I imagine the cover art involving the main character Samantha Rhodes, with at least her side profile visible, staring up with some trepidation and wonder at a sky of innumerable stars. She’s standing across from a glowing blue hologram of a smiling, robed woman with a hood over her head who is not paying the stars any particular mind. She’s simply folding her arms and smiling mischievously at Samantha, with her eyes obscured by the shadow of her hood. The setting of the image is the desert, with an oasis and a burning village in close proximity.
The Stars in Our Skies is a long title, so that provides a bit of a unique challenge in that I also want there to be strong attention drawn to the stars in the sky, without the title taking the totality of that attention away at the top of the page. I would like particular attention paid to putting plenty of stars into the sky, big and small. The sky is so bright with starlight that it almost looks like dim daylight even at night, and there should be a slight grayish, bluish hue to the sky.
I am open to any color schemes really, but ultimately above all else I would like the book to appear clearly in series with the cover art I have attached below for Elysium. Elysium is the third book in the series, and The Stars in our Skies is the second book in the series.
I would like the fonts to be consistent across all book covers in series as well, so in terms of fonts I would like to use the same ones as in the Elysium cover with Chuck Noon used for the title, Chuck Noon 2 used for the subtitle “COLOSSUS OF RHODES SERIES BOOK TWO”, Perpetua used for the blurb on the back, and Optimus Princeps Semi Bold for the author name.
Also I intend for this to sound as unshallow as possible, but I would like that Samantha look as beautiful as possible since a large focus of the story is the fact that she is a beautiful girl on a reality TV show who happens to have been born in a portion of the world subjected to a very cruel and unusual form of torture for the sake of entertaining others watching her from afar. She is of mixed descent, and I have attached several example images below of what she may look like, along with Elysium’s cover art to guide any interpretation of her character design. The glowing, blue holographic “goddess” is also quite attractive, though she is more middle-aged and only half of her face is really visible beneath her eyes.
I’ve also attached an example of cover art for the first book Watch Them Wander to specifically give an idea for the clothing on Samantha, though I would prefer her face not be covered in the cover art for The Stars in Our Skies.
I also imagined there being a village with tents in the backdrop burning from a robotic dragon’s fire.
The incorporation of the robotic dragon is something I imagined on the back cover flying ominously from the distance (perhaps from distant desert mountains) with a vague image of a girl (named Eve) dressed in armor and looking a lot like a blonde Xena Warrior Princess straddling it. I would be open to the dragon and Eve being incorporated more as a focus of the cover art either on the front or on the back, but the dragon would have to look semi-robotic with a metallic sheen to its scales. I imagined it looking a lot like Drogon in the Song of Ice and Fire books, though I’m open to any interpretations. If Eve is to be detailed she has floral scar tattoos all over her body and face, and she has gold plated armor. If an artist elects to produce a close up of both Eve and her dragon in the cover art, I would request that a gecko with its tongue hanging out be present on the dragon as well if possible.
Also, as can be seen in the Elysium cover art, I would like there to be adorable geckos incorporated into the cover art. I would like them to be present on the title lettering itself in particular like in Elysium’s cover art, as well as elsewhere in the cover art, potentially on a charred tent’s remaining frame, or on a large rock, or on a low hanging oasis tree’s branch, basically anywhere that you deem fit within the cover art as these lizards are omnipresent within the plotline constantly staring at them with static eyes.
Paperback dimensions I intend to use would be 5.5" x 8.5"
The page count at the current formatting is around 219 pages with 5.5” x 8.5” dimensions.
I would like a print-ready PDF at the end of the contest optimized for printing with KDP as well