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Free Ride out today

Free_Ride_400x600Previously published as Good Company, a Torquere Sip, it’s got a shiny new cover and a new title, and it’s out today from JMS Books! Open-mouthed smile

As usual with JMS, it’ll be exclusively available from the publisher’s website at a discounted price for a week, and from July 19th at all good e-tailers.

Free Ride (short story)

There’s no such thing as a free ride. Aidan may be only twenty, but he’s already learned that the hard way. Hitch-hiking up from London to Glasgow to keep a promise, Aidan’s fully prepared to offer payment in kind for his lifts. He’s not expecting a good-looking older bloke to pick him up in a Mercedes—nor that he’ll find John such good company. After a few short hours together Aidan’s already starting to care what John thinks of him.

When slow traffic forces them to get a room for the night, Aidan’s not sure what to do. Putting out as a thank you to a stranger is one thing, but can he really go through with it with the first person he’s come to care for since he made that promise?

And what’s going to happen when they reach their destination?

(Approx. 5,000 words)

JMS Books

Author’s Note #1: it’s had a quick wash and brush-up, but Free Ride is substantially the same story as that previously sold under the title Good Company.

Author’s Note #2: there’s a micro-sequel free to read on my website here: On the Beach

Author’s Note #3: in case you can’t remember if you’ve read the original story, the fact that the working title was Deep Fried Mars Bar may jog your memory! Winking smile

Jane Austen’s Bad Boy


No, not Mr Wickham, or even Willoughby; I’m talking about Henry Crawford, who was so nearly redeemed by love, over at Joyfully Jay today on the final stop of the Played! blog tour. Why not pop along and see how he inspired Tristan from Played! – and let me know if you like your boys good or bad! Winking smile

Remember to leave your comments on the blog post to be in with a chance of a prize!


You can find links to previous stops on the tour here:  http://jlmerrow.com/my-books/contemporary-mm/played/played-blog-tour/

Cover reveal for Out!

The Played! blog tour isn’t over yet, but already several kind people have said they’re hoping for more Shamwell Tales – and in particular, one with a starring role for Patrick from Played! So I thought I’d let you know that yes, it’s going to happen! Open-mouthed smile

Out! – #3 in The Shamwell Tales


When the costs are added up, will love land in the black?

Mark Nugent has spent his life in the closet—at least, the small part of it he hasn’t spent in the office. Divorced when he could no longer deny his sexuality, he’s sworn off his workaholic ways and moved to Shamwell with his headstrong teen daughter to give her a stable home environment.

His resolve to put his love life on hold is severely tested when he joins a local organization and meets a lively yet intense young man who tempts him closer to the closet threshold.

Patrick Owen is an out-and-proud charity worker with strong principles—and a newly discovered weakness for an older man. One snag: Mark is adamant he’s not coming out to his daughter, and Patrick will be damned if he’s going to start a relationship with a lie.

Between Mark’s old-fashioned attitudes and a camp, flirtatious ex-colleague who wants Mark for himself, Patrick wonders if they’ll ever be on the same romantic page. And when Mark’s former career as a tax advisor clashes with Patrick’s social conscience, it could be the one stumbling block they can’t get past.

Warning: Contains historically inaccurate Spartan costumes, mangled movie quotes, dubious mathematical logic and a three-legged pub crawl.

Due out from Samhain Publishing 5th January 2016.

Talking about Dyslexia


Over at MM Good Book Reviews today, as part of the Played! blog tour, where I’m talking about Con’s struggle with literacy – why not check it out, and remember to leave a comment on the blog post to be in with a chance of winning! Smile


For previous stops on the tour, see: http://jlmerrow.com/my-books/contemporary-mm/played/played-blog-tour/

Exclusive Excerpt from Played!

Played!72webToday on the Played! blog tour I’m visiting Elisa Rolle’s blog, where I’ve got an exclusive excerpt from Played! for your delectation and delight (hopefully!). 

In this scene, Tristan’s giving Con an acting lesson. However, he’s got seduction, as well as Shakespeare, on his mind! Winking smile

And remember: I’m offering a free ebook from my backlist to a randomly chosen commenter on each blog post on the tour.

And there’s a grand prize of a signed paperback copy of book #1 in The Shamwell Tales, the Rainbow award runner-up Caught! (due out in paperback 4th August 2015) plus some small goodies, for one lucky commenter on the tour.

Good luck! Open-mouthed smile

Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On

Played!72webYes, all right, I know that’s from The Tempest. Winking smile 

But today, on the Played! blog tour, I’m over at The Novel Approach talking about the play that’s central to Played! – A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Why not pop on over and tell me about your favourite stage play?

You can find details of all the blog tour stops – and the prizes! – here: http://jlmerrow.com/played-blog-tour/


Played! is out today!

Played!72webHurrah! Tristan and Con have at long last been released into the wild! Open-mouthed smile

To celebrate, I’m going on a blog tour, and there will be prizes! It’s kicking off over at Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance :


Why not pop on over and leave a comment for a chance to win a free ebook from my backlist to a randomly chosen commenter on the blog post.

And there’s a grand prize of a signed paperback copy of book #1 in The Shamwell Tales, the Rainbow award runner-up Caught! (due out in paperback 4th August 2015) plus some small goodies, for one lucky commenter on the tour.

Good luck! Open-mouthed smile

A Copy of Played! is Up for Grabs

Played!72webIf you’d like to be in with a chance to win a copy of my forthcoming Shamwell Tales book 2, Played!, then head on over to Stumbling Over Chaos where the lovely Chris has one to give away! Just leave a comment on the giveaway post to be in the draw. Good luck! Open-mouthed smile

And here be the blurb:

All the world’s a stage…but real-life lessons are hidden in the heart

Though Tristan must join his family’s New York firm at summer’s end—no more farting around on stage, as his father so bluntly puts it—he can’t resist when Shamwell’s local amateur dramatics society begs him to take a role in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The bonus: giving private acting lessons to a local handyman who’s been curiously resistant to Tristan’s advances. Not only is Con delicious, there’s fifty pounds riding on Tristan getting him in his bed.

A late-diagnosed dyslexic, Con’s never dared to act, convinced he’d never be able to learn his lines. But with Tristan’s help, he takes the chance. Trouble is, the last time Con fell for a guy, he ended up getting his heart broken. And with Tristan due to leave the country soon, Con is determined not to start anything that’s bound to finish badly.

Just as Tristan thinks he’s finally won Con’s heart—and given his own in return—disaster strikes. And the curtain may have fallen forever on their chance for happiness.

Warning: contains a surfeit of Bottoms and asses, together with enough mangled quotations to have the Bard of Avon gyrating in his grave.

Due out from Samhain Publishing 30th June 2015.

Available to pre-order:  Amazon US | Amazon UK | ARe | Samhain

Best Lesbian Romance of the Year out now

best lesbian romance2015newThe swooning sensation of a new crush, the thrilling feel of a first caress and the raw, electric elation of sexual passion are all captured here in Best Lesbian Romance of the Year, Volume 1.

Radclyffe, the highly lauded novelist and master editor, covers the full range of lesbian love - a real spectrum of experience with plenty of room for passion and possibility.

Bestselling romance authors JL Merrow, Sacchi Green, Giselle Renarde, D. Jackson Leigh, Teresa Noelle Roberts and many more contribute short stories that will have you falling in love with love all over again. This edition of the cherished series presents eighteen stories sealed with a kiss!

Includes my story “Little Bit of IvoryOpen-mouthed smile

Out now in ebook and paperback:  Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Love Found on Lindisfarne out today

Love_Found_on_Lindisfarne_400x600My short story Lost and Found on Lindisfarne from the Summer Lovin’ Anthology makes its solo debut today, with a subtly different title and a shiny new cover. Smile

When single father Chris meets a Viking re-enactor on Lindisfarne, he thinks it’s the perfect recipe for a holiday fling—and nothing more. Ian, or Ulf, as he’s known when in character as a Viking berserker, is a dreadlocked nomad who never stays in one place for long.

Chris had a relationship with a free spirit like Ian before, and it didn’t end well for him or for his bright but troubled daughter Kelis. He’s determined not to risk the stability of her home environment for Ian, no matter how well she gets on with him—and no matter how much Chris is drawn to the man.

But Chris hasn’t reckoned with the Viking way of taking all you’re willing to give—and coming back for more.

Now available from JMS Books at a 20% discount for one week only (non US buyers please choose email delivery) and from all major e-tailers on 14th June.