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Hi! Welcome to my Dreamwidth journal. This is being used solely as a backup for my Livejournal, and will not be updated. For all fresh blogs as of 2nd January 2017, please see my Wordpress site: https://jlmerrow.com/

Thanks, and hope to see you there! :)

Leaving Livejournal

I think most of the people who follow me here will be aware of the move of LJ's servers to Russia - if not, you'll find some useful links here:

http://rahirah.livejournal.com/695706.html

 - although I'm not sure how much longer they'll be up.

This has confirmed me in a decision I've been considering for some time: I will no longer be updating this journal and may, in fact, decide to delete it soon.

However, I will continue to blog over at my Wordpress site: https://jlmerrow.com/ (from which my LJ posts have up until now been mirrored) and all my previous LJ posts, with comments, should still be available at my dreamwidth account: https://jl-merrow.dreamwidth.org/

I'm sad to leave LJ - it's the platform I started writing on, and I've made many friends here - but I think the writing's been on the wall for a while now. Thanks for all your comments and friendship here, and I hope you'll all continue to follow me over on Wordpress. 

And does so with some confidence – after all, how can 2017 fail to be better than 2016?

(Don’t answer that. Please, please don’t answer that!)

Here’s a snippet from my lesbian fairytale, Capture the Moon, which came out for the first time as a standalone ebook today:

They kissed, and Adrien felt as though her body were on fire. Her breasts tingled where they pressed against Selene’s, and there was a throbbing between her legs she’d never known before. Selene’s mouth was hot and spicy, and her darting tongue teased at Adrien’s lips with a promise of yet sweeter pleasure to come. Adrien’s breathing quickened, and her chest heaved as Selene broke the kiss at last. “My own dear one,” Selene breathed. “But I have not yet freed you!” So saying, she took the key that Ned had given her and unlocked the chains that still bound Adrien’s hands. “There! You are free now, my love!”

Adrien smiled and took her princess in her arms once more. “Is it treason to gainsay a princess?” she asked. “For I fear you are wrong, my lovely Selene. Those iron chains about my wrists may be gone, but there are chains around my heart that will never be loosened.”

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capturethemoonAccompanied only by her faithful piglet Ferkel, country girl Adrien disguises herself as a boy and sets out on a journey of discovery—not least to evade her several suitors. Rescuing a young monk, Felix, from brigands, she agrees to accompany him on his journey to the King’s castle to present the princess with a telescope he has made.

Princess Selene has sworn to marry only one who can give her the moon—but does she mean it literally? As Felix loves another, Adrien, still dressed as a man, takes the telescope in his stead. Adrien falls in love with the lively, beautiful princess and is amazed to find Selene loves her in return.

But will Selene’s love die when Adrien reveals her true gender? And in any case, two women cannot be married—can they?

Now out for the first time as a standalone ebook:

JMS Books | Smashwords

(This story was previously published by Less Than Three Press in Fairytales Slashed Vol. 4 and has had only minor changes for this edition)

Capture the Moon is out today

I’m delighted to say that my f/f fairytale, Capture the Moon, is out for the first time as a standalone ebook today.

capturethemoonAccompanied only by her faithful piglet Ferkel, country girl Adrien disguises herself as a boy and sets out on a journey of discovery—not least to evade her several suitors. Rescuing a young monk, Felix, from brigands, she agrees to accompany him on his journey to the King’s castle to present the princess with a telescope he has made.

Princess Selene has sworn to marry only one who can give her the moon—but does she mean it literally? As Felix loves another, Adrien, still dressed as a man, takes the telescope in his stead. Adrien falls in love with the lively, beautiful princess and is amazed to find Selene loves her in return.

But will Selene’s love die when Adrien reveals her true gender? And in any case, two women cannot be married—can they?

Now out for the first time as a standalone ebook:

JMS Books | Smashwords

(This story was previously published by Less Than Three Press in Fairytales Slashed Vol. 4 and has had only minor changes for this edition)

And that’s not all: also published today:

2016 Top Ten Gay Romance

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“Me and My Big Mouth” by Becky Black
“Captive” by T.A. Creech
“Love Lost, Love Found” by Rebecca James
“Accidentally His” by Shawn Lane
“A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Chips, and Thou” by JL Merrow
“For the Last Time” by A.R. Moler
“First and Goal” by Terry O’Reilly
“It’s Not Yule, It’s Me” by Michael P. Thomas
“In His Line of Work” by Tinnean
“And This is Ed” by J.D. Walker

    JMS Books | Smashwords

Both books are available at 20% off for the first week at JMS Books only!

And today’s snippet is taken from To Love a Traitor, my historical novel set in the winter of 1920-21 but looking back to the Great War ( I did warn you Christmas makes me go all historical! *g*)

Our hero George is undercover investigating whether disabled veteran Matthew could be the traitor who cost George’s older brother his life during the war – and finding it ever harder to be objective. Especially when the disarmingly friendly Matthew invites him to stay with his family for Christmas:

“Wake up, sleepyhead! It’s Christmas morning!”

George opened one bleary eye to find Matthew’s boyishly grinning face not six inches away. “Bah, humbug,” he muttered only half in jest, pulling the pillow over his head.

It was torn away from him without ceremony. “I hope I don’t have to turn up clanking in chains to convince you of the error of your ways. Come on, come on! It’s Christmas! Time to get up!”

As he punctuated his last sentence by pulling the blankets from George’s bed, George was left with little choice but to follow orders. Still protesting grumpily, he swung his feet to the floor and stood to stretch.

“I can see at least six inches of stomach when you do that,” Matthew said teasingly. “You’ve no idea how tempting it is to poke it.”

Rather embarrassed, George dropped his arms abruptly.

Have a fabulous Christmas/holiday of your choosing, everyone! :D

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best-gay-2016Wounds of the heart take the longest to heal.

When solicitor’s clerk George Johnson moves into a rented London room in the winter of 1920, it’s with a secret goal: to find out if his fellow lodger, Matthew Connaught, is the wartime traitor who cost George’s adored older brother his life.

Yet as he gets to know Matthew—an irrepressibly cheerful ad man whose missing arm hasn’t dimmed his smile—George begins to lose sight of his mission.

As Matthew’s advances become ever harder to resist, George tries to convince himself his brother’s death was just the luck of the draw, and to forget he’s hiding a secret of his own. His true identity—and an act of conscience that shamed his family.

But as their mutual attraction grows, so does George’s desperation to know the truth about what happened that day in Ypres. If only to prove Matthew innocent—even if it means losing the man he’s come to love.

Warning: Contains larks in the snow, stiff upper lips, shadows of the Great War, and one man working undercover while another tries to lure him under the covers.

Now available in ebook and paperback:

Samhain | Amazon | ARe

Rainbow Snippets is travelling in time

I’m travelling back to Victorian times today – I’m off to see Conan Doyle and William Gillette’s Sherlock Holmes play in London in a mo. So why not travel with me? Here’s a snippet from my time travel novella, Trick of Time (which is, appropriately enough, set in and around the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly):

I realise this is way over 6 sentences. But hey, it’s Christmas!😉

My present companion had on a single-breasted jacket that was open to display a dark waistcoat and a sort of white cravat. His clothes suited the scene a damned sight better than my jeans and T-shirt—suited the temperature better too; I shivered and wrapped my arms about myself. He had dark hair, slightly curly, and a full mouth, bringing to mind the cherubs from the Cri’s ceilings. His features, though, were far finer than theirs, his elegant cheekbones starkly visible, not hidden by a layer of puppy fat. He was a pared-down Lord Alfred Douglas, the highborn beauty who’d brought a playwright to his knees.

My lip quirked in a self-mocking smile. I was no Oscar Wilde, that was for sure.

The lad looked me up and down slowly then smiled without warmth, showing crooked teeth that were disconcertingly engaging—a touch of flawed humanity in that perfect face.

Then he spoke. “Oi, piss off, will yer? This is my patch.”

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A lover from another time

When Ted Ennis steps out the doors of the Criterion Theatre for a cigarette and finds himself in Victorian London, he begins to doubt his sanity. At first he thinks it’s all a film set, and is sure that the strikingly handsome young man leaning against a lamppost must be the leading man…

What starts as a sordid transaction with a beautiful rent boy quickly turns into something much deeper, drawing him back again and again as he gets to know Jem and craves meaningful encounters with him.

But Ted doesn’t understand the exact conditions necessary for his trips through time—and for Jem, time may actually be running out. Now Ted has one last shot to get back to Jem and save their relationship, before it’s too late…

Available in ebook: Carina | Amazon | ARe

Free Books up for grabs

CaptureTheMoon.jpgThe annual Women and Words Hootenanny has begun, and already there are shedloads of books up for grabs – including a copy of my forthcoming f/f fairytale, Capture the Moon.

Most, but by no means all, prizes are likely to be of the Sapphic persuasion, so if that’s what floats your particular rainbow-coloured boat – and even if it’s not – head on over and leave a comment on the hootenanny postto be in the draw. Good luck!😀

And there will be new giveaways every day until Christmas, so make sure you keep heading back to Women and Words!

Capture the Moon

Accompanied only by her faithful piglet Ferkel, country girl Adrien disguises herself as a boy and sets out on a journey of discovery—not least to evade her several suitors. Rescuing a young monk, Felix, from brigands, she agrees to accompany him on his journey to the King’s castle to present the princess with a telescope he has made.

Princess Selene has sworn to marry only one who can give her the moon—but does she mean it literally? As Felix loves another, Adrien, still dressed as a man, takes the telescope in his stead. Adrien falls in love with the lively, beautiful princess and is amazed to find Selene loves her in return.

But will Selene’s love die when Adrien reveals her true gender? And in any case, two women cannot be married—can they?

Due out 31st December 2016 for the first time as a standalone ebook:

JMS Books | ARe | Smashwords

(This story was previously published by Less Than Three Press in Fairytales Slashed Vol. 4 and has had only minor changes for this edition)

I’m in the comfy chair

A CERTAIN PERSUASSION

…over at the very lovely Elin Gregory’s blog today where she’s asking me about my love of Jane Austen and my story in A Certain Persuasion

She’s also included an excerpt from my story, A Particular Friend, which is a lesbian romance based on Mansfield Park (and no, Fanny is not involved *g*).

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This is Trans Awareness Week, so to celebrate, today’s snippet is taken from my novel Out! (3rd in my series of romantic comedies, The Shamwell Tales – and I’m also celebrating finishing writing #4, which has the provisional title of Spun! and should hit the shelves sometime in 2017). Out! features as a secondary character Lex, who is non-binary and uses they/their pronouns.

Here’s Lex musing on relationships to Patrick, who they work with:

“I just think you never see what people are really like before you go out with them, so you might as well get on with it. Saves time, dunnit?” Lex looked up, face earnest. “And well, before you go out with someone, you sorta build them up in your head, don’t you? Like, you start thinking they’re all brilliant and well fit and stuff. So when you finally go out with them, yeah, and they’re just like a normal person who farts in bed and picks their nose, right, you’re gonna be way more disappointed than you would of if you’d just gone out with ’em straightaway.”

“Bollocks,” [Patrick said.] “I don’t go putting blokes on a pedestal.”

Lex looked at him thoughtfully. “Nah, s’pose not. You’re more the he’s a wanker until proven innocent sort.”

And there’s still time (until around Sunday teatime) to enter the draw to win an e-copy of Out!, which you can do by leaving a comment on my post over at Trans Fiction Week: Gun Control.

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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.

Available in ebook and paperback:   Samhain | Amazon | ARe

Happy Trans Fiction Week – with giveaway

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My post for Trans Fiction Week is now live, and there is an e-copy of my romantic comedy Out! (which features a non-binary character) on offer. All you have to do to be in the draw is pop on over and leave a comment on the giveaway post:

Gun Control

(And no, it’s not what you think!)