Hello and welcome to the virtual book tour for Damned If You Do! I’m JL Merrow, and our lovely host has been kind enough to interview me today. I made sure to bring along a giveaway—leave a comment below by 11:59pm on 6/28/13 and you’ll be entered in a week-long contest to win a $10 gift certificate to Riptide! Follow the tour all week for more Damned If You Do celebrations, including more interviews, thoughts from editor Sarah Frantz, and, of course, more chances to win.
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Hi JL! Congratulations on your new release with Riptide!
Tell us a little about yourself. Which do you read on: Nook, Kindle, Kindle Fire, iPad, Paperback, or Hardcover? Why?
None of the above – I have a Kobo Glo. I absolutely love e-readers, and am on my third one now. Why? Well, for one thing, I’m a fickle reader. I generally have several books on the go at any one time, and read them according to the mood I’m in. I just love being able to take ALL of them with me whenever I go somewhere. Plus, there’s the dictionary features – particularly useful if you read in a foreign language – and all the free out-of-copyright books you can get from places like ManyBooks.
If I absolutely have to get a dead tree book, I’ll buy paperback. I’ve never been a fan of hardbacks. Reading is supposed to build up your brain, not your muscles!
How big is your personal library? What genre do you read/collect the most?
This is the wonder of ebooks—I never have to admit to how many I’ve bought! These days, I generally read m/m or LGBT fiction, and within that genre, I’m very partial to a mystery. I also like paranormals. I used to read a lot of mainstream urban fantasy, but I don’t have so much time for it now I’m writing myself. I still enjoy classic, Golden Age mysteries.
Which authors have influenced your writing the most?
Without a doubt, Sir Terry Pratchett. His books are a masterclass in comedy. Also Jim Butcher. The Dresden Files are a perfect example of a strong first-person narrative.
Okay, last question—If you were stranded on an island with one book and one object, what would they be?
Preferably some kind of escape craft. And the instruction manual. Roughing it is not my favourite pastime. And I burn in the sun, and dislike eating fish.
Thanks for coming by, JL!
Thanks for having me!
Blurb: Sexy male succubus Rael has an insatiable appetite for men that gets him into all kinds of trouble. And he’s just found his favorite flavor: hunky blond detective Lars Thornsson. When those cool Nordic looks combine with Rael’s smoldering dark charms, all Hell could break loose.
Lars’s job at the Paranormal Enforcement Agency means he’s supposed to be policing demons, not falling in lust—or love—with them. But there’s something about this feisty little sex demon that hits all his buttons.
With no shortage of deadly sinners in his city, from serial-killing succubi to drug-dealing demons, all Lars can do is try to keep his private life from interfering with his work. But Rael has a knack for getting mixed up in cases that threaten both their domestic harmony and their lives.
Damned If You Do can be purchased from Riptide here.
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 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.