Thursday, October 25, 2012

Guest Author & Giveaway Featuring Sidney Bristol

Hello everyone! Help me extend a warm welcome to author Sidney Bristol who is here today to talk tattoos. Very interesting topic, wouldn't you say, and especially so when written into a story to enrich a character's life.  Let's find out more below with Sidney...

For me, tattoos are very personal things. I realize that when I write tattoos on my characters, they mean something. There’s a story behind them.

Under His Skin opens at a tattoo convention. The hero is getting ready to commit to a large tattoo to commemorate his friends who have passed away. You can kind of see it on the book’s cover, it’s the ship that stretches up the model’s side. I was pretty excited when I saw they had included that detail!

The only other tattoo of Brian’s I talk about in depth are a pair of rattlesnakes, one tattooed on each shoulder/arm that extend over his chest and are poised to strike over his sternum. Now I’ll go ahead and admit that I stole the inspiration behind this tattoo from a smoking hot model I happened across on tumblr. He’s my kind of hot. [check him out here!]

I put a lot more thought into the heroine, Pandora’s tattoos, which is understandable since of the two she has a lot more. She’s lived her entire adult life in and around tattoo shops and learning to tattoo. Each of the girls who work at the tattoo shop with her have a distinct style. Pandora is very much a Traditional and New School artist. She does those Sailor Jerry style and Americana pieces, and yet can turn around and give you a tattoo of your favorite cartoon character. It only made sense that her tattoos would follow in that vein.

In the book I specifically reference only a few of her tattoos. The first is a line of leopard print spots across her cleavage. This one I had to give her because when I was younger I really wanted this tattoo. Don’t ask me why, I’m really glad I didn’t tattoo my boobs, but I thought it would be fun to have a character with this particular tattoo.

The biggest tattoo of Pandora’s that I describe is a mural across her upper back. Her shoulders are dotted with fluffy clouds and the traditional cherubs, complete with loin clothes and bow and arrows, but that’s where the normal stops. You see, below the cherubs is a hoard of zombies and the cherubs are shooting arrows at them. Pandora has a thing for both angels and zombies. There are murals of zombies flanking her tattoo station, and stone statues of angels from Dr Who.

I talked about two other small tattoos of hers through the book as well as the two larger, eye catching pieces. One is a rubber ducky located just behind her ear, and the other is a little curled up cat, which you’ll have to read to find out where that particular tattoo is located.

Under His Skin is out in ebook, and will be out on November 12th in print. I’m super excited and humbled by all the support and interest this book has received. I hope people enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it and delving into the So Inked culture.

Under His Skin
So Inked #1
By Sidney Bristol

Back of the Book:
A woman who doesn’t believe she deserves love…

Toe-curling kisses and enough sex to fill a weekend were all Pandora wanted from a fling with her teenage crush. She’s never forgotten how he played the knight in shining armor to her damsel in distress. She’s ready to say thank you in several naughty ways, so long as she can walk away when it’s over with her heart intact.

A man moving on from tragedy…

Brian has no intention of allowing the feisty tattoo artist to leave after one taste. He hasn’t had enough of her inked curves. The packaging might have changed, but Pandy is the woman he hasn’t been able to excise from his memory. He’s ready to put together a new life, one that includes her.

But Brian isn’t the only one vying for Pandora’s attention. Someone else wants her, dead or alive.

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An Ellora’s Cave Pricked 


Sidney is offering one giveaway of winner’s choice of a print -> (U.S. Shipping only) or digital copy of Under His Skin. To enter leave a comment for Sidney sharing your thoughts on tattoos in the stories you enjoy or maybe a little something about a tattoo that you have or want.

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About the Author:
It can never be said that Sidney Bristol has had a ‘normal’ life.  She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, and tattoo addict. She grew up in a motor-home on the US highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents. Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas where she splits her time between a job she loves, writing, reading and belly dancing.


  1. I'm a big fan of tattooed heroes. They're just hot! I haven't read many books where the heroine has tattoos, but I would like to. This book sounds great!

    Jyl22075 at gmail dot com

  2. I already have the book so no worries there but just had to say that you are awesome and I love reading your stuff!!!

  3. Awe, thanks Kim!! Nice to see you here ;D

  4. I love tattoos!! I think with these books the chicks all have more tattoos than the guys. Oopse! Guess the boys just need to catch up.

  5. I love tattoos in stories. I think they make the characters feel more real.

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  6. There's always a story behind a tattoo, even if it's just a "I felt like it" story, or one where years of life are rolled into one image. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I could take or leave the fact a hero or heroine has tattoos. They don't do much for me. My sister, however, has seven and says that she finds them addicting.

  8. There's a theory that an oil used in modern tattoo inks is mildly addicting to some people. I do get to a point and I just want another one. They aren't for everyone!

  9. I love tattoos, and i´ve always wanted one or two, a Dragon or/and a Scorpio, maybe a cat or an infinity made up of two hearts *happy sigh* but nowadays everyone and their grandma has tattoos, so .. *grumble mumble* i don´t want to.. I might do it later, when the hype dies down a bit.

    Thanks for the giveaway =) and Happy Thursday!

  10. Ooh, haven't read Under his Skin yet so I didn't know the ship tattoo was actually from the book -- how cool that they put it on the cover!

    I have two tattoos, my tree back piece you've seen when I guested on your blog :-) and the other is very small (it's my Cutter number -- librarian thing). I would love, love love to get vines twisting down my arms, though. When I figure out a design and have some spare cash I think that will be my next ink.

  11. I totally understand that sentiment! But, I also really like getting tattooed...

  12. I have 3 tattoos each is a link to a person or people in my life, I have a pansy that was my grandmothers favorite flower, I have lock shock and barrel from the nightmare before christmas for my kids, and I have a Celtic shamrock that I got the same tattoo as my daughter, sister and mother for our Irish heritage.

  13. I love love LOVE The cherubs and zombie tattoo so much. It is brilliant.

  14. That's awesome!! I love Nightmare tattoos.

  15. Yes! I was so thrilled with the cover. I got to meet the artist who designed it at Romanticon and I gave her a huge hug.

  16. If my back wasn't already covered, I'd be tempted to get it!

  17. While I love reading about tattoos and seeing them on others, I haven't found one yet that makes me want to commit to getting it on myself :) Maybe one of these days! Under His Skin sounds amazing, Sidney--glad it'll soon be in print, too!

  18. I don't have any tattoos, but I do appreciate them on others. They can look incredible.

  19. Very nice post. I like to read about tattoos in books.



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