Welcome to January’s Birthday Blog, with a post – or maybe more – a day for your entertainment and fun :).
Today’s guest is J L MERROW. Please show your appreciation for the post if you enjoy it, and all the author’s links are below for you to take forward. Watch every day for any Rafflecopter giveaways, and don’t forget there’s ALSO a Grand Prize Draw at the end of the month for ONE lucky commenter.
Many thanks for dropping in, and have a great January!
I have a confession to make.
My name is JL Merrow, and I’m a bootaholic.
You may think I’m joking. Just ask my daughter, who was evicted from her bedroom to make way for my fabulous collection of footwear…
…No, not really, for heaven’s sake, what do you think of me? 😉
But it’s true I’ve come into some, shall we say, gentle criticism from my family for my devotion to that pinnacle of footwear, the boot.
But there are boots, and there are boots.
Now, as anyone who’s met me would probably agree, I’m the last person anyone would describe as “metal”. However, I do have one or two friends who veer towards that side of the periodic table, and it’s thanks to one of them that we have Lex and their New Rocks in Out!
Lex, who works with Patrick, is genderqueer, and they are definitely metal. But not quite as metal as their boots:
Here’s Lex’s first pair of New Rocks, the M.1013-S1 Black Buckle and Chain Boots.
They’re quite restrained, aren’t they? Just a few buckles and chains.
Practically mainstream, really. I mean, you wouldn’t look out of place in them at a metal festival, but equally, you could wear them to the shops without causing too much comment. Well, depending on where you do your shopping. Maybe not Waitrose…
But then we come to these bad boys, the M.280-S1 New Rock Gothic Black Boots with Spikes. Not so much shopping attire; more of the looting and pillaging variety.
Mark, as a responsible (at least, he’s trying) father of a fifteen-year-old girl whom Lex has befriended, is horrified by them:
Ye gods, were those spikes? Yes; yes, they were….These were the sort of boots Boudicca, legendary Queen of the Iceni, might have donned before trotting off to sack London and slaughter the Roman invaders. Was footwear like this even legal? – Out!
Question: Sadly, I don’t have any footwear quite this fabulous—I don’t own a single pair of boots with more than 3 buckles on them, and definitely no spikes! I’d love to hear about your most fabulous footwear, though!
Note: images are from http://newrockbootsuk.com/ and are reproduced here under the doctrine of Fair Use.
Prizes! I’m offering a prize of an ebook of the winner’s choice from my backlist to one lucky commenter at EVERY stop on the tour, plus a grand prize of a signed paperback copy of Played!, the second Shamwell Tale, which was the first one to feature Patrick from Out! I’m happy to ship worldwide, and I’ll throw in some small goodies as well. 🙂
Click on the Rafflecopter link below to enter. All Rafflecopters will be drawn on Jan 31.
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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’ Circle and the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.
When the costs are added up, will love land in the black?
Mark Nugent has spent his life in the closet—at least, the small part of it he hasn’t spent in the office. Divorced when he could no longer deny his sexuality, he’s sworn off his workaholic ways and moved to Shamwell with his headstrong teen daughter to give her a stable home environment.
His resolve to put his love life on hold is severely tested when he joins a local organization and meets a lively yet intense young man who tempts him closer to the closet threshold.
Patrick Owen is an out-and-proud charity worker with strong principles—and a newly discovered weakness for an older man. One snag: Mark is adamant he’s not coming out to his daughter, and Patrick will be damned if he’s going to start a relationship with a lie.
Between Mark’s old-fashioned attitudes and a camp, flirtatious ex-colleague who wants Mark for himself, Patrick wonders if they’ll ever be on the same romantic page. And when Mark’s former career as a tax advisor clashes with Patrick’s social conscience, it could be the one stumbling block they can’t get past.
Warning: Contains historically inaccurate Spartan costumes, mangled movie quotes, dubious mathematical logic and a three-legged pub crawl.
Follow the month’s posts at your leisure:
Jan 01: RJ Scott on her inspiration for a new series in 2016.
Jan 01: Temple Dragon on giving for free during December.
Jan 02: Chrissy Munder on an author’s passion for paper planners.
Jan 03: Meredith Russell on inspirational cop series.
Jan 04: Becky Black on her five-year anniversary as an author.
Jan 05: Alexa Milne on characters stepping outside their comfort zone.
Jan 06: Sandra Lindsey on her dancing shoes challenge.
Jan 07: Anne Barwell on her WWII trilogy at Dreamspinner Press.
Jan 08: Elin Gregory on reviews – past, present and future.
Jan 09: Eli Easton on mature heroes and our life choices.
Jan 10: Julie Moffett on the geek in us all.
Jan 11: Jaime Samms and the rewards of an online life.
Jan 12: LC Chase on paying kindness forward.
Jan 12: EM Lynley on the recipes that add taste to her books.
Jan 13: Nicki J Markus on falling in love with her characters.
Jan 14: Vicktor Alexander on giving thanks to friends and fans.
Jan 16: Joanna Chambers on the spark of joy from reading and writing romance.
Jan 17: Jordan Castillo Price on esteem-building new year do-overs.
Jan 18: Lillian Francis on deciding on when to come to an end.
Jan 18: Hunter Frost on a Top Ten new anthology.
Jan 19: Lily Harlem on hot fiction and cool drinks.
Jan 19: Liam Livings on how writing is like ski-ing.