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by Eric Smith
Release Date: January 20th 2015
Summary from Goodreads:
Tattoos once were an act of rebellion.
Now they decide your destiny the moment the magical Ink settles under your skin.
And in a world where Ink controls your fate, Caenum can’t escape soon enough. He is ready to run from his family, and his best friend Dreya, and the home he has known, just to have a chance at a choice.
But when he upsets the very Scribe scheduled to give him his Ink on his eighteenth birthday, he unwittingly sets in motion a series of events that sends the corrupt, magic-fearing government, The Citadel, after him and those he loves.
Now Caenum, Dreya, and their reluctant companion Kenzi must find their way to the Sanctuary, a secret town where those with the gift of magic are safe. Along the way, they learn the truth behind Ink, its dark origins, and why they are the only ones who can stop the Citadel.
Eric Smith takes you on a high-octane fantasy adventure, perfect for anyone who has dreamed of being different… only to discover that fate is more than skin deep.
“INKED is an action-packed read with a hero I could root for, magic I wanted to have, and a vivid fantasy world to back it all up. Smith’s prose had me turning pages way past my bedtime.” – Susan Dennard, author of SOMETHING STRANGE & DEADLY
“A fast-paced page-turner from Eric Smith filled with magic, mystery and mayhem.” – Kristi Helvig, Author of BURN OUT
“With a lively cast of characters and a captivating idea, INKED draws its readers into a world where magic lives on every page.” Kat Zhang, author of The Hybrid Chronicles series
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Guest Post: Why Tattoos Are Magical (Hold Stories)
Growing up, I always looked at my Dad’s Air Force tattoo with a mixture of awe and confusion. The tattoos I saw on television, movies, magazines, or you know, in-person on other people, were always bright, colorful, clear, and vivid. But my Dad, his tattoo was a pale blue, faded, the lettering barely readable. He never talked about it much, or the history of where he got it. It wasn’t until I was a bit older, and started talking about how I wanted my own tattoos, that he dished a little more on its history.
He’d gotten it while overseas, stationed in Japan, during the Vietnam War. It was a quick tattoo job, something he wasn’t terribly proud of years later as the ink faded and the quality washed away, but it held memories. Of that time him and his squad stole a jeep and drove around the city. Of the bar fight he got into over a girl. Of the time he spent in a hospital, getting his tailbone removed.
Talking to my Dad about his tattoo didn’t just let me know more about that piece of ink on his arm that raised so many questions for me growing up… it answered questions I didn’t even know I wanted to ask.
It was like a time machine on his forearm.
That’s why I think tattoos are magical. They all hold a story, and have the ability to take you back, sometimes really far, in time for a moment.
I look at mine, and I don’t just see the Nautilus from Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I see the first book I truly fell in love with as a child, and the first time I saw myself in a book. When I look at the quotation marks on my first, I don’t just see punctuation marks that I always screw up while writing (just being real here), but a reminder to write. To keep trying. To tell the stories I never heard growing up.
Next time you see a relative, a friend, an acquaintance… and notice they have some interesting ink, ask a question. See what they have to tell you.
All tattoos hold a story. Listen.
About the Author
Eric Smith is the author of THE GEEK’S GUIDE TO DATING, out now via Quirk Books, and INKED, a YA novel out with Bloomsbury Spark.
His writing has appeared locally in the Philly Weekly, The Inquirer, and on Philly.com. He’s written for the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Boing Boing, and is a regular contributor to BookRiot and Geekosystem.
His essays have appeared in the Bygone Bureau and The Apiary, and his first published piece will appear in THE ASTEROID BELT ALMANAC with the Hand & the Hand Press in April 2014.
He’s the co-founder of Geekadelphia, a popular hyperlocal geek blog in Philly, and the Philly Geek Awards, a ceremony honoring local geeks in his city.
Eric holds a BA in English from Kean University and an MA in English from Arcadia University. He currently lives in Philly. You can find him on Twitter at @ericsmithrocks and @geekadelphia.