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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Echoes of the Dark Cover


I like the colors very much, the Ship should be more like a pirate ship, a galleon, but, hey, artistic license. I am not too fond of the figure because she doesn't seem like a mature woman to me...and I'd really like more of a face...but picky, picky, picky.

What do you think.

May your sweet imaginings come true today.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A reader
... welllll .. she could be on her way to the shore in a little boat, since the big ones cannot get too close.
I like the color, but the figure looks like a rather undernourished child (boy? girl?)in pyjamas! and sorry to say the artist does not seem to have got the correct proportion for the right arm and it looks like a fork. I am sorry I cannot be more complementary, but between the re-used title and this the publishers are not doing you a favor.
However all your readers know that the content will be great! Looking forward to reading it!

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She does look a little small, but perhaps it's the large shirt. I used to buy books by the cover, but now that I'm addicted to your books (and have been for many years) no matter the picture, it's a must have.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Janice said...

Hi Robin,

I came over from Diva.

I can't tell much from that angle, and with the shirt she could be anything from twelve to twenty to me.

As for the boat it does look small and narrow. But it is a nice cover, and it has your bird and winged horse with the tail.


12:11 AM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

Thanks, folks. I've been dubious but my critique group loved it. One of the problems is that I have an image of Jikata in my head and this just didn't fit, so it was a shock. I don't think of her as voluptuous, but definitely womanly.

The big ship won't be able to get close, so they'll be flying on the volarans. No scruffy little boat anywhere.

Thanks again,

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I guess they couldn't have her standing on water while they attack the Dark and I am guessing that she doesn't get to fly on one of the Volarians.

The texture of the frock picks up the texture of the medical frocks that the twins wore, so some nice symetry (sp) there. And she appears to wear it in the fashion that Bri started.

When do we get the book? (whining happening here)


2:53 PM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

I am still WRITING the book, and yes she gets a volaran, she is really the key to the last spell.

Book will be out in January, due in July, and I will probably be doing some ARCs.


3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

forgive a silly question, but you keep referring to the book with the title ECHOES **OF THE** DARK and the new cover says **IN THE**.
everything ok there?

7:22 PM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

Anon. Another duh moment. It is Echoes IN the Dark. The cover is always right. I have just had a hard time with the title (though I know how I'll use it). This was made worse because I usually title my chapters with initials and I switched from SFAW to EOTH so I got that in my head. So I'll have to start the next chapter file EITH...


8:28 PM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

Oh, and NOT a stupid question. Titles are important.

I really don't consider any question stupid...

8:29 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Very excited to see a cover! But...I don't know that I like it, myself. The background is beautiful, and for the final installment I think it speaks grandly of the climactic moment. It's the girl that seems out of place, both in the picture and when set beside the rest of the women (love that about your blog bar, btw). I may get a different sense when it's a physical object, though.

And I've been bummed about the title ever since I heard it was changed. :( Singer For A World was a little unwieldy, perhaps, but it fit with the rest of the series. Sigh.

On the other hand, I suppose the title fits the final story. And the colors are wonderfully symbolic of life-light and death-dark. Everyone else is right, too. No matter the cover, the story will be awesome!

2:23 PM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

Thanks Holly. I DO appreciate all the comments. The colors are pretty.


9:26 AM  
Blogger ashaina said...

Hi ^^
(firstly, sorry for my english, I'm french, and it is not perfect)
When I see the cover, I first love je colors : blue, red and yellow are really nice together, giving intensity to the book.
But I'm agree with other comments saying there is something wrong whith the lady. I think it's both because of the face who are not completly drawn and maybe also because of the closes (something wrong with the movment, or maybe because it's too big regarding the size of the girl).
For the boat, it don't seems a probleme for me. After, it's depending of what you want to show and what you have on your mind ^_^
But I'm really happy to see there is others stories coming soon from the world of Lladrana. I really love your stories, and don't matter the cover ;)


5:35 AM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

Marie, Thank you for coming and commenting! You did VERY well.

8:31 PM  
Blogger ashaina said...

thank's ^^

now, I hope to see soonly the 4th one arriving in french.
I arrive quite well to read your stories in english, but it's so more spicy in my mother langage ^^

5:00 AM  

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