SUMMARY OF BOOK:
This YA fantasy novel is called The Brothers David. It is the first of a series, The Brothers David Chronicles. It is about two brothers who live in a village that surrounds a garden. The keepers in this village have protected the garden for a thousand years because the gates of Heaven are within the garden. They are trained to use Light (energy) for fighting. Only one person has ever left the village: the two brothers' father. That is, until the older of the two brothers decides to leave in search of their father, leaving his younger brother behind to deal with the aftermath. Instead of finding their father, though, he discovers a savage world-a wasteland much different than the lush, forested village.
You could say it's Mad Max meets The Giver meets the Bible.
IDEAS FOR COVER:
I have three ideas for the cover and am open to any of the three interpretations or some combination or feel free to surprise me.
The first is vague in that it would primarily be a text cover featuring the title dominating most of the space with some abstract graphic behind and/or around it.
The second idea would be a "stained glass painting" type cover. Like you'd see in an old church.
The third idea I have is a cover showing the almost-silhouetted (or photo manipulated) two brothers in a back-to-back profile view. Behind the brother who stayed could be the lush, forested village. Behind the brother who left would be the wasteland-esque (cracked dirt, downed trees, remnants of a beautiful landscape) world outside of the village. I would be interested to see if this can be pulled off in a not-so "split screen" way. Double exposure technique could also be a cool option.
Description of brothers:
Both brothers are tan skinned with dark hair. Older brother is 17. Much more masculine (tall, broad shouldered, strong presence). Younger brother is 16. Medium height, slender, unassuming, shaggy hair makes him look even younger than his older brother.
They wear simple tunic and pants.
************The recent movie Noah can be used as a reference for the way they are dressed and the general feel of what I'm going for.*************
Text on cover:
Book Title: The Brothers David
Author Name: Michael Hallows (doesn't have to be prominent)
I need an ebook cover as well as a print 5.5" x 8.5" front, and back and spine cover (pdf for print on demand).
This series will be at least 5 books. I hope to continue working one-on-one with winner for the rest of the series.
Thanks in advance!