Rainbow Snippets–Age gap edition

This week’s snippet comes from my third Shamwell Tales book, Out! which is due, ahem, out on Tuesday 19th January:

Our heroes Mark and Patrick have just set off on a charity three-legged pub crawl, and it’s Mark speaking to start with:


“I think the last time I did this must have been sometime in the 1980s.”

“Yeah? I wasn’t even born in the eighties,” Patrick said without thinking. “Hey, did you have one of those early mobile phones that looked like a brick?”

There was a pause. “Not when I was in primary school, no. How old do you think I am?”


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Out!  –  Book #3 in The Shamwell Tales

When the costs are added up, will love land in the black?

Mark Nugent has spent his life in the closet—at least, the small part of it he hasn’t spent in the office. Divorced when he could no longer deny his sexuality, he’s sworn off his workaholic ways and moved to Shamwell with his headstrong teen daughter to give her a stable home environment.

His resolve to put his love life on hold is severely tested when he joins a local organization and meets a lively yet intense young man who tempts him closer to the closet threshold.

Patrick Owen is an out-and-proud charity worker with strong principles—and a newly discovered weakness for an older man. One snag: Mark is adamant he’s not coming out to his daughter, and Patrick will be damned if he’s going to start a relationship with a lie.

Between Mark’s old-fashioned attitudes and a camp, flirtatious ex-colleague who wants Mark for himself, Patrick wonders if they’ll ever be on the same romantic page. And when Mark’s former career as a tax advisor clashes with Patrick’s social conscience, it could be the one stumbling block they can’t get past.

Warning: Contains historically inaccurate Spartan costumes, mangled movie quotes, dubious mathematical logic and a three-legged pub crawl.

Due out from Samhain Publishing 19th January 2016.

Available to pre-order:    Samhain | Amazon | ARe

About jlmerrow

JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Find JL Merrow online at: www.jlmerrow.com
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22 Responses to Rainbow Snippets–Age gap edition

  1. Kate Lowell says:

    Lol. Someone’s in trouble…

  2. louiselyons013 says:

    Oh, I love this already, I pre-ordered! 🙂

  3. PD Singer says:

    One foot, inserted neatly in mouth. Hee!

  4. Oh, man. I love this concept, and I love your snippet. I’m going to be dead-broke from this group, I swear.

  5. Cheryl says:

    Open mouth, insert foot 🙂 Nice

  6. Rian Durant says:

    Man, that was awkward! These two seem to be great fun.

  7. Jana Denardo says:

    Opps, someone just put his foot in it. Haha.

  8. Love it! That’s a new level of awkward–foot in mouth during a three-legged “race”.

  9. P.T. Wyant says:

    Fun snippet. Can’t wait to see him talk his way out of that one!

    (And I loved you “Warning” statement.

  10. Bloody great warning. 🙂

  11. amyraenbow says:

    Uh oh, indeed. I’m wondering how he manages to talk his way out of that one.

  12. chrisquintonwriter says:

    Heh. Foot in mouth time 🙂 Very neat.

  13. Oooops! Better learn the guy’s age soon, before any more mistakes. 🙂

  14. clarelondon says:

    LOl great comeback. And of course I can remember being on a 3-legged pub crawl myself!

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