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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Rainbow Snippets is Contemplating the Rain

Here in Britain it’s turned cool and rainy, and it’s got me thinking about how I use the weather in my books. I’ve come to the conclusion it doesn’t rain enough in my fiction!

Part of this is because of the demands of the story – after all, nobody wants to read about a couple of guys staying at home because the weather was bad, cuddling up on the sofa together or maybe even not bothering to get out of bed at all… okay, I’m willing to concede that might have been a bad example! 😉

I think a large part of it is that when I write, I’m not only telling a story, I’m creating an atmosphere. Endless sunny days may not be the reality in my native land, but they do contribute to the fantasy of falling in love – at least, while things are going well!

Here’s a rain-dampened, early morning snippet from Heat Trap, where things between Tom and Phil have not been going all that well (never go to bed on an argument, guys!):

I staggered around Phil’s flat, managed to find nearly all my clothes (who needs socks, anyhow?), and left him a note saying I had an early job.

Which was true, anyway. Just . . . not that early.

The sun was already scorching away all signs of last night’s storm when I hit the pavement, and the air was getting heavy and muggy again, not fresh like you’d expect. Everywhere smelled damp and woodsy, mixed in with the fumes from the traffic that built up noticeably as I walked the half mile to my house.

By the time I got back to Fleetville, it was gone half seven and the local baker’s was doing a brisk trade in bacon butties and cups of tea and coffee. I joined the queue, had a brief conversation about football with a bloke I’d seen down the Rats Castle a few times, then headed off home to munch on my sausage in a bun and try to wake myself up with my Americano. Oh, and put some Band-Aids on my blisters, because it turned out that socks were pretty essential after all when wearing heavy boots.

Work was going to be a bugger today.

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Heat Trap – #3 in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery series

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Old flames can leave a nasty burn.

It’s been six months since plumber Tom Paretski was hit by a shocking revelation about his family, and he’s been avoiding dealing with it ever since. His lover, PI Phil Morrison, wants Tom to dig deeper into his history and try to develop his psychic talent for finding things, but Tom’s not nearly so keen. Just as he decides to bite the bullet, though, worse problems crawl out of the woodwork.

Young Devil’s Dyke barmaid Marianne has an ex, Grant Carey, who won’t accept that things are over between them, and he’s ruthless in dealing with anyone who gets in his way.  When Carey threatens an old friend of theirs, Phil and Tom step in to help—but that makes them targets themselves.

What with his uncertainty about Phil’s motives, Tom’s family doing their best to drive a wedge between them, and the uncovering of an ugly incident in Phil’s past, Tom’s not sure who he can trust—and the body he finds in the pub cellar isn’t the only thing that stinks.

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Rainbow Snippets wishes you a Happy US Mother’s Day

In honor (see what I did with the spelling there?) of it being Mother’s Day in the US today, this week’s snippet, coming from Slam! features young Anglo-Japanese amateur poet Jude interacting with his mum.

I may *cough* have a little more in common with Jude’s mum than I’d like to admit… 😉

Mum was cursing in the kitchen when I got home. I snuck up behind her and gave her a hug. “How’s the best mum in the world?”

“Pissed off, that’s what. How they get away with calling this a non-stick frying pan is beyond me. Look at it.” I looked. It was chops—Porky Pig, I think—but they were tiny and shrivelled and smelled like a bonfire. Also, apparently black was the new black, for fried food at least.

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Limericks, lies and puppy-dog eyes

Amateur poet Jude is a carnivore working in a vegan cafe. His little dog, Bubbles, is the only man in the Anglo-Japanese graduate’s life—but Jude yearns from afar for “Karate Crumpet”, a man who runs past the cafe window every Saturday night leading a martial arts class. Jude’s swept off his feet when he’s rescued from muggers by the object of his affections—and when Jude finds out the calm, competent, hunk of muscle is also gay, he’s in seventh heaven.

Trouble is, the universe seems to be conspiring to stop them getting together. While Jude’s ready to jump straight into bed with his saviour, David’s still got one foot in the closet and wants to take things slowly. Then there’s Jude’s best friend, who has a dangerous secret, and his mother, who’s desperately trying to keep her own love life on track by lying about her age—meaning Jude has to pretend to be a schoolboy!

With a maze of different stories to keep straight, a potential stepfather to keep happy, and ex boyfriends who keep turning up on dates, Jude’s getting increasingly confused. Poetry in motion, it’s not!

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May the Fourth be with you! And a new release.

Aim Higher, which is one of the first stories I ever sold, and which first appeared in the I Do Two anthology in support of marriage equality, is out today for the first time in a standalone ebook.

It’s a very short story (less than 3,000 words) and is coming out under JMS Books’ Hot Flash line, so here’s a very short snippet!


“I’ve been doing this all wrong, haven’t I?” he says. “I heard about this. Kids your age who fancy each other show it by physical violence. She’s the one you really want, isn’t she? You want a girl, not a boy!”


And he won’t shut up about it all bloody morning, just keeps droning on and on until I can’t think straight, and I totally lose it in the middle of Geography and shout really loud, “I do NOT fancy Mandy Dorkins!”

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Thirteen year old Simone’s not having an easy time of it right now. Her parents have split up, everyone thinks she’s gone mad, and there’s a Greek god visible only to her who won’t stop trying to fix her up with boys. But when her father finally meets Eros—or Eric, as he prefers to be known—matters take a twist none of them were expecting!

Note: this story also appears in the I Do Two anthology

Out today!

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Rainbow Snippets is due out on Star Wars day

I just got a release date for my new “hot flash” from JMS books, and it’s May 4th – Star Wars day! So today’s snippet is from Aim Higher, which is one of the first stories I ever sold, and which first appeared in the I Do Two anthology in support of marriage equality. It’s a very short story (less than 3,000 words) so it’s a very short snippet! 😉


He’s sitting on my bed again when I wake up, all bulging muscles, stupid wings and that pathetic bow and arrow. “Well, you can bugger off!” I tell him.
He doesn’t, of course. He’s got a hide like a bloody rhino.
“Language, Simone! Does your mother know you talk like that?”

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Thirteen year old Simone’s not having an easy time of it right now. Her parents have split up, everyone thinks she’s gone mad, and there’s a Greek god visible only to her who won’t stop trying to fix her up with boys. But when her father finally meets Eros—or Eric, as he prefers to be known—matters take a twist none of them were expecting!

Note: this story also appears in the I Do Two anthology

Due out 4th May 2019 from JMS Books

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Autism Awareness Blog Hop 2019

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I’m delighted to be taking part once again in RJ Scott’s Autism Awareness Blog Hop, and this year’s theme is Childhood Toys.

Nearly two-thirds of children with autism between the ages of 6 and 15 have been bullied. 

 For more facts about autism, and details of all blogs participating in the Autism Awareness Project, see RJ Scott’s master post here: rjscott.co.uk/autism19

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 It’s funny how what you play with as a child can be a clue to what you’ll be like as an adult. As a girl—and in spite of my massive tomboy phase—I loved playing with my Pippa dolls. For the non Brits, Pippa was like a smaller version of Barbie popular in the 1970s (yep, showing my age here!) Like Barbie, she had an endless succession of outfits you could buy, and swap with your friends. Not content with them, I used to hand-stitch extra clothes for her. I was anything but an accomplished seamstress and I can’t remember how most of them turned out, but for some reason the outfit I made after seeing Raquel Welch’s fur bikini in One Million Years BC sticks in the mind. I only had bright blue fur fabric available, so it was certainly eye-catching!

My daughter, by contrast, never clicked with dolls of any kind—or sewing, for that matter. Her cuddly toys had a far more exciting time than Pippa and her friends ever did, going on perilous adventures in space (laundry detergent bulbs made excellent helmets) or mountaineering with Action Man (he was the one with the climbing gear).

And nowadays? True to form, DD, now uni age, is a confirmed jogging-bottoms-and-t-shirt girl. (I’m still waiting to see on the space travel and mountaineering.) And me? I’m sitting here in a dress. And over to the left of me is a half-finished bustle I’m making to wear at a steampunk event in the summer. Well, it could be worse. At least it’s not a fur bikini! 😉

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Giveaway: I’m offering a free e-copy of my third Porthkennack novel, Love at First Hate, to a randomly chosen commenter on this post.

Just leave a comment on this post (wherever you see it) including your email address by 25th April to be in with a chance – and please do check out the other posts on RJ’s list for more giveaways! 😀

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Bran Roscarrock has been living in the closet all his life. As heir to an expansive family legacy in the town of Porthkennack, old-fashioned ideals of respectability and duty were drummed into him since childhood, and he’s never dared to live—or love—openly.

Sam Ferreira, an old friend of Bran’s brother Jory, is a disgraced academic desperate to leave his dead-end job. When Jory asks him to take over as curator of a planned exhibition on Edward of Woodstock, the fourteenth-century Black Prince, Sam leaps at the chance to do what he loves and make a fresh start.

But Bran’s funding the exhibition, and though sparks fly between the two men, they’re not all happy ones. Bran idolises Prince Edward as a hero, while Sam’s determined to present a balanced picture. With neither of them prepared to give ground, a hundred years of war seems all too possible. And if Bran finds out about Sam’s past, his future may not be bright, and their budding romance may be lost to history.

Available in ebook & paperback:

Riptide | Amazon

 

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Rainbow Snippets is feeling homesick

I grew up on the Isle of Wight, and I don’t get back there often enough. It’s a great place to be on a hot summer’s day, but today I’m feeling nostalgic for grey, windswept winter days, with the sea whipped up by the wind to crash over the sea wall. Ferry crossings on a blustery day are kinda fun, too. 😉

So today’s snippet is from Lovers Leap, my rom-com set on the island. Here, Rufus and Michael are discovering their different attitudes to the culinary arts:

Rufus blinked. “I like cooking. Always have.”

“Why?”

“What’s not to like? It’s like making little artworks on a plate. And then you get to eat them at the end.”

“Uh-huh.” The closest Michael had ever got to art in the kitchen was when he’d put extra bits of ham on a pizza he was warming up for his tea cos Mum was ill, and made them form the shape of a penis.

It’d been a pretty impressive penis, mind. He’d added slices of salami for bollocks and extra cheese for spunk. Then he’d nearly wet himself when Mum came into the kitchen to check he hadn’t starved to death just as he was taking it out of the oven.

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Lovers Leap

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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.

Available in ebook and paperback:   Riptide  | Amazon 

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Also available in Audiobook, narrated by the excellent Mark Steadman:

Amazon Audible

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