Now available from the e-tailer of your choosing

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

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Paranormal Heroes Giveaway

I’m over at Night Owl Paranormal today as part of their Page Turning Paranormal contest which is running through to the end of August, with a host of giveaways including:

ebooks, signed books, gift cards, paranormal DVDs, Tarot Cards

I’m talking about my top 5 paranormal heroes – why not pop on over and enter the draw for a psychic reading? Good luck!😀

 

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My turn in the comfy chair

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…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!

 

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Rainbow Snippets is Nothing Like the Sun

A-Summers-Day-Customdesign-JayAheer2016-smallpreviewErm, literally, as Nothing Like the Sun happens to be the title of my story in the A Summer’s Day anthology, which hit the virtual bookshelves yesterday.🙂

 

It is, of course, based on Sonnet 130, and if you’d like to hear the sonnet spoken, you can listen to Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Rickman having a sonnet-off  – but for my money, Stephen Fry’s version is the best.

And here, before we entirely forget what we’re here for, is the snippet from my story:

 

I’d been ignoring my laptop all morning. Well, I had so little to look forward to these days; why not build a little anticipation for one of my few remaining pleasures?

There was a message in my inbox. Dead_Pool_Ringer, you have a new message from BoyNextDoor. It was time stamped only three minutes ago.

Heart thumping in ridiculously clichéd fashion, I clicked.

 

A Summer’s Day is available in ebook: Amazon | Smashwords
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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!)

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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

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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?

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Ye Olde English Spellynge

spelling-998350_640Today, as part of the excessively leisurely Blow Down blog tour (more of a blog amble, or possibly a blog meander) I’m whetting my Witte (or perhaps just losing my wits) over at Gay Book Reviews over the subject of spelling. Or, as might be, Spellynge.

Why not pop on over and let me know your thoughts on the subject? Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!😀

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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!😉

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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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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

 

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The Spice of Life – interview with giveaway

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I’m delighted today to welcome my very good friend Penelope Friday to the blog. Pen is one of the people who’s helped me hugely in my writing career – she was there right at the beginning, not only helping me believe in myself but also with the practical stuff such as how to find out where to send stories.

Like me, Pen writes both gay and lesbian fiction – she has two historical lesbian novels in print as well as more short stories and novellas than you could shake a very large stick at – and right now she’s celebrating the imminent release of her hot and steamy m/m collection All About the Boy from Nine Star Press.

Jamie: Pen, welcome to the blog!

One thing that’s always interested me is the intersection between romance and erotica – and the very broad spectrum both can cover. Anyone who’s read my books knows I tend as a rule towards the vanilla end of that spectrum – can you give us an idea of what flavours to expect in All About the Boy?

Pen: Thank you for having me (and saying far too nice things about me – people should take that with a pinch of salt!) But oh dear, *blushes* I’m afraid this is a little bit kinkier🙂 I’ve written all over the spectrum, but this antho concentrates fairly firmly on domination and submission, and – well, the way that makes the characters feel.

I like to explore the bits of us that many people have but don’t admit to, or don’t feel they can admit to. This is quite a fun anthology for showing the ways this might work, in that it runs from someone finding out for the first time what they like to someone for whom submission is an actual lifestyle choice. So it also shows how differently things can play out. Kink isn’t just about sex, but about who you are – it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ thing, and exploring characters through kink is – well, different from the way you explore your characters, but hopefully still a valid way!

Jamie: As ever, you’re way too modest! I’d definitely agree that showing a character’s kinks is an excellent way to reveal them to the reader – stripped, as it were, completely bare!😉 And I’ve always loved the idea of different “takes” on the same subject, giving it a good, thorough poke and prod… *g*

In the mainstream, kink is still quite a taboo subject – do you think the infamous Fifty Shades phenomenon has helped make BDSM more respectable, or at least more widely understood? Or do you worry that it’s just spread misinformation?

Pen: Here’s the point where I admit that I’ve never actually read Fifty Shades, so I am wary of making any comment about the accuracy or otherwise of its portrayal of BDSM (though I would add that people I respect have expressed concerns)… But on the other hand, it has brought discussion about BDSM out in the open, which I think is a good thing. Whether it was accurate or not (and one has to remember that fiction is – well, fiction – and not necessarily always supposed to be an accurate representation of real life), it has had a useful effect in that sense. And if it gets more people talking about safety in real life situations, then that has got to be a good thing, right?

Jamie: I think Fifty Shades is very much a fantasy idea of BDSM, for people who wouldn’t be into the lifestyle in real life. How much of a responsibility would you say you personally feel to “get it right” – with particular regard to “Safe, Sane, Consensual” – where BDSM is concerned? Do you think adult readers need to be warned “Don’t try this at home” if an author has glossed over real-life issues?

Pen: Even within BDSM, there are so many differences, though. I would be very wary of anyone, author or otherwise, who definitively claimed to have “got it right”, though obviously there are always the important safety issues. I am a fan of warnings in general (and there are some warnings given with All About The Boy). In this particular case, I’d prefer something along the lines of an acknowledgement such as “fictional representations of BDSM” rather than “Don’t try this at home,” personally, however. This is for two reasons. Firstly, it doesn’t ‘baby’ the reader in the same way – I tend to prefer to presume that adults are capable of making their own decisions. Secondly, though, I know that many lifestyle BDSMers – who would know perfectly well not to try certain things at home – would prefer not to read stories which don’t fit real life experiences, and it would work as an acknowledgement of that, too. I think All About The Boy is described as having ‘elements’ of BDSM: the stories are definitely fiction and should be treated that way.

But “getting it right”? Does any author ever get it all completely right?

Jamie: Excellently put!
Pen, it’s been great having you here – and good luck with the new release!

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Some men like gentle loving—others like to switch up the power. In P.A. Friday’s collection of stories, explore the raunchier, edgier side of lust—a space where domination and control can be the greatest turn-on.

From Stefan finding out the hard way just how straight he isn’t, Jake who has to learn to behave or take his punishment, to Kel juggling two very different lovers at his workplace, doing what you’re told has never been sexier.

Due out July 25th

NineStar Press |  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | ARe

COUPON CODE: Get 20% off preorder on NineStar Press website with coupon code “preorder”   * (Good until release day)

P.A. Friday fails dismally to write one sort of thing and, when not writing erotica and erotic romance of all sexualities, may be found writing articles on the Regency period, pagan poetry, or science fiction. She loves wine and red peppers, and loathes coffee and mushrooms.

Email: penfriday@gmail.com
Website: http://penelopefriday.com
Twitter: @penelopefriday
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/penelopefriday/

Excerpt

Usually, Jake liked to do as he was told. He obeyed Alessandro’s every whim and behaved impeccably—especially in the presence of his master’s friends.

Usually.

It was not because he feared punishment that he did so, either. Far from it. It was because he loved the look on his master’s face when Jake was obedient. That expression of pride in his boy—in Jake—and the warmth of his smile. Jake would do anything for that look.
Still, there was one of Alessandro’s friends to whom Jake couldn’t take. No matter how many times he met the man, he didn’t warm to him—had, in fact, an instinctive revulsion towards him. In his presence, the temptation to disregard his usual obedience was always strong. It wasn’t the fact that Leo had once been Alessandro’s lover—Alessandro had had, and continued to have, any number of lovers. Indeed, with Alessandro’s permission, several had played with or been pleasured by Jake. But when it came to Leo, the rules changed.

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