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Boys Who Go Bump In The Night by JL Merrow and Josephine Myles

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Boys Who Go Bump In The Night by JL Merrow and Josephine Myles

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About the Author
JL 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 mysteries, and is frequently accused of humour.  Her novel Slam! won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Romantic Comedy, and her novella Muscling Through and novel Relief Valve were both EPIC Awards finalists.
JL Merrow is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, International Thriller Writers, Verulam Writers’ Circle and the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.

Find JL Merrow online at: http://jlmerrow.com/, on Twitter as @jlmerrow, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jl.merrow

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.

Website and blog: http://josephinemyles.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/josephine.myles.author
Twitter: @JosephineMyles

Publication Date
November 12, 2015
Anthology introduction (taken from the ebook):
We both started by writing short stories. In fact, we first met in the spring of 2010 at a small gathering of authors in a Bristol pub, celebrating the launch of an anthology of gay romance short stories (I Do Two). I’d recently started writing and publishing my own erotic short stories and was voraciously reading as many in the genre as I could. Jamie (JL Merrow) had a story in the anthology, and I’d loved her authentic British voice and native humour so much I fangirled her via email, and she told me about the meet up. The rest is history.

Now we’re both award-winning novelists, neither of us write many short stories these days, but they’re how we learnt our craft. They are also wonderful as a way to experiment with genres we might not want to commit to for a whole novel. As the rights to our early short stories revert to us, we’re taking the chance to republish them together, grouped by genre. This is our paranormal collection, and we already have a collection of bisexual menage stories out there, Mad About the Boys. Look out for more in the Mad About the Brit Boys series coming out in early 2016, featuring science fiction, MMM menage, and contemporary gay romance.

We hope you enjoy the stories in this collection. Be warned, they’re all very short, spanning from under 2000 to a scant 3000 words, but we think we managed to pack an awful lot into them. While Jamie has gone on to write several longer paranormal novels and novellas, I chose to specialise in contemporary erotic romance. Reading back through these stories, though, I’m remembering how much fun it is to play with magic and monsters. Who knows, perhaps there’ll be more of them in my writing future!

Cheers for reading,
Josephine Myles, November 2015


Excerpt from Leeches and Layabouts by JL Merrow

Crispin's undead heart beat a little faster when the young man slouched into the dimly-lit hotel room. Admittedly, that just meant it beat roughly four times a minute instead of the usual three, but that seemed to be all that was needed to fuel the rapid redeployment of blood currently taking place in the lower half of Crispin's body.

It wasn't so much that the fellow was good-looking—although sun-bleached curls, an easy golden tan and pecs you could bounce a bulb of garlic off were nothing to be sneezed at—but he smelled divine. Crispin's fangs descended unbidden whilst some sort of internal pulley system seemed to cause his cock to rise commensurately and zip off a snappy salute. Damn it, why was he reacting like this? It wasn't like he was a blushing virgin, bloodsucking-wise. He'd come to a pragmatic arrangement with an ex—the original Stinky Pete for whom Crispin's prize-winning hybrid had been named, although thankfully Pete's personal hygiene had improved beyond all recognition in the meantime—trading a suck for, well, a suck. But Pete had never come close to turning him into the mindlessly slavering bag of hormones and lusts that was currently occupying his shoes. In fact, Crispin had come to the depressing conclusion that he didn't actually like the taste of blood all that much—it was just so, well, bland.

But this boy... Crispin could almost taste the rich, thick blood coursing through his veins. This boy would be a banquet. This boy came with seventeen Michelin stars and a personal recommendation from Gordon F Ramsay (the F, obviously, standing for the chef's favourite expletive). 

“You're hired!” he managed to stutter out thickly from behind his fangs. “You can thtart immediately!”


Art staggered back a few paces in shock. “But... didn't you read the t-shirt?”

The vamp shrugged. “That's supposed to be writing? I thought it was just random hieroglyphics.”

“Smell the garlic?” he went on desperately.

“Did you say garlic?” The vampire's eyes seemed to light up. What with the fangs and all, it didn't make him any less scary. “You like garlic?”

“Love it! Can't get enough of the stuff! In fact I'm addicted to it. Did I mention I'm not keen on vampires?” Art fumbled behind his back for the doorknob.

“Good. I can't stand them myself. Crispin Weebly: Garlic farmer.” He held out a hand.

Anthology blurb:
When boy meets (supernatural) boy
Buckle up as two queens of British gay romance take you on a whistlestop tour of all things paranormal. Vampires, genies, ghosts, magicians and shifters all get their chance for a bit of boy on boy action, in five erotic stories that span the range from the humorous to the sublime.Will you seek to make your fortune with magic and ritual, or pin your hopes on a genie’s power to grant wishes? Discover a shifty young man on a Scottish shoreline, meet a hapless garlic farmer who’s been turned into one of the undead--and if you dare to venture into the cellar, gird your loins for a horny ghost!These stories have all been previously published, but are now available exclusively in this anthology.

Editor review

1 review
Fabulous collection!
(Updated: November 11, 2015)
Having scribbled notes for each story in this book, I have chosen to review it as a whole rather than individually, as the length of each piece really doesn't allow for much commentary without giving the tale away, and these are too good to spoil.

My feelings went up, down, left, right and round and round reading this book. It is funny, touching, sad, funny, sweet, sexy, and deep in fairly equal measure! (Maybe a little extra funny in there.)

Each story is short, far shorter than I would normally like, but each one was engaging, complete, very different and a joy to read. I kind of assumed I would love this book, given who it was written by....and I wasn't  wrong!!
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