Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for AMID STARS AND DARKNESS!Swoon Reads Staff
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Hey there, Swooners!
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.