Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for ALL IS FAIRSwoon Reads Staff
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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.
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.
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.
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.