Lyn Asks for Help Choosing a Cover Model or 2

My new historical novel JOURNEY TO PEACE will come out in June and I need help choosing a cover model. Here are the three choices. Please choose one and tell me why he catches your attention and causes you to want to read his story.




Did you notice a difference? This is the first time I’m using a male model for one of my books. The story is about twin brothers, Johnny and Callum McKuen. If you’ve read JOURNEY TO RESPECT, you’ve met Johnny. So what do they look like?

And believe it or not, I’m also trying to choose a model for the 3rd book in my new Northern Shore Intrigue series, FATAL WINTER. As you could guess from the title,  someone dies in this romantic suspense title. Here are three choices for my cover model. Which one entices you to want to know her story?







As usual, a few commenters will receive free ebooks. THANKS–Lyn


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41 Responses to Lyn Asks for Help Choosing a Cover Model or 2

  1. Kim Miller says:

    Male model #2 because he looks more like a regular guy, a bit older

    Model :1 because she is the prettiest

  2. Debra Lamey says:

    I prefer 1 for the men, love the bad boy look.
    I like 1 for the woman, she looks so in need of a friend.

  3. My Choice for “Journey to Peace” is Model #3. I can Feel him looking back into his Past to what has brought him on this “Journey”. Your readers should also feel it.
    My Choice for “Fatal Winter” is Model #2. I think the picture places her in a cold place and she is trying to bring some warmth to her body.
    I look forward to reading them both. By the way, I am an avid 84 year young, reader. lol

  4. Mary L says:

    Male Choice:
    I’d pick #3, although I don’t really like any of them. Maybe in different outfits I’d like them more. They’re not bad boy enough for me as is.

    Female Choice:
    I would pick #2. She looks the most real to me. I would be more interested in a cover with her on it than the others. #1 looks too high maintenance and #3 looks a little too haughty for me.

  5. Melinda M says:

    Male model #3
    Female 33

  6. Margaret M Cekis says:

    I like both number 2s for both boos.

  7. Fritzie says:

    #3 for the man
    #2 for the woman

  8. Nancy says:

    As for the men, i don’t care for any of them. I’m tired of scruffy looking men.

    As for the women, #2 is my choice. There’s depth and secrets in her eyes.

  9. Esther Searcy says:

    #2 bad boy look is intriguing

  10. Esther Searcy says:

    #1 – She looks sad and that she is grieving that I want to more of her story

  11. Mary Jane Christopher says:

    Hi Lyn,

    Male Model #3, he just looks so interesting like he has a story to tell!

    Female Model #1, she also, looks like she has a story to share!

    Hope you are doing well!


  12. Frances Coody says:

    Fran C.

  13. Terri says:

    For the male cover, #3 especially if he had blue eyes. I love that combination of dark hair and deep blue eyes, but I haven’t read the forest book in the series you mentioned.

    For the female cover, #2 or #1. The third just seems to smug to me.

  14. Carolyn Hermanns says:

    FATAL WINTER Model # 2 is the most appealing.
    #1 is ok, just looks too sad.
    #3 is too sarcastic looking.

  15. Carolyn Hermanns says:

    My vote goes with Mail model #2 To me he looks like he needs Peace.
    #1 looks too snide and #3 is looking unhappy/sad.

  16. Glenda Hislop says:

    For the male model I old chose number 2 as his eyes say they have a story to tell of his need for a journey to peace.
    For the female it is number 2as well. She has a deep sadness in her eyes that need answers.

  17. Hazel Miller says:

    I think man #1 looks like someone who is secretive and perhaps a bad boy type.
    Lady #1 looks vulnerable and ready to share her secrets with a friend.

  18. Glenda says:

    I like Man #1 because he looks contemplative and a thinker. He reminds me of Travis Hamonic a hockey player for the Calgary Flames who also organizes some neat charities. A doer and a giver.

    Woman #2 because she appears hurt but not defenceless. Humble and human.

  19. Beverly Clites says:

    For Journey to Peace I like #1 because he looks more contemplative.
    For Fatal Winter I like #2 because she looks like she’s protecting herself.

    Keep up the good work!

  20. Sherrie Wood says:

    For the 1st cover male number 3 stands out
    For the 2nd cover female number 2 stands out

  21. Jan Castle says:

    #1 I choose Male model #3…he looks like he has it together and knows what peace is all about and can share that knowledge
    #2 I choose Female model #2…she looks like she needs someone to help/rescue her and is worthy of that help

  22. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    Male: #3 the quizzical expression

    Female: #2 the concerned expression

  23. I don’t know if it’s the choice of clothes for the model, but #3 male looks more vulnerable and open in wearing a sweater, #2 is too model perfect #1 looks like he’s got an agenda.

    For the females, #1 looks high maintenance, #3 looks like she has an agenda, #2 looks like she needs and wants help, but what’s up with the “deposit” necklace?

  24. Regina Merchant says:

    I would choose #2 on both.

  25. Elaine says:

    Man#2 …as he’s looking directly at viewer
    Woman #2 looking in direction of viewer yet can tell she is distant/troubled by something

  26. Sandy says:

    For the Man, I would choose #3
    For the Woman #2 I don’t like the bright lipcolor on #1 and #3 I don’t like her jawline. Maybe it is super enhanced with contouring but it looks unnatural.

  27. Judy says:

    #2 For the male. He’s more serene & trustworthy
    #2 for the girl. She looks like a lost soul and is scared because something or someone is being dishonest

  28. Waruguru Muriuki says:

    2 for the male, his eyes seem sincere.

    1 for the female, I like her open facial expression

  29. Carolyn says:

    Male 3, I like the pensive look.
    Female 2, she looks like she is processing information.

  30. Dee says:

    #1 for Male because he looks more conflicted which fits with looking for peace.

    #2 Female because, without the excess makeup, she looks like she could be in the middle of the mystery, instead of posing.

  31. Lori Smanski says:

    Male – #2 – He is handsome in a rugged way. But looking in his eyes, I see that he could be looking for peace in his life.
    Female – #1 – She looks like she is trying to hold things together and look normal on the outside. But when I look in her eyes I see that she has hurt and maybe secrets.

  32. Carol Deegan says:

    I like #3 of both the male and female. More down to earth.

  33. Ruby Dykstra says:

    For the male I would choose #2 .. I think he looks like he could be sexy,mysterious and vulnerable all at the same time ..for the female I pick #1..she looks like she could be strong,devious,and cunning !

  34. Lisa C. says:

    Male model #1 or #3, #1 looks like he has secrets or is somewhat of a bad boy, however #3 is more vulnerable looking.
    For the female, I like #1 as she looks tough and strong like she could handle anything that life throws at her.

  35. Bonnie Navarro says:

    For the brothers, I’d vote for model #2. But I have your book on my TBR list so I’m not familiar with the character. For the second book, I’d go with model #2 again. I think she looks more vulnerable, with some fear and some underlying strength mixed in.

  36. CARLA TOPPASS says:

    Male choice either #1 or #3. Number 2 is dressed up too much unless you are working on a billionaire book. Number 1 is looking out of the corner of his eyes a bit rakishly and #3 looks like he might be the boy next door.

    Female choice #3 or #2. I don’t like the lipstick on #1 – too bright. #2 looks like she’s pondering what her next move or decision should be. #3 is very pretty and could be the lovely girl next door.

  37. Of the guys I’d vote #3. The first one has a bit of a bad boy vibe and the second looks … well, like he’d fit better on an Amish story if he changed clothes. 😉

    For the ladies I would choose #2. The other two ladies are pretty also, but #2 has a “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” vibe the other two don’t have. It would make an interesting story to see what would make a woman like that depend more on the Lord and less on herself.

  38. Lyn Cote says:

    Thanks for the replies. Keep the feedback coming! Ask a friend to weigh in.

  39. Lorelei M MacDonell says:

    #2, I think he is the best looking and has great eyes.

  40. Susette Vesey says:

    #2 those eyes!!!!!

  41. # 3

    #1 too stereo-typically perfect
    #2 too in-your-face
    #3 a bit vulnerable–preferable