Testing a different cover for Kissing Magic – What do you think?

Let me cut to the chase. I’m testing a different cover for Kissing Magic, and if you answer a poll below, telling me what you think, you’ll be super helpful, I’ll be happy, and you’ll enter to win a $10 gift card!

Now let me explain.

I love the covers for Portals to Whyland. They’re fun, joyful, have cool colors, and portray character progression very well.

The artist is Xilveroxas, and she’s amazing.

Check the covers for the series:

Portals to Whyland

I love the color progression, the details, everything about them.

That said, I was considering a cover for the box set (yes, it’s coming), and thought it would be cool to have a magic kiss. The series has a few magic kisses, especially in books 2 and 3.

So I asked another super talented illustrator, Natalia Sorokina, to do a magic kiss. The result is awesome.

I ended up deciding that it would be better for Kissing Magic.

I think it’s a fun, cover, super pretty, and has a magic kiss. And the colors! 😍

Kissing Magic2 (1)

The only problem is that it might look like romance, and the novel is romantic fantasy, not really romance. It might look like it’s steamy, and it’s not steamy at all. Still, it’s a sweet kiss, right? Another problem is that it doesn’t match the other covers. Still, it shows a progression from the first to the second book. The characters are older now (still teenagers, though).

I might leave this cover for a while, and I might change it permanently. I’ll probably leave the old cover for the paperback, unless people really prefer this cover.

I just loooove illustration, if I could I would have four different versions of each book and plus a bunch of character art! 😂

Either way, this new cover is an amazing illustration, and represents these two characters quite well. I won’t say who they are because if you know you get extra entries. 🤫

What do you think?

Let me know below and enter to win a $10 gift card!

 

So, just to recap, I’ll compare both covers, the old and the new:

Leave your opinion and enter to win a $10 gift-card below: (scroll if you don’t see all the options)

 

 

Thanks! And you can get Kissing Magic on this link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PFFYZF6

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Nancy Salsi

2 weeks ago

Love the colors and the whole artwork. Goes well with the covers you chose for the series. If they read the words on the cover, they’ll realize it’s a fantasy too.

Day Leitao

2 weeks ago

Thanks! That’s lovely feedback.

J

2 weeks ago

Not that the new illustration isn’t nice, but it makes me think of my mom’s Harlequin romances, which I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole, so I would not likely look further to see what it is about if I didn’t know it was your series. The original cover is more eye-catching and invites you to read the description.

Day Leitao

2 weeks ago

Yes, that’s my issue with this lovely illustration. I looked at it and thought it was like romance. I love, appreciate, and respect romance authors and readers, but I don’t read it either. So it’s good food for thought.

Jenny Meganck

2 weeks ago

I really picked the new cover (it’s so beautiful) but it might not show what the series is about as much

Day Leitao

2 weeks ago

Yes. I still love the artwork, though!

Stephanie Lee

2 weeks ago

I like them both! If you’re able to make changes, maybe the new one will look less romance if the characters appeared more in the style of the old cover? Or perhaps they’re not intimately embracing but still reaching for a kiss?

Day Leitao

2 weeks ago

I can’t make any more changes. And yes, I love the artwork but it looks like romance. Maybe one day fantasy covers wil look like that and I’ll be ready.

Shanz

2 weeks ago

the new cover can work as a variant cover like in comics

Day Leitao

2 weeks ago

Yes! Because books have different personalities. Like us with different clothes… Most stores only display one cover, though…

Winter Gage

2 weeks ago

Really love the new art style and I might have to check out this series now. 😉

Day Leitao

2 weeks ago

Awesome. I love it, too. Yes, if you want more grown-up reading you need to start with Kissing Magic. But they’re still teens, with teen problems, teen angst…

Jobelle Estepa

2 weeks ago

I prefer the old cover cause it works with the rest of the books…makes them cohesive

And I agree the “kiss” on the second book does not match the overall theme of the book… it looks like a raunchy romance cover

Day Leitao

2 weeks ago

Haha! Yes, it does. But it’s pretty, right? I think most people prefer the old cover, so I’ll probably go back to that. I’ll use the artwork in the interior and for promo because it’s so pretty.

Marisela Zuniga

2 weeks ago

I really like the new cover, I love the purple and blue background, it really pops out!

Day Leitao

2 weeks ago

Yes. I love the little hints of blue!

Debra Branigan

2 weeks ago

Both covers are nice, but I really like the new version. It’s a bit more “grown up” for me.

Day Leitao

2 weeks ago

Yes, it is more grown up!

Rob Muszalski

2 weeks ago

I like the old one a bit better

Day Leitao

2 weeks ago

Cool. that’s good to know.

Lunnaris

2 weeks ago

I LOVE the new cover but I feel it doesn’t fit at all with the series. They look way too old for the actual characters and it does feel like it’s too romantic more than a fantasy story.

Day Leitao

2 weeks ago

I agree it doesn’t fit that much. I’m not sure if they look too old, though. I think a male teen without a delicate face would look like that. I feel they look right, but it’s a matter of opinion, right? Thanks so much for the comment.

Tabitha Ritchie

2 weeks ago

Very beautiful cover! Love the artist you picked!

Day Leitao

2 weeks ago

Yes. She’ll be doing more covers. Her work is fantastic. I love the other artist, too.

Vicki Wurgler

2 weeks ago

I agree with a previous comment it does look like a Harlequin Romance book, I guess I like the old cover better

Day Leitao

2 weeks ago

Haha

Jeffrey S

2 weeks ago

I love the new artwork.

Day Leitao

2 weeks ago

I love it, too.

Pamella Conilogue

2 weeks ago

I’d go with the 2nd. But add something floating around. Wands, glazing balls, cats, astro signs, crystals, ets. And maybe put them with different clothes. Something needs changed.

Day Leitao

2 weeks ago

I agree. I feel it lacks something magical, right? I feel it’s my fault for not giving references for clothes, and I also should have asked for a background. That way it wouldn’t look like contemporary romance.

Rick Mccabe

2 weeks ago

I myself prefer the cover with the single character.
Like you said it’s not a romance so I like the single person best

Day Leitao

2 weeks ago

Cool, that makes sense!

Jez

2 weeks ago

I can see why you’re feeling torn… that new artwork is gorgeous! I love the new cover, BUT, unfortunately, it really doesn’t fit with the others in the series. 😟 I don’t think I’d make the switch without committing to a series cover overhaul so that everything feels visually cohesive.

As for genre, it reads like Fantasy Romance to me. Though the costuming does read more urban fantasy/contemporary when compared to the previous version.

Day Leitao

2 weeks ago

Great point!

Jenny

2 weeks ago

Having read the entire series I will say that the ages on the new cover are much more appropriate as the current series covers are more younger imo.

But I don’t think the kiss pose conveys the core story at all of the series. I think a more action style pose in that style would be perfect.

Day Leitao

2 weeks ago

I agree the ages are right. And yes, maybe I’ll redo all the covers one day…

Arina Nabais

2 weeks ago

I’d say the 2nd option evokes romance on a grander scale, so if that’s not a message you want to focus on, then maybe the 1st one is better? But I love the new illustration so much! Maybe it could be included as an order gift/incentive or something alike? I love how the entire series looks together!

Day Leitao

2 weeks ago

Yes. Maybe I wanted a beautiful character art and used the cover as an excuse.

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