The author says:
Stressed-out lawyer Ellie dreads having another nervous breakdown. When she passes out in a museum after touching an ancient artifact, Ellie finds herself in Viking-age Iceland, certain that she’s just dreaming while her over-worked body lies in a hospital bed somewhere. But after meeting sexy berserker Aron Hrossbjorn, she is thrust into a war that is more real than she could imagine. Sparks fly, but can their relationship withstand the powerful forces pulling them apart?
This is a full-length novel with paranormal elements (including shifters), based loosely on a story from the Icelandic Sagas. A sweeping romance for fans of Outlander with a Viking twist. (I have not decided on a subtitle yet, but I will be adding one to the cover.)
Again, we’re running into the fact that I’m not a fan of the genre, so everything I say must be received with that in mind.
That said: How did “man looking at his own junk” become a cover pose? I’ve seen it on a dozen books, and I’m still puzzled. My own inclination would be to have a man looking straight out, or off to the side like a catalog model, but if genre conventions mean that he has to check to be sure he’s still packing, I guess run with it.
All right, useful comments:
- One too many fonts.
- No Viking fonts. Couldn’t one of them look at least a little bit runic?
- The tattoo doesn’t look like a tattoo. (If it’s supposed to be a brand instead of a tattoo, that’s another whole problem — I don’t think brands that cover so much skin leave the skin looking so smooth.)
- I have no idea what that thing is behind him, and if it takes up so much real estate it really ought to be something identifiable.
- From the thumbnail, you can see that it’s a little murky. I know that ancient Northern Europe was a cold, bleak place, but maybe adding some bronze highlights to his skin would help it pop.
I’ll leave it to the other commenters to tell how on the mark I am with my suggestions.