Help me pick! Which cover do you like for THIRD?

Input please please! My designer, Derek Murphy at Creative Indie Covers, has come up with two possible covers for my upcoming fantasy novel, THIRD.

Third forest

Choice no. 1

third face

Choice No. 2










Here’s my draft teaser copy:

When Lena Lundren wakes up in an unfamiliar house, all she knows, at first, is that something terrible has happened.

It’s not long before she begins to understand just how terrible. She’s been in a car accident. A woman is dead. And according William Fairburn, whose son Cole was also in the car, Lena was behind the wheel.

Unlike Lena, her family, and her lover Dylan, the Fairburns are wealthy and connected. William tells Lena that as long as she keeps quiet, he’ll protect her and Cole from the law.

But then Lena learns that the accident wasn’t an accident after all. It was an assassination.

A war has broken out.

Humans are the war’s victims — and its pawns.

And for Lena to survive, she must destroy the one thing she loves the most.

So which cover do you like? 1, 2, or “neither: back to the drawing board”?

Which cover should I use for THIRD?

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12 Responses to Help me pick! Which cover do you like for THIRD?

  1. Dave says:

    I think you should take the top half of choice one and marry it to the bottom half of choice two. But as is, choice one is a slightly more appealing.

  2. Kirsten says:

    Thank you, Dave :)

    I see the voting results are split 50/50. LOL that result will NOT help me decide!!!

  3. Necta says:

    I love the first cover the yellow calls out read me.

    • Kirsten says:

      Thanks for commenting, Necta :)

      I’m surprised to see how close the vote is for this!

  4. Tamyla says:

    The second catches my eye. The female’s hair whipping through the wind and wisps of hair becoming part of the tree. The bottom part shows early dawn or evening which is a contrast to the darkness above. The first looks like a photo. The second has more imagination. It makes me wonder what the story is about and how the cover ties in with it.

  5. R.C. Matthews says:

    I prefer the first one. I like the coloring and the angle of the title. It jumped out at me right away. It took me a while to even figure out what was on the top half of the second cover. Once I realized it was a face with hair whipping around, it kinda gave me the willies. Just my two cents.

  6. chris hoey says:

    I really like the second one

    • Kirsten says:

      Thank you Chris!

      I am in so much trouble if this voting thing doesn’t end up showing me a clear favorite O.o

  7. Can I express two opinions?
    1. Does this story take place in the woods? I’m not really sure based on the draft teaser. Looking at the cover, I assume the most of the plot takes place in the woods, or at least in nature. If that isn’t true, I suggest considering a different cover altogether.
    2. If it does take place in the woods, I would say it depends on what you want to show the reader: #1 shows hope, #2 shows darkness.
    I would need to know more about your book to pick one or the other, but I really hope my comments help from a completely neutral POV! :)

    • Kirsten says:

      Hi, Christie, and yes, your comments are very helpful!

      To answer you question: there is a strong “in nature” component to both the setting and the plot, so that part is appropriate to the story.

      Your observations about hope versus darkness is a really good one, and may be the deciding factor as I plow through my final edits :)

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