Tuesday, November 21, 2017

HIGHLAND PROMISE PHOTO SHOOT—Behind the scenes with Jasper by Alyson McLayne

My debut book, Highland Promise, came out recently, and its book birthday was the same day as my puppy Jasper's first birthday! So I thought it would be fun to do several promo pics featuring my birthday boy with my birthday book. Jasper would cooperate and pretend to read and love Highland Promise. 


As you can imagine, it was a long day—hair and make-up, costumes, props, a wee prima puppy tantrum, and a big, exhausted sleep when the shoot was done.

We started out looking at Highland Promise and deciding how best we wanted to feature the book. After a minute of just staring at it, we sighed, wiped up the drool, and decided full frontal would be best…I meant the cover, of course!

Next we delivered Jasper to our hair and make-up peeps, Maddie and Cooper, to make sure he looked snazzy, then we looked at various options for costume, deciding that because Jasper was orally fixated and liked to eat things, simpler would be better.

All was going well until he went all wild-eyed and decided the book smelled delicious. Bad doggy! 

We had to call in hair and make-up for a quick touch up and to get the paper out of his teeth. Luckily, the client (me) had enough books to replace the chewed one and after a quick break to let Jasper loose on the Craft Services table, we kept going.

Finally Jasper's day came to an end and he fell into an exhausted sleep, dreaming of rabbits, Darach MacKenzie, and the yummy glue used in book bindings. 

But my work had just began as I chose the best shots, edited them and added copy. Here's how they turned out:

My mom's book just came out. It's called HIGHLAND PROMISE. You should buy it…before I melt you with my eyes.

My Mom's book just came out. It's called HIGHLAND PROMISE. I know it's exciting, but can you keep it down? I'm trying to read.

My mom's book just came out. It's called HIGHLAND PROMISE. I đź’— it so much. Darach MacKenzie is my new favorite book boyfriend…is that weird?

My mom's book just came out. It's called HIGHLAND PROMISE. Please buy it…I'm low on treats.

My mom's book just came out. It's called HIGHLAND PROMISE. There are dogs in this book. They chase cats. Sooooo good.


Do you have a favorite photo? Let me know in the comments down below!

To buy Highland Promise and help refill Jasper's treat jar, please click on any one of the following links:

Amazon: https://goo.gl/BCMjc9
Barnes & Noble: https://goo.gl/vuGAjj
iTunes: https://goo.gl/EDo5ki

Kobo: https://goo.gl/qaK8vf
Chapters/Indigo: https://goo.gl/1MrmC4
Google Play: https://goo.gl/JqzcKv

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