Birthday Blog Month Jan20 – J L Merrow

Welcome to January’s Birthday Blog, with a post – or maybe more – a day for your entertainment and fun :).

cheerToday’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!


Fabulous Footwear

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:

FabulousFootwear_M.1013-S1Here’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…

FabulousFootwear_M_280-S1_bBut 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: 

Out!72webYe 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 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. 🙂

Good luck!

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JL Merrow Rafflecopter giveaway


Waterhouse_a_mermaid hiresJL 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.

Find JL Merrow online at:, on Twitter as @jlmerrow, and on Facebook at


Played!72webWhen 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.

Available in ebook and paperback:      Samhain | Amazon | ARe


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.

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About clarelondon

Clare London took her pen name from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with award-winning novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic, and sexy characters. Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter three stage and plenty of other projects in mind... she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home. Clare loves to hear from readers, and you can contact her here: Website: E-mail: Blog: Facebook: Twitter: Goodreads: Amazon: Google+ :

33 thoughts on “Birthday Blog Month Jan20 – J L Merrow

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  2. I bought Out! this morning – happy release day!

    I admit I am completely intimidated by those boots. I’m sure I’d injure myself on those spikes. It would be quite gruesome. Personally my footwear tends to the comfort side of things. At present, very boringly I know, my favourite footwear is my slippers!

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    • LOL! I don’t think I’d ever dare wear them either – I’d probably end up getting the spikes locked on each other. And they’d terrify the cat. They’re probably more comfortable than they look, although I bet they weigh a ton.

      And thank you! 😀 Hope you enjoy the book!


  3. I don’t think I could pull those boots off and I would definitely injure myself on the spikes! But I do love boots and all shoes really, especially with fabulous high heels. Looking forward to reading Out!


    • I saw some amazing high heels quite recently at a Pink Singers concert in London – all being worn by men. One of the guys looked around seven feet tall in them!
      Hope you enjoy the book! 😀


  4. I think I’d be afraid to wear the boots with the spikes…I could just see myself accidentally stabbing someone I was trying to hug. I am not a big shoe person. About 2 years ago, I finally gave in and bought a two pair of boots that were pretty simple looking. I always wanted a pair of thigh high boots when I was younger though. I usually found in a pair of sneakers.


    • If I wore the spiked boots, I’d actually be genuinely worried about my cat putting an eye out on them – he has a bit of a foot fetish and likes nothing better than to rub up against people’s shoes! 🙂
      It has to be said, sneakers are the most practical choice. Imagine trying to run for a bus in those boots!


  5. Wow some really great pictures of boots I myself could never wear anything like that but they do look so cool on people. Saying that I haven’t worn shoes for about 20 years just short boots (the regular kind) and then sandals in summer.


    • Yes, boots for winter, and sandals for summer are the only footwear I really enjoy wearing.
      I try to avoid going out too much in those pesky in-between seasons… 😉


  6. Boots are a lot of fun to wear and are especially great in cold or rainy weather. I’ve had to donate some of them away since my feet seemed to have gotten wider and they don’t like too much of a heel now. Those above boots have a lot of personality.


    • *sigh* I had some gorgeous lace-up high-heeled ankle boots that made me look around six inches taller, but having kids made my feet spread so I had to give them away. 😦
      Still, on the bright side it gave me an excuse to buy some new boots… 😉


  7. I do love shoes… Though I have nothing as special as those boots you picture, boots are one of my obsession. My sister says I’m insane when it comes to boots… I have twelve pairs, in a wide variety of colours, black, white, brown, grey, blue, pink… I have a thing for fur-lined cosy boots. They are my credit card kryptonite! 😉


  8. I tried to leave a comment on the JL Merrow rafflecopter link but couldn’t type anything and then it accepted my (blank) comment! Foiled! I didn’t want to win a book as I’ve got them all, I just wanted to join in!
    Anyhoo – love the boots – particularly like that they have a code number as well as a style name. Heh.
    My favourite footwear are a pair of Vivian Westwood shoes – I don’t own them, I just saw them in her footwear exhibition. Black suede with…can I say this on a blog….erm..I’m warning anyone of a delicate disposition – stop reading now…..on the front was a man part. (Although – you’re all JL Merrow readers – why am I worrying) Yes, really, done in black suede, with a little ruffle of wool at the base. On the back of the ankle were a couple of small wooly pom poms. I have never wanted a pair of shoes more in my life. I still like to imagine people’s faces if I wore them – I’d never be intimidated by anyone or anything in those shoes. 😉


  9. I’m afraid I only wear flats that are comfortable. My favorites are a pair of dark grey Uggs! My daughter on the other hand is obsessed with boots! When she first started filling her closet, she was very firm in that stating that she hated studs and any kind of metal adornments! Now five years later, she is leaning towards the M.1013-S1 Black Buckle and Chain Boots. I just laugh and she know what I mean.


  10. Um, I actually have a shoe closet. When I moved into my house, there was a closet in the front room that I use as a TV room. I had my handyman build shelves in there and that is my shoe closet. The sad part is that I have WAAAAAY too many shoes for that closet, so I have shoes in every other closet in the house as well. And quite a collection of snow boots given the climate so my coat closet (I actually have two of those) have those boots tucked away. I won’t even begin to guess how many I have – but lets say it’s well into 3 figures. I have given away loads in the last year (how scary is that???) to my sister, mother, consignment sale, Charity shops, etc. I am set to go through another gleaning soon for another AmVets donation. It;s really a terrible obsession. I have at least three pairs of studded and buckled boots, a gorgeous pair of tall moss green suede boots, red boots (at least three pairs in various heights and weatherproofing), etc. I really need to cull some pretty soon 😉


  11. I have New Rocks with springs in the soles, which I think you’ve seen. Also Pennangalan boots with UV-reactive stripes down the front (I used to have a pair of their thigh boots with ridiculous heels and platform soles, but my joints protested too much).

    Last night I was fairly restrained and just wore my Wonder Woman Converse with that dress I wore when we saw Prof Elemental.


  12. Boots aren’t quite practical here in Florida but I do own a single pair of ankle boots with a little heel!


  13. Wow, those boots… It’s really not practical to wear boots here, where it stays pretty warm in general. (I have perhaps 2 pairs of boots.) I don’t have a big footwear collection in general, but for some reason have multiple pairs of tennis shoes.


  14. Love this series 🙂 Boots I have plenty of them, mostly flat/small heal, some really lovely power boots with heals and a scary pair of bovver boots. All colours, including a gorgeous green and purple pair but the black ones are my favourites and I wear them more.


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