Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted

This publication has just been released so we're delighted to share!
This book cover Designed by Natalie Winter and has to be our favorite production so far! Lavishly produced with folding flaps, embossed type fonts with lavender textures and of course, our dear old flypapers !
Complimentary copy very kindly sent from Allen & Unwin; A famous Australian book publisher, who were a pleasure to work with.

Every good love story has another love hiding within it.
Brokenhearted, still mourning the loss of her husband, Heidi travels with Abbott, her troubled eight-year-old son, and Charlotte, her intolerably jaded sixteen-year-old niece, to spend the summer repairing their family home in a small village in the south of France.
The rundown stone house in Provence has been in the family for generations and is the center of a lovely myth. The family tells and retells stories of the magical properties entwined around the old stones - in many different ways, this house has healed broken hearts and made miracles happen.
There, thousands of miles from home, Charlotte makes a shocking confession, and Heidi learns the truth about her mother's 'lost summer' -- a time Heidi and her sister had learned not to ask about many years ago.
As three generations collide with one another, with the neighbor next door, who seems to know all their family secrets, and with an enigmatic Frenchman, they'll journey through love, loss, and healing amid the lavender fields, warm winds, and the delicious pistou soup of Provence.

This is one of those lucky shots that came about from shooting a blood red poppy field. Its just the horizon, with the foregrounds over-bright poppy field removed. That cloud is as it was, where it was, and I just left it hanging pensively in the corner!
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Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Wonderful!! I am adding this to my book suggestion list at and @blissandbooks. Thank you for the recommendation.

paulgrand said...

Cool thanks Tammy, I'm still reading mine!:-)

Borealnz (Jill) said...

Congratulations Paul! It looks wonderful and I'm going to keep an eye out for it in our shops here.

paulgrand said...

Thanks Jill, Good luck and happy hunting! :-)

Tanya said...

wow! Congratulations! I have a question about your photo; did you have to get the permission from the owner of that farm house in the photo to use it for the book? do you ever get permission when you are taking photos of houses or buildings and using them on your site/blog or whatever?

paulgrand said...

Each photo is a different case, Getty almost always asks for releases for single shots of houses, though several houses are ok without.
The above picture didnt require a release, as its a fantasy image, the building is not as it is in reality.
This is the trick, I think if the house is altered substantially, with windows removed, doors added, tidied up and recoloured and transported to a differing landscape, so the owner would'nt recognize it, it should be fine!

paulgrand said...

PS you dont need a release for pictures on blogs etc.

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