As you may remember, Amy Spalding’s The Reece Malcolm List was my first MOTHER OF PEARL I LOVE THIS book of 2013. It left me happy, cheeks aching with a giddy grin that just wouldn’t quit, and hungry for more of Amy Spalding’s brand of humor and heart.
For Kellie Brooks, family has always been a tough word to define. Combine her hippie mom and tattooist stepdad, her adopted overachieving sister, her younger half brother, and her tough-love dad, and average Kellie’s the one stuck in the middle, overlooked and impermanent. When Kellie’s sister finally meets her birth mother and her best friend starts hanging with a cooler crowd, the feeling only grows stronger.
But then she reconnects with Oliver, the sweet and sensitive college guy she had a near hookup with last year. Oliver is intense and attractive, and she’s sure he’s totally out of her league. But as she discovers that maybe intensity isn’t always a good thing, it’s yet another relationship she feels is spiraling out of her control.
It’ll take a new role on the school newspaper and a new job at her mom’s tattoo shop for Kellie to realize that defining herself both outside and within her family is what can finally allow her to feel permanent, just like a tattoo.
Since I was lucky enough to have such great results with the cover for my first book, The Reece Malcolm List, my publisher (Entangled) agreed to let me manage my cover for Ink Is Thicker than Water.
I knew I wanted to have the Reece cover photographer, Jessie Weinberg, shoot this cover, and she agreed to design as well. Knowing what phenomenal design work she does, I was thrilled. We spent a lot of time talking about different concepts and how they’d tie in with the book, but one thing we knew for sure was that the cover had to involve a tattoo.
We finally settled on a concept we loved, and sent it off to The Powers That Be. They loved our idea but wanted it brighter and less angsty, which was fine with me, really. I don’t really write angsty books, so they were right. They also were adamant that the tattoo on the cover not be a design element, but part of the actual photography.
I myself have a lot of tattoos. So many, in fact, that I couldn’t tell you off the top of my head. I’d have to start inventorying my body. So I guess I’m something of an expert. I knew my regular tattoo guy, Mike Erwin at Studio City Tattoo would do a great job, so Jessie and I met with him to talk about the photoshoot and what we needed.
Next we had to find a model! Luckily Reece’s model had a friend she recommended for this shoot, and I knew as soon as I saw her photos that she was perfect for Kellie.
We did a test shoot with a printout of the title tattoo design to make sure the angle and framing would be right. From that we learned what size the temporary tattoo needed to be, and that we needed way more light than shooting indoors would provide.
We scheduled the real shoot, but that meant I had to figure out how to apply a temporary tattoo. Mike got some advice from a makeup artist friend, and it turned out to be super easy! So easy in fact that I made a bunch of temporary tattoos, and applied one to myself to test it out…and I kind of loved it.
Then there was a ton of back and forth about finalizing the cover, but Jessie’s final design is beautiful, and I love it!
Enter to win!
To celebrate Ink’s cover reveal, Amy is giving away one SIGNED copy of The Reece Malcolm List, plus an Ink is Thicker Than Water temporary tattoo. One other lucky reader will win a signed The Reece Malcolm List bookmark, as well as an Ink is Thicker Than Water temporary tattoo.
All you need to do is leave a comment telling us what bookish tattoo you would get (or even better: what bookish tattoo you already HAVE), and leave your name and email in the Rafflecopter form! Don’t forget that you may also earn additional entries by tweeting daily, sharing the contest on your blog/Tumblr/Facebook/Pinterest, etc.