Hi, I’m JL Merrow, and I’m delighted to be here as part of the blog tour to celebrate the release of Lovers Leap, my fast-paced romantic comedy with a leap year theme set on my beloved, native Isle of Wight. Lovers Leap features two very different young men—each of whom will need to take a leap of faith if their love is to survive!
Lego, Caltrops of Satan
Ah, Lego bricks. Or, for the Americans among us, Legos. They encourage creativity; they can be used to teach Maths (or, if you’re American, Math—language divide, why are you so flippin’ illogical? *g*) and they make a really loud noise when you drop a box of them on the floor.
They have other drawbacks too. If you’ve ever stepped on a Lego brick in your bare feet (as Michael does in Lovers Leap, hoping for a romantic assignation with Rufus but instead falling foul of his dad’s booby trap) you’ll know what I mean by Caltrops of Satan.
The combination of fiendishly sharp corners and average adult body weight concentrated onto the area of one small, but very hard, plastic brick can often provide one of the most painful parts of parenthood (well, for fathers, anyhow. I’ve stepped on many a Lego brick in my time, but at no time did it cause me to reminisce fondly about labour pains.)
Lego, the company, are not unaware of the problem—they even, in November 2015, produced special Lego slippers with massive amounts of padding underfoot. Sadly, at the moment these slippers are strictly limited edition. All you seem to be able to get in the shops are slippers that look like Lego bricks, which are not the same thing at all.
I have a lot of fond childhood memories of Lego. Back in those days, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and no one had even thought of the internet (except EM Forster, but that’s another story) we didn’t have these new-fangled sets with custom-shaped bricks to enable you to make stuff with actual curves. Not only did it force you to rely on a hefty dollop of imagination, I’d venture to suggest treading on the stuff was even more painful in those days of yore.
Lego even provided my first paid employment: tidying up my big brother’s entire stock of bricks for the princely sum of 5p, which was almost enough for a Mars Bar back then (I told you it was a long time ago!)
And Lego always reminds me of my Grandad. A whimsical man who was always ready to get down on the floor and build improbable creations with us, to him a one-spot Lego brick was invariably known as “an overhead, underhand, back front tiddly bit.”
Even after all these years, Gramps, I still miss you. J
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release: 29th February 2016
Genre: M/M (Romantic Comedy)
If they looked, would they ever leap?
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.
Would-be chef Rufus can’t believe his luck when a dripping wet dream of a man walks out of the sea on his birthday, especially when Michael ends up staying at the family B&B. Life is perfect—at least until Michael has to go home to the mainland.
Rufus can’t leave the island for reasons he’s entirely neglected to mention. And though Michael identifies as bi, breaking his mum’s heart by coming out and having an actual relationship with a guy has never been his plan. With both men determined to keep their secrets, a leap of faith could land them in deep water.
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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.
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