It seems every second person has a tattoo these days. Some are subtle—others are, ahem, regrettable. When it comes to tattoo trouble, I’m not having any—the only sharp, ink-carrying object I want anything to do with is my writing pen. I can’t say the same for my characters. Ink in a Blink has set up shop in Big Beaver County, and a few of my characters have been getting themselves into tattoo trouble at the local parlour.

Feet tattoosIn the story I’m working on right now (“Ink in a Blink”), a character named Mad Dog has had the misfortune to hire a tattoo artist who can’t spell. I’m not sure yet how I’ll put Mad Dog out of his misery. He’s in good company, though, judging from some of the tattoo trouble real people have gotten themselves into. (Google “regrettable tattoos” if you think you can handle it.)

Still, a lot of people seem to be getting a tattoo these days. And tattoos are getting more “high brow.” Some are downright literary. A couple of librarians in my first book jumped onto the “lit tattoo” bandwagon—and ended up in titillating tattoo trouble. You can read about it in a short story from Beaver Bluff called “I’ll Tell You Mine, if You’ll Tell Me Yours.”

I'll Tell You Mine ... eBookIn fact, as my Valentine Gift to you, you can read it for FREE on Kindle! I’ve set up “I’ll Tell You Mine…” for free download from February 14 through February 18, 2013. Just surf on over to,, or the Amazon nearest you, and download your free copy. (BE SURE the price reads as $0.00 before you click “buy.” Price change timing depends on your time zone.)

Don’t have a Kindle or free Kindle app on your mobile device? “I’ll Tell You Mine” is one of the stories in the full collection Beaver Bluff: The Librarian Stories, which is for sale in print (and electronically) on Amazon. Either way—enjoy!

What’s the worst tattoo you ever saw? (I hope it wasn’t on you.)

2 Responses to Tattoo trouble … yours for free!

  1. Clever people wait long enough till nature gives them their own tattoos – docs call them “varicose veins”.