Tuesday, January 22, 2013


THE TOP FIVE THINGS I LEARNED AT A COVER SHOOT
Okay, so I have a confession to make.  I went to a Sourcebooks cover shoot a couple of weeks ago, and I drooled... just a little.  All right, so you got me.  It was a lot.  But I was in the same room with the man who posed for this...
THRILL RIDE hits shelves April 2nd.
... so how could I NOT suffer from a lack of salivary control? 

That wasn't a rhetorical question.  I'm really asking in the off chance I get to go to another cover shoot.  I'll wait while you think...  Yeah, you couldn't come up with any way to combat the ol' stare-and-slobber routine either, could you?  *sigh*  I guess I'll just have to remember to bring a very large hankie if and when I find myself surrounded by romance cover model beefcakes again. 

And just in case you think there's a lot of photoshopping going into those pictures, I'm here to tell you that, unfortunately for us mere mortals, there's not.  They actually LOOK. THAT. GOOD.   Disgusting, I know.  Which brings me around to the point of this blog post.  Without further ado, I give you the top five things I learned about myself while at a Sourcebooks cover shoot...  

5.)  I eat way too many brownies.  It's one thing to look at magazines and go, "Eh, they're all airbrushed anyway," while licking fudge icing from my fingers.  It's another thing entirely when physical perfection is staring me smack-dab between the eyes.

4.)  I don't exfoliate enough.  How is it possible for skin to be so smooth and shiny?  Seriously, do the models use loofahs?  Salt scrubs?  Pumice stones for the body and face?  Do they take nightly oil baths?  <--- Okay, I just pictured that last one in my head.  And, can I say, "Mee-Ow!  Mama likey!"

3.)  I seriously need to revisit the amount of coffee and red wine I drink.  Who knew teeth could be that sparkling white?

2.)  I need to hire a personal hairdresser to come over each morning and work their black magic on my head.  I've never seen a French twist look so sexy, or a lock of hair falling so perfectly over a forehead.  It's downright uncanny.  And I want a piece of that action.

1.)  I might need to rethink my career as a writer.  Because while it's a no-holds-barred blast to get paid to tell my stories, it also means I'm sitting at a desk all day.  Talk about an occupation guaranteed to make my ass and thighs take on the relative size and shape of... well... the world's largest ass and thighs.  Then again, if I quit writing, I won't get invited to photo shoots, and I won't get to take pictures like this... 

Yours truly and Donovan

Yeah, that's right.  Be jealous.  Be so very, very jealous.  LOL!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Black Knights Inc. romantic suspense series. She is prone to spouting movie quotes and song lyrics. She'll never say no to sharing a glass of wine or going for a long walk. She prefers impromptu travel over the scheduled kind, and she takes her coffee with milk. You can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission. Look for the first three books in her fast-paced series: Hell On Wheels (August 2012) In Rides Trouble (September 2012) and Rev It Up (October 2012). Or jump on the BKI bandwagon and pre-order the fourth book, Thrill Ride, debuting April 2nd. For more information, please visit www.julieannwalker.com or follow her on Facebook www.facebook.com/jawalkerauthor and/or Twitter @JAWalkerAuthor.



22 comments:

  1. I always suspected this was the truth about those cover shoots! And I am still very jealous!

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    1. It was inspiring, disheartening, and wonderful all at the same time. LOL!

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  2. I'm jealous. Sounds like you had a blast!

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    1. A blast and then some! Of course, I came home and immediately put myself on a diet. ;-)

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  3. Yum! I think he's REALLY a wolf. :)

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    1. He just might be! I think Sourcebooks uses him for many of their covers. Homina-homina-homina....

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  4. Great post! I'd love to do that, but since my covers are made from stock photos from Dreamstime, I have a feeling I'd have to go to Denmark or somewhere equally distant to meet the models. :(

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  5. That green glow you see coming from southern Oklahoma is not an early spring tornado. It's pure old guaran-damn-teed Carolyn Brown jealousy! Can I sit by you at RWA and hear all about it again?

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    1. Done and done! We'll get our drink on and discuss all the naughty ways we might make him blush. Between the two of us, we're sure to come up with quite a list. :-D

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  6. ::wolf whistle:: Look at that hottie! And the model's not bad, either! ;)

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    1. Aw, go on now... Seriously, keep going. I need all the ego boosts I can get after that. LOL!

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  7. LOVE that you got to go to a cover shoot! *writes on my bucket list*

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    1. One of the benefits of living in the same city as your publisher. :-D

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  8. What a great day that must have been!!!

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  9. Sorry for the long list of comments. According to my phone, those were supposed to be "replies" to each and every one of you. But on the PC, it just lists them as a new comment. WTH??? :-/

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  10. lmao! I was wondering what you were doing with all those comments.

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  11. Sitting at a desk all day to write books so you can be around large quantities of hunky men on a regular basis is so worth the extra padding around the ass and thighs and just think it gives them more to hold onto to without fear of breaking the package. Ok, that was the longest and I hope not a run sentence that I've typed in awhile. My high school English teacher would probably cringe.

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  12. I think I will still pretend that they airbrush. Why let go of the brownie :-)

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