds, squirrels, raccoons and other wildlife. And what did Janet learn from me? She fell in love with Mr. Darcy and JAFF, a whole ‘nother type of wildlife.

My second novel, The Journey, was about to be published, and I wanted a highwayman on the cover. Janet drew a colorful picture of Darcy, Elizabeth, and a blonde highwayman dressed all in black. Unfortunately, my publisher couldn’t accept the scene because of copyright issues: Mr. Darcy happened to look exactly like Colin Firth, and Elizabeth was the spitting image of Jennifer Ehle. Well, why wouldn’t they be? Firth and Ehle were Darcy and Elizabeth in Janet’s mind.

Meryton Press, however, was impressed with Janet’s work, and they commissioned her to draw covers for two of their authors, Suzan Lauder and Linda Beutler. By the time The Secret Betrothal, was ready for publication, Janet created original versions of Darcy, Elizabeth and Wickham for my front cover.  For the back of the book, she drew a beautiful beach scene, including a huge rock that played an important role in the story, as well as a pair of Elizabeth’s slippers discarded in the sand.

By that time, Janet Taylor had become well known to the JAFF world through publication of her gorgeous calendars featuring her illustrations of Austen characters. Every year, I look forward to seeing what she will come up with in her new calendar. She outdid herself this year with Austen’s Men in Film Plus Two! I love when the month changes―I get to swoon all over again.

Janet is a delight to work with. She’s interested in the story, she listens well, and she’s eager to see that the cover reflects the book. She makes my idea come to life and then suggests touches that mirror portions of the plot. For A Peculiar Connection, I found separate 19th century paintings of three young boys executed by the same artist. That was my sole contribution to the cover. Janet did the rest. She combined the boys into one framed portrait, and in the background, she added muted illustrations of a ship, a letter containing the very words I had written in the story, and an old mansion―all of which played essential parts in the book.

Janet has a fantastic eye for color and style and a more than generous supply of talent to create an attractive, eye-catching book cover that draws readers’ attention. She’s a joy to know and a great friend.

 


 

Suzan Lauder

Had you asked the author prior to publishing what the cover of Alias Thomas Bennet would look like, she would firmly state it would be composed around a ship. When I found out that Janet Taylor would be the cover artist, I sent her dozens of images: tall ships from the 1700s, men on ships’ decks, artsy ships, ships on fire, ships in a storm, ships in dry dock, you name it!

But Janet had done one special thing—she read the book and fell in love with the characters in the story. Then during one email of ships, I made an offhand comment about seeing people on shore with body language to show their stress. She somehow knew that the author wanted the “feel” of this image even though I was concentrating on the idea of a sailing ship.

The artist’s process is fascinating. Imagine a bearded young man in a ball cap, t-shirt and sports pants holding a baby doll gently in his arm as only a seasoned father can do, with the finger of his other hand being held by a toddler in diapers. The child looks off to a sound in the distance, her face slightly startled and worried, and the man looks at her with typical fatherly interest. “Is she okay? Should I comfort her or leave her be?” Does that picture in your mind seem like the front cover of a Regency novel? The cover story was already in the eyes of the models, and the magic of Janet Taylor was there to capture it, because this is her son and granddaughter!

With the use of soft core lead pencil crayons, she redrew the images, changing a ball cap to a top hat, modern casual wear to evening wear of 200 years ago, lightening hair, adding a toddler’s traveling costume, making a causeway from a backyard deck. In the background, a period sailing vessel is coming into the harbour—or is it leaving? The sky is slightly ominous, the colours telling of an unknown worry for the future, as do the lines on the face of the gentleman. We correctly assume the children are Jane and Elizabeth Bennet and the gentleman is their father, yet once we read the story we realize the additional significance of the mystery within the romance novel—so the cover becomes a bit of a teaser.

Hands are supposed to be the hardest thing to draw. Janet drew them so well that I insisted the title not cover up where little Jane held onto her father’s finger.

Little touches made this cover so special. Janet worried that little Jane would be unsafe near the water, so she added posts and ropes to keep her just a little bit safer. That’s the magic of Janet.

Meryton Press is known for back covers that are so good, they could be front covers. Longbourn was a prized theme in the story, and Janet offered up a watercolour painting of Longbourn from a photo of an English manor house taken on her own trip to England. We added some flowers to spice up the real life photo’s simplicity, but then found out that watercolours don’t look that great on covers. Janet had to re-do the back cover in the soft lead pencil crayons of the front cover.

Thank you, Janet, for making my characters come alive, putting a perfect face to my hero, and telling the story of Alias Thomas Bennet in such a succinct and clever way. I’m honoured to have had one of your unique covers!

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Caitlin Williams

How envious I am of those who can draw and paint. To create such beautiful images from nothing but your own imagination is a mighty skill. I have no artistic talents at all, so last year when I wanted to redesign the cover of The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet, I shouted “help” in a very loud voice and in swooped Janet B Taylor ready to save the day with all her super skills.

The book previously had a very boring back cover but she found the perfect image and now it looks wonderful, and compliments the redesigned front cover beautifully.

Janet is unfailingly professional and a lovely lady to work with. She understood what I wanted, even when I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted myself. Thanks Janet and I hope we get the chance to work together soon.

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Joy King

My meeting Janet began with two people (Jan Hahn and Jack Caldwell) and Facebook.

One of the first variations of Pride and Prejudice I read was The Journey, by Jan. I was hooked. Soon after reading her story and almost everything else available at the time, I opened a Facebook account. What was the first thing I searched? Jane Austen. I happened upon a giveaway for a book Jack Caldwell released on Janet’s stop of his blog tour. I entered, and I won.

When Janet contacted me with congratulations, I mentioned I had published my first JAFF the month prior. She invited me to be on her blog and the rest is history. I later checked out her JT Originals website and fell in love with her work. I commissioned her for three pieces of art (Darcy/Elizabeth, Bingley/Jane, and Col Fitzwilliam/Constance Wickham). The first one I put on the cover of A Father’s Sins. The others are already designed into book covers. I’m still hoping to get the stories written, because the world needs to see these gorgeous works of art.

Last summer, I saw a stunning photograph of a young woman who reminded me of Lizzy Bennet. She had the wrong hair, the wrong clothing, and the background was not correct. As soon as I mentioned it, Janet started sketching. The project is almost complete. What she has shown me is STUNNING. Will it go on one of my book covers? Oh, yes. I LOVE the work she does.

In a wonderful coincidence, Janet invited my daughter, Jennifer Joy, to do her very first blog interview after the release of Darcy’s Ultimatum. So, our family has a special place in our hearts for our dear friend.


 

Linda Beutler

Janet Taylor was my first cover artist for my first published JAFF story, The Red Chrysanthemum, and as it happens, I was her first cover author! The very idea of having a say in a book’s cover was a novel one at the time (so to speak), since in the design of the two books on gardening previously published, I had little input in the cover. Meryton Press gave me Janet’s contact information, and I sent along the requested list of several ideas. But Janet had her own vision, to capture the pivotal moment when Georgiana Darcy’s skirts brush the titular blossom out of sight, behind Darcy’s boots.

I’ll admit I had to be convinced. It seemed like a huge self-spoiler, but Janet forged ahead. In time I came to think it quite natural for the cover to hinge on the story’s most important plot point. My only concern shifted to the Hessians being exactly like those worn by Mr. Darcy in the 1995 Pride and Prejudice mini-series. And the legs had to be the right proportion to be attached to a certain 6’2 actor. Janet would send a version, and I would send her back to Darcy’s moments with Elizabeth at Pemberley. Did Janet really spend six hours watching that one scene, as they ascend the outdoor stairway? I shall take her at her word!

The results have been greatly praised. Janet is self-effacing, but there is no way The Red Chrysanthemum would have won a silver IPPY for romance writing in 2014 without her dynamic, manly cover.  It takes a team, more than just an author’s story, and presentation is everything. What red-blooded woman wouldn’t at least pick it up to read the back cover with its glorious open red roses?

Every flower on the cover of The Red Chrysanthemum carries a message of love, and I loved working with Janet again on my latest novel, My Mr. Darcy and Your Mr. Bingley. Having worked with Janet before, I did not hesitate to suggest a crucial moment within a pivotal scene. She jumped on it! The result is beautiful and poignant and everything I wanted it to be.


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Sally Smith O’Rourke

Like many other Jane Austen fans, I first found Janet because of her beautiful paintings of scenes from the 1995 Andrew Davies adaptation of  Pride and Prejudice. I was writing a post for my blog (my idea of the Darcy’s wedding night) and wanted to use “The Kiss” to head the post, and she was gracious enough allow me to use it. It was the perfect complement to the story.

Afterwards, we stayed in touch. I advertised my JAFF books in her wonderful calendars and when I finished writing Days of Future Past, I needed a cover and Janet was where I went.

One of the great things about working with Janet on the cover was her flexibility and creativity. Originally I wanted a garden gate on the cover with a garden on the back. I owned the painting of the garden, but needed a garden gate. After reading the manuscript and seeing the ‘tea garden’ painting Janet suggested reversing the pictures, and as you can see that was a great suggestion, and was definitely the way to go.

While the painting on the cover existed, she did have to crop it and added some brightness to the images so the title would stand out. But her real talent shows in the back cover. She started with a photograph of a garden wall that she took on a trip to England. The story in Days of Future Past is about reincarnation, under hypnosis, the hero sees three garden gates, one  for each life. Janet created a perfect representation of that imagery for the back cover.

They (not sure who ‘they’ are) say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case it is very much the fact. Picture ‘a’ is the photo Janet took, and ‘b’ is the back cover she created from it.

And right now, she’s contemplating the cover for the Christmas book, that I hope to have out this year. Keep an eye out.

For what it’s worth my blog is sallysmithorourke.com 🙂


 

I have to tell you that it gave me a lot of pleasure to put up this post together, and it made me particularly happy to see how kind and generous all these authors and designers were. In fact, everyone involved in this post wanted to offer something to my readers, so today we are giving away lots of goodies :))))

We are giving away the below items:

* One 2017 Austen Man in Film + 2 calendar

* One set of twelve cards and envelopes featuring one of each Austen Men in Film + 2. The cards are 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2 ” and blank inside with matching square flap envelopes. (Check the calendar pictures to see whose portraits will be on the envelopes).

*One John Thornton canvas of 8″ x 10″.

* One copy of Northern Rain (winner chooses format)

* One copy of The Courtship of Edward Gardiner (winner chooses format)

* One copy of No Such Thing as Luck (winner chooses format)

* One ebook or autographed copy of The Secret Betrothal or A Peculiar Connection (winner chooses book and format)

* One ebook copy of Alias Thomas Bennet

* One paperback copy of The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet

* One ebook copy of A Father’s Sins

* One paperback copy of A Father’s Sins

* One signed paperback of The Red Chrysanthemum

*One ebook or paperback of Days of Future Past (winner chooses format)

The giveaway is international and each reader will be entitled to win one prize. To participate in this giveaway all you have to do is comment this post and let us know how you feel about book covers! Feel free to say whatever you want, I am personally very curious to know everything you will tell me 🙂

If you want to double your chances of winning, share this post on any social media and add the link to it here.

Good luck everyone!

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115 responses to “The art behind the covers & giveaways

  1. What a fabulous post, Rita, and super giveaways!! So many lovely covers are displayed here. Janet sure has such amazing talents!

    Thank you for sharing ladies.

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  2. Very interesting post and amazing giveaways! Thank you! I wouldn’t say I buy a book only because of its cover but I do like them and some are amazing works of art! 🙂

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  3. What a great post, Rita. Learning how Janet has touched the careers of other JAFF authors is a joy. I’m a cover fanatic just as you are. It if catches my eye I will read the blurb. If not, my eye passes it by and I don’t look back. We are all alike in so many ways, aren’t we?

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    • Thank you Joy!
      We really seem alike and that is why I have to read your books!!! We will like the same type of Darcy!
      Congrats on the cover for A Father’s Sin’s, it’s truly beautiful and would get my attention if I came across it.

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    • Thank you, Joy, for your part in this. Your comments touched me. It has been my pleasure to work with you. I’m a cover fanatic also. I want it to ‘speak to me’.

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  4. Carole in Canada

    That was a fascinating post! First, I love to read an actual paperback book over an e-book. Second, a beautiful cover (back and front) will always draw my attention. When it is one by my favourite authors, even better! I have to have it in paperback mode! I may own the e-book first, but will eventually get the paperback.

    I have seen Janet’s name mentioned many times as to being the artist of a cover. I was sent a card that I still have on my bookshelf with D&E that she had done. I love how she captured their expressions! Thank you for a chance at this amazing giveaway!

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    • It’s the same thing with me Carole, I may have an ebook but if the book is really good and the cover is beautiful I MUST buy the paperback :))
      Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

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    • Thank you, Carole. I’m happy to hear that card has a place on your bookshelf. That’s neat! It’s always good to hear someone else that loves back covers too. 🙂 I think I will always love paperbacks. There is just something about the smell of one while I’m reading. Plus, I do like to see both covers. EBooks have their place but paperbacks are still my favorite!

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  5. Christina Boyd

    How interesting! And now we know the rest of the story. Thank you.

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  6. Thank you, Rita, for such a lovely post! You said some wonderfull things and I appreciate them all. Knowing you and others like covers and notice them, make the efforts worthwhile. I love doing them and working with the authors. It becomes such a collaborative process and there is always something unique about working with each one. Nicole, Jan, Suzan, Caitlin, Joy, Linda and Sally, I cannot thank you enough for all the kind words. I am moved beyond words. I have a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. It was my pleasure working with each of you. Your books will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Rita, thank you again, for featuring me and my work. I don’t think I have ever felt so honored.

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    • Janet, see how many lives you touch? Like a pebble in the water, your talent expands out to all of us. Cannot thank you enough for your art and you being you.

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      • Such lovely sentiments, Linda, and I appreciate them. The pebble in the water, I will not forget. We touch each other’s lives in so many ways and you have all touched mine. This has made my whole year! I haven’t come back to earth yet! 🙂

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    • It makes me very happy to know you liked this post Janet, I was a little anxious about it because I wanted it to be perfect! I hope I was at least able to show readers how special your covers are 🙂

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      • Rita, I loved the post as I mentioned earlier! 🙂 You did an amazing job of putting this together. I can only imagine the hours you spent getting all the information and then putting it in a post. You did it well. It was such a tremendous experience for me. Reading your thoughts on covers and then seeing the authors share their thoughts, well, it was awesome and a very special surprise. I felt loved and appreciated and all because you took the time and energy to do this. Thank you immensely. Like I said to Linda, you didn’t just make my day, you made my whole year and then some. I’m glowing! 🙂

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  7. BeckyC

    Wonderful post. I support Janet and her talents. I have the 2017 calender and I must say it is not my first! I was thrilled with the fun unexpected additions this year like RA. So many wonderful words for Janet and all well deserved. Covers make a difference! Unless particularly acquainted with an Author, the cover can make or break the purchase. Thank you for the generous giveaway. So many amazing prizes.

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    • I also have the calendar Becky and it is one of my precious JAFF possessions 🙂 I was over the moon when I knew Janet would add RA as Thornton. It’s the same for me, covers are very important when I don’t know the author, because they are the ones that make me want to read the blurb or not.
      Good luck in the giveaway!

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    • Aww, Becky! Thank you. You have supported me and my work for quite some time and I appreciate it. I was trying to keep the identity of the Plus Two a secret for awhile, but it was all I could do to not say anything. People started guessing and if anyone could have seen the look on my face, it would have been a dead giveaway. They would have known immediately. lol I love North & South so much too, that I had to find a way to include John Thornton. (or maybe it was RA that I wanted to include!) haha

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  8. Janet, it is a testament to your character that everyone here found you a delight to work with, and a testament to your talents that each cover so perfectly reflects the book. Your attention to detail shines in each piece, and I am always eager to see what you are working on next. You are an incredibly gifted artist and a lovely friend. ❤

    Terrific post, Rita! What an effort to assemble all of this! That was wonderful of you!

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    • Thank you Nicole, and thank you for all your support, incentive and positivity!!!

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    • Thank you, my friend. The feeling is mutual! 🙂 Your words touch my soul and are cherished. This is a post I will long remember. You have all made me feel loved and appreciated far more than you can imagine. I think I’m going to copy and past this post and put it in a Word document. Then if I get down someday, I’ll open it up and read it all over again. This is kind of been like P&P and N&S, I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve read it! lol

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  9. suzanlauder

    I love covers too, and several of my all-time favourite covers happen to be Janet’s, in fact, #1 is the three kids she morphed into our characters for “The Secret Betrothal.” I especially loved to read how the other authors had a similar experience working with Janet to create the best covers from their books. I was additionally fortunate that when she went to add my back cover blurb to the drawing, she critiqued the wording and helped me to develop something that was much better at drawing the reader in. She’s a truly skilled and collaborative artist and marketer and like Jan said, just “good people.” I look forward to working with her again in the future.

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    • I didn’t know she also helped with the blurb on the back cover, it is always a plus to work with someone who is multi tasking isn’t it?
      I truly love the harmony between the front and back cover on Alias Thomas Bennet, the different shades of blue make it the perfect transition!
      Thank you for joining us in this post Suzan 🙂

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      • I’m glad you like the colors, Rita. I was trying to say a good bit with the colors of the sky on both covers and the color of the water. That you noticed is music to my ears!

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    • I’m thrilled to know that some of your favorite covers are ones that I did, especially The Secret Betrothal. As you remember, I’m sure, one of those three kids is my grandson. (Mr. Darcy) The other two are his friends so it was much fun to take pictures of them and then draw them. I look forward to working with you sometime in the future too. Thank you, Suzan, for taking part in this wonderful tribute to my covers. It has lifted me up and encouraged me to work harder.

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  10. Great post. I definitely am more drawn to books with beautiful covers and you feature some lovely ones. My favorite is The coming of age of Elizabeth Bennet as that one always draws me in.

    I have shared your post at: https://twitter.com/jadseah4/status/846905642950414336

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  11. Jan Hahn

    What a lovely post, Rita! And you could not have done it for a more deserving person. Janet gives so much of herself to the Austen community as well as her family and critters. She is a true earth mother and the best of friends. I am blessed to know her.

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    • Thank you Jan, it was an honour to interview Janet and give her this spotlight 🙂 She deserves it 🙂

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    • Thank you, Jan. Just look what you started! lol Who would have thought it back when you re-introduced me to P&P? I surely would not have. But am I ever glad you did. I absolutely love doing the covers. When you love it, it’s not work. It’s more like fun! I’m blessed to know you too. Jan mentioned that she learned about the critters from me, well, she’s too kind. She probably got tired of hearing about every little detail of the critters but she never let on. She acted interested! 🙂

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  12. Patricia Finnegan

    A lot of times i buy books based o what I see on the cover.

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  13. Sophia Rose

    I think this is the first time I caught some of those details of how Janet came to be one of the best cover artists in JAFF.

    Cover Art has been something that my attitude has changed about over the years. I remember, as a teen, reading adult books thinking that I wished they weren’t so steamy so I didn’t get odd stares from adults seeing me reading. Then, for many years, I didn’t pay much attention if it was a favorite author. But I will say, when I was getting my books mostly at the library or a brick & mortar book store that covers were what caught my eye first.
    When I started reviewing, I was mostly getting ARCs that didn’t come with covers so many times in the last few years I didn’t even recognize books I read when I saw them out and about because the cover was now on them. Some it startled me a lot b/c the cover did not match well with what I was reading. Now, my present attitude about covers is that I am pleased beyond measure when an author or publisher goes the extra mile to do something special with the cover that ties it in with the story inside. And yes!!! Cover backs are important to me, too.
    Like you, several of these authors and books are great favorites particularly in print because Janet’s covers are gorgeous and bring the story inside to life before one word is read. (I confess I’ve petted a few of her covers when I got the book in print).

    So glad you went the extra mile to discuss, interview, and bring in guests for the topic of cover art, Rita!

    Love the opportunity given through this generous giveaway.
    I tweeted for an extra chance: https://twitter.com/sophiarose1816/status/846950889625661441

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    • Oh, Sophia. Your confession made me laugh. I remember the first matte cover book I got and I did the same. I couldn’t quite rubbing the cover! lol That was before I started doing covers. It was Christmas at Pemberley by Regina Jeffers. I loved the feel of that book and the story inside!

      Your first sentence does me much honor, Sophia! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! So glad to hear of another person that loves back covers too.

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    • Sophia I confess I also stare at book covers when I see someone reading next to me, but I’m not trying to be judgemental regarding the book, I’m just curious about what they are reading 🙂
      Of the downsides of reading in a kindle is not seeing the colorful covers 😦 that’s why I still buy paperbacks of books I loved and that have beautiful covers 🙂 And I rub them too 🙂

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  14. I have just discovered a lot of covers that I love and I did not know they were Janet’s!!!
    As you Rita, I also love covers and back covers and yes, the cover needs to be at least nice (I could buy a book with a not nice cover only if I have had recommendations). Fortunately, Janet’s covers are not only nice, some of them are beautiful!
    I am very happy to see that “The Red Chrysanthemum” is one of Janet’s covers because I simply love it as I love the story.
    I am enjoying Matthew Macfadyen this month and I am glad that he is in my month, but let’s be honest, I cannot wait until April to have a whole month of Colin staring at me ❤
    Thank you for doing such a big giveaway.

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    • Great, Ana! It’s always good to find covers you love and does wonders for me when they are some that I have done!

      As you probably noticed, The Red Chrysanthemum was my first cover design. I loved doing it, but then I loved doing all of them. Doing covers makes me happy.

      Another back cover fan found! Yay! I’m thrilled beyond words that you feel some of my covers are not only nice but beautiful! Thank you, Ana.

      I’m glad that MM was your month! I stopped by and looked at your birthday post and didn’t get to leave a comment. I’ve had some trouble lately leaving comments. Thankfully, things are working today. Yes, this is the beginning for Colin Firth month and that reminds me, I haven’t changed my calendar yet! I better do that immediately!

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      • Thank you for the reminder, you should have seen me when I read “I’m glad that MM was your month”, I flew to the calendar to change to Colin!! My fiancé doesn’t get scare anymore with my craziness 😉
        I really think your talent is amazing and your ideas are really good.
        Talking about back covers, it’s a pity that nowadays with some kindle books we don’t get to enjoy them. Fortunately more and more JAFF authors post both covers.
        I hope everything goes better now and you have more time for leaving comments :p

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    • I know what you mean Ana, I’ve been waiting for Colin since the beginning of the year 🙂 I wasn’t so lucky as you as I didn’t get Darcy, Thornton or Wentworth I my month, but I might get lucky next year 🙂
      The red chrysanthemum’s simplicity is what makes it so special I think. Again I love the link between the front and back cover in terms of colors and with the presence of the flower. And the card in the back is just an amazing detail! That alone would make me want to bug the book!
      Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

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  15. Wow, all these goodies!! I have Janet’s 2017 calender hung on my bedroom wall – it’s so beautiful! Thanks for the lovely interviews, it’s always interesting to read about the hardwork, thought process etc. authors put in behind the scenes.

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  16. Glynis

    A lovely post, thank you Rita. I agree that Janet’s work is amazing. I still have my D&E kiss Christmas card up on the wall as I can’t bear to take it down 😍. I too would say that sometimes it is the cover that draws me to check out a book I possibly wouldn’t have looked at otherwise. Janet has done some amazing covers and I am lucky enough to have some of them. 😊

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    • Hi, Glynis. I’m thrilled to hear you have one of my Christmas Kiss cards on your wall. That’s great news. I see nothing wrong with leaving it up! lol Thank you for your comments about my covers. I appreciate them and you make me feel lucky, too.

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    • That D&E kiss is just beautiful!! I also have the card and the Christmas ornement to hang on my Christmas tree 🙂 Thank you for sharing your opinon with us Glynis.

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  17. Thanks Rita for this wonderful and interesting post!!!Also I have Just found other interesting Books to read!!

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  18. Oh wow!
    so many different covers and they all somehow speak of the same artist – it is very nice to recognize a style or a “hand” wotihout having the art be repetitive and Janet does that so well!

    I especially liked the back covers, because usally books have very little to their behinds, visually!

    So interesting to know of the process and how publishers work with artists and writers to make the covers speak of the contents and make ys fall in love even before opening the books!

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    • Thank you, rellaenthia. What sweet things to say. I’m so happy to hear that you feel nothing is repetitive. I try hard to make sure it is not so your comments are rewarding. I think I need to go back and count how many of you love back covers too. That is excellent. I love both and know the front is most important but the back needs to grab attention too.

      Good luck in the giveaway. Isn’t it fantastic?

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    • That is true rellaenthia, I never noticed that until you mentioned it, but it is easy to see they are all designed by the same artista! I think Janet stands out for the equilibrium and good taste she gives to the covers she is working on. They are are very classy and beautiful with na interesting balance between front and back cover. They all have small details that make us wonder about the book. That was a very good point you raised 🙂 Thanks for sharing your opinion with us 🙂

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  19. The cover of a book can make a difference for me – if I am in a place like Half Price Books and looking for something specific I don’t really just browse other sections – but they always have books on the ends that are deals or something. And a lot of times they will catch my eye just because of the font or what is on the cover – I have found a lot of great books that way that I normally wouldn’t have read 🙂 And I LOVE the artistry of JT Originals, I actually have the 2017 Men’s Calendar and I also have an older mousepad of Darcy/Elizabeth kissing after their wedding based on the 1995 movie 🙂 Always wish I could buy more, but thank you for bringing these other artists to light for me! I am definitely saving this page 🙂

    Erika Messer, hopefuldelights1 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    • I love hearing what other people feel about covers. It is so neat to read.

      Aww, thank you, Erika. You have supported my work in the past and I appreciate it. Glad you have enjoyed your mousepad and I so appreciate that you love my art. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I remember you getting the calendar for this year and hoping you are enjoying it as much as I enjoyed making it.

      Good luck.

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    • I’m glad I am not the only one whose attention is caught by the cover Erika, I’ve also bought books that I would not have bought because their cover enticed me to do it. I love all of Janet’s designs too and now I’ve very excited about all the products she can make with the John Thornton Picture. Maybe she will even draw Margaret and John’s kiss as well 🙂 Thank you for all your kind words towards Janet 🙂

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  20. Wow, what a fascinating post, Rita and such a generous giveaway from all of these lovely people, too! Many thanks to all concerned.

    As I type, Mr. Macfadyen’s Darcy is looking down at me, soon to be replaced by Mr. Firth’s Darcy. Then for my birthday month I’ve got Jeremy Northam’s Knightley to gaze upon (Oh dear, I sound a bit Mrs. Elton there!). Although all of the gentlemen are lovely, I’m finding myself wishing my life away so that it’ll soon be time for Mr. Armitage (hasn’t she captured his expression beautifully?) and Mr. Turner! Janet has done such a stellar job with this calendar that I can’t wait for next year’s.

    Then there’s the book covers. What can one say? They’re all totally gorgeous. It’s lovely to read from the authors how they came about and what a treasure Janet is. Admittedly, I don’t have many of them as paperbacks (just a couple), but it’s lovely to see the front cover on the screen of my iPad if I’m reading on that, or displaying on my iPod when I’m listening to an audiobook. For those I don’t have as physical books, I copy the cover art from my online retailer and paste it into a folder on my PC where I store pictures for my screesaver. Then, every so often, one of Janet’s designs will flash up for a few seconds. At the end of the year, I’ll be scanning all of the pictures from my calendar and doing the same with them. Not that I’ll be getting rid of it, of course!

    Finally, (as I’ve waffled on far too long, again), Janet’s blog is one of my “A list” JAFF blogs, as is yours, Rita. It’s a highlight of my day when I get a notification that one or both of you has a new post up. You’re both wonderful ladies who give such a lot to the community.

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    • I am so pleased to hear that my blog is one of your ‘A List’ blogs. That is special, indeed. I, too, love Rita’s and she is a wonderful lady.

      I love your idea of scanning the covers and making screensaver out of them. That’s neat! As to your idea of doing the calendar pics the same way, I have to tell you, Richard Armitage is my screen background. He is ALWAYS looking back at me! Now you know why I’m not getting my work done in a timely manner! lol

      Thank you for all your kind words and your support, Anji. Anji shipped some calendars from the UK for me this year. I sent several to her and then she shipped to those that had purchased them. That helped to keep shipping down a bit for some in other countries. Thank you for doing that for me and allowing some to get a calendar that could not have otherwise.

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    • Thank you for sharing all your thoughts with us Anji! I always love reading your opinion, and it is never too much!! I never thought about having the book covers as screen saver, that is a great idea!! I think I might copy it if you don’t mind 🙂
      Thank you for all your support! It means a lot to me :)))

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  21. KateB

    Lovely post, Rita 🙂 I didn’t know which covers had been made by Janet, but I had my suspicions 😉 Her style is easy to recognize. And I absolutely adore her calendar. 🙂

    I always loved covers, but now I can’t enjoy them as much as I used to, because of my Kindle. I used to look at covers before every opening any book, but it isn’t the same on an e-book reader. 😦

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    • Glad you ‘adore’ the calendar, Kate! I had so much fun making this one. I may like making the one for 2018 even better!

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    • Thank you Kate 🙂 Actually I used to have the same problem as you regarding the kindle version. I was always sad I could not look at the cover first, until I noticed that if I press the button to go to the previous page it would show me the cover :)))) You’ve got to try it! This way you’l see the book covers once more 🙂

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      • I’m the same, Rita, as I always press the “back” button to getbto the cover before I start any new Kindle book. Just wish there was a way to get it to start at the cover instead of “Chapter One” as I also like to read the dedications and other jnteresting information an author may put in at the beginning, which would otherwise be missed.

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    • Me to Anji! That’s one of the reasons why I always press the back button, it allows me to see the entire book 🙂

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  22. Fantastic post! I love Janet’s artwork, and her covers are absolutely gorgeous. She’s so talented, and a lovely person as well. 😉

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  23. Mary

    Rita,
    Some months ago,during Christmas,,I came home from town to a wonderful surprise!!
    A friend of mine had not only sent me the compliments of the season,but had chosen to do so with a a beautiful Darcy and Elizabeth card,designed and painted by none other than Janet!!! I was absolutely speechless and couldn’t quite believe that I was the recipient of such warm wishes from such a lovely person who,knowing my love of all things Austen,had chosen that particular card to send to me!! Needless to say I treasure it and it now happily lives in my handbag and naturally goes everywhere with me!! No,I kid you not!!! ☺️

    So,to read of the gratitude,warm and heartfelt appreciation these wonderful authors have expressed to Janet comes as no surprise when viewing the beautifully created covers that envelope their literary efforts!!
    Yes,a picture paints a thousand words,and when the reader takes just five minutes to examine the various covers,they inevitably are transformed into the world of its characters,their feelings and emotions.

    They will inevitably sense the theme of the book,and having read the story will then,in hindsight,appreciate the little subtle nuances,included by Janet,items hidden in plain sight,on both covers that will bring a smile to the readers’ face when they realise their significance!!

    Janet,continued success to you and wishing you many creative years ahead!
    Rita,thank you for such an interesting,intriguing and informative post! One of you best!! 😌

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    • Thank you, Mary. I love that the Darcy and Elizabeth card goes every where with you. That is so neat!

      You are so eloquent expressing your thoughts. It was lovely to read them and I always look forward to your comments. I appreciate your kind expressions and wishes for continued success.

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    • Oh… I can’t believe you actually carry the postcard with you!! I’m speachless right now! You are such a nice and kind person Mary! It makes me very happy to know you appreciated it :)))
      I feel the same way as you do regarding the small details Janet has added to the covers. They make all the difference as they always have a connection to the book and the story itself 🙂
      Thank you so much for all your support and kind words once more Mary!

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  24. Arjanne

    Great post! It’s very interesting to read about the whole process. I remember when I was a kid I wouldn’t read books with covers I didn’t like, especially when there were kids on the cover that totally didn’t appeal to me. I don’t go that far nowadays, but it certainly helps if the cover is attractive. I like to look back tot the cover when I’ve read a story and discover little things that were important to the story.

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    • I love knowing that others like to look at the back cover too. Everything must have an end! 🙂 Why not have it special too?

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    • I don’t go that far nowadays either Arjanne, but I always doubt about the quality of the writing when na author chooses and horrible cover, so they do influence me a little 🙂 Thank you for sharing your experience with us 🙂

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  25. This was such a lovely idea, Rita and Janet! 🙂 I loved your interview together!!! Janet is so talent and I’m so glad she started sharing her drawings with us!

    I currently have her Austen Men Calendar at my studio and in January so many of my students thought it was Professor Snape gracing the calendar and not Colonel Brandon! LOL! (Clearly I need to introduce them to S&S!)

    Loved reading all the beautiful testimonials! It was such a treat to learn more about how some of these authors met Janet and how the ideas for their covers were born!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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    • That is so funny, Meredith. When my family saw him after he was drawn, they thought the same thing. So glad you stopped by and shared that with us. I’m also thrilled you have your calendar in your studio! 🙂

      Rita asked some great questions, didn’t she? It was such a pleasure answering them and I appreciate all the work she put into this post. It must have taken much time. As bloggers, we can both understand that!

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    • Thank you Meredith! I truly loved putting this post together and giving Janet the spotlight, she definitely deserves it 🙂
      Oh yes, introduce them to S&S please! maybe some of them will become as addicted as we are to JAFF 🙂

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  26. What a lovely post. I loved reading about Janet’s journey as an artist – from a friendly suggestion at a dark time to a serendipitous meeting on an Austen tour, to creative success and now this post and accompanying testimonials which only prove that women CAN be each other’s best supporters and cheerleaders. The happy positivity of this post and the wonderful art is a treat.
    Getting to cover art: yes it’s very important because, as you said Rita, it’s an indication of the autbor’s taste and style. So yes, I find ‘tacky’ covers off-putting. If a cover is sophisticated, I expect the writing to be the same. Sometimes a photoshoot with models just won’t give you the authentic feel of Regency or Victorian that a piece of art will. Models might dress the part, but what story do their eyes tell?

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    • What an eloquent comment. You spoke melodiously and I appreciate your thoughts. The testimonials and everything about this post have touched my heart and will forever be a part of me. I cannot get over all the kind words spoken and I am grateful to all. Thankfully, I have been privileged to have several women as wonderful supporters and friends. Where would we be without our dear friends? I don’t even want to imagine that possibility.

      I must agree with you. The eyes tell it all! I love studying the eyes and see what story lies behind them. If I’ve seen the movie or read the book, I know. If I haven’t, then I wonder.

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    • I could not have put it into better words Apala! It was a lovely comment and I find myself agreeing with everything you said 🙂

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  27. Sheila L. Majczan

    Book covers definitely draw an opinion from me and I plan to buy some just b/c of the covers. The more they can make me drool the more likely I am to buy the book. But then there are those that just touch my heart. Mothers with babes in arms! Or if the artist can capture that certain look in the eyes of either the man or the woman but the man is first to catch me off guards. So thanks for a chance to win. I have read all these authors: mostly on kindle but a few I do have in paperback. I do have the Men of Jane Austen Calendar – won on a blog – pinned next to my PC so I can see it every day as I sit and read stories or blogs.

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    • I’m happy to hear you have your calendar pinned next to your PC. I have one there too! 🙂 Thank you for telling us how you feel about covers. I love reading those thoughts.

      Good luck in the giveaway.

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    • I am like you Sheila, if a book cover can make drool I’ll definitely buy it. I just noticed you mentioned you already have the calendar and that was precisely what you won 😦 I’ll speak to Janet to see if I can make it up o you, I promise!

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      • Sheila L. Majczan

        Rita, please, there is no need to make anything up to me. I have been very fortunate overall to have won many lovely books and other prizes in the JAFF community so do not feel at all bad that I won a duplicate. Just want to make sure it finds a home where it is prized. I love the calendar…as I sit here and gaze on Colin Firth’s profile! But thank you for the offer. That is indeed generous of you.

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  28. Lynn Bischoff

    Beautiful book covers make me more intrigued to read the novel contained within. The covers above are all beautiful. I have read many of the above books and like ok forward to reading the others based in the covers.

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  29. bonniewcarlson

    I really enjoyed this. I’ve read novels by each of the authors you featured and enjoyed them all. And I love Janet’s art. I bought a beautiful P&P mousepad from her years ago with Darcy and Elizabeth from the 1995 BBC/A&E series. She does such lovely work. Thanks for featuring this.

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    • Thank you, Bonnie! I’m ecstatic to hear you love my art! I’m smiling from ear to ear! It’s great to hear that you are still enjoying your mousepad. I’m using one right now, myself. I have ‘A Surprise Encounter’ on my desk. (Darcy in the wet shirt at Pemberley)

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  30. Lenora Robinson

    alot of times I never make it past the cover. if it doesn;t catch my eye I go past it.

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  31. You certainly selected a bevy of my can’t-put-down authors for this appealing blog. Thank you. I don’t judge a book by the cover but by the author. However, I do judge the covers and am as aghast at the nothingness of some as I am awed by the artwork of others. I wish I had the money and the space for pb versions of my thousand plus Pride and variations, if only for the covers. With ebooks, I see the covers, if there is one with the version, when I order and when I begin the story, but with pb versions, I am always greeted by the cover when I pick up the book.

    Good article.

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    • I think I will always love paperbacks better, Betty. The convenience of eBooks is wonderful but it is just not the same as holding a paperback and being greeted by its cover every time you pick up the book. These are all great authors, aren’t they? I am a big fan of their work and it is such an honor to have done their covers.

      Good luck in the giveaway.

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    • Thank you for stopping by and for your wonderful words Betty, like you I wish I had enough space in my small apartment for a wonderful library full of good books with beautiful covers 🙂

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  32. I loved reading about Janet’s incredible talent! Because I read mostly ebooks, the covers aren’t front and center. However after reading this post I will make sure I check out each and every one so I don’t miss the beauty!!

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  33. Pam Hunter

    I am in awe of Janet’s talent! She truly creates the perfect covers.

    Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway! I continue to remain in awe of the generosity of the JAFF authors and community.

    I shared on my Facebook page… https://www.facebook.com/CarolinaPam

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  34. evamedmonds

    I subscribe to Janet’s blog. I also have purchased her calendars and just love them. I was so interested in how she began designing book covers. All of them are beautiful and capture the essence of the story. She designs for some of my favorite authors, too. Thank you for this incredible giveaway and keep designing!

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    • Thank you Eva, for your kind comments. As long as I have opportunities, I will keep designing. I have a few in the works that will be coming up in a ew months. You are one of my biggest supporters to my blog and I love reading your comments. I’m thrilled that you love my calendars, too. It is such a pleasure creating them even though the time crunch sometimes add a little extra pressure. I have to really work at not letting it make me stress or else my drawings suffer and that just takes more time. 🙂

      Good luck in the drawing.

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    • I couldn’t agree more with you evamedmonds, Janet is a talented lady 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your enthusiasm with Janet’s work.

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  35. What an interesting post! I am a long time admirer of Janet’s work so it was fascinating to get more insight into it. You are such a talented lady, Janet, and so supportive too. Please don’t enter me into the giveaway as I think I have pretty much all of the prizes already (blush). I just wanted to tell you both how much I enjoyed the post.

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  36. What an informative post. I loved learning about Janet’s work.

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  37. I love a beautiful and gorgeous book cover and I do save the covers into my computer just to admire it again and again in addition to keeping track of Austenesque books published throughout the years. You may find it a futile tasks but I spent so much time searching for high resolution images from author’s website or blogs to keep. So if you have collected any of the high quality Austenesque book covers, please point me to the right direction and I will thank you profusely. Or better still, you can email me the images.

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    • Hello Luthien, Janet shared all the above covers with me in high resolution and I believe she would not mind if I share them with you 🙂 I’ve never met anyone who collected covers before, that is a nice idea 🙂

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