Cover Reveal: Falaha’s Journey Book 3.5

I remem­ber telling you in Decem­ber that I’d be try­ing my hand at the cov­er reveal thingie some­time at the begin­ning of this year. And here it is, the cov­er for the last book in Falaha’s series.

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This is not a major, sep­a­rate work and it’s absolute­ly NOT for every­one, unlike the Tril­o­gy. The char­ac­ters have grown into adult­hood and here be plen­ty of hot fun for adults who like it wild. The sto­ries don’t shy away from graph­ic sex (and some mild BDSM in there even­tu­al­ly), which some­times comes togeth­er with humor in the same scene. Nope, it’s not dark and seri­ous; at the heart of Book 3.5 is polyamorous romance and fam­i­ly rela­tion­ships, with the focus on fur­ther char­ac­ter devel­op­ment since Falaha’s Jour­ney. Most of the sci-fi stuff goes qui­et­ly on the back­ground, but it’s still there. If you haven’t read the main vol­ume (Books 1–3), it wouldn’t make much sense to you as it is intend­ed as a direct con­tin­u­a­tion of the seri­al.

And since it is not a typ­i­cal romance, I’m not sure it would appeal to romance read­ers. So I treat it as an addon to the main book.

It is also avail­able as sep­a­rate sto­ries (the third is in WIP stage, will be done and out some­where this spring), with the­se cov­ers here:

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The parts can be read sep­a­rate­ly, yet they are inter­con­nect­ed and paint a bet­ter pic­ture as a sequence. Once the whole set is com­bined into a sin­gle vol­ume, it takes the shape of a seri­al nov­el:

Pro­logue: Wel­come to Adult­hood (Episode #1)
Part One: This Lone­ly, Lone­ly Space­man (Episode #2)
Part Two: The Man in a Box (Episode #3)

I’ve been play­ing with some cov­er design today and made a few ver­sions to choose from.

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I asked a cou­ple of friends for their opin­ion and we all came to con­clu­sion that the one on the right does the job pret­ty well, though it needs some tweaks. (No one liked that gag-ball-look­ing huge pink dot. I for­give them. I might even for­give myself for mak­ing that one.)

The tweak I’m talk­ing about was to make a hard choice of which shade of grey (It’s a damned pun already!) to use.

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Again, after a mild dis­cus­sion we all agreed on the cool­er grey tone (right image), though our rea­sons for choos­ing that one var­ied.

So I’m guess­ing I’m set­tled here then. Just some pre­cise text align­ing left to do. 🙂

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What do you guys think about this one? The oth­er ones?

P.S. And thanks, Mom, for spon­sor­ing the acqui­si­tion of the stock pho­to. I think I will nev­er move out of your base­ment, even while liv­ing in my own home now. 🙂

P.P.S. Now, onto that tough draft!

P.P.P.S. I will nev­er quit writ­ing tiny trilo­gies and stuff known as “sto­ry in a sto­ry in a sto­ry”. 😛

P.P.P.P.S. If you like what I do with my cov­ers, I can make a cov­er, ban­ners and what­ev­er for you. I’m Photoshop/Illustartor lit­er­ate. Ask me about it.

Jeno Marz
JENO MARZ is a science fiction writer from Latvia, Northern Europe, with background in electronics engineering and computer science. She is the author of two serial novels, Falaha’s Journey: A Spacegirl’s Account in Three Movements and Falaha’s Journey into Pleasure. Marz is current at work on a new SF trilogy. All her fiction is aimed at an adult audience.

3 Comments

    1. I was think­ing about it.

      I actu­al­ly like the illus­trat­ed cov­er, those are main char­ac­ters I drew. My ini­tial plans for it were com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent: I want­ed a dad and a daugh­ter on the cov­er, going towards a space ship, in grit­ty grey and red col­ors (I still nur­ture the idea, may­be this or next year). I would need some pret­ty good mat­te design and fit­ting pho­to mod­els (humans are too skin­ny!), since I have no means to illus­trate by hand — no tools. It would be quite hard work to do with a mouse and a note­book.

      May­be I’ll have some oth­er idea. 🙂

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