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Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for A SOLDIER AND A LIAR

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Good morning, Swooners! We've got something super-special-awesome to hopefully help you survive the remainder of the week: it's time to vote on the cover for Caitlin Lochner's debut novel, the recently renamed A Soldier and A Liar! We're stoked to share the three cover options with you, but before you dive in here's a refresher on what this book's all about: 

Lai Cathwell is good at keeping secrets. As a Nyte, a supernaturally gifted teenager who is feared and shunned by the ungifted, this skill is essential to survival. Pretending to be cursed to escape military duty has only honed her skills. But when rebel Nytes start attacking the city, Lai is dragged back into the fight with a new team of Nytes.

Thrown together with Jay, a self-conscious perfectionist obsessed with being accepted; Al, a short-tempered fighter lying for the sake of revenge; and Erik, an amnesiac hell-bent on finding his memories and his place in the world, Lai realizes she’s facing an entirely different kind of challenge, one that might just be impossible. But if this team can't learn to work together, she knows the entire city will be plunged into war.

Swoon designer Katie K. tackled this one, and she has dreamed up three shiny cover directions for you to choose from. Remember, the below images aren't necessarily final. These are just directions, so there will probably be some tweaks made before the book hits the shelves. (Want to see how a cover goes from concept to final? Click here.)

To view enlarged images, right click the image to view it in a new tab. Cover voting will close at noon EST on Thursday, May 3.


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Starry Silhouette Cover

I love the idea of Lai being obscured by darkness (since so many of her missions involve her sneaking off into the night), adding to her mystery. Jay's ability to sense the emotions of those around him in the form of colorful auras, stir up wonderful visuals like the sky here, filled with a range of color. For final: We'd refine the type, and mask out the kitten on the model's shirt (unless you guys are into it?).


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Crescent Light Cover

This cover hints at both the dome that encloses the city, and Lai's seemingly solitary nature. This cover just feels like she's heading into battle... or interrogation... For final: We'd refine the figure and shadow, and finesse the type.



Fierce Cover

I liked the way this image felt, and having her obscured by the title type helped in hinting that she's hiding something. Her gaze is also fierce as heck. For final: We'd finalize the type, and integrate Lai into that grungy metal background seamlessly.

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