Celebrating Number 15!
I've been writing romance for a lot of years. I wrote and completed and submitted a lot of manuscripts before I made my first sale. My family was there for all of it, supporting me through the good and bad, and celebrating with me when I made my first sale. And each sale after that.

My daughter kept track of each sale, keeping count and letting me know that it was the 5th sale or the 10th and so on. Early on she'd joked that after I made my 15th sale, we were going to have to go get tattoos together. Well, after writing for years, 15 sales seemed like a distant goal, maybe never even attainable. Guess which contract I just signed. Yep... See Me, my erotic short for Samhain, was my 15th sale.

So this past Thursday, my daughter and I went to Wild Side Tattoo and Piercing. Everyone there was great and when they found out I was a tattoo virgin, they did all they could to make sure my first experience was a good one. I explained what I had in mind and they drew up the perfect design. I was pretty nervous, even though I was excited. I had no idea how I was going to react to the pain, but I was pretty proud of myself. I spent over an hour in the chair and walked out with this beautiful celebration.

If you can't tell from the photo, there are 15 hearts to signify my 15 romance sales. With any luck, I'll be adding some more little hearts in the future...

29 Responses
  1. Maria Says:

    Congratulations on your 15th book.
    Very nice tattoo!

  2. Congratulations on your 15th book! And that's wonderful that your daughter is keeping track. My son and daughter keep asking--now how many does that make that you've sold??? Like you, I had lots of mss written before I actually sold.

  3. N.J.Walters Says:

    Congrats on #15. Your tattoo is gorgeous!

  4. Meghan Says:

    Congrats on your 15th book! May you have many more great releases. :D


  5. Milinda Says:

    Beautiful tattoo. Congratulations on number 15.

  6. Lilly Cain Says:

    Oooh, I love this! I have toyed with the idea of a tattoo for years but haven't found something I wanted forever. This is beautiful and meaningful! Congratulations on your 15th sale!


  7. Congratulations and what a lovely reason for that beautiful body art! :D

  8. Edittorrent Says:

    It's beautiful! Here's hoping you run out of room on your back to add more hearts!


  9. Ashlyn Chase Says:

    That's beautiful, Natasha!

    I remember you telling me you were going to do this. Congratulations on going through with it! And, of course, congrats on your 15th sale!


  10. Kristin Says:

    Georgeous tattoo! And congratulations on your 15th sale!

  11. Nicole North Says:

    Beautiful tattoo, Natasha!! And huge congratulations!!

  12. Marissa Says:

    Your tattoo is gorgeous- and I just love when the artist knows you're an ink virgin. My first tatoo, when he found out he would be my 'first', he got all excited. "A virgin?! I love sacrificing virgins!"

    I don't think my first lover was that thrilled over my virgin status as my tattoo guy was LOL

  13. Dalton Diaz Says:

    Wow! Major congrats, and great tattoo. I'm sitting here with a huge grin on my face - I can't believe you did that!

  14. Cameo Brown Says:

    Congratulations on the tat and the 15th! The tattoo really turned out pretty. It's lovely!

  15. Esmerelda Says:

    congrats on your 15th sale! That is awesome. And that tattoo is gorgeous!! Makes me really really want a new one!

  16. Amy DeTrempe Says:

    Congrats on the 15th sale. Great tattoo.

  17. Thanks, Maria!

    Terry, my daughter is so supportive. She's my cheerleader too. :)

    Thanks, NJ, Meghan, and Milinda.

  18. Thanks, Lily. I think it makes such a difference to get a tattoo that has meaning, then it's something you want to keep forever.

    Thanks, Sweet!

  19. Theresa! Thanks for stopping by. LOL Hope there will be many more little hearts in the future.

  20. Hi Ash! Seeing your beautiful tattoo helped me make up my mind to get mine :)

  21. Thanks, Kristin and Nicole!

    LOL, Marissa! I know what you mean. They were all over this being my first time. :)

  22. Hey Dalton! I can't believe I did it either! LOL

  23. Hey Esme. We'll have to compare tats sometime :)

    Thanks, Amy.

  24. Cai Says:

    Congrats on the new sale AND the gorgeous tattoo!! Seeing yours makes me want another one. LOL Just have to figure out what to get, what to get...

  25. Congratulations on #15, that's awesome! And as far as the tattoo? Love it love it love it! :)

  26. Hey, Cai! It's amazing to me how many people have tattoos now. It's not a big deal any more (as I try to tell my hubby lol)

    Thanks, Nicole!

  27. Bernita Says:

    That is one of the prettest tattoos I have ever seen!

  28. Good luck with your 15th and 15th more. Love the tattoo.



  29. What a beautiful tattoo - and a terrific way to celebrate your 15th sale. Congrats!

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