Eye Candy Ink Book 1 by Shaw Hart Genre: Contemporary Romance
Welcome to Eye Candy Ink...
Meet Atlas Warner.
He’s the newest and youngest member at the shop and a talented tattoo artist. Neglected by his parents his whole life, he’s finally found the family that he’s always wanted at Eye Candy Ink.
He’s happy with his life. He’s got a great job and even better friends. He thinks he’s got everything that he needs...until Darcy walks into the shop.
One look at the shy girl with the kind eyes and the curvy body of a goddess and Atlas is hooked.
Darcy Rose has been through a lot in her life, most of it bad. Her mother abandoned her, she lost both her grandparents in the span of a week, she was bullied all through school, and she had to build her company from the ground up.
Darcy doesn’t trust a good thing. How can she when the voices of her bullies are still ringing in her head asking questions like why would the tattooed hottie who could have any girl he wanted be interested in her?
Now, Atlas just needs to show Darcy that he’s here to stay.
“Just listen to me right now, okay? Atlas is starved for attention, for someone to love. He hates being on his own. I mean, we both make enough that we could have our own places but he still chooses to live with me. And I don’t mean that he just chose you randomly and that’s why he likes you. I mean that he finally found someone that clicked with him. There’s something about you that just fits with him. I thought you were going to be good for him but you just ended up breaking his heart,” his eyes narrow on me after he says that and shame washes over me.
“Atlas might come on a little strong, but he means well. I just wish that you would have let him explain. I wish that you would give him a chance.”
He spins around to leave after that, takes one step, before he comes back to my side. I expect him to say something else, maybe yell at me, and I’m caught off guard when he points to my car, parked off to the side.
“I might be upset with you for hurting him but Atlas would kill me if I didn’t make sure that you made it to your car okay.”
Eye Candy Ink Book 2
Love, romance, dating. Mischa Jennings wants no part of any of it.
He’s seen up close and personal how love can ruin your life and he’s vowed to stay far away from the emotion. Armed with a set of rules to keep him safe, he’s been going through life just fine. Then Indie Hearst comes bouncing into Eye Candy Ink and turns his whole world upside down.
Suddenly, he’s breaking every one of his rules, but it’s okay. He’s not even close to falling for Indie.
Shaw Hart is a romance author who lives in a constant state of motion, chasing after her two children and three dogs. She is an Air Force wife and a Pinterest addict. She loves crime tv shows, dogs, hiking and yoga. Come check out her books and find your next favorite book boyfriend!
Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
My husband is actually in the military and I had gone to college for English in the hopes of becoming an editor one day for a publishing house. Then we got stationed in New Mexico and I realized that dream wasn’t going to happen. I’ve always loved reading and writing and so I started writing my first book. I’m so glad that the editing thing didn’t work out because I LOVE writing now!
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I love Gravity Falls (The kids TV show). I’ve watched it like four times now and I even have a Gravity Falls T-Shirt and two Gravity Falls posters hanging up in my office.
Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan but have lived in other towns in Michigan, New Mexico, and now we’re in Mississippi.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I love to listen to music and watch TV. I read a lot too!
How to find time to write as a parent?
Oh, man! I still don’t think I have this one mastered. My kids were in Preschool three days a week so I would normally write then. Now, with everything going on, it’s gotten a lot harder to find time to sneak away. I do write during nap time and quiet time and my husband has been watching them on the weekends so that I can write then. I think it’s about finding a balance and carving out time to do it.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
It’s still honestly weird to think that to me. People ask what I do and I say I’m a stay at home mom and then my husband says, yeah and you write books. I don’t know that it’s hit me yet! It still surprises me when people say they love my books!
Do you have a favorite movie?
I love The Avenger movies! Or anything romantic or that’s a comedy.
What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to write a tattoo parlor romance but where the guys weren’t all these big tough guys.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Oh, I have so many projects lined up! You’ll have to keep reading.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in the books?
In “Atlas”, I kind of set up all of the characters for the rest of the series. So we get to see Atlas, Mischa, Sam, Zeke, and Nico. Atlas is kind of the dreamer in the group. Mischa is the jokester, Sam is the tough tomboy, Zeke is the owner and ‘dad’ of the group, and Nico is the quiet introspective one.
Where did you come up with the names in the story?
I actually have a board on Pinterest that I use to pick names.
Who designed your book covers?
I actually design my own book covers.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I think Mischa or Indie. They’re both so fun and kind of crazy that I have a feeling it would be an interesting day.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
I think Mischa and Indie are probably the most like me but I believe that every single character that I write has some small piece of me in them. Atlas is a dreamer and I am too. Darcy is a little self-conscious and I am too and so on.
If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
Atlas would be roses or tulips. Mischa would be Clementine’s.
What book do you think everyone should read?
I love Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
How long have you been writing?
A little under two years now!
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
Sometimes I research towns or areas that the book will take place. I’ve researched mental illnesses, the affects that abuse or neglect would have on you, the foster system. It really depends on what the story is about and what the characters are going to be like.
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
Yes! I love romance books!
Pen or type writer or computer?
Computer and sometimes pen.
What are they currently reading?
I’m currently reading Titus by Kate Hunt!
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
I outline the characters and chapters first and then I go back and write the chapters.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
It’s a mix of both I’d say. I’m always afraid to deliver the same old thing but I think readers have an expectation for what my story will be like and sometimes it’s difficult to navigate the two.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Keep going and learning. There’s so much to learn and you shouldn’t expect to have it all figured out when you first start. Try to manage expectations and NEVER look at reviews.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Getting their point of view right. When I write for guys, I have to try to think like one and I’m not sure that I’m always successful!
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
It really depends on length. There’s been books that have just flown by and I finish them in a few days and there’s been books that I’ve kind of wrestled with that have taken a few weeks. I think the average is 7-10 days for my under 20k words books and about three weeks for my 40k words books and under.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Oh yeah. I know that it’s a real thing but luckily for me, I haven’t experienced it yet. (Knock on wood!) I keep a planner and every month in the margins I like to write out new ideas. It can be detailed or super vague but it’s always something to go back to and flip through. You never know where you might find your next book inspiration!