Hello everyone. I know I’ve been quiet lately. Been doing some serious heavy thinking and writing. I’m always writing or editing something.
Okay. Straight to the point. I’ve got some changes in mind and I’d love to get your opinions on them.
You all have seen the old cover art for my first novel Dangerous Temptations. For those of you who are knew and haven’t seen it yet. Here it is.
This cover was created for me by my beloved husband. It’s completely 3D graphics so the shading isn’t as pronounced.
I love the mysterious feeling and the aura of the tiger appearing out of the steam. Those two elements really speak to me and have spoken to several of the people I’ve asked about it.
I also adore that we get a hint of the FMC here by the fact she has a knife strapped to her thigh and a camera in her hand, rather than a gun.
Along with that cover above I will add the blurb I posted with it.
Seventeen year-old orphan Kaitlin Sinclair’s world gets turned upside down when she’s forced to move half way around the world to Indonesia with her uncle she never knew existed. Things get worse when the demons she left behind in America follow her to the land of intrigue.
Her uncle forces her to attend a celebration where she meets Cadmon Quinn, a mysterious, captivating stranger, who reveals that he knew her parents. She uncovers secrets that in the wrong hands could destroy his endangered clan of were-tigers.
When Kaitlin dives into a foreign culture, full of mystique and dangers everywhere she turns, keeping her heart safe might prove as impossible as staying alive!
I thought it was catchy, but something was still missing. Any thoughts on what is missing here?
After attending yet another fabulous writing, marketing and promoting conference, it dawned on me why something felt so off about the blurb above.
1.} Little to no emotion.
2.} No hints as to what obstacles the characters face aside from the blah normal things.
So I put my thinking cap on and came up with an alternative that kept the main essence of what I tried to convey with the blurb above, but far more punchy.
First, allow me to share a new cover art for the same book. I’d love your opinions on this one too. Please don’t be shy. After all I’m here for my readers and their feedback is vital if I’m to become a successful author.
This beautiful cover was recently made for me and is courtesy of The Authors Secret.
I adore the font shape here and it works well with the upper background, but not so well with the shirt.
Same gist, girl with dark hair and a white tiger in the rain forest. Still has my name, title, and sub title of the book.
So, what do you think? Come on now, don’t be shy. Remember feedback is important.
Okay, I’ve kept you waiting long enough.
Here is the new blurb I’ve come up with.
Seventeen year old Kaitlin Sinclair’s world crashes when her father, deployed overseas, dies. Forced to move to Indonesia, she resides with an uncle she never knew existed.
Enter Cadmon Quinn, the newly appointed leader of the Caspians, a clan of tiger Shifters. Haunted by his inability to stop his twin sister’s murder, he fears he will fail his clan when they need him the most.
Their lives are irrevocably entwined during an adventure in the rainforest full of mystique and danger. When Kaitlin uncovers her parents’ secrets and confronts her private demons, they soon realize that keeping their hearts safe could prove as impossible as staying alive!
The blurb above contains more elements. Most notably more tension. But, it also includes a bit of what both characters struggle with. It’s a bit more revealing than I’d like, but it doesn’t give away all of the surprises and none of the biggest ones.
Still a WIP, but I think it’s far more catchy than the first blurb. What do you all think? Is the second one too revealing?
Which blurb do you find more catchy? Which parts of which cover art do you like best? Over all which cover art would you go with? Which parts of which blurb do you enjoy most?