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.
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:
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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.
I love it!
Nothing more to say. It looks great!
Have you considered revamping the Trilogy’s cover to have the same overall style as this one? … just wondering…
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. 🙂