NEED: Book cover, spine and back page, but without any text. Just the art work.
The cover, spine and back for The Funny Bird novel should be designed as three separate files. I will be using the services of CreateSpace (Amazon.com) for final cover assembly, and they will insert all words and the ISBN code, so all you are asked to provide is the graphic images.
The Funny Bird is the second of six novels in my “Nina Chronicles” series. The first novel is The Order, and you should look at that book (find it on Amazon.com at: https://www.amazon.com/Order-Book-N…851354/ref to see the general style I’m aiming for. Your design needs to be set up so as to allow later insertion of title, author, etc. by the CreateSpace folks. Your art work should not be so radically different from The Order’s art work as to cause a reader to wonder if they are unrelated works.
The principal image on the cover should be of a raven holding a gold wedding band in its beak. “The Funny Bird” is a raven in my novel. He has “found” a very special 14 year old girl who belongs to a tiny group of humans who call themselves “the Order.” These people (around 300 in number) are born with bodies which age very slowly after reaching maturity, resulting in life spans in the hundreds of years. Each member of the Order has a skill, such as: warrior, mathematics, plant knowledge, charm, and the ability to communicate with animals. My 14 y.o. protagonist Nina will have all of the skills. The raven who discovers her (The Funny Bird) hopes she might be the link that brings humanity back into meaningful contact with the rest of life on the planet.
In the first chapter, Raven he brings Nina a gift: a gold wedding band he’d previously found and hidden.
As for general color scheme, the following may provide some assistance.
The raven “sees” humans in a way that is different from how humans see each other. The bird sees a material body, but he also sees an energy aura that surrounds each human. “Regular” humans have reddish (male) or pinkish (females) auras. Order members have bluish auras (which can range from midnight blue through purple up through lighter blues and lavenders). Whether you choose to use any of these color elements in the design is up to you. What I’m most interested in the image of the raven. I am setting out below a few passages from the novel that may help you in visualizing what I imagine when I think of the raven and Nina.
“Humans use the terms “conspiracy” or “unkindness” to describe a group of ravens. But in the bird world, Raven’s family called themselves the Wealthy Feeders on Road Kill. In the Road Kill conspiracy, Raven was the trickster, the comedian, and by far the smartest. Combined with his passion for collecting scent patterns, his oddball behaviors had earned him a nickname.
I am the Funny Bird.
This pleased Raven, for he had a wicked sense of humor, and was never shy in perpetrating raven mischief at every chance, to amuse both himself and his conspiracy comrades.
Now that he’d found the princess, about whom there had been so much rumor in the bird kingdom, he again took flight, returning a few minutes later carrying a worn gold band clutched in the curve of his beak—a lost wedding ring he’d found three summers ago and hidden in the rotted-out knothole of a pine tree.
He landed in the middle of the table and dropped the gift, then lifted off with great happy beats of his glossy black feathers. Knowing that after years of searching, his most important mission in life had finally begun.”
“After the humans left the deck, Raven’s mighty wings powered him off the branch and up into the morning sky. When he’d cleared the treetops, Raven performed a loop-de-loop, partly for the simple joy of flying upside down, but mostly to celebrate the delivery of his first gift.”
[The following description is how the raven sees Nina when her power emerges]
“As Ernesto and Benny approached the princess, Raven saw little sparks of blue energy begin to form around her body, first as an aura around her head, then enveloping her entire body, swirling in every direction before quickly twisting into a virtual tornado. The electric blue vortex that now enveloped the princess was so intense Raven could barely make out her face, hands, and legs.
Nina confronted the now whimpering Benny and felt a warmth blossom in her cheeks and then in her chest, as if a fire burned inside. She focused the surge upon Benny, face-to-face, standing on fresh mowed warm summer grass, her words pounding out with a vengeance.
As the princess spoke, Raven watched the blue energy blast outward, crashing into Benny’s body like a battering ram.
“You little shit!” Nina shouted. “How could you do this?”
Ernesto felt Benny actually pushed backwards as Nina delivered what sounded—and felt—like a command.
“If you can’t act like a decent person, you should go find a shovel and climb up into the hills and dig yourself a hole and crawl in and never come out again!”
At which point Benny panicked.
Ernesto felt his son’s arm slip from his grasp, but was at a loss to understand what he was witnessing, or how to respond.
“I’m sorry,” Benny pleaded. “I didn’t mean for it to break.” He struggled for more words, failed, and collapsed onto the grass, throwing up every bit of partially digested hamburger, cake, ice cream, and orange soda.
Up in the pine tree, Raven watched as the blue energy tornado swirled and punched and then spun down and within seconds disappeared. Marveling at the power of his princess, who was obviously stronger than he had ever imagined. And in that instant Raven knew exactly what his next present would be.”