Monday, April 28, 2014

Guest Blog & Giveaway: Nightmare Ink by Marcella Burnard

UFI welcomes Marcella Burnard Author of Nightmare Ink. Thanks for Joining us!!

Character Guest: Isa

Welcome. I’m Isa Romanchzyk. You’re here for Live Ink, right? Come on downstairs. The containment studio is down there. Easier to ground the kind of magic we’ll have to handle in order to do your Tattoo. Have a seat on the recliner there. We have a few formalities to get out of the way first.

You’ve come to me for a Living Tattoo. Acts of Magic laws require that I record everything that goes on in this studio for your protection as well as for my own. Personal ethics require that I make sure you can support Live Ink and that you know what you’re getting yourself into.

You’ve heard that Living Tattoos make you better, that they augment abilities you already have or mitigate a tendency you wish you didn’t. You’ll also have heard that people with Live Ink live longer. A lot longer. They don’t get sick. And if they’re injured, they heal almost instantly. It’s all true.

I’ve had a client with a too hot temper get a Living Tattoo that cooled his anger issues. The first people who got Live Ink fifty-sixty years ago are still alive and show hardly any signs of aging. But it’s important you understand that Live Ink does not make you immortal. You can die. So can your Tattoo. It’s happened.

Yes. I know that the Live Ink Association says that Live Ink is nothing more than a magical construct – that they aren’t really alive. Let’s just say I’ve had some experiences that make me think that assessment is inaccurate. Possibly dangerous.


The media plays up Live Ink as some kind of miracle. It’s hip and fashionable to have a Living Tattoo. It’s made all the more attractive because only a portion of the population can support them. Here’s where the other shoe drops, because there are tradeoffs to having Live Ink.

Live Ink feeds from you, from your blood and your magic. They are entities with minds and wills of their own, in my experience. They anchor in the fabric of your soul and if you don’t have the will and the control of your arcane power to balance the Tattoo, you’ll both die a messy painful death. What does that mean? No recreational drugs ever again. No alcohol to excess. No pain medications that alter your grip on your will. Not ever again.

Here’re the stakes: if you muddy your will, the balance between you and the Tattoo will shift. The anchors forged between you will slip free. Your Live Ink will unravel, which sounds benign. It isn’t. When Live Ink comes undone, it rips free from you, taking your blood and your magic with it as it goes.

If you opt for a Live Tattoo, being Inked will be the easiest part of the process. After my job is done, your work integrating the Tattoo begins. It’s one of the reasons I suggest you be damned sure this is what you want. You’re thinking of sewing a second soul to your skin and into the fabric of who and what you are.

Is that what you want?

Okay then. No one can say you haven’t been warned. Now to find out if you have the magic to support Live Ink. Take my hand and come on over to the etheric with me. Time to find out whether you’ve got what it takes to survive Live Ink.

Marcella Burnard graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a degree in acting. She writes science fiction romance for Berkley Sensation.

Her first book, Enemy Within won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award for Best Futuristic of 2010. The second book in the series, Enemy Games, released on May 3, 2011.

An erotica novella, Enemy Mine, set in the same world as the novels was released as an e-special edition by Berkley was released in April 2012. Emissary, a sword and sorcery short story released in the two volume Thunder on the Battlefield Anthology in the second half of 2013.

Find Marcella and her books

Nightmare Ink
Living Ink #1
 From “smoking-hot talent”* Marcella Burnard comes a dangerous and captivating new novel that will get under your skin.

With her art and magic, Isa Romanchzyk has the power to create or destroy. In her tattoo shop, Nightmare Ink, Isa helps those in need by binding the power embedded in their Live Ink—the magical tattoos that can enhance the life of the wearer, or end it. But binding tattoos has earned Isa the contempt of her fellow artists—including her former lover Daniel.

When a friend comes to the shop with a tattoo on the verge of killing him, Isa can’t turn him away. For the first time in years, she works Live Ink—something she swore she’d never do again. But a broken vow soon becomes the least of her problems.

The real nightmare begins when she’s abducted and inked with a Living Tattoo against her will. Now, saddled with a powerful, amoral entity willing to do anything to win his freedom, Isa must fight to keep her Living Tattoo from consuming her completely...

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting Isa (and me)! It's been great fun.

  2. This sounds good, thanks for the heads up!


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