Rainbow Snippet is taking a pit stop

Apologies for being missing in action for a couple of weeks!

Today’s snippet is taken from the newly re-released Out!, the third of my Shamwell Tales, which is out today from Riptide Publishing (and will be on sale at all other vendors from Monday).

Our heroes, cover boy Mark and Patrick, have been caught short during a three-legged charity pub crawl:

There was no one else in there as they stood side by side at the urinals and unzipped. Patrick cast a glance over towards Mark’s face and nearly cracked up at the way he was resolutely staring dead ahead at the plain white tiles on the wall. “You can look if you want,” he said. “I won’t tell anyone.”

Mark’s face went as red as his shirt. “I wasn’t looking!”

“I know you weren’t. That’s why I’m telling you, you can.” Patrick grinned as Mark’s gaze darted over for about a millisecond, then nailed itself back to the wall.

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When love wars with principle, which one will win?

Mark Nugent has spent his life in the closet—at least, the small portion of it he hasn’t spent in the office. Determined to make amends to his neglected teenage daughter from a failed marriage, Mark swears off work—and love—so he can give her a stable home environment. But Mark’s resolve to keep his heart under wraps is tested when he meets an out and proud young man he’s instantly drawn to.

Patrick Owen is a charity worker with strong principles. He doesn’t trust easily, but he’s blown away by his attraction for the older man who’s so new to his own sexuality. Yet Mark is adamant he’s not coming out to his daughter—and Patrick refuses to live a lie.

What with Mark’s old-fashioned attitudes and his flirtatious ex-colleague who’s determined to come between them, Patrick begins to wonder if they’ll ever be on the same page. And when Mark’s career as a tax advisor clashes with Patrick’s social conscience, sparks really start to fly—in all the wrong ways.

Now available from Riptide Publishing 

And from Amazon from Monday

Note: this book was previously published by Samhain Publishing. The second edition contains only minor revisions.

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Played! is out today, and all the world’s a stage

I’m delighted to say that Played!, my romantic comedy set in the world of amateur dramatics and the second of my Shamwell Tales, is out today in second edition – rather appropriately timed, too, as we approach midsummer:

Played-200x300PBA_Recommended_Reads112348067_1174925609208186_43252085009555681_nAll the world’s a stage . . . but life doesn’t come with a script.

Posh boy Tristan Goldsmith has one last summer of freedom before he joins the family firm in New York—no more farting around on stage, as his father puts it. But the classically trained actor can’t resist when the Shamwell Amateur Dramatics Society begs him to take a leading role in their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As an added incentive, he’ll be giving private acting lessons to a gorgeous local handyman who’s been curiously resistant to Tristan’s advances.

As a late-diagnosed dyslexic still struggling with literacy, Con Izzard’s never dared to act before. With arrogant yet charming Tristan helping him with his lines, he finally has his chance to shine. But Con’s determined not to start a romance with a man he’s convinced only wants a casual fling.

Tristan’s never been one to back down from a challenge, especially when he realises his attraction to the tall, muscular handyman isn’t just physical. Just as he thinks he’s finally won Con’s heart—and given his own in return—disaster strikes with a slip of the tongue that shatters Con’s trust and sends him running for cover. This show may be over before the curtain’s even opened.

Available in ebook and paperback: 

Riptide | Amazon

Placed third in the 2015 Rainbow Awards: Gay Romantic Comedy

Note: this book was previously published by Samhain Publishing. Like all of the Shamwell Tales #1 – #3, it’s been re-edited for the Riptide edition but contains only minor revisions.

Shamwell #3, Out! will be, ahem, out on June 26th, and the brand new Shamwell #4, Spun! on July 3rd. 🙂

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Bow Ties Are Cool Again – Caught! Out today

Caught! – #1 in The Shamwell Tales

Caught-200x300Bow ties are cool . . . but secrets, not so much

Shamwell Tales, Book 1

Behind Robert Emeny’s cheerfully eccentric exterior lies a young heart battered and bruised by his past. He’s taken a job in a village primary school to make a fresh start, and love isn’t part of his plans. But then he’s knocked for six—literally—by a chance encounter with the uncle of two of his pupils.

Sean Grant works in pest control, lives on a council estate, and rides a motorbike. Robert is an ex–public schoolboy from a posh family who drives a classic car. On the face of it, they shouldn’t have anything in common. Yet Robert can’t resist Sean’s roguish grin, and passion sparks between them even after an excruciatingly embarrassing first date.

Too bad the past Robert’s hiding from is about to come looking for him. His increasingly ludicrous efforts to keep his secrets are pushing Sean away—but telling the truth could make Sean leave him for good.

Available in ebook and paperback:

Amazon Riptide Publishing 


Finalist in the romance category of the 2015 Bisexual Book Awards.

Finalist: 2014 Rainbow Awards category Gay Romantic Comedy

Note: this book was previously published by Samhain Publishing. The second edition contains only minor revisions.

Books #2 and #3, Played! and Out!, will also be re-released during June, in preparation for the release of a brand new Shamwell Tale, Spun! on 3rd July. 

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Free ebook this weekend only

Boy Meets Boy Meets Boy is FREE on Kindle this weekend

This mini-anthology featuring 2 short stories by me and one by the very talented Josephine Myles is free to download for this weekend only. Enjoy! 😀


Good men come in threes!

Three’s definitely not a crowd in this trio of contemporary erotic male/male/male ménages with a very British flavour from gay romance favourites Josephine Myles and JL Merrow.

Let your fantasies run wild as you take in the fit bodies down at the gym, or enjoy a very special birthday present from a loving partner. And even a trip to the dentist can be enjoyable with the right sort of distraction!

These stories have all been previously published, but are now available exclusively in this anthology. For details of individual stories, see here.

Available exclusively on Kindle

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Lovers Leap is a Bi Book Awards Finalist

I’m beyond chuffed that Lovers Leap has been named as a finalist in the romance category of the Bi Book Awards for books of 2016.

Lovers Leap is a little bit special to me, as it’s set in the place I grew up in–the Isle of Wight. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve walked along the pier in the opening scene. Thankfully, unlike Michael, I’ve never (yet!) enraged a companion to the point of shoving me off the end of it! 😉

If they looked, would they ever leap?

Good-looking, confident, and doted on by his widowed mum, Michael is used to thinking only of himself. Getting shoved off an Isle of Wight pier by an exasperated ex ought to come as a wake-up call—but then he meets Rufus and he’s right back to letting the little head take charge. Rufus is cute, keen, and gets under Michael’s skin in a disturbing way.

Would-be chef Rufus can’t believe his luck when a dripping wet dream of a man walks out of the sea on his birthday, especially when Michael ends up staying at the family B&B. Life is perfect—at least until Michael has to go home to the mainland.

Rufus can’t leave the island for reasons he’s entirely neglected to mention. And though Michael identifies as bi, breaking his mum’s heart by coming out and having an actual relationship with a guy has never been his plan. With both men determined to keep their secrets, a leap of faith could land them in deep water.

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Rainbow Snippets is Regretting its Choices

Today’s Rainbow Snippets pic is in honour of family, so here’s a snippet from a short story of mine, Dead Shot, illustrating some of the joys of family life… 😉

Our narrator, Peter, has taken his nephew to the park and shown him how to make a bow and arrows. Then he made the mistake of closing his eyes for five minutes…

Even before the wail of “Uncle Peeeeter!” was ringing in my ears I’d jumped up from the bench. I legged it over to where I could see Kevin, a frisky-looking border collie and, last but not least, a tall, dark-haired bloke rubbing his right buttock.

You didn’t have to be a genius to work out what had happened. “Kevin! Did you shoot this man in the…” I stopped there. It was daft, really, I knew Kevin knew all the words, and he knew I knew, but I still didn’t like to use them in front of him.

“Arse?” the stranger suggested.

Kevin sniggered.

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Sometimes Cupid has his own agenda 

Carpenter Peter takes his hyperactive ten-year-old nephew to play in the park with his home-made bow and arrows—but makes the mistake of closing his eyes for a minute. Alerted by a yell of pain, he’s mortified to find that Kevin has shot a tall, handsome stranger in the rear end. Especially when Kevin suggests Peter should kiss it better!

But cultured lawyer Edward doesn’t seem to mind. An embarrassing encounter leads to a hot date—but Peter’s guilty secret about Kevin’s father could undo all Cupid’s good work, and Edward’s flair for the dramatic isn’t exactly helping!


JMS Books | Amazon

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Paperbacks Ahoy!

A lovely man from UPS has just delivered my author copies of Shamwell Tales #1 & #4 – Caught! in its snazzy new Riptide cover, and the totally new Spun!, due out 5th June and 3rd July respectively:

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*pets them*

And here’s a peek inside Spun! – is that teddy bear cute or what?

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(And yes, for those who’ve read Out!, that’s Gregory *g*)

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Raising the Rent Re-Released with Giveaway

My novella Raising the Rent is out today in 2nd edition on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited


Never fall in love with a customer—especially if it’s sex you’re selling

Rent boy Nathan’s determined to get an education and get off the streets for good. But when he turns up for his first day at college he’s horrified to find his English teacher is one of his regular customers: Stephen, the one Nathan dubbed The Voice because of his educated, honeyed tones.

Stephen’s just as shocked to see Nathan sitting in his class, not to mention terrified he’s about to be exposed as having paid for sex with a student—which would mean public humiliation and could cost him his job. But when Nathan shows he’s only interested in getting his A Levels, not in blackmail, Stephen realises there’s more to the nineteen-year-old than meets the eye.

Nathan still has to earn a living, though—but when a customer turns ugly, he finds himself unable to work and homeless as well. Stephen steps in to help, and Nathan starts to think they could have a future together—if Stephen’s guilt and lack of trust don’t end this back-to-front romance before it even starts.

Available exclusively on Amazon & on Kindle Unlimited

This is the 5th and final book I’m currently re-releasing under my Sea Singer imprint, so I thought it’d be nice to celebrate with a giveaway: I’m offering an ebook of winners choice from all my ex-Samhain re-releases to date to a randomly chosen commenter on this post (wherever you see it, but if it’s not on WordPress, make sure you leave an email addy!)

I’ll make the draw around teatime on Sunday 14th May. Good luck! 🙂

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Looking for a German beta reader

I’ve written a short (2k) story set in 1945 focussing on the Truemmerfrauen of Berlin. The narrator is a lesbian, but there’s zero heat level, and I’d really value it if someone would be willing to cast a German eye over the story.

If you’re interested, please comment, message or email me on jl(dot)merrow(at)gmail(dot)com.


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Rainbow Snippets Wants To Love a Traitor

Today’s snippet comes, of course, from today’s re-release, To Love a Traitor,

Our hero George – under his real name of Roger –  has just started a new job and is getting to know his colleagues. He’s already been thrown off balance by having one of them recognise him as a fellow conscientious objector who did time in the same prison, and now this:

“I’m only glad,” Miss Smith said thoughtfully and with odd deliberation, “that my son was too young to fight. I shouldn’t have liked him to go through what your generation did.”

Roger started. “I’m so sorry—I’ve been addressing you incorrectly all morning. I thought you said your name was Miss Smith.”

“It is,” she said coolly, looking him straight in the eye.

Good God, Roger thought a touch hysterically. A brace of conchies and an unmarried mother—what next? Would the tea lady turn out to be a former brothel madame fallen upon hard times, and the messenger boys, Piccadilly renters? He took a deep breath. “And what does your son do now?”

“Mr. Forrester was kind enough to give him a job here,” she said with a smile. “As a messenger boy.”

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2017 EBook_finalist-LGWounds of the heart are the hardest to heal

Solicitor’s clerk George Johnson has a secret goal when he moves into a London boarding house in the winter of 1920: to find out if his fellow lodger, Matthew Connaught, was the wartime traitor who cost George’s adored older brother Hugh his life.

Yet the more he gets to know his quarry, the more George loses sight of his mission—and his heart. Blessed with boyish good looks and charm in abundance, ad man Matthew is irrepressibly cheerful despite having lost an arm in the Great War—and soon makes plain his attraction to George.

Matthew’s advances become ever harder to resist, and George tries to tell himself his brother’s death was just the luck of the draw, and to forget he’s hiding secrets of his own—including who he really is.

But as George’s feelings for Matthew grow, so does his desperation to know the truth about what happened that day in Ypres.  Even if it means he’ll lose the man he’s come to love.

Available now in ebook: JMS Books | Amazon & KU

and in paperback by the end of May

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