Dissecting a Book Cover (SFR Brigade Showcase)

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A New-Born Book

I have a new science fiction romance coming available around the end of October, and I’m particularly happy with it. I enjoy stories with action and the stirrings of love and, especially, with characters who have psychological depth.

Before you scream in horror at the thought of a boring literary character study, my main character, Jo Beaverpaw, is a Native American super-heroine in the making.  She’s similar to Schwartzenegger’s character in The Terminator: an assassin from the future with superior speed, coordination, and healing power.

There’s one tiny difference. Jo is a petite female who knows how to kill but yearns to learn how to love and become human.

Dissecting Newborn’s Cover, Part One

Before showing you the full cover, I’m going to highlight certain features. Here’s the first element:


AC for Idiots thumbnailThumbnail--Alien Contact for Kid Sisters_5The book’s title, Newborn, is set against a science-fictiony background. Although it’s a standalone book, this is the third tome set in my near-future Alien Contact for Idiots universe. The others are Alien Contact for Idiots and Alien Contact for Kid Sisters. Both use the sunrise over Earth graphic, so the cover hints that Newborn is part of the series.

Dissecting Newborn’s Cover, Part Two

A small element on the cover hints at something important about the book.newborn-cover-a

At left is a Northwest Coast Indian representation of a salmon leaping upstream. Jo Beaverpaw’s people are Native Americans from an alternate reality who’ve used advanced technology to settle on our Earth.

I’d be wary of using a real Kwakiutl as a main character, but I’m familiar enough with the tribe to make a semi-intelligent guess what they might be like in the alternate history I constructed.

In Newborn, I also explore the effect on our reality’s downtrodden natives when their relatives are suddenly the most advanced people on Earth. I had fun with that!

Dissecting Newborn’s Cover, Part Three

newborn-coverbaThe main cover element shows Jo curled in a fetal position inside a cosmic egg. Jo is born in a forest clearing fully grown, well-armed, and eager to tackle her Destiny — to kill her alien nation’s most-wanted fugitive.

That’s a tricky theme to capture in an image, but cover artist Danielle Fine did a superb job.

Cover Reveal

Finally, here is the complete cover.


Interested in reviewing an advanced release copy of Newborn?

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