I need a front and back cover for a YA Fantasy novel, with a 3D image. Setting is New Zealand in the 1850's off the coast. I'd like to incorporate BOLD tribal colors such as, GOLD, BLUE, ORANGE, and RED in the cover art. I am looking for a CLEAN (non-sexual) representation of the mermaid, which is the heroine of the story, on the cover. I like the idea of keeping her veiled in mystery, silhouetted or nondescript however, I am open to other possibilities. The Mermaids are known as the Aureate, or "golden" tribe. Points of interest include: a small, clear, glass orb that contains black sand, a fire opal, and tiny starfish which she wears around her neck at all times, luminescent jellyfish, and a large golden pearl, which holds the essence (soul) of her people.
*** Book Description ***
The fates have not been kind to Avelessa. She lost her parents when she was eight and if that it wasn't enough, a tragic run in with a rebel Mer faction, called the Ael, leaves her scarred and alone.
Cian, the Keeper of the Aureate, finds Avelessa and takes her under his wing as his apprentice. Avelessa finds that there are some things that not even he can protect her from. A sickness plagues her people. Now her mentor is ill and there is no known cure. Cian believes a pearl, called Sol Fyre, may be their only hope.
Avelessa has always had someone in her life to make decisions for her. This time the decision is hers alone. She goes in search of the pearl, crossing the boundary the Elders put in place for their safety, and discovers a few things along the way.
The Elders are keeping secrets. And humans… well they are not as evil as she has been taught to believe.