Our guest today has something for everyone. You'll enjoy her cover journey whether you're a reader or writer AND there's a freebie for EVERYONE! Let's welcome Kayelle Allen.
I spent months researching images and artists to make the best cover for my new book, Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire. When I found an artist whose work I liked, I asked questions and checked prices. Eventually, I found a super talented artist (Brumae), asked her to do it and was happy to pay her fee. She was easy to work with and did a wonderful job. I would hire her for other images in a heartbeat.
Unfortunately, my idea of the perfect cover came across as more urban fantasy than science fiction. Everyone loved the art -- but it didn't work for the story.
I discovered the right cover entices readers to pick it up and have a closer look. Although the original was gorgeous and had beautiful artwork, the readers I was trying to reach were not picking it up. I had to admit I'd chosen the wrong part of the story to feature. Painful as it was, I had to make a change.
I chose a different image, one of a planet with extensive volcanic activity. The blues harmonized well with the first cover (here) and the reds fit the story's title, Forged in Fire. It has a sense of movement and life. It's uncluttered.
The phrase "Bringer of Chaos" is in a font called Sabotage, which you can get free on www.dafont.com. It absolutely fits the man known by that title.
So there you have it. Lovely cover. Not working. Changes made. What do you think of the new look? Feel free to leave a comment.
Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire
When the immortal Pietas is marooned on a barren world with no food and few survival tools, he knows it could be worse. He could be alone. But that's the problem. He's not.
Half a million of his people sleep in cryostasis, trapped inside their pods and it's up to Pietas to free them. He can't release one at a time. It's all or nothing. He's facing over five hundred thousand hungry, thirsty, homeless immortals who will call on him for rescue and he has no way to answer.
It's not all bad. The beautiful telepathic warrior he's loved for lifetimes is at his side. He's bonded with a sentient panther. He hates humans but the one dumped on this planet with him has become a trusted friend.
Before Pietas can build shelter, figure out how to grow food, or set up a government, he must take back command from a ruthless enemy he's fought for centuries. His brutal, merciless father.
Immortals may heal, but a wound of the heart lasts forever...
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Read a sample on the author's website https://kayelleallen.com/chaos-fire
Here is a free adult coloring book to download and print, based on my character, Pietas. If you like dragons, you will love this. I hope you enjoy it! It contains both purchased and licensed images and original art. http://bit.ly/color-pietas
Kayelle Allen writes Sci Fi with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She's a US Navy veteran who's been married so long she's tenured.
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