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All righty then. I am not sure I have improved things so much as changed them. The one cover may be too squashed. Let’s remember, I’m a writer, not a cover artist. I don’t even know the right terms for “Light coming from the wrong direction” and “color balance” and “you dorked that up.” But I present you with The Championship Cover Poll. I await your votes. THE WORLD IS WATCHING YOU!! Well, only me and maybe the NSA and one traditional publisher who needed to know what it was like on the other side…

Once you have selected the final cover, I can pretend to spiff it up to a final spiffiness (which means that all I have left in me is that I might move the name around or delete the butterfly).

Which cover takes the championship???

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Thank you to everyone who has voted in the previous rounds, for your emails and all your suggestions!

For those of you just joining us, Fairy Bite is the third book in the Dragons of Wendal series (cozy fantasy).

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Posted: March 15, 2017


  1. The one on the left!!! It’s perfect, now!!! MORE to explore!!!

    Comment by Irene Squib — March 15, 2017 @ 12:10 pm

  2. Is it weird that the second mushroom makes the one on the left that much better? I mean, I like the gargoyle (he looks like me when I walk into the kitchen and can’t remember why) but I normally would have gone for the other because bigger is better (or easier to see anyway) but that extra pop of red makes it.

    Comment by April Vrugtman — March 15, 2017 @ 12:18 pm

  3. The original shot lacked color in a big way (with the one mushroom about the only color on there). I tried adding the butterfly for some color relief to the “owl only” one. There’s also a faded mushroom in that shot. The lack of color was one reason I thought no one would be interested in it. When small (thumbnail on Amazon’s page) it was nothing but grays and brown blobs!

    Thanks for the input about the mushroom. I can easily overdo that sort of thing…!

    Comment by Maria — March 15, 2017 @ 12:24 pm

  4. Hooray for the gargoyle!! He adds whimsy and character to the cover, which is more in line with what you write.

    Yes, the second mushroom adds balance. I love the little sparkles (butterflies?) like fairies. Think Tinker Bell. Do they show in thumbnail?

    Double thumbs up for the gargoyle.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — March 15, 2017 @ 1:03 pm

  5. Not a lot shows up in thumbnail–the red and one sparkle. The gargoyle actually shows up pretty well, but it helps if you already know what he is…

    For the back, I’m looking for a female garden gnome. If you spot one, let me know!!!

    Comment by Maria — March 15, 2017 @ 1:59 pm

  6. Here are a couple of female garden gnomes. It’s kind of hard to tell the difference.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — March 15, 2017 @ 2:11 pm

  7. I like the one with the gargoyle. Just one suggestion — move the title back over. Not too far — just to the same position it’s in on the other cover. As it stands now, the title is almost blocking the one mushroom. And I agree with April, the mushrooms make it pop. How would it look if you removed the whatever they ares from the porch? The creatures in green? IMO they don’t really add anything. They aren’t very distinct and tend to distract from the owl and gargoyle.

    Comment by Dee/dragons3 — March 15, 2017 @ 2:49 pm

  8. The title didn’t move–the mushroom did! The title is just off center, same as the other one. Those green things are just background (actually mushrooms and leaves off the porch). They don’t add much, but something has to be there or it would be blank space. That’s the trouble with a “bushy” cover. Look too long and you notice all kinds of distractions…!

    Comment by Maria — March 15, 2017 @ 2:56 pm

  9. The title looks lower and to the right, to me. Oh well, I never claimed to be an artist. Most 2 year olds can do better than I. Are we talking about the same green things? The ones I mean are standing on the right side of the porch. They look like they’re supposed to be some sort of creature or other. I do love the gargoyle.

    Comment by Dee/dragons3 — March 15, 2017 @ 3:58 pm

  10. That’s just an optical illusion because the mushroom/roof are actually smaller in the second one. I have the option of zooming way in–the only thing on the porch is two chairs (that blend in). The green is all off to the side of the porch–it’s the hillside!

    Comment by Maria — March 15, 2017 @ 4:08 pm

  11. I like the sparkles!! is it possible to move the mushroom on the house (gargoyle cover) a bit to the right on the roof? I hadn’t realised the red thing was a mushroom (oops spelling the Kiwi way, I mean realized – they get me all the time here when I use “z” instead of “s”). if not, I still like what you’ve done with it!

    Comment by Margaret — March 15, 2017 @ 6:50 pm

  12. Adding things is easier than subtracting things. If I move anything on the original, it leaves a hole that has to be covered with something else. That works amazingly well for digital, but can become nothing more than blobs and globs when printed!

    Comment by Maria — March 15, 2017 @ 7:07 pm

  13. It’s great the way it is. You definitely deserve chocolate.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — March 15, 2017 @ 9:54 pm

  14. Definitely the gargoyle. And the mushroom does surprisingly improve the cover. But what is the roundy bloby thingie behind the porch? I can’t quite make it out. I guess it doesn’t matter. Did I say how much I love the gargoyle?

    Comment by Anonymous — March 16, 2017 @ 2:24 am

  15. Bah. I had to reinitialize my phone phone and forgot anonymous again.

    Comment by Elisabeth — March 16, 2017 @ 2:26 am

  16. It’s a mushroom blob that Dee was complaining about. It’s part of the original. I warned y’all it was a very busy cover. Some of that just blends right in when you are looking at a focal point that is either zoomed way in OR way out. On the original, you can’t even see the blob, but on this particular shot, it happens to stand out!

    Elisabeth, you and that phone need to learn to get along! 🙂

    Comment by Maria — March 16, 2017 @ 8:45 am

  17. To me, the addition of the gargoyle was a bit much,making the cover look too crowded. But if I had only seen the one, and not had a comparison to make, you would have gotten my approval on either.

    Comment by Mary Jo Dawson — March 16, 2017 @ 2:55 pm

  18. It was between the second choice and the third. After seeing the fourth choice, I realize I should have opted for number three.

    Comment by LeAnn — March 16, 2017 @ 8:43 pm

  19. Which one do you mean by number three? The one with just the owl? I think that is how you voted, but maybe you meant you wanted to change your vote?

    Comment by Maria — March 16, 2017 @ 9:26 pm

  20. Sorry. My attempt at humor has alas failed again. I voted for the Gargoyle, not having the slightest notion what the story is about, of course. But, with the incorrect spelling of will…I tried to imply that I should have chosen being a beta reader.

    Comment by LeAnn — March 17, 2017 @ 12:13 pm

  21. OH! NOW I get it. I thought you were talking about previous renditions when you said “three.”

    Your humor is fine. It’s my end that has all the static!

    Comment by Maria — March 17, 2017 @ 12:32 pm

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