I’m doing promotional rounds for my new release, THE FRACTURED HEART, which is available today, and over the weekend I got asked a great question by one of the book blogs I am doing interviews for. I’ll paraphrase, but the question was around whether I was ever concerned that setting the stories in a tattoo studio would be a little controversial and therefore possibly detrimental to sales.
It’s a great question, and one I only sort of considered when writing the series. In thinking it over since reading the question that was posed, I have come to the following conclusions:
Love is a universal truth that can and does happen everywhere, whether that is a tattoo studio, a medieval castle, a cattle ranch, or anywhere else you can think of. That said, there will always be some readers who choose not to read stories set in any of those locations. But there are large groups of people who like all of them—I’m one for sure. The Embracing Romance ladies have books set throughout genres and locations, and I love them all.
Also, tattoos in romance, as in life, are becoming far more accessible than they have ever been. A recent poll showed a third of people under age 30 have tattoos… with tattoos so mainstream, that an American news network felt the need to confirm that one in five voters have a tattoo. A quick check on Goodreads reveals a list of tattooed and pierced main characters than runs nearly five hundred books long… a single list. There are many more I am sure.
So, here’s my question to you lovely readers? How broad does your love of romance go? Are you a mesmerized by medieval, do you rock regency? Are you crazy for cowboys or tempted by tattoos? Or do you freak out, like I do every Tuesday, because there is too much great romance and too little time?
The Fractured Heart
All things, when placed under pressure, eventually break or leave a mark.
Tattoo artist Brody “Cujo” Matthews knows how to keep things simple. In life and in love. Abandoned as a child by a mother who refused to stick around to raise three boys she didn’t want, he’s intent on staying clear of complicated women. The only things complicated in Cujo’s life are the killer tattoos he designs and inks. That all changes when he’s asked to help organize his best friend Trent’s engagement party, which means working with Trent’s fiancée’s best friend, Drea, the definition of high maintenance and sizzling curves. And the one woman he doesn’t want to walk away from.
Andrea “Drea” Caron is broke and tired. After years of caring for her ailing mom, she’s at the end of her rope trying to manage the piling medical bills, two jobs, and a life placed on hold. She certainly doesn’t need the added frustration of a sexy playboy tattoo artist messing up her best friend’s engagement party or her carefully balanced life. But when Drea witnesses the abduction of a woman from the café she works at, she can’t help but turn to Cujo who’s determined to prove to Drea that he’s someone she can count on forever…but as they attempt to bring the truth to light, someone is working to bring that forever to a sudden, deadly halt.