Here's the final cover design for Framed and Burning:
And I've also got a story for you.
As soon as I saw the book cover samples we had to choose from, I knew exactly which one I wanted. But since I've had a blind spot about my own work in the past, and because it's so much fun to hear what others think, I thought I'd throw it out to the community for a vote all the same. Maybe you could make me change my mind, like you did with the new cover for Cat in the Flock. On that one, by the way, my partner and I both wanted to go with this at first:
I still really like that cover, and my sister, whose artistic opinion I value greatly, liked that one the best, too. But I think the cover we settled on better represents the book, since Cat's not really a Goth chick. :)
Anyway, back to this cover. Here's how the voting went down.
I immediately wanted option #4 as soon as I saw it. Holding the current front of Cat in the Flock up next to it gave me the exact effect I wanted: clearly part of the same series, but notably different from the first. Since the story and characters have stretched and grown from the CITF origin, I wanted it to look just different enough. And without giving you a plot spoiler, the girl sitting on the chair but only partially revealed, exactly that way, is perfect.
Lo and behold, y'all agreed with me. And by a wide margin, with #4 getting more than three times as many votes as both of the second-place covers, a tie between #2 (my second fave) and #5.
After that, third place went to those of you who proposed combining aspects of the covers into a sixth choice, a super cover, if you will.
Fourth place went to option #3, mostly because the title really "pops." I took that advice into consideration when working out the final design, so thanks to those of you who spoke up.
Dead last was #1, with only a single vote, from someone who will remain nameless to protect his innocence.
A hat-tip to the talented cover artist Monika Younger of Younger Book Design, who designed both covers in the series. I highly recommend her to all of you writers out there who make these cover decisions yourselves.
Thanks for all the great feedback and for participating in our little vote-a-thon. And to my new subscribers, welcome!