Hard Tail is out soon in audio

I posted a month or two ago that Hard Tail would be coming out in audio, and I’m delighted to say I’ve just had the final files from the narrator, the wonderful Philip Rose, so after a few final checks, the audiobook should be on sale very shortly. Watch this space for details! In the meantime, here’s a snippet from the book:

I was woken at seven o’clock on the first day of my new life as a shopkeeper by a cat jumping on my chest. As wake-up calls went, it was fairly effective. I opened my eyes to a mouthful of fangs looking like they were about to take my nose off, which, given the dead-mouse breath coming my way, would actually have been a mercy.

“Gah!” I’m never at my most eloquent when I’ve just woken up.

The cat hissed back at me, obviously not a morning person either. I shifted position, hoping it would get the hint and bugger off. Too late, I realised the flaw in that plan.

Claws.

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Hard Tail – Southampton Stories #2

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Finding love can be a bumpy ride

With his job and his marriage dead in a ditch, Tim Knight doesn’t take much persuading to leave London for the greener fields of Southampton and look after his injured brother’s mountain bike shop. But Tim’s a fish out of water in this brave new world of outdoor sports and technical jargon—not to mention struggling with the realisation he can no longer deny his sexuality, at least to himself.

The reason? Matt Berridge, his brother’s bike mechanic. Fit, tanned and an adorable klutz, Matt takes a tumble the day they meet and falls straight into Tim’s heart. There’s only one problem: Matt’s boyfriend, who Tim’s convinced is abusing him, despite the stories Matt comes up with to explain away the bruises.

A black belt in karate, Tim’s no pushover when it comes to physical confrontation. But he’ll need to step his courage up a gear if he’s ever going to come out, be himself—and save the man he’s coming to love.

Available in ebook: Amazon | Kobo | iTunes | B&N

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Alpaca My Bags cover reveal

The Hot Summer Nights anthology is now out of print, and so my light-hearted novella, Alpaca My Bags, will be coming out as a standalone ebook on 6th October in this lovely cover by Candice Gilmer of Flirtation Designs.

I’ll be bringing Alpaca My Bags out exclusively on Kindle and KU for the first 3 months, and taking it wide after that.

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Silver fox Scott Riley is holidaying on the Isle of Wight with his newborn granddaughter and her parents following the breakup of his relationship. A bit of fun in the sun with rugged alpaca farmer, Ryan, could be just what the doctor ordered for Scott—but first he’ll need to get past his over-protective daughter! Stressed out from new motherhood, Katie’s worried her dad’s going to get his heart broken.

Free spirit Ryan doesn’t believe in relationships. An ex foster child, he’s learned to move on quickly from hook-ups and cut his emotional losses. But with the island’s limited dating opportunities, he’s taken up knitting to while away the lonely evenings. Ryan’s not planning to waste a minute in getting Scott into his bed—but into his life?

They’ve said all along it’s just a holiday fling. When both men realise it could be the start of something more, they’ll need to work hard to counter Scott’s family’s misgivings—not to mention their own.

Due out on Amazon and in KU 6th October 2019

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Blazing June is out today

I have another super-quick read out today. This one is Blazing June, a lesbian short which also appears in the Lesbian Cops anthology and is now available for the first time as a standalone ebook. Here’s a little snippet from the start:

It’s been a proper scorcher for this early in June, and the air’s thick with pollen as they break into Mrs MacReady’s. I feel like a spare part, hovering by the front door with its tell-tale pint of semi-skimmed sitting in a little puddle of dried-up spilled milk. If only I’d been here earlier to see it.

“Is Mrs Mac going to prison?” Billy asks.

“No, love!” I pick him up, though he’s getting too big for that really.

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Blazing June (short story)

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Struggling single mum Carla does her best to look after her elderly neighbour, but has to call the police to help when Mrs MacReady suffers a fall and she can’t get in to help. A good deed brings its own reward when one of the constables who turns up is the beautiful, red-haired Ellen.

Ellen cuts her hand breaking into the flat to rescue the old lady, and as Carla tends the wound, she falls half in love with the golden stranger. She doesn’t expect to ever see her again—but Ellen might just surprise her.

Available in ebook: JMS Books | Amazon

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London Lark is out today

My f/f steampunk short story, London Lark, is released today as a standalone ebook (it previously appeared in the Upstaged anthology). It’s available at 20% off for a limited time only at JMS Books, so grab a bargain!

Here’s a little snippet to whet your appetite:

The first time I met Miss Pandora Piper, her what was to become the shining star of the Criterion and the darling of London society, she was in a right state, lying in the gutter with both legs broken and her head hanging off to one side.

“It’s proper criminal,” I told my gaffer, old Arthur the tinkerer, as folks call him, although it’s Mr Tunstall to the likes of you and me, “what the toffs’ll do to their playthings.”

Top notch goods, she was, fine featured and with soft ivory skin, so lifelike you’d almost have mistaken her for human, if it hadn’t been for the metal poking out of her poor torn limbs. Lying there abandoned in the gutter, like any other beggar what’s fallen on hard times. “It ain’t right,” I muttered.

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Apprentice tinkerer Harriet Hodgkins is skilled in the construction and maintenance of intricate clockwork contrivances. She’s also rather good at masquerading as a man—for of course, no self-respecting craftsman would hire a woman.

Repairing a salvaged automaton becomes a labour of love for Hodgkins, and the object of her affections, Miss Pandora Piper, comes to hold her rescuer in equal esteem. But Hodgkins has yet to confess her true gender, and moreover the clockwork coquette is destined for resale. If Hodgkins can’t engineer a more auspicious ending, Miss Pandora’s restoration will signal their separation.

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Rainbow Snippets is excited about audiobooks

And also shockingly late this week, but *cough* we won’t talk about that! 😉

I’ve just been proof-listening (is that a term?) to the first chapter of Hard Tail, my Southampton-set bike shop rom-com, and the narrator is doing a fabulous job. Hopefully we’ll be able to bring you the full audiobook by the end of summer. For now, here’s a snippet:

The bell above the shop door tinkled, and Matt Berridge fell into my life.

Literally.

I’d been staring at that glass door, willing someone to come in and stave off the killing boredom before I stuck a bicycle spoke through my neck out of sheer bloody ennui. So when a broad-shouldered, shaggy-headed lad in mirror sunglasses loped into view, I was all eyes. He wore lived-in jeans and a purple Weird Fish T-shirt, with a battered biker jacket over the top. He looked like he’d just got back from a festival somewhere. At least, he looked like I imagined a guy who’d just been to a festival might look. I’d never been to a festival. Too busy with exams and work and getting married to a girl I didn’t love.

When he pushed open the door, I barely had time to mentally punch the air—and then he was gone, well-shaped arse over tit.

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Hard Tail – Southampton Stories #2

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Finding love can be a bumpy ride

With his job and his marriage dead in a ditch, Tim Knight doesn’t take much persuading to leave London for the greener fields of Southampton and look after his injured brother’s mountain bike shop. But Tim’s a fish out of water in this brave new world of outdoor sports and technical jargon—not to mention struggling with the realisation he can no longer deny his sexuality, at least to himself.

The reason? Matt Berridge, his brother’s bike mechanic. Fit, tanned and an adorable klutz, Matt takes a tumble the day they meet and falls straight into Tim’s heart. There’s only one problem: Matt’s boyfriend, who Tim’s convinced is abusing him, despite the stories Matt comes up with to explain away the bruises.

A black belt in karate, Tim’s no pushover when it comes to physical confrontation. But he’ll need to step his courage up a gear if he’s ever going to come out, be himself—and save the man he’s coming to love.

Available in ebook: Amazon | Kobo | iTunes | B&N

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Nine Days, and Seven Tears is out today

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This is a super-quick read that originally appeared in the anthology She Shifters and is out today for the first time as a standalone ebook:

Twenty-one year old Briony is stagnating, living at home with her parents and younger brother—until a mysterious, beautiful visitor from the sea brings new hope of happiness. But Freyja’s not meant to be on the Isle of Wight, and she’s about to leave for home shores. Can Briony find a way to keep her selkie lover by her side?

Available in ebook and at 20% off for a limited time only when you buy from the JMS site:

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Snippet:

“How long are you going to be here?” I asked, as I handed her a mug of coffee made with all hot milk to keep out the chill.

She smiled crookedly. “I can’t stay. I need to get back to Hvammstangi—I really shouldn’t be here at all. I don’t know what drew me down here.” As she spoke, she laid her hand, warm from the mug and from the heart of her, on my arm. I placed my own hand over it and twined my fingers into hers, my stomach feeling like it was full of little fishes darting joyfully in all directions. “But I’m glad I came,” she whispered.

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Back From the Future is now out

Actually, it’s been out for a few days now, but so have I, so this is my first chance to post about it! 😉 Back From the Future is a short story about time travel that first appeared in the UK Meet anthology Lashings of Sauce under the title “Et Tu, Fishies?”, and is now out for the first time as a standalone ebook:

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Ever since his one-night stand with big, butch, bisexual Bill, Marty’s been in the hopeless grip of a passionate, yet seemingly unrequited love.  House-sitting for the object of his affection, all he can do is cry on the scaly shoulders of Bill’s exotic fish—until he meets the tipsy time-traveller who lives upstairs.

Arthur Prefect (not his real name) is a refugee from a dystopian time, and he’s pining too, for the man he left back in the future. Over the course of a drunken evening, Marty dreams up a plan to reconnect the lonely young man with his lost love—but he’ll need to do more than dream to fix up his own future with Bill.

Available in ebook – JMS Books Amazon

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Charity Anthology out today

Hot Summer Nights is now on sale!

Over 500 pages of hot, summer fun for just 2.99! Seven sizzling LGBT romances to fan the summer heat

Grab a cold drink and dive into these steamy stories covering a wide range of MM romance subgenres and tropes – from friends to lovers, second chances, and sexy ménages, to May-December pairings, werewolves, and even dragons. 
There’s bound to be a story to catch your eye and make your hot, summer nights even hotter. You’ll also be helping us raise money for The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention charity for LGBTQ+ youth.

Hurry up and get your copy of Hot Summer Nights right now to enjoy seven stories guaranteed to get your heart racing.

Stories by Teodora KostovaSuki FleetAlina PopescuJl MerrowAimee BrissayJessie Gin and K. A. Merikan

Includes my novella, Alpaca My Bags

Silver fox Scott Riley is holidaying on the Isle of Wight with his newborn granddaughter and her parents following the breakup of his relationship. A bit of fun in the sun with rugged alpaca farmer, Ryan, could be just what the doctor ordered. But when both men realise this holiday fling could be the start of something more, they’ll need to work hard to counter Scott’s family’s misgivings—not to mention their own.

Available exclusively on Kindle & KU: Amazon (universal link)

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Rainbow Snippets wishes you a happy Father’s Day

It’s Father’s Day tomorrow here in the UK and in the US (and maybe other places as well?) so today’s snippet is all about fatherhood. It’s taken from Alpaca My Bags, my story in the Hot Summer Nights charity m/m anthology due out on June 20th (and now available to pre-order..

Here, new grandad Scott, on holiday with his daughter and her family, finds himself having to explain to her that he’s got a date for tonight:

Katie’s pretty face screwed up. “So you met him this afternoon? Dad…You’ve only just broken up with Calvin. Don’t you think you should leave it a while before you start seeing someone else? And this guy doesn’t even live near you. You really want to get into a long distance relationship? That’s a lot of commitment for a man you’ve only just met.”

I’m not a prude. I was quite happy for Katie and Aaron to share the spare bedroom in my flat even before they were married. But I still couldn’t quite bring myself to tell my daughter, rosy with the glow of new motherhood, that I wasn’t planning to have a relationship with Ryan, and I was equally sure he had no such plans for me.

It’s fine, I just fancy a shag was a sentence I could see myself saying to her precisely never.

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Hot Summer Nights

Seven sizzling LGBT romances to fan the summer heat

Grab a cold drink and dive into these steamy stories covering a wide range of MM romance subgenres and tropes – from friends to lovers, second chances, and sexy ménages, to May-December pairings, werewolves, and even dragons. 

There’s bound to be a story to catch your eye and make your hot, summer nights even hotter. You’ll also be helping us raise money for The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention charity for LGBTQ+ youth.



Includes: Alpaca My Bags by JL Merrow

Silver fox Scott Riley is holidaying on the Isle of Wight with his newborn granddaughter and her parents following the breakup of his relationship. A bit of fun in the sun with rugged alpaca farmer, Ryan, could be just what the doctor ordered. But when both men realise this holiday fling could be the start of something more, they’ll need to work hard to counter Scott’s family’s misgivings—not to mention their own.



Hot Summer Nights is a steamy gay romance charity anthology that will only be available for three months, between 20 June and 20 September 2019. All proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project – an LGBTQ+ charity providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention for queer young people under 25.

Hurry up and get your copy of Hot Summer Nights right now to enjoy seven stories guaranteed to get your heart racing.

Due out 20 June 2019 exclusively on Kindle & KU and now available to pre-order:

Amazon (universal link)

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Lisez Vous Francais?

Apparently Pressure Head, the first of my Plumber’s Mate Mysteries, is now available in French, and has been since April! It’s always nice when publishers keep you informed… 😉 The rights to books 2-4 have also been acquired by MXM, so hopefully these titles will follow in due course.

Cool cover, n’est ce pas?

Aux yeux du reste du monde, Tom Paretski n’est qu’un simple plombier impertinent qui traîne une hanche boiteuse, souvenir d’un accident scolaire. Mais ce n’est pas pour ses talents de plombier que la police locale garde son numéro téléphone mais pour son don pour retrouver des objets perdus.

Alors qu’on lui demande son aide pour localiser le corps d’une femme disparue dans le Nomansland Common, Tom fait une rencontre boulversante : Phil Morrison. Son béguin de jeunesse est devenu détective privé et bosse sur la même enquête.

Mais Phil est aussi responsable de sa blessure (du moins, en partie). Bon gré, mal gré, les deux hommes vont devoir apprendre à travailler ensemble.

Faites connaissance d’un plombier séducteur doté de pouvoirs cachés, d’un détective privé vêtu de cachemire et qui cache (un peu trop bien) un bon fond et passez un moment dans un village anglais rempli de secret !

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