Some of you have read my recent free story Into Deep Waters. Right now it has the generic cover for the Love is Always Write event of the M/M Romance Group on Goodreads, for which it was written. As more and more wonderful stories are being released there, it's getting confusing, since the same cover is used for all 140+ stories. So even though I like the group design, I wanted a separate and specific cover, particularly since I hope eventually to make this story available from other book sites. The photo for which the story was written is not public domain and I haven't been able to track down who has the rights. I needed a different cover image, but the inexpensive stock photo sites didn't turn up anything similar so...
Enny Kraft, who generously gave me a free cover for my story Within Reach, made me a bunch of possible covers. They were all great and I simply couldn't decide on one. So I thought it would be fun to let you all have a look and vote on them.
I've numbered the covers 1-5. (BTW, if you see an odd swirl or circle on a picture - that is a watermark that will be removed when we actually buy the picture for final use. Watermarked free pictures let artists try out different stock photos before paying for their final choices.) Please leave me a comment with the number of your top choice for this story, and any comments or suggestions you have. On Monday the 28th I'll tally up the votes and see where we stand. Which of these covers would make you pick up this book, and would fit the story you'll find inside? You tell me.
So what do you think? # 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5? I hope you had fun admiring Enny's beautiful work and choosing a favorite.
***new question*** I love the rings on the covers, but then I know how the story plays out. The prompt will be at the front but... were any of you in doubt about the ending? Are the rings giving too much away for someone who hasn't read this? I love the look, but don't want to be too spoilery.