I want you to have creative freedom with the design. That said, I do have a few ideas in terms of direction. None of the attached pics below are supposed to be used, but can be. These are simply ideas for inspiration. I would like additional photo ideas for the trauma effect if possible. Also, if stock photos are used, it's best that they are free or inexpensive because I don't want to pay high royalties for the books that are sold.
General ideas: The cover needs to connect with idea of trauma; The secondary plot has to do with sailing, so would like a subtle hint of this in some way. There is irony in the book title as “Selah” is the opposite of Storm. Perhaps have the title text fragmented, energy or perceived movement with the title text with one of the words (Selah OR Storm). The word “Selah” means “be still, pause” – thus the “Storm” is the opposite in meaning and the cover could play off of these opposites.
Idea #1 Have the car headlights coming at you, with subtle reverberating lights of brain CT overlay (Captain Bob suffered brain injury). See attached variation of this.
Idea #2—Point of view overlooking the deck of a sailboat, have the accident scene out on the water.
Idea #3 Have two blocked borders or two block stripes intersecting depicting two ideas intersecting – trauma and sailing.
The AAE logos at the bottom are used for the back cover (Author Academy Elite) and Spine (AAE)
The back cover will have text and author's photo. I can supply the final text when I decide on the final cover but a text draft is on the variation attached, use that if you want. Also the back cover and spine could bleed over the design from the front cover, to create the feeling of one continuous image on front and back. Please note: feel free to use your creativity. Surprise me. You may be thinking something I am not. Also, I've added some covers that I like that may give you more ideas.