Book Tour & Giveaway: Meet Heidi Joy Tretheway’s new steamy rock star romance
Please help me welcome Tattoo Thief author Heidi Joy Tretheway!
Some books put it right out there like a push-up bra and a pair of stilettos. To paraphrase their blurbs, “This book is hot. It’s for mature audiences. You’ve been warned.” Am I the only reader who licks her lips and hits the one-click-buy button when I see that?
Whether your tastes are flirty or steamy, I thought a guest post on sex—the physical and emotional side of it—felt right among the readers and featured books here at GraveTells. I turned up the heat when writing Tattoo Thief compared to previous books, but I also faced a challenge: my main characters are separated by thousands of miles when they begin falling for each other.
In Tattoo Thief, Beryl leaves her sleepy hometown to become a house sitter for New York’s elite, including Gavin Slater, front man for the rock band Tattoo Thief. He trashed his apartment, abandoned his dog and fled the country—leaving Beryl to clean up the wreckage and unravel the mystery of why he fled and what can bring him back.
Initially, they interact via chat, limiting my ability to show the reader physical reactions between the two characters. Beryl doesn’t know how Gavin smells, she doesn’t know what his skin feels or tastes like. And while Gavin’s a rock star, with a trove of online photos to tempt Beryl (she imagines running her tongue along his abs just to count the ridges), Gavin has few pictures of Beryl to fuel his imagination. Sexual tension is often built from these physical cues, so I had to find other triggers in their environment to connect them across the miles.
Chat also opens the door for cybersex. But how can characters participate in a chat session when the last thing they want to do with their hands is type? It forced me to focus on the emotional high of intimacy while the chat session lacked physical contact between the characters.
When Gavin and Beryl finally see each other, Beryl’s built such an intense expectation in her mind that she’s nothing like the nervous New York newbie we met at the beginning of Tattoo Thief. Beryl tells us this as she prepares for her first date with Gavin (note, Stella is her best friend):
“I put on my new Stella-approved fuck-me shoes. How appropriate. That’s what I want—ferocious, intense, mind-bendingly hot. I want him to make me forget my name, to take me and claim me and make me his own. Soft and sweet has its place, but not tonight.”
I’ve been asked how I approach writing about sex, and the most truthful answer is that I write what I want to read. (Hi, mom!) I enjoy books that build sexual tension bit by bit, that tantalize with burning anticipation by the characters, and then ultimately reveal a connection that is both physical and emotional.
I don’t want sex scenes that read like a gynecological exam. But I also think that too much metaphor (Throbbing pillar? Love mound? Eew.) is more snicker-worthy than steamy. Tattoo Thief is unapologetically rated R, but doesn’t include crass descriptions of anatomy.
I didn’t put a disclaimer in Tattoo Thief’s blurb, believing the new adult romance genre and character ages are enough. But perhaps I should, if only to dissuade my mother.
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.
Buy it online at Amazon here
About the author
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.
Tourwide, Heidi is giving away an amazing prize collection containing: Beryl’s aquamarine and silver necklace, West With the Night by Beryl Markham, Oregon coffee table book, Gavin’s Moleskine songwriting notebooks, Oregon chocolate and David’s Tea to one lucky person tourwide To enter to win, leave a comment on this post then fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!