Thursday, 15 May 2014

Two more wonderful ebook covers.

I know I promised you some more Seven Fabulous Wonders covers, so here they are...


Colossus underwater after the earthquake

The Colossus Crisis takes place on the Mediterranean island of Rhodes, just as a major earthquake topples the sixth wonder of the ancient world - the famous Colossus of Rhodes, which was a huge bronze statue of their sun-god Helios.

The statue actually fell on land according to the ancient writers, but having Helios' head splash down into the sea made a much more dramatic painting. Here you see the heroine of my story, Aura who has "mermaid" blood, diving down to reach it. She can breathe underwater, which is a usefull skill since she is a sponge-diver. That blue thing in her (webbed) hand is a magical creature rather like a sea-sponge but linked to the sea-god Poseidon, enemy of Helios and the human race. Aura, having both human and telchine(mermaid) blood, is caught in the middle when the two gods clash.

Here is the cover with the painting brightened up slightly to match the turquoise colour:

The Colossus Crisis

With statues of gods on my mind, I was inspired to tackle the Statue of Zeus at Olympia next. His temple was in the sacred precinct at the site of the ancient Olympic Games, and his statue was so huge that, even sitting down inside the temple, Zeus' head brushed the roof! Showing scale in a painting can be a bit difficult, so I decided to just paint his hand in the foreground, with a little statue of the goddess Nike standing in it.


The hand of Zeus holding the goddess Nike
Nike means "Victory", which is probably why it's used as the name of a well-known sports clothing company. In my book Nike is alive, and appears to the boys who are competing in the boys' events at the Games to help them fight off a terrorist plot launched by the Persians. (The terrorists - calling themselves the Warriors of Ahriman - are trying to disrupt the Olympic Games in an effort to stop Alexander the Great rampaging across Persia.)

Here's the cover:

The Olympic Conspiracy


The winner of the boys' sprint - in this case our hero, Sosi - used to carry a torch around the temples in the precinct at Olympia, which is where we got the idea for our modern Olympic torch relay.


Have you been keeping count? That's five covers done and two more to paint. More soon!


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THE OLYMPIC CONSPIRACY
Kindle / Nook / Apple / Kobo

THE COLOSSUS CRISIS
Kindle / Nook / Apple / Kobo

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