Foreground:Sailor vs. Siren
Background: their present day lives in the shadow of their ancestral lives; 21st century high tech ocean sailing in the shadow of 16th century wooden boat river sailing, Seattle high tech industry wealth in the shadow of life in a 16th century German village on the Rhine River. This may be too much complexity for a book cover, simplify as necessary.
There are photos attached of some actors/models who capture the look of the characters. I do not have any rights to use these photos. They are provided for creative inspiration only, to give you an idea of how I envision these characters to look.
- Paul, the Sailor: Seattle modern, strikingly good looking like Ryan Gosling but haunted by the shadow of his 16th century sailor ancestor who cursed his lineage as siren bait. See photo attached of Ryan; the other male photo shows what Paul's ancestor, Erik, might look like. Note, Erik is filled with rage over his centuries-old betrayal by Lorelei.
- Lorelei, the Siren: the siren's true power is the offer to know the unknowable--she should be exotic and modern looking, buxom and irresistibly sexy, but her allure comes from her mystery, not from her slut. See photo attached, the brunette (21st century Lorelei).
Note that the story includes two sirens, Lorelei and Leucosia, partners in crime over the centuries spanned by the story. Lorelei is a supernatural siren entity that possesses women. Leucosia (see attached photo, the redhead--check out her eyes!) is one of the last survivors of the original genetic sirens and is capable of shape-shifting into half-woman/half-creature such as mermaid, bird-woman, snake-woman, and lion-woman.
The story focuses on the relationship between Paul and Lorelei, thus my vision for Sailor vs. Siren; Leucosia is a supporting character. However, if your artistic instinct leads you to focus on the sirens, I'm open to it. Leucosia is a fascinating character, very sexy and powerful but with fierceness, weariness, and humility born of surviving for millennia. Lorelei and Leucosia together are a compelling combo.