By: Heidi Joy Tretheway
Series: Tattoo Thief, Book #2
Stella Ramsey always says bad boys can’t break your heart. They don’t call, don’t cuddle and don’t send flowers—but what do you expect? For Stella, no strings means no regrets.
When the biggest story of her fledgling career as a music journalist nearly ruins her relationship with her best friend, Stella has one chance to redeem herself. Tyler Walsh could be that chance.
Stella promises the bassist for the rock band Tattoo Thief anything in exchange for behind-the-scenes access. But Tyler doesn’t want anything. He wants everything—and that’s more than Stella is prepared to give.
When Tyler’s explosive secret thrusts Stella into the media spotlight, she must choose between the selling the story and telling the truth—and exposing the truth about herself as well.
Tyler & Stella (Tattoo Thief #2) is a sizzling story of lust, lies, and sacrifice, revealing how much love can forgive.
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Did you know the ancient Greeks had two words for time? There’s chronos time—that’s the chronological ticking of the clock, and it’s when authors put in the hours to create a manuscript. Most of that time is thankless and hard and lonely.
But the Greeks also had a concept of kairos time—think of it as the “magic moment” when everything comes together. My kairos time is when I write a phrase or a scene and I get so freaking excited about it that I just want to read it over and over again.
For me, the ice cube scene in Tyler & Stella was that magic moment.
In the book, Stella is in limbo. She’s technically homeless until Tyler offers her space at his place. He’s got a great loft in a gritty old warehouse, but his air conditioning goes out just as New York is hit with a major heat wave.
To beat the heat, Tyler rigs up a swamp cooler, which is just a fan blowing across a bowl of ice.
Is it working? Stella’s not sure. She prefers the direct approach, so she scoops up an ice cube and rubs it over her skin. Tyler watches her—he can’t help but watch—and then the heat between them explodes when Tyler begins tracing the ice cube across her skin.
I love this scene because it’s rich with sexual tension. Tyler doesn’t want to get involved with Stella because a secret hangs over his head, like a spider on the ceiling, preventing him from starting a new relationship.
Stella’s convinced Tyler doesn’t want her—he’s seen her at her worst, and he’s rejected her twice. While she’s never had trouble hooking up with bad boys, Tyler’s not like the others. Here’s a clip:
“I wanted him to be an untouchable rock star. I wanted Tyler Walsh to be a hard-edged, devil-may-care bad boy, so that I could keep him at arm’s length and focus on what I needed—another story.
I refuse to look at his face, afraid his eyes will show me too much care. It’s like a drug, becoming accustomed to people caring about me, and when it vanishes I’ll be sucked into the withdrawal of despair.”
I write in massive binge-sprints, and I know when a scene is working because everything—hunger pangs, the need to pee, the freakishly late hour, the cat’s pestering—falls away and I just have to keep writing. I adore books that keep me up all night because I need to know what happens next, and more than any previous book, Tyler & Stella did this for me in the writing process.
I’ll tell you one more thing (if you promise not to tell my mother): I like writing the naughty bits. Steamy scenes are my favorite to write because it’s when I’m most in tune with all of my characters’ senses. I imagine what they touch, taste, hear, smell and see. My proofreader says that’s also when I make the most mistakes (!) because I get so immersed in the story.
I hope you enjoy reading Tyler & Stella as much as I enjoyed writing about these two characters. I’ve always had a thing for bad girls and Stella is a daring, boozy, fun-loving (some might say slutty) kickass girl who I’d totally want to hang out with. And Tyler? Look beyond the tattooed-rocker package. You’ll definitely want him to keep you up at night.
Heidi Joy Tretheway Bio:
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.
She loves to hear from readers via messages at facebook.com/author.heidi.
Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6920129.Heidi_Joy_Tretheway