JL Merrow

Biography

JL MERROW is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne.

She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and mysteries, and is frequently accused of humour. Her novel Slam! won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Romantic Comedy, and her novella Muscling Through and novel Relief Valve were both EPIC Awards finalists.

JL Merrow is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, International Thriller Writers, Verulam Writers and the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.

Find JL Merrow online at: www.jlmerrow.com, on Twitter as @jlmerrow, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jl.merrow

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Series

Porthkennack
Welcome to Porthkennack, a charming Cornish seaside town with a long and sometimes sinister history. Legend says King Arthur's Black Knight built the fort on the headland here, and it’s a certainty that the town was founded on the proceeds of smuggling, piracy on the high seas, and the deliberate wrecking of cargo ships on the rocky shore. Nowadays it draws in the tourists with sunshine and surfing, but locals know that the ghosts of its Gothic past are never far below the surface. This collaborative story world is brought to you by five award-winning, best-selling British LGBTQ romance authors: Alex Beecroft, Joanna Chambers, Charlie Cochrane, Garrett Leigh, and JL Merrow. Follow Porthkennack and its inhabitants through the centuries and through the full rainbow spectrum with historical and contemporary stand-alone titles.

Wake Up Call

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A Gathering Storm

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Broke Deep

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House of Cards

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Foxglove Copse

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The Plumber's Mate Mysteries
A plumber with a hidden talent and an ex–school bully who’s trying to atone for his past. This unlikely crime-solving duo could be the worst thing that’s ever happened to the murderers of rural Hertfordshire, England.

Pressure Head

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Relief Valve

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Heat Trap

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Blow Down

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Lock Nut

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Shamwell Tales
Welcome to Shamwell! A sleepy rural village in Hertfordshire, England, it’s the perfect place to move to for a little peace and quiet—or at least, you’d think so. But as a succession of newcomers to the village find, there’s more going on in these idyllic surroundings than cricket matches on the common and pints of ale in the local pubs. As a place where everyone’s connected to everyone else, Shamwell’s rife with mishaps, mayhem, and misunderstandings—and the path of true love is no smoother than the ancient stone walls of the parish church. Each contemporary romantic comedy in this series stands alone, but all feature a cast of characters drawn from Shamwell and its surroundings.

Caught!

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Played!

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Out!

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Spun!

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Books

Love at First Hate
Series: Porthkennack. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,330. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2018 by Riptide Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Bran Roscarrock has been living in the closet all his life. As heir to an expansive family legacy in the town of Porthkennack, old-fashioned ideals of respectability and duty were drummed into him since childhood, and he’s never dared to live — or love — openly.
Upstaged: An Anthology of Queer Women and the Performing Arts
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,300. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2018 by Supposed Crimes, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Drama/Theatrical, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Everything from actual plays to space operas to period pieces to contemporary romance. These talented storytellers captured womanhood, and women on stage and screen, in all their beautiful, wonderful glory. There are erotic and sensual tales, gender non-conformity, trans women, lesbians and bisexuals, politics, falling in love, parenting, youthful crushes, opera, toe-tapping musical numbers.
Lock Nut
Series: The Plumber's Mate Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,740. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2018 by Riptide Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Tom Paretski, plumber with a talent for finding hidden things, and his private investigator fiancé Phil Morrison have been hired to locate a runaway husband, Jonathan Parrot. The job seems simple enough—until their quarry turns up dead in a canal, and a photofit of Tom’s face is splashed all over the news, making him chief suspect.
Blow Down
Series: The Plumber's Mate Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,540. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2018 by Riptide Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Hired to recover a missing necklace, Tom and his fiancé, private investigator Phil Morrison, find themselves trying to unmask a killer. And there’s no shortage of suspects, including the local bishop.
One Under
Series: Porthkennack. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,740. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2018 by Riptide Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
London Underground worker Mal Thomas is staying in Porthkennack to recover from a traumatic experience. Getting more bad news from home is the last straw—until big, blond museum curator Jory Roscarrock steps up to offer some comfort.
Heat Trap
Series: The Plumber's Mate Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,800. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2018 by Riptide Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
It’s been six months since plumber Tom Paretski was hit by a shocking revelation about his family, and he’s been avoiding dealing with it ever since. His lover, PI Phil Morrison, wants Tom to dig deeper into his history and try to develop his psychic talent for finding things, but Tom’s not nearly so keen. Just as he decides to bite the bullet, though, worse problems crawl out of the woodwork.
Relief Valve
Series: The Plumber's Mate Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,790. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2018 by Riptide Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
The relationship between Tom Paretski, a cheeky plumber with a gift for finding hidden things, and PI Phil Morrison may only be a few weeks old, but already it’s under attack. Tom’s friends and family are convinced the former bully isn’t good enough for him, and they’re not shy about saying so. Then Tom’s prickly older sister, Cherry, is poisoned at her own engagement party.
Pressure Head
Series: The Plumber's Mate Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,640. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2018 by Riptide Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Tom Paretski’s not just a plumber with a dodgy hip courtesy of a schoolboy accident. He also has a sixth sense for finding hidden things. Called in by the police to help locate a body near Brock’s Hollow, he’s staggered to encounter Phil Morrison, his old school crush—and the closeted bully whose actions contributed to Tom’s accident.
Spun!
Series: Shamwell Tales. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,280. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2017 by Riptide Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
An ill-advised encounter at the office party leaves David Greenlake jobless and homeless in one heady weekend. But he quickly begs work from his ex-boss and takes a room in Shamwell with easygoing postman Rory Deamer. David doesn’t mean to flirt with the recently divorced Rory — just like he doesn’t consciously decide to breathe. After all, Rory’s far too nice for him. And far too straight.
Out!
Series: Shamwell Tales. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,540. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2017 by Riptide Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Mark Nugent has spent his life in the closet—at least, the small portion of it he hasn’t spent in the office. Determined to make amends to his neglected teenage daughter from a failed marriage, Mark swears off work—and love—so he can give her a stable home environment. But Mark’s resolve to keep his heart under wraps is tested when he meets an out and proud young man he’s instantly drawn to.
Played!
Series: Shamwell Tales. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,520. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2017 by Riptide Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Posh boy Tristan has one last summer of freedom before he joins the family firm in New York. But the classically trained actor can’t resist when the Shamwell Amateur Dramatics Society begs him to take a leading role in their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As an added incentive, he’ll be giving acting lessons to a local handyman who’s been curiously resistant to Tristan’s advances.
Caught!
Series: Shamwell Tales. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,150. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2017 by Riptide Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Behind Robert Emeny’s cheerfully eccentric exterior lies a young heart battered and bruised by his past. He’s taken a job in a village primary school to make a fresh start, and love isn’t part of his plans. But then he’s knocked for six — literally — by a chance encounter with the uncle of two of his pupils.
To Love a Traitor
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,210. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2017 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Solicitor’s clerk George Johnson moves into London lodgings in the winter of 1920, desperate to find the wartime traitor who cost his adored older brother Hugh his life. Yet as he gets to know his suspect, irrepressibly cheerful ad man Matthew Connaught, George loses sight of his mission -- and his heart. Bringing all their secrets to light could mean he’ll lose the man he’s come to love.
Wake Up Call
Series: Porthkennack. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,310. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2017 by Riptide Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
South London mechanic Devan Thompson has gone to Porthkennack to track down someone he’s been waiting all his life to know. But Dev’s distracted from his quest by Kyle, a broodingly handsome local of only a few months, who’s already got a reputation as an alcoholic because of his strange behaviour — including a habit of collapsing in the street.
Muscling Through
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,480. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2017 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Cambridge academic Larry Morton meets a huge, tattooed man in a dark alley, and assumes the worst, but Al Fletcher turns out to be more gentle than giant. No one else seems to see the sensitive soul beneath Al’s imposing, scarred, sexy exterior, and Larry’s task is daunting: convincing his colleagues, friends and family that their relationship is more than skin deep -- and convincing Al.
Angel
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,270. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2017 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
How do you know if you’re one of the damned? Parole officer Don’s strong Christian faith is shaken when his latest assignment turns out to be Michael, a young man whom Don saw his parish priest cast out of the church as a demon when they were children. Meeting him as an adult re-ignites the obsession Don had with the boy he couldn’t save -- but is Michael as damned as he believes himself to be?
Tortoise Interruptus
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,400. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2017 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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 Isle of Wight cafe where he works. Tip ends up in the capable hands of drop-dead gorgeous Steve, but Tip soon begins to wonder just how far he can trust Steve. Tip’s attempts at a normal life -- and love life -- seem doomed to remain frustrated!
Capture the Moon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,340. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2016 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Weaver’s daughter Adrien disguises herself as a boy and sets out on a journey of discovery, accompanied by her faithful piglet Ferkel. She accompanies a monk, Felix, to the King’s castle, where the beautiful Princess Selene refuses to marry until someone gives her the moon. Adrien and Selene fall in love -- but will Selene’s love die when Adrien reveals her true gender? A fairytale.
A Flirty Dozen
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 86,760. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2016 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Together for the first time, twelve short stories of male/male romance from award-winning author JL Merrow. Contains the stories: Love Found on Lindisfarne, Free Ride, Light the Fire, Dead Shot, Stronger Where it Counts, Jack in the Green, A Ghoul Like You, Batteries Not Included, Making it Pay, Trick or Treat, Good Breeding, and A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Chips, and Thou.
Permanently Legless
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,390. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2016 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Only half the man he used to be -- but maybe that’s enough. Soldier Chris came back from Afghanistan minus his legs but with his sense of humour and his lust for life intact. The one thing that can shake his confidence is meeting Josh, the one-night stand he hasn’t been able to forget. Josh hasn’t forgotten Chris, either. But with Chris such a changed man, can they still have a future?
Brass Rags
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,580. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2016 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Historical
In early twentieth century England, Lord Algernon Huffingham is looking for a man with a firm hand. Preferably work-calloused, and applied with vigour to Algy’s aristocratic buttocks. Can he find someone who’ll give him what he needs and still respect him in the morning? Disgraced footman Robert may be easy on the eye and flexible in his morals, but will he be able to rise to Algy’s challenge?
Damned If You Do
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,950. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2016 by Riptide Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Sexy male succubus Rael has an insatiable appetite for men that gets him into all kinds of trouble. And he’s just found his favorite flavor: hunky blond detective Lars Thornsson. When those cool Nordic looks combine with Rael’s smoldering dark charms, all Hell could break loose.
Lovers Leap
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,520. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016 by Riptide Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Good-looking, confident, and doted on by his widowed mum, Michael is used to thinking only of himself. Getting shoved off an Isle of Wight pier by an exasperated ex ought to come as a wake-up call—but then he meets Rufus and he’s right back to letting the little head take charge. Rufus is cute, keen, and gets under Michael’s skin in a disturbing way.
A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Chips, and Thou
Series: Stocking Stuffers. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,400. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2015 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Mohawked punk Liam’s besotted with a gorgeous older man he sees every day while busking at King’s Cross station. Liam’s tried to seduce the guy with his saxophone playing, but is beginning to despair. With a little Christmas magic in the air, though, the hideous homemade knitwear he’s given by his well-meaning mum and aunties could be just the thing for attracting a silver fox.
Free Ride
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,650. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2015 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
There’s no such thing as a free ride. Aidan’s only twenty, but he’s already learned that the hard way. Hitch-hiking up from London to Glasgow, Aidan’s fully prepared to offer payment in kind for his lifts. He’s not expecting a good-looking older bloke to pick him up in a Mercedes -- nor that he’ll start to care what John thinks of him. But what’s going to happen when they reach their destination?
Love Found on Lindisfarne
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,660. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2015 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When single father Chris meets a Viking reenactor on Lindisfarne, he thinks it’s the perfect recipe for a holiday fling -- and nothing more. Chris had a relationship with a free spirit like Ian before, and it didn’t end well for him or for his bright but troubled daughter Kelis. But Chris hasn’t reckoned with the Viking way of taking all you’re willing to give -- and coming back for more.
Jack in the Green
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,820. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2015 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Stranded in a remote country village for the May Day holiday in 1920s England, shy young Arthur finds himself drawn to the rough mechanic, Bob Goodman, who comes to the aid of his stricken car. In the second, darker May celebration that starts when the sun’s gone down, Arthur is whisked off in a wild dance by Goodman, who plays the part of Jack in the Green, the spirit of the greenwood.
It's All Geek to Me
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,450. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2015 by Riptide Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Jez is on a mission of mercy: to replace a tragically deceased comic book for his injured best mate. Venturing into the London comic shop, Jez is bowled over by the guy behind the counter. Rhys is the poster boy for hot geeks: tall, gorgeous, and totally cool. Jez is desperate to impress him, so he bluffs his way through comic book jargon ... The question is, how long can he keep up the deception?
Batteries Not Included
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,250. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2014 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Animal rescue worker Sam wakes up one morning to find himself unexpectedly in bed with his celebrity crush, Cain Shepney -- who’s convinced Sam’s a crazed, celebrity-kidnapping stalker. Cain’s further horrified to find his manager -- and even his mum -- insisting he’s an imposter, and the real Cain Shepney is right where he belongs! Sam only wants to help him -- but can he win Cain’s trust?
Making It Pay
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,620. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2014 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sometimes you can’t see the silver lining for the clouds...When rent boy Daniel lets nightclub bouncer Rob pay him for sex he thinks it’s wrecked their friendship. But there are more reasons than one why he hasn’t seen Rob since that night.
Trick or Treat
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,970. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2014 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
The memory of this party could haunt him forever ... Sam’s at the Halloween party from hell, until he meets an enigmatic stranger, James. The night may be chilly but the heat between Sam and James is hotter than Hades. But James has a role to play in the evening’s ghostly entertainment, and it’s a story that could have a deadly ending.
A Ghoul Like You
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,350. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2014 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
Niall’s just looking for a quiet life, ever since the botched vampire attack that turned him into a ghoul. Jamie’s a revenge-driven kid on a vampire killing spree, and he needs Niall’s help to survive. Somehow Niall finds his long-dormant conscience -- and his libido -- waking up. But Jamie’s luck can only last so long. This is a visceral story of love (or something like it) among the undead.
Light the Fire
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,030. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2013 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Two years after his lover’s death, Kurt’s still not looking for another relationship. But there’s a perky kid at his gym who won't take no for an answer. Matt’s drawn to Kurt’s caring, protective attitude as much as to his muscles. Can Matt show Kurt he’s not just a big mouth in a small package?
Good Breeding
Price: Free! Words: 6,280. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2012 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.33 from 6 reviews)
Adopted as a baby, Giles grew up with every privilege. Encouraged by his best friend -- and secret crush -- Oz to seek out his birth mother, he’s appalled to discover she’s loud, lower-class, and calls him Wayne! Giles needs to learn good breeding has nothing to do with who your parents are.
Dead Shot
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,720. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2012 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When carpenter Peter’s ten-year-old nephew shoots an arrow at a stranger, it leads to a hot date with good-looking lawyer, Edward. But Peter's guilty secret about Kevin’s father could undo all Cupid’s good work.
Stronger Where It Counts
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,090. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2012 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
IT guy Michael figures he's in for an awkward evening when a client takes him to a girlie bar. When he meets big, blond Kyle, it seems like it's his lucky night after all. But they have a shared, violent past Michael's managed to forget—and Kyle's hoping he won't remember.
A Real Boy
Price: Free! Words: 7,690. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
Carlo Collodi (author of Pinocchio) will be spinning in his Tuscan grave, although possibly not as fast as Walt Disney. The Brothers Grimm may be feeling a little dizzy as well… Lonely woodcarver Joseph, purveyor of fine hand-crafted goods to the BDSM market, decides to craft the ultimate sex toy, a life-size wooden Boy. Unfortunately Joseph's Boy has a mind of his own...

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