First, I would like to thank my awesome cover artist, Kelly Martin (https://www.kam.design/book-covers)! She has done ALL my books so far and she is so great at making my vision come through in images. I am amazed and awed by the results.
Take, for example, my request on the cover for An End to Summer. I wanted one of my heroes to have feathers for hair. It's kind of a part of that character in the story.
Kelly and I had a few back and forth exchanges where I sent her suggestions; 'like a Hawkhead parrot, but also kinda of like a cockatoo, but don't make it look goofy. Oh, and also? He needs to be sexy. '
I'm demanding. I know.
I mean, the look is supposed to look a little unusual and a little silly, as Alexander finds it in this first introduction here:
There was something strange about the warriors though. Their hair was brilliant red banded with stripes of purple and blue. He realized with a shock that what covered their head was not hair but feathers.
The man at the center of their group looked over at their approach, his haughty features guarded. He seemed the youngest and handsome in a razor-edged way that made Alexander stare. He swept a look over the stallion with an arrogant little curl of his upper lip. Then his eyes fell on Alexander. The feathers on his head lifted into a comical crest like a cockatoo.
It looked ridiculous. Thankfully his cough of amusement sounded like a rumble rather than mirth. There was nothing funny about the glares that the men fixed on him.
I think Kelly did an outstanding job picking out Alexander and although I wanted him to have his scar, I think that might have been a bit much for the cover. What do you think? Would you have rather seen him scared face if possible?