Today JL Merrow and Josephine Myles are here to celebrate the release of their latest m/m/m anthology, Boy Meets Boy Meets Boy, and are discussing the most and least likely places to meet a new lover.
The Hook Up Joint - A guest blog by Josephine Myles and JL Merrow
Jo: I began my story of two young lovers trying to find a third partner in a pub, because like it or not, I think that’s where many people think they will find a sexual partner. That’s despite the general atmosphere being pretty dire, for the most part. I read a post recently on the marvellous waitbutwhy.com about why we all secretly hate bars, and I have to say it rang true for me. However, in my youth it was the only place I could think of to meet partners, and indeed I met my first three serious boyfriends in pubs.
Although that might be because I spent far too much time drinking back then…
What about you, Jamie? You chose some really different locations for your fictional threesomes to meet up: the gym and a dental surgery!
Jamie: yeah, I’m actually struggling to think where the setting for “Getting a Filling” came from - I think I must just have been to the dentist and it was on my mind! It’s certainly not the sort of place you’d expect for an amorous encounter! On the other hand, my current dentist is rather young and handsome, so… ;)
Jo: You’ve got a point. I once was registered at a dental practice staffed entirely by people who looked like they’d walked off the pages of a fashion magazine. It was a bizarre thing to find--especially on the NHS. I didn’t like my dentist, though, and was much happier with my next one even though he wasn’t much to look at. Chairside manner is way more important than looks, especially when they end up wearing a mask most of the time anyway.
But do we think the internet has pretty much cornered the market in hooking up? Surely most people meet their partners online these days? But does that make such a good story?
Jamie: I think online dating has huge story potential, actually. So much scope for confusion/misunderstandings/downright lying about every single aspect of your life and personality. Interacting online is not at all like meeting face-to-face - but for the relationship to develop, eventually you have to bite the bullet and meet up somewhere real. And that’s where the fun can really start, as all the little deceptions you practised to make yourself seem more fanciable crumble, and you have no time lag in which to come up with a really good response to something your date says.
I think there’s still scope for the meet cute in real life, though. And sometimes the internet can give that a helping hand - for instance, a close friend of mine met her partner when she was in a pub and recognised him as someone she’d seen on Facebook, and they then got talking.
Jo: Ah yes, the deceptions people practice online! It might not be a great topic for a romance, though, unless it was a real situation comedy...
I’m still thinking about the most unusual hook up places I’ve heard of or written about. I’ll always have a soft spot for the way Dan and Robin meet in my first novel, Barging In. Getting stuck across a canal in a boat definitely makes an impression! What’s your favourite of your fictional hook up locations?
Jamie: My fave I’ve written is probably from Muscling Through - in a dark alley, with Larry jumping to the conclusion that Al’s there to mug him! But the one in Lovers Leap - on a beach in winter, with Michael walking out of the sea dripping wet having been shoved in by an ex - comes a close second. :)
Of course, I’ve also had lovers first meeting while down a Yorkshire pothole, all covered in t’mud (“Soft Hands and Hard Hats”, in Best Lesbian Romance 2014), or by being shot in the arse with a toy arrow (Dead Shot). I’m starting to wonder if any of my characters ever do things the usual way!
And you’ve had a couple meeting in a hotel corridor when one of them was locked out of his room, stark naked (Locked Out), and others meeting while one was getting an x-ray (Pole Star).
Jo: Yes, it’s not just the location, but what they’re doing that can make a first meeting really memorable. Sometimes all it takes is a weird outfit or being crapped on by a seagull to get my muse going!
Readers, have you any tales of unlikely meetups you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear them!
Boy Meets Boy Meets Boy
A Mad About the Brit Boys anthology
JL Merrow and Josephine Myles
Release Date ~ 15th March 2016
Good men come in threes!
Three’s definitely not a crowd in this trio of contemporary erotic male/male/male ménages with a very British flavour from gay romance favourites Josephine Myles and JL Merrow.
Let your fantasies run wild as you take in the fit bodies down at the gym, or enjoy a very special birthday present from a loving partner. And even a trip to the dentist can be enjoyable with the right sort of distraction!
These stories have all been previously published, but are now available exclusively in this anthology.
Individual story blurbs
Kit Bag by JL Merrow
Working late at the gym one night, Kit’s delighted when two of his fantasies made flesh come in for a workout. The guys he’s dubbed Black Muscle Vest and Grey Sweats are tall, gorgeous and insanely built, and Kit can hardly take his eyes off their glistening, pumped-up muscles.
But he’s not the only one who’s been dreaming of a little hot and sweaty man-on-man-on-man action. Harry and Sven are only too happy to make Kit’s fantasy a reality in the changing room—and Kit’s going to get a workout of his own he’ll never forget!
Unwrapped: The Birthday Gift by Josephine Myles
All Dave wants for his birthday is a threesome, and his devoted boyfriend Mark is keen to oblige. Enter Pedro, the mysterious stranger they pick up from the pub. Taking him home with them promises a scorching encounter… if only Dave can deal with his nerves first!
Getting a Filling by JL Merrow
Ivo’s terrified of going to the dentist, even with his lover, Colin, there for moral support. But when the dentist turns out to be gorgeous—and gay—fear turns to flirtation. The next time Ivo ends up in the dentist’s chair it’s a lot more fun, as the support Colin and Ted give him is very immoral indeed!
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Other titles in the series:
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.
Meet Josephine Myles
English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.
Jo publishes regularly with Samhain, and now has over ten novels and novellas under her belt. Her novel Stuff won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Romance, and her novella Merry Gentlemen won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Gay Romantic Comedy. She has also been known to edit anthologies and self-publish on occasion, although she prefers to leave the “boring bits” of the ebook creation process to someone else. She loves to be busy, and is currently having fun trying to work out how she is going to fit in her love of writing, dressmaking and attending cabaret shows in fabulous clothing around the demands of a preteen with special needs and a soon-to-be toddler.
Jo and Jamie are gifting one lucky commenter with a book from each of their backlists.
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::: And the winner is……. Jenny B ……. CONGRATULATIONS! :::