The bottom one is much more powerful than the one on top. It at least gives the illusion of action. U.L. Harper was here
Hello, I've been a graphic designer for more than 30 years now. While I am not really a fan of both, the bottom design is stronger than the top one by far.
I actually like the top one better. It seems to fit with your other cover designs more and leaves the added mystery of what the book is about. I would have to pick it up and read the back which would then probably get me sucked in knowing your books :)
I have to agree with Steinerk. I like the first.
Thanks for your thoughts everyone. After getting various bits o' feedback, I feel like the image isn't quite there. I'm going to try another round.
I like the second cover. =)
I like the first one, it's simple and the colors catch the eye right away. I'm kind of a bad person for judging books by their covers but I do...but out of all of them so far my favorite (the one that would have me open the book) is the first.