Here are the old and new front covers for The Maker’s Mask and The Hawkwood War and the new back covers for both. Click to embiggen or view as a gallery.
I wanted the new blue covers to give a clearer ‘this is SF’ message, and also to have a fighting chance of being comprehensible when squished down to a tiny pixelblot on ebook stores.
This was partly prompted by looking at the covers on The Galaxy Express, which has been my go-to source for SF romance to read. I wish I could find more. ‘Love and spaceships’ is what my brain defaults to producing for my amusement whenever I’m not using it for anything else, and SF romance feels like it ought to be my home.
Unfortunately, I’ve had a relatively poor strike rate, and it’s not due to the quality of the books I’ve been reading; the problem is that a lot of SF romances seem to be running the same basic id-engine of ‘Powerful warrior captures and is captivated by woman and will not rest until he has won her’, possibly with a side order of ‘we are fated to be mates because pheromones’ and even the best-written book along those lines just doesn’t ring my bells. I’m also not particularly struck on anything involving the characters getting tortured when I’ve only just met them, plots revolving around pregnancy or babies, blatant real-world political grandstanding or anything at all to do with zombies.
Again, I’m not bashing the genre I write in, just bemoaning my hapless inability to find books on an Internet that’s full of them. Some of the things I do like are witty dialogue, ship crew dynamics, strong female friendships, LGBT characters, lots of description of whatever world the author has kindly built for me, and empire-spanning soap opera. If you can think of anything to recommend along those lines, I will be very grateful.