Laid Bare with Flair Contest – Day Twelve!

Today’s prizes come from Vivi Anna – one of my favorite people who also happens to be a fabulous writer! She’s donating a digital book download of her brand new, out today Samhain release – Demon Dreamer and a pair of Barefoot Sandals (her heroine loves going barefoot!)

Submission is the only path to his salvation…

A Captive Souls story.

Born a seer, Kiara Brodie has always been feared for her power to see others’ fantasies. She’s fine with that—it keeps the men of her Irish Gypsy caravan at bay. She wants more than this transient life. A letter from her estranged father, summoning her to Louisiana, could be her long-awaited chance to put down roots.

She finds two half-sisters she never knew she had, and an old mansion haunted by a darkly sexy demon who inhabits her dreams. At night he whispers to her of carnal delight, enticing her on a journey of extreme pleasure—and pain.

Malvo knows just what to do with the curious woman who wandered into his lair behind the library bookcase—lock the door behind her and make her a lustful proposition she can’t refuse. He seeks to temporarily ease his lonely torment, but Kiara’s willing and wanton response opens his eyes to the possibility that she is his path to his own salvation.

If only she is willing to remain captive to his every sinful desire—forever…

You can read an excerpt here!

Today’s Question: Do you like a hero or heroine with tattoos? Why or why not? Have any favorites?

I’ll choose a winner tomorrow but keep in mind I’m at RWA National so my schedule may be a bit off this week. The winner has three days to claim the prizes or I’ll re-draw! Good luck everyone!

72 comments to “Laid Bare with Flair Contest – Day Twelve!”

  1. Joy Roach
    July 14th, 2009 at 4:04 am · Link

    Those are the cutest sandals ever!

    Tattoos are sexy. Period. Love heroes with tattoos, heroines too. Like Lara Adrian’s Breeds where the tattoo changes according to emotion. Hot!

  2. Teresa
    July 14th, 2009 at 4:37 am · Link

    I like tatooes. Heroes, heroines,.. it doesn’t matter whose tatooes we’re talking about, it’s the kind of tatoo that counts.

  3. Lea
    July 14th, 2009 at 4:42 am · Link

    Good Morning Lauren:

    I love tattoos. I want one, but am chicken. lol

    I like unusual ones that are creative. An art form really. I love the dermaglyphs that are inherent to Larissa’s seminus demons in her “Demonica” series. They just rock!

    Thank you,
    Vivi Ana
    Great prize! 😀

  4. Donna (Fantasy Dreamer)
    July 14th, 2009 at 4:50 am · Link

    Love tattoos on either! I’m also a chicken about getting one for myself. 😥 First herione I thought of was Mercy Thompson with her coyote paw print on her belly button. Hero, well, there are so many. How about Lara Adrian’s Midnight bread?

    I love the cover of Dream Dreamer!!!

  5. Zarifina
    July 14th, 2009 at 4:50 am · Link

    Do you like a hero or heroine with tattoos? Why or why not? Have any favorites?

    I like tattoo’s on a hero and heroine as long as the author makes it one or two good ones, not the whole body covered. I think the best tattoo an author has used is by L.a Banks for her character Damali in the Vampire Huntress series.

  6. Mare Fairchild
    July 14th, 2009 at 5:04 am · Link

    Love tatoos! They can tell you so much about a person. It’s personal artwork.

  7. Chris
    July 14th, 2009 at 5:07 am · Link

    Well, I know I love the tattoo on the cover of this book! Yum. 🙂

    I do like reading about tattoos on characters – but then the cover art should reflect the actual tattoos! The worst I can think of are the Mercy Thompson books – she has a single paw print tattoo on her stomach, yet on the covers, she’s practically the tattooed woman.

  8. JP
    July 14th, 2009 at 5:25 am · Link

    I like tattoos, within reason. Not to be shallow, but you have to have the bod for them — a pasty-white beanpole sporting a dagger tattoo just seems out of place. Put that same tattoo on a muscled, physical guy? Get outta my way or I’m knocking you down. 😛

    Also, I like “badass” tattoos more than cutesy ones. I know a guy who, I kid you not, has the Tasmanian Devil tattooed on his calf. “Looney Tunes, seriously?” was all I could think when he showed me, though I eked out something more complimentary out loud. 😆

  9. Melissa Conatser
    July 14th, 2009 at 5:32 am · Link

    I like tatoos if they are well done. They aren’t a necessity, but they are nice.

  10. Dana
    July 14th, 2009 at 6:24 am · Link

    Love tattoos, have one (yes, it hurt like hell, but I’m a weenie when it comes to pain, so?)

    Not a have to…but depending upon how the character is written, can be HOT plus!!!

    And Holy Moly…Vivi Anna’s book sounds fantastic!! (adding to my list to pick up tomorrow)


  11. Blanche
    July 14th, 2009 at 6:33 am · Link

    I love tattoos too! I’ve seen some really sexy guys with tattoos lately! :mrgreen: My daughter is trying to talk me into getting a Mom/Daughter tattoo….something small but special between her and I but I’m a chicken!

  12. jennifer cecil
    July 14th, 2009 at 6:46 am · Link

    I like tatoos. My husband and I both have tatoos and we plan to get more. I think a tatoo sleeved arm is sexy on a man. So I like a hero or heroine with a tatoo so long as it’s not something silly.

  13. Frana
    July 14th, 2009 at 6:48 am · Link

    I love tattoos. I want one, and I’ve been thinking about getting one like butterfly or some symbol but I am afraid I’ll catch some disease :mrgreen: Love when heroes in particular have tattoos that mean something.

  14. Christina Mays
    July 14th, 2009 at 6:50 am · Link

    I like tasteful tatoos. Art in any form can enhance someones looks.

  15. Amy Mowers
    July 14th, 2009 at 7:03 am · Link

    Love tattoos! I like them on a sexy part of the heroine…to drive the man crazy of course. Maybe on the hip, or pelvic region. On the man, around the arm. I like them because I think that they add sex appeal. Make the man stronger. I like it on the woman because generally if they are not all over the body, but in one little hidden spot, it drives their man crazy, in a good way!

    amy m

  16. Christine
    July 14th, 2009 at 7:09 am · Link

    I find them sexy. But Idon’t like someone to be tatooed over their entire body. For me that’s a bit over the top.

  17. Tamsyn T.
    July 14th, 2009 at 7:10 am · Link

    I love tattoos, they are so sexy! But not in abundance! But I don’t think I’ll have the courage to do one myself! I’m a wimp when it comes to pain!

  18. Lori T
    July 14th, 2009 at 7:11 am · Link

    I love tattoos! I think they can be very sexy. Some of my favorites are Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld, Larissa Ione’s Demonica demons, and Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson.

  19. Heather Brewer
    July 14th, 2009 at 7:12 am · Link

    I so want this book. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Delilah Devlin has been posting excerpts of all 3 of the series on her blogs.

    I love a hero/heroine with tats. I think they are sexy if done right. I don’t nesecessarily want them covered in tats but 1 or 2 I like.

    I finally broke down and got 1 for my 40th bday last year and this year I got another one to celebrate my new granddaughter. I want to go back and add a little more to my 1st one now. They are addictive.

  20. Roberta Harwell
    July 14th, 2009 at 7:18 am · Link

    First, the sandals are just too cute.

    About tattoos, I love them. I have 2 and my hubby has almost 20. I love it when my heros and heroines are covered. Have a great day.

  21. limecello
    July 14th, 2009 at 7:22 am · Link

    Hm… I’m personally not big on tattoos, and I have to say I prefer them on men. Women’s tattoos are well, kinda froufrou it seems, generally. And I’m so sick of the tramp stamp :X I think the male equivalent is becoming a “tribal band” – really? So much for being unique and getting the tattoo…
    But markings that have meaning – something like that, I do like on characters.
    Also – those barefoot sandals are so neat! I’ve never heard of/seen them before!

  22. Anne
    July 14th, 2009 at 7:33 am · Link

    I’m not a fan of tattoos, even though I’ve seen some great works of body art. I prefer them on male characters, but just one which has meaning to the character.

    My sister, like Heather above, mentions that they’re addictive (she has seven).

    Has anyone seen the complete upper arm tattoo on Julio Iglesias, Jr.? It looks great on tv.

  23. Kris
    July 14th, 2009 at 8:22 am · Link

    I like sparse or sporadic tattoos. Sleeves or entire upper body covered in tats does not appeal to me, i like to see skin on men. On women a couple are good for me, but same thing, do not want all over, it is too much.

  24. Vivi Anna
    July 14th, 2009 at 8:48 am · Link

    Thank you to Lauren for hosting me today! Wheeeeeeeeeee!

    Thanks ladies for coming out and commenting.

    I love tattoos. I have a few myself. One is never enough. 🙂

  25. Melissa
    July 14th, 2009 at 9:08 am · Link

    Oh, gorgeous cover, Vivi!!
    I like tats on my hero….I think they’re sexy when they mean something.
    On the heroine, it depends…where are they? Why are they??
    I love the arm band tats on both hero/heroine.

  26. Amy Kathryn
    July 14th, 2009 at 10:00 am · Link

    I do like reading about/looking at other people’s tattoos since I am too chicken to get my own!

  27. Alex D
    July 14th, 2009 at 10:16 am · Link

    I don’t mind a tattoo on my hero/heroine as long as it has a purpose for them. The tattoo I’m most familiar with is Karen Chance’s heroine Cassie tattoo, the pentagram.

    I am in love with the barefoot sandals, gorgeous!

  28. Suzana
    July 14th, 2009 at 11:23 am · Link

    Tatooes are nice (as long as they are small 😀 )

  29. Jeanette Juan
    July 14th, 2009 at 11:30 am · Link

    I like characters with tatoos, because they make the characters even more dangerous and hot. Lara Adrian’s chracters have some amazing description of tatoos.

  30. Crystal B.
    July 14th, 2009 at 11:39 am · Link

    What gorgeous sandals. I love tattoos. My husband has 8. 😀

  31. Lexee
    July 14th, 2009 at 11:44 am · Link

    Tattoos don’t bother me one bit. It’s better for me if the tattoo means something for that person if theres a reason behind it.
    lexeetoste at

  32. Sue Brandes
    July 14th, 2009 at 11:51 am · Link

    I like if they have one or two. I don’t like a body full. I like that they usually mean something to the person who gets one. celtic crosses are my fav on men. 😎

  33. Ilona
    July 14th, 2009 at 11:59 am · Link

    I like tattoos (have two of my own) and think they are great on hero or heroine.

    My favourite is Larissa Ione’s use of tattoos to denote heritage in her demon heroes 😀

  34. Beverly G.
    July 14th, 2009 at 12:23 pm · Link

    Im a tatoo freak i love them in books on people i know seen in magazines i think if a hero or heroine have them makes the discription of them all the better and the story have more flare then with out

  35. Mickey M (m-square)
    July 14th, 2009 at 12:42 pm · Link

    I am too conservative for a tattoo, but I love them on some guys, especially tribal bands – hot, very hot! As for characters, I like Lara Adrian’s Breeds and the way they change color with their emotions, same with J.R. Ward’s Brotherhood. There is also something pretty cool about Larissa Ione’s brothers in the Demonica series and how their tattoos not only appear and disappear as they mature but change to reflect the cycles in their life.

  36. Jane
    July 14th, 2009 at 12:46 pm · Link

    I like tattoos that are usually hidden by clothes. You only get to see them if someone decides to show them to you.

  37. Judy Cox
    July 14th, 2009 at 12:53 pm · Link

    Do not like tattoos at all!! On the book covers they look great sometimes, but they are not real people and you are trying to accent and make them sexy looking.

  38. Lisa J
    July 14th, 2009 at 1:04 pm · Link

    I like them better on a character in a book. I think if they mean something instead of a night of drunken fun, they are much nicer.

  39. Pam P
    July 14th, 2009 at 1:05 pm · Link

    Love this cover. I like some tatoos for heroes, can add to their dangerous allure, all depends on the tat and if not overdone.

    Me, I’m too chicken to endure all that pain.

  40. Diane Sadler
    July 14th, 2009 at 1:20 pm · Link

    I love looking at tattoos but I’m too chicken to have one myself, they are sexy!

  41. Valerie
    July 14th, 2009 at 1:58 pm · Link

    I love the cover of this book and I have never seen barefoot sandals before, they are beautiful!!!

    I love tattoos and find they can be very sexy. I like celtic symbols over the shoulder or over thi hip on guys.

    Or I like floral patterns up over the foot and up the ankle for girls, or over the shoulder towards the breast.

    Unfortunately, my hubby won’t let me have a tattoo, or else I’d get one right away.

  42. Tracy
    July 14th, 2009 at 2:08 pm · Link

    I do not like tattoos, but I can see how others may find them sexy.

  43. r
    July 14th, 2009 at 2:32 pm · Link

    i like tattoos on other people! and that book looks good too

  44. catie james
    July 14th, 2009 at 3:02 pm · Link

    Huge fan of tattoos, but I fear I waited too long to get one of my own – seeing as I know have diabetes & don’t heal as easily or fully as I once did. My favorite tattooed characters include Nick Gautier (Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters), any of Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld, and Grace Quintero (Charles De Lint’s THE MYSTERY OF GRACE).

  45. Calila
    July 14th, 2009 at 3:11 pm · Link

    I love heroes with tattoos. Don’t mind when a heroine has one.

  46. Anne
    July 14th, 2009 at 3:16 pm · Link

    I usually like the ones described in many of the books. The ones generally seen on actually people are usually ugly. You always have to think, what are these going to look like when I’m in the nursing home.

  47. Pat Cochran
    July 14th, 2009 at 3:17 pm · Link

    Tattoos just are not for me! I saw the word
    tasteful used in connection with inks and I
    had to laugh. In my mind, they just do not
    go together. As I said this is just me, what
    others do is their own business!

    Pat Cochran

  48. MichelleK
    July 14th, 2009 at 3:21 pm · Link

    Sure tattoos are cool. They help describe a character really good and it also helps with the descriptions.
    Interestingly enough my favorite tats are on females.
    I love the tat that Sera had in Lauren Danes’ “Undercover” and I also loved the tat that Emily Greene had in Cherry Adair’s “White Heat”.

  49. Gloria T.
    July 14th, 2009 at 3:30 pm · Link

    I like one or two tatoos if they are well doneon either a hero or heroine.The one on the cover is nice. Like the sandals also.

  50. Amelia
    July 14th, 2009 at 3:46 pm · Link

    I’m not a fan of tattoos. I don’t mind looking at them as long as the design is something unique.

    I’m currently reading Darkness Calls by Marjorie M. Liu and the tattoos of Maxine Kiss come off at night to help her fight demons. I really enjoy Marjorie’s books.