First, I appreciate all the feedback I’ve received from comments and emails. Thanks so much! It really helps.
Now, I have more options.
My original plan for the series was to have different spines on each book: first a red, then white, then blue so the spines will be different. Also, the whole flag thing comes in because this is not only a different series, but a different country. I’d like it to be easy to detect this is an American-set book.
That being said, it doesn’t mean I’m absolutely against using the pastels if that’s what looks best.
I’m uploading two more options. One with a flag that has a blue gradient/haze over it and the other with a white. The white does look a little more “washed out” and might go better with the pastels.
Opinions welcome and I promise not to post any more up (at least not today!).
Original red flag fading into red spine.
White washed/faded flag that runs into blue spine that matches the blue on the front. This particular flag could be used with a red, white or blue spine.
Thanks again for anyone with an opinion to share.