Rainbow Snippets 07/16


It’s Pride weekend here in the good old North East of England.  Newcastle Pride began several years ago with a group of lads drinking outside a pub.  Today there was an estimated 20,000 visitors.  We are visiting tomorrow. Let’s hope it doesn’t rain.

As for sharing some good news.  At Pride I will be meeting up with a very good friend that I haven’t seen for very many years and who has just become engaged to her girlfriend.  I think celebration will be the order of the day.

Now for my snippet.  This week it comes from one of my 2015 DRitC offerings: Eagle Man and Mister Hawk.  This is available as a free download from Goodreads M/M Romance site, but I am currently in the process of editing and revising it in the hope of republishing a more polished version later this year.

One of the MCs, Ethan, is an out and proud gay man who isn’t afraid to show a bit of flesh on occasion.  He’d be right at home in a Pride Parade.  The other relevance to Newcastle Pride is that Ethan is a full blooded Geordie (that is what we call ourselves here in Newcastle).  Ethan and Alex live in Northumberland, in the Cheviot Hills.  It’s remote, sometimes bleak and very wild.  Incidentally, this is where I had in mind when I imagined Ethan’s home.  The encounter described in the snippet I’m sharing, takes place just at the top of that hill you see climbing to the right of the picture.


The Blurb for Eagle Man and Mister Hawk.

Ethan isn’t good at first impressions. His job gets in the way. His chosen career isn’t conducive to forming meaningful relationships either and it hasn’t really bothered him until now. Then Alex appears on the scene. Alex, who might be put off by bad first impressions and who Ethan just might want to form a meaningful relationship with.

And here is the snippet.  It’s from Alex’s point of view.  He’s out for a stroll in the hills near his Northumberland home and has seen some rather rare and spectacular local wildlife but none quite as spectacular as the wildlife he’s about to encounter.

The path bends as it crests the hill, and as I reach the top, I come across another rather unexpected sight, this one even more rare than the eagle. It’s a tall, dark-haired man with his back to me and he’s only wearing underpants. Is it Ethan? Although how I would even know that, I’m not exactly certain. But then I should have guessed it was him straight away, because underpants and walking boots is what any self-respecting lunatic would wear when out for a stroll in the hills. What the hell?  Isn’t he cold?

Of course he isn’t cold, Alex, he’s a Geordie.

I hope you enjoyed this.  To see what others are sharing this week in the Rainbow Snippets Facebook group click here.

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19 responses to “Rainbow Snippets 07/16

  1. Okay, this made me laugh out loud: “underpants and walking boots is what any self-respecting lunatic would wear when out for a stroll in the hills.” (I’m not sure I can unsee the visual of underpants and walking boots, though. LOL)

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  2. I’m totally sold to the lunatic line and like the premise of such a couple :d. I also live short stories so I should definitely read it. 😁 Very nice place by the way, the one on the picture, looks really inspiring.

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  3. They seem like a bit of an odd couple! I love this line: “underpants and walking boots is what any self-respecting lunatic would wear when out for a stroll in the hills.” I may or may not possibly have encountered situations where a person (or people) were dressed exactly so. But I’m guessing Ethan is doing this without…er…chemical enhancement.

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  4. Ah, that takes me back to my first experience of Geordies – specifically, of them going clubbing wearing very little while I shivered in my woollies in the freezing cold wind tunnel of their home town! They’re a hardy lot, up North! 😉

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