Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ariane the Overexposed Stock Image Model

When I shopped around for pictures for the cover of Good, Clean Murder, I was looking for someone young, fresh faced, and cleaning houses. There was only one girl in all of stock-photo-land who fit that bill. She had dozens of cleaning poses and outfits to chose form. Her pictures were professional and well produced. It was a no brainer to pick Ariane!

As it turned out, the rest of the world agrees with me. My Plain Jane is everywhere! I spot her on the ads at the bottom of celebrity gossip blogs telling me to reduce my debt. I've seen her in Walmart on the packaging for a backpack you can color. The other day she was telling me to get some exercise, and while at the library last week, I saw her on the cover of Face Magazine (for kids) telling me she loves Paris!

It's no wonder fans have started a Facebook page for her called "Ariane the Overexposed cover model" or that I get fan mail--for her!

Even though she's everywhere, selling everything from train tickets to cell phones, I'm not sorry I made her my Plain Jane. She's embodies so much of what I picture when I write this character; energy, enthusiasm, a natural beauty. Little known secret: The model is half Chinese, so I like to think that maybe Jane's Grandma was Chinese too. :)

In honor of Ariana, I want to reveal the cover for Health, Wealth, and Murder: A Plain Jane Mystery and offer a contest.

In the comments, let me know a place you think you have run across Plain Jane and I will put your name in the hat for an early release of Health, Wealth, and Murder! I'll draw THREE names for a free copy of Health, Wealth, and Murder and announce the winner next week. (The book will release May 1st, so that is the day I will email the books out!)

Without further ado, here's the newest cover!


18 comments:

  1. Traci--Another great cover! And the model will trigger that subliminal recognition in people who will feel they've seen her before. I wonder how often that happens to us. Interesting.

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  2. @Linda, that is one of the benefits, for sure!

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  3. I can tell you where I haven't seen her and that is at my house!!

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  4. My granddaughters got that color it backpack. Nice fresh faces young lady. Ronnalord (at) msn ( dot) com

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  5. I hadn't spotted this young model before, but after having seen her website, I can see why she is so popular: She's a loveable chameleon! She could fall into a number of racial categories, she can be very young, or a grownup, depending on clothing/hair/makeup. She's fresh-faced and very expressive. Her face can clearly indicate a huge number of emotions. And she's likeable. Anybody would like to have her as a daughter/friend/girlfriend.

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    1. I agree completely and have to admit that even though I will surely never meet her, I feel a little motherly pride in her work. :)

      And checking out her site totally counts for the contest.

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    1. Thanks! I am really happy with it too.

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  7. Ooh - looking at the FB fan page, I'm pretty sure I've seen her in one of the nursing ads before. Looks good - hope I win your book. :)

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    1. I suppose you need to know who I am - Jill Gies brecht. :)

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    2. Hey Jill! :D You are IN! --and great to see you! I think you will like this one...it's the same kind of Jane-meets-murder fun but a bit more thinky and philosophical at the same time. Not NPR thinky, but there's a bit of meat on the bone nonetheless. :)

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  8. Not familiar, but then I tend to ignore all advertising. Advertising was my career

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    1. You suffer from overexposure syndrome perhaps. :)

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  9. I just know she is the great, great granddaughter of the soon to be married couple in Hearts to God, right?

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