Jan Graham ~ Breathe, Stay Calm, Enjoy
Hi everyone, before I get into the nuts and bolts of my blog I just want to thank Lynn for hosting me here today. I’m used to writing my own blog but, when you’re on someone else’s page, the pressure is on.
Despite the fact that it’s only the 29th of November, I feel like its Christmas. Tomorrow is release day for my first published novel, Finding Angel. The need to type OMG is overwhelming, well, maybe not anymore since I just did it. Needless to say, I’m excited. Anyway, this will be the release of my virgin novel and this blog is the virgin blog for my, ‘Finding Angel Blatant Self Promotion Blog Tour.’ I’m sure when Lynn invited me to guest blog about the book, she didn’t realize she’d be my first.
So what am I doing the day before my release, and why does it feel like Christmas? Well, apart from the excitement, I’ve made a ‘to do’ list for tomorrow. Unlike Santa, I’ve checked it more than twice and am sure I’ll check it many more times before the day is over. The first and most important item on the list is, yes, you guessed it…breathe. By tomorrow I’ll probably be hyperventilating. My next item is… stay calm. I’m hoping the breathing helps with item two, or at least that’s the theory. And finally the most important thing of all…enjoy.
It’s a bit daunting having something published. There are a few hopes and fears to contend with. It’s actually a bit like doing anything new in life. The fear of failure lurks in the dark recesses of your mind while, at the same time, hope burns bright in an attempt to eradicate the fear. At the moment I’m focused on the hopes, and they are numerous. I hope people buy the book. I pray they will enjoy the storyline and characters as much as I enjoyed creating them. I hope the sex is hot enough to make readers blush, but not so hot that it makes the weak of heart drop dead. I trust readers will come back for more, once my other books are released. The fears of course are that none of the above will happen. So with hopes outweighing my fear I believe I’m winning the battle.
When I wrote Finding Angel I tried to make it more than just an erotic romance. I like to write Romantic suspense set in a contemporary context. I anticipate readers will like the tension and intrigue threaded throughout the pages. I’ve made sure there are a few twists and turns to keep the reader guessing about what’s coming next. Finding Angel is not a short novella or mini novel. It runs at around the 160k word count, so it’s a novel. I tried to give the reader an experience, time to get to know and love the characters. Like all erotic tales there is hot and horny sex, ultimate love, and the happily ever after we tend to need in romances. For anyone that buys my novel I can offer three pieces of advice. Just when you think you know what’s going to happen, you might be surprised to find out things are not always what they seem.
So…Breathe…Stay Calm… and Enjoy.
Angel Wylde is a woman with a complicated existence, a damaging past, and a desire to be normal. Unfortunately, what’s normal to Angel is unconventional to the rest of us. A crime boss will kill to get an incriminating ledger from her. Detective Steve Jax also wants the ledger from Angel, but the infuriating woman has disappeared.
Christian and Daniel Shore, Steve’s two best friends, don’t know about the ledger. They just want Angel. A chance meeting has them taking her home and deciding she is the only woman for them—yes, both of them. Obviously, Angel isn’t the only one with unconventional desires. So who does Angel trust? Two kinky Doms she just met, a cop she doesn’t know anything about, or a nasty crime boss? Trusting all of them may save her life, and falling in love with two Dominant brothers is the icing on the cake.
Story Excerpt from Finding Angel (nothing offensive)
Angel felt someone grab her arm and turned around to see the blonde Adonis she had just teased attached to it. As she got to the entrance of the foyer, he was still holding on to her, his arm now hooked through hers.
“Wait,” she heard him say. “Hello, I’m Christian, and I just came down to ask you to our party.”
Angel had no intention of going anywhere with him, even if he was good enough to eat. She walked a little further into the foyer, away from the downstairs crowd, and turning around, glanced up at the private club room window to see the other sexy man-God watching them. She looked back at the blond Adonis standing next to her and gasped. His eyes were the most gorgeous brown, just like milk chocolate, and she wanted to melt into them. Angel fought the urge to reach out and run her fingers through the shoulder length curls of his blonde hair.
“Christian?” she asked, watching him nod before she continued. “Thank you for the offer, but I’m going home.” Angel smiled before gently unlinking her arm from his.
“Come on.” He winked at her. “Come to my brother Daniel’s welcome home party. We’ll have fun, I promise.”
Angel sighed. He was standing so close, and even in her platform boots, she had to look up to see his dreamy eyes and perfectly formed luscious lips that begged to be kissed. Any other time she would have said yes, but not now. Everything was still too complicated to meet someone new at the moment. Angel hoped she didn’t have to get nasty if he kept insisting. He seemed nice, and she’d hate to have to get nasty and deflate his Dom ego. She glanced back up at the window to see that the dark-haired God had disappeared.
“I’m sure we would.” Angel took a step back. “But I didn’t come here to meet anyone. I just came to see friends and have a dance, which I’ve done. I apologize for doing that thing with the straw. I didn’t mean to give you the wrong idea. I get a little flirty when I drink.” Angel felt her face heat up. “I didn’t think you would come down here.”
Angel turned to walk away and was startled to hear a deep male voice that sent an erotic shiver up her spine.
“What if it’s just a no strings attached come and dance and get to know us invite,” he said.
Angel turned around to see the dark-haired God who had disappeared from the window moments before. He was nearly the same height as the blond Adonis but had short dark hair rather than the alluring curls of the other man. His shoulders were broad and firm, just the sort of thing Angel would imagine sinking her nails into as she orgasmed beneath him. She felt her heart begin to race and moisture pool between her legs. Being in such close proximity to them was intoxicating, but she knew these men were way out of her league. And she couldn’t let herself walk into something that would end up breaking her heart. Even though the sheer dominant male force they presented nearly overwhelmed her, she had the feeling that they were two really nice men. They hadn’t grabbed her boobs or used crude pickup lines on her, even after the now regrettable straw sucking incident. For a moment Angel nearly accepted, but then she suddenly remembered her genetic flaw and told herself that looks could be deceiving.
“I appreciate the offer, but I can’t accept, and if I don’t leave now, I’ll miss my train,” Angel stated politely. “I got the barman to call me a cab, and it’s probably waiting for me outside.”
“Fair enough. If you have to go, then we accept that.” Angel heard a hint of disappointment in Daniel’s voice and she got the distinct impression that it was far from what he wanted to say. If the look of lust that filled his gaze was anything to go by then letting Angel leave was the last thing he wanted to do.
“Of course we don’t have to like that you’re leaving without spending time with us.” Angel’s gaze moved back to Christian. “Sure you won’t reconsider?” his smile was more than charming.
They were losing her. Christian wanted to grab hold of her and beg her to stay, or pick her up and kidnap her back to their house. As he looked at her succulent body and felt her sweet voice swamp his senses, he had to fight the urge to get all primal and claim her as his own.
“Thank you.” Her eyes moved from one brother to the other. “It was nice meeting you both. Maybe I’ll see you again.”
Christian saw her smile before turning to walk away. He felt like he was losing something more precious than life as she walked toward the door. She suddenly turned back around, her eyes locking onto Daniel’s.
“Oh, I forgot to say something.” her eyes twinkled as she spoke “Welcome home, Daniel.”
“Wait, what’s your name?” Christian called after her as she turned away again.
“Cinderella,” she yelled back over her shoulder, laughing as she walked out the door.
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