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Hurrah! My first release from Amber Allure is out now!



It's set, as you may have guessed from the title, in Austria, which is where the Merrows tend to migrate to on their summer hols - but not this year, alas!

Here's the blurb:

On holiday in the Austrian Lakes, Simon Lavoisier, an attorney from Britain, tells himself he's just looking for a little holiday fling to spice up his apple strudel. But he's never been good at keeping things casual, and it's not long before he finds himself falling for Matt, the handsome waiter at the Königshof Hotel with whom he's been passionately dallying. Matt, on the other hand, has learned the hard way the dangers of getting in too deep.

When secrets and lies from both men's pasts come to the fore, it's anyone's guess as to whether this fledgling romance will hit the peaks—or sink without trace beneath the icy waters of Lake Wolfgang...


You can find an excerpt here
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It's out! A FREE anthology of British GLBT writing: British Flash



Enjoy this entertaining collection of flash fiction stories, each one a short but sweet expression of what it means to be queer in Britain, past and present. All these stories reflect the iconic sights and national character of the British Isles: a taste of our idiosyncrasies and eccentricities, but also an unashamed representation of the love, loyalty and laughter of our people.

Here's the lineup:

Worst Pub in London by JL Merrow
Josh finds working at the Forlorn Hop duller than ditchwater—until a tall, dark stranger walks in and he's swept off his feet. Literally.

Our Place by Clare London
How can you know someone through short trousers, spots and secondary education, and then when they’re a man and you’re still beside them, find some other yearning for them?

We'll Always Have Brighton by Zahra Owens
Two men meet on a cold and rainy day in Brighton They have a painful history and they have a hotel room—can they forgive each other before they go inside?

Commission and Omission by Charlie Cochrane
Arromanches, 1994. Visits to the D-day beaches have become a pilgrimage for Stephen. He counts his life as starting in 1939 and finishing in 1944. Here.

Paint by Stevie Carroll
Her most successful art has been created on living human bodies, and at last she has found her muse: Layla. Now, working with a different type of pigment, artist and muse can create a work of art for their eyes – and lips – alone.

Ben's New Colleague by Serena Yates
When Ben Imberg's secret crush leaves for Scotland to be with his new boyfriend, Ben is devastated. Meeting Ron Linsley, the new head of the Science Department at the Komlos Foundation, however, gives him new hope...

Giving It Up by Josephine Myles
Gay men can't donate blood without breaking the rules, can they? A student protester caught in the act is mortified to have to explain himself to the bloke he fancies.

Thoughts in Spring by Mara Ismine
Ash is looking forward to a peaceful weekend—but a rook with other things on the brain messes up his plans and his house at the same time. Will Ash survive the weekend with his sanity intact? Will the rook keep its feathers?

Mouth Almighty by Victoria Blisse
Boyfriends Ben and Pete share everything, including their appreciation of good, local cheese—and the delicious young lady in the cheese shop who's more than willing to serve them!

Reunion by Lisa Worrall
Toby had hated every second of school, so why on earth would he want to attend a reunion? Well, there was one reason – Mickey Hayes, the captain of the cricket team. But Mickey hardly knew Toby existed—or did he?

While the Boys are Away by Lucy Felthouse

Amelia's with Toby. Gemma's with Rob. But when the four of them go camping together, it soon emerges that Amelia and Gemma are more than just good friends!

Nessie by Caroline Stephens

The thrill of a mystery no-one's ever solved has kept marine biologist Jude Hannigan in the Highlands for months. Now his time is up and his sunny home in Malibu calls. But quiet and sexy Callum McAllister might just tempt him to stay by the banks of Loch Ness—monster or no monster.

Slap and Motley by Sandra Lindsey
Terry and John are old friends, new lovers. But Terry doesn't know everything about John—as an unexpected gift is about to reveal!

Like a Girl by JL Merrow
Her name's Nina, and she punches like a girl. And what the bloody hell's wrong with that?

Last Client by Jay Rookwood
Jon Brickman is strong. Jon Brickman is independent. Jon Brickman needs no-one's support.
Or so he thinks.

Sunshine Superman by Elin Gregory
In the summer of ’68, Sam Yelf was young, innocent and knew all the words to Donovan’s ‘Sunshine Superman’ by heart. Forty-odd years on he might be a little hazy about lyrics but there are things, and people, whose memory will never fade.

Escape to the Country by Stevie Woods
It wasn’t to escape the pressure of a Season in London that Stephen and Andrew left town for the country. It was for the privacy, the freedom, in which they could express their love for each other.

Prince Charming's Buttons by Stevie Carroll
Ash slides between genders off stage as easily as changing from one role to another on stage. As both Jen's girlfriend and Colin's boyfriend and with their current production of Cinderella drawing to a close, Ash needs to take the next step in managing the two relationships.

Yesterday Upon the Stair by Erastes
Old lovers, reunited. But the years they were apart have marked them both.

Benefits of Peace by Alex Beecroft
In the balmy summer days of the 1930s, what could be more peaceful than punting on the Cam? But punting, Timothy discovers, is harder than it looks. Still, with a handsome English student to befriend, fortune favours the brave, does she not?

They Who Come After the Stories End by Sophia Deri-Bowen
Everyone knows the great love stories: Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester, Rick and Ilsa, Scarlett and Rhett. But what of those stories that were thought of, but never written, the ones that lived only in daydreams? Meet Tup and Davies—two characters who might have been.

Download it FREE here
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My story in the Dreamspinner Daily Dose is available for individual purchase today!



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 thing, not a dangerous, horned beastie. But somehow he finds himself dragged into Parkhurst Forest to look for them by big, tough hunter Logan, who drives Ethan mad with continual comments about his “daintiness.”

When the jackalopes lure Logan away, however, Ethan is left to the mercies of an escaped convict from the local prison. Rescue comes from an unexpected source—and Ethan discovers the true reason for Logan's personal remarks!


And yes, it's a bit daft! It's only $1.49, so if you liked Tortoise Interruptus, why not give Hairy, Horny and Over Here a go? ;)
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Well, I had the release date down as 1st June, but The Handsome Prince is already available in paperback on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

And with a cover like this, how can you resist?



Here's the blurb:

We all know the fairy tale. The handsome prince comes riding up on his white stallion and rescues the beautiful princess from her enchantment with a single kiss. Then they ride off together to live happily ever after. But what if the person longing for that handsome prince is a man himself? And, why not?

A mix of traditional and contemporary stories, each with its own fairytale theme. Sometimes the prince himself is the one who needs rescuing; sometimes a true prince emerges in unexpected guises - but one thing all the stories have in common is a happy ending.


Edited by Neil Plakcy

My story: The Prince and the Plumber

Brendan's your genuine Hollywood royalty. Tom's just a plumber. Can they really have anything in common? Apart from their taste in porn, that is...
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I'm delighted to present the final cover for British Flash - I think Alex Beecroft did an absolutely first-rate job with it!



The book, which will be available as a free e-book from 16th June, contains a fantastic line-up of GLBT short stories from British writers both established and new:

Alex Beecroft, Victoria Blisse, Stevie Carroll, Charlie Cochrane, Sophia Deri-Bowen, Erastes, Lucy Felthouse, Elin Gregory, Mara Ismine, Sandra Lindsey, Clare London, JL Merrow, Josephine Myles, Zahra Owens, Jay Rookwood, Caroline Stephens, Stevie Woods, Lisa Worrall and Serena Yates.

All credit to [livejournal.com profile] josephine_myles, without whom none of this would ever have happened!
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Hurrah! At long last, my first full-length novel, Camwolf is available to purchase from Samhain Publishing, and on Amazon.

Here’s the blurb:

To save his lover, he must become his own worst nightmare.

Dr. Nick Sewell. Non-conformist. Werewolf. The first puts him at odds with his colleagues’ idea of how an All Saints College lecturer should behave. The second, bestowed upon him by an ex-boyfriend, puts him at odds with himself.

There’s his tendency to change into a wolf on the full moon. And his visceral attraction to Julian Lauder, a troubled young German student. Despite his determination not to act on his desire, Nick’s brutal response to seeing Julian with another man frightens them both. At first.

Then Nick learns that Julian is not only a naturally submissive werewolf, but one who has learned better how to deal with just being a werewolf. That explains the attraction, but it doesn’t make it any easier when the tables are turned, and Julian—once the student—is now teaching Nick…who still isn’t happy about conforming to the “werewolf way”.

Meanwhile, reports of a strange wolf stalking the town barely register on Nick’s radar—until Julian disappears. Accusing eyes—both wolf and human—are turned toward Nick. Even with the help of friends, hope is growing as cold as the kidnapper’s trail. Unless Nick gives free rein to the wolf’s inhuman power…

Warning: Contains hot outdoor sex, alliterative insults, allusions to abuse, and really awful sherry.

* * * *

And to celebrate, I’ll be over at the British Romance Fiction Blog later today, explaining why there are werewolves in Cambridge!
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What do you think of when you think of cops? Fast cars, perhaps. Dramatic chases through back alleyways. Gun battles, maybe.

But I'm British, and while we have all these things and more, we also have the image of the friendly village Bobby (or Bobbie) on a bicycle. Someone who's there to look after the innocent, as much as to catch the guilty.

And this is where my story, Blazing June, in the Cleis Press Lesbian Cops anthology comes from. Here's the blurb: Single mum Carla calls the police to help out her elderly neighbour - and ends up making a connection she hadn't expected with the WPC who comes to her aid.

It's actually based on a real life situation: I used to live next door to an elderly lady who had a lot in common with Mrs Mac. I did what I could to help her, but it never really felt like enough. As in the story, matters came to a head when we had to call the police out to break into her flat.

No romances started that day—not in real life. But I've never forgotten the young police officers who came to help us out, regardless of personal injury.

And the title? Well, I defy anyone to look at Leighton's Flaming June and not be inspired! ;)

Lesbian cops What is it about lesbian cops that pushes all the right buttons? It’s not just the uniform, with handcuffs and weapons, or the confidence, authority, and sense of danger. There’s something more as well, an irresistible force that these writers have channeled into fiercely erotic stories of policewomen in or out of uniform, on patrol or undercover, in charge or in need of healing, on the case or under the sheets.
Edited by Sacchi Green.


Now out in paperback!
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I've just found out that Stroke to His Cox isn't the only new release I have to tell you about! There's an anthology as well:

WHENAMANLOVESAMAN

When a Man Loves a Man is now on sale in ebook form from Xcite Books. Not only does it have a story of mine in there, Sense Memory, it's got smoking hot stories by the very talented [livejournal.com profile] penelopefriday and [livejournal.com profile] josephine_myles too!

And psst! I should be able to tell you about another new release of a somewhat different character soon as well!


ETA: I'm afraid I can't wholeheartedly recommend this, as then you'd miss out on [livejournal.com profile] josephine_myles's story, but Sense Memory is also available in a mini-anthology of 5 stories from Xcite, Diary of a Love Brother. But you'll still get [livejournal.com profile] penelopefriday's story in this one! ;)

Diary of a love brother
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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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Hurrah! My third story featuring sexy little demon Rael and his law-enforcing lover Lars is now available from Torquere!


A Wish Too Far


Here be the blurb:

Male succubus Rael and his lawman lover Lars from A Blast from the Past are back!

There's a new drug on the streets called Wishes, little pink pills that bring you your heart's desire – but in a way that'll rival your worst nightmares. Lars Thornsson and Chelle Rochelle of the Paranormal Enforcement Agency aren't pleased to be ordered to work on the case with two of their most hated colleagues.

Arriving home one night to find Rael's been summoning another demon, a jealous Lars is even less happy. But Rael thinks he knows who's supplying the drugs, and he's determined to get to his old friend Shax before the law can.



We have some new characters in this one: apart from our mysterious villain (heh!) we have a couple of colleagues of Lars and Rochelle: Dee and Dumont. Here's a little snippet showing their first appearance; you may possibly get the impression our guys don't like them very much...

Under the cut )

You can find the book, and read a longer excerpt, here.
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Happy Advent, Everyone!

Yikes! 1st December already! Where has the autumn gone? Oh, right. Eaten by NaNo...

Which brings us to: NaNo update

I did it! 53,535 words!

Since I was only doing it unofficially, I don't have one of those smart little buttons all the cool kids are wearing, but I'm still pretty darn chuffed with the total! Wight Mischief now stands at just over 60k – yes, all right, I totally kept writing until I'd broken the magic 6-0!

And I have two new stories available for individual purchase from today (both can also be bought as part of the Dreamspinner Advent Calendar package):


DulceetDecorumLG Batteries not included


Here be the blurbs:

Dulce et Decorum Est: The First World War cast a long shadow, and in the winter of 1920 it's still at its darkest. When solicitor's clerk George Johnson moves into new digs, he's instantly attracted to friendly fellow lodger Matthew Connaught, who lost an arm in the Great War. As the two become inseparable, George begins to wonder whether it's just friendship that Matthew feels for him, or something more. And if it's something more... can George risk a revelation of his shameful past?

Batteries Not Included: How would you react if you woke up one morning to find you were in bed with your favorite pop star? More to the point: how would the pop star react? Sam's celebrity crush, Cain Shepney, isn't so pleased to wake up with a stranger, but that's far from the worst shock the day has in store for them both! Sam's used to his mother messing with his love life, but this time, Lilith may really have gone too far.



Right. Better get on with the Christmas shopping...
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Yup, it's London buses time again!

Suitably for Halloween, both are paranormal-themed:


Takenrevised Mine


My story in Mine (m/m anthology) is a light-hearted vampire tale:

Leeches and Layabouts
For a garlic farmer, getting turned into a vampire could be the worst thing that could happen. Then again, it might just open up some intriguing possibilities!

And in Taken (m/m/f anthology), we're away with the fairies:

Changeling
When did a young woman ever listen to her father warning her of the dangers of her young man? But Meg's got more reason than most to beware of the boy she's set her heart on, for Adam's a changeling, left by the fae in place of a human babe. What'll happen when he meets his kin - and the boy whose place he took?


I'll be posting excerpts of both of them on the Torquere Social LJ tomorrow! :D
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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... )
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I'm rather pleased with this. Aren't the little skulls sweet? :D

Here's the info on the story:

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.


Due out from Noble Romance on Monday, for those who like to shop early for Halloween!
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And if you buy it now, it's a bargain - only $39.99 for 31 stories, with one delivered a day throughout December. That's less than £25 in quids! ;)

The price will go up next month, and on 1st December the stories will be available to buy singly.

This year's bundle contains stories by some fantastic authors: Clare London, Josephine Myles, Mary Calmes, Zahra Owens, amongst others - and there are TWO by me!

Here's the blurbs for mine:

Batteries Not Included by JL Merrow ($2.99 when sold individually)

How would you react if you woke up one morning to find you were in bed with your favorite pop star? More to the point: how would the pop star react? Sam's celebrity crush, Cain Shepney, isn't so pleased to wake up with a stranger, but that's far from the worst shock the day has in store for them both! Sam's used to his mother messing with his love life, but this time, Lilith may really have gone too far.

Dulce et Decorum Est by JL Merrow ($3.99 when sold individually)

The First World War cast a long shadow, and in the winter of 1920, it's still at its darkest. When solicitor's clerk George Johnson moves into new digs, he's instantly attracted to friendly fellow lodger Matthew Connaught, who lost an arm in the Great War. As the two become inseparable, George begins to wonder whether it's just friendship that Matthew feels for him or something more. And if it's something more... can George risk a revelation of his shameful past?

You can read about the other stories here
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Pricks and Pragmatism is available NOW from Samhain Publishing!

PricksandPragmatism

Here's a teaser:

Pricks and Pragmatism )
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Hurrah! My second story about Rael, the sex-demon and his law-man lover Lars is out from Torquere!

A Blast from the Past

And I shall be talking about it today on the [livejournal.com profile] torquere_social, so head on over there for info, excerpts and a chance to win a copy! :D
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I posted four days ago bemoaning the fact that the Christmas novella was not going at all well. I'm pleased to report that it is now going rather better, and just has passed the 12k mark!

The reason for this sudden turnaround? It is a different novella. Some stories just don't want to be written... *sigh*

Still 1920s, though, so at least (some of) the research wasn't wasted! ;)


And in other news... Rael's new story A Blast from the Past comes out Saturday! *bounces excitedly*
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I have a new release out today!




Toy Box




This is a mini-anthology featuring stories by me, Penelope Friday and Alex Marcus-Jacobs. If you've ever wondered whether your kitchen implements might be useful for somewhat smuttier purposes than whipping up a souffle, read on! ;)

Here's an excerpt from my story )


Available in ebook here.
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Yes, I have returned, only slightly sunburned and already suffering from strudel-withdrawal. And although I've only been back a couple of hours, I already have a new release out! It's the Dreamspinner Making Contact anthology, a sci-fi m/m anthology containing not one but TWO stories by me - further details available in my previous post.

And now I need to go and scale the laundry mountain waiting for me in the kitchen. And answer about six million e-mails, not to mention trying to catch up with the f-list!

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