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.
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…
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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. 🙂
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.
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.