I'm celebrating great news, although just viewing the picture above is cause enough to celebrate. But totally aside from my lust for this gentleman, I'm here to announce that Ellora's Cave offered me a contract for my male/male erotic romance fantasy entitled Magician's Chains. No news on anything exciting like a release date. I have to get through edits first. Nevertheless, since this is my second contract I'm high on the validation that yes, I am able to write well enough to continue down this career path and Bound Odyssey, my first book, was not a weird fluke where I channeled some spirit wanting to transmit the story. Or maybe I did channel the spirit but he or she intends to stay around and bask in mutual glory with me. Oh, I guess I'd call that my muse.
And big surprise, the forthcoming novel is also BDSM-themed. So stay tuned for more of my kinky flavored stories.
So what does this have to do with tattoos? Jesse, one of the heroes of Magician's Chains, dreams of a particular picture of a gate every single night for years after his first encounter with the other hero, Savin, in high school. The dream came so regularly that in order to get it out of his head he had the design of the gate tattooed on the back of his neck. Only as the two men meet again as adults does he learn what this design has to do with their relationship with one another. You'll have to read it once it's released to find out what. What a tease I am (grin).
Now I'm married to a wonderful man who intensely dislikes tattoos. Sigh. Would he have married me if I'd taken that risk in my youth and got inked? He insists that the inks are unregulated and may contain lead. This is totally aside from the normal concerns about the cleanliness of the needles and risk of infection. My husband is not an impulsive guy. But as I've crept closer to mid-life, I've wondered if I should indulge anyway. It's said that although painful, many folks get off on some sort of sexual high from the process and it becomes a bit addictive. No wonder the subject matter fits so well with erotic romance.
I'm here today asking for opinions and information. I know quite a few people with tattoos and I'm sure there is a wide representation out among our blog readers. First, have you ever heard of my husband's concerns about the inks and possible lead issues? Second, tell me what you think in general about tattoos. Do you find them sexy in real life? What about as folks age? Are they sexy on the pages of erotic romance? And what should a mid-lifer do when she's confronted with the urge to get inked way after her young and slinky years. Okay, maybe never slinky but the skin had to be tighter then. Favorite designs and locations anyone? Of course I had to post pictures of hot men showing off their tattoos. Yum.
Comments? Go wild.