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Y’all, Naima Simone is here with INK. She’s also brought a delicious new release from Entangled Ignite and an entire gift basket full of goodies for one lucky reader, so get comfy…you’re going to want to hang out here a while!


crescentmoonwithmermaidI got my first tattoo when I was twenty. A rose on the ankle with the Greek letters of my sorority through the stem. My cousin, who was always a fabulous artist, decided that he could make more money by inking his art on people. So I ended up a guinea pig worked on with a homemade tattoo gun held together by electrical tape. Hey, I was in college and things like infection and pus really didn’t bother me. My second tattoo came a few months later in the form of an armband with my sorority and brother fraternity Greek letters. By the time my third and fourth were tatted onto my back and shoulder my cousin had evolved into colors and my imagination had stretched past college organizations. When I left his chair a mermaid on a moon and a phoenix were inked into my body. phoenix tatThey’re an addiction and I find them as sexy as a pair of strong thighs and pretty eyes. They express who a person is, they’re personality and experiences. My first two are symbols of my youth but my last two illustrate my heart. I love fiction and the beauty of fantasy. It’s why I write. To create those dreams even though they’re in the form of Alpha heroes and strong women instead of mythical creatures. I still believe in heroes and happily ever after. Tattoos on a hero tell a story. In Jessica Lee’s Undying series, the vampire brotherhood bears the infinity sign pierced by a dagger on their bodies. It denotes their status of warrior and their kinship to the Enclave. In Jessica Andersen’s Final Prophecy series, her Mayan magi wear tattoos signifying their family lineage, individual power and mate. One of my favorites—and oh so sexiest—is Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld. Every lord represents a demon from Pandora’s box and they carry a huge demonic butterfly on various parts of their bodies. Whether it’s on a shoulder, stomach, chest…*sigh* What should be feminine is dangerous and erotic. Delicious. Tattoos can help create a hero or heroine’s history or even foretell their future. Or, in the case of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron, they can become characters in the story. Who doesn’t know the Atlantean god’s dragon tattoo that morphs into the ever-hungry demon, Simi? Raphael_highResIn Secrets and Sins: Raphael, my newest release from Entangled Publishing, the hero, Raphael Marcel is pierced and tatted. Bold, black, blue and red ink covers both his arms. A couple of his more notable pieces are a Dara knot and a phoenix. The Dara knot, a Celtic symbol that resembles an oak tree, marks his left arm. It symbolizes inner strength, wisdom, and power that deep within us in times of trouble. It reminds him to remain strong and stable when hell is going down all around him. A phoenix rising the ashes stretches across his back in a vibrant mural. Several times in his life he’s had to rise—almost be reborn—out of tragedies and emotional deaths. With a mouth that would make Andrew Dice Clay blush, a bad-boy rocker appearance and a hard, relentless core of honor, Raphael is one of my favorite heroes! So does a tattoo make your mouth water? Who’s your favorite tatted hero? Do you have one—tattoo or inked hero—of your own? Share! Don’t forget to follow the Secrets and Sins: Raphael blog tour, April 28th through May 9th! You can win a Reading Relaxation Kit gift basket and a $15 Amazon gift card. Just enter through the Rafflecopter below! A huuuuge thank you, Sarah, for having me here at your blog today! You rock!

Pump Up Your Book is pleased to bring you Naima Simone’s Secrets and Sins: Raphael virtual book tour April 28 – May 9!



  • Title: Secrets and Sins: Raphael
  • Genre: Romantic Suspense
  • Author: Naima Simone
  • Publisher: Entangled Ignite
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 210
  • Format: Ebook

When Greer Addison finds her future husband in bed with another woman, she runs…right into the arms of dark and dangerous Raphael Marcel. Angry and hurt, she throws caution to the wind and spends a hot night with the sexy security specialist. But when her fiancé is found dead, Greer becomes the main suspect of a crime she can’t remember.

Raphael is stunned and suspicious when Greer shows up on his doorstep claiming she’s carrying his baby. Worse, she’s the target of a stalker bent on making her pay for a murder she doesn’t recall. As Raphael begins to trust Greer, they must race against the clock to uncover a killer. Because Greer’s memory is returning… 7777


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Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey and Linda Howard many years ago. Though her first attempt at writing a romance novel at age 11 never saw the light of day, her love of romance and writing has endured. Now, she spends her time creating stories of unique men and women who experience the dizzying heights of passion and the tender heat of love.

She is wife to Superman—or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent—and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.



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Pump Up Your Book and Naima are teaming up to give away a gift basket!

Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • 1 winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive each of the prizes
  • This giveaway begins April 28 and ends on May 9.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on May 10, 2014.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.

Good luck everyone!