Friday, March 04, 2016

Blog Tour: Lovers Leap by JL Merrow Includes Guest Post & Giveaway

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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!

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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.

clip_image002They 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

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Lovers Leap

JL Merrow

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Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Release: 29th February 2016

Genre: M/M (Romantic Comedy)

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Synopsis

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

Waterhouse_a_mermaid hiresJL 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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Purchase Links

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Giveaway

Leave a comment for a chance to win $29 in Riptide credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on March 5, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

46 comments:

  1. Lego's have always been one of my favourite toys... And they can be put to many very creative uses (not only as booby traps, as Michael knows). When we were kids, my sister and I used to create all kind of evil devices using Lego pieces... Thankfully, we did not have the soul of an ingeneer so all of our devices failed spetacularly...
    I've enjoyed Lovers Leap a lot. I really love it when a book makes me laugh aloud, and Lovers Leap did it. Michael and Rufus are hilarious sometimes...
    susanaperez7140(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Aw, thank you! So glad you enjoyed the book and it made you laugh.

      And yes, Lego has endless potential! I saw a link today for a working orrery that's 97% accurate: http://www.brothers-brick.com/2016/02/27/working-lego-orrery-is-accurate-to-97-video/

      (my own creations were, ahem, not *quite* so impressive...)

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  2. Ah, Legos...they do bring back memories, and I have stepped on more than my fair share. :) Your book sounds like a lot of fun. I look forward to it.

    saphicwitch@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks! I hope I didn't bring back too many painful memories! ;)

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  3. Your post brings back memories of those evil devices of Satan. My older brother had them and despite it being over 35 years since I've stepped on one, I remember the agony well. I don't know why they aren't used for torture sessions.

    Congrats on the release of Lovers Leap. The publisher picked an appropriate release date.

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    1. Oh, those clever people at Riptide had this all planned out well in advance. I'm just chuffed they thought of asking me if I'd like to do a Leap Year story. :D

      And thank you!

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  4. I always say a good book, should make you laugh or cry, fearful or safe. Thats when you know you are reading a good story. Because you have connected to the characters.

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    1. Absolutely. And I hope you'll connect with Rufus and Michael! ;)

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  5. I love legos. My sister and I collect the minifigures now, but when we were kids we used to play all the time with them. Congratulations on the release of your book.



    ticuv@yahoo.com

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    1. There are some great lego minifigures around. I want a Deadpool keychain - I mean, come on, it's even canonical! ;)

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  6. I was not really a Lego fan, but my older brother would create incredible things with the blocks and then leave them be... just for me to play with it like with my own mini-dollhouse ;-)
    Thanks for reminiscing me of that!

    foebz (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Oh, that's such a lovely memory!
      My older brother was more into breaking stuff for me... And there was that time he stripped off all my Pippa dolls (think smaller Barbies) and put one in bed with the one male doll I had, and lined the others up behind a sign saying "Queue here"...

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  7. I swear that Legos crawl out of their bins at night and migrate down the hall to the one spot you will step on them!

    goaliemom0049(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. O_o. That is not an image I wanted in my head just before bedtime...
      Actually, that's a good point. Where were the lego bricks in Toy Story? I'm imagining them as a sort of hive mind...

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  8. Happy LOVER'S LEAP release. Thanks for sharing your grandpa with us.
    --Judy
    j dot stonewright at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you - and you're welcome! :)

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  9. Loved the blurb on Riptide. Laugh out loud funny. Can't wait to get the book.
    lnourse(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Hope you find the book just as funny. :D

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  10. Yeah, I was thinking the other day about the LEGO sets. We didn't have anything except a big pile of LEGOS and our imagination. Either way they're a lot of fun. :-)

    aelnova@aol.com

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    1. Yes, you can build wonderful things from the specialised lego sets you get nowadays, but I can't help feeling they discourage creativity. Or maybe it's just a cunning ploy to get parents to play with their kids, as those detailed instructions are far beyond a child's patience! ;)

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  11. I'm definitely a Lego fan, though I prefer the minifigures these days...it's annoying that the little dot codes are so hard to decipher on the bags (thus increasing your chance of buying the same one twice), but they're so detailed and cute!

    vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

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    1. The minifigures are great - much cuter than the original lego family, which I remember you had to pull the legs off and put an extra brick in so they could sit down...
      http://brickset.com/sets/200-1

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  12. In days gone by we didn't have Lego we had "Better Builder" they were small white bricks which snapped together like Lego but smaller also there were little windows, doors and roof tiles to build your own little house my sister and I spent many happy afternoon building little houses.

    ShirleyAnn(at)speakman40(dot)freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk

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    1. Ooh, I never saw that one. Although some of my friends did have sets of lego-in-all-but-name that had bricks of just slightly different dimensions, so it got really annoying if they got mixed up with the lego.

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  13. Can't say I've ever been a fan of legos. But only because I haven't much exposure to them.
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. I hope you had something equally fun and creative to play with. :)

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  14. Ah Legos, my childhood friend; obviously they were more succesful in this modern world than the litle ol' me.. ;-) Oh but your post did bring back memories, J (and not all a good one where Lego concerns lol).
    Congrats on your newest release which I've no doubt will be as entertaining to read as always! :)
    puspitorinid(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks! And sorry for the bad memories. ;)

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  15. LEGOs are amazing. When I was teaching I ran a league for building a robot with LEGOs. It had to do all sorts of tasks and we competed.

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    1. Oh, how cool! It's amazing what people can get the stuff to do. :D

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  16. my son loves lego's ..he can do them all day and never get tired of it..most of the time my husband joins in..lol
    jmarinich33@aol.com

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    1. You're obviously bringing up an engineer of tomorrow! :D

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  17. gotta love the lego landmine....OUCH!!

    leetee2007(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. Lego were some of my favorite toys when I was a kid! But they are horribly painful to step on. Thanks for the post!
    Toni violet817(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. *nods, and winces in memory*
      And you're welcome! :D

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  19. My kids were both big fans of Legos. They used to love building different kinds of things. Thank you for sharing the post and the giveaway!

    ree.dee.2014 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Whoever first came up with the idea was a genius.
      And you're welcome! :D

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  20. My son loved Legos so I'm no stranger to the Lego Landmine. I can't wait to read Lovers Leap. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thanks - I hope you enjoy the book! :D

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  21. I didn't have a lot of lego as a kid. My brother had it all and I wasn't allowed to touch it.

    Allesonl@gmail.com

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    1. That's terrible! *starts plotting revenge on your behalf*

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  22. I didn't have a lot of lego as a kid. My brother had it all and I wasn't allowed to touch it.

    Allesonl@gmail.com

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  23. Thank you so much for the opportunity and congratulations on your new release! I have two sons who were Lego crazy but loved to leave the little pieces around everywhere. It wasn't so much treading on them that was the problem, but more that the vacuum liked to consume them and then they would come to me weeks later saying "Have you seen that tiny little black piece, I need it for my tank?" They all went to Lego heaven to live with all the Barbie shoes and accessories :)

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  24. I loved Legos as a child, and as a mom, too, it was a nice bonding time with my girls. :D Thanks for the chance and congrats on the new release!

    anamaribelcardenas@yahoo.com

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  25. Oh my gosh, I love this post. I have to go look up those slippers now, just for nostalgia's sake. I don't actually have any legos at home right now. :)

    waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

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