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My new short story A Ghoul Like You is now available from Noble Romance:

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Here's the blurb, to save you scrolling back to my earlier post:

Niall's just a ghoul looking for a quiet life. Instead he meets Jamie, a kid on a vampire killing spree. And nothing says "I love you" like a stake through the heart…

A visceral story of love (or something like it) among the undead.


And here, as promised, is an excerpt. The story is noticeably darker than my usual fare - one of those things you write and then think, "Whoa! Where did that come from?" Those squeamish about blood, please take note!

Click if you dare... )
jl_merrow: (Making contact)
Yay! Off to Kaprun, for family holiday/refresher course in speaking German and eating Strudel.

I'll be back on August 2nd – which is when Making Contact comes out!
To whet your appetite, here's a snippet from one of the two stories I've got in this sci-fi themed m/m anthology. The story's called Gifted in Tongues, and you may remember I posted about it last month.

Basically, our hero, Spitz, has been slung in jail for reasons he can't quite remember, and is getting to know his alien cellmate, a six-foot ginger Felid...

Gifted in Tongues )

Hope you enjoyed that – look after yourselves until I get back! :D
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Oops! I meant to post this yesterday, but yesterday rather ran away with me…

Here's an excerpt from my latest release from Dreamspinner Press, Angel.

The blurb, for those who missed it yesterday:

As a child, Don wanted to be a catholic priest. That didn't work out and now he's a parole officer, but his faith is still strong. His world is shaken when his latest assignment turns out to be Michael, a young man Don hasn’t seen since he took Michael to church as a child—and saw his parish priest cast Michael out of the church as a demon.
Meeting Michael as an adult re-ignites the obsession Don had with the boy he couldn’t save—but can Michael be saved at all? Or is the demon with the compelling face as damned as he believes himself to be?


On to the excerpt )
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I'm over on the [livejournal.com profile] torquere_social today, and I've just posted an excerpt from my story Dead Shot in the Shot Through the Heart Taste Test which was released on Wednesday.

The Taste Test is all about getting caught by Cupid's arrow, and here's the blurb from my story Dead Shot:

A chance meeting brought about by a stray arrow brings Peter and Edward together, but will their pasts come between them before they even get started?

You can find the excerpt here.

Later, I'll be offering the chance to win a copy of the Taste Test, which features stories by my fellow I Do Two authors Lenore Black and DC Juris. They're hoping to pop by later to post excerpts of their own stories, so if you can, please drop by! :D
jl_merrow: (I Do Two)
I'm delighted to say that charity anthology I Do Two is now available in pdf here!

As I understand it, alternative e-formats will be available in the next day or two, and the print version in a couple of weeks.

All profits from this anthology will be donated to the Lambda Legal Defense to fight Prop 8 in support of marriage equality for all - so if you only buy one anthology this week year, please consider making it this one!

There are 22 fabulous stories from well-known authors such as Alex Beecroft, Charlie Cochrane, James Buchanan, Lee Rowan and Lenore Black, making it a bit of a snip at $6.99!

And yes, there's even a story from me: here's a snippet )
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Mmm, Valentine's Day does seem to be creeping up on us, doesn't it?

I've just been doing the edits for my story in the upcoming Torquere Press Shot Through the Heart Taste Test, Dead Shot. And I realised I haven't told you anything about it yet!

Dead Shot, like my story Aim Higher in the almost-released I Do Two anthology, has a child in it.

But there the similarities end. Simone, in Aim Higher, is a nice, if occasionally outspoken girl struggling with more difficulties than beset the average twelve-year old.

Kevin in Dead Shot, by contrast, is a ten-year-old, ginger-headed boy you really wouldn't want to be left looking after for any length of time. Particularly if you're misguided enough to let him loose with a bow and arrows...

Snippet )
jl_merrow: (Got mittens)
Darn it! I've barely had time to catch up with the flist (and okay, do two sets of edits and a blurb) and now we're off again tomorrow! ;D We shall be travelling back in time oh, about forty years or so. No, we don't have a Tardis. A trip on the Isle of Wight ferry does the trick nicely...

So this is really in the nature of a fly-by promo post: I have a new release in the anthology I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus. My story, Just Like Santa, is a seasonal tale of a single dad and an unwilling Santa who suffers a wardrobe malfunction.

Excerpt under the cut )
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...but, uh, not enough to actually accept the story. Hmmm...

This, btw, is Cathie Culver's debut effort, which several of you were kind enough to give me advice on submitting *hugs you all*. The mag sent it back with a request for a reworking of a couple of really quite small bits - and blimey, that was quick! I only sent it in last Friday, and we're talking snailmail here! *blows a kiss to the slushpile fairy*

So, have done a quick rewrite and will send it back. Fingers crossed!

In other news: the Dreamspinner Press Mistletoe Madness stories are now on individual sale, including mine:

MistletoeMadness
Pleasures with Rough Strife

(piccy is a linky) :D

Excerpt )
jl_merrow: (Bedknobs & Beanstalks)
Yup, in all the excitement earlier, I forgot to post an excerpt! So here it is:

excerpty goodness )
jl_merrow: (sexy fish)
It occurs to me that, while I’ve been banging on intermittently about Rael the succubus, very few of you have yet got to meet him. So in celebration of his first story having been accepted into the Torquere Care and Feeding of Demons anthology due out in October, here’s a snippet:

Read more... )


And while I’m here: I was absolutely delighted to see that my Sip, Good Company has been reviewed by the lovely jenre on her blog (you’ll have to scroll down to get to mine). :)
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Oops! In all the excitement earlier, I forgot to post an excerpt for you! Here’s a little snippet of my story in Sindustry 2

Clickety-click )
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I feel a little embarrassed to be plugging another anthology so soon after the last one (and particularly, knowing that Sindustry 2 is due out next week), but hey, is it my fault they all come out at the same time?

Er, yes, probably, seeing as I knew what the publication dates were when I sent in the stories... ;)

This one, Cherry published by Torquere Press, is special to me because it not only has stories by some stonking big names in m/m romance: Julia Talbot, Kiernan Kelly, BA Tortuga, Sean Michael - it also has the first story I ever sold. Yep, this is the one I was pinging off the walls about way back in April!

It's also my first attempt to write in a foreign language, by which, of course, I mean American. That brought its own problems: I could hear the characters' voices clearly, but being a simple, untravelled English girl from the Shires (wait, that's Hobbits, isn't it? Well, you know what I mean) I wasn't at all sure where they came from. Cue slightly farcical conversation with the long-suffering beta:

Me: Um, I've written this story - can you tell me where I've set it, please?
LSB: *sighs, and wonders why she agreed to all this*

It's probably about time I stopped rambling and let you read a snippet: Clickety click! (PG) )
jl_merrow: (Sindustry Vol 1)
I know, I know, shameless plug. But I am practically bouncing off the walls with excitement, because Sindustry Vol 1 is now available to buy from Dreamspinner Press in either e-book or print version!

It's a fantastic anthology containing stories by several well-established m/m authors including (among others) Clare London, Rhianne Aile & Madeleine Urban and Bethany Brown. And one or two names you may not have seen so often, such as a certain JL Merrow... *g*
Lenore Black is a new author to me, but I particularly enjoyed her story Fun and Games about a computer geek and a rentboy.

And rentboys and other male sex workers finding love is what this anthology is all about - so what's not to like? ;D

Here's a snippet of my story, As Beauty Does )

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