Monday, December 17, 2012

Cat Grant Double-Duty Blog Tour & Giveaway


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. 

Leave a comment for a chance to win a beautiful white moonstone Tree of Life pendant (courtesy of our lovely hostess, Amara!)! 


I’ll also be giving away a brand new Kindle Fire HD to one lucky commenter drawn from all the tour stops, so follow along and party with me at each--you can earn an entry at every stop! Winners will be announced December 31st.

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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You can contact her directly at: cat@catgrant.com


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.

49 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed Fearless! I am the same way with my ink. Took me a good bit to finally figure out what I wanted to do and I have yet to look back ;)

    Kassandra
    sionedkla@gmail.com

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    1. I'm getting a couple more orchids and a touch-up on the kitty when my artist is back in town.

      I wear my "Addicted to Ink" badge proudly. :)

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  2. Love the tat pics. I've always wanted to get a tat of a Grim Reaper, don't ask me why...they are just my thing. But like you I don't like needles or pain, I'm too much of a wuss to get one, I'll just look at the pictures of them. lol

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com

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    1. They do sting, but not as bad as I used to think. Depends where you get the tat - my arm didn't hurt that much, but the ankle tat stung like hell.

      The pain only lasts a little while, but the tat's forever. :)

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  3. Wow - I really admire you for those tattos and knowing that they're almost obligatory for m/m writers, I still can't ... my OH has sworn to leave me if I come home with one. However, he's much older than me so one day I can get a nice Viking rune arm bracer!

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    1. Oh, I wouldn't say they're obligatory, although a lot of m/m writers do have them. But it's not like we're part of a secret club! :)

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  4. I love tattoos on other people, but have never felt the urge to get one myself, don't know why! And the tree of life pendant is lovely. I have one in lapis lazuli, and it's one of my favourite pieces of jewellery. :)

    http://www.freiainguz.com/afghan-lapis-tree-of-life.html

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    1. I have several of Amara's pieces, including a freshwater pearl Tree she just made for me. Every time I wear them, I get compliments!

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  5. I love those tattoos! Very cool!

    I also love your jewelry, Amara.

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  6. What a fantastic tale of your tattoos, and tie-ins with your writing now. I'd seen the first flower, but not the rest. Wow!

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    1. Like I said, they're addictive! I'm getting another couple of orchids soon.

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  7. Great post. I love how you described the feeling you get with the tat. Now I understand why acupuncture has a similar feeling. The photos are great, but I'm lucky to have seen those gorgeous orchids in person. And if I ever decide to get a tat, I'll have your guy do it. He's incredible.

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    1. He's in Hawaii now, but he should be back around the first of the year. I'm getting another couple orchids from him when he gets back to town.

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  8. Great Tattoos - not sure if I will get any more than the two I already have though.

    Hoping I get to win that gorgeous pendant. Amara you have a talent that I envy.

    ilona
    felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

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    1. I have several of Amara's pendants. I get lots of compliments whenever I wear them. :)

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  9. Oh, I love the lapis lazuli one as well :)
    I love Amara's jewelry, the ones she designed for The Lost Gods series were awesome!

    I'm not much for pain, it took me ages to get my ears percings so and well, while the tattoos are great and there are some I'd love to have, I don't think I'll do it. ^^;

    emiliana25 at web dot de

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    1. Tats aren't for everyone. It took me a long time before I was ready for mine.

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  10. I'm looking forward to reading By Chance, it looks great!!
    Great tats! They're so well done and I think I'm in love w/ the orchids. For my daughters 18th b-day we both went in to get one - hers is the Tree of Life that looks almost identicle to the pendant above, and I have a large cherry blossom branch traveling up my side, from front to back. Now we're both trying to decide what to get next. They're definetly addictive!!

    Jessa
    jessaryan @ hotmail(dot)com

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    1. The other day I ran into a mother and daughter who'd gotten matching heart tats on their right shoulders. It's so cool seeing families getting ink together. A real bonding experience. :)

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  11. Just downloaded Fearless (what can I say? Sometimes I'm a bit slow) & I have to admit, I got my first tattoo over a year ago and no plans to get another! I like mine, but I don't get the appeal as a general thing.

    Sweet, sweet kitty, though! My aunt used to have a Siamese and I loved to sleep over because D.C. used to cuddle & chat with me.

    Also, Amara, the tree is *gorgeous*!

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    1. Amara does beautiful work. I have several of her pieces.

      Hope you enjoy Fearless. :-)

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  12. Gorgeous pendant and tattoos. Thanks for the contest!

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

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  13. Your tattoos are gorgeous! Especially the orchids. I keep wanting to get one, but needles scare me terribly. And I'm diabetic. I should get a drunk tattoo,and get over myself, lol! Thanks for sharing the pictures! Oh, the pendant is lovely too. Thanks!

    brendurbanist at gmail dot com

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    1. You might want to ask your doctor if it's okay for you to get a tattoo. I know diabetes can cause complications with healing. The needle's not as scary or painful as I'd been led to believe - of course, I purposely got my first tat on my back, so I didn't have to see what was happening.

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  14. Oh, wow, what absolutely beautiful, beautiful tattoos. I got my first ink about three years ago--paired Egyptian deities on my inner forearms. Just line work, but I'm thinking of going for full sleeve-work next. Still going to keep with the Egyptian style. And yes, it IS addictive.--nerinedorman@gmail.com

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    1. Oooh! Be sure to post pics of the sleeve when you get it! The Egyptian theme sounds awesome. :)

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  15. Wouldn't have the guts to get a tattoo but I loves books! And jewelry. Yum!

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    1. I thought I wouldn't have the guts either. Now I'm the illustrated woman! LOL!

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  16. Beautiful tats. Looks like I've got more books to buy. :)

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  17. Love your tats very beautiful. Adding your books to my list.
    cvsimpkins@msn.com

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  18. Thanks for the post! I am way too afraid of needles to get a tattoo but as an art student I love to see the! Congrats on the releases! I would love a chance at the pendent!
    OceanAkers @ aol.com

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    1. I'm a wuss about needles too, but the beautiful art on my body is more than worth it.

      Good luck on the giveaway! :)

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  19. Your tattoos are very beautiful. I'm too much of a wuss really.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Thank you! But it really doesn't hurt that badly. :)

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  20. Thanks for dropping by, everyone. I'll be announcing the winner of the pendant shortly. :)

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  21. Lovely tattoos! I have always wanted one too but can't decide what to get. I am thinking of something in remembrance of my grandfather either a shamrock or a sunflower, for different reasons.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  22. Beautiful tattoo. Wish I wasn't so into being pain free!

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  23. Wow, those are awesome tattoos! The atom is my favourite...
    MC
    contact at mchoule dot com

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  24. I love Cat's books, Amara's jewelry, and the ink display was a nice bonus ;)

    emmettmke at yahoo dot com

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  25. I will have to pick up both books since I love your writing.

    The necklace is beautiful as always.

    So are the Tattoo's

    mlmhmzippy at yahoo dot com

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  26. Gorgeous tats! I'm still in the 'I'd like to have one but I'm kind of scared plus I still haven't found the one tattoo I can't live without'. My sixteen-year old cat passed away a couple of months ago and I'm still dealing with that - perhaps getting a tattoo to remember him would help...

    corneliagrey at yahoo dot com

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  27. I LOVE Your Ink!! Those are beautiful flowers and the artist did a fantastic job! I love Ink but, like you, I don't get along with needles, or I should say, pain. I have NO pain tolerance at all. If it wasn't for that, I'm pretty sure I'd have a few of my daughter's designs. Happy Holidays!

    ~Rush~
    taina1959@yahoo.com

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  28. I think I'm the only person in my town WITHOUT ink! I hope they think it makes me look dangerous... ;-)

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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  29. Cat I love the orchid tattoo! I love the way you are building on to it and it just flows so naturally. Just lovely!

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  30. Cat, I love your tattoos! I've considered getting one for my kitty Rascal who just passed and I've wanted a tiger for years, ever since I was a kid. Your tats look awesome, think you'll be getting anymore? And Amara, love the pendant, it's absolutely beautiful!

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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