Facebook reminded me that on this day in 2013 I posted about my romantic comedy Slam! (the first review was just in – always a nailbiting time chez Merrow!) so that seems as good an excuse as any to give you a snippet from it:
Here’s a bit from the beginning, where our hero Jude is talking with his best mate, Keisha:
“Keisha, my love,” I said in my fey-est, gayest drawl, “your bum doesn’t just look big, it is big. No, I take that back. It’s enormous. Planets feel inferior beside it. Lesser bums are drawn into orbit around it. Last time it went dark, everyone said, Oh, is it an eclipse? And I told them, ‘No, it’s Keisha’s bum blotting out the sun.’ I could compose odes to the size of your bum. In fact, I feel the muse stirring within me as we speak—”
“Nah, that’s just your dick ’cause of Karate Crumpet jogging past in his jim-jams.”
Limericks, lies and puppy-dog eyes
Jude Biggerstaff is all the way out and loving it—mostly. The Anglo-Japanese university graduate is a carnivore working in a vegan café, an amateur poet with only one man in his life. His dog, Bubbles.
Then there’s “Karate Crumpet,” a man who regularly runs past the café with a martial arts class. Jude can only yearn from afar, until the object of his affection rescues him from muggers. And he learns that not only does this calm, competent hunk of muscle have a name—David—but that he’s gay.
Jude should have known the universe wouldn’t simply let love fall into place. First, David has only one foot out of the closet. Then there’s Jude’s mother, who lies about her age to the point Jude could be mistaken for jailbait.
With a maze of stories to keep straight, a potential stepfather in the picture, ex-boyfriends who keep spoiling his dates with David, and a friend with a dangerous secret, Jude is beginning to wonder if his and David’s lives will ever start to rhyme.
Warnings: contains a tangled web of little white lies, a smorgasbord of cheesy limericks, a violin called Vanessa, some boots that mean business, and the most adorable little dog ever. Poetry, it’s not…
WINNER of the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Romantic Comedy