Awesome Covers Issue 19

Issue 19: Layers of Longevity


“Spindle” by Shonna Slayton
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In a world where fairies lurk and curses linger, love can bleed like the prick of a finger.

Briar Rose knows her life will never be a fairy tale. She’s raising her siblings on her own, her wages at the spinning mill have been cut, and the boy she thought she had a future with has eyes for someone else. Most days it feels like her best friend, Henry Prince, is the only one in her corner…though with his endless flirty jokes, how can she ever take him seriously?

When a mysterious peddler offers her a “magic” spindle that could make her more money, sneaking it into the mill seems worth the risk. But then one by one, her fellow spinner girls come down with the mysterious sleeping sickness—and Briar’s not immune.

If Briar wants to save the girls—and herself—she’ll have to start believing in fairy tales…and in the power of a prince’s kiss.


This cover was chosen for Awesome Covers: Issue 19 because, in four words … it is eye catching. When it comes to colors and contrast, “Spindle” by Shonna Slayton hits the nail right on the head. From the intensity of the red, to the cooling and darkening effect of the blue, “Spindle” demonstrates how pigments and divergence can stand out among the crowd. Completing a great combination of hues and imagery is a very salient choice of font—whimsical and soft—helping to tone down the in force of the piece.

Combining passion and profundity, I would say that the cover for “Spindle” by Shonna Slayton, is a great representation of Awesome Covers.