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Flight of the Tarantula Hawk
by Michael Allan Scott

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On the IndieReader Best Book list and featured on NBC's Daytime Show, the second book in the Lance Underphal Mystery series is part of a new breed of supernatural thrillers which can be read and enjoyed in any order. Dark, different, featuring a damaged psychic, this is one of those disturbing novels that keeps you guessing.

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Opinion on a PNR Cover
« on: May 03, 2017, 05:21:09 PM »
Hi, if this is in the wrong forum, sorry!

Could I get some feedback on this paranormal romance cover? I would prefer a premade but that's not possible at the moment.  Any feedback on fonts or composition? Is the genre and story clear enough?

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Re: Opinion on a PNR Cover
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2017, 06:29:53 PM »
I think it's pretty clear it's a romance, but the PNR isn't coming across. I would say it was a billionaire bad boy book. Can you apply a cooling filter over the entire image? Push it more towards the blue, and then use a contrasting red for the text? I think the title could use some visual interest too. It seems a bit plain.

Edit: Here's my five minute lazy tweak:



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Re: Opinion on a PNR Cover
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2017, 06:53:30 PM »
Definitely agree with the above poster. It looks like a bad boy billionaire novel, and it doesn't look to me like some PNR novel at all.

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Re: Opinion on a PNR Cover
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2017, 09:13:54 PM »
I think it's pretty clear it's a romance, but the PNR isn't coming across. I would say it was a billionaire bad boy book. Can you apply a cooling filter over the entire image? Push it more towards the blue, and then use a contrasting red for the text? I think the title could use some visual interest too. It seems a bit plain.

Edit: Here's my five minute lazy tweak:



Thanks, Plumstead! That's a seriously great tweak. It's funny I did have a blue filter on it, far too conservative I guess. I'll play with it. Or I might bite the bullet on a premade, even for a freebie novella. 






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Re: Opinion on a PNR Cover
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2017, 09:17:58 PM »
The color change helps, but I'd still want to see the paranormal part in there somewhere. Vampire teeth, shifter, magic glowy something or another, etc.

That being said, a lot of the top vampire books don't have much in the way of obvious paranormal going on : https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Books-Vampire-Romances/zgbs/books/16399311

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Re: Opinion on a PNR Cover
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2017, 09:21:19 PM »
Yeah, definite billionaire vibe but no PNR except in the title.  Is there a different couple picture you could use?  Is the paranormal aspect strictly vampire (her? him?) or is there another element you could accentuate here?

Hey, perhaps a glow in her bracelet that signals when a vampire comes near her - total spitball here.

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Re: Opinion on a PNR Cover
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2017, 09:47:48 PM »
I'd add some shadowy trees in the background, and change the title font. Vampire books tend to have swirly things around the title (see https://www.amazon.com/Shade-Vampire-42-Gift-Three-ebook/dp/B06XJD1SZD/ for an example.)

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Re: Opinion on a PNR Cover
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2017, 10:07:16 PM »
Ack, billionaires!  :)  Not for this book, for sure. The covers for that category on Amazon are kinda all over the place but this is for Instafreebies, so... hmm, weighing some premade options right now.






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Re: Opinion on a PNR Cover
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2017, 10:35:48 PM »
I like Plumstead's changes, but I would also like to see something in the picture that says vampire more.

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Re: Opinion on a PNR Cover
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2017, 11:17:13 PM »
I don't think you need to be too overt with vampire teeth or blood, but glowy things and swirly things would make it much more paranormal looking.

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Re: Opinion on a PNR Cover
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2017, 12:52:50 AM »
The color change helps, but I'd still want to see the paranormal part in there somewhere. Vampire teeth, shifter, magic glowy something or another, etc.

That being said, a lot of the top vampire books don't have much in the way of obvious paranormal going on : https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Books-Vampire-Romances/zgbs/books/16399311

I clicked on that list and the no.1 book is called A Baby for the Alien Prince, with a blue man and a heavily pregnant woman. WEIRD for vampire fiction!