5/23/12

Goddess Lounge Covers: Help Me Choose

Ok, friends, I need your help again.  I have three cover designs for my novel, The Goddess Lounge. Can you take a minute to do the poll at the top right so I can see which cover seems to have the most impact.  The poll is open until Wed. May 30 at 10:00 AM.




Here's a blurb for the book, if that helps: Penne Armour just wants to be a good mother, but with a mean-girl daughter and a bevy of goddess worshippers telling her that Venus, the Roman goddess of love, is her inner goddess, that is no easy task.  It gets even harder when the LA mom's search for her missing, soon-to-be ex-husband turns into a wild odyssey filled with modern-day monsters and religious crusaders, love-sick dogs, an ocean of traffic, a river of longing, and maybe--with a little divine intervention--a chance at love.  A comic, gender-twisting riff on Homer’s Odyssey, The Goddess Lounge explores the bonds of motherhood, love, and the tension between self-sacrifice and personal happiness. It asks the eternal question: why be a hero when you can be a goddess? 

PS: I do want to give props to my brilliant friend Paula Johnson. She read an early draft of the novel and we both scoured stock photography catalogs for images and inspiration.  Her first book cover design was for "Christmas in Hell," a holiday humor book by Michael Lent.  She has since designed covers for a series of textbooks, a romance ebook, a golf memoir, and a travel guide to London. You can see her work at her websitehttp://www.paulaljohnson.com. 

You can see a sample of her work here:
http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Hell-Holiday-Letters-People/dp/1419618466


29 comments:

Olga said...

I can't wait for this to come out.
Last Friday, I met an artist whose work includes a number of goddess paintings--traditional looking goddesses in contemporary settings. I thought of you.

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Rois said...

I voted for the 3rd choice because of the green growing things.That's the urban farmer in me and the idea that green represents growth and change.

Can't wait to read your book.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Cruel you. All have their merits.

Unknown said...

I vote for the goddess with the spring headdress of greenery.

Ms M said...

Sounds like a good read! And fun to help you with the cover art.

altadenahiker said...

Based on your blog, which brings a goddess into our daily lives -- which I think is utterly brilliant -- I would have a very modern woman in a casual conversation with a goddess sculpture.

Petrea Burchard said...

This is tough! I love the second two choices. I think I'll pick the dog. Or maybe the goddess statue. Not sure. I like dogs AND goddesses.

Alison said...

I went for the dog!
Alison xx

Shell Sherree said...

I wanted to go for the dog! But I've gone for number 3 - not sure why. Perhaps because it gives me the impression of a statue coming to life. You have talented friends!

Beverly Diehl said...

Kind of liked the first - the dog is cute, but doesn't suggest (to me) the subject of the book. Love #3, it's a mix of ancient (statue head) and modern/growing.

Good luck with this project - and yes, Paula rocks!

Karen said...

I choose number three!

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Look at you getting all blog-fancy with the voting tools. I voted for head. 'Nuf said. ;o)

JenniferT said...

Repeating my FB vote -- all the way with #3. Visually appealing, most distinctive - just enough humor with the quote bubble!

Margaret said...

I have to say, this awfully fun. Thanks to all who have voted so far.

Susan Campisi said...

This is tough! I voted for the bust but I may come back and change my vote.

TheChieftess said...

I really like the concept of number one but something's missing...I like the idea of the statue and a modern woman in conversation...when I first logged on to your site, I was scrolling down to the last post I'd read and my landed on number 3...my immediate pick without reading the text of the post yet!

Doreen Chen said...

For me, #1 reflects/promises a more campy, fun, modern romantic story... however, I like the look of #3, too. Looking forward to reading your book!

... daisy... said...

Mmmm... I don't know... I love all three of them, but if I have to choose, I'd say the last one. I like the idea of the goddess saying "a novel" :-DDD
Can't wait!!!!

... daisy... said...

I pinned the contest! ;-) I will tumblr it and googl+ it as well! :-DDD

Petrea Burchard said...

daisy that's brilliant. I'm going to pin it, too.

... daisy... said...

Petrea! I sometimes pin your beautiful pictures too! OF COURSE I always put your copyright and your blog! :-)

TheChieftess said...

Ok...I'm techno-clueless...
What the heck does it mean to pin the contest or a photo???

... daisy... said...

@TheChieftess pinterest is a social media (network) a bit like Tumblr... here my address: http://pinterest.com/katieandthemoon/ so you can have a look and see if you like it bc want to join! :-)

Bec said...

I like the third one :)

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you, daisy! I think the copyright/link comes automatically (I think Pinterest had to include something like that legally). I'm going to go follow you on Pinterest. We can all follow each other.

Margaret's Goddess League.

Petrea Burchard said...

Here's mine:
http://pinterest.com/petreaburchard/

Margaret's:
http://pinterest.com/margfinnegan/

Do you still need an invitation to join? I don't know if you want one, Chieftess, but I'll send you one and you can take a look and see if Pinterest interests.

TheChieftess said...

I think I'll stick with Facebook!!! I've got too many things to follow!!!

... daisy... said...

Petrea! I'm following you now too! :-) Soooooo... it's a bit like Dumbledore's army? The Goddess League? I love it! ;-)))