Go Behind the Scenes of a Harlequin Cover Shoot

Want to see how a Harlequin book cover is created? Today we are taking you a behind the scenes journey on the creation of not just one book cover, but the three covers of the Maggie & Griffin series by Michelle Major.

Before the photoshoot can even be arranged, three teams have to come together to work out just what the books will look like. Marketing, editorial and art join forces to discuss all three books and put together a look that reflects the story and characters.

Since this is a series that progresses over three distinct seasons—late summer, autumn and winter—it was important to include fun seasonal elements on the covers as well. In Falling for the Wrong Brother, we see them under an umbrella during a late summer light rain, creating a romantic, first date mood to show how they are falling for each other. Let’s not forget Maggie was supposed to marry Griffin’s brother, kicking off the series with an unforgettable start!

In Second Chance in Stonecreek, the emphasis is on the small-town setting. The book featured an autumn festival, and everything on this cover was created from scratch, exactly as it was planned out in the initial concept, creating a beautiful Fall cover that definitely catches the eye. At this point in the series, the couple has grown more comfortable with one another—as had the models on set! Miranda and Stephen are the models portraying Maggie and Griffin, and the two had the best chemistry! Once or twice they even had to be told to stop making each other laugh.

Plus, if you want to see more of Stephen, he’s actually going to be appearing in a Hallmark movie this Christmas called Christmas Wedding Planner. It’s  based on a Harlequin book, so make sure you check that out and show Stephen some love!

Winter means Christmas, and the cover for A Stonecreek Christmas Reunion depicts a winter scene with all of them having a happy family moment at a Christmas Market.  There were actually two kids on set that day—one as a back up in case the other got too shy to appear on camera—and allowed them to genuinely play during the photoshoot so that they can have a good time while posing! This time, we gave them sparklers to play with, as well as fun souvenirs to take home.

After the photos are taken, there are over 500 shots to go through, and the ones that look the most realistic and match the stories are selected for covers. At the end of the day, the goal is to create a cover that is both emotional and relatable.

About A Stonecreek Christmas Reunion:

“Marry me, Maggie.”

The conclusion of Maggie & Griffin’s trilogy

Mayor Maggie Spencer is too busy prepping Stonecreek for its holiday spectacular to pine over lost love Griffin Stone. Until he returns—this time with a son! Griffin couldn’t say no to becoming the boy’s guardian. Neither can he say goodbye to Maggie. As Christmas nears, there’s only one thing he wants to say to his first and only love: “Forever.”

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What do you think makes a great book cover? Let us know what you look for (and whether you’ve read the Maggie & Griffin series) in the comments below!

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Comments ( 2 )
  1. Marcie R
    November 5, 2018 at 3:46 pm
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    Oh wow. That’s pretty cool. I’m guessing the color of the heroine’s dress for book 1 was changed to pink after the photoshoot?

  2. Mary Jo Howell
    November 7, 2018 at 1:16 pm
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    I have read and enjoyed Harlequin Books 30 years or more. At first I was reading and trading books with different people. Then I would hear that someone had some books they wanted to get rid of and I’d take them. Later I started having you send them to me and I look forward every month to getting my books. All of this while working as a secretary, which is a job I dearly loved. Now, I am retired and I ask and tell everyone about my books and how great they are. I want to “ thank” everyone there for the pleasure I have gotten out of these books. Love and luck to you all. God Bless all.

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