Tattoos: Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em..?

There was a time when only sailors and prisoners ever got tattoos. How times have changed!

My wonderful friend Huy Truong is a professional graphic designer. Recently, I commissioned him to come up with a design for a tattoo to celebrate a truly fantastic 2014, my first year as a publisher author. This is what he came up with:

Kitty tat Design, commissioned by Huy Truong

His remit was very open. I said I wanted something to celebrate my author status. Perhaps a picture of me, maybe, surrounded by a couple of cats and some books. Something like that, I said. I was blown away by his results.

This will be my sixth tattoo. Each of them is cat-related and all mark specific periods or milestones in my life. They are sentimental events I wanted to remember especially and keep a permanent record of them. Separation and divorce, a particularly poignant love affair, and my own little cat’s portrait, they all have their place on my skin.

I love tattoos. Years before I had my first one, at the tender age of 28, I had yearned for one. I think there are a few reasons why.

Firstly, there’s the pain. I like the thought of enduring pain for something beautiful and meaningful. At this point, I feel the need to tell you that I’m not a mother, nor do I have any inclination to become one. I’m sure those of you who have endured the pain of childbirth will all agree that it’s very much worth it, for the children you have brought into this world.

Secondly, I think it’s a great way to exercise freedom of expression and individuality. Tattoos have become very personal items. It’s not uncommon to have them commissioned especially for you, as Huy has done for me. I know this image could be widely copied from the web and used again for someone else’s tattoo, but I also know it was designed personally for me, and with me in mind. That girl does kind of look a little like me, in a good light!

But, you know, there’s another reason why I keep getting tattoos. They are strangely addictive. I shall never forget my first one: a small stylish outline of a cat in the small of my back. The guy finished putting away the needle, sat back to admire his own handiwork, then said, “You know, one will never be enough. You will have more.”

It was a number of year before I went back, but I did. I have now embraced the fact that I shall keep getting them, as long as I have something to commemorate; an event or a milestone that is so important it deserves a permanent brand somewhere about my person. I am celebrating my expression of these moments in my life, that have made me who I am today.

I have a Pinterest board which captures some gorgeous, fantastic images of tattoos and piercings, so feel free to follow me here, and add your own if you like.

In the meantime, I shall be having this tattoo done some time early in 2015. Check out my Twitter page for an image soon!

Review: Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz (Books 1-4, The Red Years)

I adore it when books move me. Having to grab a tissue as I reach the end of an erotica book in particular, makes me smile. (For the filthier-minded among you, this is to dab my tears and nothing else, you naughty people!)

Tiffany Reisz goes a good few steps further with her Original Sinners series. These books bring out such raw emotions. It wasn’t one tissue but several, over and over again. After reading the first four books in the series, I have had to take a break to get my breath back. In the New Year, I intend to continue where I left off. Allow me to share with you everything I love about these stories.

The series begins with The Siren, a gorgeous book which had me hooked straight away into the life of the beautiful but somewhat wayward Nora Sutherland. Nora writes erotica, and following problems with her previous editor, she has been assigned a new one, in the shape of one Zachary Easton.

Zach has escaped a failing marriage and hopped over to the US to take up a position as editor. His first assignment is to make something of the tragically flawed Nora, over whom he tries to exert some kind of influence, but soon learns there is one person only from whom she takes orders: her beloved Soren.

Discovering the extreme nature of Soren and Nora’s relationship through Zach’s eyes made it much easier for me to understand this subversive subculture and how, despite the pain and suffering that Soren inflicts upon Nora, she can adore him nonetheless.

In The Angel, we learn more about the young and beautiful Michael, who also harbours a penchant for the subversive. He meets the arrogant but handsome Griffin, who submits only to Nora but dominates everyone else,and so Michael finds his niche and settles into it well.

The Prince follows another character’s journey. This time, it’s the turn of Wesley, the young student who lived as Nora’s lodger for a time. Nora has had fantasies about young Wesley for a good long while, and Soren knows it. He also realises that to win her back, he has to let her go. And go she does, fleeing to Kentucky to be with Wesley.

Finally, the whole story comes to a clattering and shattering conclusion in The Mistress. We learn about the simmering Kingsley, the King of the underworld who has been in the background until this point. And, finally, we learn how much Nora is prepared to give for her love. Will it be her life this time?

Reisz’s writing is glorious effective. The books are a roller coaster of emotion from start to finish. It’s horny, yes, but there’s that wonderful romantic current running right through the middle. This is five star quality erotica, shocking in parts for its graphic content, but I loved it all the same.

National Novel Writing Month 2014 – WINNER!



Well, folks. I did it!

Despite my demanding day job, a family death and trying to organise a cocktail party for my birthday, I managed to pour over 50,000 words out into some kind of sense.

So, what has been the net result of completing this mammoth writing challenge, you say?

Well, in the short term, a new Fierce & Fabulous book will be ready just in time for Christmas. Get your Kindles charged up! I’m hoping for a release date of around Christmas Eve so watch this space. I tweet a lot about upcoming releases, so the best thing to do is follow me:

Also, I’ve made significant progress with a longer work that has been going round in my head for some time. Becoming Fabulous is a prequel to the collections of short stories. It tells the tale of Leah’s past and how she overcame the sadness and rejection of her painful divorce and entered the fun world of the swinging lifestyle.

So, all in all, a very productive month of November for me. The challenge now will be to maintain some of that momentum throughout the New Year…

In the meantime, allow me to wish you all a wonderfully Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year for 2015.

Much love,

Kitty xx