I’ve actually had this cover for a few weeks, but didn’t want to step on the release of Beyond the Dreams We Know.
But hey! It is now July. Bar a few typos I haven’t got around to fixing yet, the collection is ready to go. Thanks to everyone who looked the manuscript over. It makes a big difference, it really does. I will never be used to how many typos I overlook even after going over something repeatedly.
So, the cover, three different versions. The first is the original draft, no lettering or anything.
The second is the finished draft, not for the ebook version of Stories III but for the paper edition of Stories III and IV, which I hope will come out next year. That is not a promise. The 4th novel, Copper Mountain, should come out before Stories IV, but only fifty pages or so of Copper Mountain are written; and none of the stories for Stories IV are even vaguely on my radar at this point. So we’ll see.
The third image below is the ebook cover, which of course loses the “back cover” and “spine” components of the full-sized cover.
The car that exists in the story is not, at this moment, red. But hey, I can very easily go back to that story and make it red, especially since I believe it is colorless at this time. I think I will do that, even though artistic license means I don’t believe it really matters whether the detail of the car’s color matches. Obviously the point of putting a red car on the cover is to make the cover pop, especially in the tiny images you see on your phone. I should really have anticipated Aidanna at WillowRaven making the car red.
Also, in the story the cemetery is more neatly tended, much less haunted-looking. Naturally when I said “an abandoned car in a cemetery at midnight,” Aidanna thought of a haunted, spooky type of cemetery. No problem — again, I don’t think it matters, but I can always give the cemetery a slightly more eerie section before calling the story finished.