Illustrated cover design package for print and ebook editions of book one in the series.
Summary: A young captain and her crew battle an alien threat that has attacked Earth’s sister planet using an enslaved race as living weapons of destruction.
Title, series and author name on front cover
Title: The Dark of Light
Series: Starhawke Rising Book One
Author: Audrey Sharpe
Setting: Space. Earth-like planet (full or partial view) in the background, enemy ship in the foreground.
Mood: Foreboding. Contrast of dark (ship) and light (planet) with deep blue undertones
Key Feature: Enemy spaceship. The ship's overall shape is somewhat like a heavily armored blimp. I was deliberately vague in the description in the book, so there's a lot of room to play and experiment with design for the ship (and the ship is blown up at the end of the book so it won’t appear on future covers). Also, the ship has a hull that can create the equivalent of a Romulan cloaking effect, where the ship “shimmers” in and out from the surrounding starscape.
Potential concepts: A lot of space opera covers have the ship hovering over the planet, and I’m not opposed to that, but I’m also interested in the idea of the ship showing in close-up on the left side of the front cover as if the reader is too close to see the whole thing as it passes by, headed for the planet. The rest of the ship would continue around the wrap and maybe only reveal about ¼ to 1/3 of the total ship (think Star Wars opening sequences with Star Destroyers).
The “cloaking effect “could also be integrated or used as an alternative idea so the ship is “appearing” in the starfield over the planet. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK had a movie poster that captured this concept well. http://www.impawards.com/1980/empir…_ver1.html
I’m very open to creative ideas, so if you have a concept that’s different than the two I mentioned, send me a message so we can discuss it! I’ve included a copy of the book’s original cover design for those who are curious about why the series is in desperate need of rebranding.
Examples of successful covers in the genre: Lindsay Buroker’s Star Nomad series, Rachel Aukes’s Fringe Runner