Banshee Charmer, by Tiffany Allee (From the Files of the Otherworld Enforcement Agency)
From the Amazon descriptions:
“When she’s sent to a crime scene and finds her second dead woman in as many weeks, half-banshee detective Kiera “Mac” McLoughlin is convinced a serial killer is on the loose. Incubi are extinct, her boss insists. But what else can kill a woman in the throes of pleasure? When her partner is murdered after using witchcraft to locate the killer and Mac is thrown off the case, her frustration turns to desperation.
Certain the killer is an incubus, Mac works behind her department’s back to chase down slim, sometimes perilous leads. While the killer eludes her, she does discover handsome Aidan Byrne, an investigative counterpart from the enigmatic Otherworld Enforcement Agency. Mac typically runs her investigations fast and hard, but with Aidan at her side, she’s running this one “hot” as well. But Aiden knows more than he’s letting on—something that could shatter their blazing romance and add Mac to the killer’s growing body count…”
YOU GUYS! I am SO excited about these! These are the first of the covers I’ve designed for the powerhouse that is Entangled Publishing. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be a part of this amazing team! Truly! If you’re a writer of Romance things, please, please consider submitting your work to them. They. Are. Amazing!
I spent many many many straight hours working on these, but I think the dedication has paid off. These three covers are proof positive that, yes, I AM a professional and just as good at what I do as others in the industry. It’s a big validation for me, but, moreover, they are lovely covers. And, really, that’s why I do what I do. Beautiful covers are SO important and really make all the difference in whether or not someone decides to pick up a book or not. Beautiful design is a REQUIREMENT. I love authors and I love good design. Badly dressed books make me sad.
To that end, I think I was successful with these three. These have good genre markers (they’re clearly Romance by the shirtless dudes and the dark shadows give a definite indication that they are paranormal/detective stories) and are most definitely series consistent. Each one has a slightly different color cast to differentiate one book from another, but the placement of the image elements are the same, as well as standardization of the font choices and placement. If you’re doing a series of books, that second thing is pretty vital. While there is a teensy bit of wiggle room on placement, the fonts are not negotiable.
I can’t say as there was a ton of difference for me in working with a publisher versus working with an independent author. The biggest thing would have to be that there are more levels of approval required (and thus more people to make changes) to finalize the project. Any client I work with expects solid work from me, authors and publishers alike, so I wasn’t surprised by the amount of tweaking I had to do to get these up to snuff. No, really. Not surprised at all. No one gets it 100% right the first time. There are ALWAYS changes. Always.
There is one more forthcoming in this series, but I have zero information on when that will be or anything about it. Also, I have one more cover for Entangled that has yet to be released, but will likely drop this month also.
Comments always welcome!