Which do you prefer?
Progress continues with my upcoming release, Bear of the Midnight Sun. I hired a graphic designer for the cover--I wrote about that disappointing experience last week--and received a cover that's OK. I used part of his design to create my own front cover. You can decide which is his and which is mine. Ultimately, it doesn't matter.
What I would like your opinion about, however, is which of the two cover options you prefer. I'm calling them "with the beard" and "without the beard." Leave a comment to indicate your preference.
So, about the book ...
I'm taking a break from fantasy romance to wade back into paranormal romance. This book continues the series begun with The Barbary Lion and its sequel Tiger in the Snow. You'll see the theme in cover design.
As consistent with the trope, our hero is an immortal shifter, a polar bear. He's older than Dmitry and younger than Atlas. Also consistent, he's looking for his mate. In an original twist upon the usual grab-and-bag scenario of shifter males finding and claiming their mates, Sindre finds his soulmate as a fellow guest in a talk show studio in Las Vegas.
It's Vegas, baby. Anything goes!
Unlike Atlas Leonidus, Sindre doesn't mean to be an overbearing jerk. Just like Atlas, he can't really help it. Miranda, our heroine, finds herself overwhelmed by this big, virile man and the powerful bear he unleashes within her.
This adventure takes our hero and heroine from the bright, garish lights of Las Vegas, NV to the frigid arctic to the steamy heat of Kenya. We reacquaint ourselves with Atlas and Chloe, who hasn't quite tamed the old lion. Be prepared for marital advice from the Barbary lion: hey, he said it, not I. I heard his voice clear as day when that scene flowed onto the page.
Beginning October 1, my Book of the Month promotion will be the first two books in the series: The Immortal Shifter Duet which contains both books. Bear of the Midnight Sun is scheduled for release on October 31 and will be November's book of the month.
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9/26/2018 07:11:38 am
I definitely prefer the guy with the beard, Holly. He looks much more "bearish".
9/26/2018 02:06:55 pm
Sindre really wants whats best for his mate. He just steamrolls over any objections to make sure what he wants happens. I guess when you're that old, you can do pretty much whatever you want--the only restraint is self-restraint.
9/26/2018 10:30:19 am
I'm the opposite - I like clean shaven. Not a fan of beards.
9/26/2018 02:07:52 pm
The bear is more "bearish," but the character has only the popular, light coating of scruff or is clean shaven for most of the book.
9/26/2018 04:11:58 pm
Ah, another beard fancier. ;-)
9/26/2018 04:39:21 pm
I like the beard cover, not because of the beard (I don't particularly like it) but because in it the pose seemed to project the characters you described and their relationship. It projected he's wooing her, whereas the non-beard seemed to be a dominator.
9/28/2018 10:46:22 am
Good point and interesting insight. Sindre, however, doesn't do a whole lot of wooing; he's an alpha male through and through. What I like about him is that he's strong enough to allow his mate to be strong, too, while still being protective and caring.
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