So, you might be aware that Brand’s book (book four in the Beautifully Broken series) will release on July 7. Woohooo!
Anyway. I thought I’d take a second to talk tattoos. Because they play a part in Brand’s story.
Getting a tattoo is a highly personal decision. I personally don’t have one yet, although I’ve played with the idea for a few years. To me, a tattoo can be an artistic expression of something important to you. That’s certainly what Brand and Nora have done in UNTIL WE FLY.
Brand is an ex-Army Ranger, and his personal values are actually reflected in his tattoos. He’s got a fierce eagle flying across his shoulder blades with the words: I STAND ON A WALL TO PROTECT WHAT IS MINE.
He’s got a skull and crossed swords on his bicep with the words DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR.
And on his forearm, he’s got these words: Though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil.
So, because of his artistic expression, even if you didn’t know he was a soldier, you’d certainly get that impression if you saw his body art. You’d know that he’s strong, he’s brave, he’s honorable, he’s fierce. You’d know all that because he chose to express himself through the art on his body.
Nora, on the other hand…. her one tattoo is hidden on her shoulder blade, as a reminder to herself. She’s got a delicate anchor that says, Fluctuat nec mergitur. That’s latin for She is tossed by the waves, but she does not sink. It’s also an artistic expression, but it’s a very personal reminder to her… to be strong.
So, I’m curious. Which of you have tattoos? What do they mean to you? Why did you get them? Leave a pic of your tattoo in the comments (if it’s in a…ahem… appropriate place) and the story of why you got it. Don’t have a tattoo? Well, that’s okay. Tell me a story about one you’ve thought about getting and the significance of it. I’ll choose my favorite story next Sunday the 29tth, and you’ll win a signed copy of IF YOU LEAVE (book two in the series… the book where Brand is introduced).
I absolutely can’t wait for you to get BRANDed… once you read UNTIL WE FLY, I’m hoping you’ll fall in love with Brand. I know I have. 🙂