Fantasy artwork style request.
Daughter of a Fallen Angel is an adventure / romance fantasy with emphasis on action. It’s for mature readers of both sexes who like adventure with a bit of spicy romance thrown in. It’s not epic fantasy, probably closer to urban fantasy.
The hero is a modern American of Jamaican descent. (Dark skin, attractive) He is armed with a nickel plated Ruger Super Blackhawk. (Dirty Harry handgun.) Besides the hero fighting to protect his lover against multiple foes, the story follows the heroine’s journey from a down-beaten slave to accepting her destiny as a demi-god.
It would be great to have the heroine (or her face) on the cover. Reminiscent of the anime style, she has extra large eyes. (opal colored) Grass green hair and pointed ears. (Looking for serious cute here.)
From the story:
He was struck by the drabness of her outfit. She wore a faded green, short, smock. No shoes. Her hair, the light revealed it was green, hung from her head to her waist. At first he thought she didn’t have any jewelry, until a glint around her neck revealed a heavy brass choke collar. (Not in the story, but a couple of links of a broken chain still attached to the collar would hint at her status.)
Above a tiny button nose he saw large, huge eyes set far apart. They were framed by curving eyebrows. The ears came to a point and beneath each grew a small tuft of green hair that had no place on a human face.
The series title is: Beneath the Jeweled Moon. I fear putting the moon on the cover will make it too busy, but if you’re ambitious, here’s the description from the story:
A pale glow outlined a few wispy clouds across the lake. It was the rising moon.
He wasn’t on Earth.
It was a nice enough moon, pretty even. Unlike the Earth’s moon, it had distinct areas of color instead of lighter and darker markings. He saw a great patch of red, a smaller green and a few veins of cobalt blue.
My homemade cover doesn’t convey the story’s content. I’m looking for one that can stand next to main-stream adventure stories. If you consider hinting at the antagonists, he battles; witches, Bronze Age soldiers, ape-like monsters and one rather despicable vampire. I know that’s too much for one cover, but this is to throw out ideas. I haven’t considered making use of the back flap, but I see how some books use it for the threats the hero faces. (Strictly optional)
I realize a modern cover needs to look good on the thumbnail and I’m open to creative ideas. This cover will be used for kindle (1563 pix by 2500pix) and Createspace versions. (5.5in by 8.5in for the createspace cover.)
I suppose my concern is getting Sachi (the heroine) to look attractive, as I expect she’ll need to be hand drawn. Matthew Sharpe is a normal human.
I’ve added files for my old cover and the synopsis.