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

Certainly more representative. Good show.
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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Jan. 26th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
I DO like this one better. Je ne sais quoi as to why though. Realism maybe?
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!
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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Jan. 26th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Swords can never cut words without you!
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
So much better!!! I love it!
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Oooooh, very atmospheric! Captures the tone of the novel much better.
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.
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,
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? :)
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
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!
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
OMG! Loving it! :-)
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!)
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!)
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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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+++!
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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