Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Foster an Author Week


I’m currently participating in an amazing event running from October 22nd to 26th. It’s called Foster an Author week and organized by three amazing women over on Facebook who decided a few years ago to hook authors up with bloggers in a mutual love and promotion fest.
This is my first year with the event but my blogger is a three year veteran. I asked Shirley, from Shirley’s bookshelf, to provide some information about how she became a book blogger and FB page owner where she promotes all things romance. Her page is amazing, I’ve already found some exciting new authors by checking out her posts. I hope after reading Shirley’s story you’ll visit her page and share some love by liking and following Shirley’s bookshelf.
Take it away, Shirley 🙂
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I fell in love with reading when I was in the fourth grade and read Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder and have spent my life reading whenever I had a free moment.
shirley with booksIn 2012, when everyone was coming down off the high of reading the Fifty Shades series, I stumbled across a blog post about a soon to be released series and learned that one of the authors was a native of my home state, Pennsylvania, and also a man. I was intrigued and couldn’t wait to see what a male writer could give readers in a predominantly female dominated industry. I was not disappointed, and shared his work on my personal FB page. Of course, once you’ve purchased books on Amazon, they make suggestions for other authors/books you might also like. I came across a series by a western romance writer who included historical facts about her home state of Texas in her books and they greatly appealed to the history geek in me. And, because I wanted others to hear about her work, I shared on FB. Well, some friends and family weren’t appreciating some of the things I was sharing, and I can understand that, so in May of 2013 I set up my own page, Shirley’s Bookshelf, where I could share whatever I wanted and people who liked what they saw could follow me and my family and friends didn’t have “suggestive” images showing up in their newsfeed. Initially I simply shared what I was reading at the time, and cover reveals, releases and sales for authors I followed.
In 2014, I attended my first ever book signing, where I met new to me authors, and had myself added to their mailing lists. I started to get invites to their book release events, and it was then that I learned about bloggers who also coordinated events for authors, and I signed myself up for their mailing lists as well. 2014, into 2015 is when I began to share more than just authors whose work I’ve read, and it was then that my page grew from the maybe 200 followers I had at the time, to the 2700 I have now. For some, that’s not many, but I’m happy when I introduce even just one person to an author they had not heard of previously.
I have had the opportunity to attend at least three signings each year since 2015, and the authors whose work I share on my page has continued to grow. I have been privileged to meet authors from around the country (a few from outside the USA), and from many different walks of life. Some of them have become treasured friends, and I feel blessed that they’ve come into my life and that I’ve had experiences with them that I might not have had otherwise.
I really enjoy spreading the word about author’s work and I especially feel great satisfaction when I’ve introduced a reader to a “new to them” author and they find a new favorite writer.
Shirley resides in Central Pennsylvania, USA, with her husband and fur babies Sugar and Maya. She is the proud mom to a son and daughter, and recently celebrated the 1stbirthday of her grandson. Her Monday through Friday, nine to five job is working as the executive assistant to the department that provides services to students with special needs at an educational agency, and evenings are spent with her family and spreading the word about her favorite books and authors.
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Email: shirleysbookshelf@yahoo.com

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Hot in the City News

My Hot in the City Series has been out for a few years now and due to other writing tasks getting in the way, I’ve been neglecting my much loved hot, sexy, short, reads range. Well, no longer. This week I  finished writing the next novella in the series, Fueling the Fire. At least I think that’s what I’m calling it. Lol. With my other books I’ve never started talking about the book without having the title set in stone and without a definitive release date set. So, this is all a bit new and nerve racking for me. Anyway, I’m going with Fueling the Fire for now and the release date is TBA.

Fueling the Fire is John and Trudy’s story. As some of you may know they are the only couple who started the series already in a loving relationship. So how can I give them their own story you ask? Well, relationships aren’t perfect. We all go through ups and downs and if a couple isn’t careful the relationship can end if it’s not nurtured. Hence, this novella finds the couples marriage in a rut and if something doesn’t give, everything they’ve built over the last nineteen years could end.
That’s all the teaser you’re getting at this time. 🙂
But don’t despair, there’s more Hot in the City News.  
I’m releasing the first four novellas in the series as an e-bundle and it’s also going to print. Yep, you heard me correctly. Four novellas in one place and at a discounted price. So that’s more bang for your reader buck. If you haven’t read any of my Hot, Short, Sexy, Read range then this will be a great place to start.
The bundle releases on October 2nd and is currently available for pre-sale. Teaser and buy links are listed below.
Enjoy.







e-Bundle

Amazon US     Smashwords    iTunes    B&N    Kobo

Paperback links coming soon


Four Hot in the City novellas in One Place.

This series features sexy, Aussie men out to find love and they'll tear up the city they live in to do it. It's not just the summer heat that has their women hot and bothered, these guys know how to turn a woman on, and each story is as sexy as they are.



Secret Desire, Bk 1

Sally isn’t looking for a new relationship but that changes when Jake enters her life. Being together could be everything they each desire, except for one tiny issue. Their age difference.



Resisting Love, Bk 2

Kenzie ended things with Justin when she realized their affair was becoming something more than hot, casual sex. That left Justin with only one option. Win Kenzie back, even if it means playing dirty to secure her love.



Sensual Healing, Bk 3

How can a man win the heart of a woman when he’s competing with a dead guy? That’s the challenge Mark faces when he meets Isabelle, a feisty, capable, redhead who’s happy to deny the truth about why she’s never given love a second chance.



Submitting to Temptation, Bk 4

Susan accepts a position at her brother’s law firm only to be confronted by the one thing she never thought she’d face again—being sexually aroused by a dominant man. Despite her attempts to ignore him, Blake isn’t hiding his attraction for her, in fact, he’s doing everything he can to lure her into his arms.



All four novellas in this book feature M/F romantic pairings. All stories contain explicit sex scenes and some swearing. Only book 4, Submitting to Temptation, describes a couple in a D/s relationship, with light BDSM scenes.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Release Day - Her Captured Heart



Well the day has finally arrived. Her Captured Heart, the next installment in my Mercenary Heat series, is now live. Thanks to everyone who purchased the book on pre-order and for those of you who haven't grabbed it yet it will remain on sale for 99 cents until August 7th. 

As a special release day treat I've included an extended excerpt for you all to read. I hope you enjoy this little snippet. It's the first time Clay meets Ebony and she makes a huge impact. Lol.








During the last four years Clay has felt more like a babysitter than the elite mercenary Marcus hired. His current role within the team of misfits is to ensure ex-crime boss, Adrian Hastings, remains protected from enemies out to kill him. The teams current mission is about to jeopardize all that. Clay has an additional charge to care for, Adrian’s daughter, and he has the feeling this won’t be a happy family reunion. But introducing Ebony to her dead father isn’t his only problem. Ebony hates him. A feeling he completely understands considering he kidnapped her. Clay needs to somehow win her over and not just for the mission’s sake. She’s the only woman he’s ever desired enough to want to have a future with.

Ebony Rose Hastings changed her name and her entire life to escape the violent legacy of her family. With her past behind her, she’s starting again and learning important lessons along the way. Her new awakening began with the death of her father nearly five years ago and ended with a not so amicable divorce from her loser husband. Unfortunately, her past won’t lay down and die. Taken hostage by a deceptively good-looking man who she refuses to trust, Ebony now faces three new challenges. Accepting the resurrection of a man she once thought dead, remaining safe from her exwho’s convinced she’s his ticket to a wealthy lifeand fighting the attraction she feels for the man who recently kidnapped her.

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Excerpt: 


Her Captured Heart - Copyright © 2018 by Jan Graham


Clay watched Hex exit the van and approach the front of the house. He expected to hear screaming, pounding noise, anything coming from inside the white box. After all, Hex said she was awake. Instead, he heard the crunch of the pebbled driveway under Hex’s feet. Maybe Ebony exhausted herself and passed out again. That would certainly make transferring her to the house a lot easier.
Neither man spoke until they were nearer to each other. Discussion of plans needed privacy, away from listening ears of both their captive and the busybody sitting in the library.
“I thought you said she was awake?” Clay questioned.
“She is, I had to put on loud music to drown out her screams and threats. Apparently, if we let her go, she won’t go to the cops.” Hex chuckled, “If only she knew.”
Yes, if only. The timing wasn’t perfect. Under normal circumstances, they would have enlisted one of the women to approach her, explain the danger and sequester her away to the safety they provided. Instead, they’d taken her with no explanation. She must be terrified.
“I’ve got the room ready, Adrian’s in the library, and I grabbed a small dose of knockout. The last thing I need is for him to hear her distress. I swear the guy’s turning boy scout on me.”
“So, the plan is to put her to sleep again?” Hex asked.
It wasn’t ideal, convenient more than anything. If she remained quiet and didn’t fight them, they could walk her inside and release her into the guest room. If she fought, then all bets were off and sending her nigh-nigh was the only option. If anything, it would give Clay a chance to untie her, make her comfortable, and give her time to wake in a more pleasant and relaxed environment—not that she’d forget being in the van and the fear it held. Still, she might be calmer to deal with on waking.
“I’ll play it by ear. Let’s go get her,” Clay said.
His concerns heightened as they approached the van. How distressed was she? It was the last thing he wanted for her. He’d hoped for a smoother transition into captive life. Still, it was what it was, and nothing could change that.
He stopped dead when Hex slid open the side door. Jesus, he’d said she was petite, but the woman tied up before him was elfin-like—thin to the point of being bony. Given Adrian’s size, he’d expected the woman to be more substantial than the waif before him. She wiggled backward—not that there was anywhere for her to go—clearly attempting to avoid the silent danger he and Hex posed. Clay climbed inside, hunching over her, and assessed the restraints.
“I’m not here to hurt you, Ebony. I’m just going to help you out of the van.” Clay attempted a calm reassurance as he moved her legs forward slightly before releasing the thick strap Hex used to secure her to the wall of the van. At least he’d taken care she didn’t slide around during transport although she couldn’t have been comfortable.
The temptation to remove the hood gnawed at him, but if Adrian decided to spy on proceedings, Clay didn’t want him to see her face. His heart constricted as she whimpered. How terrifying must this be for such a tiny creature like her? Well, for anyone really. The need to take her inside and comfort her stunned him. He wanted to reassure her she was safe, allow her freedom from the binds that held her. She trembled as he gently stroked her arm, contemplating his growing need to take care of her, to pamper away the fear. The moment he’d laid eyes on her bound body, something inside him clicked. This wasn’t just an assignment. She was something else. Jesus, how soft was babysitting Adrian making him?

As he pulled her toward the edge of the van, so he could step out and bundle her into his arms to carry her inside, Ebony kicked into action. Literally. The scream she emitted caused birds to take flight, and the quick upward thrust of her feet hit their target. His gonads slammed upward, wedging with his aroused cock between hard boots and his body.
Fuck. Me. Dead.
He rolled to the side, the release of freedom from the impact causing excruciating pain to permeate his groin. His hands automatically reached to console his package, not that it helped. Ebony flung herself upright and found ground, hopping forward, without realizing she headed straight into the hard chest and burly arms of Hex.
“No, let me go.” Her struggles were to no avail. Hex wasn’t letting go, and Ebony had just sealed her new fate. She screamed again, only stopping to draw breath for the next terror-filled emission of noise.
“Fucking stab her, man,Hex yelled over the din. “She’s giving me a headache.”
As Clay managed to stand and reach in his pocket for the syringe, Ebony struggled harder for freedom. Hex’s choice of words clearly making her believe she was about to die.

Saturday, 28 July 2018

It's Nearly Release Day - Her Captured Heart



Well it's nearly July 31st and that means more than we've made it to the middle of the year. It's also release day for Her Captured Heart. In anticipation of the release I decided to do a post with some teasers and a short excerpt, to help you decide if Her Captured Heart is the book for you.

Her Captured Heart is currently on sale for 99 cents during pre-order and for week one of it's release.


overpaid nanny

During the last four years Clay has felt more like a babysitter than the elite mercenary Marcus hired. His current role within the team of misfits is to ensure ex-crime boss, Adrian Hastings, remains protected from enemies out to kill him. The teams current mission is about to jeopardize all that. Clay has an additional charge to care for, Adrian’s daughter, and he has the feeling this won’t be a happy family reunion. But introducing Ebony to her dead father isn’t his only problem. Ebony hates him. A feeling he completely understands considering he kidnapped her. Clay needs to somehow win her over and not just for the mission’s sake. She’s the only woman he’s ever desired enough to want to have a future with.


buckled beneath her



Ebony Rose Hastings changed her name and her entire life to escape the violent legacy of her family. With her past behind her, she’s starting again and learning important lessons along the way. Her new awakening began with the death of her father nearly five years ago and ended with a not so amicable divorce from her loser husband. Unfortunately, her past won’t lay down and die. Taken hostage by a deceptively good-looking man who she refuses to trust, Ebony now faces three new challenges. Accepting the resurrection of a man she once thought dead, remaining safe from her ex—who’s convinced she’s his ticket to a wealthy life—and fighting the attraction she feels for the man who recently kidnapped her. 


something else

Excerpt


Her Captured Heart - Copyright © 2018 by Jan Graham


Talk about a feisty little pixie. Clay suspected some form of resistance the moment he noticed she was out of the bed but that? No way. And those nails of hers—once he got out of here, he’d have to check how badly she’d lacerated his ears.
As she stared up at him, terror filling her expression, he momentarily regretted the position he held her in. As he’d secured her beneath him, her back pressed onto the bed, spreading her legs was an intentional maneuver. The last thing he needed was for his sac to take another blow. It still ached from the last impact she’d nailed him with.
The short, sharp, puffs of breath she expelled drew his attention to the rise and fall of her chest. Her nightshirt sat askew, the swell of flesh exposed. Her hair splayed out behind her, her tongue moistening what he now noticed were lusciously biteable lips. Clay closed his eyes, taking in a few steadying breaths of his own. He could do this. Despite his cock swelling in encouragement for him to take advantage—seduce her with a passionate kiss and embed himself inside her—he needed to remain professional and composed.
“Are you going to rape me?” Her question both startled and offended him. Assuming she’d registered his erection as he landed on her, Clay eased his hips back.
“No! What the hell kind of man do you think I am?” he snapped. “I’m here to protect you.”
“Well, you have a funny way of showing it. You and your out-of-tune buddy KIDNAPPED ME!”
She had a point, and the fact she now started thrashing about underneath him again, trying to free herself from his grip, only proved making her see sense regarding the matter might be more difficult than he first thought. While he held onto her like this, looming above her, she would never believe he meant her no harm. Nor would she be in an emotionally sound position to listen to his explanation.