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Romance in Edinburgh!

If you’re up north on the 4th and 5th of July and looking for something truly romantic, be sure to check out the Romance Authors and Reader’s Event in Edinburgh. Check out the juicy details!

Friday July 4

Edinburgh 1Attendee registration at Ghillie Dhu

2:30-7:30 PM

2 Rutland St.  Edinburgh EH1 2AD  UK


Edinburgh 2+44 131 222 9930 point of contact Eleanor


*There will also be a registration booth Saturday morning before the signing.

Welcome Party


DJ  & Karaoke

Door prizes-provided by bloggers, authors, and publishers

Cash/CC bar

Ghillie Dhu


Saturday July 5, 2014

Edinburgh 3Signing at the historic Edinburgh Corn Exchange

10 New Market Rd Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH14 1RJ UK

+44 131 477 3500

Author set up 9:00AM, pre signing 10:00 AM, doors open 11:00 AM

Doors close 4:00PM

71 authors so far


 After Party

Edinburgh 4Cabaret Voltaire

7PM-11PM then open to the public

Cash/CC bar available


Edinburgh 536 Blair St Edinburgh, City of EdinburghEH1 1QR, UK

+44 131 247 4704



A Heroine with Sass and Attitude by Jan Graham (@jan_graham)

WMS_blogtourI want to thank K D Grace for hosting me as part of my Switching Mercedes Blog Tour. It’s really great to be here on day four of the tour.

Today I thought I’d tell you a little bit about my books heroine, Mercedes. For those of you who have read the first two books in the series, you’ll know exactly who she is. Mercedes is the step-sister of my first two heroes, Daniel and Christian Shore, from Finding Angel. Although she has only appeared as a secondary character in the series so far, her sassy attitude and strong will definitely made an impact with readers. I’m not really surprised she ended up having a book of her own. I was surprised by the story she told me.

Like a lot of people you look at the outward appearance without seeing the person underneath, or asking the correct questions to truly get to know them. Strength is often honed through adversity and I was amazed to discover that was exactly the case with Mercedes. I’m not going to give away details but, throughout the story, Mercedes once again faces a threat to her safety and it’s her past experience that shapes her response to the present day crisis and personal challenges she faces throughout the book.

As I wrote her story I began to think about personal discussions I had with clients during my years working in the welfare system. So many people used bad or difficult situations in their past as a reason not to attempt to change, making it an excuse for bad or destructive behavior. There were some though, who, like Mercedes, had the attitude and drive to say, I refuse to let that situation cripple me, and by doing so they managed to change their lives for the better. In hindsight, I believe that the women I worked with, who displayed strength and who refused to back down in the face of adversity, were somehow my inspiration for the character of Mercedes. I hope in some small way, Mercedes may inspire others to look fear in the face and overcome whatever threatens to hold them down. For that reason she’s one of my favorite heroines to date.

Below is information about Switching Mercedes and where you can purchase it, along with my other books, including the first two in the Wylde Shore Series. If you’ve missed any of the previous blog from the tour you can check them out by looking up the appearance dates via link below. There is also a competition running during the tour, where you can win the complete Wylde Shore Series, entry details are at the bottom of this post.


God she was adorable. He felt like he was a schoolboy being given a good dressing down by an angry principal. If he was any way inclined to that sort of thing he’d be hard as a rock by now. No wonder she was considered the best professional Mistress in the city. Instead he grew hard for other reasons. The black leather dress she wore fit her like a glove with the zip front pushing her breasts together and up to show the most alluring cleavage, like two soft pillow tops he wanted to bury his face in then bite just for the pleasure of hearing her moan. Her thigh high boots allowed for only the smallest peek of sheer nylon-covered flesh between boot top and dress hem. He wanted to raise the hemline and see what lay beneath.

She appeared to be on a roll, although he’d given up listening to the barrage of insults she fired at his brother. If he was Zane, which of course he wasn’t, he’d wait for her to calm herself, get the fact he’d annoyed her off her chest, and then proceed. But he wasn’t Zane, and the one inherent difference between the two of them was his brother was far more patient with women, especially when they were upset. Ash, on the other hand, knew exactly how to soothe this savage beast.

He casually butted out the cigar on the wall, pocketing the extinguished two-thirds. After all, with trade embargos, Cubans were hard to come by unless one visited the country, and he wouldn’t be back there for the foreseeable future. He expected his target to step back when he pushed away from the wall and stood upright, but she didn’t. Too busy explaining how she was happy with a casual sex arrangement and that was all a Neanderthal like Zane could ever hope for. Too bad he wasn’t his brother. He’d probably reconsider what he was about to do.

With lightening speed he reached out his arm and circled her waist, pulling her toward him. A quick one-eighty-degree spin had her in the shadows, back to the wall, surrounded by his larger frame.

“Enough.” He covered her mouth with his in their second, long overdue kiss, swallowing her fury and any objections she may have been about to voice. She responded with a seductive moan as their tongues entwined. He had her, and this time he wouldn’t let her go until she screamed his name. Well, his brother’s name actually. Damn it, he should just tell her.

All notions of confession were blown away when she looped her arms around the back of his neck and pulled herself up onto his body, her legs circling his waist. He clasped the globes of her ass in both hands and assisted in repositioning her, standing taller and wedging her more tightly between the brickwork and his body. He moved his hands in turn, repositioning them under the leather of her dress, dragging it up as he cupped the bare flesh of her ass cheeks. She was either commando or wearing a G-string. Knowing the latter more likely to be true, he slid his fingers to the crease of her ass until he found a thread of material. Following the thin trail of lace to the wetness between her legs, he moved the lace aside, allowing his fingers to delve between her lips before sliding effortlessly inside her… one…two…three.

As the third long digit pushed inside, Mercedes broke the kiss, exhaling a breathless moan of pleasure, her cunt tightening around his fingers.

“Fuck my fingers and come for me, baby.” He’d prefer to have her come on his cock, but he refused to be caught with his pants down if Bethany chose to show up for their meeting.

“Not here, please, Zane.” Despite the request for a change of venue, Mercedes thrust downward. Ash extended his thumb to rub over her clit, resulting in another mewling of delight from his now totally aroused and compliant little hellcat as she rode his fingers, driving them deep inside.

“No one can see you, baby, I’ve got you covered.” Sweet pussy juice spread over his hand as her cunt began to pulse around him in a flurry of release. She pulled his hair and buried her face against his chest, muffling the passionate cry as she came. “Again.”

This time he did the maneuvering of his fingers, thrusting them deep and fast within her, quickly bringing her to another climax.

“Please no more, not here. You know I don’t like public displays.” Mercedes cupped his face between her hands and rested her forehead against his. “I need you buried deep inside me, your skin against mine, but not here.”

Not here, great.

“Your place or mine?” It was obvious Beth was a no-show, so leaving the area didn’t matter. He’d contact her later.

“Neither.” She lowered her legs and pushed away from him, straightening her hem as she headed straight for the staff entry door. “The perfect place is right inside. You have a lock on your office door so we won’t be disturbed.”

Fuck, no. She was inside the club before he could stop her. Zane was working tonight, which meant he needed to stay the hell out of there, but instead he followed, hoping to drag her back into his arms and change her mind before anyone found out Zane Reynolds had a doppelganger.

Switching MercedesBlurb:

Zane Reynolds believes he’s found the perfect submissive for he and his brother but there’s a problem.  Mistress Mercedes Harris-Shore doesn’t want to submit to anyone. Zane hopes a bet will solve that issue, along with providing the key to finally win not only Mercedes’s submission, but also her heart.

Ash Reynolds knows he isn’t a good man for any woman to fall in love with. He’s a paid mercenary, disillusioned with life and his ability to fit into the civilized world. Zane insists he’s found the perfect woman for them to share, but the problem is, Mercedes has no idea Ash exists.

Mercedes has more to worry about than a wager where she plays submissive to Zane for a week. She’s just become a serial killer’s new target and met the man assigned to protect her, Zane’s twin, Ash Reynolds. Ash appears as interested in her submission as Zane, but Mercedes isn’t looking to be shared.

Buy Links:

Bookstrand: http://www.bookstrand.com/switching-mercedes

All books available by Jan Graham: http://www.bookstrand.com/jan-graham

Author Bio:

Jan Graham describes herself in many ways. She is a full time writer, friend, submissive, orphan, widow, aunt, and sometimes, a wild child. Despite any hiccups the universe may throw at her, she believes in experiencing everything life has to offer and being the best person she can be. Jan lives in Newcastle, Australia, where she spends her time writing erotic romance. Her writing falls under a variety of genres including BDSM, contemporary romance, romantic suspense and paranormal romance. Jan has often been quoted as saying:

I am glad to finally give the characters that swirl around my head on a constant basis, the opportunity to put themselves down on paper and I hope they entertain my readers as much as they amuse me.”

My social media hangouts – drop by to like or follow, and don’t forget to say hello to me while you’re there.

Website: http://www.jangraham.com.au

Blog: http://jangraham.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JanGrahamAuthorpage

Twitter: http://twitter.com/jan_graham

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/jangraham

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Fulfilling The Contract Blog Tour : What Happens in Vegas

I’m very excited to announce that tomorrow begins the blog tour for Fulfilling the Contract, book Fulfilling the Contracttwo of The Mount Series, and long-time-coming sequel to The Initiation of Ms Holly. Rita Holly and I are especially excited to introduce you to Elsa Crane and Nick Chase and the whole Mount Vegas team. I hope you’ll follow the tour and join in the fun. And to make it easier, here’s the schedule of where and when you can catch the Fulfilling the Contract tour and join the celebration.

Feb. 17 — Erzabet Bishop

Topic – Guest interview with Rita Holly, who talks about what’s going on in Vegas with Nick Chase and Elsa Crane.

Feb. 18 – My Book Addiction and More

Topic — Five Things I Love About Vegas

Feb. 19 — Sharazade

Topic – Las Vegas as Inspiration

Feb. 20 – Gale Stanley

Topic – KD’s Couch, with Nick Chase

Feb. 21 – Liv Honeywell

Topic – KD’s Couch, with Elsa Crane


Book two of The Mount trilogy (Click here for Book One)

Limo driver, NICK CHASE’s bad night gets worse when he picks up TANYA POVIC at a bar only to discover the explosive sex they share lands her in breach of her very strange contract. Blaming himself that Tanya will lose the large completion bonus earmarked for her mother’s surgery, Nick negotiates with her boss, the tough and mysterious ELSA CRANE, to allow him to fulfill Tanya’s contract and secure her bonus.

Elsa runs Mount Vegas, which offers voyeuristic pleasures for a price. Nick’s job, with Elsa and her quirky team, is to give clients something worth watching through the plate glass windows of Vegas’s luxury hotels and beyond. The learning curve is steep and kinky. As Nick and Elsa’s relationship sizzles and ignites more than hotel room rendezvouses are exposed. In this sequel to The Initiation of Ms Holly things get positively dangerous as Rita Holly and her team are called in from London to lend a helping hand. Bets are being placed. Will Nick fulfil the contract? Will he and Elsa take the gamble? And will they find a way to win at the high stakes, double or nothing, game of hearts?


“This story just keeps surprising you, the characters are great… intrigue, excitement, a soupçon of romance, and a bad guy. What’s not to like. It was an amazing experience to read, and I think this book is not just five stars, it’s must read as well.” 5 out of 5, Kinky Book KlubSpecial thanks to Lucy Felthouse at Writer Marketing Services for setting up such a great tour.


Valentine Blisse Kiss with a View

Pucker up, darlings! It’s time for a Valentine Blisse Kiss with a view from my voyeuristic romp, vbkFulfilling the Contract, and a chance to win a delicious prize from the Blisse Kiss lovelies.

The prize on offer is a LELO Ora: The World’s Most Sophisticated Oral Sex Simulator You can Experience pure oral pleasures on demand with the first ever sensual massager to offer long, seductive swirls and fast flicks alongside intense vibrations on and around the clitoris. Promising wave after wave of pleasure, ORA provides the most varied and satisfying sensual experiences you will return to again and again. Learn more about ORA

For a chance to win, post a comment, and for more chances to win, check out all the other fab Valentine Blisse Kisses and comment there too.

I’ll also be doing a giveaway from right here on A Hopeful Romantic. Winner will receive an eBook version of my sizzling travel novella, Migrations.

But now, here’s a snogalicious scene from my latest, Fulfilling the Contract, with a guest appearance from Rita Holly taking time out from the Mount in London for a snog and a look-see. Fulfilling the Contract is the sequel to The Initiation of Ms Holly and the second novel in The Mount Series. Fun in Vegas!


Limo driver, NICK CHASE’s bad night gets worse when he picks up TANYA POVIC at a bar only to discover the explosive sex they share lands her in breach of her very strange contract. Blaming himself that Tanya will lose the large completion bonus earmarked for her mother’s surgery, Nick negotiates with her boss, the tough and mysterious ELSA CRANE, to allow him to fulfill Tanya’s contract and secure her bonus.

LELO-ORA-Midnight-Blue-Oral-Sex-VibratorElsa runs Mount Vegas, which offers voyeuristic pleasures for a price. Nick’s job, with Elsa and her quirky team, is to give clients something worth watching through the plate glass windows of Vegas’s luxury hotels and beyond. The learning curve is steep and kinky. As Nick and Elsa’s relationship sizzles and ignites more than hotel room rendezvouses are exposed. In this sequel to The Initiation of Ms Holly things get positively dangerous as Rita Holly and her team are called in from London to lend a helping hand. Bets are being placed. Will Nick fulfil the contract? Will he and Elsa take the gamble? And will they find a way to win at the high stakes, double or nothing, game of hearts?

Excerpt: Fulfilling the Contract

Elsa sat very still, feeling the tremors pass through her pussy and climb up her spine again and again. She sat with her eyes locked on Nick Chase, who had now dropped to his knees, his shoulders heaving for breath, his cock still gripped in his hand as Deb slid down the window like she was made of Jell-O.

Then Pagan stumbled back to the keyboard. ‘Alright, Nick, Deb, you’re clear,’ he spoke into the mic gulping air like he’d just run a marathon. While the sounds of zipping and tucking filled the room, he turned his attention back to the control center and busied himself checking the recordings that were a part of each paying client’s package

‘Wow,’ Beetle said, ‘I think all of us are gonna want a copy of that little number, Pagan.’

‘Already on it,’ the big man called over his shoulder.

Just then, Elsa’s BlackBerry rang. She answered, and her pulse went into overdrive.’

‘Hi Elsa, Rita here. Edward and I are still recovering from your Mr. Chase’s fantastic debut. My God, he’s a hot one!’

‘You saw it?’ Elsa managed.

‘We more than saw it, we had a hot little session of our own while we watched. He’s definitely a keeper.’

‘You were watching?’ Elsa repeated.

There was a pause on the other end of the phone. ‘Sorry about that. It was a very last minute request, but Pike said he was sure you wouldn’t mind.’

Elsa glared at Pike. ‘Pike is just so helpful, isn’t he?’ She ground her teeth. ‘I’m glad you enjoyed it, Rita.’

There was another pause. ‘Elsa, don’t let Nick Chase get away. He’s exactly the kind of man you need … the kind of person Mount Vegas needs to strengthen its ranks.’

Elsa nodded dumbly.

‘Look, Sweetie, I have to go,’ Rita said. ‘Totally starving after that little performance. Skype you tomorrow.’

Before Elsa had time to question Pike, the door burst open and Nick and Deb blew in. Deb was practically bouncing off the wall with excitement. As Elsa stood to greet them, Deb threw her arms around her boss and hugged her. ‘Did you see? It was amazing. Nick was amazing, wasn’t he?’ Before Elsa could answer, Deb was already hugging everyone else, leaping onto Pike and wrapping her shorts-clad legs around his waist to get a more effective bear-hug.

When Deb finally settled with both feet on the ground, Elsa turned her gaze to Nick. ‘Yes, he truly was.’

Deb barley heard her. She kissed Nick on the mouth, then gave him a giggley bear hug. ‘You were amazing, Nick. We were both amazing, Mr. Smith,’ she said in her thick southern drawl. Then she smacked her lips. ‘I feel like I swallowed the desert. I need hydration.’ She waltzed off to the kitchen for a bottle of water, leaving Nick and Elsa standing practically nose to nose. In a move that was fast and hard, Nick pulled Elsa into his arms forcing a little grunt of air from her throat before he took her mouth, and it wasn’t a thanks-boss-glad-you-liked-my-work sort of kiss. He pulled her whole body against him, running his large palm up under her loose shirt to stroke her back, and fuck if his hands weren’t calloused, just like in her fantasies. Any semblance of professionalism she tried to maintain between herself and Nick Chase went out the window as she threw her arms around his neck and returned his kiss. His inquisitive tongue explored her mouth, and she returned the favour, pressing herself up tight and close to the rumpled trousers he still wore, trousers that couldn’t disguise his very interested hard-on.

‘Mmmm,’ he moaned into her mouth, his hands finding their way down inside the waistband of her shorts to cup her bottom, resulting in a harsh intake of breath and a flinch.’ ‘Sorry. Forgot, you’re tender down there,’ he said, and his groping became stroking with his fingertips just grazing her cleft.

She was on her toes, the very tips of them, in an effort to get up high enough for him to make contact with her ache. The undulation of his body was evidence that it was exactly that contact Nick was aiming for, and at the moment, he didn’t seem to care that they were very much the center of attention.

Deb returned to the room and offered a little sigh of surprise at their antics. They’d had group sex before, there was nothing they hadn’t done to each other and seen each other do. It was the nature of the job they did, and yet, being held by, being kissed and fondled by Nick Chase felt way more intimate than anything Elsa could ever remember feeling.

Somehow he had shoved and groped up her shirt until her breasts pressed hard-nipple tight against the muscular rise and fall of his chest. With a hand that had a mind of its own, she shoved at his shirt and battled several unruly buttons to expose him enough that flesh touched flesh, hot, needy, oxygen-starved flesh and, Christ, she’d never felt anything like it! She’d forgotten they weren’t alone. Even if she remembered, it didn’t matter. Her hand slid low to caress the path of soft down under his navel. She wriggled her fingers into the gaping waistband of his trousers until they brushed his tight pubic curls, until the thick base of his cock tightened still further against her touch. He grunted as though she had punched him, shoving and thrusting to get closer to her hand.

‘Elsa.’ He whispered her name into her mouth. ‘Oh God, Elsa. I want … I want …’

And she wanted too. She wanted what she’d never had before, what she didn’t even have words for. But for a hot, tense moment of clarity, she was sure whatever it was, Nick Chase could give it to her.

And then Pike broke the spell.

‘Get a room, you two. You’re making the rest of us jealous.’ He said.

Elsa couldn’t help herself. She pulled away from Nick in an effort that would have been wrenching but for the knot of anger spurring her on. She turned on Pike and grabbed the front of his t-shirt in a tight fist, pulling him close to her. ‘If you ever, ever go over my head like that again, Pike, when I’m finished with you, I’ll make what you do in the dungeon seem like a waltz in the park.’

‘Oh come on, Elsa, it was the right thing, and you know it. Besides you were already starting your act when Rita Holly called, so you can’t blame me for that.’ Pike’s mistake was not quite being able to wipe the smile off his face.

‘I didn’t ask for your opinion, and we’ll discuss this in my office in the morning.’ Then she turned and walked out of the room, walked out of the suite, walked out of the hotel.

Nick turned to follow her, but Beetle grabbed his arm. ‘Trust me, you don’t want to catch up with her right now. Give her a little chance to cool down.’


Top Tips for a Sexy Valentine’s Day (and Night!) from Renee at Sh!

Every year on Valentine’s Day my readers and I get a special treat, and that’s a visit from one of my very favourite people on the planet, Renee, from Sh! Women’s Store in London. Renee always has hot and sassy tips to make Valentine’s Day fun for everyone, so welcome back, Renee! And happy Valentine’s Day!

Renee on masturbationSh!_logo_300dpiThis time of year shops are full of cheesy cards and teddy bears, and many regard Valentine’s Day as far too commercial with its notion of forced romance. You have probably seen the disappointed faces of women whose partners didn’t hand-deliver 12 long-stemmed roses and tickets to Paris? Yes, me too: a close friend dumped her partner after he presented her with white lilies rather than red roses on Valentine’s Day. to be fair, he’d forgotten to put them in water so they were rather dead. Much like their relationship, later that evening.

The truth is, a Valentine’s Day celebration worth remembering doesn’t need to cost a bomb, and certainly doesn’t require weeks of planning. Sometimes the little things are those that count the most: when asked what she received for Valentine’s Day, another friend replied: “My partner shows me love every single day of the year, so Valentine’s Day is his day off” and this is by far my favourite Valentine’s Day-quote ever.

Working at Sh! Women’s Erotic Emporium, the UK’s best sex shop for women, every day is like Sh! Valentines postTwinkly ValentinesDayValentine’s Day – romance, love and hot sex in equal measures.  We meet singles and couples of all ages, backgrounds & sexualities, and what they all have in common is that they all like to keep the sexy fires burning. Sex is great for your health – it’s puts a twinkle in your eye, colour on your cheeks and a saucy wiggle in your step!

When my good friend KD asked if I’d like to share my top tips for a lovely Valentines Day, I was, of course, all over it like a hot rash!  So, Ladies, Gents & Others – here are my five steps to a fun-filled, laid-back and pressure-free Valentine’s evening:

1. Atmosphere

First, you need to create atmosphere; crumpled sheets and clutter does not a sexy evening make!  A quick tidy, freshly laundered sheets and scented candles strategically placed around the room will create an inviting and enticing space.

2. Lingerie

renee val day 4For Valentine’s Day you are absolutely allowed to splash out and wear whatever floats your partner’s boat – you are the treat, after all!  French knickers, sporty cotton shorts or trashy rip-em-off thongs – anything goes.


I love these delicate Pearl Panties – a strand of real pearls sit against your clit and create amazing friction as you move.  Whether you’re a fan of the Brazilian wax or like to keep a full bush, your lover will adore seeing you in these!

3. Starter

renee val day 3I’m a huge fan of massage candles and think they’re the perfect way to start off a sexy evening. Treat your lover to a luxurious massage or perhaps take it in turns to discover each others sensitive spots; soft breasts, taut hip bones and curved buttocks love strong hands.  This 100% natural & vegan candle come in a heart-shaped pot and melts into a warm oil, perfect for slow, sensual strokes.



4. Main Course

Valentine’s Day sex can be as romantic or as raunchy as you like – favourite positions, multiple orgasms Renee Val Day 1or hours of oral sex. This year, why not surprise your partner with a copy of the Oral Sex Position Guide by Emily Dubberly – 69 oral sex positions ranging from mild to wild, you are sure to find positions to drive each other crazy!


5. Dessert

Homemade chocolate-dipped strawberries will go down a treat – effortless and decadent, washed down with your favourite fizz – after a lust-soaked session in the sheets.  Nibble on the strawberries, nibble on each other…

renee val day 5And for all you sassy singletons out there… Being single doesn’t have to mean no sex on Valentine’s Day – you can still have a wicked time!  Meet up with equally single friends for a cocktail or three, then head home for some quality *me-time*. This pleasure set has been designed with you in mind and comes with our bestselling Sh! Rabbit vibe, sensitivity- enhancing clit gel, Lush lube and FREE batteries – and at only £40, it’s a bargain!


So there you have it, lovers – my best tips for a sexy night in! Renee Val Day 2Whatever you get up to, I hope you have an amazing time…  Happy Valentine’s Day, y‘all!

Renee xx

Renee is the Senior Store Manager at female-focused erotic boutique Sh! Women’s Erotic Emporium in Hoxton Square. She has her fingers in many pies and spends her days talking about G-spots, P-spots and any other spots you may have found in your nether regions. When she is not selling sex toys to the women & couples of London, she can be found at home with a thrilling book and a glass of pink wine, surrounded by her beloved bunnies (of the furry variety).

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