Happy Sunday. Well, the unveiling is finally here….the cover for the long-awaited BELLE CHASSE, book five in the Sentinels of New Orleans series. I plan for the series to have one more book, but you never know where the pirate might show up, right?.
You can click on the image to see it larger and in more detail.
Anyway, I have accused Jean Lafitte of standing off to the right, shining a spotlight on parts of DJ’s anatomy. The dragon in the upper corners represents the book’s big climactic scene, which takes place in Mardi Gras World, a ginormous warehouse where all the Mardi Gras floats are designed, built, and then stored in the off-season. I was there a couple of years ago and stood next to a huge Jean Lafitte statue. I could look him right in the knee. There is a photo of this event, which I need to find. LOL.
If you got the newsletter on Friday (I apologize that some didn’t receive it and will be happy to forward you a copy if you let me know your email address), you’ll know that there was some talk of getting DJ out of the tank top and jeans–all the covers to date have come from the same cover shoot, ensuring the series has a consistent look. But PIRATE’S ALLEY took place during a rare NOLA blizzard, and BELLE CHASSE basically takes place between December 20 and New Year’s, so there were plans afoot for a while to do a new photo shoot since DJ spends this book wearing either a pair of Rene’s camo shorts with a raggedy red sweater or an assortment of baby-pink girly clothes. (You’ll have to wait to find out THAT story.) The same model wasn’t available, however, and it made more sense to have the same model on the cover rather than switch them altogether.
I like the lighter color palette on this one and the stylized dragon. What do you think?