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Truly, Madly, Boys out today

trulymadlyboysThe latest anthology in the Mad About the Brit Boys series featuring stories by me and the lovely Josephine Myles is out today:

Love—the most intense connection.

The challenge of finding love in the world today can take many forms, but at its heart love is the same: it’s all about forging a connection with another person. Experience romance at its most relatable in these four contemporary stories of male-male love with a British flavour from award-winning authors Josephine Myles and JL Merrow.

In these stories you’ll find out how to communicate without words, be teased by a memory that’s just out of reach, flash back to young love and emerging sexuality, and discover how opposites can attract when you meet a stranger in a strange land.

These stories have all been previously published, but are now available exclusively in this anthology:

Epiphany by JL Merrow

When security guard Vinnie spots a young British guy, Gray, looking lost on a New York street, he thinks he’s never seen anyone so beautiful. The feeling’s mutual: concert pianist Gray loves everything about the huge muscle man who’s offering to walk him back to his hotel. When they stop off at Vinnie’s apartment, sparks fly—but when they finally get back to Gray’s hotel, things seem to fall apart. Is one afternoon all they’ll ever have?

Halfway up the Stairs by Josephine Myles

When Charlie wakes up alone after arguing with his boyfriend the night before, it seems like nothing will resolve the situation. Josh wants them to move, but Charlie is too attached to the house. It’s not just all the work he’s put into it, though, it’s all the memories. One memory in particular, of standing hidden halfway up the stairs, watching and wanting…

Sense Memory by JL Merrow

Blinded by a drunk driver, Colin is haunted by a sense memory—the smell of wood chippings. When he meets up with Alban, who he’s been chatting with online, he finally finds out why.

Without Words by Josephine Myles

Is that gorgeous redheaded hunk on the building site really checking him out? Nick thinks it’s worth the risk of getting his head kicked in to find out. Only trouble is, Nick tends to end up spoiling things with his nervous babbling. This time he’s going to have to keep his mouth shut. It’s either that or he’ll have to find some other way to occupy it…

Available exclusively on Kindle for the bargain price of $0.99/£0.99

Rainbow Snippets is free this weekend

To celebrate my birthday on the 10th, my anthology of 12 m/m romance stories, A Flirty Dozen, will be FREE ON AMAZON until Sunday 12th June, so this week’s snippet is taken from one of the stories in it, Good Breeding:

In this snippet, our hero-in-need-of-some-personal-growth Giles has just met his birth mother for the first time, and is pouring out his woes to his best mate, Oz:

“I always wondered, you know?” Giles said, gesticulating with the Edinburgh crystal in the vague direction of the water feature. “What sort of people my parents were. Were they romantic, idealistic? Or hard-working, salt-of-the-earth types? And now I know.” He paused dramatically. “I’m the son of a chav. A stiletto-wearing, chardonnay-swilling, chain-smoking, perma-tanned chav. And a Greek waiter whose name she can’t quite recall.” He hung his head in despair.

Oz nodded, patting him on the shoulder sympathetically, if a bit unsteadily. “Cheer up. It could have been worse.”

Giles looked up, incredulous. “How? Just how, precisely?”

Oz glared at him. “Well, she could have been a raging snob like her son, for starters!”
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A Flirty Dozen by JL Merrow

A_Flirty_Dozen_400x600This anthology 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 FREE in ebook from Amazon until Sunday 12th June

and in paperback from JMS Books

It’s my birthday so have a present

To celebrate my birthday today, my anthology of 12 m/m romance stories will be FREE ON AMAZON from today until Sunday 12th June:

A Flirty Dozen by JL Merrow

A_Flirty_Dozen_400x600This 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 exclusively at Amazon and in paperback from 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

Get it free, here:  Amazon

Enjoy!😀

queen-of-liberty-202218_640.jpgLast week’s snippet from my US-set short story Epiphany, soon to be out in second edition in the Truly, Madly, Boys anthology, ended on a bit of a tease with the line, You probably want to know what he looks like, right?

So for all those who were kind enough to comment in the affirmative, here are the next 6 or so lines:

 

Hell, I’m no damn good at describing shit. Five-ten, maybe, least he looks like he’s a couple inches shorter than me, real skinny, with kinda mousy brown hair—see, this is why I don’t do descriptive. You’re thinking, hell, he’s nothing special, but let me tell you, he’s fucking breathtaking. Cutest little pointy chin, pale face like he don’t get out a whole lot. Fuck it. He’s beautiful. You just gotta trust me on that.


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Truly, Madly, Boys will be out on 14th June and features 4 short stories, 2 by me and 2 by the lovely Josephine Myles,

It will be available exclusively on Kindle.

The second edition of my short story about a disabled veteran, Permanently Legless, is now available in a shiny new cover from JMS Books

 

Permanently_Legless_400x600Only half the man he used to be—but maybe that’s enough

The Taliban may have taken both Chris’s legs, but he came back from Afghanistan with his sense of humour and his lust for life firmly intact. The one thing that can shake his confidence is meeting Josh, the one-night stand from before his tour of duty he hasn’t been able to forget.

It turns out Josh hasn’t forgotten Chris, either. He spent the time they were apart fearing the worst every time a soldier was reported killed in action—and wishing Chris would use the number Josh gave him, and call.

Josh’s delight on seeing Chris again quickly turns to shock on seeing his injuries. With Chris such a changed man, can they still have a future?

Reviews for the first edition:

Permanently Legless’ is another great example of J.L. Merrow’s ability to make a character come so alive you think you can touch them – Serena Yates, Queer Magazine Online

I loved Chris’ voice throughout this story… I loved his attitude and his frankness and he cracked me up multiple times. –   JayHJay, Joyfully Jay.

And for a limited time only, it’s available at 20% off from JMS Books.

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Note: this second edition is almost exactly the same story as that previously published by Amber Quill Press. So no need to buy again. Unless you really like that cover. Winking smile

Rainbow Snippets is speaking in tongues

queen-of-liberty-202218_640I’m nowadays known more for writing very British stuff, but way back in the days of yore I used to occasionally dip into US waters, and today’s snippet is taken from an early story of mine, Epiphany, which is set across the pond. So please read the following in the accent of a native New Yorker:

 

I’m just coming out of the gym when I see him. Damn, I mean that don’t sound like much, but let me tell you, it’s a fucking epiphany. Yeah, I know words like epiphany. Just because I’m built and I got a blue-collar job don’t mean I got a reading age of fucking ‘moron.’ Anyhow, I’m walking out the door, all pumped up and sweaty, ’cause I don’t like the showers at the gym—I got athlete’s foot once there, and it ain’t like on TV, you know, some of these guys ain’t exactly pretty with their clothes off—and there he is, standing on the corner, looking up at the street name like it’s written in Chinese, which it ain’t ’cause we’re not in Chinatown. For a moment I think maybe I’ve seen him somewhere before, but then reality kicks in with In your dreams, buddy.

You probably want to know what he looks like, right?

 

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And yes, that was exactly 6 sentences. I counted. Twice! Winking smile

 


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Epiphany is currently out of print, but will be coming out in a second edition with a new introduction on 14th June in Truly, Madly, Boys, the latest of my mini-anthologies with the ever-lovely Josephine Myles, the Mad About the Brit Boys series.

I’m in the spotlight

Divine Magazine…over at Divine Magazine – why not join me while I witter on about such diverse subjects as UK Meet, gay marriage, and spiders. Smile

 

And, erm, sorry about the frankly scary close-up in the header. You’d rather have had the spiders, wouldn’t you?

In a cunning ploy to distract you from the extreme tardiness of this week’s Rainbow Snippet, today I’m celebrating those heroes in a half-shell, turtles and tortoises, with a snippet from Tortoise Interruptus. Our hero, Tip, has been cursed by a witch to turn into a tortoise at inconvenient moments, and has just been tortoise-napped by a woman with a capacious handbag:

 

Rattling in his shell as the bag lurched from side to side, bumping against the woman’s ample hips, Tip started to wonder if he really should have listened to Janey’s suggestion that she get him microchipped.

She wouldn’t even be able to report him missing. Tip could just imagine how it’d go at the police office: “Yes, Miss? You say your brother’s been kidnapped? Can you describe him, please? I see. Six inches tall, gray in color, with a hard shell. Any distinguishing features? Oh, just that he’s a tortoise? Thank you, Miss. Can I just remind you of the very severe penalties for wasting police time?”


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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.

 

Tortoise Interruptus


Cursed by an impatient witch to turn into a tortoise at inopportune moments, Tip is horrified to find himself tortoise-napped by a customer at the cafe where he works.

Things start to look up when Tip ends up very literally in the capable hands of drop-dead gorgeous Steve—but Tip soon begins to wonder just how far he can trust Steve, who turns out to have a close connection with his kidnapper.  Tip’s attempts at a normal life seem doomed to remain frustrated in more ways than one!

Inspired by a real-life incident.  Yes, really.  

Available in ebook:  Torquere | Amazon

 

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Daughters on the Stage–win an ebook

HAPHOBIAUMBRELLA2016.pngToday, 17th May, is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

I’m taking part in the Hop For Visibility, Awareness and Equality by blogging over at the Macaronis today on the subject of groundbreaking nineteenth-century American Shakespearian actor Charlotte Cushman, a lesbian who wowed the London stage with her portrayals of male roles.

I’m also offering an ebook of the winner’s choice from my historical backlist to a randomly chosen commenter on the post over at the Macaronis.

There will be lots of other prizes up for grabs on the hop, so make sure you check out the other participating blogs!

Rainbow Snippets is feeling Sapphic

Today’s snippet comes from one of my lesbian short stories, First Time, which appears in the Desire Behind Bars anthology. Mel and Ella are cellmates:

Ella’s been with me a week (not that I’m counting) before she asks about it. “You’re not what I expected,” she says, tracing the curve of my bicep with one dainty little finger. She’s seen me—well, she couldn’t miss it, could she, not when we’re banged up together—doing pull-ups on the bunk. Push-ups and sit-ups on the floor. I like the way I look, like how I can hold my own in a fight against anyone. I don’t mind working hard to keep it.

“What do you mean?” I ask her.

“Well... You never...” and instead of finishing that sentence she takes my hand in her little one and places it on her breast.


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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.

BEL-DesireBehindBarsDesire Behind Bars

When lovers of lesbian erotica imagine the ideal setting for a hot and heavy romance, prison is likely to be low on the list. But desire cannot be banished forever behind bars. From repeat offenders taking pretty new inmates under their wings to wardens giving in to temptation,Desire Behind Bars offers up erotic stories that may earn these inmates time off for good behavior. Whether they escape for a moment or find love for a lifetime, we adore the amazing women you’ll meet in these pages. And we trust that once you’ve met them, you’ll want to read their tales again and again.

Editors Salome Wilde and Talon Rihai cordially invite you behind bars for a glimpse at lesbian desire penned by erotica and romance authors both well-known and new, including J.L. Merrow, Sacchi Green, Katya Harris, Annabeth Leong, Geonn Cannon, L.E. Chamberlin, C.L. Boyle, M. Marie, Claire Caine, Chase Morgan, Kiki DeLovely, Alex Andrea, and Kannan Feng

Available in ebook and paperback:  Amazon