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Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest - Round 13

Round n°13, 2 rounds to the end, 20 covers still in contest to arrive to the last week with the 10 finalists.

You can vote as many covers as you want but please don't vote more than 15 covers otherwise the selection process will not work smoothly.

Other than the poll, there will be a special jury voting in the cover contest. It will be a jury made all by external guests (no authors, no cover artists, no publishers): they will be of course people with an interest in the art and communication field, but they will be impartial. Their vote will be added to the poll, it will have an higher weight but it will be an addition not in substitution, so the people voting in the cover contest will still have an huge influence in the final result.

First to accept my invite is Dylan Rosser, one of the most famous male model photographer out there: http://www.themaleform.net/

Another judge is Jesse Archer, actor and screenwriter, whose movie "Violet Tendencies" I adopted last year: http://jesseonthebrink.blogspot.com/

Last to join the jury is Jack Mackenroth, athlete and fashion designer, former contendant in Project Runaway: http://www.jackmackenroth.com/

Last week they voted: 16, 34, 83, 146, 148, 160, 162, 179, 379, 397, 426, 512, 513.

I saved all the covers in an external page, I suggest you to open it in another web page and tick the covers on the poll.

Moreover some publishers offered an ebook giveaway to be drawn among who will vote in the poll, so voting you will have a chance to win the ebook.

Last week winners are:

rimasworld  --> Chosen ebook: The Seduction of Moxie by Colette Moody, Bold Strokes Books

isilwath  --> Chosen ebook: Hero by Heidi Cullinan, Dreamspinner Press

joannhali  --> Chosen ebook: The Wish by Eden Winters, Torquere Press

liria [deadjournal] --> Chosen ebook: Sodomy! by Simon Sheppard, Lethe Press

And now please go to see all the amazing covers:

Covers: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/2010CoverContest_1_13.htm

and vote in the poll:

Poll #1646956 Cover Contest - Round 13
This poll is closed.

Slot 1

1) A Brush of Wings - Cover Art by Dan Skinner
58(14.4%)
14) A Risk Worth Taking - Cover Art by Anne Cain
34(8.4%)
16) A Sticky End - Cover Art by Unknown
35(8.7%)
34) An Uncommon Whore - Cover Art by P.L. Nunn
49(12.2%)
83) Can't Help the Way That I Feel - Cover Art by Unknown
17(4.2%)
131) Dragon Streets - Cover Art by Anne Cain
26(6.5%)
146) Facade - Cover Art by Paul Richmond
42(10.4%)
148) Fall of a State - Cover Art by Anne Cain
50(12.4%)
160) Fugly - Cover Art by Christine M. Griffin
47(11.7%)
162) Gathering Storm - Cover Art by Catt Ford
45(11.2%)

Slot 2

179) Held Captive - Cover Art by Mara McKennen
53(13.8%)
263) Miles and the Magic Flute - Cover Art by Anne Cain
31(8.1%)
287) Oracle - Cover Art by Reese Dante
45(11.7%)
351) Sins of the Father - Cover Art by Anne Cain
19(5.0%)
379) Subtle Bodies - Cover Art by Unknown
37(9.7%)
397) The Angel of 13th Street - Cover Art by Alessia Brio
41(10.7%)
424) The Lion of Kent - Cover Art by Angela Waters
22(5.7%)
426) The Lost Library - Cover Art by Mel Odom
37(9.7%)
512) Cake - Cover Art by Feimo
53(13.8%)
513) Cethe - Cover Art by Feimo
45(11.7%)

Comments

( 25 comments — Leave a comment )
jay_bell
Nov. 21st, 2010 11:33 am (UTC)
There are so many good ones left that it's hard not to vote for all of them. I'm a big fan of the cover for "Fugly" though. No stock photography there. Just pure talent.
elisa_rolle
Nov. 21st, 2010 11:34 am (UTC)
I like that too Jay. Fingers crossed it will arrive to the last 10
luci0logy
Nov. 21st, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
It's getting hard to choose now with so many of my faves in the running, although I'm sad to see that Why Nileas Loved the Sea is no longer in the running.
elisa_rolle
Nov. 21st, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
yes, now that we are almost to the end, many people lost their favorite. Truth be told, most of the cover I loved are gone.
jpbowie
Nov. 21st, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
covers
It's still A Brush of Wings for me - beautiful
elisa_rolle
Nov. 21st, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Re: covers
Then fingers crossed that it will arrive in the final 10 ;-)
lee_rowan
Nov. 21st, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
Many of mine are still there, surprisingly enough. "Fall of a State" is gorgeous, as is "Can't Help the Way that I Feel." (I hope you can somehow find the artist on that one.) And I really like Facade for the way it draws the reader into the story--and is nothing like what one would expect.

Come to think of it, none of my favorites that remain--not even 'Brush of Wings'--fits the romance-cover formula.
elisa_rolle
Nov. 21st, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
You are right Lee, I think all the above covers go beyond the "romance cover formula", and I hope all the ones you mentioned, and few others, will arrive to the final 10.
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elisa_rolle
Nov. 21st, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Dylan voted 3 covers, Jack 5 and Jesse 9. the cover they voted are in the post: 16, 34, 83, 146, 148, 160, 162, 179, 379, 397, 426, 512, 513.

And also I'm sad to see Alleys & Doorways gone, I was hoping to see it in the finalist.
trekfan
Nov. 21st, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
It's getting down to the end. I can't wait to hear who wins
thequietalpha
Nov. 21st, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
I've been basing my voting on the covers that inspired me to at least find out what the book was about if not buy it. This contest has lead to my wish list doubling in size. Although I agree, many of my favorites have gone. I'm sad to see Infected: Prey gone.
elisa_rolle
Nov. 21st, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
I'm too, I liked those cat eyes.
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elisa_rolle
Nov. 21st, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
both poll than jury votes are counted as total votes, weeks after week. Only the last poll, the final one will have all votes wiped out and start from scratch.
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elisa_rolle
Nov. 22nd, 2010 08:10 am (UTC)
I gave this answer to luvenck, that week and the week after, and again this week. please go back to those comments. BTW the cover voted by the judges were always stated in the relevant post.

and if you and your friends continue to not so covertly insinuate that this contest is not impartial, it will take me very few time to invalidate it and closing down.

Sincerely I'm really tired of your (you and other) attitude. No one is paying me for doing that, and BTW THIS IS NOT A CONTEST to let you show your support to an author you like, this is a COVER ARTIST contest, it's the cover, and the cover artist, you have to vote NOT THE AUTHOR.

Be careful since with this attitude you are doing worst to the author you like, not the best.
readmorromance
Nov. 22nd, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
am i supposed to be able to see the results...??? it is all very confusing...and I change to fill out the poll and then it wont let me log in to vote...am I doing something wrong?

jo

johannasnodgrass(at)yahoo(dot)com
readmorromance
Nov. 22nd, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
Scratch that....*grin* I finally got logged in and then I voted....

sorry for the confusion!

jo
(Anonymous)
Nov. 22nd, 2010 08:51 am (UTC)
One way to stop any hints of block voting or wrong voting would be to make who people voted for public. Not a good idea of course, but I would be interested to see who is voting for Held Captive given it's sudden predominance (each time overnight) for the last three votes. Maybe the threat of showing exactly which LJ user voted for what would result in a fairer system. It doesn't seem right that a competition that you have worked so hard on is ruined in this way.

I am only posting this anon as I am one of the authors of the remaining books and I do not want to start a war.

Thank you.
elisa_rolle
Nov. 22nd, 2010 09:16 am (UTC)
Thank you. Last year the poll were public and people told me please do that private. This year they are private and people complain since they are not public. I think there is no way to make all people happy, no matter what I choose.

I added the jury just for that reason, since I was wondering on the affluence of voting last minute and just for the number of voting necessary to save a cover.

Believe me, I was not wondering about Held Captive, I don't mind that cover, but all the comments people are leaving instead of convincing me that they are right are doing exactly the opposite: it's a prove more that they are not voting for the COVER ARTIST, but for the AUTHOR. I have nothing against Joanna Kells, but this is a COVER CONTEST, not a LITERARY CONTEST.

I'm also tired to give week after week the same answer: I think it was in week 4 or 5 that I explained the poll voting were a sum of all weeks (and BTW it was like that also next year, I didn't change anything if not making the poll private), now they arrive to week 13, probably after one of the cover they like didn't go through, "Oh, I didn't know".
(Anonymous)
Nov. 22nd, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
hugs you gently.. you are doing a grand job... keep smiling x
elisa_rolle
Nov. 22nd, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
will try, but it's hard sometime, I know those people are doing that out of the love they have for an author (and BTW I'm not sure the author would approve such behavior), but I start to feel that as harrassment more than anything else.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 22nd, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
I don't want to start any trouble so I'm afraid I have to be anonymous as well. I have to agree with you. It is a Cover Contest and I have seen a few authors promoting the contest on their journals where the cover for their story is in the running. However, they don't even mention the cover artist. I realize the author has a great deal of input into how the cover is designed, but ultimately I think it is the cover artist that deserves the praise here.

I have been voting. At first I was voting for many of the covers, but then decided to pick my favorite one and stick to just voting for that one. Perhaps that's wrong, but it is my favorite.

You do such a wonderful job here, you deserve a lot of credit as well. Thank you, Elisa.
elisa_rolle
Nov. 22nd, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
thank you.

I'm not against the authors promiting the cover contest on their blogs, most of the post I read are obviously for their own covers, but they indead admit they are voting also for other covers as well. One of the first comments in this thread is by Jay Bell: I suppose he was not happy to see his cover, The Cat in the Cradle, out of the contest, but apparently Jay is still voting (and BTW the cover artist was his partner (or brother, I'm not sure) so he has an interest more in seeing that cover in the contest). Not once Jay complained that is cover went out, and moreover he is here commenting in favor of another cover.

So in this case, as for Held Captive, I don't think it's a bad behavior of the authors, it's the attitude of a fan-base that is really not understanding that they are doing exactly the opposite they are trying to achieve; they are not promoting the cover, they are arising suspicious towards it.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 22nd, 2010 09:54 am (UTC)
An Uncommon Whore
My vote's for this one!
joanne_kells
Nov. 22nd, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
Hi there:)

I just wanted to add my support publically to Elisa and the wonderous job she has been doing. I would very much like to add my concerns here about the motivation behind voting. Mara has done a wonderful job, as have all the cover artists and I applaud you all for the amazing talent you all possess.

Please can I ask that you only vote for the cover because you like it and not because I'm the author. I squeeze you all very tightly for your lovely support. I just hope it's for the right reasons. The cover artists deserve to be recognised:)

Well done to you all so far:) And good luck:)

Love

Joanne XXX

elisa_rolle
Nov. 22nd, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you Joanne and good luck also to you for your cover to be in the Final 10. Elisa
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