Angels and Tattoos: Sexy, Edgy Book Hits the Romance Market
The contemporary romance scene has a new presence. Shauna Allen. Remember that name. She’s going to be taking the world of romance by storm. The book? Inked by an Angel : Book I of the Cupid Chronicles. And it’s just the first in the series. A series destined to make readers fall for her characters: strong, sexy men and the women they love.
Our prediction? Shauna Allen will bring to contemporary romance what Fifty Shades brought to erotic romances. And we were lucky enough to get a few moments of her time. Questions abound—many of them. Where to start…
Writing is so much more than a hobby. It’s a passion. When did you bring yours to life?
I remember the actual day. It was July 31st, 2007 when I finally sat myself down in front of that computer and thought, ‘What the heck? Why not? Nobody has to know.’
So how did the thought of writing turn into the act of it? And then what?
Well the dream caught fire after that July day. After a few manuscripts—that will never see the light of day—several classes, countless hours slogging away learning my craft, tons of laughter and tears with some great critique partners, I finally struck gold with not one, but two contract offers!
Struck gold indeed. We have it on good authority that this novel rocked contemporary romance. Tell us more about how you went from slogging to making Inked by an Angel a reality.
Well, besides all the classes and honing my craft I’ve already mentioned, I judged plenty of contests and learned everything I could from the fellow members of my Northwest Houston chapter of the RWA. I don’t think I’ll ever stop learning. But, I was fortunate because in June of 2012, I did sign my first contract for publication of my debut novel. Inked by an Angel: Book I of the Cupid Chronicles, was released by Soul Mate Publishing on January 30. I think I finally hit my stride, or my voice, as it’s called in the writing world.
Voice. I like that. Tell us about yours and Inked by an Angel.
My voice has a bit of sass. Inked by an Angel is the first in a four book series of matchmaking cupids, set in the edgy world of a tattoo studio with a whole lot of fun and emotion rolled in for good measure.
You can’t stop there. Give us some more. But not too much.
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?
Inked by an Angel is available now through Soul Mate Publishing, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble booksellers. You can find out more about Shauna at her website: www.shaunaallen.com.
Tattoos, cupids, and bad boys: Shauna Allen delivers one heck of a read. Fresh, sassy, and witty -she brings a new voice to romance that readers are gonna love!
—New York Times Bestselling Author, Christie Craig
An impressive start to a sassy new series. When Shauna Allen writes, “The Angel made me do it,” how could you not read more? This delightful, witty, unpredictable romance is downright heavenly.
—2012 Golden Heart Finalist and author of Powerless Consent