David Sullivan got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Fun illustrated paranormal romance book cover
Check out David Sullivan's Book cover contest…
David Sullivan has been a deckhand in the Mediterranean, a bartender in New York and an English teacher in China. Now that he’s no longer hosing salt off yachts during high-wind gales, he writes from his lair in the Pacific Northwest.
Working on superyachts has not turned out as Aurora Strand expected. Despite her abusive past, she has managed to fall in love with a vampire—the mysterious and controlling billionaire, Adrian Voper—and in order to free him of violent needs she must now hunt down and destroy his maker. But finding this fiend in a world of yachts-turned-vampire lairs is easier said than done. There will be tests and horrors alike, and one shocking threat from the past that may just tear Aurora and Adrian apart . . .
Women, ages 18-45+.
Book cover type
It's a paranormal romance, and I'm looking for a minimalist illustrated cover that's done in a more mature and sophisticated style than the illustrated contemporary romance novel covers that are popular at the moment. I have included photos of the cover of the first book in the series, and I would want this new cover to be in the same style and continue the same typography for the author name and "Lair" title (I can send designers a Photoshop file if needed to replicate the fonts). I would like both the title and subtitle to be dark blue this time, with the "Rising" subtitle in a retro, neon font that's a lighter shade of blue. I’ve attached a rough sketch of the concept I have in mind. It should look like it’s at night with a moody dark blue or black color scheme to everything, and my main character is in a black wetsuit and is emerging out of the hatch of a submersible that’s surfaced at sea, her black hair blowing in the wind and a grenade launcher held upward at an angle, her figure somewhat sexy to drive home that paranormal romance feel. Below the surface of the sea I’d like to see silhouettes of women sinking into the depths, and above in the night sky the title and author name. I have also attached a reference photo for the submersible. If you have other concept ideas, I'd be open to them as well.
What to avoid
The cover will be illustrated, so no stock photography.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their book cover.
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