WOOHOO!! It’s release day of JL Merrow’s To Love a Traitor and if you haven’t got your copy yet then make sure you do. I LOVED this book, a beautiful historical novel about broken trust and learning to love again.
JL is with us today on the blog talking about why she loves writing historical M/M novels so much and don’t forget the giveaway for your chance to win a signed paperback copy.
Holidaying* in the Past
*because I am a Brit, and refuse to go on “vacation” ;)
Hi, I’m JL Merrow, and it’s great to be here at Sinfully... again as part of the To Love a Traitor blog tour!
Most of my books are contemporaries. They might be mysteries; they might be rom-coms. They might be a bit of both. But while I’ve dabbled in other genres, it’s probably fair to say I’m not exactly known for my historical fiction.
So why, in these days of “author branding”, bring out a historical novel now?
Because, gentle reader, I love the stuff. Always have. Some of the first m/m fiction I ever even heard about, let alone read, was historical fiction, and I’ve continued to read it with pleasure to this day. Not surprising, probably, when you learn that I was pretty much hooked on classic literature in my late teens and early twenties (curiously, this coincided with the period in which I was supposed to be wrestling with particularly pesky physics problems. Why, yes, I did happen to find the college English Literature library a rather convenient place to procrastinate, I mean work).
I binged on Burney, raved over Radcliffe, trifled with Trollope and went wild for Wodehouse. I was the sort of girly swot who not only read the introduction to Northanger Abbey, but also set about finding and reading as many as possible of the books Austen parodied in the novel. Having read Richardson’s Pamela (an 18th-century example of the Abduction is Love romance trope) I couldn’t rest until I’d located a copy of Fielding’s Shamela.
So for me, writing (or, as in this case, substantially re-writing and expanding) a historical novel is pretty much like taking a holiday. The past, as they say, is another country: the hygiene is dubious and the facilities aren’t much cop but hey, I’m a Brit, I’m used to doing without air con and customer service. ;)
I spent several months last year holidaying in the early part of the twentieth century: reading century-old fiction and historical documents (some of them only just released to the public). And I loved it.
To Love a Traitor by JL Merrow
Title: To Love a Traitor
Author: JL Merrow
Release: 15th September 2015
Genre: M/M (historical / mystery)
Wounds of the heart take the longest to heal.
When solicitor’s clerk George Johnson moves into a rented London room in the winter of 1920, it’s with a secret goal: to find out if his fellow lodger, Matthew Connaught, is the wartime traitor who cost George’s adored older brother his life.
Yet as he gets to know Matthew—an irrepressibly cheerful ad man whose missing arm hasn’t dimmed his smile—George begins to lose sight of his mission.
As Matthew’s advances become ever harder to resist, George tries to convince himself his brother’s death was just the luck of the draw, and to forget he’s hiding a secret of his own. His true identity—and an act of conscience that shamed his family.
But as their mutual attraction grows, so does George’s desperation to know the truth about what happened that day in Ypres. If only to prove Matthew innocent—even if it means losing the man he’s come to love.
::: MARK’S REVIEW :::
Meet JL Merrow
JL Merrow is a very English writer of (mainly) m/m fiction who finds writing the only way to stay sane, except of course when a plot is driving her crazy. Having grown up on an island, she can’t remember a time before she could swim and prefers to remain close to water at all times. Luckily, the weather in her native land being as it generally is, this is not difficult.
I’m that rare beast; an English person who refuses to drink tea. I’m a writer of (mainly) m/m or f/f romance, mostly contemporary or paranormal, but with a fickle muse that occasionally ambushes me in dark alleyways and drags me off, cackling, to write historical or science fiction.
Some might call all this pillar-to-posting tragic evidence of a short attention span; I couldn’t possibly….er, what were we talking about, again?
I enjoy reading, martial arts, and surprising people who judge a book by its cover.
She is a member of the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.
Connect with JL Merrow
I’m offering a free ebook from my backlist to a randomly chosen commenter on each blog post.
And there’s a grand prize of a signed paperback copy of To Love a Traitor for one lucky commenter on the tour. I’m happy to ship internationally, and the more blog posts you comment on, the more chances you get!
I’ll be making the draws around teatime on Monday 28th September, GMT.
Please leave your email address in your comment so I can contact you should you be one of the lucky winners.
Good Luck XX