I need book covers for a 5.25 x 8 paperback and ebook edition of books one and two of a series.
"Old Souls" is book one of a Young Adult Epic Fantasy series. Here is the blurb:
Issai has had enough. For the past five thousand plus years, he has been successively reborn hundreds of times with all his previous lives’ memories intact, all the while relentlessly compelled to wander the earth in pursuit of an elusive something he has yet to even identify. Over the centuries, whispers of others similar to him began to surface, and his kind became known as Old Souls.
Unable to find answers for his seemingly endless existence and no longer willing to play in what he fears is just a game for the gods’ amusement, Issai abandons his wanderings and questions and settles in an isolated town in the kingdom of Sarim, determined to resist the strong urge to be on the move that has dictated his entire existence. However, he is attacked shortly by the Shi, hunters of Old Souls that believe they can steal their “immortality” by consuming parts of an Old Soul through various rituals.
Forced to flee, Issai soon encounters Hahri, a loud-mouthed Old Soul with the same compulsion and inhuman speed to rival Issai’s own, inadvertently triggering a painful reaction to each other that is aggravated by the distance between them. When escaping Hahri proves futile and the other offers him a hint to the mystery behind their compulsion, Issai not only reluctantly finds himself once again in pursuit of the very answers he had forsaken, but also running from a relentless enemy whose unprecedented numbers suggest that immortality may not be their only goal.
The cover art needs to flow from the front, across the spin, to the back as one continuous image. The scene I have in mind is a vast forest at night, a little moonlight streaming through the trees. Feel free to expand on this idea as you see fit. I will need two characters depicted in a defensive, battle-ready pose, both physically 14-year-old boys, but their minds are of a being that has lived for over 5,000 years to give you an idea of what kind of demeanor I want them to show. The first boy has black hair that's messy and long enough to get into his eyes and has violet eyes. He should be dressed in a medieval-style tunic, pants, boots, etc. He also needs to be holding two small knives that are slightly bigger than a switchblade. The other boy should be slightly shorter with blue eyes and brown hair that is pulled back into a short tail with a few long tendrils framing his face. He also need to be wearing a medieval-style tunic, but with a black cloak with the hood up.
Hidden within the trees, there needs to be a few men or at least the shadows of men carrying a long wooden staff, whichever works for your vision as long as the staff is included. I'd like the main color scheme to have a blue tint with maybe a little green and purple, or whatever you think would look best to highlight a night scene.
"The Ties That Bind the Soul" is Book 2 of the Old Souls series. This cover also needs artwork that flows across the spine to the back. Here is the Blurb:
Barely escaping the Mahze clan compound with their lives, Issai and Hahri sneak back into Kairash, hoping to meet Korin as planned. The last thing they expect is to run into the very teenager Issai is determined to find while the boy is trying to protect Korin’s missing little girl from a group of city guardsmen. In the ensuing chaos, both the boy and girl escape them, running off in opposite directions. They choose to pursue the girl, and Hahri ultimately manages to convince her to go with them to meet Korin.
Once together, the four Old Souls delve deeper into the strange and sometimes frightening true nature of an Old Soul, discovering abilities Issai and Hahri have only glimpsed before, while also in pursuit of both the fugitive boy and Soujin, a man rumored to have become a god-like being with the power to grant true immortality after successfully consuming a thousand Old Souls.
However, they soon learn that the Shi and slavers aren’t the only ones that have been hunting them, and that they may not be the only Old Souls being hunted.
The setting of this book needs to be within a temple (think cathedral with a fantasy feel) in a type of grand chamber. The two characters from book 1 need to be featured in this cover as well and can be dressed in the same clothes (without the cloak for the 2nd boy). Both boys need to be surrounded by a fog-like blue glow. There also needs to be a stream of tiny blue light particles about the width of a really thick rope. Have the stream flow from one boy's chest, maybe have him hold up his hand as if he's looking at something in it and have the stream loop around his arm, then his torso and then have it flow to the other boy and loop around his body in various patterns, too, before flowing into that boy's chest.
Of course, these are just ideas I'd like to see, but feel free to add your own ideas if you think you have a concept that's much better than what I've described. Just make sure you keep the characters looking as described. I've included two files with cover templates for both novels so you can make sure not to run afoul of the bleed areas or the spot where the bar code will be placed. I'll leave the font choices to your discretion, just nothing too outlandish. The title needs to be readable when the image is a thumbnail. Also, the first book can just be titled "Old Souls" on the front cover and "Book One" can be added to the top of the spine before the title. "The Ties That Bind the Soul" should have a subheading on the front cover that reads: Old Souls Book Two.