The cover illustration came back, and I got a brilliant typography artist to help me rebrand the covers. People told me they seemed like they were “young adult” and “twee.”
Lesson learned: Hire professionals!
Refuge itself is now nearly in its final form. I need to send it off to the editor for a final proofread/correction which will happen later this month. Sorry this can’t be quicker, but this one took a lot longer than I was expecting. I think it will be worth it.