I need covers for a historical trilogy that will be self published as e-books and printed copies.
Set in the 10th century England, the first book follows an ingenious Viking chief as he tries to get his hands on a vast English piece of land by killing its ruler, marrying his only daughter and trying to get the whole thing accepted by the King. The title is "The Viking's Hold". Ideally, there should be a picture of the male main character, tall, shoulder length nearly white blonde hair, blue eyes, shaved, scar in right eyebrow and crooked nose (my mental picture is Vladimir Kulich in the 13th Warrior), in period accurate clothes/arms. Favorite weapon is broad axe (NOT double edged). Age in early twenties. Background may include a battle scene, a Roman fort, an image of the heroine (21, dark hair with veil, white skin, green eyes, period accurate Anglo-Saxon clothes)... Or nothing, mist, cloudy sky...
For further information, the draft is available for free on Wattpad ( http://www.wattpad.com/story/122762…g%27s-hold ) .
Second tome is The Viking's Hold II: Emma. Follows a character from the first book as she is abducted and taken to Iceland. Cover with same requirements as previous, featuring Emma (17 year old, long blonde very curly hair, blue eyes, freckles, wearing a white shift or accurate period clothing, no jewelry -she is a servant- sweet, innocent looking). Background may include pictures of an old Icelandic turf house, a longship (small one), the male character (flaming red hair, shoulder length, brown eyes, large ugly scar across left side of face, farmer turned Viking, period clothes or battle gear -spear or axe, helmet, round shield, leather or padded linen tunic), or whatever you chose for the first cover.
Third book will be about Hetha (title) a 20ish year old Viking Lady, who becomes the captain of a longship crewed by women. She is blonde with straight shoulder length hair, blue eyes, tanned, very pretty, wearing battle gear as men: chainmail tunic, helmet, trousers with ankle boots, shield, sword. Her favorite weapon is the bow. She has a strong personality, sense of humor and sarcasm, she is not easily impressed. Background may include a Saxon warrior (helmet with face mask embossed with the Wessex dragon, chainmail tunic, shoulder length brown hair, brown eyes, handsome, can be riding or standing), a longship...
Author's name is Jany Vernis (see my page at http://www.wattpad.com/user/JVernis ). Cover should match e-book size requirements (see Amazon, Kobo...) and title must be easily legible in e-book listing size. Back of print covers will include short summary and author's note.
Accurate historical information can be found on Hurstwic and Regia Anglorum websites for clothing, armor and background. Wikipedia can also help.