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Not one but two brilliant reviews, for Pricks and Pragmatism and Stroke to His Cox, respectively!

For Pricks and Prag: "Buy it. Just buy it. Enough said." – Miz Natalie Dae on Miz Love Loves Books

And for Stroke to His Cox: "a sweet gem, not only for the blazing, sexual chemistry between Dave and Archie, but also for the funny and original voice" – Cole, on Reviews by Jessewave.

Also, in case you've forgotten:


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Check out Brief Encounters from today for interviews, reviews and giveaways from a brilliant line-up of British talent:
Monday, March 21 – Fabian Black
Tuesday, March 22 – Anne Brooke
Wednesday, March 23 – Sue Brown
Thursday, March 24 – Kate Cotoner
Friday, March 25 – Kim Dare
Saturday, March 26 – Chris Quinton
Sunday, March 27 – Sunday Funday
Monday, March 28 – Alex Draven
Tuesday, March 29 – Mara Ismine
Wednesday, March 30 – Clare London
Thursday, March 31 – JL Merrow
Friday, April 1 – Josephine Myles
Saturday, April 2 – A fond farewell
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...and I thought, blow that for a game of soldiers! ;)

Stroke to his Cox

But darn it, all that research can be hard work, and it's always a worry that something might slip through the net. So I was chuffed as anything to get an email from a rower, asking me if I rowed myself as all the details in Stroke to His Cox were spot on! So huge thanks to the lovely people at Verulam Writers' Circle who helped me get it right.

And I'm delighted to report a lovely review of the story, by Jenre over at Brief Encounters:

One thing I loved about this story was the way that JL Merrow’s dry humour shines through the character of Dave...I was pretty impressed all round that the author managed to fit in a rowing action scene, enough background on the characters and a very satisfying sex scene into such a short story, as well as retaining a good sense of place

You can read the whole review here - and while you're there, check out Tam's review of [livejournal.com profile] josephine_myles's excellent story First Impressions. Now, I'd already read this story and loved it - but if I hadn't, there's no way I'd be able to resist the tagline, "When ugly socks attract"!

Oh, and it turns out the rower who contacted me has his own rowing story coming out at the end of the month! It's Rocking the Boat by Christopher Koehler, and handles some serious issues as well as the rowing.
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...what? It's about rowing! ;)

Stroke to his Cox

Yes, out today from Dreamspinner and a snip at only $1.49! Here's the blurb:

As coxswain of a Cambridge college rowing team, pint-sized Dave Tanaka has eight strapping athletes hanging on his every word, their strength at his command. Leading his crew to win their oars might be easier if Dave didn’t have to hide his crush on Archie, the stroke rower – but as they prepare for their final race, Dave doesn’t suspect that Archie is in the same boat as him in more ways than one!

You can read an excerpt here

And in other news: I'm delighted to say I've today signed a contract for another Cambridge-set story; this one's a novella, called Breaking Eggs, and should be coming out from Samhain Publishing later this year. :D


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