I likes it, I does!
Here's a closeup of the picture:
Aren't those sparkly stars great? They not only allude to the magical quality of Ciel's aura-adapting ability, but also to the NASA theme of this particular book.
CAUTION: If you are under the impression that I am a sweet and decorous lady (though, if you've been reading my blog--or my books--for any length of time, I don't see how you could be), you might want to stop reading this post now. Nice cover, blah-blah-blah, so forth and etc. See ya on the shelves!
But if you happen to appreciate the occasional descent into juvenile humor, please proceed.
Now on to the *ahem* bonus inappropriateness.
Really, I probably shouldn't be telling you this, but according to one of my (admittedly notorious for her inappropriateness) critique partners, Tawna Fenske, it's too good not to share.
And, after all, it is a peek behind the scenes of the publishing process, so I suppose we could call it educational. Yeah, let's do that.
Just don't tell anyone I showed you, okay? Shhh...
See, when my editor first sent me the cover picture it was fresh out of the Art department, and a certain *cough* wrinkle hadn't been, um, ironed out yet.
Which made for a very happy picture indeed.
Now, most people probably wouldn't even notice this, um, anomaly, but it popped right out at me. (What? Attention to detail is an important quality in a writer.)
Yes, I admit it. My first thought when I saw it was, "Oh, my God! Is that a rocket in Mark's pocket, or is he just really happy to see Ciel?"
(Imagine me giggling. Because I was.)
And then I noticed that Mark isn't really looking at Ciel. He's giving Billy the stink eye.
(Now imagine me giggling hysterically. Because I was.)
I gave brief thought to not mentioning it to my editor, because yeah, it would have made a fun cover (at least for those who, like me, pay attention to detail). And who knows? It might have even created a little buzz, which could conceivably help sales. But my higher self took charge and pointed out the "problem," whereupon someone in the Art department airbrushed that "crease" away.* (Yeah, right. Crease.)
Now, if I were the decorous type, I never would have dreamed of mentioning it here. But we all know better than that, don't we? ;)
Besides, Tawna was right. It is too good not to share.
*Pro tip to photographers: make sure your cover models' suits have been adequately ironed ahead of time.