A Feminine Flirty Dozen – Now in Paperback

I’m delighted to say that my collection of f/f romantic short stories, A Feminine Flirty Dozen, is now available in paperback as well as ebook:

A Feminine Flirty Dozen

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 in ebook and paperback: JMS Books Amazon

And if you buy direct from the JMS Books site, it’s on sale at a reduced price for a limited time only. 🙂

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Hairy, Horny, and out now in ebook

Way back in 2011, I first found out about the existence of that cuddly cryptid, the jackalope, which for the uninitiated is a North American bunny with horns or antlers. (I’d add an image, but non-copyright photos of these elusive critters are hard to find for some reason.)

So of course I had to write a story about it.

Hairy, Horny and Over Here has been out of print for a little while, but it’s back on the virtual shelves now in a brand new cover.

So if you’re looking for a quick, light, paranormal read, why not check it out? And if you buy from the JMS website, it’s at 20% off for a limited time only. Here’s a (rainbow) snippet to whet your appetite:

“Be vewwy, vewwy quiet, we’re hunting—” Ethan broke off as a shotgun, held in a pair of unusually beefy hands, swung toward him and took up position about 3 inches from his left nostril. “Joke, okay?” He swallowed, and tried to ignore the chill tap-dancing down his spine. “Sense of humour failure, much?”

Logan, his heavy black brows casting his dark eyes in even darker shadow, very noticeably didn’t move the gun away.

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Local news photographer Ethan is pretty sure there’s no such thing as a jackalope. Every bunny he’s ever seen has been a cute little furry creature, not a dangerous, horned beastie.  But somehow he lets big, tough American hunter Logan drag him into Parkhurst Forest on the Isle of Wight on what Ethan’s convinced is a wild goose chase.

Logan’s on a mission to wipe out the jackalope colony he’s convinced has been brought to the island by a madman. He’s got a healthy respect for the vicious critters, which is more than he seems to have for the less physically imposing Ethan.

But when an escaped convict from a nearby prison bursts into the mix, all their plans are thrown awry. Seeing Ethan at the mercy of the violent criminal brings Logan’s true feelings for the smaller guy out into the open—and what happens next could lead to a change of heart about the jackalopes as well!

Available in ebook : JMS Books | Amazon

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Rainbow Snippets is Going A-Maying

Well, not really, although I have been appreciating the joys of Spring on my government-approved exercise walks around the countryside where I live. Tree blossom has come and largely gone, and the bluebells are on the wane, bringing summer ever nearer.

As yesterday was May Day, it seems appropriate this week to share a snippet from my May-themed historical short story, Jack in the Green:

Here, my nervous (and necessarily closeted) protagonist Arthur is a fish out of water in a country village in the 1920s:

“Builds firm muscles, pulling pints,” a voice observed in Arthur’s ear.

“I, ah, really? I hadn’t noticed,” Arthur babbled, discovering to his discomfort that Bob Goodman was standing so close behind him he could feel the heat from the man’s skin.

Despite the mildness of the evening, there was a roaring fire in the grate, and the atmosphere in the tap room was hot and oppressive. Arthur felt a strong urge to mop his brow. Goodman grinned, giving his dark features a disturbingly devilish cast. “Course you had, sir. No sin in looking, that’s what I always say.”

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Stranded in a remote country village in 1920s England by his car breaking down, shy young Arthur finds himself drawn to the rough mechanic who comes to his aid, Bob Goodman. Forced to stay until the May Day holiday is over, Arthur makes the best of it, enjoying the village procession and fete.

But the villagers seem to know more about him than they should, and there’s a second, darker, May celebration that starts when the sun’s gone down. In the drunken revelry that follows, Arthur is whisked off in a wild dance by Goodman, who plays the part of Jack in the Green, the spirit of the greenwood.

Dancing turns to loving, but is everything what it seems? And is one night all Arthur can have?

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Rainbow Snippets is desperate for a bite

My tongue- (and fangs-?) in-cheek vampire short story, Bloodlust and Bylines (previously published as Becoming the Spoils), is out today from JMS Books – and if you buy from the publisher’s site, there’s a 20% discount for a limited time only.

Here’s a snippet to whet your appetite:

It seemed like such a good idea at the time, when Art told me about the club. Said he reckoned I’d find what I was looking for there. Well, viewed objectively, he wasn’t wrong, was he? Good old Art. Must remember to thank him. Of course, I’ll have to go and haunt a friendly medium first.


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Bloodlust and Bylines


Investigative journalist Frank would do anything for the next big scoop, and a chance to break the news to the world that vampires really exist is too good to pass up. But his fact-finding mission to an undead hangout takes a terrifying turn when he’s locked in a cellar with a starving—if sexy—bloodsucker and no escape in sight.

Forlorn vampire Viktor hasn’t had a bite in months, ever since falling foul of über-vamp The Mistress and being imprisoned for his sins. Delivered to his cell like Meals on Wheels, Frank’s the tastiest morsel he’s seen in a long time. Viktor can’t wait to get his fangs into him—and there’s something about Frank that makes Viktor lust for more than just his blood.

To escape the mysterious Mistress’s prison, predator and prey will have to work together—if, that is, they can manage to rein in their baser appetites for long enough!

Available in ebook: JMS Books | Amazon

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Autism Awareness Blog Hop and Giveaway

Autism Fact: About 1% of the world population has autism.

I’m delighted to be taking part in RJ Scott’s Autism Awareness blog hop once more, and this year’s theme is food.

I was brought up eating strictly seasonal vegetables. My father’s always been a keen grower of fruit and veg—he grew up during the Second World War with its Dig For Victory campaign, which may have something to do with it! Consequently, when I was a child, when it was broad bean season, we ate broad beans fresh from their blankety beds. When the peas were ready, podding them for dinner was a regular afternoon chore for me and my brother. Other crops included runner beans, lettuces, corn on the cob, fresh mint, and when the greenhouse was built, tomatoes, peppers and courgettes.

We had an apple tree (great for climbing!) that supplied the filling for pies and crumbles, and underneath it, gooseberry bushes, which is where I was told babies came from! Blackcurrants for homemade Ribena, and raspberries and loganberries (when did you last see a loganberry in a shop?)

And strawberries! My birthday is in early June, and I always hoped there’d be a strawberry or two ready to eat for it. Once the season was in full swing, we occasionally ate strawberries for three meals a day. Thought you couldn’t ever get (temporarily) sick of strawberries? You probably didn’t open your packed lunch at school to find strawberry sandwiches!  

These days, few of us are limited to fruit and vegetables that are in season locally. In normal times at least, we can buy anything we want all year round. It makes for a more varied diet on a daily basis—but wouldn’t it be nice if supermarkets could have a seasonal produce section to encourage us to eat locally-grown food, and stop all those food miles adding up?

GIVEAWAY: I’m offering an ebook of winner’s choice from my backlist to a randomly chosen commenter on this post. I’d love to hear about your own food-related childhood memories!

I’ll make the draw after the end of the tour, on May 8th, which is my dad’s birthday, as well as VE Day. Good luck!


Don’t forget to check out all the other posts on the blog hop for more autism facts, food-related posts, and giveaways – you can find the master list here: http://rjscott.co.uk/autism-awareness-blog-hop-links-posts

Image used is by Congerdesign from Pixabay

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Midwinter Manor series now on Kindle Unlimited

My 1920s-set novellas, Poacher’s Fall and its sequel, Keeper’s Pledge, are now available for the first time in KU:

Poacher’s Fall

One snowy night just before Christmas, 1922, poacher Danny Costessey rounds off a night trapping rabbits by climbing a tree to fetch some mistletoe for his mother—only to fall and break his leg. Taken to the manor house to recover from his injuries, Danny meets the reclusive owner, Philip Luccombe.

Village gossip has it Philip went mad during the war, but Danny soon realizes he’s simply still mourning his late lover. As friendship grows between them, Danny starts to fall for the shy, handsome, lord of the manor.

Danny’s lively nature, roguish good looks, and ready laughter enchant Philip, and he finds himself being drawn out of his shell whether he will it or not. But when Danny tries to move beyond friendship, Philip panics—and the consequences of his rejection could threaten everything.

Available on Kindle and in KU

Keeper’s Pledge

A sequel to Poacher’s Fall.

Landowner Philip Luccombe and young poacher-turned-gamekeeper Danny Costessey have been enjoying a passionate—if clandestine—relationship for four years now. Danny’s love has brought Philip out of the shell he retreated into when his first lover died after the Great War. But at Christmas, 1926, visitors to the manor threaten their happiness.

Philip’s young cousin Matthew is artistic, vivacious, and flirtatious: just the sort to remind him of his long-dead first love—and to emphasise the social gulf between Philip and Danny, who can’t help feeling threatened by this new rival for Philip’s affections.

But the worst danger comes from much nearer home, where the indiscretions of Danny’s ex threaten to expose the lovers. Meanwhile, Danny’s younger brother, Toby, has grown to resent the connection between his brother and the lord of the manor. To do his duty by his family, Danny might have to leave his lover forever.

Available on Kindle and in KU

And there’s plenty more for you to find on KU from a whole host of M/M romance authors:

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Snared and more now on Kindle Unlimited

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m definitely getting my money’s worth out of my KU subscription right now! And I’m delighted to say that my Scottish wildcat shifter novella, Snared, is now available on Kindle and KU:

Martin’s on a walking holiday in the Scottish highlands, trying to forget his ex, when he comes across a wildcat trapped in a snare. Releasing the animal gets him scratched and bitten for his pains—and that’s only the start of his problems.

At the village pub, Martin meets with an unexpectedly frosty welcome from the locals, while enigmatic Irish photographer Calum shows a strange interest in him. Calum’s intense lure is impossible to resist, even though all Martin’s instincts tell him to be wary.

But Martin’s nights are plagued with visions of hunting and snares—and free spirit Calum seems to have an unsettling insight into his dreams. The villagers have a secret to keep, and if Martin’s not careful, he could be the one caught in their deadly trap.

Available on Kindle and in KU

And there’s more – a group of M/M romance authors have teamed up to help you find a great selection of books on KU: https://books.bookfunnel.com/unlimitedmmromancereading/bf1jlxt9z1

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Midnight in Berlin is now available on Kindle and KU

My second werewolf novel, Midnight in Berlin, is now once again available on Kindle – and for the first time, in KU:


One bad decision can change your life forever

It’s midnight in Berlin, and drifter Leon is hitchhiking home in the rain, covered in feathers after a wild festival in the city park. He can’t believe his luck when he’s picked up by a hot guy in a Porsche. That is, until he realises his driver is a creature from his worst nightmares—and plans to turn him into one too. He runs, but he can’t escape the werewolf’s bite.

Christoph made one mistake, but he’s paying for it plenty. He took Leon for a rogue werewolf on his way home from a hunt, and by the time he realises the truth it’s too late to do anything but make Leon a monster to save his life. That doesn’t save Christoph from the pack leader’s harsh punishment.

As Leon struggles to cope with his horrifying new reality—and his mixed feelings for the man who bit him—he’s desperate to discover not only what’s happened to Christoph, but the secrets their pack leader is hiding from them all.

Secrets the pack will kill to protect.

Available on Kindle and in KU

an entertaining and unpredictable take on the werewolf trope – The Novel Approach

Here’s a snippet, where our narrator Leon has just (unknowingly) hitched a ride with werewolf Christophe – who’s mistaken him for a fellow shifter:

“You call them your friends, yet you’re willing to put them at risk—to put all of us at risk? You’ve been drinking, and you reek of people,” he snarled at me. I mean really, he snarled. His teeth were bared—and the thought hit my mind, obviously those Eastern bloc dentists weren’t as bad as they were made out to be, because those pearly whites were strong, even, and just a little too pointy on the canines. It made me wonder how far we were from Transylvania, as the bat flies—then I gave myself a mental shake because seriously, vampires? What the hell had been in that vodka bottle?

“Uh, yeah, sorry, that was real thoughtless of me,” I said soothingly. “Say, you, uh, you wanna keep your eyes on the road? In fact, you know what? I can walk from here. You can set me down anywhere now.”

“I don’t think so,” Christoph told me, his voice so damn cold I started to shiver.


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Camwolf is now available on Kindle and KU

My Cambridge University-set werewolf novel, Camwolf, is now available in Kindle and for the first time in KU:


A race to save his lover—by becoming his own worst nightmare.

Dr. Nick Sewell has it all. Good friends, a career as a Cambridge academic… and recently, a tendency to turn into a wolf every full moon.  When a new student arrives from Germany, Nick is horrified by his visceral attraction to the troubled youth—not to mention his violent jealousy when he sees Julian with another man. He’s floored to find out Julian is a werewolf too.

Unlike Nick, Julian has spent his life among other wolves, and in this subject, he’s the teacher and Nick the student. Nick struggles to adjust to this reversal of roles, especially since he’s an alpha and Julian a natural submissive. That dynamic just adds to the attraction smoldering between them, whether they’re in human form or wolf.

But Julian’s pack and the abuse he suffered isn’t far behind him, and the pack wants to reclaim him. For Nick to hold on to his lover, he’ll have to embrace the monster within.

Available on Kindle and in KU

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Wight Mischief is now available in KU

I’m delighted to say that my romantic suspense novel Wight Mischief (previously published by Dreamspinner) is now once more available on Kindle – and for the first time, in KU:


A ghost of a chance at love.

Personal trainer Will Golding has been looking forward to a getaway with his best friend, Baz, a journalist researching a book on ghosts. But on the first day of their camping trip on the Isle of Wight, Will takes a walk on a secluded beach and spies a beautiful young man skinny-dipping by moonlight.  Ethereally pale, he’s too perfect to be real—or is he?

Lonely author Marcus Devereux is just as entranced by the tall athlete he encounters on the beach, but he’s spent the years since his parents’ violent death building a wall around his heart, and the thought of letting Will scale it is terrifying. Marcus’s albinism gives him his otherworldly appearance and leaves him reluctant to go out in daylight, his reclusiveness encouraged by his guardian—who warns him to stay away from Will and Baz.

The attraction between Will and Marcus can’t be denied—but neither can the danger of the secrets haunting Marcus’s past, as one “accident” after another strikes Will and Baz. If they don’t watch their step, they could end up added to the island’s ghostly population.

Available on Kindle and in KU

I’ll be rolling out my other ex Dreamspinner novels and novellas into KU over the next few weeks, all going well, so watch this space!

Here’s a little snippet from Wight Mischief to whet (wet? *g*) your appetite:

Marcus turned, his eyes ghoulishly wide in the moonlight.

“He’s coming,” he said, his voice thin and high.

Will cursed. “Jump,” he shouted. Marcus squeezed his hand once, then more or less tumbled over the railing and into the black, foaming water below. Will felt like he’d been stabbed again when Marcus was swallowed up as if by some malevolent sea creature. Trying not to panic, he vaulted the rail and plunged down to join him.


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And don’t forget, Muscling Through is available FREE from the JMS Books website through Tuesday March 24th.

The bigger they come, the harder they fall… in love.
Cambridge art professor Larry Morton takes one, alcohol-glazed look at the huge, tattooed man looming in a dark alley, and assumes he’s done for. Moments later he finds himself disarmed—literally and figuratively. 

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