One of the main plot elements in the book is the main character receiving an old copy of the Jules Verne book, The Green Ray, from the 1800s. My initial inclination for the cover is to emulate the iconic Hetzel covers of Jules Verne books from the late 1800s, but customized to this current title.
For example, Jeff Vandemeer's Steampunk Bible sticks closely to one of the Hetzel designs (http://www.amazon.com/The-Steampunk…0810989581) so perhaps it might be better to use one of the alternative designs in the samples. I do prefer the cover versions that have little mini scenes of things from the book. For this book, that could include trains, backpacks, horses, guitar/song-playing, two girls kissing, a pottery wheel. See Cover G with highlights.jpg to see exactly what I am referring to, highlighted in yellow.
The book should have a green color to it matching the green of some of the Hetzel covers attached below (To The Sun.jpg).
While I really like the Hetzel covers and would welcome designs that adhere to that style, this cover is also open to more modern interpretations, such as the designs by Jim Tierney:
This cover will be for a paperback version as well as an ebook version, so it would need a front and back cover, with the cover blurb on the back. The back should have some sort of space for the text to fill while remaining legible. Here's the back blurb ("Star Trek" and "The Green Ray" should be in italics):
Ryland Taggart—college freshman, lesbian, and Star Trek aficionado—just wanted the free trip to Italy, courtesy of her dangerously impractical botany professor. But when their research on a Tuscan farm finds an inexplicable disease killing off the crops, Ryland gets something she absolutely didn't want: nightly dreams starring the ghost of the 19th-century Tuscan bandit-king, Domenico Tiburzi, pleading with her to save the land.
"You must follow the green ray," he implores.
When she is given an 1883 edition of Jules Verne's The Green Ray, accompanied by a photo of a mysterious, unnamed woman, Ryland takes up Tiburzi’s challenge. She embarks on a cross-European odyssey to uncover a tragic love story buried since the last days of World War II, and in the process, find out how the farm's destiny is entwined with her own.