Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Good Karma, Good Books: Midnight in Berlin by JL Merrow

Every Wednesday, I put on my pimp clothes (zoot suits, feathered hats, platform shoes, and the like) and introduce you to something new and wonderful in the literary world. This week, I’m excited to shine a spotlight on Midnight in Berlin by JL Merrow

"The setting of this book, Berlin, is incredibly special to me. I was fortunate enough to visit the city in the summer of 1989, joining a group to do voluntary work. We were housed in a school in West Berlin that was built right up against the Berlin Wall - the first night I was there, one of the lads took me up to the top floor of the school, and I was able to look out over the spotlit death strip and see the armed guards on the Eastern side. It left a lasting impression, further cemented by a visit to the Haus am Checkpoint Charlie museum, which documented escape attempts from East Germany - both successful and tragically failed. 

"Seeing the Wall come down only a few months later was amazing and almost unbelievable. I've since visited the city again, and fulfilled a long-held ambition of walking through the Brandenburg Gate, which used to be under armed guard just on the Eastern side of the Wall - I have photographs of it from both sides.

"The opening scene of Midnight in Berlin is almost entirely autobiographical, by the way. ;)"
A random commenter (below) can win a free copy of Midnight in Berlin! Winner will be selected by Tuesday, February 23.

The hookup from hell…or the ride of his life?
Leon’s drifter lifestyle gives him the freedom to attend as many music festivals as his heart desires. Even the ones that leave him covered in feathers. Wet feathers, thanks to the rain as he hitchhikes back to his hostel. When he’s offered a ride by a good-looking man in a Porsche, Leon thinks it’s his lucky night. Until he discovers his savior from the storm hides a dark secret: he’s a werewolf.

At first glance, Christoph thinks the shaggy stranger walking Berlin’s streets is a rogue werewolf. By the time he realizes his mistake, it’s too late for both of them. Forced to turn Leon into a monster to save his life, Christoph still has to suffer his pack leader’s brutal punishment for endangering them all.

Leon awakens, horrified by what he’s become—but it’s his lover’s fate that spurs him to action. Freeing Christoph is easy, but the aftermath complicates everything as they go on the run, desperate to uncover the secrets their pack leader is hiding. Secrets the pack will kill to protect…

Product Warnings: Take a trip to Europe. Soak up the local culture, meet a creature from your worst nightmares. Contains werewolves behaving badly, clothed and unclothed. Author is not responsible for unexpected, uncontrollable urges to consume massive amounts of, um, bacon.
Available in ebook and paperback:  Samhain  | 

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:, on Twitter as @jlmerrow, and on Facebook at

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway. It really must have been quite amazing to see the Berlin Wall!