V-Very Cool Quill and Ink Tattoos

VAnother popular tattoo among writers is the Quill & Ink. Here are some of my favorite:

Lori L. Clark – I love watercolor tattoos and wanted a feather pen with the word believe for my writing endeavors.

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Lori has been busy this year. Check out her Come Here, Go Away Box Set

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Angie Richmond – But my most recent tattoo (which was done June 26th) represents a new beginning for me. It’s a quill with the words This is my journey. It’s located on the inside of my right forearm. It’s a reminder for me to stop and enjoy the moment. That everything I do is part of my journey in life. I wanted the quill because it incorporates the writer in me.

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Megan Erickson – My first tattoo is on my ribs (ouch!) and it is a feather quill and ink bottle, with the words, “Carpe diem.” I got that tattoo so that every day, when I looked in the mirror, I was reminded to seize the day, make it count, and WRITE. Two months after I got that tattoo, I wrote my very first book.

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Megan has a few new releases, so she got to show up twice.

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All three of these tattoos are unique and have a unique meaning to each writer. I love how the same image can have so many different interpretations.

If you have ink and you want to show it off, please let me know in the comments. I would love to feature you on a future #TattooTuesday

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U – Undeniably Cool Punctuation Tattoos

UThe punctuation tattoo is popular among writers. Check out some of my friends and their tattoos.

Megan Erickson – My other writing related tattoo is an ellipsis on the inside of my left arm. I got it after I signed my first publishing contract.

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Megan’s new book, Changing His Game is available for pre order.

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Claudia Bradsaw – ellipse, colon & parentheses

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Claudia’s Fortune of Love Series is awesome. She is my sexy writer guru. Check it out.

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Another cools one I found on Tumblr.

tumblr_m1cscypO1w1r0z4qho1_400I want to get an exclamation point on the top of my hand! I love exclamation points!! They aren’t annoying at all!!!

What is your favorite form of punctuation?

T – Tattoo Thief Series by Heidi Joy Tretheway

TThanks so much for asking me to be part of your blog fun! I’m here to spill a couple of secrets (and inspirations) for the tattoos in my Tattoo Thief series.

I’ve been fascinated with tats since I realized the art form was possible. Writing about a fictional rock band Tattoo Thief, in which every member has at least one tattoo, lets me invent wonderful backstories because I believe every bit of ink has (or should have) a story.

My favorite real-life tattoo story is from a friend: “My friend David and I got drunk and made out during Seafair week in Seattle. Then we got anchor tattoos like the sailors and we made out some more. But the next week, my ex-boyfriend and I got back together and now we’ve been married ten years. David’s my son’s godfather now.”

TattooThief1_kindleIn Tattoo Thief, the leading man, Gavin, has a tattoo of the word reckless inked backward along his collarbone, so it’s legible in a mirror. I was inspired by a tattoo I couldn’t immediately read on a guy in the Los Angeles airport.

In the book, a reporter asks Gavin about the origin of his band’s name, but Gavin only says that it’s Tyler’s story to tell. Here is where I confess to you, dear reader, that I had no idea what the name’s backstory should be, so punting that answer to the following book was a cop out on my part.

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In Tyler & Stella, the sequel to Tattoo Thief, I chose my cover model early and decided to mold the story around some of his attributes, including the tattoos and nipple piercings. But I had a hard time explaining the gun tattoo on his forearm, which was inconsistent with my character Tyler’s gentle nature and bad-boy-with-a-heart-of-gold vibe.

Rather than giving you an explanation, I snagged a short excerpt as Tyler tells aspiring music journalist Stella how his band got its name.

Excerpt from Tyler & Stella

[Tyler] “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.” His grin is rakish and tempting.

[Stella] “I don’t have any.”

“Yet?” Tyler’s brow lifts—a challenge.

“I don’t want to wear my mistakes. When I get a tattoo, I want it to be about the future.”

“See? You said when, not if. You’ll get one. Then you can show me yours and I’ll show you the rest of mine.”

Unnnh. My mouth goes dry. Is he flirting?

“In one interview, Gavin said you copied someone’s tattoo.”

Tyler frowns. “It’s the only tattoo I regret. I was trying to be tough, you know, when I started the band. Gavin and Dave and Jayce were cool. They had game. They had girlfriends, even when we weren’t famous. I could barely talk to girls.”

My heart warms to the idea of this deliciously muscled man in front of me squirming and striking out with the ladies. “So you decided to get a tattoo?”

“Yeah. There was this guy—he was a senior and I was a freshman in college—and he had this gun on his arm. I thought it looked edgy. So I got one, too, but when he saw mine, he got all pissed that I copied him. A few nights later he spray-painted Tattoo Thief across my mom’s garage door.”

My eyes widen. This isn’t a story I’ve heard before. I scramble to jot down details in the notebook I’d forgotten in my lap, but Tyler touches my wrist lightly. “Can we keep that part off the record?”

I know this bargain: either he’ll tell me more and I can’t write about it, or he won’t tell me. My insides are at war—I love this detail, but I have plenty of other stuff for my story. My curiosity wins.

“OK. So what did you do?”

“My mom came home, and I was freaking out she’d be angry. But she said, ‘Tattoo Thief? That’s a cool name for a band.’ And it stuck.”

I hoot with laughter. “What? Your mom wasn’t pissed about the spray paint?”

“She was at first, but she told me later she wanted me to repaint the garage doors anyway. Gavin begged her to let it stay, like advertising, so she did for almost a year.”

“Your mom is cool.”

“Seriously.”

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The tattoo Stella gets in this book is just the one I crave for my own skin.

Here’s the part where I’d better tell you that Tattoo Thief is free everywhere (KindleNookKoboiBooks), and two more books in the series (all standalones, and each about a different member of the band) are also available on all retailers. Thanks for letting me visit the blog, Sydney!!

Thanks so much Heidi. I just love her and her books are AMAZing!!!! 

S – Symbols & Tattoos

SSymbolism is very popular in writing and in tattoos. I found two authors who had symbols tattooed on their skin that offer motivation, inspiration and all those cool things.

Rachel Morgan

TattooThe tattoo on my ankle is the outline of a fish, or ichthys in Greek. The actual Greek word has five letters. These five letters are the same as the first letters of the words Jesus Christ God’s Son Saviour. I think it’s pretty cool that one little symbol can have so much meaning. 

Check out Rachel’s Books:

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Suzanne Van Royen

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Check out Suzanne’s books:

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Do you like symbolism in your books? 

Constricted by Becca J. Campbell – Release Day Blitz!!!

I had to do two post today because Constricted is available now. I love this series and I am a huge fan of Becca J. Campbell as an author, person and my esteemed JuNoWriMo leader. Check out Constricted and the entire Flawed Series. – Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

A Short Story Companion to the Flawed Series

Today is the release for Constricted, a brand new short story related to Becca J. Campbell’s Flawed series. This story coincides with the events in Empath (Flawed #1), and takes place in Logan’s point of view. You’ll need to read Empath first to thoroughly enjoy this story.

If you haven’t already, download a free copy of Empath (links below). Read on to find out more about Constricted.

Constricted (A Flawed Short Story)

Constricted_CVR_SMLLogan’s secret has been exposed. When Jade—a beautiful student at the college where he teaches—discovered the truth, he spilled the whole repulsive story. Jade’s empathetic kindness flooded him with emotions he didn’t know he had and isn’t sure he wants to deal with.

It would be the easiest thing in the world to leave and let Jade be a whisper in his past. He can exit now and regain his anonymity, or he can risk everything to stay and face her again.

It’s not an easy choice, and when he’s about to decide, a woman from his past shows up, making his decision even more difficult.

What really happened when Logan disappeared during Empath? Find out in this short story companion piece to Flawed #1.

Get your copy now:

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA

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Get Empath for Free

Empath eBook cover WEBSupernatural empathy isn’t a gift, it’s a curse. Anywhere she goes, Jade’s emotions are replaced by those of the people around her.

Jade grew up in a suburb of Colorado Springs, protected from other people by her parents. Now she faces college—and the world—with nothing to shield her from unwanted feelings.

When Cam, a classmate with a major crush on her, unintentionally hijacks her emotions, Jade struggles to keep from being carried away in feelings of attraction. When Ethan, a psychopath with a thirst for fear, fixates on her, the emotional impact could be lethal.

Caught in a deadly trap, Jade must untangle the emotions and find a way to use her empathic curse to overcome this killer or be overcome by him.

Empath is now FREE on most sales channels.

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA

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More About Becca J. Campbell

IMG_9824 BW smallBecca J. Campbell writes New Adult (twenty-somethings) fiction that varies from Urban Fantasy to Thriller to Science Fiction. Her stories typically blend a taste of the fantastical with real-world settings and add a dash of romance for good measure.

She’s always looking for a great speculative fiction read, and she holds a special place in her heart for any story that involves superpowers or time travel. Her passion is defying the limits of her own creativity.

Becca is also the co-creator of JuNoWriMo.com, where you can join a vibrant community and write a novel during June.

To join Becca’s writing journey and be notified when her next book is released, sign up for her author newsletter.

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R – Rafe by Jo Raven

RI have another INKED focused series to share with you. The Inked Brotherhood Series by Jo Raven. I’ve read the first one, but book five starts with an R. So, there.

Regardless (R theme), the series is amazing.

Inked Brotherhood Series:

Five boys brought together by fate. Five young men trying to overcome their troubled pasts. Five tattoos marking them as a brotherhood built on tragedy. Will they find understanding and rise above the pain?
Five girls tied by friendship. Five young women fighting their own demons. Five lives laced with sorrow. Will they be strong enough to save the men they love and make them happy?

The series comprises five interconnected, stand-alone novels: Asher, Tyler, Zane, Dylan and Rafe.

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His name is Rafaele Vestri, Rafe to his friends.
He’s tall, strong, handsome. Distant. He often comes to the coffee shop where I work, but we don’t talk much. He looks at me, though. Stares at me, his gaze heated, and I can’t help but stare back. I want him, I won’t deny it. I’ve never seen anyone that beautiful, anyone that powerful, in my life.
But he’s growing more withdrawn by the day. Something’s up, and he won’t tell. I know about his past—the murder of his family when he was fifteen. I can imagine how much it must have cost him. So much violence contained in that strong body, waiting to be unleashed. What is he seeking? What is he training so hard for? Why is he looking at me like he’s dying to touch me, but won’t dare?
Even as I try to stop thinking about him, get interested in other boys, I realize I can’t. I’m caught, body and soul, just like that. And I tell myself, Megan, girl… What have you gotten yourself into this time?
Standalone novel. No cliffhanger.
*Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature readers only. Not intended for young readers.*

Remember, if you are an inked up author and want to be features on Tattoo Tuesday, please let me know in the comments. 

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Q – Quotes, Books & Tattoos

QMore cool book quotes in tattoo form:

Looking for Alaska by Joh Green
Looking for Alaska by Joh Green
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Let it Go by E.E. Cummings
Let it Go by E.E. Cummings
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowlings
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowlings
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
Withering Heights by Emily Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

It would be so amazing to have a fan tattoo a quote from one of my books on their body. Maybe someday. What’s your favorite book quote?

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