Sunday, April 28, 2013

Inked by an Angel Guest Post

Hello readers,

I have a guest post by author Shauna Allen today, plus a sneak peek at her novel Inked by an Angel.

Book Blurb:

Jed Gentry is doing just fine, thank you very much, running his tattoo studio in Austin, Texas. So what if people think he’s a bit on the surly side? He’s been burned by his ex who sticks around to torture him and he lives with a family heartache that he’d rather not talk about. But he’s got a thriving business, his dream car, and good friends. Not much to complicate things. At least, not until she walked in…
Kyle O’Neill has had it with being the sheltered daddy’s girl at the family accounting firm and is ready to spread her wings and fly on her own for the first time. Unfortunately, it seems she’s about to fall flat on her face when her first and only client is – gulp -- a tattoo artist! Her country club upbringing certainly hasn’t prepared her for this place or the sizzling attraction her traitorous body feels for the grumpy owner.
But there is a Divine conspiracy at work here pushing these two together. And they are hell bent on bucking the Heavenly plan all the way. Luckily, their angel is a true believer and pulls every trick he knows from under his halo to make this a match made in Heaven.
Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor?

I asked the author what inspired her to write this book and this is what she had to say:


I would have to say angels inspired me to write my book, Inked by an Angel.  That, and a love of hot, tattooed men.

Let me explain. 

I’ve always been open to the beauty and mystique of the angelic realm.  My faith embraces the idea of God’s warriors and their splendor and service.  But I didn’t necessarily sit down to write a book about them, much less combined with sexy, tatted guys . . . at first. 

In the Fall of 2010, I was at a place where I was hoping to start a new writing project.  I knew pretty much off the bat that my hero would be no ordinary hero.  No ‘Ken dolls’ for me.  So I imagined the sort of sexy, artistic bad boy that makes my heart go pitter-pat, and presto, Jed Gentry—tall, shaved bald, tatted, pierced, muscle-car driving badass—was born.  And I loved him from the get go.  I had no particular storyline when I started (which, if you know me, is highly peculiar, as I’m a plotter extraordinaire!) so I was doing basically a free writing exercise to see what would make its way onto the page.  And that’s when the prologue just flowed from my fingers.  And, wow, what a prologue! 

But, then, my hottie hero went and said those famous last words, “The Angel made me do it,” and I sat back and went, “What?!”

What angel?

Was he crazy?

What was he doing to me? 

But, after thinking on it a while, and realizing how perfect it could be, Michael, my 300 pound biker Cupid was born, along with his whole angelic crew. My story just grew from there plus an entire series of at least three more books in the works, including the sequel, The Halo Effect, releasing this May.  It’s been an awesome ride and I couldn’t be happier. 

I guess angels really are among us.
The Halo Effect : Book II of the Cupid Chronicles, Coming May 2013 from Soul Mate Publishing.
 Cupid's gotta earn his wings.  Again.
Love Detail’s favorite angel, Michael, has his sights set on his next target: the stoic and mysterious Noble Blackfeather.  And it just may prove to be his toughest case yet.
 He's been paired with Braelyn Campbell, the cute single mother next door.  She’s adorable, friendly, fun…everything Noble needs.  This should be a Love Squad slam dunk. 
 Nope. Thanks to profound past hurts, they both keep love at wing's distance.
 But, reluctantly, they are drawn together—thanks to their cupid’s dogged efforts and a whole lotta chemistry.  Can the girl next door learn to trust again and help heal Noble’s wounded heart? Together, can they save the lost, hurting boy she's raising? Can the angels help it happen before it's too late?

About the author:

Shauna grew up an only child with two open and loving parents in Central Texas.  She’s married to her high school sweetheart and is the mother to three fantastic (no, that’s not a typo!) teenagers. 

When she’s not writing, editing, or acting as a personal assistant to a NYT Bestselling author, Shauna enjoys reading, movies with Gerard Butler, vacays to the beach, and hangin’ with the kiddos–even if they don’t like hangin’ with her!

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