The name of my book is "Spark -- Legends of the Shifters: Book One". Here's the description:
"For more than a decade, Ivy Oliver has lived in a dark, crumbling orphanage where she was sent after her parents’ death. Her only hope for a life of simplicity and happiness is the trial, a test that frees her second form from where it’s been buried since her birth.
That hope is dashed, however, when she transforms into a creature that rips her away from the only friends she’s ever had and ensures that her enemies are numerous. She is dragged unwillingly to a school that will discipline her in the ways of survival and defense. There, she makes both friend and foe. She discovers things she never knew about her past and her future. This tiny, insignificant girl is faced with a crushing destiny that might be too staggering for her to bear. She will have to abandon her shy, quiet demeanor and take on a fearless spirit if she wants to survive."
To add to that, my main character lives in the snowy mountains. The second form she can turn into is a phoenix, so the cover could have an ice and fire theme. An idea that I had for the design was the phoenix against a dark midnight sky, the beginnings of fire (or a spark) coming out of its beak. I would like the phoenix to be on the cover, but I am very open to whatever the designer comes up with. If you would like to include the girl, she has wavy red hair and green eyes. She would either have on a dark, ragged cape or a red dress in first form. When she's in half-form, her skin is veined with swirls of light and her hair has phoenix feathers braided into it. She is talented at fighting with a sword. One of the scenes in the book has her wandering through a forest, where the thick fog chokes the trees and underbrush (by this time in the story, she's in a warmer climate). Although I've listed all these possibilities, I would like to keep the cover pretty simple. I wouldn't want it to look too busy.
A few book covers that I admire are https://www.goodreads.com/book/show…ultiversum | https://www.goodreads.com/book/show…5-entwined | and | https://www.goodreads.com/book/show…k-princess | I look forward to seeing some creativity!