Exposing the Flesh
Love & Ink # 3
By- J.A. Howell
Published By- SideStreet Cookie Publishing
*Warning: Intended for 18+ only. Contains graphic language and sex, as well as depictions of violence and sexual assault that may be disturbing to some readers.*
Niall Donovan is a talented photographer. When it comes to women, he can have his pick and has. But beneath the flirtatious, joking smiles he’s hiding long buried pain and traumatic memories. Memories that are breaking the surface once more. Memories that he’ll do anything to shut up. When suicide doesn’t work for him, he indulges in pills, drugs, and physical pain. They seem to help some, but they barely take the edge off.
London Black has been put through the wringer. Between a car accident that nearly killed her, months of physical therapy, and finding out the boyfriend she moved to Midtown for has been cheating all along, she’s done being the sweet wholesome girl everyone thinks she is. A one night stand with the sexy photographer she meets at a club is just the thing she needs to boost her ego. It does more than that when the explicit photos of them are the main exhibit at the local art gallery. Embarrassed, angry, and now without a prospective job, she confronts him on opening night. But when he offers her a generous deal with room and board in return for more photos, she accepts. Taking naked photos with him for a large sum of cash doesn’t seem like that horrible of an option, and besides they both intend to keep things completely professional.
When the shutter starts snapping, however, it’s hard for either to deny what’s developing between them. Neither are in a good place and prefer those desires stay hidden in the dark, but the camera doesn’t lie. Baring it all may expose more than their bodies. But exposing their hearts may be more than Niall or London bargained for.
Please tell us about yourself using 3 verbs, 1 quirk and a pop culture addiction
Giggling, crafting, creating
Not sure if this is a quirk, but I’m a diehard Hanson fan. I’ve been going to their concerts since I was 12. Yes, they still have concerts. If you want to hang with me you have to listen to at least one Hanson song.
Pop culture addiction….um buzzfeed?
Top 3 Pet Peeves
-Eating or drinking while talking on the phone ( I worked as a phone agent for many years…this made me want to gag).
-Sense of entitlement.
Top 5 Favorite Things
-Weekends (just wish they were longer)
-Finding my happy writing place where the words are just flowing.
-My pets, they can make a shitty day so much better with their snuggles.
What’s the last song you listened to?
You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid by The Offspring
How do you come up with character names? How do you come up with novel titles?
I choose names I like that seem to stand out. Sometimes I look up names under a specific origin (Irish, Scottish), and look up meanings. Sometimes, like with London, I just thought that would be a cool name for a girl. I don’t plan on having any kiddos, so some of them have gotten names I would have named a kid if I’d chosen to have one.
Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?
Write, write, write some more. Finish that first manuscript before tearing it apart. Shut off the inner-editor until you finish the first draft or you might never finish. This is exactly why it took me a good eight years to finally finish my first book which was only 60k words. That’s less than half of Exposing The flesh (157k words) and ETF took me about 4 months to write.
About the Author-
J.A Howell is an office drone by day, and a writer by night. Her love of writing took off when she was eleven years old and decided to fill a composition notebook with stories to read to her friends. Many years (and notebooks) later, not much has changed. She still loves writing and sharing her works with others. When she isn’t writing, she can often be found trying her hand at whatever artistic pursuit strikes her fancy. J.A. Howell resides in Apopka, FL with her husband and their menagerie of animal children.