A Feminine Flirty Dozen – out now in ebook

I’m delighted to say that a collection of my f/f short fiction is now available in ebook – paperback due out next month.

And it’s on sale at JMS Books at 20% off – for a limited time only, so don’t delay!

A Feminine Flirty Dozen

Book cover of A Feminine Flirty Dozen by JL Merrow: features young lesbian couple embracing and wrapped in a blanket.

Together for the first time, twelve short stories of women loving women from award-winning author JL Merrow. Some are funny, some are sweet, some are steamy—and some are haunting, with genres ranging from steampunk through paranormal to fairy tale, and from contemporary erotic romance to historical.

Meet shapeshifters and spirits of the forest, enjoy a lovers’ reunion and watch friends become something more. Encounter strange creatures, automata, and women on both sides of the law. See two of Jane Austen’s minor characters find love together, and others find hope amid the ruins, as JL Merrow explores the feminine side of life—and love.

Contains the stories: London Lark; First Time; Nine Days and Seven Tears; Capture the Moon; A Particular Friend; Wild Flowers of Berlin; Trolling for Cupcakes; Little Bit of Ivory; Ice Maiden; Dance With Me; Belling the Kat; Blazing June

Available now in ebook: JMS Books Amazon

Due out in paperback February 2020

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Rainbow Snippets is better late than never

This week I’m snippeting again from the first Plumber’s Mate Mystery, Pressure Head, because why not? It’s still early days for Tom and Phil, in terms of forgiving and forgetting the past:

“You can’t just turn up after a dozen years, say oh, sorry, and expect us to be best mates all of a sudden,” I said, softening my tone a bit. “It doesn’t work like that.” I wished I knew how it bloody well did work.

“Want me to go down on my knees, do you?” Phil asked wearily, and all of a sudden I got a picture of just that. Him in his posh suit and all.

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Pressure Head – #1 in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery series

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Some things are better left hidden.

Tom Paretski’s not just a plumber with a dodgy hip courtesy of a schoolboy accident. He also has a sixth sense for finding hidden things. Called in by the police to help locate a body near Brock’s Hollow, he’s staggered to encounter Phil Morrison, his old school crush—and the closeted bully whose actions contributed to Tom’s accident.

Phil’s all grown up now, and Tom’s unwilling attraction to him is back with a vengeance. Phil’s now openly gay—and what’s more, he’s interested in Tom’s personal charms as well as his psychic talents. As a private investigator called in by the dead woman’s parents, Phil is sceptical about Tom’s unusual gift, but nevertheless quick to spot its potential to aid him in his work.

The further they go with the investigation, the less they can ignore their shared past, and the more the pressure and the heat build between them. But Tom isn’t certain he wants to know the secrets he’s helping to uncover, while there’s a murderer on the loose who won’t hesitate to kill again—and this uneasy couple is moving right into his sights.

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Rainbow Snippets is feeling nostalgic

I’m in the middle of writing the sixth Plumber’s Mate Mystery, which has a working title of Stop Cock, and is set in Italy while Tom and Phil are on honeymoon. So for this week’s snippet I’m going right back to the beginning, in Pressure Head, where they meet – brought together by a murder, of course – for the first time since their mutual schooldays, where they, ahem, didn’t exactly get on well. They’ve come a long way since then!

Morrison raised an eyebrow. “Oh? When did you join the force, Parrot—Paretski? Good thing for you they dropped the height restrictions.”

My jaw tensed. “I’m just here as a consultant.”

“Know a lot about hiding bodies, do you?” God, I’d forgotten just how much his snide tone got up my nose.

“Used to think about it all the time back in school,” I said pointedly.

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Pressure Head – #1 in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery series

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Some things are better left hidden.

Tom Paretski’s not just a plumber with a dodgy hip courtesy of a schoolboy accident. He also has a sixth sense for finding hidden things. Called in by the police to help locate a body near Brock’s Hollow, he’s staggered to encounter Phil Morrison, his old school crush—and the closeted bully whose actions contributed to Tom’s accident.

Phil’s all grown up now, and Tom’s unwilling attraction to him is back with a vengeance. Phil’s now openly gay—and what’s more, he’s interested in Tom’s personal charms as well as his psychic talents. As a private investigator called in by the dead woman’s parents, Phil is sceptical about Tom’s unusual gift, but nevertheless quick to spot its potential to aid him in his work.

The further they go with the investigation, the less they can ignore their shared past, and the more the pressure and the heat build between them. But Tom isn’t certain he wants to know the secrets he’s helping to uncover, while there’s a murderer on the loose who won’t hesitate to kill again—and this uneasy couple is moving right into his sights.

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Rainbow Snippets is at the Sales

Like many retailers right now, Smashwords has a sale on, and all my eligible books are at 50% off!

You can find a full list here: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JLMerrow

ETA: Sale ends January 1st, so you’ll need to be quick to snap up a bargain! 🙂

Here’s a seasonal snippet from just one of them: Caught!, the first of my Shamwell-set rom-coms, this one featuring a romance between a rat-catcher and an eccentric young teacher. Here, our narrator Robert is playing a game of Shag, Marry, or Shove Off a Cliff with his friend Rose, who speaks first:

“Right. Time for a tougher one. Pussy Galore, Solitaire, or Whatserface Onatopp?”

“Is run screaming from all of them an option?”

“Nope. Rules of the game. You’ve got to choose.”

“Well . . . wasn’t Solitaire the one with the tarot cards, who had to stay a virgin so she could keep her powers of prophecy? And Ms. Onatopp was the madwoman who killed men with her thighs?”

“Think so.”

“Then I’d enjoy a chaste marriage with Solitaire and hire a professional to shove Ms. Onatopp, ahem, off the top.” I sniggered. “So I suppose I’ll have to shag Pussy.”

There was a startled noise behind the sofa. “I’m sure that sounded entirely different in context,” Mother said, regaining her composure. “Now, I just came in to ask if you’d like any Christmas cake?”

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Caught! – #1 in The Shamwell Tales

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Bow 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.

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Rainbow Snippets is getting into the Christmas spirit

The first Christmas cards have arrived, I’m sitting here dressed in red and green and I’ve even managed to do a bit of present shopping, so here’s a snippet from my newly-released super-quick holiday read Just Like Santa.

Here, nursery worker Jason is doing his bit dressed as Santa for the kiddies’ Christmas party, while Alec is the single dad he’s fancied for ages (and it’s set in Britain, so “pants” don’t mean trousers!)

When Poppy’s turn for a present came, Alec led her up by the hand. She was bolder than all the rest and didn’t cry or hang back. I was so proud of her, standing there in her pink tutu skirt over her jeans—but instead of taking her gaily wrapped pack of felt tip pens, she turned to her dad and announced loudly, “Santa’s got funny pants on!”

I almost broke the no-swearing rule when I looked down and saw that my costume had split right along the inseam and up to the crotch, giving all the kids and their parents an elves’-eye view of just what Santa kept under his baggy red trousers.

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Jason loves working at the Bright Eyes nursery, but he’s not so keen on what happens at the kids’ Christmas party. As if having to don an ancient, tacky Santa costume isn’t bad enough, he’s mortified when he suffers a costume malfunction. Especially as it happens right in front of the hot—and impeccably dressed—single dad, Alec, he’s fancied for ages.

But when Alec’s daughter Poppy invites Jason round for tea, he finds Alec was only too pleased to get a glimpse of Jason’s naff underwear. In fact, he’d like to see a whole lot more of it. A Christmas miracle? Maybe—but there’s one more embarrassment in store for Jason next morning.

This super-quick read first appeared in the I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus anthology

Available in ebook: JMS Books | Amazon

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Out Now – Just Like Santa

If you fancy something short and sweet with a holiday flavour, my super-quick Christmas read Just Like Santa is now available in standalone ebook for the first time:

Jason loves working at the Bright Eyes nursery, but he’s not so keen on what happens at the kids’ Christmas party. As if having to don an ancient, tacky Santa costume isn’t bad enough, he’s mortified when he suffers a costume malfunction. Especially as it happens right in front of the hot—and impeccably dressed—single dad, Alec, he’s fancied for ages.

But when Alec’s daughter Poppy invites Jason round for tea, he finds Alec was only too pleased to get a glimpse of Jason’s naff underwear. In fact, he’d like to see a whole lot more of it. A Christmas miracle? Maybe—but there’s one more embarrassment in store for Jason next morning.

This super-quick read first appeared in the I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus anthology

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Rainbow Snippets is in Black Friday mood

It’s always struck me as somewhat bizarre that, in recent years, Black Friday sales have become increasingly popular in the UK. After all, it’s not like we’ve embraced the family-and-food fest of Thanksgiving which precedes it. Nevertheless, the sales seem to be here to stay, and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t taken advantage of the odd offer or two in my time! 😉

So here’s a topical snippet from Counter Culture, my department-store-set rom-com, with our hero Robin and his colleague Azrah in an end-of-day staff meeting with their manager, Gail:

“Now, as you know, we’re holding a Black Friday sale this year to compete with online retailers. Profits this quarter . . .”

With the best will in the world, Robin couldn’t stop his tired brain from zoning out as she recited a list of numbers in excruciating detail. He started to nod off on his feet, waking up with a jerk when Gail slapped a file down on her desk.

“Any questions?”

Azrah raised her hand. “Yeah, I got one. Why are we even having a Black Friday sale? It’s an American thing—nothing to do with us.”

Gail gave her a look like she’d just announced that she had ideological objections to selling stuff. “Coca Cola is an American thing, Azrah, but you didn’t seem to have any problem with keeping a can behind the counter in blatant violation of store policy.

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Counter Culture

Customer service has never been this personal.

Robin Christopher, beleaguered retail worker, isn’t having an easy November. His boss is raising stress levels planning a Black Friday to end all Black Fridays, his family doesn’t understand him, and his best friend thinks his new crush is a hallucination brought on by watching too many episodes of Doctor Who.

Archie Levine dresses in Victorian style and divides his time between caring for his young son and creating weird and wacky steampunk gadgets from bits of old junk—when he’s not looking after his mum and trying to keep on good terms with his ex. The last thing he’s got time for is a relationship, but the flustered young man he met while disembowelling a fridge is proving very tempting.

When his mum’s social conscience is roused by a local store with a cavalier attitude to the homeless, former rough sleeper Archie shares her anger. Little does he know that Robin works for that same store. When Archie finds out he’s sleeping with the enemy, things could cut up very rough indeed.

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Belling the Kat is out today

In a total change of mood from last week’s Wild Flowers of Berlin, this week I have a snippet for you from Belling the Kat, a light-hearted shifter story from a new mini-collection of a few of my super-quick f/f reads that’s out today from JMS Books:

“You’re doing it again, Kat.” A little frown crinkled Belle’s high, dark forehead and her lush lips twisted in a sympathetic grimace.

I twisted around from where I’d been sitting on the counter in the Ladies, swinging my legs, and peered in the mirror. Yep, Belle was right. It was happening again. I mouthed a couple of curses at my not-quite-as-pale-as-usual reflection, and set to with the breathing exercises.

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Belling the Kat and Other Stories

Office worker Kat didn’t think the statuesque Belle was her type—until she saw her friend rocking a slinky satin bridesmaid’s dress. Now Kat can’t get the gorgeous image out of her head, but dare she risk losing Belle’s friendship by trying for something more?

To add to her woes, ever since a close encounter of the feline kind, Kat’s had an embarrassing little problem that keeps recurring. Surely someone as beautiful as Belle won’t fall for a woman who occasionally sprouts whiskers—and a tail!

This mini-collection also includes three more super-quick reads featuring women loving women: contemporary romance Little Bit of Ivory; Japanese fairy tale Ice Maiden; and the haunting Dance With Me.

These super-quick reads have been previously published but are now appearing together for the first time.

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Rainbow Snippets is remembering the war

It’s Remembrance Sunday tomorrow, which makes it particularly apt that my sombre (but hopeful) super-quick read set in the aftermath of WW2, Wild Flowers of Berlin, is out today.

When I was researching this story, I watched colour footage of Berlin in the immediate post-war period, and it struck me powerfully how much of the city was reduced to piles of rubble – street upon street of endless grey.

So here’s a (rainbow) snippet, with Henny reflecting on how her home city has changed:

Ruth won’t remember the times before the devil took our country and our people’s hearts, not as I do. So many clubs, like the Dorian Gray and the Topp-Keller, where you could buy a drink and watch handsome women singing in drag, and where pretty boys picked up foreigners for love and money. Berlin was beautiful then, gleaming white and red and gold. Now, the pretty boys are all dead and the clubs long since closed down or destroyed. I had a lover then, Anna, with cornflower eyes and wide, red lips that laughed and swore and kissed me with equal abandon. When she was killed in the bombings of 43, I thought my heart died with her.

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Wild Flowers of Berlin

In post-WW2 Berlin, Henny grieves for her fallen lover, Anna, killed by an Allied bomb. As she joins other women rebuilding their shattered city from its ash-grey ruins, Henny recalls happier times and finds her eye caught by a young woman in a green dress. Ruth is too young to remember the heyday of pre-war Berlin, when the bars were full of handsome women and pretty boys—but perhaps her youthful spirit and optimism can bring Henny to hope for the future.

This super-quick read first appeared in the Call to Arms anthology

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Counter Culture Blog Tour continues

Today on the Counter Culture blog tour, I’m visiting the lovely Joyfully Jay, where I’m talking (although not terribly seriously) about what steampunks actually do. Why not pop along and join me – and don’t forget to enter the giveaway! 😀

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