Cover Inspiration by Bridget Blackwood
When I’m preparing for a new book the cover is the first order of business. I like them to reflect the scenes and characters in the story. Finding cover models to match how I see the hero/heroine is important. A bearded hero with no bearded cover model is all wrong. A personal pet peeve of mine is when the cover model is nothing like the way the characters are described. Sometimes you can’t get around it but I try really hard to the point of making story changes. After searching for four months I gave up on the perfect Rachel/Bastien couple combo for my first book, Rising Shadows. The story was already written and without costing me money there was no way to fix the discrepancies. Some minor features don’t match up and it bugs me to this day. This is why I always figure out covers first now. LOL!
Cover Artist: The Killion Group
I already mentioned the couple for Rising Shadows wasn’t my ideal but they do make a striking pair visually. The wolf is my favorite because it is how the hero looks when he shifts his form. Bastien is a white wolf to symbolize his inherent goodness which drives him to protect others. The forest as the background is important as it goes with the animal nature of the hero but also because of how the light comes through the trees casting shadows. The whole series revolves around characters coming out of hiding and into the light of day.
Cover Artist: The Book Cover Machine
Cover Artist: Indie-Spired Design
Incredibly emotional to write and I’ve been told just as emotional to read. Heavy subjects are covered such as recovering from sexual assault and finding the strength to build your life again after it crumbles. The hero and heroine are best friends who become something more in the wake of tragedy. While they’re a passionate couple I wanted to express their tenderness on the cover. Cleary is Mads’ safe place and Mads soothes Cleary. The look of relaxed contentment on her face means so much more after you’ve read the book. Cleary’s holding her close but gently because he knows she couldn’t handle it if he pulled her tight. The lion eyes at the bottom are Cleary, always watching over his Mads. Kelly, the artist, picked the cityscape background which I like better than the one I chose. (The lighting in my choice wasn’t working. LOL) The city could be a depiction of where they live but to me it’s a reflection of all the people who rallied behind Mads. Still have the shadowy/smoky thing going on, so neat.
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