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How davyne started their book cover journey
Skeletons in the Closet
Davyne DeSye has traveled the world and has lived in Germany, Bolivia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Japan, Korea and Mexico (and has visited plenty of others). She now writes from a cozy spot nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains in beautiful Colorado, USA.
Her novels, For Love of the Phantom, and Skeletons in the Closet, are sequels to Gaston Leroux's Phantom of the Opera. Book 3 in her Phantom Rising series, Phantom Rising, will soon be released. Soap Bubble Dreams and Other Distortions is an anthology of her short science fiction, and Carapace is her first science fiction novel.
Twenty years after the Phantom of the Opera has vacated the Paris Opera House, his past catches up with him, endangering not only his own life, but that of his wife and son. The Sultana of Mazenderan – whom Erik last saw as a ten-year-old girl – wants Erik to commit foul deeds for her (again) and will not take no for an answer.
After the Sultana kidnaps Erik’s wife to ensure his performance and Erik is injured, he is forced to seek out help. Erik’s son leaves his true love to come to Erik’s aid. Will Erik be able to rescue his beloved and protect his son without having to perform the wretched deeds, or will he be forced to commit evil acts to save the ones he loves?
People who are fans of Phantom of the Opera, readers of historical romance and readers of romantic adventure.
A little spooky... realistic/photographic (not drawn).
Realistic/photographic(not drawn). I also like the simplicity.
What colors do you want to see in your design?
I am looking for a simple but rich/lush cover for this historical romance/adventure story. This is book 2 in a series and I would like this cover to match the cover in book 1 in some way -- it can match just the color scheme, or the font, or the tone. While I want the two covers to be different from one another, I would like when they are side by side for them to have some similarity of some kind so that it looks like a series. I am attaching a copy of the cover to book 1. I am also attaching a copy of the current cover to Skeletons in the Closet just to give you an idea of what I liked. However the current cover looks too much like a horror novel (rather than a romance), which is why I am here looking for a new cover! If possible, since one of the major (evil) characters is a Sultana in ancient Persia, I like the idea of veiled eyes being part of the cover. If at all possible, the Sultana's eyes are amber or golden brown (very light brown). (The eyes of the woman on the current cover are a very good example.) I would like the cover to give some idea of romance but I don't mind if it is also somewhat dark. Also, I would like the series title "Phantom Rising Book #2" somewhere on the cover. Finally, I would like the title bigger than the author name.
What to avoid
Please do not put a skeleton on the cover! Also, please do NOT take anything from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera --
no images, not the same mask (if you have a mask at all). I do not want to be sued for copyright infringement. Finally, while it will not automatically disqualify your cover, I suggest staying away from including a full face of anyone. I pay strong attention to my polls and in the past, any cover with a full face of a character on the cover tends to do poorly in the voting. I believe this is because everyone has different ideas about what is beautiful or handsome and/or whether or not the person on the cover "looks" like the character in the book.
This is the cover from book 1 in the series. I would like the cover for Skeletons in the Closet to "match" this in some way.
This is the current cover for Skeletons in the Closet. This looks to much like horror, but I do like the Sultana's eyes.