Rainbow Snippets is free this weekend

To celebrate my birthday on the 10th, my anthology of 12 m/m romance stories,  A Flirty Dozen, will be FREE ON AMAZON until Sunday 12th June, so this week’s snippet is taken from one of the stories in it, Good Breeding:

In this snippet, our hero-in-need-of-some-personal-growth Giles has just met his birth mother for the first time, and is pouring out his woes to his best mate, Oz:

“I always wondered, you know?” Giles said, gesticulating with the Edinburgh crystal in the vague direction of the water feature. “What sort of people my parents were. Were they romantic, idealistic? Or hard-working, salt-of-the-earth types? And now I know.” He paused dramatically. “I’m the son of a chav. A stiletto-wearing, chardonnay-swilling, chain-smoking, perma-tanned chav. And a Greek waiter whose name she can’t quite recall.” He hung his head in despair.

Oz nodded, patting him on the shoulder sympathetically, if a bit unsteadily. “Cheer up. It could have been worse.”

Giles looked up, incredulous. “How? Just how, precisely?”

Oz glared at him. “Well, she could have been a raging snob like her son, for starters!”
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A Flirty Dozen by JL Merrow

A_Flirty_Dozen_400x600This anthology comprises 12 stories, all by JL Merrow, which are also available from JMS Books as standalone e-books.

Ranging from gritty to giddy, all feature two men finding their happy ever after—or at least for now—with a dash of the author’s trademark humour.

Read about boys from the wrong side of town, boys from the right side of town, and boys from a town you really wouldn’t want to live in. Meet a rent boy with a secret, a very earthly version of Cupid, and men with a definite tinge of the supernatural. Opposites attract, wishes come true, and old enemies find forgiveness in this variety pack of eight contemporary stories and four paranormal tales that’s a perfect introduction to the writing of a very British author.

Available FREE in ebook from Amazon until Sunday 12th June

and in paperback from JMS Books

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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21 Responses to Rainbow Snippets is free this weekend

  1. You tell him, Oz! 🙂

  2. AM says:

    Hahaha! Go, Oz!

  3. Jana Denardo says:

    You tell him, Oz.

  4. I adore this speech, but I’ll admit I’m curious what a chav is. The one other time I’ve heard the term was when Cassandra took over Rose Tyler’s body during the ‘Doctor Who’ episode ‘New Earth’ and said, “I’m a chav!” (rueful grin)

    • jlmerrow says:

      “Chav” is a derogatory term for a working-class person of the brash and uncouth variety, usually seen in head-to-toe designer clothes from TK Maxx (or market knock-offs). Nobody seems quite sure where it came from. 😉

      Have you seen the movie Kingsman (and if not, why not)? Eggsy, in his raw, uncut form, is presented very much as a stereotypical chav. 😉

  5. Love it! And thanks so much for the birthday freebie anthology, which is now in my Kindle!

  6. P.T. Wyant says:

    Oooh! Burn! Good thing they’re friends!

  7. velvetpanic says:

    I read this story, loved it!

  8. Alexa Milne says:

    Fabulous response made me smile.

  9. That was hilarious. Well done Oz

  10. Curly says:

    I’ve just finished this collection and I loved it! I already owned a few of the stories but some were new to me. I have to ask if St. Saviours is any kind of tribute to Rev or if it’s just a random name for the check in the final story?

    • jlmerrow says:

      Thank you – so glad you enjoyed the collection. 😀
      And no, although a lot of church/pub/school names in my stories have a hidden meaning*, there’s no special significance to the name of St Saviour’s.

      *I’m deeply disappointed, for example, that nobody appears to have noticed that in Slam! I named a school after local “hero” Eddie the Eagle, giving him a knighthood in the process! 😉

      • Curly says:

        I’ve read Slam and I never noticed, but I also had no idea what Eddie the Eagle’s real name was, I didn’t even realize it was based on his last name. Maybe the new movie will prompt some recognition!

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