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Author J.T. Bock: My First Photoshoot (TimeTrap- UltraSecurity Series #3) + giveaway

My First Photoshoot

With the release of TimeTrap, the third book in my superhero romance series, I wanted to do something fun and memorable to celebrate. I also wanted to up the ante of my author photo from the standard to out-of-this-world like my heroes.

So I booked a photoshoot with Atomic Cheesecake Studios, known for their pinup girl style photos.


I arrived at the shoot wearing a flannel shirt, leggings, ponytail, and no makeup. I was a blank canvas for Stacey Barich, owner, photographer, and stylist, to do what she does best—making her clients look and feel like stars.

First, she rolled my hair with hot curlers. While my hair set, she cleaned my face then applied a primer. Next, she airbrushed foundation over my skin. It evened my skin tone and covered up blemishes. She was literally painting me over.

She then darkened my eyebrows, lined my eyes, and applied fake eyelashes. She used a deep red to color and outline my lips like a Kewpie doll. Once she finished the makeup, Stacey removed the curlers and pinned my curls into a Victory roll—a style favored by women after WW II to celebrate the Allied victory. 

Before she even set up the lights and camera, I felt glamorous as seen in the “after” photo where I no longer believe it’s appropriate to stick out my tongue wearing this stylish do and makeup. It took nearly 90 minutes to transform me from the above photo to the one below. (In other words, I won’t be doing this for a date night with the hubby.)

Stacey had racks of outfits and dresses from decades past and jewelry and shoes to accessorize with. I was as excited as an ex-theater kid in a Broadway warehouse. I could’ve stood there for days going through her racks and trying on everything. Fortunately, she knew exactly what outfits and accessories would work, and I’d brought two of my favorite dresses for the shoot too.

Lights. Camera. Strike a pose.

She directed me in five poses with five costume changes. Stacey took over 100 photos in a two-hour period using various paper backdrops in solid colors. I narrowed it down to my favorite ones. She touched them up in Photoshop. And the end result is my glam alter ego.
I’m already planning my next one. If you get a chance to do a pinup photoshoot, take it. It’s better than any spa day to make you feel stunning, and you’ll have the photos to prove it.

Now what to say to readers at signings when they see I’m not as cool as I appear in my author photos.

Maybe Stacey does house calls?

by J.T. Bock  (Author), Chris Hall (Editor), Rachel Daven Skinner (Editor)
April 13, 2018
404 pages

Publisher: PepperLip Press
Superheroes, adventure, science fiction, pop culture, and romance fuse in J.T. Bock’s third UltraSecurity book TimeTrap. 

UltraAgent TimeTrap is hiding out. This peace-loving, universe-traveling hero is tired of fighting Aztec gods, sociopathic scientists, and her reality TV–star mother. She needs a vacation from using her superpower. With comfy slippers and streaming movies, she’s taken refuge with her new boyfriend, Max Martin, in his high-tech, gated home. 

Max owes TimeTrap his life. She saved him from a dimensional-jumping kidnapper, and he’s fallen hard for her. He promises to protect her at any cost. Whatever TimeTrap wants, he’ll give her. 

But is she really safe with Max? 

Because TimeTrap has uncovered a classified project in his basement lab, which shoves her into the clutches of a mysterious organization and a life-sucking entity called the Dark. 

A journal that belonged to Max’s deceased grandfather might hold the key to helping TimeTrap. But to decode the mysterious journal, Max must do the unthinkable and embrace the evil energy that threatens both universes. He would do anything to rescue her, but can he win back her trust, or will he become her worst nightmare?

About the Author:
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When J.T. Bock was a child, she wanted to be James Bond or Indiana Jones or a vampire hunter or Wonder Woman. Whatever brought her the most action, adventure, and romance while play acting on her stage—otherwise known as her grandmother’s basement. Now J.T. has assembled her own team of action heroes, supernatural creatures, and maniacal villains and set them on adventures far from her basement to exotic lands and alternate dimensions. Her current UltraSecurity series follows the adventures of humans with special abilities as they defeat the Big Bads and find their soul mates—because superheroes need happy endings too.


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25 comments:

  1. I've always liked the Victorian Era.

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    1. That would be a lot of fun. However, I would need help getting into the dresses. LOL!

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  2. I would like to shoot the Dinosaurs age. How lovely!!

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    1. That would be interesting to do. It makes me wonder what you'd wear. Would you be a time traveler going back to study the dinosaurs or dress as a caveman?

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  3. Regency England would be great!

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    1. Oh, yes! I'd love that one too. On my bucket list, I plan to one day check off the Jane Austen festival in Bath.

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  4. That was a good choice for you. Since it would just be for a short time (from a comfort stand point) I'd go with Victorian.

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    1. Thank you! I enjoyed having my hair made up in that style. Although I doubt I could do it again without some help. Victorian would be fun to do.

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    1. Not for everyone. I just like to play dress up even as an adult. :)

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  6. Love the 20's, flapper dresses and short hair

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    1. Oh, I hadn't thought of that one. I was Velma Kelly from Chicago for Halloween one year. That was fun.

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  7. The 40's was an excellent choice for you. I'd do mine in the 60s. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you so much! I really enjoyed it too.

      Oh, the 60s would be fabulous. There are so many fun outfit and hair possibilities to try out.

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    1. Definitely an era with a unique fashion choices. :)

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  9. 1600's would be cool! Thank you

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    1. Oh, that would be neat. I'd love to try on those dresses and the wigs too. I know I'd definitely need help dressing myself.

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    1. This is a popular choice on this blog. It would definitely be fun to do.

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  11. Maybe the Civil War era. Love the dresses :).

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    1. I love that era too. One of these days I will go to Bath for the festival and dress up too.

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  13. Thanks to everyone who commented and stopped by. This was so much fun. And congrats to Dan D. who won my prize pack!

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