I'm looking for a modern, minimalist, eye-catching eBook cover that will work equally well in black-and-white and color modes, as I intend to target all digital distribution platforms.
My novel is entitled THE BUREAU OF TIME, and centers around two teenagers who can manipulate various aspects of time. They join a secret government agency (The Bureau of Time), and eventually learn of the existence of a parallel universe caught in the grips of a bloody war.
Throughout the novel, I use a color palette of white, silver, and red, and I'd like to see those colors reflected in the design.
In my novel, White usually represents a supposed 'good' side, but becomes morally ambiguous later in the novel. It also represents snow, as the parallel world is consumed by a nuclear winter.
Red represents a more immediate concept of blood and conflict, but is also shown in the red banners of a Resistance force that fights in the ruins of the parallel world.
Silver represents the sterile government facility run by The Bureau of Time, and also represents General stars, military lapels, etc., as well as the 'silver' knives used by the main villains in the novel (see more below).
The core imagery would hopefully include either of the two main elements presented in the book:
1. An hourglass. One idea I've had is a silver hourglass shattered in some form, leaking blood-stained sands. The chief villains wield short daggers that have 'hourglass-shaped' handles, so a second idea could be a bloodied dagger with an hourglass-shaped handle itself. I would like only hourglasses (rather than watches or timepieces) to represent time.
2. A stylized (metallic) eagle. The Bureau of Time's official in-book seal is 'an eagle in mid-flight, an hourglass caught between its talons'. Something like a silver eagle lapel, with or without a splash of red, might be an excellent option.
I'm completely open to interpretive design, and would love to see creative expression that approaches one or both of those concepts.
The book cover should be appealing to a primarily female audience, but should work equally well for a male audience. I have been particularly inspired by the RED QUEEN cover (authored by Victoria Aveyard), including the off-white background cover.