As soon as my needle touches his skin, I know this guy is different. He talks to me about the weather and then I feel him sliding down in the chair. Very slowly. No way this is an accident. As he moves down, my face is closer to somewhere it shouldn’t be. If he wants to play, he’s come to the right place. Time to up the ante so I move my shading needles faster and deeper into his leg.
“Ow, that hurt.”
This is an excerpt from Amy Giuffrida’s The Bleeding Heart. I’ll be reading it next month for The Midnight Society’s Book Club, so join me!
Brooklyn is a talented artist with an obsession for blood; one that she satiates at her uncle’s tattoo shop. It’s here at The Bleeding Heart that Brooklyn practices the art of dispensing pain onto others. Yet, nothing can dull the desire running through her veins, especially since the man she really wants to torture rots in jail for murder.
When Daniel comes into her life, Brooklyn’s obsession with tattoos and blood quickly turns into desire for him. She dreams about getting him on her tattoo table as her first official customer, marking him as her own. But Daniel has a different idea as to what they should be doing with their bodies.
As Brooklyn spirals out of control, her sanity begins to slip right along with whatever is left of her humanity. Daniel may be the only one left to save her, if she lets him in. In the end she will have to choose between exacting vengeance, staying alive, or loving Daniel.
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About the Author
Amy Giuffrida teaches language arts to teens by day, while working nights as supermom and a bookseller. The teen in her is never far away, calling to her to crank the tunes and write stories about the darkness that surrounds us all.