Hi guys! Today I am very excited to welcome a group of awesome authors, here to talk about their new anthology, Summer Lovin’. They are sharing more about the anthology, and also have brought a copy to give away to one lucky reader. So please join me in welcoming J.L. Merrow, Clare London, Josephine Myles, Lou Harper, and Chrissy Munder!
Room Service or Roughing It?
Can you think of a better way to enjoy the last lingering sunsets of summer than diving into a good romance? How about five stories of summer love that leave you with a smile on your face when finished? In that case, welcome Summer Lovin’, a seasonal anthology from Lou Harper, Clare London, JL Merrow, Chrissy Munder, and Josephine Myles. Five tales set across Britain and the USA that are guaranteed to help you hold on to that summer feeling.
Maybe you’re taking advantage of the last days of holiday break by taking the family on vacation. Are you roughing it, or do you prefer room service all the way? We asked our authors which was their favorite.
Jl Merrow: Oh, room service all the way! I hate roughing it, although I’ve done my share in the past. When I was at university, I Interrailed around Europe on a very strict budget one summer, and ended up sleeping on trains and in stations some of the time. There’s a certain camaraderie you get in these situations that was fun at the time, but these days, I’d much rather stay in a (minimum 4 star) hotel.
Clare London: Room service please! I don’t DO camping J. Though yes, I have done in the past. I remember going to see Deep Purple at a summer festival, then as I was dragging tent gear back and forth from my friends’ car, someone else in the car park drove their car over the edge of my foot! AND it rained buckets … or was that another camping expedition?! Whatever and whenever, I like my comfort guaranteed.
Josephine Myles: I used to enjoy roughing it, but these days I think I’d rather be in the lap of luxury and city breaks in hotels are my favourite kind of getaway. That said, if I’m out in the countryside somewhere I’d rather go self-catering than in a hotel. I prefer the privacy and I do enjoy cooking—especially when I’m on holiday. It’s got to be luxurious accommodation, though. I’ve had my fill of mildewed holiday homes. These days I want somewhere with all mod cons. Also, there must be either an open fire or a woodburning stove. Anything less just isn’t worth leaving home for 😉
Lou Harper: Definitely not roughing it. My first camping experience as a child cured me from the romantic notion of camping. The mosquitoes ate me alive, it was cold at night, and monster winds nearly blew away our tent.
I think I could do glamping—as long as there are comfy beds, hot coffee and shower in the morning, I can “rough” it. I have nice, DEET-free insect repellent for the mosquitoes. It doesn’t even smell bad.
Chrissy Munder: I love the sound of Lou’s “glamping”, but actually, I’m a roughing it kind of gal. I like nothing more than getting as far away from civilization (and my fellow humans) as I can with the minimum of gear. Give me rocks, waves, and a good rainstorm to shower in, and I’ll be happy.
What’s your favorite? We’d love to know. Leave us a comment and then pick up a copy of Summer Lovin’ all your own.
Slake your thirst for romance with Summer Lovin’—an anthology for lazy days and summer sunshine.
Go skinny-dipping in a disused quarry. Hang out with the boys in the band. Meet a bad boy made good, and one with a shy smile that hides a dark secret. Or maybe get your heart pillaged by a Viking re-enactor.
With gentle humour, hot sauce and a hefty scoop of romance, enjoy a quintet of sultry stories of men loving men from Clare London, Chrissy Munder, JL Merrow, Josephine Myles, and Lou Harper.
The mercury’s not the only thing that’s rising!
Summer Hire by Chrissy Munder
It’s a scene right out of Jim’s porn-fuelled fantasies: the tool-strewn workshop and the hunky, tattooed mechanic with his coveralls unzipped to the waist. But Aaron’s not just Jim’s dream guy—he’s his new employer.
In the sweltering Michigan heat, Jim struggles to control his libido in the face of endless provocation. But Aaron’s determined not to be Jim’s summer fling. This bad boy made good isn’t looking for a short-lived romance.
If he wants Aaron to take him on as more than an employee, Jim’s going to have to do what doesn’t come naturally—and think seriously about his future.
Lost & Found on Lindisfarne by JL Merrow
It was a hot summer’s day on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. The lanes were dusty underfoot, the languid breeze was heavy with the scent of the North Sea, and a Viking had just offered to buy my daughter…
When single father Chris meets a Viking re-enactor on Lindisfarne, he thinks it’s the perfect recipe for a holiday fling – and nothing more. Chris had a relationship with a free spirit like Ian before, and it didn’t end well for him or for his daughter Kelis.
But Chris hasn’t reckoned with the Viking way of taking all you’re willing to give – and coming back for more.
Salt ‘n’ Vinegar by Clare London
Brighton in the summer is a great place to be for a young, gay man looking for a good time with no strings. Psychology student Joe’s spending his uni vacation working in a chip shop with a succession of ever-worse punning names and picking up guys on the beach for casual hook-ups—but something makes him want to take it slow with gorgeous chip shop regular Steven.
The trouble is, Steven’s shy smile hides a dark secret, and his past is about to come back to bite them both.
Werewolves of Venice Beach by Lou Harper
The naked man came out of nowhere…
Bryan’s an over-achieving, self-confessed nerdy student, who’s taken a summer job house-sitting in Venice Beach. He’s out of his depth when it comes to a guy from the wrong side of the tracks like Slade.
Covered in tribal tattoos and with a penchant for skinny-dipping, Slade’s the lead singer in a band. He’s way out of Bryan’s league. But he’s sending out all kinds of mixed signals. And after a pot-fuelled afternoon, Bryan thinks he’s found the astonishing reason why Slade’s giving so little away.
By Quarry Lake by Josephine Myles
Tommy’s been away from his home in rural Somerset for three years. Long enough to sort out who he is, and to get over the feelings of confusion and shame that blighted his lifelong friendship with farmer’s boy Rob. He’s out and proud, now—and he’s coming home to claim back what he lost.
Rob’s the one who stayed behind, working on the farm with little time for a social life. With Tommy coming back into his life, he could have a lot to gain—and everything to lose.
He’s going to have to take a leap of faith. Straight into the ice cold waters of Quarry Lake.
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