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Tattoos in romance #books – yay or nay? #Sexy #Ink

hand tattoo_DTIME_55959396I came relatively late to the joys of getting a tattoo. My daughter, who has several, convinced me to go with her and get inked last year. Mother/daughter bonding of a slightly unusual nature! At the time I felt daring, a little bit “out there”, and embarrassed, all at the same time.

But afterwards I couldn’t stop looking at the ink on my arm. I love it! My design includes the symbol of a typography flourish, flanked by my daughter’s names, denoting my hopes and dreams for both my children, and my writing career, to flourish.

Of course, once I’d joined the “ink club”, I started noticing ink all around me. Specifically, I started noticing how many romance book characters these days – heroes and heroines – have tattoos.

For me, both as a reader and writer, a tattoo can add a layer of complexity to a character that is incredibly intriguing. The hint of a wild past. The quintessential romance hero bad boy. Or a deep-seated angst too strong to be expressed verbally that must instead be etched in perpetuity on someone’s body. Maybe there’s a rebellious nature hidden beneath a veneer of civility. So many possibilities; so many potential stories behind every tattoo.

Meika, the heroine in my current WIP, Ice Queen (a Gods of Love novel), has survived a terrible past and the word tattooed on her wrist is a constant reminder not to give up the fight for life:

JenniferLynne_IceQueen_200pxEros traced the word etched in black. Survive. The letters stood out against her pale skin with stark clarity, her wrist so delicately thin he could crush it in an instant, if he chose. The word contained everything she was, everything she had become, everything she was yet to be. So brave and strong, and yet at the same time so incredibly tragic.

Survive. It was as if the word was searing itself into his mind, as permanent as the ink that decorated her wrist. He bent his head to hide the sudden moisture dampening his eyes.

I am a god. Gods do not cry at the fleeting whims of mortals.

Some readers, like me, love their heroes or heroines with ink. Some hate it. Which camp do you belong to, and why?

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Do you have a favorite reading or writing space?

Hello everyone, it’s Jennifer here, and today I have reading and writing spaces on my mind. In particular, my space, which is currently non-existent thanks to building renovation works at our house.

Jennifer Lynne renosWhere does one write when your home is undergoing renovations and everything is out of place and covered in a layer of white dust? Where does one sit and read, without the vacuum cleaner screaming out to be used, a tower of displaced books threatening to topple on your head, or the shrill sound of a builder’s drill interrupting your concentration?

This is my predicament at the moment – thank goodness I have a laptop so I’m somewhat mobile, but my favorite book “space” – that little piece of the world I’d set up to write in, to read in, and basically to tap into and foster my creative side – is no longer there. At this stage I can’t even figure out where my new writing space will be when all the building works are done.

This morning I went to a café à la J. K. Rowling, but the woman who sat down at the table right next to me kept peering at my screen and when you’re in the midst of writing an erotic scene, sometimes that’s just downright off-putting!

Here’s a quick peek at what I was writing in the café…

JenniferLynne_IceQueen_200pxShe sucked in a breath and it was as if she were inhaling sex itself. The scent was rich and heady, like the most subtle and masculine aftershave. Her breath exhaled in a ragged sigh. Why not? It would be one night with a man who could help her forget everything she was, and drown her in this incredible sea of rich desire.

A man who knows your secrets. Or at least some of them. The words whispered their urgent warning across her thoughts and for the first time in years she made a deliberate choice to ignore them.

Without this I am done. There is nothing left to save me from the wasteland of my own darkness. Without this, I might as well be dead.

“Okay then,” she said, hearing the hum of need in her words. He heard it too. She could tell by the flare of light in his eyes and the slight tautening of his muscles as his arms squeezed around her. He could crush her in a second, with those arms, if he so chose. The curved biceps were as big in circumference as her head. The danger was right here, and it was real, and yet her body was coming alive after its long and lonely hibernation. Heat buzzed along her veins and her clit began to throb as a warm rush of moisture dampened her panties. But she felt it fair to warn him. “You know there’s nothing behind this door I haven’t seen. Haven’t already done.”

He shook his head, eyes alight with what looked like mirth. “Oh, Meika. You have no idea. I am Eros. I will make you come without even touching you, if I so wish.”

His fingers reached out toward her cheek and hovered there, about an inch away from her jaw. The heat was palpable and the zing of what felt like an electrical current sent a shiver right through her body. He was right. Not a single touch, and her clit was suddenly so engorged she could feel her pussy lips parting to make way for the swollen nub.

(Unedited) from Ice Queen – copyright Jennifer Lynne

Back to writing spaces…

Photo credit: with permission from Vanessa Carnevale

Here’s where Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations, among other works. His desk is on display at the Charles Dickens Museum in London.

I read that D. H. Lawrence preferred to write outdoors, leaning against a tree trunk. He said the trees were like “living company”. I’d give that a go, only it’s winter here in Melbourne, it’s wet & muddy, and I’m not exactly the outdoors type!

One of my favorite authors, Jane Austen, wrote some of Pride and Prejudice as well as other renowned stories on a tiny table in the main room of the cottage she shared with several family members. Perhaps I should take inspiration from her experience.

Where is your favorite place to read and/or write? Do you prefer clean and neat, or  is messy more your thing? Do you have one favorite space, or several? Please share your thoughts in the comments below – I’d love to hear about your reading/writing space.

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Jennifer Lynne writes short contemporary erotic romance. She is published with Red Sage and formerly with Breathless Press, and indie-published with her GODS OF LOVE romance series featuring erotic Greek gods and modern-day mortals in need of sexual healing. More recently she  co-authored the highly erotic NOT VANILLA series with USA Today Bestselling Author, Roz Lee. Find out more at her website or sign up for her newsletter here.

FREE eBook! Sex Club Secrets (Gods of Love) by @JenniLynnAuthor #Menage

SCS free graphicHi everyone, it’s Jennifer here. A little while back, fellow Birdie Raven McAllan posed the query, To Free or Not to Free. I have to admit, I’ve been thinking about this question for some time, and I’ve decided to offer my ménage à trois romance SEX CLUB SECRETS free for this week only (between 15-18 September), as a little thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of my writing journey thus far.

SEX CLUB SECRETS is the third novella in my GODS OF LOVE series, but each of these erotic stories is stand-alone, and I’m delighted that this erotic romance featuring the sexy Greek god of requited and unrequited love, and a modern-day couple in need of a helping hand, will be available for whoever wants a copy.

Here’s the blurb:

Ella is in love with her best friend Kade. But her love has not been returned, so she decides to call a halt on her unrequited love and accept an invitation to a celebrated sex club.

Kade is distressed when the woman he is beginning to see as more than a friend decides to visit Secrets before he can tell her how he feels. He follows her into the club and witnesses her at play with the enigmatic Anteros, a sexy god-like man who seems to know exactly how to satisfy her innermost cravings. But Anteros also feeds the hidden desires within Kade. How can he admit his feelings for Ella when he’s not sure he can commit with his whole heart?

Can Anteros show these would-be lovers that friendship can sometimes be the best place to kick start a lasting romantic relationship? Or has the sexy Greek god of requited & unrequited love finally taken on a challenge he cannot fulfill?

SEX CLUB SECRETS will be FREE from September 15-18, 2015, at:

Amazon US  /  Amazon AU  /  Amazon UK

When Jennifer is not writing what her family and friends call “porn for chicks” and what she prefers to call “super-hot romance for intelligent readers”, she’s working in the day job, running around after teenage children and trying to find time for her husband. She is published with Red Sage and formerly with Breathless Press, and is indie-published with her GODS OF LOVE romance series featuring erotic Greek gods and modern-day mortals in need of sexual healing. More recently she has co-authored the highly erotic NOT VANILLA series with USA Today Bestselling Author, Roz Lee. Find out more at her website or sign up for her newsletter here.