Tour Stop & Giveaway: Wake Up Call by JL Merrow

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.

Title: Wake Up Call by JL Merrow
Porthkennack Series Book One
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, M/M, Romance
Length: 320 pages/Word Count: 84,800


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.

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Purchase Link: Riptide Publishing

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 BeecroftJoanna ChambersCharlie CochraneGarrett 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.

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Author Bio

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 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.

Author Links: Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads


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!

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21 Responses to Tour Stop & Giveaway: Wake Up Call by JL Merrow

  1. I truly enjoy Wake Up Call! Congrats on another awesome story, JL – will you be writing another book in Porthkennack universe?

    • Thank you, Didi! I’m so glad you enjoyed Wake Up Call. And yes, there will be another book from me set in Porthkennack. One Under (title tbc) is due out next March. 🙂

  2. Lisa

    Congrats on the release, this series sounds spectacular!

  3. Carol G

    Congratulations on the release! Love your books and am looking forward to picking this up.
    flutterfli01 (at) yahoo(dot) com

  4. Suze

    I’m looking forward to this series.
    Will your second one in the series be contemporary or historical?

  5. Trix

    Sounds like a fantastic series!


  6. H.B.

    Looking forward to giving this a read and the other stories in the series.
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  7. Elizabeth Marshall

    I can’t wait to read this and the next in the series. I love the blurb and the cover is just gorgeous!
    Congrats on the release!:D

  8. Purple Reader

    Congrats and thanks for the post. 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. –
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

  9. susana

    Congratulations on the release, Jamie, and thank you for the tour and giveaway. Wake up Call is a must read for me… as it is the rest of the series 😉

  10. Sandra R

    These stories are new to me and sound quite interesting. Much success to you, Merrow, and to all the authors who put their all into the stories.
    Thanks for the chance.

  11. Timitra

    Congrats on the new release