COVER REVEAL! Belle Chasse (Sentinels of New Orleans 5)

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?

20 thoughts on “COVER REVEAL! Belle Chasse (Sentinels of New Orleans 5)

  1. I think the cover is great. Another thing they all have in common is Charlie. Will we see him with an appearance again in Belle Chasse? I look forward to adding this cover to my collection. It is a Cliff Nielsen cover, right?

  2. Beautiful,Suzanne! I agree about using the same model. The only thing I don’t like about Patricia Briggs’ novels is the changing cover models. The 3-in-1 Preying for Mercy makes her look frumpy, and the second Alpha and Omega shows Charles as a dark wolf, when the story and first book cover have him as red. Minor complaints, but consistency does matter. I love that the cover quote compares you to Jim Butcher. That is the comparison I make when I write reviews of your work. He is my all time favorite author, and I hope and expect the quote will encourage readers thirsting for the next Dresden Files book to explore DJ’s world. I know they will love her as much as I do.

    • Thanks so much, Patti! I adore the Dresden series so that quote got a squee from me :-). I really like the Dan Dos Santos covers for the Mercy Thompson series but I’m not sure if he does the Alpha and Omega covers or not–Roger might know.

      Anyway, given the choice between changing DJ models or changing clothes, I definitely wanted to keep the same model.

      • I know Dan dos Santos did the covers for Patricia Briggs: Fair Game, Hunting Ground, River Marked, Bone Crossed, Moon Called, Night Broken, Homecoming, and Shifting Shadows.

  3. ^^ love it and i’m sure Rene and Jean are drooling somewhere….somehow i wouldn’t be surprised if they were responsible for the lack of clothes choice ( a man’s mind is sometimes tricky especially when called Jean)

    really fabulous cover and i’m all for keeping the same model we are so used that changing it would clash

  4. I think the new cover art is terrific the dragon is awesome the colors pull it all together. I just can’t wait for the book to come out.

  5. Another amazing cover. They all make me want to explore DJ’s world. I think the bending over and sticking her butt out is a little weird, but still works overall. The art work is lovely. Cannot wait to read!!