Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for ALL IS FAIR

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We are so pumped for you to finally see the three amazing cover options for the recently renamed All Is Fair! A young lady is pulled out of school and into a secret wartime mission with a dashing American spy in this epic World War I story from Dee Garretson. In case you need a reminder, here's the synopsis:

When Lady Mina Tretheway receives a telegram at boarding school, she doesn’t want to read it. In 1918, with war raging, she dreads telegrams, knowing they never bring good news.

At first she doesn’t understand the cryptic message. Then she realizes it’s written in code, and the message leads her home to Hallington Manor. When Lord Andrew Graham appears with a dashing young American, Lucas Mueller, Mina learns that the two of them must work together on dangerous project for the war effort.

Thinking Mina is just a spoiled aristocrat, Lucas tries to complete the project alone, fearing her inexperience will give them away. But when the project goes very wrong, Mina and Lucas are thrown together to complete the mission before more soldiers disappear into the darkness of war.

Freelance designer Connie G. took on this one and created three fantastic cover directions for you to choose from, and has supplied some thoughts about the inspiration behind each one. Remember, the below images aren't necessarily final. These are just directions, so there will most likely be some tweaks made before the book hits the shelves. (Want to see how a cover goes from concept to final? Click here.)

To view enlarged images, right click the image to view it in a new tab. Cover voting will close at noon EST on Monday, March 26.

   

AIF Hallington Manor cover

Hallington Manor Cover

The first half of this book takes place at Hallington Manor, Mina's childhood home. Mina comes from an upper crust British family, and we love how this cover evokes Downton Abbey. We also wanted to showcase Lucas, Mina's American crush, who plays a large part in the story.

   

AIF Across the Sea cover

Across the Sea Cover

Is there anything better than an exciting ship voyage?! Mina sneaks aboard a boat headed to Germany, and we wanted to depict her cross-ocean voyage while showcasing her character. We love how the obscured image hints at Mina without showing all of her—because nothing is what it seems in this book. 

   

AIF Code Breaker cover

Code Breaker Cover

Spoiler alert: There's an awesome plane scene in this book! We wanted to hint at that with the bi-plane illustration on this cover. In addition, Mina grew up learning how to crack codes with her dad, and the numbers on the edges of this image hint at coding, while the image of Mina tells the reader they're in for a rich historical setting.

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18 comments on "Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for ALL IS FAIR"

Jessika Fleck on March 22, 2018, 10:16 a.m. said:

Jessika Fleck


These are all gorgeous, but I'm def team Code Breaker. It's so striking! <3

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TimeLadyLoves on March 21, 2018, 2:29 p.m. said:

TimeLadyLoves


Code breaker cover

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ronsharonron on March 21, 2018, 1:41 p.m. said:

ronsharonron


I personally like the Across the Sea cover. I like the water obscuring part of her image, and the character's wondering face expression on it. Very mysterious.

The Code Breaker cover is kinda mesmerizing too. I am just not sure what to make of her face expression on there. Seems more stiff and less emotive than the Across the Sea.

Both are cool though. :)

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Hana Sheik on March 21, 2018, 10:52 a.m. said:

Hana Sheik


I'm stuck between Across the Sea and Code Breaker.

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Nate on March 21, 2018, 7:18 a.m. said:

Nate


Definitely Across the Sea. It's gorgeous

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Paula Phillips on March 21, 2018, 3:37 a.m. said:

Paula Phillips


I love the Code Breaker Cover and then followed by the Halligton Manor Cover.

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Damiano Carretta on March 21, 2018, 3:05 a.m. said:

Damiano Carretta


I prefer the Code breaker cover. It looks more human and inspiring. The first two are cool but they don't call me like the final one did.

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Luvelle Raevan on March 20, 2018, 10:17 p.m. said:

Luvelle Raevan


I like the Across the Sea cover best. The circles look like water droplets in front of the lady image and the sea behind her is nice - good colors.

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B.R. Myers on March 20, 2018, 5:38 p.m. said:

B.R. Myers


I love this blurb! All three covers are gorgeous, but my favourite is the code cover.

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Valeria.Villanueva on March 20, 2018, 4:03 p.m. said:

Valeria.Villanueva


I think the Across the Sea cover is the most appealing one.

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