Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for AMID STARS AND DARKNESS!

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We are OVER THE MOON (see what we did there?) about the cover directions for Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener! In this heart-pounding sci-fi, an ordinary teenage girl has to impersonate an alien princess after being mistakenly kidnapped. (We've all been there, right?) Here's a longer synopsis:

"Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess hiding out on earth in order to escape an arranged marriage.

Kidnapped by the princess’ head bodyguard, Ruckus, and imprisoned in an alien palace, Delaney is forced to impersonate the princess until Olena can be found. If she fails, it will lead to an alien war and the eventual enslavement of the entire human race.

No pressure or anything.

Factor in Trystan, the princess’ terrifying betrothed who is intent on unraveling all her secrets, and her own growing feelings for Ruckus, and Delaney is in way over her head."

Swoon designers KB and Liz D. have come up with four amazing cover options for you to choose from, and have shared some thoughts about their inspiration behind each one. Remember, the below images aren't necessarily final. These are just directions, so there will probably be some tweaks made before the book hits the shelves. (For more information about the difference between a cover direction and the final cover 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 Wednesday, July 13.

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Liz D.'s Window Cover

You're looking through a window, in space, and each pane shows a different facet of the story. There's a romantic almost-kiss, a menacing maybe-army, planets, a girl floating, and stars everywhere. I love how this cover encompasses so many things. For final, I would make sure each vignette represents something important from the book and make it all more cohesive. 

   

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KB's Spaceship Cover

This cover illustrates how the saga begins: Delaney is wrenched from the simplicity of her hometown and plunged into the complexity of life and love in an alien world. (For all of you X-Files fans, the idea was actually inspired by a stark “THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE” poster that I came across while searching for different images!)

   

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Liz D.'s Flying Cover

Delaney is essentially sucked into a whole new world when Ruckus kidnaps her. This cover makes that literal, with her floating through space and being pulled into a swirl of light. I also love the type and how the overlaid ANDs nod at the multiple identities she has to juggle.

   

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Liz D.'s Crown Cover

Royalty. Romance. The vastness of space. I married an iconic image with photographic scenes and constellation type. For final, I would clean up the crown and make the type a little more sophisticated.

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27 comments on "Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for AMID STARS AND DARKNESS!"

Angie Taylor on July 11, 2016, 9:08 a.m. said:

Angie Taylor


Liz D's Flying cover says "Sci-Fiction" and totally pulls me in.

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Andrea Clark on July 9, 2016, 5:49 a.m. said:

Andrea Clark


These are all great covers but I like the Window Cover best.

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Ashley Kemp on July 8, 2016, 8 p.m. said:

Ashley Kemp


I love the crown cover, it's so evocative and really stands out compared to the rest, plus it doesn't give the impression that it is purely an alien abduction story or anything dystopian or timetravel like some of the other covers. To me it best fits the description and has the most eye-catching potential.

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Cassie Marie Green on July 7, 2016, 5:53 p.m. said:

Cassie Marie Green


Toss up between the window cover and crown cover. I'm not in love with the cover selections this round but I feel that the window and crown covers have potential.

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HOTCHA1 on July 7, 2016, 5:34 p.m. said:

HOTCHA1


BLUE ONE

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djinnia on July 7, 2016, 2:56 p.m. said:

djinnia


The space ship drew my eye the fastest. i love the glowing circles and the color pallette. i also love the font that is used for the title. this is my favorite.

the flying girl with the galaxy is beatuful too. sorta space peter pan. the swirling pulls me in.

the circular window with the different pictures is okay. I'm not fond of the faces though.

The crown is okay but the the sparse starscape needs a bit more color or the crown needs a bit more to draw it out. as is, it's a doesn't quite have enough oomph. i do like how the pictures are done in it.

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Gina Gidaro on July 7, 2016, 2:54 p.m. said:

Gina Gidaro


The spaceship cover is my fav!

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Lydia Albano on July 7, 2016, 1:17 p.m. said:

Lydia Albano


window covers gets my vote (though something about the floating girl in the lefthand panel looks a bit awkward to me at this stage) but the crown cover is a close second (if the crown/images were maybe a little larger so we could see them better? I love both. I'd pick up either at a bookstore, just for the beautiful covers! I love the color scheme, the other-worldly feel, and the questions I already want answered.

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Idris Grey on July 7, 2016, 11:56 a.m. said:

Idris Grey


I must admit I'm not wild about any of them, but of those on offer I find the spaceship cover the most eye-catching. I would recommend re-assessing font choices across the board as some of these don't read clearly at less than full size.

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Sandra "Jeanz"Richardson on July 7, 2016, 8:07 a.m. said:

Sandra "Jeanz"Richardson


I love the Window cover and the Crown Cover. Both of those covers fit the blurb and would catch your eye on a bookstore shelf!

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