I am seeking covers for a set of three ebooks called The Beara Trilogy’. Although the covers will be different, given the common brand and the strand of the narrative they must use the same conceptual element across all three.
The books are a trilogy of adventure/thrillers set in both contemporary and 1960s Ireland. The target audience is adults over 18 and particularly those with an interest in Irish culture or history. The trilogy concerns the investigations of a detective historian in contemporary Ireland, a reclusive individual who has deep family ties to the Beara Peninsula in Southern Ireland. The titles are:
Book 1- Beara: Dark Legends
Book 2 - Beara: Cry of the Banshee
Book 3- Beara: The Relic
The following are the back cover blurbs:
(1) Beara: Dark Legends
Nobody knows much about reclusive historian Muiris (Mos) O’Súilleabháin except that he doesn’t share his secrets freely.
Mos, however, has a “sixth sense for history, a unique talent for finding lost things”.
Lured from seclusion, Mos is hired to locate the final resting place of legendary Irish hero, Fionn Mac Cumhal. Confronted by a thousand year old mystery, the distractions of a beguiling circus performer and a lethal competitor, Mos must draw on his knowledge of Gaelic lore to defy his enemies and survive his own family history in Beara.
Beara: Dark Legends is the first in a trilogy of unforgettable Irish thrillers. Propulsive, atmospheric and darkly humorous, Dark Legends introduces an Irish hero like you’ve never seen before. Nothing you thought you knew about Ireland will ever be the same again.
(2) Beara: Cry of the Banshee
Once again, reclusive historian Muiris (Mos) O’Súilleabháin finds himself drawn out of the shadows, coerced into assisting the police on a gruesome local murder. A dark discovery has been unearthed at the ancient ‘Hag of Beara’, a mysterious landmark with deep mythological associations. Mos, with his ‘sixth sense for history’ and ‘skewed’ views of modern convention is considered the ideal man to help solve the case.
Or screw it up completely.
But strange sounds are haunting the barren landscape. The old people are whispering of a long-forgotten creature and Mos is struggling with secrets of his own, not least the mystery of his own baffling origins.
Beara: Cry of the Banshee is the second in a trilogy of unforgettable Irish thrillers. Atmospheric, compelling and darkly humorous, Mos continues to turn contemporary Irish belief on its head, exposing long lost truths, suppressed for generations.
(3) Beara: The Relic
Enigmatic historian Muiris (Mos) O’Súilleabháin has unusual talents he doesn’t wish to share. Forced to locate a mysterious relic linked to an obscure Irish saint, Mos must use his ‘sixth sense for history and unique talent for finding lost things’ to discover the truth behind the deceits.
But enemies are lining up on every side, investigators are closing in on old family secrets and Mos must finally come to terms with what he is, to protect the ones he loves.
Beara: The Relic is the third in a trilogy of unforgettable Irish thrillers. Gripping, provocative and darkly subversive, Mos continue to upend contemporary Irish thinking, displacing centuries of ingrained mistruths in his own inimitable manner.
Covers should include the ‘Title’ and ‘Author’s Name’ (Brian O’Sullivan). In smaller letters after the title it should include the subtitle ‘The Beara Trilogy Book 1, 2 or 3’ as appropriate.
Stylistically, the books are brooding/dark but have a black sense of humour. The overall cover design should reflect this.
The key cover conceptual element we’re looking at is a profile or outline of a male in a herringbone longcoat with his back or side facing the reader (see attached examples). A lot of designers tend to place figures in the centre of the cover but our preference is to have him off to one side. In terms of ‘look’ I’m pretty open to any additional design concepts as long as the following elements are strongly conveyed/ included:
• The genre (mystery/thriller) - (more ‘mystery’ than ‘thriller’ but avoid the generic ‘action’ thriller cover/font types used by authors such as Lee Child, James Patterson, Dan Brown, Catherine Coulter etc.)
• A distinct Irish subject and location (Landscape or ‘props’ [or both] are fine to suggest this but must work with the figure. Note: we dislike stereotypical Irish symbols [leprechauns, shamrocks, pints of stouts, red hair etc.]). Megalithic stone, stone carvings, Celtic designs [see ‘triskeles’ or Google ‘Newgrange’ for suitable examples], simple [i.e. not over-ornate] Celtic knotwork etc.– is all right)
Book 1- Beara: Dark Legends (Potential prop suggestions: ancient vellum manuscript, ruins of an old castle – small – description can be provided)
Book 2 - Beara: Cry of the Banshee (Potential prop suggestions: Hag of Beara [this is a rock in Ireland – use Google Images to see what it looks like], ghostly banshee figure etc.), an ‘Ogham stone’
Book 3 - Beara: The Relic (Potential prop suggestions: A holy well [Google ‘Irish holy well’ to see examples of what these look like], female body floating in water [see example], etc.
• The colour green and grey (stone grey)
• A brooding/menacing tone (e.g. mist, rain, clouds, silhouettes, shadows etc.)
• A sense of antiquity (e.g. props such as ancient standing stone etc.).
• Originality - we particularly like unique/visually striking artwork
Finally, the image must be based on 100% original work and be clearly distinct and "readable" as a thumbnail and e-book cover (i.e. image more prominent than the title/author name).
The final product must be provided in formats suitable for an ebook cover that aligns with Amazon cover requirements and a printed 5.25 x 8 inch soft cover paperback that aligns with CreateSpace cover requirements as follows:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custo…=200109520 or https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publish
The final deliverable must be free of any third party copyright issues. Please make certain all images, fonts etc, used are royalty free. Final image copyright will belong to Irish Imbas Books. Cover design credit (first last name only) will be attributed to designer in the ebooks. Happy to take any queries and provide feedback on questions.