Unhinged by A.G. Howard – Blog Tour Guest Post & Giveaway

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Welcome to the final tour stop, #12!


Let’s talk inkings…
Today, Persephone—Alyssa’s boss—is at the vintage/gothic thrift store taking the Halloween décor off the display window and mannequin to set up for a fall theme.

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Although we never get to actually meet Persephone in Splintered or Unhinged, her unique outlook and style shape every scene that takes place in Butterfly Threads. So, let’s give her the chance to tell us a bit about herself now, via her tattoos…

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Persephone: Very nice to meet you all! Or, ya’ll, as we say in Texas. *adjusts pink-tinged glasses and smiles* The first inking I ever had done was the Texas emblem on my left shoulder seven years ago. It was in honor of my dad. He called me his yellow rose. He’d just passed away, and I wanted to have a reminder of him always. The rainbow bridge on my right shoulder is called a Bifrost. The rainbow connects the human world with the world of the gods. That one came a year later, after I became interested in spirits and the like. As for the number between my shoulders? *blushes* Well, that’s my geeky infatuation with magic and fantasy coming through. Those digits are the official library call number to a group of Harry Potter articles and essays. I had the rose and forget-me-not bouquet inked on my left thigh about four months ago, after the guy I’d been dating for five years was transferred to New Jersey for his job. We’re trying to make it work long distance, but it’s rough. The roses represent beauty and hope, and forget-me-nots symbolize that I won’t be forgotten by my lover. I’ve got my fingers crossed that’s true. After all, I miss him every day.
Thanks Persephone!
Tattoos often hold deep, personal meaning for the people sporting them. This is also true of the ones in Unhinged. Here’s an excerpt from the book that introduces Jeb’s and Alyssa’s for the first time:

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The idea for Alyssa’s tattoo came to me even before I knew I would get to write a book 2. I was inspired when a fan of Splintered, Stephanie Foster, sent me a picture of her wing tattoo (below) and the Latin words that accompany it. I messaged her back and asked permission to use her inking for Alyssa in the second book, pending my publisher allowed me to write one.

 

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When I got the green light for Unhinged, I couldn’t wait to incorporate the tat. While Stephanie’s looks beautiful etched across her shoulders and nape, for Alyssa, it made more sense that she would put a smaller version on her ankle to cover up her netherling birthmark since in book 2 she’s trying to suppress her netherling side and live a human life.
Jeb’s was also a logical choice, considering his painting career has become a near obssession for him in Unhinged. Oh, and a little bit of Ensnared trivia: Jeb’s tattoo plays a huge role in book 3.

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(Picture Attributions: Wing tattoo by Stephanie Foster; Rose tattoo by Nils von Barth; Harry Potter & TX tattoo by Jesse! S?)

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In celebration of tattoos and all things netherling, we’re giving away two fabulous prizes today! First, a sheet of gorgeous temporary tattoos from inkwear, and second, a box filled with super sekrit Splintered/Unhinged goodies. That means two winners, so leave us a comment about any tattoos you might have or what you would get for body art if the opportunity ever arose. Then be sure your name is in the rafflecopter and you’ll be entered. Follow the instructions for extra entries!

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Please note: Super sekrit prizes will not arrive in this box…

This brings us to the end of the official Unhinged tour. Thanks so much for taking part. I hope you’re even more excited for book 2 now, because January is just around the corner!
Have a lovely autumn season, take care, and happy reading. 🙂

 

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Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she’s always dreamed of.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she’ll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.

 

agAuthor A.G. Howard

A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

 

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Comments

  1. i was thinking on getting a tattoo to remember my best friend who died.
    Probably a quote im still thinking what to get

  2. I don’t have any tattoos, but if I ever got any, it would probably be something odd…like a vampire bat. Yes, I’m a weirdo 🙂 Thank you for the chance to win!!

  3. I LOVED LOVED SPLINTERED!!! I have already pre-ordered the second one!

  4. I have a few tattoos…. one is in my mom’s handwriting. The other one is a whole half sleeve devoted to my all time favorite movie Finding Nemo. 🙂 the other one I got during fleet week in Florida and woke up with it…really, that one is nothing to brag about.

  5. It’s not safe for me to get a tattoo because I am a diabetic. But I think they are cool!

  6. I have no tattoos but my fiance does 😉 I actually wrote more of this here: http://twistedredladybug.blogspot.com/2013/08/patriotic-and-musical.html

  7. I know they can tattoo over scars, but what happened when tattooed skin gets scarred?

  8. I don’t have any tatoos but I would like to tatooed a wolf behind the neck ^^

  9. Desnica Kumar says:

    I’ve always considered getting a tattoo…but I haven’t yet been inspired by any ideas of what I would get….
    Thanks for the giveaways!

  10. I want to get tiny stars tattooed on my ankle :p

  11. I don’t have any tattoos yet but I would love to get one. It’ll probably be something bookish. 🙂

  12. I actually do have a tattoo, it is rep of a person who was is to this day the most important perso in my life and I carry them with me always. I have plans to add to this with others of my own design. 🙂

  13. I would want no fear on the side of my foot or stars across the top.

  14. Anna Granberg says:

    I have a tribal dragon on my right ankle and want a tattoo of my dog’s paw print.

  15. Céline G. says:

    I don’t have any but I would love a very big tattoo on my back, don’t know what yet… Thanks a lot for the giveaway!!

  16. I would probably get a cutsie one of a butterfly or stars or flowers or something like that.

  17. I would get a blue rose, as it symbolises mystery and enchantment. As I quote from a source, “A flight of fancy, an irrepressible imagination” and it gives a surreal feel, like something (a dream?) that cannot be fully grasped. I really love it’s unique meaning (:

  18. I do not have any tatoos. Thank you for the giveaways.

  19. I have 6 tattoos right now and want more. I have peter pan and Tinkerbelle on my right shoulder, the phrase “A dream is a wish your heart makes” on my left foot, a sea horse from little mermaid on my right foot, a butterfly on my hip, stars on my wrist, and a butterfly over a heart on my right ankle. I want to put my puppy’s paw print on the side of my foot and I have some other tattoos I want but those are a surprise 🙂

  20. I can’t wait to read this one. The covers are AMAZING.

    I’ve been considering getting a tattoo when I sell a book. I don’t know what I’ll get, though. 🙂

  21. I am very excited for Unhinged! I would love to get an ARC!

  22. donnadurnell2013 says:

    I do not have any ink and do not ever plan on getting a tattoo. But my daughter has a happy face on the inside of an ankle, and she has a butterfly on the back right side of her neck. My granddaughter has a sleeve on her left arm and an outline of Oklahoma on her right arm. Think she’s planning on more as well.
    I have not yet read Splintered, but am planning to do so eventually — and then Unhinged will be very welcomed.

  23. I have six tattoos and would get several more given the opportunity!

  24. This book looks so interesting!

  25. I don’t think I’d ever actually get a tattoo. It’s too permanent and I’d probably end up hating what I got 😛

  26. No tattoos for me. Love the cover for Unhinged, can’t wait!

  27. OMG I have so many but i want this on one my four arm that has the word imagine with swallows on it…hard to explain…then I want an open book with all the tittles I love coming out of it…with something around it…another one hard to explain!! hahaah

    Thanks for the chance to win!! I am so excited for this book!!!!

  28. sherry butcher says:

    I don’t have any tattoos, I’m diabetic and can’t but my step daughter has a wonderful fairy in blues. purple and a little pink.

  29. sherry butcher says:

    I would buy & read Splintered while waiting for Unhinged to get here, if I won.

  30. Thanks for the giveaway! I don’t have any tattoos, but I hope to get one some day. Maybe I will get a butterfly. In school kids always called me the butterfly girl because I love butterflies so much. <3

  31. i dont have any tattoos, but if i did i would get my brother gage’s name (he died in 2008) on my wrist next to the date he died

  32. I don’t have any tattoos yet, but I have one in mind that I definitely want to get someday. It would be a pentacle with angel wings with the words “Whisper seven words to me” underneath. It from one of my favorite book and has quite a bit of meaning to me.

    • I haven’t read Splintered yet, but it’s been on my TBR for awhile now, just because it sounds so good! Plus there’s that loverly cover.

  33. Kelly Amos says:

    I do not currently have any type of body art, but I plan to get a fairy tattoo and another (not sure exactly what) in memory of my mother who passed years ago.

  34. I read Splintered and loved it so much. Can’t wait for this book!
    I’ve secretly always wanted a little flower on my ankle. But I’ll never do it.

  35. So excited for this! I have one tattoo, a tramp stamp that’s kind of tribal with some blue stars to it. Love it 🙂 I kind of want more, but my health isn’t so great. I don’t want to risk irritating my body more 😛

  36. Kelly Amos says:

    I love to read books that have a theme such as this one. Very excited indeed 🙂

  37. I have 9 tattoos. The last one I got is a vine that has 3 butterflies of which they all picked their favorite color and their names the goes from my toes up on my outer calf. I will be getting one with both of my parents names and their cancer ribbons on my other ankle.

  38. OMG! I cannot wait for Unhinged!!! I have 3 inkings – one on my hip that’s a symbol for sisters, a lizard on my back that I got when I was 18 (my mama took me for my birthday and got her first inking that day!), and a symbol for life on my ankle that I designed. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  39. I recently bought book1 🙂 So I am definitely excited to read it and book 2 🙂 I have 1 tattoo and it is a winged unicorn 🙂 I collect unicorns, so I made myself part of my collection 🙂

  40. I’ve got a tattoo that says “imagine” and am planning to get my next tattoo that will say “let it be”. Obviously, I’m a fan of the Beatles, lol!

  41. I love Tattoos but I am scared to get one myself lol I have no idea what I’d want on my body for the rest of my life. 😉

  42. I have many tattoos. My first was underage (yikes) I got it New Years ever 1999 in case the world ended. Then that same year I got an ugly tribal tramp stamp before they were cool which I now loath. Then I got I butterfly tatto for my mom on my wrist who passed since she always said if she died she would be a butterfly. Also on my other wrist I got the word hope. Self explanatory.

  43. annie page says:

    I love the book and would jump up and down if it get one. sounds so great

  44. I’m saving up for a tattoo currently. It’s going to be an antique golden birdcage on my side, to match my partner’s getting a raven on hers. It’s to represent lyrics from “our” song.

  45. jennifer beck says:

    I would love to get some ink. I just haven’t had the extra money.

  46. jennifer beck says:

    thanks for the chance to win. I love the cover, it’s so pretty..

  47. Jessica Whitehouse says:

    I have a tattoo of a unicorn on my chest and a moon/star on my back… I want to get my children’s names tattooed around my wrist.

    • Jessica Whitehouse says:

      Sounds like a great book- I love sci-fi and fantasy, so it’s right up my alley.

  48. The cover and blurb are superb! I’ve always wanted to get a tattoo. It’s still on my bucket list of things to do.

  49. I love looking at tattoos, but I don’t have any. I’m allergic to many dyes and to the nickel in the tattoo needles (all stainless/hypoallergenic steel contains nickel) as well as being borderline phobic concerning needles, so tattoos are not in the cards for me.

  50. The only thing I have is permanent eyeliner.

  51. I’ve got ‘memento mori’ tattooed on my skull behind my left ear. It reminds me that my time is limited and that I should be more daring and actually do the things I want to do. I also want to get ‘Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?’ inked on me because it’s a line from one of my favorite poems, but I’m not 100% sure where yet.
    Great idea for a post! I can’t wait for Unhinged 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  52. Nope…no tats here. I would have too big an issue with people staring. I ‘m however excited about this novel!

  53. Rain Jeys says:

    I have some nasty surgery scars on my stomach that I want to cover with the sign of the Deathly Hallows. 🙂 I also want to get a rune of protection over an IV scar I have on my inner right arm.

  54. I have a couple of tattoos, my most recent is a symbol from the game Skyrim.

  55. I’m very excited for Unhinged! A.G. Howard is the kind of author I want to be.

  56. I have a bunch of tattoos. A lot are literary 🙂
    I have the Deathly Hallows symbol (Harry Potter) and part of the prophecy.
    A quote from Blood Promise/Bloodlines by Richelle Mead.
    A quote from Dante’s The Divine Comedy.
    A quote from Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent.
    A quote from Horace.

    I want so many more!

  57. I have two tattoos, one is snowflake and the other is a pink star. My best friend and I got matching stars behind our ears. The snowflake is because I was born in the winter

  58. Would love this book!

  59. I have several tattoos. My favorite is the national symbol for libraries (the little stick guy reading a book). I eventually plan on getting a quarter-sleeve on my left arm comprised entirely of library and literary-themed tattoos. 🙂

  60. Katie Amanda says:

    I’d like to get a paw print on the inside of my wrist.

  61. i’m not really big on permanent tatoos but temporaries are pretty cool!

  62. I love the cover and it sounds like a really interesting story.

  63. I have always wanted a tattoo but I can’t find anything I want on me permanently. I love seeing what other people have though. The sleeves are my favorite, it’s like a skin story 🙂

  64. I don’t have any tattoos but I’ve considered getting one that meant something to me. I don’t want to get a tattoo just for the sake of getting a tattoo. Also, I probably would put it somewhere people wouldn’t see it, like by my hairline or on my rib.

  65. Unfortunately I’m not at the age to get tattoos yet but I hope to in the future! I’ve loved eeveelutions from Pokemon all my life so I intend to get the tribal forms of them across my back and since books have had such a huge impact in my life I know I’m going to get books tattooed on me, and perhaps things from specific books. 🙂

  66. Michele L. says:

    I told my daughter (teenage) that when her pony dies we’d get heart shaped tattoos to memorialize her

  67. Michele L. says:

    I’m a “judge a book by the cover” person – I can’t wait to read it based on the cover!

  68. I would never get a tattoo.

  69. No tattoos yet- but I would love a few- one for my son, one to remember the baby I miscarried, perhaps a quote or a celtic tattoo as well.

  70. I don’t have any but I would love a celtic tattoo .

  71. I have no tattoos but I’d like to get something that I designed myself.

  72. I have a tattoo on the insude of my right wrist of angel wings with my mom’s initials inside & a halo on top. I want to add my dad’s initials to it asap.
    I also want some stars somewhere but not sure where. Maybe my other wrist. 🙂

  73. Due to my allergies, I have been advised to never get a tattoo. If I could I would get a Celtic knot.

  74. I have no tattoos & I don’t think I ever would get one, if I were to have something it would be my children’s names 🙂

    I love Splintered & I’m reading an ARC of Unhinged at the moment & loving it!

  75. I don’t have any tattoos myself and I don’t think I’ll ever get one, but I do think it’s pretty! I really love raven tattoos and quote tattoos.

  76. don’t have any but i would love a dragon

  77. I have a pair of crow wings on my back and an attack by Wolverine on my left leg xD Love my tattoos =]

    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win S2

    Ana Death Duarte @ Magica Magi (The Shinobi Files)

  78. No tattoos, yet. 🙂

  79. Too Chicken for a tattoo. Book looks great.

  80. Ashfa Anwer says:

    Nope no tattoos yet.

  81. No tattoos… yet. But this seems really cool.

  82. don’t have any

  83. I’m very excited to read Unhinged! It looks great!

  84. hellojassie says:

    I wanted to have a tattoo of a bird and feather <3

  85. I’m way too chicken to get a tattoo but if it didn’t hurt and I could get it off again, I’d get a TARDIS on my shoulder.

  86. I have a snake tattooed on my hand!

  87. First of all, i am SO unbelievably thrilled about UNHINGED and absolutely cannot wait for it to come out!! (Hence my extreme desire for an ARC ;)) I love the whole concept; the book covers are THE MOST AMAZING I have ever seen–EVER!!; and I adore AG and am happy to support her in any way possible!!

    Second, to the question about tattoos… I recently heard the most moving interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with author Jesmyn Ward (most known for SALVAGE THE BONES, about life for poor folks in post-Katrina New Orleans), where she talked about her new memoir about the deaths of three young men who were very important in her life and forming her into the person she now is. She talked very candidly about having thoughts of suicide after the death of her brother when he was quite young (it was a tragic story of how he, a young black man, was rammed by a white man, driving drunk and at some insane speed through a residential area; the drunk driver walked away unscathed and has never even been brought up on charges!). She said she thought that if she were going to commit suicide it would be by slitting her wrists, so in her darkest time, tempted by the thought of letting it all go, she had the sign-off of the last letter he wrote to her tattoed on her wrists. I’m not sure if it was his full name, or something like “Love, Brother,” but it was what he wrote and in his handwriting. She said she knew she could NEVER slice through those words on her wrists, and that was one way she was able to bring herself out of that darkness.

    I admit I’ve never really been tempted to get a tattoo (my mother implanted in my brain very early on the thought of what a tattoo, etched into firm, youthful skin in my twenties, would look like on my saggy, eighty-year-old skin someday, ha!), AND YET….after hearing that interview with Ms. Ward, I have sincerely thought about getting a tattoo of my sister’s name, or perhaps a phrase she wrote to me, tattooed somewhere in her handwriting so that I always carry a part of her with me. She was killed by her husband almost six years ago, and I still struggle every single day with her loss. I’ve not had thoughts of suicide – I was 3 months pregnant when she was murdered, so at least had my son to keep me from falling too deep into despair – so having it on my wrists wouldn’t hold the same power for me, but having a bit of her that I could see every day and that never left me is very appealing.

    So, I didn’t intend to get so personal, but that is my honest answer to the question!! And it is something I have thought about since hearing that interview a month or so ago; it’s kind of strange/funny that this is the question you asked!

    Thank you for the chance to win an ARC of UNHINGED and/or one of AG’s Super Sekrit Prizes!!

  88. I dont know that I would ever get a tattoo…
    I think they’re cool, though… on other people, LOL
    I’m all for temporary tattoos though 😉

  89. Book sounds great ! 😀

  90. Yay! Thank you for the uber-cool giveaway! I don’t have any tattoos (yet) but am seriously considering a dragon winding around my shoulder, or a phoenix (not sure where but it would signify that I’d always rise up, no matter how many times I fall). There might be some Japanese thrown in somewhere for good measure too ^_^ As for how excited I am about Unhinged – well, I won a giveaway of a book up to $15 from TBD this weekend, and I am getting a pre-oder of Unhinged! 😀 I so can’t wait till January! As I said to the blogger who organised the giveaway, I’ll have something to look forward to when the Christmas rush is over and blues sets in – how cool is that?!

  91. Ooops! Just realised I entered the ARC giveaway too (somehow I thought it was the other one – it’s been a long day!) – please count me out of it as I’ll have a finished copy (not to mention I’m in the UK, so I don’t qualify anyway!)

  92. Catherine S. says:

    When I went to Bali, I had a tattoo on the back of my neck. It was a bar code with my birth date on it. It was a temporary tattoo, though.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  93. I love tattoos on other people but wouldn’t get one. Thanks for the giveaway. I haven’t read Splintered yet but I have seen such great reviews for the series and have it on my TBR/wish list. It would be wonderful to be able to read Splintered and Unhinged back-to-back in y own weekend marathon. 🙂

  94. None yet. I would love to get some though!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  95. Amanda Engelkes says:

    I have several tattoos; my first one was a butterfly on my back, second came a heart with a rose in the middle on my right foot (to match a necklace pendant that my grandmother passed down to me from her mother and so on…) then I got a mushroom on my left ankle, and finally three stars down my right hip (a tattoo shared with my husband – his star is on his left bicep)

  96. I would love to get one on my back, behind my heart. I don’t know exactly what, though, which is why I don’t have one. I know what I want it to represent… so someday. 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway. AG Howard is amazing!

  97. I’ve promised myself that if I ever finish and publish my novel, I’ll get a tattoo. I’m not sure what yet (or where)–maybe a word, or one of Pauline Baynes’ Narnia illustrations or Tenniel’s Alice illustrations.

  98. Thilde Koll says:

    So far, I don’t have any tattoos 🙂

  99. I have a falling star behind my shoulder. Had it for over ten years and never once regretted it. Just can’t decide what my next one should be…I think I’d like a line from Tennyson’s Ulysses: “I am a part of all that I have met.”

  100. Jessica Jester says:

    I would love a tattoo inspired by these books, gotta come up with some ideas 🙂

  101. Jenny Vasquez says:

    I have no tattoos. If I ever got one, it would be something with my kids’ names. Simple.