“Naked Alliances” is softcore crime NOT hardcore crime. I recently went through the process of narrowing down covers.
When I first sent out the brief requesting cover designers, I gave the Title of the contest:
Florida Regional Crime Fiction With Humorous Undertones
I was immediately slammed with hardcore, gritty covers. Dozens of them. And designers had a hard time wrapping their heads around “crime with subtle humor”. It was the hint of humor they all missed the point on.
After the first elimination round, I finally got designers focused on humor, but most went overboard into what appeared more like cartoonish children’s books. It is strictly an adult themed book, with violence and nudity. The subtle humor, even some of the silliness, is aimed at adults.
Before you choose a cover between the first poll winner and the runner up, I will tell a little about the story so you have some context. One of the protagonists is an exotic dancer who used to be an E.O.D. Specialist in the Army (explosive ordinance disposal). The story involves the other protagonist, the private investigator becoming foster dad to a young girl on the run, recruiting the exotic dancer as babysitter and hiding them in a nudist resort.
Now that you have a little background, pick a cover that you feel best offers hints at subtle humor and will catch your eye in a thumbnail on Amazon or draw you to read the blurb.
I need your vote! Make sure to star both covers, so your vote counts as like and disliked.
These are the winner and the runner up of the fist poll.
Thank you all for your participation!
Please vote again, even if you already voted in the larger poll.
Here’s the LInk! https://99designs.com/book-cover-design/vote-bmffnd