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Jack in the Green is out today

Jack_in_the_Green_400x600My May Day themed historical short story with paranormal overtones  Jack in the Green, is out today in its 2nd edition. Open-mouthed smile 

It’ll be available exclusively from JMS Books (and at a 20% discount) for one week, then at all major e-tailers on May 10th.

 

Jack in the Green

Stranded in a remote country village in 1920s England by his car breaking down, shy young Arthur finds himself drawn to the rough mechanic who comes to his aid, Bob Goodman. Forced to stay until the May Day holiday is over, Arthur makes the best of it, enjoying the village procession and fete.

But the villagers seem to know more about him than they should, and there’s a second, darker, May celebration that starts when the sun’s gone down. In the drunken revelry that follows, Arthur is whisked off in a wild dance by Goodman, who plays the part of Jack in the Green, the spirit of the greenwood.

Dancing turns to loving, but is everything what it seems? And is one night all Arthur can have?

 

Note: this short story (approx. 7,500 words) was previously published as The Green Man but has been out of print for some time (because I’m bad at getting around to things). It’s been fully revised and re-edited (and has an eerie new cover!) but is substantially the same story as that previously available.

On the Thriller Roundtable again

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This time, we’re talking about gender – and specifically, writing a character of a different gender to oneself. Why not pop on over to the Thriller Roundtable and follow the debate? Open-mouthed smile


And despite the very binary image, I also talk about writing a genderqueer character, Lex, who will appear in my 3rd Shamwell Tale.

Chance to win Jack in the Green

Jack_in_the_Green_400x600My May Day themed short story with paranormal overtones set in the 1920s *pause for breath* Jack in the Green, is due out in its 2nd edition from JMS Books on 3rd May 2015, and the lovely Chris at Stumbling Over Chaos is offering a chance to win a copy. Just leave a comment on the giveaway post to be in with a chance!  Good luck! Open-mouthed smile

 

Jack in the Green

Stranded in a remote country village in 1920s England by his car breaking down, shy young Arthur finds himself drawn to the rough mechanic who comes to his aid, Bob Goodman. Forced to stay until the May Day holiday is over, Arthur makes the best of it, enjoying the village procession and fete.

But the villagers seem to know more about him than they should, and there’s a second, darker, May celebration that starts when the sun’s gone down. In the drunken revelry that follows, Arthur is whisked off in a wild dance by Goodman, who plays the part of Jack in the Green, the spirit of the greenwood.

Dancing turns to loving, but is everything what it seems? And is one night all Arthur can have?

 

Note: this short story (approx. 7,500 words) was previously published as The Green Man but has been out of print for some time. It’s been fully revised and re-edited (and has an eerie new cover!) but is substantially the same story as that previously available.

I’m over at The Big Thrill today

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The Big Thrill is the magazine of International Thriller Writers, and on the thriller roundtable today we’re talking about plotting v pantsing, or in other words, to outline or not to outline, that is the question?


Why not pop on over to join in the debate with me and a baker’s dozen of other thriller writers and ITW members ?


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Autism Awareness Blog Prize

Autism Awareness GraphicCaught72smThe random number generator has spoken, and the winner of a free e-copy of my first Shamwell Tales novel, Caught!,is:

Angela!

Angela, you should have received my email about your prize – if not, drop me another comment!

Thanks to everyone who commented and participated in the blog hop to raise awareness of some very important issues. Open-mouthed smile

ARe blast April 15th



Visit All Romance Ebooks APRIL 15 for 25% off these two anthologies featuring stories by me, Clare London, Josephine Myles, Lou Harper and Chrissy Munder! Open-mouthed smile


  And while you’re there, check out the hashtag AReBlast to find all the other publishers participating in the blast—you’ll find standalone stories by Clare London and many, many others.


Happy saving! Open-mouthed smile

Heat Trap blog tour prize winners

HeatTrap72webIn case you think I’m being uncommonly tardy with this, you’re only half right – the prize draws were made, as promised, on April 1st and all the winners have been contacted, but I didn’t have a chance until now to announce the fact! Winking smile

Prizes of ebooks were won by:

 

And the grand prize of a paperback copy of Relief Valve and a pair of rainbow wrist warmers was won by:

Al on Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance Open-mouthed smile

All prizes have now been despatched – except Sula’s, as I haven’t heard back from them! Sula, if you’re reading this, please check your spam filter or get in touch with me on jl(dot)merrow(at)gmail(dot)com, please!

 

Thanks to everyone who joined in on the blog tour and made it such a fun event! Open-mouthed smile

I’m in The Big Thrill

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The lovely Charlie Cochrane, for her sins, has had to interview me twice lately! This time it’s for The Big Thrill, the online publication of International Thriller Writers.


You can find out here what it was really like studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, learn a bit more about Tom Paretski’s profession, and hear why I turned to crime. Open-mouthed smile

Over at Josh Lanyon’s blog

HeatTrap72webFor the final stop on the Heat Trap blog tour (sniffle/give a rousing cheer, as appropriate) I’m visiting the amazing Josh Lanyon, whose interview questions are just as entertaining as his books (and let me tell you, that’s pretty darn entertaining). Why not pop on over and find out the answers to such weighty questions as the origins of Tom Paretski, and what I really think about tea?

There be prizes. I think you know the drill by now. Winking smile

You can find details of previous blog tour stops here, and the interview with Josh is here.

The Old Ball and Chain

HeatTrap72webThe Heat Trap blog tour continues today over at the lovely RJ Scott’s blog, where I’m talking about a place that features in the book and may be more familiar to you than you think: St Albans Register Office. Or, as it is sometimes known, HM Slade Prison!


Why not pop on over and let me know about all the weird--and weirdly appropriate--places you’ve heard of people getting hitched?


All commenters on the guest post will be entered into two prize draws – one for an ebook of winner’s choice from my back list, and one for the blog tour grand prize of a signed paperback copy of book #2 in my Plumber’s Mate series, the EPIC award finalist Relief Valve, plus a pair of rainbow-coloured merino wool blend wrist-warmers, hand-knitted by the author.

You can find details of previous blog tour stops here.

Good luck! Open-mouthed smile