Hi! Thanks for joining me on my double-duty blog tour! I’ve got two books coming out this month – By Chance, the first book in my rewritten, re-edited, self-published Courtland Chronicles series, and Fearless, Book Three in my Irresistible Attraction series from Riptide Publishing.
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I’ve wanted a tattoo ever since I was a teenager, but for one reason or another, I kept putting it off. Despite my ten-plus years in the local kink scene, I've never been a big fan of needles—in fact, they scare the crap out of me. Plus, I wanted the tattoo to mean something. So it took a while—fifty-two years, to be exact—before decided on a tattoo I couldn't live without.
My namesake, and an “in memoriam” for Serena, my sweet little Siamese kitty who died in 2005 at the age of sixteen.
For everyone who keeps asking—yes, it hurt, but surprisingly, not as much as I’d expected. It helped that the tattoo was on the back of my right shoulder, so I didn't have to watch the needle going into my skin.
People told me beforehand, “Watch out! Once you get your first tat, you’ll want another one. They’re addictive!” I didn't believe them then, but man, I do now! The endorphin rush is amazing. I was floating on a dopey-grinned high for hours after. Then there’s the rush you get every time you look at the tat. Seeing your own body as the canvas for such beautiful art is incredibly sexy and empowering.
So the next time, I decided to go for it—a full sleeve on my left arm. Purple orchids surrounding Japanese kanji characters.
It took multiple sessions. My artist did the outline and filled in one of the orchids during the first session, which lasted about three and a half hours:
Three weeks later, I came back and he filled in the rest of the flowers:
And I’ve added another orchid since then:
I keep telling my artist that he’ll have to keep going until he’s tattooed all the way across my back!
(The kanji means “change,” by the way.)
Now that I’d gone under the needle multiple times, I figured it was time for one of my characters to do the same. Last June I was preparing to send my heroes Wes and Connor off to New York to get married. I wanted Wes to give Connor a very special wedding gift, something unique and special, and most importantly, something permanent. They’re both physicists, so I landed on the idea of an atom tattoo on Wes’s right shoulder:
Gus, the artist—a fortyish guy with blond dreads and tattoos all the way up both arms—finished the outline pretty quickly, then started layering in the color. Going over the same patch of skin multiple times ramped up the sting to a nearly unbearable level. Wes gritted his teeth. Breathe. Just breathe. It won’t be much longer.
“You okay?” Gus asked. “We can take a break, if you want.”
Would've been a great idea, if not for the time. “I’m good. Keep going.”
In through your nose, out through your mouth. Close your eyes and drift.
Weird thing was, he did. After a few minutes, he got this funny, floaty feeling—like being drunk or high, only better. He let his head droop onto the pillow tucked against his chest and went with it, until the tattoo gun stopped buzzing and he felt Dale’s hand on his arm again. “All done, kid. Wanna take a look?”
He was so wobbly he needed Dale to guide him to the mirror, but when he saw the finished tattoo, he broke out in a huge, dopey grin.
And yes, I went out and got Wes’s tattoo as well—only mine is on my ankle:
What I do for my boyz, huh? :)
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Her current releases are By Chance …
A life of wealth and privilege doesn't equal happiness—just ask Eric Courtland. Growing up with a cold, unfeeling father and unstable mother has taught him exactly what he doesn't want out of life or love. The troubled young man prefers a solitary life and is content to keep it that way until a campus emergency saddles him with an unwanted roommate.
Popular, wholesome, straight Nick Thompson is far more temptation than Eric’s prepared for, but Nick’s warm, easygoing manner gradually cracks through Eric’s prickly protective shell.
After Eric suffers a traumatic attack, their friendship gives way to an intense passion. Eric’s no stranger to casual sex, but what he feels for Nick is something deeper, and more fragile.
Independent Eric doesn't know the first thing about being in a relationship, much less with a lover who can't even admit he's gay. But conservative Nick can't seem to find his way out of his own personal closet.
Rock, meet hard place.
Available for pre-order at All Romance ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-bychance-983943-145.html
Available for Kindle and Nook starting December 1st, 2012.
And Fearless …
How can you plan for the future when escaping the past seems impossible?
After over a year together, Connor Morrison and Wes Martin decide to tie the knot. But an ethics complaint regarding their deeply non-traditional relationship threatens Connor’s job and Wes’s Ph.D. The fact that Connor tried to keep it from Wes—even with the best of intentions—makes the situation even worse and casts a pall over their plans for a Christmas wedding in New York.
It doesn’t help that Connor still treats Wes like glass, though Wes insists he’s recovered from the brutal assault he suffered a year and a half earlier. Wes may be okay, but Connor isn’t. Memories of taking a battered, terrified Wes to the emergency room that night still haunt him, and he can’t let go of the need to protect Wes from any and everything life might throw at him.
But Wes has had enough. Between the specter of the ethics complaint and Connor’s over protectiveness he’s already beginning to question their plans. Add in a family ashamed of and angered by his choices, and Wes might just leave Connor standing at the altar.
Available for pre-order at Riptide Publishing: http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/fearless
Available for Kindle & Nook starting December 10th, 2012.