Front and back book cover design for hardcover, paperback and ebook (first novel in series).
Front cover should be a city in ruins (think San Fran). Crumpled cityscape, grey and desolate, yet identifiable. As the picture moves toward the spine, we see a huge wall surrounding the city. Also, there should be a prominent (if not overpowering) skyscraper, old and dented but not complexly wrecked like the rest of the city (as this plays into the plot).
As the picture moves toward the spine and opens up across the back cover, the "world" morphs into a pristine jungle paradise--the polar opposite of the feeling from the front cover.
Back to the front cover now... Rising from the desolation, hovering 20 floors up, surrounded and wrapped in tendrils of luxurious smoke, front and center (under the title "O Ascendant"), is a beautiful young woman. Sexy, but not trashy. Dressed in tank top, rugged pants and combat boots. Head shaved. She is a reluctant hero and didn't choose this life (nor her haircut). She should appear strong, but NOT cocky or have street swagger. She should be ethereal but tough. Her body should be fit like a dancer or yoga instructor. Author's name across the bottom of cover "Michael Mast".