I would like a book cover, as well as character art, for a book that I have written called "Sleighed". It is Book One of The North Pole Chronicles.
Sleighed is a twist on the Santa Claus myth. In Sleighed, Santa really does exist, but he's actually an elf named Sinter Ni'Klas from a world called Erethielle. He's not an elf in the traditional Santa Claus sense (i.e. 2 feet tall, clad in green felt, full of Christmas cheer) but rather is quite tall and thin (think Lord of the Rings elves) though he does have the traditional pointy elf ears.
Sleighed is a young adult fantasy novel that tells the story of Sinter Ni'klas - the real Santa Claus - and his wife Ti'elle, rulers of the elfish kingdom of Erethielle. Their world and ours are magically connected; Erethielle produces the magic that Earth needs to survive, and Earth consumes Erethielle's excess magic that would otherwise burn it to a crisp. Every Christmas Eve, the barrier between the two worlds grows thin enough for Sinter to deliver the magic that the Earth needs to sustain its existence and, in the process, he prevents the destruction of both worlds. Thus, the fate of the two worlds depends on Sinter's yearly trip.
However, this year there is a problem. Factions within the populace are protesting the continued delivery of such massive quantities of magic to the Earth, demanding that it remain in Erethielle. With less than one week until Christmas Eve, the magic intended for Earth - which Sinter has been faithfully collecting all year - is stolen, imperiling his visit. While Sinter pursues the thieves outside the kingdom - encountering hostile armies, snow monsters, trolls, traitors, and angry unicorns - Ti'elle is attacked and kidnapped as part of a plot against the crown.
Sleighed is an irreverent romp across the Kingdom of Erethielle as Sinter fights to literally save Christmas.
THE BOOK COVER
Sleighed is a traditional fantasy genre book, though it doesn’t take itself too seriously. I really don’t have anything in mind for the book cover, though I would like the style to be somewhat lighter than your typical busy, cluttered, and “heavy” fantasy book cover. A less is more approach with lots of primary colors seems best, though I’d certainly defer to design professionals. If there is to be a character on the cover, I would prefer it to be Sinter and no one else.
I would like 1 to 2 drawings of some of the main characters to be used on websites, t-shirts, marketing paraphernalia, etc. The characters I would like illustrations of are: Sinter, Ti’elle, and Fewler. I would also like one of the illustrations of Sinter to include his battle sledge, preferably in flight. Descriptions of each character follow along with additional information about their world that might be included in the character illustrations.
He is the King of Erethielle and the “Santa Claus” figure in Sleighed. He is quite tall and thin with unkempt straw colored hair and blue eyes. Sinter frequently acts without thinking which gets him into trouble more often than not. He isn’t very keen on the pomp and ceremony that comes with being the king, he’d much rather be one of the “regular elves”.
She is the Queen of Erethielle and Sinter’s wife. She is of average height and very slender. She has a pretty face framed by shoulder length dark brown hair and green eyes. Ti’elle was injured as a young girl and cannot walk. She uses the elfish version of a wheelchair. (More on that below) Ti’elle is far more serious and “proper” than her husband and performs her duties as Queen with gravity and care. Her personality is a good counterpoint to her husband’s brashness.
He is the main antagonist in the story. He is tall and slender with black hair and black eyes. He is stunningly handsome. Every part of his face and body is in perfect proportion and he is known to make grown women swoon. He is also conniving, mean, nasty and two faced. He believes that himself superior to everyone.
The magic in Sleighed is packaged into small orbs called Therengaile. All of the magic in the book is used by first crushing, gouging, smashing, etc. a Therengaile. Therengaile glow a faint bluish white and three can just fit in a handful. I don’t want an illustration of Therengaile, but they might be incorporated into some of the character illustrations.
Sledges are essentially flying sleighs or sledges without the runners that are pulled through the air by an animal. Sinter’s favorite sledge is his battle sledge. It is pulled by a massive chestnut colored horse named Thain. Sinter’s battle sledge is essentially an elongated chariot without the wheels. His sledge is a resplendent white, with ornately carved and polished silver trim lining the edges of the vehicle. The interior is decorated in the same motif, and includes finely worked leather and gold edged foot harnesses that prevented Sinter from tumbling out of the sledge at high speeds.
Ti’elle’s “wheelchair” is essentially a very small sledge. It consists of a polished rectangular wooden base measuring about three feet wide by five feet long and is one foot thick with elegant rounded corners. A red velvet cushion and back rest sit on top of the base, with the gilded Therengaile chamber and chair controls positioned next to the seat. Like a full size sledge, Ti’elle’s chair has a small harness and is pulled by a female greyhound dog named Jule. Jule is white with red brindle markings. Ti’elle will always be sitting in this chair with Jule nearby.
As mentioned, Ti’elle is always in the company of Jule, a white greyhound dog with red brindle markings. Jule is a very mild mannered, even timid, dog. Ti’elle and Jule love each other very much.
Sinter is also usually in the company of a greyhound named Bo. Bo is a pure grey in color. Bo is a very spirited dog who barks, runs, jumps, and basically makes a nuisance of himself. Sinter and Bo have a complicated relationship. Bo adores Sinter, but Sinter is outwardly not fond of Bo – Ti’elle insists that he always take Bo with him for protection. Sinter is usually trying in vain to get the dog to behave.