Guest Post: Of Tattoos And Vampires by Elisabeth Staab

Hello, my lovelies 🙂

Today’s post isn’t part of any blog tour, or promo blitz (although PRINCE OF POWER did just release in January, and I suggest you ALL should be reading Elisabeth Staab’s Chronicles of Yavn series!!). It came about because of a conversation about characters in PRINCE OF POWER, and my curiosity into one part of their description, their tattoos.

In urban fantasy and paranormal romance, tattoos are par for the course. Many, if not most, characters are inked up, for any number of reasons. I asked Elisabeth if she could delve a little into the story behind the body art in her series, and share it with us.

(Check below for a way to win prizes from Elisabeth!!!)

kod_web-181x300Of Tattoos and Vampires by Eliabeth Staab

If you ask me, tattoos are freaking fascinating. The art form that goes back something crazy like five thousand years. People who get tattooed and the reason why are as diverse as the types of images out there. I’ve seen college kids get spur of the moment tramp stamps, and middle-aged housewives get tattooed to cover scarring from surgery. Tattoos can be used to handle a painful event, or even to commemorate life and death. I confess that author curiosity means I tend to stare some when I see a person sporting ink. I want to know the story that put that ink on their body.

This fascination with tattoo goes back as early as the age of twelve, when I recall starting a philosophical debate with my Sunday school teacher regarding whether or not tattoos were acceptable practice. My fascination with vampires, apparently started even earlier. My father sent me a drawing over the summer that I’d done when I was five, of my very first vampire. I’ve no idea how I even know about vampires at that age, but there you go. Even as a kid I was into the dark side and things that go bump in the night. So no wonder when I finally wrote my first novel, I would find a way to marry two great things that taste great together: my love of body art and mysterious creatures with fangs.

In my Chronicle of Yavn series, body modification shows up in a couple of key ways. The first, and most prominent, is on the cover of King of Darkness. The hero has a brand on his arm in the shape of an Armenian cross, because King of Darkness is in many ways a “fated mates” story. The brand has been put on his body to help him find his missing other half. Prophecy has it, his intended will sport a matching mark on her body. The Armenian cross was chosen specifically to tie to the history of the vampires’ origin in King of Darkness and the Yavn world on a larger scale.

Throughout the Chronicle of Yavn, tattoos are woven into the world, particularly in the process of creating a mating bond. When a couple takes vows, they have matching tattoos done on their left hands in lieu of weddings ring. I felt that this carried a greater sense of permanence than an item that could be removed, as vampire tend to mate for life and their lives are very long. While my vampire are not undead, they can live for well over a thousand years.

princeofpower-300 (1)In book two of the series, Prince of Power, the mating tattoo also takes on a poignant cast. Anton, the hero of Prince of Power, is an enemy of the vampire race. His kind, the wizards, have been killing vampires for centuries. He’s trying to make amends because he’s fallen in love with Tyra, the vampire king’s half-sister. At more than one key moment in Prince of Power he is confronted with the painful wrongs his race has done to the vampires in the form of vampires whose mates have been killed by his brethren:

…Not for the first time, Anton’s eyes lit on the mating tattoo on the male’s left wrist.

A hummingbird drinking from a flower. Very attractive. Very familiar.

Something had nagged at the back of his brain since first seeing that tattoo. He remembered. His gut twisted and the words tumbled out before he was entirely aware of what he was saying. “Your mate. I’m so sorry. She was unconscious when they brought her in. Sometimes they aren’t. She didn’t suffer. I hope that helps, at least a little.”

Anton saw the whole thing coming before it began, saw the vampire’s face contort as understanding dawned, saw the knuckles come flying, and the blood spray…


Wizards and vampires have been mortal enemies since the beginning. Now Anton, son of the Wizard Master, has one last chance to steal the unique powers of the vampire king’s beautiful sister, Tyra…and then kill her. But when he meets Tyra face-to-face, everything changes…

Tyra will stop at nothing to defeat the wizards, until Anton saves her life and she suddenly sees an opportunity she never could have imagined…

As the sparks ignite between them, together they could bring an end to the war that’s decimating their people, but only if they can find a way to trust each other…

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Elisabeth Staab still lives with her nose in a book and at least one foot in an imaginary world. She believes that all kinds of safe and sane love should be celebrated but she adores the fantasy-filled realm of paranormal romance the best. She loves to spend time with good friends, good music, good beverages, and good books (when she isn’t making characters fall in love, that is). She lives with her family and one big scaredy-cat in Northern Virginia. Find out more at and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

****SO… who wants to win a copy of either KING OF DARKNESS or PRINCE OF POWER from Elisabeth??? She’s offering one book for one random commenter below. (Or, if you’ve already got the books, she’ll send you an awesome Chronicles of Yavn Swag Pack!!!) To enter, simply comment below with a tattoo you’ve gotten, and what it was for… OR, what tattoo you’d like to get. If you’re like me… fascinated by tattoos, but not in the market for one yourself, you can simply comment about Elisabeth’s post and be entered, as well. 🙂 Make sure you mention which prize you’d like to win. 🙂 Contest will be open until midnight, pacific, on Saturday March 16th. Good Luck, everyone!!


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  2. Comment by trina727:

    I am obsessed with tattoo’s. I don’t have one yet, I can’t make up my mind. At one time I wanted a mark of Artemis Dark Hunter tattoo, and or something celestial. I’d love to read Prince of Power. I haven’t read anything by Elisabeth Staab yet, but after attending the mini con in St. Augustine, FL, she is on my TBR list! 🙂

  3. Comment by Lisa Richardson:

    I don’t really want a permanent tattoo myself, although I wouldn’t mind having a temp one, once in a while, as part of my outfit. I love a little dragon I saw once, curled around a Celtic cross. The book sounds interesting, and I’m putting it on my list, although winning it would be great!

  4. Comment by Kristine Radgman:

    Hi well I don’t have a tattoo but I would like to get a little dragon breathing fire and holding an aster

  5. Comment by Kristine Radgman:

    I would like King of Darkness

  6. Comment by heather:

    I have a tattoo of Winnie the Pooh on my ankle. I would like King of Darkness. Thanks.

  7. Comment by Heathercm2001:

    I am actually tattoo-free, but I love hearing the stories about why other people have them. I find my self watching the tattoo reality shows on tv alot. The artists always create such magnificent art to match amazing stories. I’ve tossed around the idea of a tattoo, but I can never think of anything that means enough to have forever. I do like the idea of the mating tattoos from the books.

    I love both books from the series, and a swag pack would be fun!

  8. Comment by Paranormal Unbound:

    Thanks, Trina! And I love celestial tattoos as well!

  9. Comment by Elisabeth Staab:

    Oops. Responded with the wrong login. Thank you for stopping by to comment on the post!

  10. Comment by Elisabeth Staab:

    LOVE dragon tattoos! Three of my tattoos have dragons in them. And temp tattoos can be tons of fun! 🙂

  11. Comment by Elisabeth Staab:

    The tattoo sounds pretty Kristine, and thank you for your interest in King of Darkness!

  12. Comment by Elisabeth Staab:

    So cute! Thank you for checking out King of Darkness!

  13. Comment by Elisabeth Staab:

    Thank you so much, Heater! And I’m a fan of the tattoo reality shows too. And the trade shows are awesome, I love watching the artists work live. Some of these guys are truly phenomenal. Thank you for stopping by, and I’m super thrilled you’re enjoying the series. 🙂

  14. Comment by Michelle Mc:

    Hmmm. Tattoo’s – ok here goes.
    I have a few, maybe a couple more. I have 2 dolphins jumping out of the water- one pink, one blue. I have a tigger. I have my eldests name on my foot. I have all 3 of my kids names on the outside of my wrist (My eldest was upset when I got the younger two’s because he couldn’t see his name – the font on my foot is a little hard to read so I added his to my wrist also. “Mummy do you not love me?” would make anyone do it!). and lastly on my back I have a cross, the base is set in a tribal heart & it has my wedding date inscribed in roman numerals on it (on our first wedding anniversary my hubby and I got cross tattoo’s). Hubby has quite a few too – I love tattoo’s! 🙂

    Loving the series too, can’t wait for Lee!

  15. Comment by Mary Preston:

    I don’t have any tattoos, but I’d probably get something tribal.

  16. Comment by Na S.:

    I find tattoos interesting and always wonder as to the reason behind it. I’m scared of needles so no tattooes for me! If I did have one it would be small, probably a motivating saying.

  17. Comment by Edd:

    I’ve been looking at getting a tattoo and I’m definitely thinking tribal! 🙂 It’s for the best

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