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Well, until I’m published…

…and my publishers choose some god-awful cover for my books that make my readers want to rip the covers off, I’ve discovered a new game!

I’m a member of deviantart.com, and while I was browsing other artist’s collections and galleries, I thought: I wonder what a good cover for my books-in-progress would look like? So I started looking for that perfect illustration among the many talented artists of deviantart.

First, for my two book YA series, I found these:

the_stairs_by_jakatta1008

http://jakatta1008.deviantart.com/art/The-Stairs-101484373

It’s not perfect, because of the girl’s dress, but otherwise I really like it.

And for the sequel, I found these two:

girl_with_a_lantern_by_pastoral_insanity

http://pastoral-insanity.deviantart.com/art/Girl-with-a-Lantern-41365151

donning_the_mask_v2_by_darkmaidenofsorrow

http://darkmaidenofsorrow.deviantart.com/art/Donning-the-Mask-v2-42523498

Again, clothing not quite right, and Jossa, my heroine doesn’t have red hair – but the atmosphere is spot-on.

And for the book for which I’m currently writing chapters and posting to goodreads.com, I did find a few. It’s surprisingly hard to find a ‘goddess-type’ girl with red hair in an ancient Roman stola who looks conflicted about her powers, not merely murderous! Also not topless, or completely nude, but for a bit of artfully draped silk. Arassa is not a girl to rule a kingdom while dropping bits of her clothing through the throne room!

douleur____by_kor_malkor

http://kor-malkor.deviantart.com/art/Douleur-52914177

I like this one, but I’m not sure why my heroine Arassa would be so intently staring into a vase. But she does look like she’s struggling with a weighty decision, and though the clothing is a bit skimpy, at least she’s not full-on topless like so many of the deviantart goddesses are!

cassandra_by_michaelo

http://michaelo.deviantart.com/art/Cassandra-34410069

Part of the action in Arassa’s story does happen on a ship, and while I do like her hair and the torn tunic,  I’m pretty sure that Arassa won’t be walking a plank.

goddess_of_the_sky_by_ragnarokfo

http://ragnarokfo.deviantart.com/art/Goddess-of-the-Sky-94967988

So that makes this last piece of illustration the winner to date. Good hair, good costume, suitable conflict and drama…it only lacks a battlefield below the cliff she’s standing on.

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