Finding the perfect cover art for a new book is never an easy process. There is usually a lot of emails flying back and forth, with me doing most of the searching for the artwork and running potential pieces past Jason Sizemore and the author.

When it came time to find the perfect image for The Kraken Sea, author E. Catherine Tobler and I decided to work a little differently. After a few emails, we had a pretty good idea of what type of image we'd like to have for her novella: Tentacles! Glorious kraken tentacles that could reach out and grab a reader! Our initial idea was to find artwork that would wrap the tentacles around the cover allowing us to create a book that was truly beautiful from all angles.

What a wonderful idea!

But the best laid plans don't always go as you think they will. E. Catherine Tobler and I decided to work together in searching for the right piece. We created a shared pinboard on Pinterest and the search was on!

You would think finding swirly, twirly tentacles reaching across the artwork would be easy! Wrong! You can find plenty of artwork depicting tentacles on DeviantArt, but finding just the right piece proved incredibly difficult. So much so that we ended up going with a totally different look for The Kraken Sea.

Oh, believe me, it is stunning. I mean, absolutely breathtakingly stunning, but The Kraken Sea cover will not feature tentacles.

And I still kind of want them.

So, that's where you come in. I want you - the Apex readers - to give me tentacles! Find those gorgeous, reaching, slithering tentacles that I was hoping for!

From now until March 28th, send us links to tentacle artwork! You can either email them to me (Lesley Conner) at lesley@apexbookcompany.com with the subject line Give Me Tentacles! or tweet them to @ApexBookCompany with the hashtag #tentacles. I will add all the submissions to our pinboard for The Kraken Sea on Pinterest. I've already pinned a few of the pieces we were considering for cover artwork on the board, so go check it out! See what kinds of tentacles E. Catherine Tobler and I are looking for!

To enter you must send me a link back to the artist's website or their online portfolio to enter. I love promoting great artists and I want to make sure every artist gets credit for their beautiful artwork! Entries must be received by midnight EST on March 28th. All entries will be considered by E. Catherine Tobler and myself. We will choose our favorite and the winner - who will be announced during The Kraken Sea cover reveal on March 29th - will receive a printed ARC of The Kraken Sea by E. Cathrine Tobler.

Note: We are not still looking for cover art. We have found and paid for beautiful artwork that I am beyond thrilled with. This contest is just a fun way to see if you can find artwork that would fit the original image E. Catherine Tobler and I had for her novella.

Due to shipping costs, the winner must have a US mailing address.

The Kraken Sea is scheduled to be released in June, 2016.