Voting for Mockup Covers

Throughout February, I created mockup covers for my next book, The House with Two Faces (which I guess I should abbreviate to HTF, like I did with CSM).  For the first few days, I kept adding and changing things, then added and changed more covers.

Here’s what the first poll looked like:

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1, 3, and 4 got the most votes.  A lot of people chose #1, I suppose because of its adherence to the title and its simple vector style which is similar to The Cycle of the Six Moons covers.  But I wanted to make sure that this book has nothing to do with CSM, so I wanted to stray away from that.

I still liked #2, though, mostly because of how it has to do with “magic!” and those who actually read the synopsis made good points about the second cover.

So then, instead of narrowing down the results, I offered a bunch of alternatives.

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In the end, it came down to 3 and 4.

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So I offered even more alternatives by making #1 look more art deco with the corner pieces and the font, and I liked the red I added to her face, so I added that to #2.

BUT IT WAS STILL MISSING THE MAGICAL ASPECT.  So then I did THIS

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And I really liked #3 because of magic and 20s buuuut still, the votes were super close between #1 and #2.

I gathered 357 votes total.

That put #1 at 44%, #2 at 38%, and #3 at 18%.

#1 was preferred by high school and middle school students, as well as girls.

#2 was preferred by people my age and older, as well as boys.

So, in the end, I guess we’re going with this one.

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Which is actually my least favorite cover ’cause I just don’t prefer photographic images of faces on covers 😅

Anyway, this isn’t a “final mockup” cover.  It’s just what I’m going to use when I post the first three chapters on Wattpad so I can get beta readers 🙂

 

The Last Winter Moon Teaser – Blancande

The first audio promotional teaser for The Cycle of the Six Moons:  The Last Winter Moon!  With Kyle Land as Isel Mingon, Steven Kelly as Jayse, and Elissa Park as Dreana.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoCAT9Hsuu8

One of the first lighthearted moments in The Last Winter Moon.  Of course, it’s because Isel Mingon/Mr. Gum/Whatever-His-Name-Is makes a reappearance!

I picked out this scene specifically for Kyle to do.  It was a scene I wanted to do since I held auditions for the character.  The character has two distinct personalities, Isel Mingon–the flamboyantly happy Bubble salesman–and Mr. Gum, a cold, conniving businessman.  (You’ll notice in this scene that Jayse still holds some resentment toward him for what Mr. Gum did to Michelle and Jayse in An Eclipsing Autumn.)  And there’s also a serious-as-hell personality that you see here.

He and Dreana actually know what’s going on behind the scenes, but they’re keeping quiet for Michelle and Jayse so they won’t know how bad things really are.

Kyle was an absolute joy to work with on this scene 😀 I love his energy and interpretation of the lines.

Check out everyone’s links in the video description! 😀

Diagram of the Cycle of the Six Moons

My buddy Tadao–who likes to read what I call “boring books” and from them does “boring writing” (he studies Buddhism, and sure, what he’s told me does sound interesting, but it’s academic so, you know, non-fiction, myeehh, “boring writing”)–planted an idea in my head the other day that I should make a diagram of The Cycle of the Six Moons.

Et voilà!

(All the information below is presented in-story in An Eclipsing Autumn, but you don’t need to have read the second book to understand the information, and there aren’t any spoilers. It’s supplemental material.)

Diagram of the Cycle of the Six Moons

But if you’re more into boring diagrams, here’s a cut-and-dry table.

First Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth
Name The Dark Mist The Famine The Night Devourer The Conquer of Hatred Halting the Passage of Souls The Black Hole
World of Origin Vizon Florrish Dremes Harrt Tyme Starrs
Occurrence once a year every two years every ten years every two hundred years only when the sixth moon is inevitable ???
Duration three days three weeks one week sunrise one month ???
Effect harmless darkness that can’t seep indoors crops wither, fish become scarce, livestock fall ill anyone who falls asleep loses their motivation to live those in regions with a sun and moonrise on opposite horizons go berserk and kill everyone in their path souls cannot pass on to Tyme eventually, all souls will cease to exist

Decorated License Plate

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What better way to promote your book than to drive around town with your own personalized, flashy license plate frame.

Seriously, though, I don’t know how effective this is going to be, but it’s better than showing off the dealership :’D

I primed the old frame, spray-painted it black, printed out “Adelle Yeung” and “The Cycle of the Six Moons” on a black background, cut that out, glued it in place, went crazy with stickers, and sealed it all in with triple-thick glaze.  Let’s see how it holds up to the weather 😀