Please help me welcome author Patricia Rosemoor to the blog today! She’s talking about tattoos, research and her latest release Dangerous.
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Take it away Patricia…
One of the aspects I really enjoy about writing is the research I do to make the story more credible and to feel it come alive. When I started writing DANGEROUS, I had no idea that I would use tattooing or that it would become such an important element in the story.
I began by giving my hero Drago a body tattoo because I thought it would be fun and sexy. So a large dragon covers half his back – the head hangs over his shoulder. I can only imagine how impressive that would be in person, but it would look something like this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/524317581592819341/
Within the story, bikers and gang members are secondary characters. Getting inked is pretty much the norm among both groups, and not all of the ink is professionally done – often they tattoo each other. They use tats to identify themselves as members of a specific gang. And sometimes they record incidents of violence or murder. Check out some examples of Chicago gang art: http://www.chicagogangs.org/index.php?pr=GANG_TATTOOS
But gang members aren’t the only ones who use tattoos to identify themselves. People often get inked to remember something significant that happened in their lives. Or to honor loved ones. Some tats are verses, using the handwriting of the person they want to honor. And other people honor their dead by using their ashes in the ink. This has been true since ancient times.
Tattoos can also make a fashion statement, allowing the wearer to express his or her own style using body art. The tats can be fabulously done and beautiful, wether the wearer has body art on his back or head or arms (called sleeves). Follow this link to see some beautiful body art: http://tattooartistmagazineblog.com/2014/11/22/worlds-best-japanese-tattoo-artists-1/
Another reason some people get tattooed is to make money by using their bodies for advertising. One woman had a casino logo inked on her forehead to make $15,000. Hum, was it worth the money? The thing to remember is that no matter the reason – to wear as body art, to identify one’s self, to honor another person, to cover scars, to wake up wearing permanent make-up (another angle I used in Dangerous, one that helped lead Camille and Drago to the killer) – anyone considering getting a tattoo has to realize it’s permanent!
Well, sort of.
There are treatments to remove tattoos that at least partially work. Removal treatments include dermabrasion, an acid that removes the top layers of skin or cryosurgery – all better than early forms of removal like injecting wine, lime, garlic or even less savory materials under the skin. Now lasers are used to remove tats. For some reason, darker inks can be removed more completely.
I’m thinking tats are not for me – except in the stories I write, of course – but if you’re thinking about getting some body art, you’ll find the most popular designs here: http://stylesatlife.com/articles/tattoo-designs-and-meanings/
By: Patricia Rosemoor
Releasing January 6th, 2015
Fans of Linda Howard will love Dangerous, the story of a driven female cop who teams up with an irresistible ex-con to bring a killer to justice—and discovers that breaking the rules is hotter on the wrong side of the law.
Chicago homicide detective Camille Martell will stop at nothing to track down “Angel,” a sexual predator who has already butchered two young victims—even after her off-the-books investigation leads to her suspension. But when her relentless attempts to contact Angel online puts her teenage neighbor in mortal danger, Camille’s worst fears are realized. Panicked and overwhelmed with guilt, Camille needs help—even if it comes from the one man she swore she’d do anything to forget.
After serving time for a trumped-up charge, private investigator Drago Nance doesn’t trust cops. Nothing will change that, not even the steamy weekend with Camille that burned itself into his memory. But with an innocent girl’s life at stake, Drago can’t ignore the need in Camille’s eyes, or the heated promise in her touch. He agrees to help—if she’s willing to play by his rules. He just never suspected that seducing his partner could be just as thrilling as chasing a madman.
Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/11/dangerous-by-patricia-rosemoor.html
With 90 novels and more than seven million books in print, Patricia Rosemoor is fascinated with “dangerous love” – combining romance with danger. She has written various forms of romantic and paranormal romantic thrillers, even romantic horror, bringing a different mix of thrills and chills to her stories.
Patricia has won a Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America and two Reviewers Choice and two Career Achievement Awards from RT BOOKreviews, and in her other life, she teaches Popular Fiction and Suspense-Thriller Writing, credit courses at Columbia College Chicago. Three of her Columbia grad students and two students from other venues are now published in novel-length fiction
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