?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Blog Tour: Raising the Rent by JL Merrow

Hi, I’m JL Merrow, and I’m delighted to be here today as part of the Raising the Rent blog tour!

Giveaway: I’m offering a $20 Amazon gift certificate to a randomly chosen commenter on the tour. (See here for a full list of the blogs I’ll be guesting on, in case you’ve missed any)

I’ll be making the draw around teatime on Monday 27th October, GMT. Good luck! :D


Raising the Rent by JL Merrow
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (October 14, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Raising the Rent

Never fall in love with a customer—especially if it’s sex you’re selling

Rent boy Nathan’s determined to get an education and get off the streets for good. But when he turns up for his first day at college he’s horrified to find his English teacher is one of his regular customers: Stephen, the one Nathan dubbed The Voice because of his educated, honeyed tones.
Stephen’s just as shocked to see Nathan sitting in his class, not to mention terrified he’s about to be exposed as having paid for sex with a student. This could mean public humiliation and maybe the loss of his job. But when Nathan shows he’s only interested in getting his A Levels, not in blackmail, Stephen realises there’s more to the nineteen-year-old than meets the eye.
Nathan still has to earn a living, though—and when a customer turns ugly, he finds himself unable to work and homeless as well. Stephen steps in to help, and Nathan starts to think they could have a future together—but Stephen’s guilt and lack of trust could end this back-to-front romance before it even starts.
Warning: Contains unfashionable haircuts, unreasonably long words and a May-December romance between a not-so-streetwise rent boy and an erudite English teacher.

Exclusive Excerpt:

The bloke swept off his tan leather jacket and hung it on the back of his chair, leaving him in a soft-looking sweater and nicely tailored trousers, both black. Then he turned to face the class. “My name is Dr. Edward Pearson, and I’ll be teaching you English literature this year.”
The meaning of the words filtered in slowly past the pounding in Nathan’s ears. He wasn’t sure if it was the voice he’d recognised first, or that distinctive face, with long dark hair framing a high forehead, strong chin and broken nose.
It was Stephen.
“Today we will start by looking at…” The voice (mellifluous, Nathan’s brain supplied helpfully—he’d looked it up and now knew it meant flowing like honey, so he’d been spot on there, not that it was going to help him one bloody bit in this total, utter disaster) faltered as Stephen’s gaze swept across the class and came to rest on Nathan, but he recovered after an instant. “…the poems of Rupert Brooke, of whom I devoutly hope you have all at least heard, and his contemporaries. I trust you all have with you your copies of Generation Lost: A World War I Anthology?”
There was a chorus of muttered yeses and the scrape of chairs, the rustle of bags and the slap of paperback books on desks. Through it all, Nathan sat frozen. This…this wasn’t supposed to happen. College was his second chance. His fresh start. What he did on the streets to survive, that wasn’t supposed to even get in the door. Let alone stand up in front of the class in a posh sweater and start teaching him poetry.
Siobhan nudged him, breaking the spell. “You can share mine, all right?” she whispered, sliding her open book across towards Nathan’s side of the table.
Stephen looked over sharply at the sound of her voice. Nathan braced himself. Was this it? Was this where he got chucked out, told to stop wasting decent people’s time? Anger rose in him, sharp and nauseating. He had as much right as anyone to be here. What he did in his own time was his own business, and who the bloody hell was Stephen to chuck stones? If that bastard said a word, one word, about what Nathan was, he’d…
Then Stephen looked away and just carried on with the lesson.

***

JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance, and is frequently accused of humour. Her novel Slam! won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Romantic Comedy.

She is a member of the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.

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


This journal is friends only. This entry was originally posted at http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4456351.html. If you are not friends on this journal, Please comment there using OpenID.

Comments

( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
bodleian
Oct. 21st, 2014 07:23 am (UTC)
This is definitely going on my 'to buy' list.
jl_merrow
Oct. 21st, 2014 08:53 am (UTC)
Thanks - hope you'll enjoy it! :D
tizi17
Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:43 am (UTC)
whose picture of the mermaid is this, if i may ask?
elisa_rolle
Oct. 24th, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
it's the profile picture used by JL, I think it's a preraffaellite painting
jl_merrow
Oct. 24th, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
It's by Waterhouse, who wasn't an original pre-Raphaelite but was very much influenced by them.
I adore pre-Raphaelite style paintings; probably my favourite is Flaming June, by Leighton: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flaming_June

The title of my lesbian short story Blazing June (Lesbian Cops; Best Lesbian Romance 2012) is a tribute. :)
elisa_rolle
Oct. 25th, 2014 07:37 am (UTC)
I did a post about Leighton, and love Flaming June. (they said Leighton maybe homosexual, if I remember well he had a long-lasting friendship with an Italian painter)
( 6 comments — Leave a comment )

Appointments


2016 LGBT Rainbow Awards

2016 Guidelines
2015 Winners

In the Spotlight

Top 100 Gay Novels List - Simple
Top 100 Gay Novels List - Wanted

Art

Previous Appointments Visual Summary

Gay Themed Movie

Previous Appointments Visual Summary

The Inside Reader

Previous Appointments Visual Summary
Top 100 Inside Readers Novels

LGBT Fashion Designers

Previous Appointments Visual Summary

Check out my books

Gay Romance Challenge


Gay Commercial


Around the World



visited 20 states (8.88%)
Create your own visited map of The World

visited 15 states (30%)
Create your own visited map of The United States

Gay Classics

Previous Appointments Visual Summary

Romance History

Previous Appointments Visual Summary


Main Tags


Characters: Alpha Males, Cinderfellas (from rags to riches...), Friends (with benefits), Multicultural Lovers, Pretty... Men! (hustlers) & Virgins (at least in one way)
Dream Lovers: Cowboys, Pirates & Sheikhs
Erotica (M/F)
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Futuristic, Historical & Paranormal
Length: Short Story, Novella & Novel
Men in Uniform: Cops / Detectives / PIs, Firefighters & Military
Non Conventional Lovers: Elves, Gods, Deity & Witches, Furry Lovers, Shapeshifters & Vampires
Otherwordly Lovers: Angels, Demons & Ghosts
Possible Futures: Apocalypse Now & Back to the Future
Relationships: Bondage / Submission, Breeches Rippers, Coming of Age, Disability, Gay for You, Male Pregnancy, May / December, Ménage a trois (or more...), Silver Romance & Twincest
Settings: Art World, College, Medical Romance, Office Affairs, Seasonal Romance, Show Business & Sports
Yaoi (manga)
From Movie to Novel (and viceversa)
Top 100 Gay Novels List

Secondary Tags


Activist
Actor
Artist: illustrator, painter, photographer, sculptor
Author: novelist, playwright, poet, screenwriter, writer
Dancer: dance, choreographer
Designer: architect, costumer, fashion designer, graphic designer, hairstylist, makeup artist, set designer, tailor
Director: director, stage director
Eccentric: aristocrat, art collector, drag queen, explorer, female impersonator, heir/heiress, hostess, lover, muse, prostitute, socialite, spy, survivor
Essayist: anthropologist, archivist, biologist, columnist, critic, editor, educator, historian, journalist, lecturer, librarian, linguistic, philosopher, professor, psychoanalyst, psychologist, psychotherapist, publisher, reporter, researcher, scholar, sexologist, sociologist, teacher, theorist
Leader: commander, emperor, judge, monarch, officer, politician, senator, statistician, warrior
Model
Musician: arranger, composer, conductor, lyricist, pianist, singer, songwriter, violinist
Producer: producer, manager, entrepreneur
Sport

Preditors & Editors Poll






Amazon Profile




My Associate Amazon Store

Goodreads Profile


Top reviewer
Best reviewer
Top user
Top librarian
Most followed


Library Thing Helper Badgers


(Gold Medal) Helper for contributions to any area of LibraryThing
(Gold Medal) Common Knowledge for contributions to Common Knowledge
(Gold Medal) Work Combination for help maintaining LibraryThing's work system
(Silver Medal) Author Combination for help combining author names together
(Bronze Medal) Distinct authors for splitting homonymous authors into distinct authors

Publishers


List of LGBT publishers (for reviews look the Tags section)
Detailed List

Ego Surfing


Who links me



Statistics




ClustrMaps



Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings
Country Share

Country Share




Site Meter
Site Meter





Disclaimer


All cover art, photo and graphic design contained in this site are copyrighted by the respective publishers and authors. These pages are for entertainment purposes only and no copyright infringement is intended. Should anyone object to our use of these items please contact by email the LJ's owner.
This is an amateur blog, where I discuss my reading, what I like and sometimes my personal life. I do not endorse anyone or charge fees of any kind for the books I review. I do not accept money as a result of this blog.
I'm associated with Amazon/USA Affiliates Programs.
Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. However, some books were purchased by the reviewer and not provided for free. For information on how a particular title was obtained, please contact by email the LJ's owner.

Latest Month

May 2019
S M T W T F S
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 

Tags

Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Tiffany Chow