We need a book cover for a YA fantasy novel. The cover needs to evoke a sense of MYSTERY and ANCIENT, HIDDEN SECRETS. It has to work in both print and ebook formats. PLEASE DO NOT USE STOCK IMAGES. We're looking for original illustration.
Our centerpiece concept is from a scene in the book in which a circle (just under 2 yards/meters in diameter) is DRAWN BY HAND in BLUE CHALK on a WHITE cement floor with MYSTICAL runes drawn all around its edge (either on or inside the circle). When magic flows through them, glowing copies of the runes rise up above the floor and hover over the hand-drawn chalk runes beneath, with light breaking through them as though opening into another dimension. The glowing runes should look as though they are literally hovering above the surface of the cover (see attached example).
Another image from the book that COULD also be used (but is not necessary) is a circle with the side view of an ancient Persian lion inside it, rearing up on its hind legs, with a single bolt of lightning striking the lion through. In the book, this image appears as both a huge stone-relief carving on the door of an ancient pyramid, and as a glowing golden symbol that hovers in the air.
Again, the overall feel of the cover should evoke a sense of MYSTERY and ANCIENT, HIDDEN SECRETS. We can't stress that enough.
The title of the book is The Intuitives. The authors are Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown. Wording that CAN (but does not have to be) used on the cover is "Alexander's lost tomb, a mysterious test, six talented students, one dark secret..."