A Dark Fantasy Mermaid Romance (death, magic, mayhem…)

I found a new image that I adore and redid the Shearwater cover (again). Personally I love it, but after posting on Facebook and Twitter a lot of people preferred a version of the original.

This is the one most people liked best.



These are some of the earlier versions.


Someone said the girl in the red dress (on top, my favorite) was not great for the story because it had too much resemblance to Ophelia… but Shakespeare actually compares Ophelia to a mermaid in Hamlet, and I bring up the association by planting in a few dead girls.

I want it to be a beautifully tragic, heartbreaking dark fantasy (and my protagonist has a fear of drowning) so I like the red dress one the best. But I don’t want her to look like a victim… and maybe that’s why people like the pinkish dress one better – it looks like she’s struggling to stay above water; there’s more action.

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  • Reply sherry November 9, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    I LOVE the new cover with the girl in the red dress. It is eye-catching and provocative and fits the genre in my opinion. I like the color schemes too. It makes me want to find out more about it. Which is the book covers main job! 😉

    Best of luck with your novel.

  • Reply Jessi November 28, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I definitely like the one with the red dress better, but at the same time reminds me of the cover of Lady Midnight, for all the underwater thing. If it were my book I would pick the one in the red dress, I look at it and it makes me want to buy it

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