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Oh, you guys. Oh, you guys, I am so terrified.

So rejacketing a book is a very scary thing, because a) It means the whole series look has been totally changed! So the two sequels are going to look this way and b) It seems people did not like the old cover - oh please please please let them like this one!

I feel exceedingly lucky to have a lovely publisher, Simon & Schuster, who did not just say 'Oh well, Sarah RB, clearly a bust, next please' but who hired The Illustrious James Porto to make new covers for me.

And I feel even more lucky that when I went peeping to them with suggestions, and to my friends for thoughts, my publishers and friends both listened. (Which publishers in no way have to do. If they wanted a purple spacemonkey on my cover, they could have one no matter what I said! They are just very kind.) Especial thanks go to my friend Saundra Mitchell, whose artistic input was invaluable.

And this new cover is very different and dynamic and dramatic! And I think it has the feel of the book down, and - well, I will leave you to JUDGE FOR YOURSELVES.

In short, I hope you guys like it! *closes eyes and presses post*








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kate_nepveu
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
Dark! Scary! Action!

Certainly more representative. Good show.
sarahtales
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
A little less conversation, a little more action please, is where I see Nick to be perennially at, yeah. ;)
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raphsody606
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
I DO like this one better. Je ne sais quoi as to why though. Realism maybe?
thegreatmissjj
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
NICE. I LIKE IT. I LIKE IT A LOT. I think it more accurately conveys what goes on between your covers. Congrats!
thegreatmissjj
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
Oh whoa, looking at the high resolution image, I thought, "CryBaby!Johnny Depp?"

Okay, shallowness aside, I really do think this is great. Guess what I'm gifting my baby brother now?
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anywherebeyond
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
YAY DYNAMIC NICK!!!!!
sarahtales
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Swords can never cut words without you!
dreamerwrites
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
So much better!!! I love it!
kiyala
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Ooh! I rather liked the old cover, but this one is somehow even better :D
captain_jezebel
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Oooooh, very atmospheric! Captures the tone of the novel much better.
captain_jezebel
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
Although, I was quite fond of U.S. cover boys smoochy lips . . .

But I stand by my earlier comment that this cover is more appropriate! And made of awesome.
rkcharron
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
Hi :)
I really like the new cover.
If I was browsing through the bookstore it would definitely catch my attention. Just based on the cover I'd pick it up.
Thanks for sharing the cover Sarah!
All the best,
Rob
acromantular
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
I like the darker, less cluttered, more serious look.
Also, it would make an excellent movie poster! When is the film coming out? :)
dy0ulee
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, HELLO NICK.
blamebrampton
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
I am evilly tempted to make eyeliner comments, but yes, this one is more vigorous, ominous and lonely, and so fits the story better. Nice work, James Porto!
alebodden11
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
OMG! Loving it! :-)
kay_cassidy
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
OMG, he looks like a young Johnny Depp!!! *swoon* (And WHOA on the rockin' quote as well. Go SRB!)
savvy_implet
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
I did like the first cover, and found it very pretty! But I do feel this one is more true to Nick's nature. Also, his eyes are a bit crazy, which is pretty Nick-appropriate! And this one looks more likely to draw in readers of both genders, whereas I think boy readers would be a bit shifty about pouty-Nick of the first cover. Though YA has a girl-dominated readership, but I think they shall be very pleased with this Nick too! He reminds me a bit (in his stance and clothes) of Spike from Buffy - which is oddly fitting in my mind, though I don't know exactly how. Maybe because of the struggle between humanity and demon..ity.

Also, you have an "Author of" line now! Because there's TWO! YAY!

(Does this mean we get a Mae one in this style as well? Because that would be super-cool! Her pink hair superimposed against a dark background would certainly be eye-catching!)
sarahtales
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
Actually, Sin is going to be on the cover of Covenant, but in this style, yes. ;) Her hair is sadly not pink, but I hope you will like it anyway!

And I had a Terrible Crush on Spike in my Buffy years, so I am pleased!
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bookshop
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)

i LOVE it! I would have loved a cover (as I'm sure you would too, more=better) that had both Nick *and* Alan, but i love this! Definite echoes of the Hush, Hush cover here, I think, which is good! Also got a little Kelley Armstrong-ish vibe, and a bit of Harry Dresden going on, too, if Harry were younger and a demon and had a sword, which I FEEL ALL GOOD HEROES OUGHT TO DO, so. :D I LOVE NICK'S TWISTED MOUTH. A+++!
sarahtales
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
You know, I dunno if I would have liked that? I worry covers with more than one person on them look crowded. How to square this with my crazy love for my Japanese cover, I don't know, but I like the lonely and atmospheric look here that could not be achieved with superfluous redheads cluttering up the shop. ;) Anyway we're talking Alan for book three, so he can have his very own! Maybe.
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suzy_queue
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow! I love it. Great look.
ashe_frost
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
OMG! Nick! He doesn't look like an American girl! (Or Miley Cyrus's ex-boyfriend, Justin Gaston!!!!)

I like it! I also think it's not too embarrassing for a young boy to pick up! Well done, cover people!
myr_soleil
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
HAHAHA old!Nick did look a little like Justin. (Though I liked the cover.)
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dhobikikutti
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
It's still just a trifle too lurid and childish for my tastes, but it is much much better, and represents your story far more accurately. I am so glad you were able to get this change!
sarahtales
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
*squints* Lurid? It's grey... However, I am glad you feel it is an improvement!
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purple_snitch
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
The British cover is still my favourite, but this one seems like it would be more appealing to the YA crowd.
carrie_ryan
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
BEAUTIMOUS!!
sorion
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
I like the cover. It promises a lot :)

Tbh, I didn't have any problems with the other cover. My problem was more with the text on the back. Had I just seen the book stand somewhere and not known it was yours, I never would have read it just from that text. My sister and some of my friends said the exact same thing... so that kind of worried me :/ Your book is so good, it should be represented that way.

(I don't read your journal, all the time, so that might have changed by now. If it has, ignore me ^-^''')
sarahtales
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
I don't know what the paperback text is - that kind of thing tragically not up to me! But I'm glad you like the cover. ;)
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rowanberries
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
I would make an intelligent comment, but I am distracted by how much Nick reminds me of a young Johnny Depp! WITH A SWORD.
mewalker1999
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
Cover Story for my blog? Say yes!
sarahtales
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
Absolutely, delighted to be asked!
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