Playing around with covers – The Ruon Chronicles and Forgotten

I’ve been playing around with possible ebook covers for The Knowledge Stones, Grove of Graves, and Forgotten on Canva. Not just as a procrastination tactic, but also because I actually need some covers for when I publish the full stories. (We’ve been so busy at work that I’ve spent some evenings rather working on covers and stuff than trying to force fiction from my brain after already writing the whole day.)

While Forgotten is a stand-alone short story (thus far it’s behaving itself and not turning into a novella), both The Knowledge Stones and Grove of Graves form part of The Ruon Chronicles. Also, The Knowledge Stones actually takes place before Grove of Graves, although the latter was written first. I am therefore planning to re-edit Grove of Graves and then publish that along with The Knowledge Stones in July.

But back to the covers

I’ve kept the wreckage for the cover of Forgotten, although I got a picture where there’s no one on the plane, which helps as the protagonist is supposed to only be twelve. Here is the cover as it stands at the moment:


As for the The Ruon Chronicles stories, I’ve opted to keep it simple rather than try to use too many images all at once and turning it into a blob — the covers on the ebook stores are only that big, after all. I’ve also seen that, especially with fantasy, sci-fi, and action adventure, many of the covers are just too busy to really see what’s going on.

Here are Knowledge Stones and Grove at the moment:

There is another aesthetic I’m going to try for the The Ruon Chronicles books, but those I’m still working on. I’m afraid I’m stil very slow in Photoshop!

By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.


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