What Do You Think?

Here’s a mock up of my new cover by the talented Marik Berghs.  The cover is for A Murder of Crows, which will be out September first. I’d like your feedback on the cover. If any of you have read the first book in this series (Stained – Witch Series), I know I have to think of a better subtitle, you may already have an image of Thorn in your mind. Take this short poll and let me know your thoughts. Click on the photo to make it large. Thanks!

Cover Design by Marik Berghs

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Tattoo Tuesday on Wednesday

I was browsing through Twitter the other day and found this wicked site. It’s dedicated to finding the best tattoos in New York City. It’s called Tattoosday.

They feature tattoos they find at random as well as special tattoos and poetry. You gotta check them out.  Some of you might not know that I do Tattoo Tuesday because the witch in my book Stained is a tattoo artist. She has a shop called Stained in Berkeley, CA. This post is going to be short today because I am trying to get the ending to my next book done so it can come out in May as promised. Next week I am going to post on Samoan tattoos.

Happy Wednesday. j

Kat Von D and Tattoo Tuesday

Recently, on Twitter, I’ve been following Kat Von D ( @katvond ). I have to admit to having a bit of a crush on her. She is amazing. The heroine in my book Stained is slightly based on her. I tried to put a bit of wild child in Thorn the heroine. She has long onyx hair and rides a Ducati. She’s a natural born witch who is a tattoo artist with her own shop called Stained.

My dilemna is that I would love for the real Kat to read my book. But how does one approach a celebrity to do this? I know if I just mailed it to her it would probably get thrown out before she even saw it. I don’t want to come across as a stalker. How would you suggest I make contact? Enquiring minds want to know.

While I ponder this, I’m leaving you with this tattoo to drool over in a new installment of my blog, Tattoo Tuesday. I have a thing for gargoyles. They come up in a future book 🙂

Ciao Bellas

Gargoyle Tattoo

Stained is Live on Amazon!

Yay! I am very pleased to announce I am actually a published author. Indie published, but published all the same. Stained is now available on Amazon in the Kindle format. It will be available on Barnes & Noble and the iBookstore soon. The print version will be out in early November. Here’s a quick blurb about the book. If you go to Amazon you get to view a sample of the book there before you buy. I also put the first chapter in my last post. Let me know what you think! Many happy returns.  Jessica

Thorn works after dark. That’s when she combines her gifts as a tattoo artist and her
powers as a natural born witch to weave magick into her ink. Her tattoo parlor,
Stained, on Berkeley’s quirky Telegraph Avenue draws clients from all walks of
life. Her work is in high demand from the supernatural community and the
undead.

With her raven familiar, Thorn’s been
on the run all her adult life. She won’t talk about why. She only wants to
practice her art in peace. But when a murderer targets her clients, Sé, a tall,
dark and Irish detective is assigned to investigate. They must trust each other
to survive the cat and mouse game that ensues.

The Art of Irezumi Tattoo

Irezumi  is a form of Japanese tattooing. Literally translated it means piercing or stabbing the skin with blue or green. Irezumi may possibly go back to the paleolithic times, as far as 10,000 BC. Simple cord like markings on paleolithic man are thought to be tattoos. There is still much debate about this. In the Yayoi period, 300 BC to 300 AD Irezumi was prevalent and talked about by Chinese visitors. The tattoos of this time period were thought to have spiritual and status meanings.  By the Kofun period, 300 AD to 600 AD the symbolism behind tattooing or Irezumi had started to turn. As in Rome, tattoos were now beginning to be used as a punishment on criminals to mark them.

It wasn’t until the end of the Edo period 1868 that decorative tattooing really flourished. Mythical creatures like dragrons and  ferocious tigers were popular. Woodblock artists started tattooing their clients using the same tools like chisels and gouges and most importantly Nara Ink that turns blue green under the skin.

                                 

Soon it became a criminal offense to get tattooed. Irezumi went underground. In 1945 the onslaught of Armed forces legalized tattooing and once again you could get a tattoo but it still had a criminal element as it was favored by the Japanese mafia and still has that stigma at present.

Today’s Japanese youth get more of the Americanized tattoos that can be easily hidden, but some very wealthy and very dedicated get an Irezumi. It can take up to $50,000 and 30 years according to one source, to get a full body done. Many tattoo artists have traveled to Japan to learn the art of Irezumi for example Thomas Lockhart, legend in the tattoo world,  has gotten tattooed himself by famous Irezumi artists.

You may ask how this all applies to writing or to me? In my book Stained, which will be released digitally in September, the heroine is a tattoo artist who has studied Irezumi. She also happens to be an Irish natural born witch. She’s opened a tattoo parlor on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California where she weaves her art and spells into unique tattoos for her supernatural customers who start to turn up dead.

A newly inked tattoo.

For those who can endure the pain or for those who equate tattoo pain with the pleasure of the art the world is a much more colorful place because of them.

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