(Belladonna Ink #3)
by Lorelie Brown
Release Date: September 4, 2017
About Her Hometown Girl
I had doubts before the Big Day—doesn’t everyone?—but I didn’t expect to find my fiancée banging the caterer’s assistant right before the ceremony. Especially because he’s a guy. And we’re lesbians. The proper sort of Southern Californian lesbians who invest in hedge funds and wear bedazzled wedding dresses and wouldn’t be caught dead in a Subaru.
But then I became a runaway bride, headed straight for Belladonna Ink to get the kind of tattoo I always wanted and my ex always called trashy. She didn’t approve of a lot of things I did. I think maybe she didn’t approve of who I am.
So I’m determined to be as much of myself as I can manage. Dating my tattoo artist? I’m in. Cai is smart, sexy, and mysterious. Exactly what I need for a rebound. She keeps herself guarded, but I understand—I’m holding on to secrets too. The kind of secrets that make a girl want to run home to Mom, even if home is Idaho. Maybe especially then. I just didn’t expect Cai to come with me.
I wonder what it would take to get her to stay forever.
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About the Belladonna Ink series
Belladonna Ink is the hottest female-centric tattoo parlor in Southern California. It doesn’t matter if you’re cis, trans, het, gay, or spectrum, our host of female tattoo artists will give you beautiful ink, personally designed. We don’t believe in paint-by-number drawings—you’re worth more than that. Give us a chance and we’ll help you find the meaning in your personal scribbles, and turn your skin into our professional canvas.
Just one thing: it’s really weird, but all our friends and some of our artists keep falling in love. Maybe it’s something in the ink.
Learn more about the Belladonna Ink series on Riptide Publishing.
A Guest Post from Lorelie Brown
Did you know that stationery and planner supplies are tax-deductible for an author? Neither did I, until recently. (Also, like how I’m assuming I know how you answered my question? Maybe you said yes. I don’t care, all I really wanted was a way to segue into my stationery obsession.) (Also-also, this is why rhetorical questions are not always a great choice in queries.) I belong to a Facebook group of publishing professionals who are all enamored with paper planning methods. They teach me fabulous things, such as the tax deductable status and who’s having the best sales on stickers.
I have a thing for stickers.
My favorite currently come from PlannerMania, sold on Etsy. She hand draws all her stickers, so they’re adorably quirky. I have a special affinity for her Worry Waffle stickers. Shouldn’t every important decision be decorated with a food pun? The only downside of this seller is that she’s all the way up in Iqaliut, Canada. (How do you pronounce that?? I desperately want to know.) I’ve learned from adventures in Etsy that Canadian shipping really isn’t the greatest. Takes forever. But it’s okay, because PlannerMania has fantastic customer service and when I told her I hadn’t gotten an order yet, she replaced it without question. And then because I’m an idiot who sent a message on the wrong Etsy chat thread, she replaced them AGAIN, even though it was just a miscommunication. And she’d made them & shipped them in less than a day, so when I said “no, no, I did get the stickers,” she was just like, “eh, you’re good.” Fantastic customer service, like I said.
Next awkward segue is where I put all these stickers: I draw weekly planner spreads in Paper Penguin Co notebooks made with Tomoe River paper. And kind of just typing that makes me wonder when I became one of those people, but dudes. Seriously. This paper is amazing. It’s so fricking thin! I can carry a 160 page notebook in my traveler’s notebook to write whenever I want and it’s so skinny and thin! I add stickers and washi to every page of my planner notebook and when it’s all used up, it’s still skinnier than a standard planner. Which is useful since I’m an every-day-carry kind of girl.
Okay, so final step: what I carry. That traveler’s notebook I mentioned? It’s a leather folio with elastic bands inside to hold several smaller notebooks. I also have a couple folders in there (to hold my sticker sheets, of course) and a card holder. There’s a whole gamut of TNs, from fabric to high end leather. I’ve got a leather, hand painted one from Jonelifish. I’m trying to talk my co-writer, who does most of the bills, into believing that I need a new Jonelifish TN. She’s not buying it. But the one I have is the Nebula style, and it’s beautiful, but it’s very dark and I need to be light and airy sometimes, right? This isn’t unreasonable…
But then she points at my 125+ rolls of washi tape and tells me maybe it’s time to take a break. Which is probably legit.
How about you guys? Do you have any kind of favorite stationery? A pen that you guard with your life? Tell me in the comments to be entered for a chance to win my blog tour grand prize – a bottle of Macallan scotch. (Tansy and Cai drink it in Her Hometown Girl. I promise it’s not just me being a booze hound.) Must 21 to be entered in the drawing!
About Lorelie Brown
Lorelie has three active sons, two yappy dogs, and a cat who cusses her out on a regular basis for not petting him enough.
In her immense free time (hah!) Lorelie cowrites award-winning contemporary erotic romance under the name Katie Porter. You can find out more about the Vegas Top Guns and Command Force Alpha series at www.KatiePorterBooks.com or at @MsKatiePorter. You can also contact Lorelie on Twitter @LorelieBrown.
To celebrate the release of Her Hometown Girl, one lucky winner will receive a bottle of Macallan single malt whisky! Contest IS restricted to both US entries and to those over the age of 21. Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 9, 2017. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
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