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Local Tattoo shop is seeing business boom amid the pandemic – WTHITV.com03.09.21

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) --One local business is seeing an increase in customers after being closed for seven weeks last year.Now, business owners said they're booked all day, but there are still some concerns.

Under the Gun is a local tattoo shop here in Terre Haute.

The shop opened its doors last January before the pandemic hit, but soon after, the store had to close for seven weeks.

When the order lifted, owner D'wan Ellington was worried about what the future held.He said he was following the news every second to see if another shutdown would happen.

Ellington said once it seemed like the shop could stay open things started looking up.

In fact, he said last year was the biggest year they've ever had.

He credits this to his clients who stayed patient, worked through scheduling changes, and waited for the re-opening.

Ellington said, "For sure we're definitely blessed because this is a business that isn't essential."

Ellington said schedules weren't the only thing that had to change since re-opening the doors.

Many things had to change around the shop to make sure it can open and keep you safe.

Now, the only people who are allowed inside the shop are the ones getting a tattoo, and the tattoo artists themselves.

Tattoo artist Marcus Large said the other changes the shop made weren't all that different from what they were doing before.

He told News 10 the shop was always cleaning before, but now, they're cleaning even more.

In fact, the only major difference large told News 10 is you now have to make an appointment before you go.Large said this is to make sure everyone who walks in the door feels safe.

Large said, "We just want to make sure everybody is comfortable. When you come in just relax, let's hand out, let's goof off, let's have some fun, and give you the best quality work ever."

Large said the changes weren't that hard to get used to.He said he's happy to do whatever he can so the shop stays open and he can continue doing what he loves.

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Roberto Minuta, Newburgh tattoo parlor owner, charged in connection with Capitol riots – Times Herald-Record03.09.21

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WHITE PLAINS RobertoMinuta, who defied state COVID-19 restrictionslast year to reopen his Newburgh tattoo parlor, has been arrested on federal charges for his alleged role in the riots at the U.S. Capitol in January.

Bail for Minuta, 36, was set at $150,000 on Monday, he must surrender firearms by the close of businessTuesday, and his travel is restricted to parts of New York state and Texas, a U.S. District Court magistrate judge ruled at a hearing in White Plains.He must also give up his Passport and other travel documents.

Minuta's travel restriction also includesthat heonly go to the District of Columbia for thecourt proceedings that are slated to stemfrom the Capitol riots, the judge said. The judge set March 17 for a preliminary hearing/conferencefor Minuta in federal court in the District of Columbia.

CAPITOL RIOTS:Two months and nearly 300 arrests later, FBI is hunting hundreds more

Minuta,who was arrested by the FBIinNewburgh on Saturday,is charged with obstructing an official proceeding and aiding and abetting obstruction of an officialproceeding, being present in a restricted building or grounds, and tampering with documents of proceedings.

A lawyer for the U.S. Attorney's office urged Monday thatMinutabe detained, sayinghe posed a danger and isa flight risk, but the judgesaid the government didn't satisfyits burden of showing through clearand convincing evidence that Minuta poses a danger to the community.

"Like other rioters, Mr. Minuta was captured on videoand in photographs," prosecutor Benjamin Gianforti said, adding that "hecouldbe seen wearing, amongother things, a tactical vest, tactical gloves, goggles" and carrying what was believed to be bear spray or something similar.

That and other evidence "suggest strongly that he was spoiling for a fight of some kind of prepared for violence," Gianforti said at the hearing held by video and phone conference.

But Minuta's lawyer, Benjamin Gold, said he has no prior convictions, is no flight risk and no danger to the community.

Among the letters in support of release for Minuta, the judge said, was one from retired Orange County Court Judge and Acting Supreme Court Justice Nicholas De Rosa.

Gold noted that the judge, a relative of his client's, wrote that Minuta had never been violent, and is a kind, giving person.

"I don't think the government came close to meeting their burden there," Gold said ofMinuta being a flight risk, adding that "this isnotsomeone who is going to leave his family, leave his children, to evadethese charges."

Gold said that Minuta's family moved to Texas last year, prior to the Capitol riots.

Minuta's firearms were licensed, and Gold said, "I dont believeit is fair to suggest" that he poses a danger "just because he lawfully exercised his Second Amendment rights."

The judgenoted that as best as is known,there's been no evidence presented thatMinuta engaged in acts of physical violence,unlike someothers charged in the riots,

But "I do believe these are serious charges," the judge said, saying that if Minuta violates the bail conditions he would face anadditional charge or charges and jail time.

The judge agreed with Gianforti that thedefense's argumentthat Minuta was not on the U.S. Senate floor, but elsewhere inside the Capitol building, had no bearing.

Gianforti called it"a completely meaningless distinction."

Times Herald-Record reporter Heather Yakin contributed to this article.

Michael P. McKinney is a breaking-news reporter for the Journal News, Poughkeepsie Journal, and the Times Herald-Record.

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More military exchange locations to get tattoo studios – Stars and Stripes03.09.21

More military exchange locations to get tattoo studios

The Army is expected to get its first on-base tattoo parlor, as the company that opened the first-ever ink studio in a military exchange expands to three more installations.

American Tattoo Society expects to open a new shop at Fort Bliss, Texas, in the coming months, it said Monday. It also announced a March 12 opening date in a former Dunkin Donuts at the main exchange on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., home of U.S. Central Commands headquarters.

The Fort Bliss shop will be located next to the barbershop at the bases Freedom Crossing shopping center, the company said in a post on its Facebook page. The El Paso base is home to the 1st Armored Division.

We first visited Ft. Bliss in 2017 to talk about opening a studio on a military base, the post said. We are amped to begin construction April 1st.

AAFES spokesman Chris Ward confirmed those locations via email and revealed a third shop is slated to open at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, tentatively scheduled for June.

American Tattoo Societys husband-and-wife owners opened their first on-base location at the Nellis Air Force Base exchange in September.

The business has long catered to military customers, owner Ryan Harrell told Stars and Stripes. His wife, Nicole, opened their first location over five years ago in Fayetteville, N.C., near Fort Bragg.

Theyve run the regions All American Tattoo Convention for several years and opened their second studio near the Marine base Camp Lejeune in the eastern part of the state.

They announced the MacDill site before Christmas and posted a photo of a coming soon sign at the former doughnut shop a few weeks before advertising for jobs in February.

While the Army and Air Force exchanges will be the first with tattoo studios, the commands that operate exchanges on Marine Corps and Navy bases said last fall that theyd also been looking into opening tattoo parlors, but had no firm plans to do so at the time.

Harrell declined to name any additional sites Tuesday or say how many AAFES had committed to in total.

Man I wish I could answer that! he wrote via email. Unfortunately I cant speak about any new locations without AAFES approval.

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Coming to The MAX ‘Bloodlines’ Painting legacy lives on through the art of tattoos – Meridian Star03.09.21

Matt Stebly has put his mark on the art world through the unconventional art form of tattooing. A special exhibition titled Bloodlines: Matt Stebly will feature his work through sketches, paintings and photography March 23-July 11 at the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience, or The MAX, in downtown Meridian.

The tattoo artist, based in Ocean Springs, developed his personal style from the talents of his family, the natural environment and the work of other coastal artists. Stebly is a great-grandson of Mississippi artist Walter Inglis Anderson, a member of The MAX Hall of Fame who spent much of his life in Ocean Springs and shared some of the same inspirations. In addition to tattooing skin, Stebly also draws and paints using tattoo ink as pigment.

For a majority of people, tattooing is still considered taboo. Most tattooers are actually fine artists, said Stebly. More and more people are now realizing that tattooing is art, and its becoming more mainstream.

Steblys clients become living canvases walking, talking, breathing works of art.

In the exhibition, organized by the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Curator Mattie Codling shows a generational connection. The art forms of painting and tattooing are more closely linked than one might think. Bloodlines offers a compelling family story and educational experience, as well as an inside look at the intriguing world of tattooing.

The exhibition celebrates the history of tattooing in the Gulf South along with Steblys unique body ofwork. Stebly regularly creates masterpieces on the skin at his studio, Twisted Anchor Tattoo and Fine Art Gallery, located in downtown Ocean Springs, a community that has long attracted art enthusiasts.

Admission to the exhibit is free with regular museum admission. The MAX is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The museum is located at the corner of Sela Ward Parkway and Front Street, overlooking the railroad at the edge of Meridians historic downtown. Street parking is available, with shops and restaurants within walking distance. For more information visit MSarts.org or call 601-581-1550.

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New clothes shop and tattoo parlour planned for York city centre – YorkMix03.09.21

A new business is soon set to start trading in York city centre.

Plans submitted to City of York Council say that 24 Goodramgate will soon be turned into a clothes shop and tattoo parlour.

Until recently it was home to the Ello Flower florists, which has recently relocated.

Documents say that there will still be a shop at the front of the ground floor, with a tattooist at the rear.

The proposal is to use the shop with retail at the front selling clothing, and art with tattooing taking place at the rear of the shop, the plans say.

No alterations to the structure of the building is necessary, there are no original features left within the shop.

No alteration of the shop front is required. The reduction of retail floor space will be negligible with most tattoos being done on a desk and chair at the rear.

The opening hours will be 10am to 6pm.

Number 24 is a grade II listed building. It had been a florists for 17 years.

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Tattoo Studio Software Market Technology Progress, Business Opportunities and Analysis 2021 to 2027 The Courier – The Courier03.09.21

The report presents an in-depth assessment of the Tattoo Studio Software Market including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, standardization, regulatory landscape, deployment models, operator case studies, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles, and strategies. This report covers the pre and post Covid-19 impact analysis and gives expert reviews to overcome from it. The report also presents forecasts for Tattoo Studio Software from 2021 till 2027.

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The report presents the market competitive landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the major vendors/key players in the market. Top Companies in the Global Tattoo Studio Software Market: Baxus, Ennoview, ITattoo, Simple Inked, REV23 Development, BookedIN, Milano Software, Kitomba, GoReminders, Punchey, Inkbook Software, Inksane, NoShow, Offshoot, Tacrem, and others.

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1600: A run of better news on COVID lifts Biden – Newsday03.09.21

Inching closer to normality

"COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID," Donald Trump said in mocking complaints in late October. The day after the election, he said, "you won't hear about it any more." That prediction held up as well as those he made a year ago as president that the disease would soon disappear.

Fighting the pandemic is what President Joe Biden talks about more than anything else. The public so far likes what it hears 68% of Americans in an ABC News/Ipsos poll approved of his approach. Last week, for the first time, a majority of Americans in a Gallup Poll said the nation's coronavirus situation is getting better, not worse.

Biden will be able to point to evidence to justify a brightened outlook when he delivers a prime-time address on Thursday night to commemorate the first anniversary of the rush to shut down as infections surged out of control.

With vaccinations ramping up, 24% of all adults, 60% of those 65 and older and 70% of those 75 and older have received at least their first dose, according to Andy Slavitt, a White House coronavirus adviser. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced long-awaited guidance Monday for those fully vaccinated, including that they won't need masks or distancing to gather with others who've also had their shots.

"With more and more people vaccinated each day, we are starting to turn a corner," said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

The White House on Monday said direct relief checks to millions of eligible Americans will likely be disbursed by "the end of the month," as the U.S. House prepares for a final vote this week on Bidens $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, reports Newsday's Laura Figueroa Hernandez. House Democratic Leaders said a final vote on the package that cleared the Senate over the weekend could come Tuesday or Wednesday.

When Biden speaks Thursday, he will temper optimism with caution it's too soon to throw away the masks and to relax medical vigilance against troublesome variants. Resistance to vaccination will make herd immunity harder to reach. Biden will grieve again for the Americans of the 525,000 dead from the disease. But his message will "look forward, highlighting the role that Americans will play in beating the virus and moving the country toward getting back to normal," said White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

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Republicans looking to rewrite voting laws to their advantage have taken aim at mail-in voting, such as in Georgia where they are prepared to repeal "no-excuse" absentee voting. Democrats in Congress want to expand it. But the effect of unrestricted absentee voting on outcomes may be less than either party thinks, writes Newsday's Dan Janison.

A nonpartisan Stanford University study researched "no-excuse" voting in Texas, where only those 65 and over may vote by mail without explanation. But when compared with 64-year-old voters who required an excuse, there was no higher turnout among 65-year-olds, the research found.

The broader conclusions of their report are striking. "Despite the extraordinary circumstances of the 2020 election, vote-by-mails effect on turnout and on partisan outcomes is very muted," authors of the study wrote. "Voter interest appears to be far more important in driving turnout."

This defies the widespread impression that Biden beat Trump because of mail-in votes and that the practice drove up participation to levels it would not have reached otherwise.

Joe Biden on Monday ordered his administration to review federal rules guiding colleges in their handling of campus sexual assaults, a first step toward reversing a contentious Trump administration policy.

Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made sweeping changes to the way colleges respond to sexual harassment and assault, with provisions that bolster the rights of the accused and narrowed the definition of sexual harassment and the scope of cases schools are required to address. It was seen as a swing away from Obama-era guidance that focused on protecting victims.

But rather than reverting to Obamas 2011 policies, some legal experts expect Biden to seek a middle ground that equally protects accused students and their accusers, The Associated Press reported.

"The policy of this administration is that every individual, every student is entitled to a fair education free of sexual violence and that all involved have access to a fair process," Jennifer Klein, co-chair and executive director of the Gender Policy Council, told reporters at a White House briefing.

The immediate impact of the order will be limited. The process of rewriting the rules can take years to complete.

The Republican National Committee rebuffed a cease-and-desist demand from Donald Trumps attorneys, who demanded the party organization to stop using the former presidents name and likeness in fundraising appeals, Politico reported.

RNC chief counsel Justin Riemer asserted that the committee "has every right to refer to public figures as it engages in core, First Amendment-protected political speech, and it will continue to do so in pursuit of these common goals."

The former president has begun to assert greater control over how his name is used to attract fundraising dollars. Trump has long been sensitive about people making money off his name.

But the RNC has some good news for Trump on the money front. It is moving part of its spring donor retreat next month to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach from a nearby hotel for a dinner speech that will be headlined by the former president, The Washington Post reported. The party will be paying Trumps club for the use of the facilities and the meal.

Biden's two German Shepherds were sent back to the Biden family home in Delaware last week after aggressive behavior at the White House involving the younger dog, Major Biden, CNN reported.

Major, a 3-year-old who was adopted in November 2018 from an animal shelter, had what one of the people described as a "biting incident" with a member of White House security. He has displayed agitated behavior on multiple occasions, including jumping, barking, and "charging" at staff and security, according to the report.

Champ, at 13, is less energetic.

Two more men wanted in the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol were arrested over the weekend, including one who reportedly served as a bodyguard earlier that day to Trumps longtime political confidant Roger Stone, federal authorities said Monday.

The FBI said Roberto Minuta, 36, of Hackettstown, New Jersey, breached the Capitol grounds and "aggressively berated and taunted U.S. Capitol police officers" during the insurrection. Court papers from the FBI said Minuta came "equipped with military-style attire and gear, including apparel emblazoned with a crest related to the Oath Keepers," a far-right antigovernment militia.

The New York Times identified Minuta, a tattoo shop owner, as one of six people who provided security to Stone in the hours before the siege. Stone was in Washington that day but denied any involvement in the riot.

Also arrested over the weekend was Isaac Steve Sturgeon, 32, of Dillon, Montana, who is charged with shoving a metal police barricade into police officers during the insurrection, according to court records.

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Special Effects Tattooing to host Love Sucks Tattoo Bash – WTRF02.15.21

WHEELING, W.VA. (WTRF)- Valentines Day is quickly approaching and while many haveplans to spend the day with their significant other, one local company is hosting a singles only, event.

Special Effects Tattooing on Warwood Ave in Wheeling is hosting a Love Sucks Tattoo Bash. The shop is inviting singles only to come and receive tattoos. Many of the inspired tattoos are related to the theme that love is overrated.

Honestly, on Valentines Day, everybody wants to do a couple thing where you do sweetheart things and you do couple things together but we decided to do an event where you dont have to have a partner. You can do it single, because single people are forgotten about, honestly, said Victoria Grall, a tattoo apprentice.

The Love Sucks Bash, starts on Saturday, the 13th at 3 p.m. and will run until midnight. Those who do attend are permitted to receive a tattoo of their choice. It doesnt have to follow the days theme.

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20 Sexy Novels That Will Get You Hot And Heavy This Valentine’s Day – BuzzFeed News02.15.21

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If forbidden love is your literary cup of tea, look no further. Naima Simone brings the heat in this story about friends, coworkers, and former in-laws Eden and Knox both grappling with the death of Connor, Edens husband and Knoxs brother. That Connor and Knox were both MMA fighters and Connor died during a match weighs heavily on Knox, even as he thinks about giving up his tattoo shop to return to fighting. Edens finally ready to be more independent and move out of Connors parents house, even knowing it will hurt them. Both Eden and Knox have been burying their pain and trying to avoid each other within the confines of the shop, but their sexual tension is through the roof and unstoppable. When they give in to their passion which they do, again and again, while knowing it will be misunderstood should their secret get out the results are explosive.

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This cover may look cutesy, but inside its nonstop hotness. When photographer Ireland winds up stranded in small-town Kansas during a storm, she ends up staying with couple Caleb and Ben. Shes just getting used to being proud of her size no thanks to the ex who dumped her a month ago for not trying to lose weight and is open to whatever the sexy couple is willing to give her. When the three of them (or any pairing among them) start to get it on, sparks definitely fly. Think exhibitionism and voyeurism, threesomes, and lots of dirty talk, along with each of them grappling with their own demons, including Bens PTSD and the raging storm. Irelands curviness, and her appetite for all sorts of sex, is welcomed by both men, even as they grapple with what her arrival means to their relationship.

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For women who are down on their luck, the New Orleans group S.E.C.R.E.T. will fulfill their personal list of sexual fantasies. Yes, this erotic novel, the first in a trilogy, is wish fulfillment with a side of feminist mojo. When widow Cassie stumbles across the group and takes them up on their offer, what she receives goes beyond her wildest and some are indeed pretty wild dreams. The is the go-to book I recommend to anyone new to reading sexy stories, an erotic powerhouse where women can get exactly what they want and never feel an ounce of guilt for saying yes to whatever their dirty minds can conjure up.

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When Nemona finds her ship invaded by Oten a golden-skinned Ssedez alien who wears literal armor he should be her enemy. His goal is to kill all humans, so of course shes ready to hate him right back. But when they unexpectedly make a landing on the fire planet Fyrian, both of them notice that their hate has turned to instant, uncontrollable lust thanks to their new setting, which has that effect on people and aliens. Even though they know they shouldnt want each other, theyre too overcome to resist the passion drawing them to succumb. Their alien/human pairing shouldnt work, theyve been taught, but what if they could join forces rather than be at odds? Whether youre a science fiction fan looking to add some sexy action to your reading or a newcomer to the genre like me, Toxic Desire, the first in Lovetts Planet of Desire series, has plenty of drama, (literally) hot sex scenes as well as a core of tenderness.

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While I wouldnt want to encounter a con artist in real life, theres a powerful charm to the heroine of Grand Theft N.Y.E., Cleo, whos able to swindle rich and powerful men with her seductive smarts and take their lust and cluelessness right to the bank. Reading about her exploits is like watching a sexy heist movie, until she meets her match and cons the wrong guy or maybe the right one, since hes so damn sexy. Robert is no pushover of a mark. He has to balance the way Cleo has bewitched him against the stuff she's stolen from him, including the vintage gray Jaguar E-Type theyd recently defiled in one of the most arousing car sex scenes Ive ever read. This erotic romance makes a life of crime seem, if not easy, a hell of a lot of fun.

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If youre a sucker for fairy tales, this trio of racy lesbian retellings is for you. Bringing a modern sensibility to classics like Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella, Shade puts a sapphic spin on them that manages to feel realistic. Whether shes telling the story of former rapper Ebony (a.k.a. The Beast), whos put up emotional walls shes loath to let down, or Serena, who gets to know sexy chef Chayse through the powerful dreams she has about her while shes in a coma, or an almost-meet-cute between a music mogul and shoe designer involving a pair of six-inch red platform stiletto boots, Shade playfully pays homage to these classic stories while centering queer relationships.

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If your reading habits are in a rut, break out with Deep Inside. Polly Frost writes about sex and desire in a way thats anything but ordinary, serving up scenarios where few things are what they seem. These edgy, slyly humorous erotic sci-fi stories involve everything from a dominatrix whos bored at her job but finds a way to get off thanks to a man from her past, to a celebrated author of a book about masturbation who cant tell if her very vivid fantasies are real or imagined, to a woman peddling $10,000 magic dildos that even famous Hollywood heartthrobs are eager to procure. Celebrating the joy of the unexpected ways when it comes to sex, these stories are utterly playful, with endings that any O. Henry fan will appreciate.

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If youre looking for a love story with three main characters thats anything but a typical menage romance, Three Part Harmony has you covered. It tells the story of Raleigh, a book publishing executive, and his infatuation with Bruce, a reclusive rock star whos the complete opposite of the types who trash hotel rooms and cause mayhem. Meanwhile, Raleigh is battling at work with Everley, who he sees as a spoiled Daddys girl who only got her job through nepotism, while shes trying to forge a professional life on a different path. Simmering beneath their workplace griping is a heat that neither can resist. Trent weaves their three interconnected stories perfectly, and has written one of the most offbeat heroes in romance with Bruce a man as far from the ripped-abs Adonis look and alpha persona as you can get.

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Flirtation by food truck could easily be the tagline of this contemporary m/m romance, the first in Herreras Dreamers series. When Nesto brings his Afro-Caribbean cuisine to upstate New York, he has to learn the landscape and politics of small town life after leaving the Big Apple. He also discovers his own tasty dish in the form of Jude, whos been wary of giving his heart to anyone but makes an exception for Nesto. But when Nestos business starts to take over his life just as Jude truly needs him, they each have to figure out where their relationship really stands. Beware, this romance is very likely to make you wish Nestos food truck and its scrumptious-sounding offerings were real.

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In this sexy, feminist, and often humorous historical romance book two in Leighs Union of the Rakes trilogy down-on-her-luck Jessica poses as the wealthy and esteemed Lady Whitfield in a retro Shark Tank-esque business bazaar to try to gain investors in her family soap business. Her acting skills and quick thinking secure her the interest of the Duke of Rotherby, who hangs on her every word. Their whirlwind passion is interlaced with Jessicas increasingly frenetic attempts to inhabit two worlds which, inevitably, collide. Leigh takes a familiar trope and infuses it with all of the humor and despair living a life in disguise can have. When they finally get their happy ending, its one theyve more than earned.

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The Worst Best Man is written rom-com at its finest, opening with wedding planner Lina getting left at the altar a humiliation made worse when she finds herself having to work with her exs brother, Max, to win a coveted contract that could help catapult her struggling business to the next level. Shes prepared to resent Max, who played a role in her wedding blowing up in smoke, but finds herself seeing a whole new side of him. Their banter and ability to laugh both at and with one another make this a delightful page-turner. Sosa does an excellent job with familiar romance tropes, and their only-one-bed scenario leads to some hilarious hijinks when they pretend to be a couple, along with a very steamy outdoor sex scene. If you need a laugh along with your love story, this books for you.

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Lots of romance authors call their novels kissing books, and if any title deserves the moniker, its this one. The title Hot Rabbi (a.k.a. Rabbi Sexy Pants) is the kind of romance hero who takes locking lips very seriously. Blakeman plays out the drama and allure of kissing beautifully as Shoshanna and David flirt shamelessly, clearly interested in each other but also cautious about taking the next step in person. They do finally kiss a third of the way through the book then do a lot more than that in this thrillingly slow burn love story between workaholic, bisexual Shoshanna and single dad David, as they figure out just how deep they want their relationship to be.

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In Hungry for It, Zedde paints a vivid portrait of sultry nights and simmering passion between Rmi, a tough-on-the-outside butch Miami jazz club owner and occasional model, and Claudia, the mother of one of Rmi's closest friends, who shes quietly lusted after for years. For Rmi, pursuing the woman whos starred in her fantasies comes naturally, but Claudia, whos never slept with a woman before, is more cautious about the gap between their ages and life circumstances, even though their chemistry is undeniable. Claudia is both a mother figure and the woman Rmi lusts after most passionately, and Rmi is used to getting exactly what she wants. Claudia proves more of a challenge than shes used to the kind that doesnt require bravado, but a different kind of courage.

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This category romance has it all corporate espionage, the film industry, family drama and, yes, over-the-top sexual chemistry. Jihae Park has cultivated an image as an aloof ice goddess thanks to her powerful familys insistence that she toe the line in every way. Shes so sheltered shes never even been to a regular movie theater until she joins handsome film producer Colin Song at a screening they try to convince themselves is all business. Yet even though the sparks are flying between them, Colin is still uncertain whether Jihae was responsible for a scheme that helped ruin his cousins life. The inner workings of family businesses and expectations come to life in this novel as each of them struggle to stay true to whats expected of them, while starting to dream of the possibilities a more independent life with each other could hold.

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If youve ever wondered if Orthodox Judaism and BDSM can go together, youll get your answer in Craving Flight. Tzipporah is a divorced professor who was raised Jewish, but is relatively new to being Orthodox, while widower butcher Elan has lived in his Forest Park, Brooklyn, Orthodox community his whole life. They allow themselves to be set up by a woman from their shul and agree to marry after only a few dates, cautiously intrigued but still relative strangers. But within the confines of their marriage, Tzipporah opens up to Elan about her deep need to be physically hurt within the practice of BDSM, craving the pain of his spankings and rope. Even while Tzipporah struggles to adjust to Elans often taciturn ways, the intricacies of keeping kosher, and his mistrustful family, she seeks the comfort of their kinky, intimate rituals, which help set her free of so many of her daily struggles. This emotionally intense romance is a fascinating exploration of the power of dominance and submission to transform.

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If youve ever rolled your eyes at the seemingly umpteen fictional billionaires whove popped up in romance in the wake of Fifty Shades of Grey, know that when said billionaire is a woman written by debut novelist Lopez, the scenario gets a shakeup. Here, wealthy Roxanne convinces Mateo to sign a contract agreeing to impregnate her. He resents that hes in such a precarious financial position that he must say yes to save his beloved family vineyard, but soon finds he cant get enough of her take-charge attitude, even while hes trying to take charge right back. These two deeply stubborn people are constantly at odds, which only makes their sex life that much hotter as they fight for what they believe in and, ultimately, each other.

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The lesson of this holiday romance might be that most wonderful time of the year involves lots and lots of sex toys. Stocking Stuffers finds Sasha hosting a sex toy party in a charming inn, which turns less charming when she gets stuck there during a storm. The biggest problem? She hates Christmas with a passion, while the whole appeal of the inn is its festive atmosphere, with holiday lights and dcor and music and food in almost every room. It helps a little (okay, a lot) that sexy Perry, the brother of the inns owner, is staying there too. Sasha finds a way to get into the spirit of the season and teach Perry, a more than willing student, that toys arent just a womans domain. Rather than be intimidated by her bag full of erotic offerings, hes intrigued and impressed. Kudos to McLellan for making sex toys a natural part of the intimate scenes in this sweet and sizzling story.

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Set within the world of telenovelas, including a fictional plot within the plot, You Had Me at Hola puts actors Ashton and Jasmine together on set in New York, with Ashton keeping his son back in Puerto Rico a secret. Jasmine is fresh off a breakup thats been splashed across the tabloids, and is intent on moving on, while Ashton hasnt been intimate with anyone in eight years after a security scare. Daria weaves in their ongoing personal drama with the drama of their telenovela, Carmen in Charge, in a way that made me want both the book and the fictional show to keep going long after I closed the last page because I didnt want to say goodbye to either.

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If winter has got you down, take a virtual trip to Barbados, the setting of Cherishing the Goddess. Wolfe Industries CEO Alex heads there for a business trip, looking to finally close to the deal on a hotel his company has been eager to acquire. However, MBA student Calypso and her father have no intention of selling such a cherished property that has deep personal meaning. Their business stalemate doesnt stop them from steamy rendezvous at the hotel and on a boat, or from having deliciously dirty phone sex. When theyre not together, Alex is trying to keep up with running his business even as his new love has him wondering if its even worth it, while Calypso is juggling the emotional upheaval of her moms dementia and the meaning of her own growing feelings for Alex. Eden infuses this story of business enemies who cant get enough of each other with a mix of passion, angst, and intimacy.

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Theres a reason Your Dad Will Do is part of Katee Roberts A Touch of Taboo series. This extremely filthy (in the best way) novel finds Lily knocking on the door of the man who wouldve been her father-in-law had she and her fianc not just broken up when she caught him cheating. But her interest in silver fox Shane didnt start after the breakup; shed been harboring fantasies about him during her whole relationship. Now, she gets to fulfill them and then some. From sex in a parking lot where anyone can see them to an exhibitionist ride around the neighborhood, they push their own boundaries as they take their pent-up fantasies to a whole new level. If the title and premise sound at all intriguing to you, youll likely devour this very explicit erotic romance, filled with lots of dirty talk, age play, and a Daddy fetish, all in one sitting.

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Rachel Kramer Bussel is a freelance writer focusing on books, culture, relationships and sexuality. She's edited over 70 anthologies, including the Best Women's Erotica of the Year series and The Big Book of Orgasms. Follow her @raquelita on Twitter.

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Getting a tattoo can be a meaningful form of self-expression or a way to commemorate a life event, but it's not without its risk. For one, you have to be extra careful to make sure it doesn't get infected. And then there are the rare instances where the tattooist makes a mistake that ends up permanently etched on your skin.

In a thread on Reddit, tattoo artists have been sharing some of their most cringeworthy memories from their careers when it comes to tattoo "typos" and other mistakes. Thinking of getting inked? Let these confessions be cautionary tales, with a simple moral: check, check, and double-check the tattoo you want before the work begins!

A large number of the errors cited on the thread had to do with spelling and grammatical errors in their tattoosthe risk of which becomes greater when a client insists they want a tattoo in Latin, Hebrew, or other languages that they don't speak.

From Zornamental: "My only spelling mistake ever was in Italian. Girl wants a phrase in Italian. She writes it down no less than 5 times on paper. I tell her to make sure it is correct, as I dont speak Italian. She insists it is correct. I draw up some nice script, tattoo it with no issues, bandage, pay and she leaves. She comes back in hysterical, and tells me I spelled it wrong. I hadnt thrown out the paper. I spelled it exactly how she spelled it. I asked what she wanted to do, and she decided 'eh, no one I know speaks Italian.' That was about 15 years ago, I often wonder if she ended up getting it covered up."

There's a fairly simple way to avoid this particular kind of mistake, of course. Know what language you're putting on your body. "Best advice I could give anyone, as someone who has lived abroad and seen too many screwups in multiple languages, study the language/script first!" Said Sorceress683. "Knowing even a bit about how letters are formed in different writing types can help so much. Grammar is important as well. I lived in Japan and saw so many weird things written in English because people didn't know the proper word order."

Even with that being said, mistakes can happen, as ALasagneForOne attests:"I had a client email me asking for a four-letter acronym. I dont do freehand script so I put the letters into a font generator and sent him back some options. He picked the one he liked best and we set an appointment date. On the day of his session, I showed him the acronym again and we chose a size. I placed the stencil and he approved it and I got started. Midway through the tattoo I asked him what the letters stood for and he told me. My heart stopped. The letters were in the wrong order. The middle two were swapped. I ran to the shop computer to check my email and sure enough, in his original email hed sent me, theyd been correct. I had typed them into the font generator wrong. But to be fair, he had seen them several times since then and didnt notice my mistake. I spent the rest of the session covering them up with another design hed had as a backup tattoo idea and I didnt charge him. But it was a good learning experience for me to always ask what initials/acronyms stand for ahead of time to make sure I get them in the right order."

Other times, the artwork itself is technically flawless, it's all just a matter of perspective. From Joshsidekick: "I was working at a place when a guy came in for a full back piece of 3 different cars. It took like 4 visits to finish and each visit he'd look at it and say it looks awesome and then he would take off. On the last visit, they call me in to look at it to show me how awesome it turned out. Well, all the steering wheels were on the wrong side and the reason no one caught it was because the dude was looking in a mirror to check his progress so they looked correct. I'm pretty sure the guy was super chill about it when they offered a bunch of free work and they fixed it in another session."

In the vast majority of the stories that artists shared on the thread, the problem ended up being resolved, either by the artist fixing the original mistake, or covering it up with something else entirely. As Eastpunk says: "Ive heard of clients being fairly crushed by tattoo mistakes, but generally they can be corrected with a little creativity and skill."

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