JL Merrow and I wrote these stories a few years back, and it's been a joy to collect them together in this anthology. I think this is our best Mad AboJL Merrow and I wrote these stories a few years back, and it's been a joy to collect them together in this anthology. I think this is our best Mad About the Brit Boys book so far, and I hope you all agree.
Here are the individual story blurbs:
Epiphany by JL Merrow
When security guard Vinnie spots a young British guy, Gray, looking lost on a New York street, he thinks he’s never seen anyone so beautiful. The feeling’s mutual: concert pianist Gray loves everything about the huge muscle man who’s offering to walk him back to his hotel. When they stop off at Vinnie’s apartment, sparks fly—but when they finally get back to Gray’s hotel, things seem to fall apart. Is one afternoon all they’ll ever have?
Halfway up the Stairs by Josephine Myles
When Charlie wakes up alone after arguing with his boyfriend the night before, it seems like nothing will resolve the situation. Josh wants them to move, but Charlie is too attached to the house. It’s not just all the work he’s put into it, though, it’s all the memories. One memory in particular, of standing hidden halfway up the stairs, watching and wanting…
Sense Memory by JL Merrow
Blinded by a drunk driver, Colin is haunted by a sense memory—the smell of wood chippings. When he meets up with Alban, who he's been chatting with online, he finally finds out why.
Without Words by Josephine Myles
Is that gorgeous redheaded hunk on the building site really checking him out? Nick thinks it’s worth the risk of getting his head kicked in to find out. Only trouble is, Nick tends to end up spoiling things with his nervous babbling. This time he’s going to have to keep his mouth shut. It’s either that or he’ll have to find some other way to occupy it…
JL Merrow and I have a new anthology out tomorrow! It will be available on Amazon only, and features five short stories. They've all been previously pJL Merrow and I have a new anthology out tomorrow! It will be available on Amazon only, and features five short stories. They've all been previously published, but we wanted to make them available for any readers who missed out the first time around.
Here are the individual story blurbs to whet your appetite:
Leeches and Layabouts by JL Merrow Would you trust a vampire to grow garlic? Newly undead Crispin’s desperate to stay in the closet about his condition to protect his garlic farming business. Lifelong layabout Art is just as desperate to stay unemployed. But Crispin is about to make Art a job offer he can’t refuse!
Something Queer by Josephine Myles Pete, the trainee barman, is warned about “something queer” down in the cellar, and finds out just how accurate that description is!
Sacrifice by JL Merrow Rafe’s happy enough to go up to Castlerigg’s ancient stone circle with the good-looking guy he meets in the pub one summer evening. But what he doesn’t know is that Damien’s got more than just sex in mind.
Et in Orcadia by JL Merrow David, an Englishman living in the Orkney Islands, mourns the loss of his lover Kyle to the sea—and finds a strange young man on the beach who seems to share his grief. Wracked by the suspicion Kyle may have been unfaithful to him, David is drawn despite himself to the mysterious Runi.
One Last Wish by Josephine Myles Xavier is bored of being a genie, banished to a lamp and forced to fulfill the same old wishes time after time. That is until he meets Scott, an attractive young man who seems determined to spend his wishes in a way Xavier very much enjoys.
I think this is my filthiest book to date (yes, even filthier than The Hot Floor), but it's also a lot of fun and is my attempt to turn some of the BDI think this is my filthiest book to date (yes, even filthier than The Hot Floor), but it's also a lot of fun and is my attempt to turn some of the BDSM fiction cliches on their head. Writing an inexperienced and somewhat accident prone Dom being trained by a smart and sassy sub was great fun. Even more fun when you factor in that Jeff the Dom isn't gay, and his sub Eddie most definitely is!
It's out on September 23rd, and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon and Samhain. If you want spoilers for the type of kink included then please PM me :)...more
Stuff is the second in the Bristol Collection after Junk, and tells Mas's story. It's a more lighthearted read than Junk, despite shopkeeper Perry beiStuff is the second in the Bristol Collection after Junk, and tells Mas's story. It's a more lighthearted read than Junk, despite shopkeeper Perry being a borderline hoarder.
Stuff gave me a chance to set something in a vintage clothes shop--one of my favourite kinds of hang-out!--and it's also my first go at writing a "gay for you" (or "out for you" if you prefer) storyline. I liked the idea of Mas having a challenge on his hands, and falling for a man who is not only posh, but also rather hard to seduce....more
Author’s Note about the second edition (out on February 10th, 2014):
Tailor Made is a story close to my heart in many ways. Not only is it set in Bath—Author’s Note about the second edition (out on February 10th, 2014):
Tailor Made is a story close to my heart in many ways. Not only is it set in Bath—a city I love dearly—but Felix and Andrew are both creative in ways I’ve explored over the years. When I was a teenager I was obsessed with art and portraiture, like Felix, but I made the mistake of choosing a college preoccupied with conceptual art. At the time the Young British Artists were making headlines all over the world, and while I dutifully went about trying to give the tutors the sort of thing they were after (ephemeral artworks and paintings of roadkill, as I remember), I resented the fact that no one was attempting to hone my drawing and painting skills. After a year I was thoroughly disillusioned and I abandoned my art education, choosing to focus on crafts rather than fine art.
Over the years I’ve experimented with many different crafts both as work and hobbies, but the one that’s given me most enduring pleasure is dressmaking. I loved sewing as a child, but gave it up at some point in my teens because it just wasn’t cool enough for a wannabe artist. I wish I hadn’t been such a snob because I missed out on the chance to study it in depth at college, but I’m now making up for lost time by pursuing dressmaking as a serious hobby. Fortunately, these days there are plenty of wonderful online courses and I’m making the most of them.
Writing two students following such different creative paths allowed me to draw on all my arts and crafts experiences and my own changing views of what sort of artistic endeavours are worthwhile. I don’t mean to demean conceptual art—it’s not generally to my taste, but I certainly do consider the creative efforts of Hirst, Emin, and the Chapman Brothers to be thought-provoking art. However, I also see great value in amateur watercolours, feltmaking, and the messy handprint pictures my daughter used to bring home from school. Anything can be beautiful when created with love, and all humans have a deep-seated need to express themselves creatively in some manner, whether that be through interpretive dance, cross-stitch, or Tibetan throat singing. Those who say one form of creativity is superior to others aren’t seeing the big picture, and should go and spend some time working in an art class with learning disabled students (one of the most rewarding jobs I ever did!)
I wrote Tailor Made during one hot summer, three years ago, before I’d had my first novel published. At the time I had no idea whether I’d be able to make a success of a writing career, but I was determined to give it the best shot I could. Amber Quill Press accepted the manuscript for their “Hot College Daze” line, and it came out as an ebook in January 2012. I wasn’t thrilled about the generic cover it was given and I’m sure sales suffered as a result, but the response from readers and reviewers was excellent.
I always planned to write a sequel in which Felix would explore his cross-dressing kink, but as my career took off I always seemed to be writing to a deadline for Samhain, and there just wasn’t the time to devote to Andrew and Felix. I shelved my plan, despite having a great outline for the plot and several key scenes in mind, and decided that I’d think about it again when the contract with AQP was coming to a close.
Now, two years on, Tailor Made has come out of that original contract and finally has a cover to do it justice, thanks to the talented Lou Harper. I’ve also had the chance to go back through the original novella and give it another edit before self-publishing. I thought I might discover a messy plot and ghastly prose, but while there were certainly lots of minor edits and word changes to be made, I’m still really happy with the story as it is. And I’m pleased to report, I’m still eager to get going on that sequel.
Custom Fit will be published in the summer of 2014. I hope that if you’ve enjoyed Tailor Made, you’ll want to come and join Felix and Andrew as the next stage of their relationship unfolds. Felix tells me they’ll be sitting around eating curry in their underwear, waiting for us all to join them.
This is one of the best debut novels I've ever read. Fast-paced, witty, sexy, scary--it's not at all what I expected from a historical paranormal taleThis is one of the best debut novels I've ever read. Fast-paced, witty, sexy, scary--it's not at all what I expected from a historical paranormal tale. All the characters are incredibly vivid and the magic itself is utterly spooky.
I honestly found this incredibly hard to put down (read it through dinner--sorry family!) and I want to read it all over again now as I raced through it so fast the first time.
Can't wait for the next in the series. There's a huge amount still to explore in this fascinating magical world....more
I just love how Jordan's developing the PsyCop series. Spook Squad is another winner with Vic doing more moonlighting for the mysterious FPMP. In theI just love how Jordan's developing the PsyCop series. Spook Squad is another winner with Vic doing more moonlighting for the mysterious FPMP. In the process he discovers more about his own powers and the capabilities of the GhosTV.
It's hard to talk about the plot of this one without giving spoilers, so I'll confine myself to saying I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!
I'm also really excited to see where this series is headed. There are still some intriguing characters from Vic's Camp Hell days we haven't met. Will Movie Mike or Dead Darla appear in the next book? I can't wait to find out!
NB - new readers couldn't possibly jump into the series at this point. Go read from book one. You won't regret it!...more
I love Lou's writing--she always writes engaging plots with appealing, quirky characters. There's emotion, but rendered with subtlety and humour ratheI love Lou's writing--she always writes engaging plots with appealing, quirky characters. There's emotion, but rendered with subtlety and humour rather than melodrama. Dead in the Desert is her on top form.
Jon and Leander's third story takes them out to the desert in search of a missing person, while Jon searches deep inside himself to find the courage to let Leander know how he really feels....more
The starting point for my Summer Lovin’ story was the idea of wild swimming—and most particularly, swimming underwater. Now I’ve always been a water bThe starting point for my Summer Lovin’ story was the idea of wild swimming—and most particularly, swimming underwater. Now I’ve always been a water baby. I was lucky enough to grow up with access to a private swimming pool (not my parent’s, but their landlady’s), so I spent every summer swimming as much as I could. I was never all that bothered by swimming lengths competitively, but I loved messing about in the water and particularly swimming underwater. I could hold my breath for ages and used to love swimming down to the very bottom of the pool to collect things, or through underwater hoops. The way the light rippled down there was just magical.
These days I can’t swim underwater in pools as the chlorine irritates my eyes and sinuses too much, but I love wild swimming. Here in Somerset we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to local river and lake swimming spots. Originally I wanted this story to be set at a river swimming spot, but the water in rivers is far too murky to be good for underwater swimming. No, I needed a lake. In particular, a rocky lake without much mud and silt. I needed a quarry lake...
I realised when I read all the stories the others submitted that mine is the only one not set in a touristy area, but on working farmland. It’s also not a summer fling, but rather two friends reunited after a few years apart. I suppose you could say it’s a “new adult” story, as both young men are finding their way in the adult world of work and relationships. There’s a fair bit of sex, but it’s magical and dreamy rather than kinky (unlike my contribution to the Winter Warmers anthology!)
For me, though, the most important thing was the setting. This is the first time I’ve set a story quite so close to home, and I have particular fields and woodlands in mind, complete with old abandoned quarries (although in reality most of them aren’t flooded). This is the landscape I go running through, and it gives me great pleasure to set a story in the green and verdant gently rolling Mendip hills. I hope you enjoy this little slice of rural England.
The seed of the idea for Merry Gentlemen revolves around hearing tales of urban gulls who have persecuteI finally did it. I wrote a Christmas novella!
The seed of the idea for Merry Gentlemen revolves around hearing tales of urban gulls who have persecuted certain people, and from my own unpleasantly icky encounter with a large herring gull in the centre of Bath. Narrator Riley foolishly makes an enemy of bird on the same day he runs into his ex, Stan.
This is a lighthearted tale of old flames reunited, and it's set in Bath where I lived for many years. There's something utterly magical about the Bath Christmas Market, so I wanted to set a story there. Plus it gave me the ideal opportunity to write another sex scene in a shed!
Stan is Eastern European. I live in an area with a large Polish community and I often hear negative things from the right-wing British media about the way economic migrants from that part of the world are coming over here, stealing our jobs and not bothering to learn the language. With Stan I wanted to present a positive picture of a Slovakian who has fully integrated with the British way of life. This isn't in any way a political book, but I wanted to recognise in some small way the many people from Eastern Europe who I'm proud to call my friends.
Merry Gentlemen will be out on 12th November from Samhain Publishing....more
Cute, fun and sexy--everything I've learnt to expect from Anne! I have to admit it had been a while since I'd read Frat Boy and Toppy, and had forgottCute, fun and sexy--everything I've learnt to expect from Anne! I have to admit it had been a while since I'd read Frat Boy and Toppy, and had forgotten who some of the minor characters were. Still, it was no hardship to refresh my memory of that one. Collin and Eric make a great couple and I'm glad to find a bear hero in a gay romance. There aren't enough of them!...more
I've put together this anthology to collect nine of my favourites of the short stories I've written over the last few years. While you'll find the humI've put together this anthology to collect nine of my favourites of the short stories I've written over the last few years. While you'll find the humorous contemporary erotic romances you might expect from my longer works, I've always enjoyed experimenting with different subgenres in shorter works, and this collection reflects that.
You'll find a science fiction story included here, which was my very first published m/m story. There's also a bit of D/s historical kink, demons, and some magic realism. No werewolves, vampires or cowboys, but who knows if my muse will head in that direction one day?
Some of the stories are a little bit kinky, but I've also included a couple that leave the bedroom door firmly closed. Just occasionally that's felt like the right thing to do. I hope my muse doesn't make a habit of it, though!
I've wanted to write about a hoarder for a while, as I'm absolutely fascinated by documentaries about people who've filled their homes with so much stI've wanted to write about a hoarder for a while, as I'm absolutely fascinated by documentaries about people who've filled their homes with so much stuff they can no longer get into some of the rooms. I suspect part of my obsession stems from my own issues around acquiring and letting go of possessions. I'm much better than I used to be, but there have been times in my life when I've been forced to let go of vast quantities of "useful" stuff I was hanging on to. Mainly clothing and fabric, but also lots of books and magazines.
Hoarding can be pretty revolting when unsanitary items like rotten food are involved. Jasper isn't that kind of hopeless hoarder. He just has a problem with books, magazines and newspapers.
The catalyst for getting me writing this was watching a Channel Four documentary series called The Hoarder Next Door. The very first episode featured the story of Nigel, a man who had fallen into depression after the loss of his partner, Sid, and had subsequently built up a hoard that completely obliterated the beautiful home they'd shared. Nigel's story touched me, and watching psychotherapist Stelios Kiosses help him recover and move on was deeply affecting.
Jasper isn't in exactly the same situation as Nigel, but there are parallels, and Lewis is determined to help him using all his skills as a professional therapist and clutter-clearer.
This story isn't the unadulterated smutfest you might be expecting from me, and although there are a few sex scenes, for some reason these two characters kept finding reasons not to jump into bed together. They didn't want to swear much either. I'll admit I was perplexed by this strange behaviour, but decided to trust Jasper and Lewis, and remain true to the story they wanted to live out.
I hope you enjoy the results.
NB - The Junk Blog tour is now underway! Here's the itinerary (links to be updated as the posts go live), and there are prizes at every stop, along with a grand prize (details of that on my website here):
Screw the Fags is my way of giving something back to my readers, and of tying off one of the loose ends remaining at the end of Screwing the System: CScrew the Fags is my way of giving something back to my readers, and of tying off one of the loose ends remaining at the end of Screwing the System: Cosmo’s smoking habit. I really enjoyed this chance to revisit the two characters ten months into their relationship and explore how their approach to domestic discipline had developed over time.
I know that some of the people reading this as a freebie probably won’t have read the original story, and I did my best to avoid giving spoilers. I hope reading this has piqued your interest enough to want to find out more about how these two unlikely partners ended up together. ...more
I know I'm probably biased because Lou is a friend, but this book has been a real joy to critique for her. She creates some fantastic characters I couI know I'm probably biased because Lou is a friend, but this book has been a real joy to critique for her. She creates some fantastic characters I couldn't help but fall in love with--particularly the exuberent vampire Harvey--and the dialogue sparkles wittily. What's more, there's some sizzling sex, and not just one but three mystery plots.
For fans of mysteries, you're getting a great deal here. Many authors would have released this as a series of three novellas, each priced at a few dollars, but here you get them all for a steal as Samhain's prices are excellent value. But it's not just about the money: I'm glad Lou chose to package the three together as the romantic arc spans all three books and makes a complete story.
I'm still hoping Lou will write more about Gabe and Harvey, and I know she has ideas for them and more to explore in their backstories. She has already written a story (or three!) for Denton Mills, who appears in Spirit Sanguine as a scene stealing side-character. Check out Dead Man and the Restless Spirits, out June 25th....more
Lots of sex in this one, and I know some readers will have problems with the cheating narrator but I thought this aspect was really well handled. TheLots of sex in this one, and I know some readers will have problems with the cheating narrator but I thought this aspect was really well handled. The BDSM scenes are clearly written with a good insider's knowledge, and I loved the fact neither Dom nor sub were the stereotypes we so often see in m/m BDSM....more
The novel length Screwing the System began its life as a 13k freebie story I wrote for the Goodreads MM Romance Group's Love is Always Write event. IThe novel length Screwing the System began its life as a 13k freebie story I wrote for the Goodreads MM Romance Group's Love is Always Write event. I hadn't originally intended to write more than that, but as I worked on the short story Alasdair and Cosmo grabbed hold of my imagination and refused to let go. The short only details their first meeting and first scene, with a conclusion that worked okay, but didn't deal with all the issues the characters had raised. Clearly there was an opportunity to write more about these two.
Turning the short into a novel presented a few challenges. I wrote the original in first person from Cosmo's perspective. I really wanted to get Alasdair's point of view across too, and was reluctant to write another first person novel after my previous two. I ended up converting three of the scenes in the short into third person, and wrote others linking them from Alasdair's third person perspective.
This was still only the beginning of the story, however. The novel deals with the start of Cosmo and Alasdair's domestic relationship, which has a certain discipline structure along the lines of a Daddy/boy relationship. The original online short even has Cosmo calling Alasdair "Daddy", but in the end I decided to change this. I know that many romance readers are uncomfortable with this term being used in a sexual relationship, and I didn't want the presence of one little word to alienate readers who would otherwise enjoy the story. To those who enjoyed that aspect of the original, rest assured the relationship dynamic remains intact; Cosmo simply chooses a different honorific this time around.
I hope this novel will appeal to those who enjoy reading about BDSM and discipline relationships, but also to those who aren't familiar with these stories. There's nothing exceptionally hardcore here as I've focused more on the relationship dynamic than the kink. That's not to say there isn't plenty of kinky sex too, but it definitely sticks to the lighter end of the BDSM spectrum.
That's all from me. I hope readers enjoy the novel, and fall in love with these characters just like I did :)...more
Clare writes some smokin' hot sex scenes in this one--phew! I'm always a fan of romances where the sizzling sex comes first, and the characters slowlyClare writes some smokin' hot sex scenes in this one--phew! I'm always a fan of romances where the sizzling sex comes first, and the characters slowly get to know each other, with plenty of conflict along the way. You get that here in spades. The Brighton setting is a real bonus too....more
Now out in the second edition, complete with sexy new cover art by Lou Harper! I'd love it if those of you who shelved it with the old cover art couldNow out in the second edition, complete with sexy new cover art by Lou Harper! I'd love it if those of you who shelved it with the old cover art could update to this one, pretty please :)
Oh yes, and First Impressions, the first in this series of shorts, will be free for the whole of October over on All Romance eBooks and Smashwords. Yay!...more
Really sweet, quite slow-moving romance - but I don't mean that in a negative way. It felt like real life, and the characters were appealingly human,Really sweet, quite slow-moving romance - but I don't mean that in a negative way. It felt like real life, and the characters were appealingly human, with a mix of endearing traits and flaws. Also, what is not to love about a Cherokee Elvis? I do have a weakness for Elvis impersonators, I must admit. And the King himself, naturally....more
I'm so excited about the start of this series! There's something wonderfully cyberpunk about the technology, yet it feels like it's set in our presentI'm so excited about the start of this series! There's something wonderfully cyberpunk about the technology, yet it feels like it's set in our present reality in every other aspect.
Top marks to Jordan for including a character with Asperger's Syndrome. I used to work with teenagers with AS and she's managed to nail everything I loved about their unique way of approaching the world. I hope she hurries up and gets the next part out soon!
PS - I've decided to start rating things again. Not sure if I'll rate absolutely every book I read, but I'll certainly be giving out five stars to books I love unreservedly....more