I would suggest looking at the Amazon top sellers list in your genre. Your covers all read to me as sweet historical romance or family saga, but your blurb seems more science fantasy / YA. That mismatch will make it harder for your readers to find you. Holivi's picture is more on message and attention grabbing.
The blurb on the back of the cover shown is actually pretty good. The grey could be a lighter colour, it is a bit too dark. The blurb described in the paragraph after needs editing. It could be trimmed in length, reworded here and there to better focus on Blossom's birth/conception. The second half about Amos feels kind of thrown in there, and doesn't feel connected especially when it's mentioned that Amos' dad might know Blossom's parents.
If that relationship is a linchpin for the plot between Amos and Blossom, I'm not feeling it in the blurb.
Done a Mega Renovation reboot to Cover design to clarify what the novel is about. A furry human equine species called Clyanthrians.
kept the rose added the family image. done a tweak to make it look more Vintage, and worn down. So to be less attractive to kids.
Title ( Thorns of the past. )
Tagline ( He’s holding onto the memories, while she’s trying to bury the past. )
Blurb... ( Juliette struggles for years to conceal a deep secret from her husband, Forest. His faint memories of his family haunt him even as his wife and their long-awaited daughter Blossom bring him joy. Blossom’s new friend Amos seems to have problems of his own that make the road to deep friendship rocky. When the many troubles of past and present combine and erupt through craggy hardened hearts…will the families be able to face the truth and rebuild? Or will the devastation be beyond repair? )
It’s more of an adult novel considering the lead characters are in their adult years. And the trigger warnings nature of the book.
Blossom and the wild beast will follow and that one is about their daughter coming of age so tha5 one might be YA hadn’t decided
the third book is about her daughter Crystal Frost growing up with cold and cruel siblings. Who treat her so horrid.. here is the Tagline I just made up for this book “Her siblings are free to socialize, travel and make friends, while she is confided to isolation.” Just a taste of this book...
Five brothers and two sisters torment her to hell over their parents strict rules their sister is ordered to follow. “Mom and dad through us big birthday parties and we get to have friends. And travel while your cooped up Forbidden to leave the estate grounds and Not allowed to have any friends. Want to know why because your a freak and mother and father are ashamed of you.” They are the siblings from hell. They tease her telling her that they were so ashamed of you they wouldn’t even give you away to the orphanage because they were worried you would scare the crap of the orphans. So they took the burden upon themselves to keep you cooped up here.” Later on she discovers the truth. She grows up In the wood and falls in love with the general of an army, work a holic. Howeve4 when she is with his child. Fear of the dangers of the wild and wha5 he4 real father would do to he4 infant if he every found out. She gives her to Love Knight to raise.
Next book is going to be the part with dealing with raising his daughter.. Treats he4 more like a Delinquent he has to move into a solider. Yeah he’s clueless how to raise an infant. Thankfully Tiger is on the scene and helps him out. She had a crush on Knight in her youth. However he Is engrossed in training to be a warrior of battle to even notice. This one is going to be a crazy wild story.
And wait there are more in the series... too many I’ll be writing all day.
Blurb is good. The borders are good too, kind of ties everything together. The rose on the back being faded looks nice too. I think the rose on the front kind of overwhelms/overshadows the picture of Blossom and her family. I keep looking at it rather than the picture. The really saturated colour of it in comparison to the subdued colour of the picture really confuses the eye.
I think the rose needs to be either taken out, made smaller, or slightly less colourful to fit in with the faded image, and the rose on the back. I do like the border, but the difference between the scratchy back border and the solid line on the spine and on the front cover is kind of mismatched. It doesn't quite fit that faded theme either.
Nice changes. Looks good. I'm getting like an old film vibe from the picture on the cover or an old faded photo like from a photo album. Even the borders give that feel too. Very uniform in design. It fits together much better. I really like the texture on the grey in the cover. Not sure if its a marble effect or a colour effect. But it makes the rose on the back, the border, and the pic on the front cover pop. Very nice.
For better or worse: If writers had more input on cover design, I would probably buy a lot more books. But no, cover design is certainly not something one jumps straight into from writing - or from painting for that matter.
I agree, the blurb needs work. The first sentence is a good hook, it focuses on the main protagonist and gives us a basic gist of the overarching "problem." I would just nix "clyantharian species" because apart from maybe appealing to one audience, it doesn't actually tells us anything really pertinent. A lot of the blurb is just back story that could be entirely cut. If you absolutely must have it, cut it to one line and make Blossom the focus. Some mention of setting might be important as well.
From more of a design standpoint, I think the cover is fine in terms of font, but the grey background is very dark and dour. I would lighten it up a few notches. This will also improve the contrast so the image of the roses "pops" a bit more. The black rose esp fades a bit into the back because the shades are very close in terms of levels.
Definitely brighter than previous! Blurb is also better, more to-the-point and emphasizes the central question/conflict with that hook. Much more engaging.
I think there are still issues with the design. Mainly, you've got way too much jammed into that spot where the text overlaps the rose that overlaps the photo. You need more white space around your text. I would also suggest a serif for author and back blurb. Serifs generally read better in print and better suit the aesthetic. Lastly, the rose is pasted flat over the photo, which detracts from the more realistic effect you seem to be going for w/the rose resting over the photograph.
The cover is pleasant and easy to read but... it really doesn't tell me anything at all about the genre and setting, which are some of the most important parts of a cover. If I saw the thumbnail online I'd assume it's some of slice-of-life memoir set in the countryside. As for the blurb, I'd have the very first sentence be the hook of what the story is about, and what makes the story unique. The whole first paragraph is very confusing to me, I don't know what "a clyanthrian species" is lol, but I guess your target audience would, and it seems pointless to tell the reader "they struggled to give birth, then they did." I'm sure it's relevant in the story, but it's not very important in a synopsis. I recommend keeping to the essential and try to avoid passive words like "is" and use action verbs instead to describe the setting and story line.
Big improvements ^^ Only thing I'd do now is to make "of the" in the title smaller so it doesn't span over so much vertical space. Alternatively you could make all the title just a bit smaller to try to squeeze it on 2 lines ^^
Blossoms family tree holds a unique tale of deep secrets hidden within her families history. While her mother Juliette struggles to keep her personal past buried, and her father Forest desperately holding onto faint fragments of memories from his youth. A new family, Amos and his father Edward move to the lumber village of Oakwood Grove. Each carrying their own hidden deep secrets. When the families young, Amos and Blossom embark on a rocky road to friendship. A clash of past memoirs bubble and burst to the surface.
Will Blossom be able to help keep her parents from splitting apart? And will Amos be able to help his father heal his shattered heart?