Lust, Sex and Tattoos by Sheri Velarde

Today I would like to talk a little bit about writing and inspiration. Where do you get your ideas from is one of the most often asked questions to authors and the answer? From anywhere. Literally I pull ideas and inspiration from everywhere. From my own life, from my own loves, from my friends, from my enemies. Seriously my brother and I went through a rough patch and I killed him off in a novella. If you make me mad I will make you into a character and get my revenge. I like to sit out in public and watch people to see their unique ticks. Sometimes a person that I have never met and know nothing about becomes a character with a full back story already there. See what I mean when I say inspiration can come from anywhere?

Another place that I find inspiration is in other art forms. A painting may feel me with emotions that then make their way into a book. A comic might help me learn to spice up my dialogue. Music helps me develop my characters. When I get an idea for a character I try to come up with a soundtrack for them. The type of music my character would listen to really gets me in their minds and helps me understand them. On a personal level I find the inspiration to follow my dreams from a lot of my music heroes. Last year I stood about 10 feet from Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and to see him still loving what he does was so inspirational! He does what he loves and it shows, that’s what I want out of life! Or recently I was so inspired by the late Lemmy Kilmister who was literally dying and performed concerts up until two weeks before his passing. Again, he was doing what he loved and until the very end. I suffer from some health issues and that really hit home with me and made me even more determined to keep going at my writing no matter what!

If you want a specific example of inspiration coming to life in a story, let’s take a look at my re-release of Lust, Sex and Tattoos. Since I happen to have 16 tattoos myself, the idea of setting a story in a tattoo parlor appealed to me. I even briefly dated a tattoo artist or two in my younger days. So that is where the basis of the story took place. Then I added in the time I accompanied a friend to get her first tattoo, that’s where the smart mouth friend in the story comes from, a little me in there. I also pulled on friends who had left abusive relationships to find themselves stronger and happier. Karen is not any one particular person, but rather a composite of people, a beautifully damaged character learning her own strength.

As you can see I really do pull on my real life, then mix in my imagination and see where the muse takes me!

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Short Blurb:

Karen is a woman looking to make a new beginning after breaking away from an abusive past. Her first stop is a tattoo shop, to show herself that she is no longer afraid to live her life the way she sees fit and to mark her freedom with a permanent reminder to never go back. When she catches sight of her tattoo artist, Ben, well she suddenly has things other than ink on her mind. Ben is wild, free and uninhibited, everything that she wants to be and more. Soon she is left alone with the man that embodies her dreams and sparks begin to fly. It’s safe to say that she gets way more than she bargained for when she originally stepped into his shop, as Ben helps her unleash her wild child and truly begin her life again. One wild night can truly change a woman forever.

Short Excerpt:

With measured steps to try to hide her nerves, Karen followed him through the curtains and down a hall lined with tattooing rooms. She could hear the needles more clearly now and for a moment she thought of running from the shop just to escape that unnerving sound. Taking a deep breath, she continued on, knowing she could, and would do this, to prove something to herself if nothing else. Ben’s tattoo room was in the very back and away from the others who were working. She stepped in and he closed the door behind them. She was completely alone with the most alluring man she had ever met. She gulped. This was definitely going to be an interesting night.

Ben motioned for her to take a seat on the tattoo chair as he sat down on a rolling stool. “Hop on up and take your shirt off for me and lay on your side, facing me.”


Author Bio:

Sheri Velarde, lives in New Mexico with her husband and their two dogs.

Being an avid reader since an early age, she has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. She has been writing all her life, but only recently started to actually try to pursue her dream of writing for a living. She specializes in all things paranormal and that go bump in the night. Her heart truly lies in exploring unknown worlds or adding the supernatural to our world. If it goes bump in the night or has magical connotations, Sheri writes about it.


She is constantly putting out new material with various publishers, so it is best to keep up with her on her website


In her spare time Sheri is an artist, jewelry designer, independent comic writer/artist and freelance non-fiction writer. Hiking in the mountains, going to live concerts, art openings, museums, and hosting intimate dinner parties.













Cover Reveal: An Outlaw in Her Bed

I’ve been dying to show this off to the world and the day has finally come. I give to you the cover art for An Outlaw in Her Bed. Totally revamped story and cover. That’s right–more Travis and Ella’s journey into each other’s arms. The artwork is made by yours truly. So what do you think?
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An outlaw by trade, Travis Colburn refuses to be tied down by a woman. Life on the run leaves him no room for love, until a calico queen’s wicked lips tattoo his soul. Her searing kiss leads him on a path entwined with the devil himself, and nothing will stand in his way—not even cold lead from a gun.

When a bullet steals her husband’s life, Ella Gilby gets more than she bargained for from a tall, dark stranger. Death walks in his shadow and the temptation he offers swallows her whole. The more she denies the attraction, the more her desire for the deadly desperado draws her back in.

Heaven and debauchery collide, and the love sparked in a single night reignites as Ella recaptures the man she lost long ago. Unless their shaded past tears their world in two.

Finding Freedom by Lynn Burke






Finding Freedom

Found by Fate 2

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Release Date: February 1, 2016

Publisher: Roane Publishing

Keywords: Erotic, Romance, Contemporary, Menage, Novella, Series



Tessa’s life beneath the strict rules of her parents’ cultish church leaves her longing for independence. Her boring, small-town checkout lane job barely covers the bills, let alone fulfill her wants and desires.


Until the weekly visits of god-like Trent and Brody have her dreaming of a Tessa sandwich with both sensual men as her bread.



Fantasies may be a pastime of the wicked, but when Trent asks her on a date—with both him and Brody—Tessa decides to take a chance, knowing the purity of her soul is at stake. Will these two men be her ticket to freedom – or her one way trip to eternal damnation?





Towel wrapped around me, I peeked out the bathroom door into Trent’s dimly lit bedroom. A T-shirt and shorts lay on his massive, king-sized bed.


I tugged the shorts up my damp legs, but couldn’t get them over my bum. More tears pricked as I cursed my too-much body. Trent’s shirt hung to the middle of my thighs. It would have to do.


Trent lounged beside the blazing fire pit. The sound of trickling water drew my attention to the right. Brody stood beneath the outdoor shower, his round, bite-able backside flooding my mouth with drool.


Tearing my gaze off him, I ambled over toward Trent. He patted the couch beside him, and taking care not to reveal my too-much, naked bottom half, I settled on the cushion and allowed myself another peek at Brody.


“Hot, isn’t he?”


Trent’s low, murmured words whipped my head around. “What?”


“Brody.” He continued to stare at his friend, a smirk on his lips, lust in his eyes. “Just look at that ass.”


Unable to help myself, I did as told while trying to wrap my mind around what Trent had said—and the unmistakable desire in his gaze.


“What do you think, Tessa?”


I swallowed and laced my fingers together in my lap. “I think he’s beautiful.”


Trent made a sound of appreciation in his throat as Brody turned, closed his eyes, and tipped his head back, running his hands through his hair.


My focus zoned in on his long, flaccid penis. Cock, my whore-mind whispered. I laced my fingers tighter and forced my attention on Trent.


He met my gaze and grinned. “Quite the temptation, isn’t he?”


“Enough to make me burn in hell,” I admitted with a whisper.



What people are saying about this title:


“This book is hot!!! The passion between these three is off the charts sexy!! I mean what girl wouldn’t want two men lusting after her?? I need more!!” – Alpha Book Club


“I loved the interaction between the heroine and her two sexy guys.” – London Saint James


“Wish I could be the cheese in this sandwich – 5 stars” – Goodreads Review






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About Lynn Burke:

Lynn Burke is a full time mother, voracious gardener, and scribbler of spicy romance stories. A country bumpkin turned Bay Stater, she enjoys her chowdah and Dunkin Donuts when not trying to escape the reality of city life.

Her current work, the Risso Familly Novellas, revolves around four siblings from Boston’s North End.

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