On writing in general and stories relating to my 23 years in the US Army and 30 years in Las Vegas
Even though there's nothing about the sea on the second I'm drawn to that.All the best with the big decision,Elizabeth
I like the top one best.
Wow, tough choice is right.But I have to say the second...it's more intriguing. Why is a sailor being connected with the desert? Sounds like a story there!
Gotta go with the 2nd one with the saguaro.
If the story takes place in the desert and not on the ocean, then I would go with the second cover.
Thanks all for the comments! It's nice to know my choice is also yours.To make it clearer, here is my proposed back-cover blurb for the novel:Timothy Beadle’s father indentures him to a ship’s captain and he soon is in Mid-Atlantic on his way to the far northwestern shores of The New World. Padding the deck and climbing the rigging is exhilarating to the young English farm boy. The captain is a fair, God-fearing man who ensures Timothy also learns reading, writing and arithmetic. Strange islands and naked savages fill Timothy with curiosity and wonder. Fate has more changes in store for Timothy. The ship sails for home with holds full of rich furs. But, a vicious cyclone hits and Timothy ends up on the shore of Spanish California with a young Indian bending over him. After the village medicine woman treats him, Timothy’s taken before grey robed priests who welcome him. They even step in and offer sanctuary when a local official tries to imprison him as a pirate.Jaime, the Indian boy, dreamed of Timothy’s arrival months before. Both sense the blood bond that ties them together and unite in an effort by Father Junipero Serra to expand the Catholic faith and Spain’s control of the Californias.
The first one looks better!