Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Blog Tour: Wake Up Call (Porthkennack #1) by JL Merrow. Includes Guest Post & Giveaway.


We are always thrilled to welcome JL Merrow to Sinfully and today she popped in on the tour to celebrate the release of her new book Wake Up Call, the first book in Riptide’s new Porthkennack series. Go check it out and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!


A Fisherman’s Prayer

Hi, I’m JL Merrow, and I’m delighted to be here today as part of the blog tour to celebrate the release of Wake Up Call, the first of my contemporary MM romances in Riptide’s multi-author Porthkennack series.

I pray that I may live to fish
Until my dying day.
And when it comes to my last cast,
I then most humbly pray:
When in the Lord's great landing net
And peacefully asleep
That in His mercy I be judged
Big enough to keep.

- Unknown.

Porthkennack, the setting of Wake Up Call, is a town that throughout the centuries has made its living from the sea—although whether fishing or smuggling was the more important industry is debateable!

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When your livelihood depends on risking your life day in, day out, then it’s not surprising you might be more inclined to religion. Sea fishermen, who live at the mercy of the wind and weather, have more reason than most to want any deities that might be around to look kindly upon them—which is probably why, all over the world, you’ll find fishermen’s churches and chapels.

Did the fishermen themselves pop in for a quick prayer before heading out in stormy waters? Or were these churches more for the families waiting fearfully for their menfolk to return from the sea?

Some were constructed for practical reasons, such as to save sailors and fishermen from an arduous journey to the nearest church for worship.

Some were built for ex-pats wanting a sense of the familiar and a piece of home. For example, Cardiff has the Norwegian Church, built in 1868 by Norwegian sailors to provide a place of worship and a community centre for them and their families. Roald Dahl worshipped there as a child.

And similarly, Porthkennack has its own fictional version—and because Porthkennack is Alex Beecroft’s creation, it’s delightfully different yet with impeccable historical provenance: the Aziziye Mosque, built in the eighteenth century by Ottoman sailors who absconded from a ship that went aground off Porthkennack in 1732. Decorated with sea shells and mother-of-pearl, it’s a popular local attraction—and witness to the fact that fisherman from all over the world have the same hopes and fears.


Wake Up Call


JL Merrow

WakeUpCall_500x750Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing 

Published ~ 17th April 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/m Romance



South London mechanic Devan Thompson has gone to Porthkennack to track down someone he’s been waiting all his life to know. But Dev’s distracted from his quest by Kyle, a broodingly handsome local of only a few months, who’s already got a reputation as an alcoholic because of his strange behaviour—including a habit of collapsing in the street.

Kyle Anthony fled to Porthkennack to escape from the ruins of his life. Still raging against his diagnosis of narcolepsy—a condition that’s cost him his job as a barrister, his lover, and all chance of normality—the last thing he wants is another relationship that’s doomed to fail. But Dev’s easy-going acceptance and adaptability, not to mention his good looks, have Kyle breaking all his self-imposed rules.

When disaster strikes Dev’s adored little sister, Kyle steps up to the plate, and Dev sees a side of his lover he wasn’t prepared for: competent, professional—and way out of Dev’s league. With one man determined that they don’t have a future, and the other fearing it, life after Porthkennack is starting to look bleak for both of them.

Now available from Riptide Publishing!

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About Porthkennack

Welcome to Porthkennack, a charming Cornish seaside town with a long and sometimes sinister history. Legend says King Arthur's Black Knight built the fort on the headland here, and it’s a certainty that the town was founded on the proceeds of smuggling, piracy on the high seas, and the deliberate wrecking of cargo ships on the rocky shore. Nowadays it draws in the tourists with sunshine and surfing, but locals know that the ghosts of its Gothic past are never far below the surface.

This collaborative story world is brought to you by five award-winning, best-selling British LGBTQ romance authors: Alex Beecroft, Joanna Chambers, Charlie Cochrane, Garrett Leigh, and JL Merrow. Follow Porthkennack and its inhabitants through the centuries and through the full rainbow spectrum with historical and contemporary stand-alone titles.

Check out Porthkennack!


Connect with the Author

WakeUpCall_JL Merrow bio picJL 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 the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Her novella Muscling Through is a 2013 EPIC ebook Award finalist. She is a member of the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.






To celebrate the release of Wake Up Call, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 22, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


  1. Congratulations on the release, Jamie, and thank you for the post. I'm looking forward to reading all the novels in the Porthkennack series (I've read one so far). I love all the authors who joined to create this series, so I know I'm going to love all these books

    1. Thank you! I've read a few of the other books already (perks of being a series author) and I can tell you, you're in for a treat! :)

  2. Wahoo! I didn't know this had been released! I love your other books - especially the Plummer's Mate series so I can't wait to give this a go. :D
    Congratulations on your release and thank you for the opportunity to win.


    1. Thank you! Hope you enjoy Wake Up Call! :D

  3. Thanks for sharing the prayer. I think it's interesting to think there were superstitious fisherman and such prayers were believed to keep one safe.
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    1. Well, they do say there are no atheists in foxholes. I think it's natural to want to believe there's something you can do in the face of nature at its most terrifying.

  4. Have on my to buy list. Congratulations on the new release. Thanks for the chance.

  5. congrats and added to my tbr
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  6. I'm so excited to explore Portkennack!


  7. congrats on the new release...sounds great!


  8. I'm hoping to get enough time to read this on Sunday but these blogs are making it super hard to wait. :-)

  9. I never knew about fishermen's churches (though I guess, considering the Apostles, they make sense)...


    1. *nods* Although it's not just a Christian thing. :)

  10. Congrats and thanks for the bit about Fisherman Churches. The story sounds great, as does this new collaborative series. I love when a book takes me places where I haven't been, as well as deals with topics I can learn more about, like narcolepsy. - Purple Reader,
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  11. Thanks for the interesting post! I saw a lovely fisherman's chapel when I visited Greece several years ago. I'm really enjoying Wake Up Call! violet817(at)aol(dot)com

  12. Good luck with the book. I definitely have to add it to my TBR list.
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  13. Thanks for the post, this series sounds spectacular!

  14. You're in for a treat with the other books, too! :)

  15. Sounds like a great book, will have to put this on my to be read list.

  16. Congrats on the new release! I can't wait to read this one.

  17. I love the concept of this series, and the take of different authors on a common thing. Thanks for sharing this post about your installment and congrats on the release.

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