Guest Post: That Day I Modeled for a Book Cover Photoshoot By Katelyn S. Bolds + Giveaway

OK, wait. Before we jump into Katelyn's adventure being the cover model for...wait for it, yep....wait a little bit more...drum roll please, yes, I got it. I'll stop now. Katelyn is our STAR model of one of my favorite authors, Jen Turano's latest contemporary release, Finding Margo.  Woohoo!

Katelyn and I met at this year's ACFW conference and we started chatting about, what else? Books, of course! Isn't she the coolest?!?! So without further delay, I welcome Katelyn Bolds to Just Commonly.

That Day I Modeled for a Book
Cover Photoshoot 

It started out like any other day at work—coffee, computer, conference calls—except I was doing it all in six-inch stilettos while my coworker did my hair. What on earth was this life, you ask?

My five seconds of fame (or something akin to it) came when Afton Rorvik, Production Manager at Gilead Publishing, asked me if I would be interested in modelling. But not just any type of modelling—modeling for a book cover. That’s the dream.

I happened to look like the main character of the upcoming Jen Turano contemporary novel, Finding Margo.  Evidently tall, blonde, and sassy is a popular look for both web editors and rock stars.

Perhaps the best part of the process was picking Margo’s wardrobe. I chatted with Jen Turano over the phone about options. Her degree in clothing and textiles made her the fashionista for the job!

When the day of the photo-shoot came, I bustled into work with bags of clothes. Nichole Parks, Marketing Coordinator and my God-sent stylist for the day, immediately set to work on the hair I have never been able to tame myself.

We sent this harried photo to Jen as we rushed to get the hair perfect with our photographer waiting.

With guidance, I stilt-walked myself to the amp and plunked down. Margo was supposed to appear stranded by the side of the road.

Getting that perfect photo was hard. My face kept betraying amusement in the fact that I was striking rock star poses in front of my coworkers. Perhaps this is why most models are known for not having a sense of humor?

We finally got the perfect shot, but not before a lot of silly photos were taken.

We shipped off the photos to our back cover designer and waited for the magic to happen. In the end, you gotta love Photoshop!

*Photo credits: Hannah Bold

Finding Margo releases November 14, 2016. Read the synopsis below.

International pop star Margo Hartman could use a night off. A grueling tour and overbearing entourage have sent her over the edge. It's time for this diva to disappear. And who would think to look for the superstar in a small Dutch town in Ohio?

Sheriff's deputy Brock Moore is undercover as well. He knows Margo isn't who she appears to be, but her uncanny resemblance to a local Amish woman is raising all sorts of questions... the kind that make her a target for a killer.

Both are determined to find answers, but their mutual attraction stands in the way of either of them doing it alone.

Is finding Margo the solution to Brock's problems or just the beginning...?



- About Katelyn -

Katelyn S. Bolds balances work as Web Editor, Author Services Extraordinaire, and freelance writer. She is married to coffee; also her husband. At times this DIY life might get a little crazy, but she takes it one day at a time. A little yoga, a lot of organization, and a holistic approach make for a Bold Life. Connect with her on GoodreadsTwitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

- About Jen -


Jen Turano, author of seven books, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. 

TO CONNECT WITH JEN:  website,  facebook

- Giveaway -

Courtesy of Jen Turano, (1) winner will win a copy of Finding Margo. US addresses Only.




  1. Loved this post, Katelyn and Annie!! I'll read Jen's beautiful 'Finding Margo' with a bit of additional love - knowing Katelyn is it's cover model. I was blessed to meet both Jen and Katelyn at ACFW - love both of these beautiful ladies!!

  2. We met at conference & I thought you could be a model! So cool! I've already preordered this ebook for an online book club I'm in. So excited to hear this story!

  3. Thanks for the behind-the-scenes post! Great cover.

  4. I love the cover. It says there is a story to be read here! to me. I also love Amish fiction so the cover really grabbed my interest.
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  5. So fun! DREAM job for sure, you're going to have a permanent home on my shelf "Margo" I can just feel it!

  6. BONNIE ROOF~It was so much fun to meet you! :D Glad you enjoyed the book!

  7. JANET W. FERGUSON~Aw shucks! It wasn't an experience I was expecting. haha! The book will be so much fun for a book club! :D

  8. BETH ERIN--You'll have to send us a photo of it on your shelf. :D

  9. DANIELLE! Right??!! Sounds like a lot of fun! I would love to see how the graphics all came together too!

  10. Bonnie, it was really a great day when we met Katelyn! ;)

  11. JANET, ditto what Katelyn said. GREAT book club material. O wait, we're talking about the same book club! Annie might be losing it a bit here. ;)

  12. SARAH & MERRY, thanks for dropping by. I agree also. That cover is EYE-catchy! Even if I didn't already LOVE Jen's books, that cover already had me wanting to read it!

  13. BETH!! LOL. Of course this NEEDS to be on your shelf FOREVER! =)

  14. How fun! I had no idea what it was like to set up a cover shoot. It's so interesting that they can just add a background. Fun post!

  15. So fun! I'm endlessly fascinated by the cover design process, so of course I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks for sharing - and for reminding me to check out Jen's contemporary. :)

  16. I find it rather amusing that of all the great photos, only a little of Katelyn is shown. No one would ever know it was her. Photo shoots are an interesting process. I'm looking forward to reading this book.

  17. Oh boy, I would LOVE to read and review this one!

  18. Sounds like it was a lot fun! I like the cover. There's just enough of 'Margo' showing that it matches the title, Finding Margo. Can't wait to read this one. I am a long time fan of Jen's!

  19. Thank you for the unique presentation! Now I am ready to read this unique book!

  20. Awesome post. You make a very sassy Margo!

  21. Very compelling cover that strongly hints at the story and contrasts! Have read several of Jen's previous books and I really enjoyed them. dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

  22. I love seeing behind the scenes of a cover. Looks like so much fun! I can't wait to read this one!

  23. What a fun story on the cover! Great post.

  24. Love the story behind the cover shoot. I know lots of fun and laughs were had. I love this fun whimsical cover!

  25. I loved the fun photos! Sometimes I think it's best not to show a full face on the cover, that way the reader can imagine what the character looks like.
    Great story.


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