When Adam Bedore and I designed the original cover for The Soulkeepers, we weren't thinking about the next two books in the series. Instead we were focused on the tension in the novel between Jacob and Dr. Silva. With Weaving Destiny coming in the fall, we needed to look at the cover for book one as the launch of a series, not a standalone. Book one of The Soulkeepers is Jacob's story so it seemed only fitting that he have a central role on the cover. But we've also added in the red stone, a magical object that plays an important part in Weaving Destiny (Fall 2011) and Return to Eden (Winter 2011). You can still see the shadow of the forrest, a remnant from the first cover, on Jacob's hood. I'm super excited about this new cover because I think it captures the essence of the story in a new and more engaging way.
The artist, Adam Bedore of Anjin Design (http://www.anjindesign.com/profile.htm), was perfect for this cover. He uses a unique technique to build depth, emotion, and a little mystery into the art. I love how his work plays with light and shadow, masculine and feminine. I think it takes more than a passing glance to fully digest his covers and that readers will appreciate having a work of art on their shelves.
The e-books have already been updated and a new paperback is on it's way!