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Oct 21, 2013

Tattoo Thief Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Tattoo Thief Blog Tour hosted by InkSlinger PR. For today's stop, I've got an awesome guest post by Heidi Joy Tretheway to share with all of you as well as the tour wide giveaway, so do not go anywhere because there's a lot of epic going on here! Let's get to it!

About the book:

Title: Tattoo Thief (Tattoo Thief, #1)
Author: Heidi Joy Tretheway
Publisher: Self
Release date: October 6, 2013

22-year-old Beryl doesn't know why Gavin Slater trashed his penthouse, abandoned his dog and fled the country. But as his house sitter, she must pick up the pieces for the front man of the white-hot rock band Tattoo Thief.

When ultra-responsible Beryl confronts the reckless rock star, she wants to know more than just what to do with his mess. Why is he running? What’s he searching for? And is he responsible for the death of his muse?

New York newbie Beryl must find her footing in Gavin’s crazy world of the ultra-wealthy to discover her own direction and what can bring him back.

Steamy, sassy and tender, Tattoo Thief is a story of breaking from a comfort zone to find a second chance.

Feisty Heroines

Even though I’ve written in three different genres, there’s a common thread in every book: the heroines are all feisty. In Tattoo Thief, you’ll meet two feisty young women, the narrator, Beryl, and her best friend (though some might call her a frenemy), Stella.

I write about these women because too often, I read women characters who are wimps, wallflowers and pushovers. They’re waiting for a prince (or a billionaire, or a movie star, or some other impossibly unattainable guy) to save them.

And I call BS on that. I want a relatable heroine, and I can’t relate to someone content to be pushed and molded at the whims of some guy. I find myself shouting at my Kindle, “Grow a spine, sister!”

In Tattoo Thief, Beryl is feisty, but she’s also fragile. She connects with Gavin because “he’s broken, and I think he gets what’s broken in me.” Still, she doesn’t need Gavin to rescue her. I like her strength in not only working herself out of difficult situations but also calling Gavin on his poor choices. She tells him to “man up,” rather than deferring to his fame and status.

And I think there’s nothing more attractive than a man who mans up.

I love writing New Adult fiction because the characters make so many bad decisions that it’s ripe for conflict and chaos, as well as for personal growth, challenge and change. In their early twenties, characters are experiencing their highest highs and lowest lows without the benefit of perspective that later years bring.

A key theme in Tattoo Thief is leaving your comfort zone—for Beryl, it literally means leaving her sleepy hometown. For Gavin, it means standing his ground rather than running when things get tough. Here’s a short segment of a chat between Gavin and Beryl when she pushes him to take responsibility:

Me: You’ve accomplished a lot. But now you’re running away from it all.
Gavin: I told you, it’s complicated. Stop pushing me!
Me: I’m sorry. See? I’m already disappointing you.
Gavin: You just don’t know what it’s like.
Me: Dude. Don’t play the pity card. That’s beneath you.
Gavin: Play a card? This is real life, Beryl. You don’t understand the kind of pressure I’m under. How much I needed Lulu to help me and how things got so fucked up when she died.
Me: Maybe you need a friend to give it to you straight, even if you don’t want to hear it. Cut the crap, Gavin. Own what happened. Everything you did or didn’t do. Don’t explain it away like, “You don’t understand,” or, “I was under so much pressure.” Own that shit!
Gavin: I’ve heard enough.

This scene is a breaking point—Beryl stands her ground as Gavin’s equal, rather than being a fan or an employee. It’s also the point when Gavin’s fight or flight response is triggered most intensely.

Tattoo Thief is a story of second chances, and I believe that characters that make terrible decisions can be redeemed—if they earn it. I’ll let you read Tattoo Thief to find out what Gavin does next, and if he can earn our forgiveness.

About the author:

Heidi Joy lives in Happy Valley off Sunnyside Road. She swears she did not make that up.

Heidi’s obsessed with storytelling. Her career includes marketing, journalism, and a delicious few years as a food columnist. Media passes took her backstage with several rock bands, where she learned that sometimes a wardrobe malfunction is exactly what the rock star intends.

You’ll most often find Heidi Joy with her husband and two small kids cooking, fishing, exploring the Northwest, and building epic forts in their living room.

Connect with Heidi Joy Tretheway: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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