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Above is the original image that is the basis for the street scene image I’m favouring for the cover on my current work-in-progress novel. Below are four candidates based on cityscape images. Please let me know which of the four you prefer. Please also consider whether it might replace the street scene.

I’m still thinking of a man in a city at night.

Thank you for your help.


Sunward has been published in ebook form. As yet, the audiobook has not made it to the retailers. The ebook is available at Amazon and Kobo. Sunward is the final novel in the Plainsrunner trilogy. I will make an announcement here when the audiobook finally makes it to the retailers.

I’ve moved on to the next book now. A contemporary novel about a freelance accountant. My fountain pens are happy.


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As I said, I like to have an image on my computer desktop that reflects the book I’m working on. Often the image ends up being used as a cover image for the book. Above is what my desktop would look like if I went with the image preferred by the most people in my last request for help. Below is what the cover would look like — minus the required text, of course — and two more candidates.

Please let me know which one(s) you prefer. My criteria are evolving as I look at images, so it doesn’t strictly have to be a “poorly-lighted street at night.” It does have to be a city, though, possibly a street, preferably at night.

If you know of any other images that might fit my criteria, please mention them and provide a link


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A while back I looked out the window and saw a hawk sitting on a fence post. A prairie falcon, I think. That size, anyway. I watched it for awhile, wondering what he was doing there, before I saw movement at the base of the post. It was a squirrel. It was looking up at the hawk, and I could see that it was giving the bird a piece of its mind. It looked like a standoff. The hawk couldn’t get at the squirrel, but the squirrel couldn’t leave.

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Or so I thought. The squirrel bounded away from the post and into my yard. Uh-oh. The hawk jumped off the post and swooped down on the hapless rodent. By this time the squirrel had disappeared behind a garden structure so I could only see the hawk. I saw it dip down and rise back up, but it didn’t have its prey in its talons. That happened a few more times before the squirrel came out from behind the structure, giving the hawk what for.

The hawk landed on the grass and they stood there looking at each other, the squirrel scolding energetically. Then it turned and scampered toward an ash tree close to the house. The hawk jumped up and flew after it, but it made it to the tree and it scurried up and around behind the trunk. The hawk flew around after it, but it stayed just out of reach, keeping the tree between them. After a couple of circuits, the hawk flew off and landed in another tree on the other side of the yard.

The squirrel watched it for awhile, then climbed down the tree and walked over to a spot below the bird feeder. There it searched for sunflower seeds dropped by the birds. It spent a good long time at it.

I caught motion in the edge of my vision and turned to see the hawk swooping down out of its tree. It glided straight and fast for the squirrel, who was still digging for sunflower seeds. Just before the hawk got there, though, the squirrel hopped to the side, evading the talons. The hawk pulled up and wheeled, coming around for another try. Once again the squirrel dodged. After a couple more attempts, the hawk gave up and landed on the grass again. The squirrel gave it a good stern talking to.

The hawk stood there taking the scolding, looking like a kid who’s been caught getting into mischief. Then the squirrel casually turned its back, puffed its tail, and sauntered back to the sunflower seeds. The hawk stared for awhile, then jumped up and flew away. The squirrel glanced over its shoulder, then went back to its foraging.

Nature might be red in tooth and claw, but sometimes the little guy wins.


Here are four image candidates for the cover of my next book. I finished the last one — Sunward – The final novel in the Plainsrunner trilogy — and released it into the wild, and now it’s time to start writing the next one. I like to have an image on my computer desktop that reflects the story I’m writing, and this one is going to happen in a city. I’m thinking of a poorly-lighted street at night, which explains the subject matter of these four images. As you can see by number 3, I’m not averse to an abstract image. Please tell me which one you think would be best on my desktop, and possibly as the cover of the book. You can do that in the comments. There is no registration required.

If you know of any other images that might fit my criteria, please mention them and provide a link.

Thank you for your time.