When I began writing Reclaiming I didn’t set out to begin a new series. I didn’t even set out to write a novel. There was a call from Pride Publishing. They were looking for books that involved Ink. All lengths, all genres, they just had to feature tattoos in some way.
Well, the call got me thinking. If your vampires heal quickly, wouldn’t tattoos (and piercings) be problematic? The piercing spot would heal over and the tattoo ink would eventually, possibly very quickly, push out, leaving the skin once again plain and pale. And that led me do Beau. What if he was a vampire himself, and a tattoo artist and he specialized in vampires because he had a special ink. His tattoos don’t fade and disappear – they are permanent.
It’s funny, how once I have one character in mind and start figuring out what he looks like, what his background is, etc, the one who belongs with him quickly shows up in my head to stake his claim. In this case, it was Aaron, who had been Beau’s lover but had refused to turn when Beau asked him to. Now he’s back, and he’s been turned by someone else.
As soon as I had those details, everything else just clicked into place. Now instead of a mid-sized novella, I had a novel on my hands, and what was more, this was only the first in a series. Because surely all the vampires who Beau tattoos have their own stories to tell. As I wrote the novel, it became clear there were more than just vampires in this world, too – there were all kinds of immortals. So subsequent novels could include witches, werewolves, and who knows what else.
I’m really looking forward to starting the next one and seeing who shows up!
Immortal Ink: Reclaiming
Beau thought Aaron was dead to him… Imagine his surprise when his former lover slinks into his tattoo shop.
Eight months ago, vampire Beaudelaire Delacourte had it all. As a tattoo artist, he used his special ink and spells to permanently tattoo other immortals and spent countless hours feeding and indulging in BDSM with his human lover, Aaron. Then he asked to turn Aaron so his lover could join him permanently, but Aaron refused, not willing to give up his humanity. Since then, Beau has kept his head down and stayed in his shop, only interacting with his clients who all come for his special brand of ink.
When Aaron shows up on his doorstep, half-dead and apologizing, Beau is shocked to learn that his boy was turned at the local vampire club by Stephan, another vampire. Not only was Aaron turned, but his chest was torn open, his fangs were broken and he was left in an alley to die. Spurred by the need to see Beau one last time, Aaron has been hiding in an abandoned building until he found the strength to make it to Beau’s shop.
Beau takes his boy in again, promising that Aaron will earn his place back in Beau’s bed, and vowing that he will take revenge on Stephan. Unbeknownst to Beau, Aaron is only the first in a long line of humans who Stephan has created then turned out to fend for themselves. As Beau discovers that this is only one of the old rules that Stephan has broken, he and Aaron are drawn into a web of intrigue that can only end in someone’s death.
Reader Advisory: This books contains severe biting and bloodplay during sex between vampires. There is also a scene of fisting and some scenes of violence.
Meet Sean Michael
Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.
Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.
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