Adriana Anders has acted and sung, slung cocktails and corrected copy. She’s worked for start-ups, multinationals and small nonprofits, but it wasn’t until she returned to her first love—writing romance—that she finally felt like she’d come home. Today, she resides with her tall French husband, two small children and fat French cat in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she writes the dark, gritty, steamy love stories of her heart.
The Other Side of Inked Up
I’ve been obsessing over tattooed men recently. They’re everywhere, so it’s hard not to. And tattoos also lend a new perspective into what a person’s all about. Each and every bit of inked skin is a story. Why’d they pick that design? What led them to get tattoos that everyone can see. There’s an intimacy to looking at a person’s ink. When a person walks in with an image on their body, they’ve already started a conversation.
But what if they didn’t choose the story themselves? In Under Her Skin (out February 7th), the heroine is inked against her will and she decides to get the tattoos taken off. Which isn’t as easy as it sounds. I was lucky enough to interview a laser tattoo removal expert while researching the book. Here are a few things I learned:
Tattoo removal hurts. It’s much worse than putting the ink in. It apparently feels like a continuous flicking of rubber bands or the splash of hot bacon grease.
Not all skin likes ink. Lots of folks are allergic to specific ingredients in tattoo ink—red is often the culprit. On some occasions, the ink has to be removed in order to treat an especially bad reaction.
Anything is ink. Many folks resort to substances other than actual tattoo ink to mark their bodies. Ash and melted down rubber tires are two such home-grown inks. It’s enough to make you think twice about doing it yourself.
Laser tattoo removal is a months-long process—at least. Laser treatment breaks ink apart, sending it into the blood stream to be flushed out of the body, a little at a time. With a few weeks between sessions, it can take years to get rid of tattoos and some can never be fully erased.
Removal is be like archaeology. As layers of newer ink disappear, older, covered-up tattoos can reemerge, bringing old mistakes back to the surface.
Newer tattoos are usually easier to remove. Age, color, type of tattoo, and the kind of ink used are all factors in how well the removal will work.
Removal works. Though it can be expensive, the good news for sports fans who’ve changed teams or exes with regrettable tattoos is that laser treatment successfully does the job!
Ready for a heartfelt love story about one woman’s struggle to take back her skin?
Battered by a life determined to tear him downThis quiet ex-con’s scarred hands may be the gentlest touch she’ll ever know.…if only life were a fairy tale where Beauty was allowed to keep her BeastIvan thought the world was through giving him second chances. Who’d want a rough ex-con with a savior complex and a bad habit of bringing home helpless strays? Everyone in Blackwood, Virginia knew he wasn’t good enough for the fine things in life; they knew he was too damaged to save. He just needed to keep his head down, work himself to the bone, and pretend he was content with the lot he was given.Until she came into his life. Until she changed everything.Until he realized he would do anything, fight anyone, tear the world apart if it meant saving her.
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