The book is a long novella (50 000 words) written in French.
It’s going to be independently published, and sold primarily as an ebook, at first on Amazon chiefly in 2 categories : Romance (Paranormal romance) and Fantasy.
The French ebook and independent markets are still small and I want to stand out with a quality cover.
This is the first book in a series of paranormal romances taking place between the city of Paris and the country in the center of France (le Berry). In each story one of the love interests comes from the city, and the other one from the country. Their values, views on things and life stories tend to vastly clash. Each of the stories contains a paranormal element, but no vampires or shifters.
Primarily women, readers of fantasy (who enjoy urban/paranormal with a strong touch of romance) or romance readers looking for something a bit different in the paranormal subgenre.
The story takes place in the French country, in a very old castle, the family home of the female main character.
It is a paranormal romance with a medium and ghosts, a few erotic scenes (although there’s not a lot of sex with ghosts).
A major theme is also reincarnation.
The protagonists spend a night in the old castle looking for ghosts, only to discover the place is haunted with the spirits of their own past love. Their story has been repeating itself for centuries. It is a tragic one, she leaves him, but because of a malediction he cannot leave the castle to go after her, so he commits suicide. She comes back too late. A few generations later, they meet again. This time around, they will end their curse.
GRAPHIC ELEMENTS :
The characters spend time by the fire, opposition between hot and cold (winter night, ghosts, old castle, old underground prisons) is a leit-motiv.
The atmosphere tends to be one of melancholy and yearning but the female character in particular is a very strong and energetic person, not taking bullshit from anyone. She is also very shapely, with wide hips and a juicy bottom. She probably can’t be rail thin on the cover. Her hair and eyes are dark, she’s pale of skin. The guy’s eyes are almost yellow, the color of amber, and of a ring he wears, he’s a psychic. They’re both white.
There is also humour, this is not emo-bit-lit by any means.
I first envisioned a cover featuring an old castle at night and a sexy couple, maybe with a fantasy treatment in the colors & fonts, but am new to this genre and would love other ideas if they arise.
TEXT ELEMENTS FOR THE COVER :
(Series title) Paris ♥ Berry
(Book title) Le médium de mes rêves
(Author) Eleonore Marco
(This being French, the accents, or lack thereof, are important ;)