What was your intention for the cover?
To create a mood for the book. With a girl being the protagonist, who is constantly battling for control over her own actions against the dark magics she possesses, I felt the cover needed to come across as dark, a bit foreboding, with the main character as the main focus since she is just awesome. 😉 The lightning also means something, both for symbolism, and for what happens in the story.
How did you create the cover?
I used Wiki Commons to find images that required only attribution and allowed for manipulation. I changed the models eye color, and color corrected both images using Adobe Photoshop. Only 4 layers were used with this book cover: the girl, the lightning picture, the rolling fog, and the title. I used the fog from After Effects, catching a still frame, and importing it into the project.
Are you happy with the end result?
I love it! I feel I was able to create something very close to what I had imagined the cover being like. I am very fortunate to have the software that I have due to my husband’s profession (producer/editor/filmmaker).
Is there anything you would change?
I have actually changed one thing, which is the size and color of my name. I had some author friends suggest I make it bigger and brighter, so I did. One thing I love about eBooks 🙂 The only other thing is to more accurately show her scar. She has a scar running up that cheek, which is why I had placed the lightning the way I did, to symbolize it, but I’m not sure it comes across.
What do you think the cover says about your book?
It says “Strong, leading lady who is dark and mysterious, with powers that may wreak havoc over anyone or thing that crosses her.” At least, that’s my perception anyway. You could always read the book and judge for yourself!
Published by Self published on Jun 29, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
A sixteen-year-old girl bound to dark magic wants to be good but needs to be bad for her world to survive.
Lusa’s life already has issues when her mother’s gone missing, there’s a temple full of dead mages, and her malicious powers want to turn her into a murderous monster. Worst of all . . . she’s fallen for the wrong boy. In constant battle with her magic’s bloodlust, only Kaden has the ability to help keep her in check. But there’s a bounty out for mages and he’s a bounty hunter most likely in it for the reward and not for her. When a sorcerer’s plot to wipe out all magic-users becomes a full blown war, Lusa is the only mage left to stand against him. To defeat him she must embrace her inner evil. Thing is, if she can’t learn to master her powers instead of them continuously pulling the puppet strings, her soul and Kaden’s life will be the price she ends up paying.
My Thoughts: I think it screams dark paranormal YA, which is good, seeing as how that seems to be the intention. I love how the cover is mostly shades of gray with just a bit of colour in the sky and eyes.
What do you think of the cover? Does it make you want to pick up the book?