Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Guest Post: What Lies Beneath by Margo Diamond

To tat or not to tat – is that even a question?

I’m excited to announce the release of my first story with Ellora’s Cave—What Lies Beneath. The story was written in response to a submission call for tattoo-themed stories. Having worked for several years as a reporter and freelance writer, I love being given an assignment and then coming up with a unique hook. As I was pondering plot angles for a tattoo story, I knew I wanted to do something different. I wanted my characters to break the stereotypical images people have of tattoo artists and people who get tattoos.

Finding a story line that fit this requirement was something of a challenge, but that’s what good writers do. They find a way to make that really oddball twist work for the story. Jericho, my hero, has a lot of traits that people associate with ink slingers—he rides a Harley, wears a ponytail and exudes bad boy appeal. Who better to match him up with than a highbrow university professor? Amanda’s hallmark in the story is a strand of pearls she never takes off.

Jericho and Amanda seem an unlikely pair…and on the surface they are. The theme of the story is that looking past a person’s exterior will often reveal startling and fascinating truths about who they really are, not who they look like they are.

Have you ever been attracted to someone who seemed all wrong for you, only to find out that person was your perfect mate? How did it turn out?

If you’d like to see how things turn out for Jericho and Amanda, What Lies Beneath is available Friday, April 10 at most online retailers. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the story or read your review on Amazon.

About the Book

As a professor of historic literature at a prestigious San Francisco university, Amanda Fine has the perfect job in the perfect city. The new guy and fellow academic at work should be the perfect man for her. Except Amanda’s idea of the perfect man is Jericho, a Harley-riding, leather-wearing, ponytailed, scruffy-bearded, make-your-panties-wet, world-class bad boy. When Amanda struts into his tattoo shop ready for a down-and-dirty seduction, Jericho can only assume the high-falutin’, pearl-wearing beauty is slumming.

When their explosive chemistry starts moving toward something deeper, preconceived notions and assumptions blind Amanda and Jericho. But with love on the line, this not-so-traditional literature professor and not-so-unconventional tattoo artist need to learn to see what lies beneath.

Reader Advisory: This story has graphic sexual language and scenes—no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!

A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave


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About the Author

Published both as a journalist and romance author, Margo Diamond's work was garnered numerous awards, including finaling in the Romance Writers of American's Golden Heart contest.

Having been around the king-size waterbed more than once, she infuses her stories with heart wrenching trouble and triumph, authentic romantic and emotional conflicts, relatable characters, quirky humor and adventurous carnal exploits.

Margo Diamond holds memberships in numerous RWA chapters and has held leadership positions locally and nationally within the writing community.

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