Russian Tattoos – Obsession
by Kat Shehata
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication Date: January 12th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense
Falling in love isn’t a crime—but falling in love with a Russian mob boss could be deadly.
Competitive tennis player Carter Cook wants a taste of freedom. Her overprotective father monitors every aspect of her life, so when he becomes employed by Vladimir Ivanov –a sexy Russian with an array of tattoos and an accent that weakens her knees—a taste of danger is within Carter’s grasp. Behind her father’s back, she enjoys spending time with Vladimir at his lavish estate. But is he really the upstanding businessman she believes him to be?
Vladimir Ivanov—godfather of a Russian mafia crime ring.
Vladimir spent five years of his life in a Siberian prison camp and has earned every tattoo inked into his skin. He is a powerful man who gets what he wants, and after stalking the gorgeous tennis player for years—he wants Carter. A little charm melts her heart, and behind the scenes, he orders his henchman to track her every move.
He’s a tattooed stick of dynamite ready to blow at the slightest spark.
As their romance reaches deadly levels, Carter senses something’s not right. When she’s lured into a compromising position at the hands of a shady European drug dealer, she calls in Boris, Vladimir’s right hand man, to rescue her—without telling Vladimir. With his authority questioned, he sets out to teach Carter a lesson about loyalty she’ll never forget.
When Carter realizes she’s in too deep, she must fight for her freedom before the attraction turns fatal. But the Russian mafia plays for keeps, and Vladimir’s fierce lust to possess her spirals their romance out of control.
Q&A with the Author
1) Can you tell us a bit about your background?
First, I want to thank you for interviewing me about my new release, Russian Tattoos. Being an author is the greatest job in the world, and I am grateful to have this opportunity to connect with readers. It is an honor to be featured on your blog.
I am the author / co-author of four picture books including New York Times bestseller Animals on the Other Side, written with Sylvia Browne, and Benjamin Franklin award-winner Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral: the Greatest Horse Race in History. I hold an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Spalding University, a professional writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati, and a BA in theatre from Wilmington College.
2) Where and when did your writing journey begin?
I started my career writing for a magazine. It was a daily service that was delivered via fax machine to thousands of subscribers. I had the freedom to write whatever I wanted, so I came up with funny short stories and even a weekly soap opera. I had so much fun creating characters, I went back to school and earned a degree in professional writing. Shortly thereafter, I self-published my first children’s picture book, San Francisco’s Famous Sea Lions.
3) Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing?
E.B. White is my favorite author of all time. I read Charlotte’s Webb when I was young, and White made me believe that animals had a voice. I checked out the heavy nonfiction animal books from the library and learned all about exotic and domestic species. When I grew up, my first career was working as a zookeeper. My children’s books all feature animals, including my New York Times bestseller Animals on the Other Side written with Sylvia Browne. Today, I weave my love of animals into all of my work.
4) What does a typical day in your life look like? And how does your writing routine fit into your day?
When I sit down to write, I spend hours at a time in front of the keyboard. I only stop when I have something I have to do. I get lost in my imaginary world and I have to set reminders on my phone or I will forget appointments, etc. Just the other day I was working on the second book in the Russian Tattoos trilogy and I simply “forgot” to go to an appointment.
5) How did you come up with the idea for your novel?
I have no idea where this book came from. Before Russian Tattoos, I published picture books, and I was working on a middle grade novel about a girl who could communicate with animals. Once Carter and the Russians entered my creative conscious, I had to write their story. I didn’t plan on switching to the adult market, but Carter and the Russians wouldn’t let me go.
6) What do you think sets your novel apart from others current on the shelves?
Russian Tattoos is filled with twists and turns and dramatic scenes that will make readers laugh, cry, cringe, and come back for more. The thing that sets Russian Tattoos apart is Boris’s role in Carter and Vladimir’s relationship. Boris is a trained killer, but his current assignment is babysitting the boss’s self-destructive girlfriend. His methods of keeping Carter in line are intense, but what do you expect from a mafia hitman who spent years in the gulag?
7) Which character in your book is your favorite and how much of yourself is reflected in that character?
It’s hard to pick, but Boris might be my favorite character in Russian Tattoos. Some of the scenes with Carter are funny, while others are terrifying. When readers write to me about the book, the majority want to know more about him. He’s definitely the character fans love to hate, or hate to love. Do I see myself in Boris? God, I hope not.
8) Which scenes in your book did you have the most fun writing?
I love the intense and dramatic scenes where the Russians show their true colors, but the romantic moments when Vladimir lets down his guard and makes Carter feel the most important person in the world are my favorite scenes. Vladimir is guarded with his feelings and when he reveals his sensitive side to Carter, I melt right along with her. Vladimir is a bad guy in some respects, but he’s not all bad.
9) What do you hope for your readers to take away after reading your book?
I hope readers are hungry for more of this twisted love story. I will be posting updates, excerpts, teasers, contests, and will be announcing the pub date for Prisoner on my Facebook fan page. I hope readers will join me for all things Russian Tattoos: www.facebook.com/katshehatafans
10) What are your hopes for this novel?
I hope Russian Tattoos stays with readers long after they finish reading.
11) What do you have in store next for your readers?
In the sequel, Prisoner, Carter and Vladimir’s tumultuous love affair plays out on his home turf of Ekaterinburg, Russia. Is Vladimir seeking revenge or redemption? I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but expect the unexpected.
About the Author
Kat Shehata went to school with a bunch of animals–literally. She is a graduate of the Cincinnati Zoo’s Animal Conservation and Care Program. Her first career involved caring for exotic, dangerous, and adorable animals as a zookeeper. She has had her shirt ripped off by a jealous orangutan, hand-fed grapes to fruit bats, played tug-o-war with a three-toed sloth, and escorted an elephant down Pete Rose Way in the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade. As an author, Kat weaves her love of animals into her work. She is the co-author of New York Times bestseller Animals on the Other Side.
She is a competitive tennis player and spends her free time smashing tennis balls, cheering on her teammates, and playing matches in a recreational league. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, three kids, and an enthusiastic poodle. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Wilmington College, a professional writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati, and a master’s degree in creative writing from Spalding University.