This is a cover for Melange Books.
I’m really pleased with the overall effect of this cover. Given that my first couple attempts at this cover were… less than fruitful… I had a little more success when the publisher suggested I try looking at Romance Novel Covers for a stock model. (http://www.romancenovelcovers.com/) Since the stock site specializes in romance, it was a bit easier to find a couple t fit the description of the cover. Then I did my usual search through current popular covers in time travel romance, erotica, and romance in general, and got a bit of an idea of a style I wanted to try. I chose texture stock from Dreamstime, played with the coloration (including the dawn-light coloring on the text) and this is the end result. It’s a style I’ll definitely keep in mind for the next cover of this series. 🙂
Stock images from Dreamstime:
Couple stock image from Romance Novel Covers.
Alert to cover designers using stock sites (nothing too horrible, just thought you might want to know):
I try to note any special terms (like number of copies permitted, and what an image can be used for) in my contract. 🙂
Just a heads up, whenever you’re planning on using stock sites, be sure to check their terms, and verify the terms that may be an issue for your work. For example, be warned that some stock sites don’t want their models being used on erotica book covers. You may want to go to a site specifically based on selling romance covers for models in this case. Same goes with “sensitive subjects.”
Either way, it doesn’t hurt to ask, and if you’re using your own photography or collaborating with another artist, premade covers shouldn’t be a problem. 🙂