Last but not least…

The Beast Series has a new cover (finally)! This one was really difficult to do, partly because the story is so close to my heart, and partly because it has been done so many times, it’s almost impossible to make it look original. I must have done at least 15 different versions of the cover before I got to this one, and all of them made me want to throw my brand new laptop against the wall. Hard.

So here’s what I finally came up with. It has elements of every Beauty and the Beast story on it, because that’s what it is, but I’m hoping I made one of those elements just unique enough to make it stand out. The tarot cards that play such a huge role in the story had to be included in some fashion, and three of the versions I attempted had them on the cover in different ways. I ultimately discarded them because, while they made amazingly stunning pictures, capturing particular scenes like a movie still, there was no way for me to add the book title and author name without completely ruining the effect.

This was my compromise: me going back to what feels natural to me, which is “less is more.” I didn’t want an overly elaborate scene, I wanted a visually striking representation of the story itself. I also wanted something stylistically similar to The Rebel Court series cover, since they both fall under similar genres, but not identical, because there are significant differences between the two series. Do you think I accomplished all that?

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The Beast (complete series)

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This will be the cover printed on the new IngramSpark paperback edition, which I still need to put together. It’s also been replaced on the eBook versions for the box set edition (although I goofed up on the file upload for KDP and need to fix it tomorrow).

The individual novella covers will remain the same for the time being. I’m not really sure what to do with them, to be honest. I don’t want to keep changing covers just for the sake of change. This one was necessary for the print edition, but the others are not, so they might stick around for a while longer. 🙂

And this, I do believe, concludes the cover redesign part of my very long journey to IngramSpark. It’s been fun, it’s been frustrating, it’s been ton of work, and it’s not entirely finished yet (still have to do the interior formatting for this book).

Until next time!

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