Thanks to all of you for your input!
I am obviously torn between the two images or I wouldn't be asking. I like them equally and for different reasons.
I like the winning image because:
- It is striking.
- The focus is on Isis, and Queen of Heka is her autobiography.
- It shows the vulnerability of Isis as a young girl/woman
I like the non-winning image because:
- It's a classic depiction of Isis and Osiris.
- It shows the great love she has for Osiris
- It shows the fertility motif of the novel.
- It's just plain pretty.
In case you don't remember the choices, here is the original image I posted:
the left makes me think of those racy romance novels despite how it probably has more to do with the story
Yep. That's the problem. Or at least, it's the niggling doubt I have always had about the image.
The story of Isis and Osiris is one of civilization's great love stories. It fuels much of Queen of Heka's story line, but it is not the entire story. That is to say, the novel has romance, but it is not a Romance novel. (Not that I have anything against Romance novels; this just isn't one.)
One of the nicer results of posting the question, a free-lance graphics designer has offered to help me make the cover more professional looking. Thank you, Donna!
Once again, thanks to all of you. Stay tuned. . . .