Although Oak Hills resident Donna Worthington has been writing books for years, she said she only recently worked up the courage to share her talents with the world. Earlier this month, the Alabama native celebrated her newfound sense of bravery with the release of her self-published debut novel, “Indelible You: Imagine Ink Book 1,” (Rusty Halo Books, $8.99).

Worthington, who writes under the pen name Verlene Landon, says nothing can stop her now.

“I’ve always been into writing but was never brave enough to share it with people,” said Worthington. “But I’m 45 now and I seem to care less and less about what people think anymore. I’m ready to put my work in front of an audience and there’s plenty more of it to come.”

Set in the Florida panhandle, “Indelible You: Imagine Ink Book 1” tells the story of the intense romantic relationship between Walker Reid, a heavily tattooed reformed bad boy, and Erika Pressman, a slightly older woman who is seemingly out of reach.

One steamy night, Worthington said Reid and Pressman expose their hearts and bodies expecting a happily ever after until a terrible secret is revealed.

“Both characters have to deal with their demons after the secret is revealed,” said Worthington, a veteran of the U.S. Army who is now a stay-at-home mom. “But anything worth having is worth bleeding for — and boy do their hearts bleed.

“In the end, they learn that some things are more permanent than tattoos and also that there is a great cost for being together.”

According to Worthington, she is working on the second book that will be a part of the “Imagine Ink” series. Ultimately she plans to publish four books in all.

“At first, the series was going to be a trilogy,” said Worthington, who said she also enjoys quilting. “But I’m already about 75 percent finished with the second book and since it’s going so quickly, I feel pretty sure there will be four books coming out instead of three.”

Worthington, who moved to the High Desert two years ago from Las Vegas, said outside of her writing she enjoys tending to her cat, bunnies and two dogs. The mother of two also loves watching college football, as well as reading and trying new varieties of wine.

“I have a serious wine, 'Bama football and book addiction,” said Worthington. “And my obnoxiously obese cat, two spoiled bunnies, a hyper chocolate lab and a Great Dane puppy that cries like a baby when left alone keep me pretty busy.”

Worthington said “Indelible You: Imagine Ink Book 1” is recommended for adults only. It is available in ebook and paperback form at www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com and other online book retailers.

For more information about Worthington, visit www.verlenelandon.com.