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…from Guilty Pleasures: I have a job. I can’t spend all my time reading, but by gosh, I had to stay up almost all night finishing this book. I absolutely could not put it down! Ms. Merrow has written a book that defines the term “thriller.” 4 1/2 stars. – Cameron.

As you can imagine, I’m rather pleased with that! :D

The reviewer did have one quibble, which I’d actually dispute – but since the reason is slightly spoilery, you’ll just have to (hah!) read the book and make up your own mind! ;)

Wight Mischief is due out from Samhain on November 8th, and I’ll be making a few guest blog posts around that date – for more info, watch this space!
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Have just had an absolutely brilliant review from Sarah F at Dear Author:

I adored it. The characters were brilliant. The world-building was so subtle and so well-done — how different the wolves were from the humans, but how Nick used both sides of himself to win Julian and the battle against Julian’s abusive partner and Julian’s father. The tone/voice was pitch perfect. The setting was wonderful.

And kudos for Samhain Publishing: I love that Samhain is just going with the flow of your Englishness to the extent that they’re not even changing English spelling to American.

Wouldn't it be nice if some other non-UK publishers felt able to relax a little on this point?
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... and it's not even out till next month (although you can pre-order! ;)

A whopping 5 cherries, not to mention some lovely comments on the book, from Whipped Cream Reviews:

Every once in a while a book comes along that you just love to pieces. That’s what I felt with Muscling Through. This is easily one of my favorite books of the year so far and (I) urge everyone to get this.

My cockles are roasted, I tell you. Roasted! ;)
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...and it's my turn today! If you hop on over to Brief Encounters you'll be able to find out the sad truth about my culinary and motoring skills (or rather, lack thereof)!

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And there's also a lovely review of my latest release:

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Yup, I do indeed have many things to talk about. Don't worry; I shall probably forget half of them!

First, before it slips my well-greased mind entirely: I have a new release:

tortoise final

This one is dedicated to [livejournal.com profile] tiggothy, who when told of the real life incident this book is based on, said, "Tortoise-napping? Sounds a good start for a silly story..."

Here's the blurb: Cursed by an impatient witch to turn into a tortoise at inopportune moments, Tip is horrified to find himself tortoise-napped by a customer at the cafe where he works.

Things start to look up when Tip ends up very literally in the capable hands of drop-dead gorgeous Steve—but Tip soon begins to wonder just how far he can trust Steve, who turns out to have a close connection with his kidnapper. Tip's attempts at a normal life seem doomed to remain frustrated in more ways than one!

You can read an excerpt here. :)

Second: this, on Stumbling Over Chaos amuses me. Doesn't he look cute with wings? ;)

Third: A lovely review for Someplace in this World in Queer Magazine Online

Fourth: The British are coming!

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Check out Brief Encounters from March 20th for interviews, reviews and giveaways from a brilliant line-up of British talent. And me. ;)

Phew. I think that'll do to be going along with, don't you?
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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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Woke up today to a lovely surprise in my inbox, in the form of a 5-kiss review from Michele'n'Jeff Reviews for Batteries Not Included:

The author has taken something we have all been guilty of, crushing on a celebrity, and spun a fast paced read that will leave you laughing.

You can read the whole review here

DulceetDecorumLG Batteries not included

And I hadn't even realised Dulce et Decorum Est, my latest 1920s historical, was available on Kindle, until I got an alert for a 5-star customer review! :D

Good old Google Alerts - what would I do without you?
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I was delighted to see that A Ghoul Like You has been awarded 4.5 cherries by Whipped Cream Reviews:

The author’s trademark humor is sprinkled throughout this enjoyable story. From the small details to the large, this short story is littered with great lines and sly nods. The characters and their dialogue are particular highlights...You may find yourself rooting for ghouls as the newest heroes.

I have a trademark humor! *beams* :D
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...this time over at Dear Author


Dear. Ms. Merrow.

I like your work. I love the English flavor of your work. I love your characters who are all definitely distinct characters. I love your rent boys. So this novella from Samhain looked right up my alley. And it was.

You can read the full review here.

I was particularly chuffed by what the reviewer said about my characters being real people, who fell in love with each other just as they were.

If you need me, I'll be sitting at my computer with a silly grin all over my face! :D
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Many thanks to the lovely Jenre, who's been very quick off the mark in reviewing A Ghoul Like You!


Those with a strong constitution and a love of Halloween stories are going to enjoy this one a great deal. I did. - Jenre (read the full review here)
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Well, not quite - but an anthology I'm in is on sale from Tesco Books! Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] penelopefriday for letting me know!

boy fun revised

For completely illogical reasons, this pleases me greatly! Now I know I'm really getting somewhere! ;D

In other news, Pricks and Pragmatism has had two lovely five-star reviews on Amazon (neither of them, as far as I know, from anyone who knows me) for both of which I am exceedingly grateful, but I was as pleased as punch that the second reviewer mentioned they'd previously enjoyed my short story Angel, which I must confess has a special place in my heart.
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When I heard Kassa was going to be reviewing my new release, Pricks and Pragmatism, I must admit to a certain amount of quaking in my stylish-yet-affordable (all right, down-at-heel-and-knackered) boots!

Of course, a review is only one person's opinion - but Kassa's opinion happens to be one I respect, and I regularly check out her site, Three Dollar Bill Reviews. So I was vastly relieved to find she seems to have rather liked P&P!

"The writing and quick wit displayed throughout in addition to the solid characters makes the story simply fun to read. There are numerous touches of humor and dry wit that come across, mostly in Luke’s thoughts, but they keep the story engaging and entertaining" - Kassa.

You can read the full review on Jessewave's blog here.
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The lovely Jenre has reviewed Necking on her blog, and given it 4 stars! (Rating is on Jessewave's blog, here)

I was particularly chuffed to see her single out for praise Lenore Black's story, An American in Seville, which was definitely my favourite, and Josephine Myles' Unwrapped: The Birthday Gift, another great story. :)
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Yes, despite the best efforts of pesky volcanoes, I have made it back from Denmark only slightly later than planned (and a fair amount poorer *winces*).

Now, what did I miss?

Well, for starters, I missed... an interview with me! ;)
This appeared on the 15th at MichelenJeff reviews - if you've ever wondered what a typical writing day chez Merrow looks like, check it out! (Warning: you will be deeply disappointed by my total lack of anything resembling a work ethic.)

They were also kind enough to review my short stories Angel and Good Company, awarding each of them 4 kisses! :D
jl_merrow: (I Do Two)
*sigh* I wish I was tech-savvy enough to show you what my far-better-informed son gave me for Mother's Day, but I'm afraid you'll just have to imagine it: instead of the usual pointy cursor, I now have a heart-shaped one with "Happy Mother's Day" written on it! *beams with maternal pride*

And we have the first review for I Do Two, which is very pleasing indeed. :D
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The Care and Feeding of Demons anthology has had a 5 cups review from Coffee Time Romance

I particularly liked this bit: I absolutely fell in love with Rael and Lars and would love to read more about them. JL Merrow has created two unforgettable characters everyone should have an opportunity to meet.

Have I mentioned that A Blast from the Past, the sequel to Rael and Lars' story in the anthology, will be coming out in August 2010? ;D
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Yay! First review (at least, first I've seen) for The Care and Feeding of Demons

Rainbow Reviews has given it 5 stars! *bounces*

And okay, I'm biased, but I have to say I totally agree with the reviewer: All in all, this is a very sexy, very engaging set of stories about demon/human relationships. You won't be disappointed.

My story, A Calling for Pleasure, features the debut of Rael the (male) succubus. There will be more from him coming from Torquere - I'll keep you posted!
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Yay! The lovely and well-read Jenre has reviewed the Scared Stiff Taste Test recently released by Torquere. You can read the review on Jessewave's blog here! :D

The Taste Test contains stories by me, Sunny Moraine and Mercy Loomis.

You can find an excerpt from my story on the Torquere site, and an excerpt from Mercy's story is featured on [livejournal.com profile] elisa_rolle's LJ here

*collapses in exhaustion from all that coding* ;D
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And yep, I trembled as I clicked on the link!. But, with Alex Beecroft's splendid example of taking something positive away from a review even if someone hated your story, I gritted my teeth and clicked.

It's a review of Sindustry Vol 1, so at least I wasn't facing it alone! And yes, there are some pretty forthright opinions expressed which I know not everyone will agree with. But I was tickled pink to read this about my story, As Beauty Does: Great story, fabulous characterization... I especially love the use of the characters’ own language choices and words to indicate who they are and how they feel *beams*

And I was even more tickled pink (tickled crimson?) to read what they had to say about my own favourite story from the anthology, Lenore Black's Fun and Games, which was the reviewer's favourite too. :D
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Well, it seems I was overly pessimistic with the forecast yesterday (talking of which: we had a hailstorm today. Why? It is summer. It is even reasonably warm. Why, then, is ice falling from the sky? Discuss.)

I did, indeed, finish Under the Mistletoe today, and yes, it reached around 13k. But... the blues don't appear to have hit. Why? (again)

Well, it might have something to do with this review of the Torquere Cherry anthology in which my story Different Strengths appears, by the lovely Jenre on Jessewave's blog. (Note to self: must get Jenre to write my story synopses in future: she does it far better than I do)

D'oh! moment: One thing I’ve noticed about JL Merrow is that she likes to inject a certain amount of darkness into her stories. I swear, I wasn't consciously doing this! Yet, looking again at Under the Mistletoe: 2 significant characters dead before the story even starts, and 1 during the course of it.

*realises, at this point, she probably shouldn't mention the dead bunnies*


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