We are in the process of deciding a cover for my upcoming novella, Draven's Light, which will be releasing next spring (but should be up for pre-order this fall).
My regular cover artist, the wonderful Julia Popova, felt that this particular project was too dark for her talents, and graciously asked to bow out of it. We are definitely keeping Julia on as the artist for the fairy tale collections, but we are now looking for a new artist going forward with the Tales of Goldstone Wood series.
So we are hosting a cover design contest. And so many wonderful designs were sent in, it makes my head spin! But out of all of them, two different artists with two very different designs kept standing out to us.
And now, we need your input. We are asking you to give your vote on which of these two designs you like best! This is possibly the ONLY time we will ever have a quandary like this, so I hope you will enjoy participating in this fun event.
Keep in mind that the text is not final. You are voting only on the cover image itself. Our Rooglewood Press typesetters will be applying the final text to the winning image, so it will match the other books in the series. The two artists simply inserted text so that we could have a visual of what it will look like.
Also, keep in mind that these are not the final images. The artists have not purchased high-resolution stock yet (it's expensive, and they want to know if their design wins before they purchase anything!), so there are "shutterstock" and "depositphoto" watermarks. Try to ignore these and focus simply on the design itself!
Which one stands out to you? Which one makes you most interested to read the book? Which one looks the most magical and enticing?
THIS IS THE LINK if you would like to go see them and vote.
And this is the back-cover description:
In the Darkness of the Pit
The Light Shines Brightest
Drums summon the chieftain’s powerful son to slay a man in cold blood and thereby earn his place among the warriors. But instead of glory, he earns the name Draven, “Coward.” When the men of his tribe march off to war, Draven remains behind with the women and his shame. Only fearless but crippled Ita values her brother’s honor.
The warriors return from battle victorious yet trailing a dire curse in their wake. One by one the strong and the weak of the tribe fall prey to a ravening illness of supernatural power. The secret source of this predatory evil can be found and destroyed by only the bravest heart.
But when the curse attacks the one Draven loves most, can this coward find the courage he needs to face the darkness?