Yep, she showed it off on her blog and I missed it. So much for stalking her Facebook feed.
Anyway, here it is…book two of the Magiste Chronicals.
Again the model images provided by Period Images. It is basically the same as the first book, In the Devil’s Arms. Same textures and brushes were used. We changed the models to match the story of course. The guy went from a brunette coloring to more blonde. She went from blonde to more of a honey brunette.
She did extensive rewriting and editing of this story. Go read an excerpt at her blog and then go to one of the links to pre-order. It will be out just in time for Halloween!
This was the first cover I did for Gianna. She had picked some wonderful model stock from Period Images featuring Gunter and Jax. So, instead of reworking the cover from scratch, I decided to see how I would utilize the exact same images yet get a different look. I loved the challenge. It amazes me to no end how different people can manipulate the same images.
To be perfectly honest, at the time people weren’t beating down my door asking me for covers. While we were chatting I just asked for her to send me the images from her cover. If she liked what I did, then she could use it and if not then absolutely nothing is lost. I loved this arrangement too. She picked good pictures for cover images and that saved me hours upon hours of stock searching.
The story has BDSM elements and I wanted a darker cover. Something a bit more intense. Black blue and grey. I desaturated the models and faded them into the Fjord that the writer loved and wanted to showcase. Used the same font but added a gradient overlay.
Finding a quality cover artist who doesn’t charge an arm and a leg is a real gamble. Too often, you end up with a shitty, pixelated mismatch of images and text that you’d be too embarrassed to show your friends let alone tell them how much you paid for it. I’ve had numerous bad experiences with designers who failed to understand requirements, lacked market experience, charged unexpected additional expenses, and generally produced mediocre work.
Winterbayne, on the other hand, is exceptional. I’ve known her for years now, and I’ve been delighted to see her portfolio grow. She only charges $100, which is an absolute steal, and I have nothing but good things to say about her. Not only did she listen to my exceedingly finicky requirements but she also completed the cover faster than any other designer and with impeccable quality.Here’s a selection of my favorite covers from her…