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A Flirty Dozen by JL Merrow

Previously only available on the ‘zon, you can now get this anthology of some of my short fiction from all the usual outlets – or, if you so desire, you’ll be able to pick up a paperback copy from me at UK Meet.😀

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This anthology, available in ebook and paperback at a fantastically low price, comprises 12 stories, all by JL Merrow, which are also available from JMS Books as standalone e-books.

Ranging from gritty to giddy, all feature two men finding their happy ever after—or at least for now—with a dash of the author’s trademark humour.

Read about boys from the wrong side of town, boys from the right side of town, and boys from a town you really wouldn’t want to live in. Meet a rent boy with a secret, a very earthly version of Cupid, and men with a definite tinge of the supernatural. Opposites attract, wishes come true, and old enemies find forgiveness in this variety pack of eight contemporary stories and four paranormal tales that’s a perfect introduction to the writing of a very British author.

Available in ebook: Amazon | ARe | JMS Books | Smashwords

and in paperback: JMS Books

Contains the following (all of which have been previously published, and are also available as standalone ebooks):

Love Found on Lindisfarne
Free Ride
Light the Fire
Dead Shot
Stronger Where it Counts
Jack in the Green
A Ghoul Like You
Batteries Not Included
Making it Pay
Trick or Treat
Good Breeding
A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Chips, and Thou

My turn in the comfy chair

…over at the lovely Elin Gregory’s blog, where I’m talking about the inspiration for my story in the Shakespearean anthology, A Summer’s Day, and more widely, my favourite bits of the bard.*

*No, not those bits!

A Summer’s Day is out today

And, appropriately, the sun is beaming down on the bard’s native England (or at least, my corner of it!)

A-Summers-Day-Customdesign-JayAheer2016-smallpreview.jpgA Summer’s Day – Shakespearean Anthology with a Twist

Are you a fan of Shakespeare? Of MM romance? Or maybe both?
To celebrate the legacy of Shakespeare, who 400 years after his death continues to inspire many of us, we created an Anthology based on his works. An M/M anthology, just the way we like it, containing 12 unique stories.

Includes my story, Nothing Like the Sun:

Hollywood darling Jerome Winter always defined himself by his looks—until a fire destroyed them.
His oldest friend and still-loyal manager, Sam, has long carried a torch for him, but with his looks—and earning power—gone, what does Jerome have left to offer?
(Sonnet 130)

All proceeds will go to It Gets Better

Available in ebook: Amazon | Smashwords

Cover Reveal for A Summer’s Day

…over at Rian Durant’s blog today, and we’re all talking about why we contributed to the anthology. What anthology? Well, A Summer’s Day, in which I’m once more rubbing shoulders with the annoyingly talented Charlie Cochrane, among others, is a very timely celebration of all things Shakespearian – with a queer twist we feel certain the bard himself might have approved of!😉

Even better, it’s for charity – all proceeds go to the It Gets Better Project™.

My story, Nothing Like the Sun, is based on Sonnet 130:

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask’d, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
  And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
  As any she belied with false compare.

Blurb for Nothing Like the Sun: Hollywood darling Jerome Winter always defined himself by his looks—until a fire destroyed them. His oldest friend and still-loyal manager, Sam, has long carried a torch for him, but with his looks—and earning power—gone, what does Jerome have left to offer?

Witch Bottles and Other Hidden Things

BlowDown72webThat’s what I’m blogging about today over at Diverse Reader, as part of the Blow Down blog tour.:)

Why not pop along and share your tales of finding something unexpected?

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!😉

Rainbow Snippets is feeling the heat

…so here’s a snippet from Heat Trap, the third of my Plumber’s Mate Mysteries:

When I woke up at Phil’s on Sunday morning, the sun was streaming through the thin curtains he had at the windows of his attic flat, giving me a whole new appreciation of the phrase “heat rises”. And not in a good way. I was sweating like I’d just got back from a five-mile run, and I hadn’t even moved yet. My dick was all keen to get up close and personal with the six-foot hunk of lean muscle lying next to me, but the rest of me was saying no sodding way.

“Bloody hell,” I grumbled, flinging an arm up over my eyes. That sun was vicious. “Too hot for sex. That’s just sad. And, Christ, it’s first thing in the morning. What’s it going to be like at noon?”

Phil huffed. “Pretty similar to this, I’d say. It’s ten to twelve, Sleeping Beauty.”

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Don’t forget to check out the rainbow snippets Facebook group for more little excerpts from a whole host of talented authors here.

HeatTrap72webThe wrong secret could flush their love down the drain

It’s been six months since plumber Tom Paretski was hit with a shocking revelation about his family. His lover, P.I. Phil Morrison, is pushing this as an ideal opportunity for Tom to try to develop his psychic talent for finding things. Tom would prefer to avoid the subject altogether, but just as he decides to bite the bullet, worse problems come crawling out of the woodwork.

Marianne, a young barmaid at the Devil’s Dyke pub, has an ex who won’t accept things are over between them. Grant Carey is ruthless in dealing with anyone who gets between him and Marianne, including an old friend of Tom and Phil. Their eagerness to step in and help only makes them targets of Grant’s wrath themselves.

With Tom’s uncertainty about Phil’s motives, Tom’s family doing their best to drive a wedge between them, and the revelation of an ugly incident in Phil’s past, suddenly Tom’s not sure whom he can trust.

The body in the Dyke’s cellar isn’t the only thing that stinks.

Warning: Contains British slang, a very un-British heat wave, and a plumber with a psychic gift who may not be as British as he thinks he is.

Samhain | Amazon | ARe

Poisoned Apple, Anyone?

I’m blogging today over at Love Bytes on the subject of that old fairy tale chestnut, thewicked stepmother. Why not pop on over and join the discussion on fairy tales and their stereotypes: harmless fun or truly grimm?

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!😀

When Characters are Wrong

…or at least, don’t agree with their creator on certain matters!  That’s what I’m blogging about over at Joyfully Jay today. Who am I talking about in particular? Tom Paretski from my Plumber’s Mate Mysteries – he even likes tea, for heaven’s sake!😉

Why not pop on over and enter the giveaway?  Good luck!

Rainbow Snippets is Feeling Sixy

Facebook reminded me this week that it’s been six years since my novella Pricks and Pragmatism came out, so  it seemed appropriate to make today’s Rainbow Snippet  the opening six sentences:

I looked up from my Uni notes on Rakes and Libertines as Sebastian walked into the flat. He was a vision in Armani, as always, his sleek black hair allowed to grey artfully just at the temples and no further. He’d said once he thought it gave him gravitas; I’d told him I’d grab his arse any time he wanted.

I was lying on the rug in front of the mock fireplace wearing nothing but the Calvin Kleins he’d bought me. On the rug, because Sebastian would have thrown a hissy fit if I’d taken pens on the sofa; in my underwear, because there’s nothing wrong with giving a bloke something nice to look at after a hard day at the office.

I flashed him my best smile over my bare shoulder. “Hey, handsome.”
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Don’t forget to check out the rainbow snippets Facebook group for more little excerpts from a whole host of talented authors here.

Pricks and Pragmatism

*Easy come, easy go…until the heart gets involved.*

English student and aspiring journalist Luke Corbin should be studying. Instead he’s facing homelessness, thanks to the lover who’s just kicking him out of their posh digs. It’s not his first rejection—his father tossed him out at age sixteen—but Luke has no problem trading his favors for a home and security. Especially with rich, powerful, handsome men.

Except now, with finals bearing down, there’s no time to be choosy. He needs a roof over his head and he needs it now. Even if it means settling temporarily for a geeky, less-than-well-off chemical engineer called Russell.

Luke’s fully prepared to put out for the guy—because after all, in this world no one gets something for nothing. But Russell isn’t just a nerd; he’s an honourable nerd who wants to save himself for someone special.

At first Luke is annoyed, but the more time he spends with Russell, the closer he comes to a devastating realization. He wants to be that someone special. Except he’s fallen for the one man he can’t seem to charm…

Available in ebook: Samhain | Amazon

Jingle My Bells

…is the title of my guest post over at Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews today, where I’m talking about a quintessentially British subject that features in my latest Plumber’s Mate Mystery, Blow Down: Morris dancing.

Why not pop over and join me – and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!😉