My 10-Hour Adrenaline Rush (Better Than Chocolate)

(Yes, I said that!)

So. Yesterday. Photographers, model, husband, and I drove 2 1/2 hours northwest of Oklahoma City to Great Salt Plains State Park.

Our goal: shooting the cover art for my novel Colors of Deception, due out in less than 4 weeks.


We had adventure, rain, mud, sunshine, laughter, singing, goosebumps, oooh-aaaah moments, adrenaline, and pesto. I don’t have time to give a full report right now — and even if I had time, I’m not sure I’d have the words to convey how cramazing it is to watch a scene from my novel come to life in reality right in front of my eyes and tangible.

All I can say is that Julie and Carlos (read: photographers) got Morgan (read: model) into a pose; Julie and Carlos stepped back; and suddenly, Morgan was Holly (read: novel’s main character).

It was breathtaking.

The images I took with my little digital point-‘n’-shoot don’t do the day justice and certainly don’t compare to the Velezes’ pro photos! But still, here are a few of my shots for you to peruse. Maybe they’ll give you a little taste of the magic I was privileged to witness yesterday. Enjoy! : )

Morgan turns the Velezmobile into her dressing room

Carlos engages in primitive caveman ritual arranges rocks and a small tree for props

Getting to watch all the prep stuff was kinda fun. Carlos fought with that dumb tree — and finally ended up digging a hole and filling it with rocks to anchor the the stubborn shrubbery.

Carlos gives up the caveman stuff in favor of funky tech!

Julie starts making magic

Of course the vegetation would look dead in a demon world. ;o)

The wide open landscape of the Salt Plains is perfect for Saltmarch!

Presto Pesto! Julie made it, and it was deeeeelish.

Morgan poses for some non-book-related shots

I'm keeping the cover art shots a surprise until the book comes out...but I *can* share some images that hint at the desolation of Saltmarch.

My favorite of my Saltmarch shots. (And yes, I know there's not supposed to be any water.) ;o)

My most heartfelt thanks go out to Morgan, who was a fantastic and gorgeous model; Julie and Carlos for their professionalism and fabulous creative skills; to Ed, my husband, for his support and for schlepping trees all over Oklahoma; to Becca for scouting the Salt Plains with me; and to Aaron for getting us all together.

You are all amazing people, and I am so very blessed to have you in my life!

Watch this blog for news and information on Colors of Deception, due for release next month!

14 thoughts on “My 10-Hour Adrenaline Rush (Better Than Chocolate)

  1. Julie says:

    Courtney, I love your photos of the day!!!

    I’m thinking that I’m going to have to teach you a little bit more about photography because the natural talent is definitely there! The shoot was amazing! I can’t wait to get home and get to work!

    Also, did the spoon shown above happen to make it home with you?

    • “There is no spoon.” Yes to the spoon! Now that I’ve located it, what should I do with it?

      Also, I would *love* some pointers. Have we never talked about how much I enjoy photography as one of my hobby art forms?

      And in others news: I, too, am anxious for you to get home and get to work. I get butterflies in my tummy just thinking about it! 😀

  2. Patricia says:

    So what day is this coming out, exactly?? Please say it’s a weekend, because otherwise I’m going to have to take reality breaks and I hate those. 😉

    • Ummm, at this point I believe the official date is April 12th. Which is a Tuesday. It is also, however, subject to change, depending on how quickly Aaron and I can get the job done with CreateSpace, i.e. how many setbacks we have. Because, as we all know, Murphy loves such situations, and there *will* be setbacks. 😉

      But I will keep you posted, never fear! Tally-ho!

  3. Allison Maass says:

    So excited for you!

  4. Court,

    I’m so glad things went so well. I love the shots you got. Wish I could’ve been there, but I can’t wait to see what the Velezes came up with. Glad I got some sneak peek privileges. 😉

    • Sneak peek privileges are wonderful. Also, they are fantastic. : )

      I can’t wait to see the final product either! Just seeing the shoot in-progress was unbelievable — I so wish you could’ve been there!

      But there is always Book 2. 😉

  5. Bri says:

    This is all so awesome! I can’t wait until it comes out–well, I can’t wait to see the cover art either! All of your posts are reminding me of my posts about getting ready for the birth of my firstborn. hee hee hee!

    • Ha! Bri, that’s exactly how I think of it. Well, almost exactly. I think of writing the first draft as the birth; handing off to beta readers as the going-to-school —

      — and what we’re doing now is preparing the kiddo to go off to college.



      And yet, there is also great excitement and the sense that yes, this is only as it should be. : )

      Thanks for being excited with me!!!

  6. Joshua Unruh says:

    Of of course there’s water in the Saltmarch. Obviously it is the accumulated tears of the hopeless and more painful to both mind and body than living without water would be.

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