"Tropic Of Skorpeo" Book Launch tonight

"And could I convince you to, er, give the girl four breasts?"

Above is an excerpt from an email Stephen Minchin, publisher at Steam Press, sent me while I was working on the cover design for "Tropic of Skorpeo", and being a consummate professional my first thought on receiving above instruction was: Four in a row, or 2 by 2?

"Tropic of Skorpeo" by NZ author Michael Morrissey is described as :
"---sexy, shocking, and hilarious, this is the story that Lewis Carroll would have written if he’d been into science fiction and consumed more than his fair share of LSD."
And as it's being officially released tonight in Auckland, I thought I'd take the time to share how I designed the cover with a graphic representation, ahem:
"Tropic of Skorpeo", author: Michael Morrissey, cover designer: Kura Carpenter, http://kuracarpenterdesign.blogspot.co.nz Published by Steam Press www.steampress.co.nz

So, if you're in Auckland tonight, Thursday 25 October 2012, the book launch is being held from 5.30pm at the New Zealand Society of Authors offices, 4th Floor, Duthie Whyte Building, 120 Mayoral Drive (cnr Mayoral Drive & Wakefield Street).

But if you're not, Steam Press are kindly giving away a copy. To be in to win, enter the Goodreads competition on the Steam Press website.

And just in case you're wondering, the boob solution = 2 on the front and 2 on the back.


  1. Great post, Kura and a great cover.

  2. You certainly get some interesting requests! I hope you solved that one satisfactory ...