Rainbow Snippets 07/15

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It’s been a while since I posted. July is always a busy month. Work is manic, and free time is at a premium. I joined a choir a few months ago, and we have just recorded a song, which is just a bit exciting.

I also decided to add to my workload by doing Camp NaNoWriMo this month. How well do you think this is panning out? My word count is dismal.

We are on a build up to our Pride celebration in this part of the world. Northern Pride is next weekend, so I may not have time to post then. I have to be there at 8.30am to sing with my choir at Pride breakfast. I’m looking forward to this and to taking part in the parade with my Hubby, daughter and fellow Scouts.

 

My snippet this week is from my published story, Locked in the Moment, which is currently available from Smashwords at a discount price, as are all of Beaten Tracks’ books this month. Follow the link below if you want to stock up on your summer reading.

First the blurb:

Due to a misunderstanding, the troll that lives underneath one of the most romantic bridges in Paris inadvertently unlocks every single padlock lovers have left there over the years. L’Authoritié de Fée Folklorique are up in arms. He has no idea what all the fuss is about. The noise was driving him mad. He just wanted a bit of peace and quiet.

A spell is cast, leaving the troll in a bit of a predicament. He is charged with the seemingly impossible task of fixing the locks before the spell can be reversed and he is allowed to return to his home. There are other complications, the least of which is the insistence and persistence of a fairy who is determined to help him against the wishes of his own people.

Now the troll has a dilemma. What is more important to him? The only home he has known for two thousand years, or a fairy he has just met?

Now the snippet.

This is Sol the Troll’s first impression of Lucien the Fairy, after they are introduced.

 

His accent is as delicate as the rest of him. I could flick him away like a speck of dust. I laugh, which makes him laugh. Why the hell is he laughing? Doesn’t he know I could squash him like a jelly? And why the hell is he trying to be friendly? With me? No one ever wants to be friends with a troll.

 

Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).

To find out what others have shared this week, click here

To buy Locked in the Moment at a discount price all of July, click here.

For the rest of Beaten Track’s books on Smashwords, click here

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Review of J P Walker’s “Goodbye, Hello”

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Hi there. I don’t often present reviews on my blog, mostly because I never think I can do a book the justice it deserves. However, once in a while, a book comes along that I feel I am able to review properly, either because I find the right words, or because I am able to give an educated opinion.

Today I’m reviewing J P Walker’s “Goodbye, Hello”, available from Beaten Track Publishing. I requested a copy from Beaten Track because I felt, in a professional capacity (my background in early years education and childcare), my review may be of some value. I hope I have been able to do this book some justice.

“Goodbye, Hello” is a very emotive and sensible look at foster care from a child’s point of view.

I read this book with a professional head on, since I have many years’ experience in working with young children, some of whom have been through the foster care system. It was lovely to see the situation from a different point of view.

This story is aimed at children within a family that welcomes foster children into their home. It is told from the point of view of a girl who’s parents are foster carers and tells, in very simple and clear terms, how she copes with the situation. It deals with her emotions and feelings at the beginning when she first meets a new foster brother; how her relationship develops with this boy and then, how she feels at the end, when her foster brother leaves to live with his adoptive family.

This is a very difficult, emotionally charged subject and I think JP Walker has handled it extremely well. The story is told in a way that is very easy for young children to understand but it does not hold back on the expression of feelings, either negative or positive. I often find in stories aimed at an Early Years age group, that some things, especially negative emotions or difficult situations, are glossed over, mostly so as not to cause distress. “Goodbye, Hello” does not do this. The aim of the story is to explore the full range of emotions experienced by a child whose parents are foster carers and this is achieved quite adequately and sensitively and without causing distress.

The illustrations are very simple but lovely. The illustrator is Katerine Gilmartin and she has done an excellent job. I read this as an ebook, but I think the actual hard copy would be much better to present to a child. In my favoured ebook format you cannot view the pictures and words at the same time. This is not a criticism, rather a promotion of the hard copy over the ebook version.

As well as being a great book for foster families, I think this book would also make an excellent addition to libraries, both public and in schools. I will definitely be recommending it.

For those who are interested in buying a copy it is available direct from Beaten Track Publishing and Amazon.

More about the author:

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Jem Roche-Walker was born in Norwich and moved to the North West in order to attend Edge Hill University, studying Social Work Studies. After studying she began working in rehabilitation for patients with acquired brain injuries and has spent the last 7 years writing her first novel, ‘Knights of the Sun’, published 2013 (Beaten Track).

She lives in Burscough with her wife and baby girl and loves spending family time with them.

Click here to go to her author page at Beaten Track Publishing.

 

Click here for the illustrator’s website “forevertoofar”.

 

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Rainbow Snippet 04/30

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Is it the end of April already?

I finished Camp NaNoWriMo, despite being so busy in real life I didn’t know whether I was coming or going. I’m not sure anything of those 50,000 words are going to be of any use whatsoever. I always end up rewriting everything, but I suppose that’s the point. It’s a motivation to get the words down in the first place. Sorting them out is for next month.

That’s what I’m going to be doing in May, then.

Here is my Snippet for this week. It’s from my age gap romance between Jules, the head teacher, and Tristan, his enigmatic and newest member of staff. It’s less than an hour since the beginning of term. Tristan and Jules have just met properly for the first time and the setting is Accident and Emergency. Don’t even ask!

I turn to meet Tristan’s eye. He is grinning like a Cheshire Cat. Of course he is. He just manipulated me into staying with him. He got exactly what he wanted, but at what expense? Sarah now thinks we’re some sort of couple. Why would she even come to that conclusion?

Well, maybe it has something to do with the fact Tristan is still holding my hand so tight, I’m in danger of losing some fingers.

“You needn’t worry, I’m not leaving, Tristan, so I’d quite like to keep my hand intact, if you don’t mind.”

Make of that what you will.

Congrats to anyone who may have taken part in Camp NaNo this month. It’s a toughie, getting words down, and any words, even if you didn’t meet your goal, are better than none. There’s still a few hours left in my time zone, so keep writing guys. You can do it.

Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).

To see what others are sharing this week click here to go to the Rainbow Snippets Facebook page.

I’d just like to add a shameless plug and another link for you, which will take you to Beaten Track Publishing. They have had some awesome releases this month. Get over there and take a look.

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Rainbow Snippet 04/01

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Rainbow Snippets has rolled around again. It’s April 1st. Did anyone get pranked or fooled today?

April 1st also heralds the beginning of Camp NaNoWriMo. I am using the this month to catch up and take over my May to December romance involving Jules, the head teacher, and Tristan, his newest member of staff. I have already shared some snippets over the last few weeks.

The story is told from Jules’s point of view.

If I thought he was looking pale and wan and vulnerable before, it was nothing to the utter despair and loneliness I saw flash across his face. I mean, I wanted to hug him earlier, but now, I just want to scoop him up, wrap him in a blanket and keep the cruel world at bay—with my fists if I have to. The feeling is so strong, I’m overwhelmed. I’ve never wanted to fight anyone before in my life, but I’d fight them for him, and that thought is frightening as hell, because I’ve only just met him—properly.

Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!). To find out what snippets everyone is sharing this week click here.

Good luck to everyone doing Camp NaNo. I hope you all reach your word counts. I’m off to try and reach my daily goal. Anyone interested in finding out about Camp NaNoWriMo, click here.

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Rainbow Snippets 03/19

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Good lord, has it been two weeks since I posted? Where did that time go?

Posting last week would have been impossible. Real life got in the way, big time. Saturday night was spent in the company of 200 Guides (that’s Girl Scouts, for those of you across the pond), on a sleep over at our local science museum. It was fun, but sleepover really is a misnomer. This was a “Stay-awake-and-let’s-see-how-many-times-we-can-go-to-the-toilet-in-one-night” over. followed by “Let’s-see-how-much-junk-food-we-can-eat-at-our-midnight-feast-then-be-surprised-when-we-feel-sick-at-4am”. I, and the other brave adult leaders who made this event possible by giving up their time and their sleep, perhaps got about twenty minutes shut-eye between us. I was knackered the next day.

My snippet this week is from my age-gap WIP, involving Jules, the head teacher, and Tristan, his newest member of staff. In this section, after receiving a tearful phone call from Tristan at one in the morning, Jules has dragged himself out of bed and picked him up outside a night club. This obviously goes above and beyond the call of duty for a head teacher towards his staff but Tristan is a special case. The story is told from Jules’ point of view.

I toy with the idea of reaching across and touching his arm gently, just to reassure him, but after the way he flinched just now and the way his entire body tensed when I was trying to help him with the seat belt, the fear of making things worse has me keeping my hands to myself.

I want to ask what the hell is going on, why he is in such a state, but I know now is not the time, or the place and it will be up to him whether or not he tells me, anyway. I may not ever get to know, it’s certainly not my right. I do hope he’ll confide in me at some point. He must know I’ll listen. I’m his friend, before anything else I might wish to be.

Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).

To find out what others are posting this week, click here to find the Rainbow Snippet Facebook group.

Hope you enjoyed my snippet. I’m off to read everyone else’s now. Feel free to follow me on Twitter, Facebook and of course here on my blog.

Rainbow Snippets 03/04

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Hello, Snippeteers. This lovely photo is courtesy of my sister-in-law who lives in Shetland. This is her neighbour’s cottage with a double rainbow, one of which is going directly down their chimney. They’re still looking for the pot of gold, however. I wonder if the Trows took it.

My snippet today does not involve rainbows, cottages, or Trows. It involves my current WIP, and Head Teacher, Jules, making a hash of trying to show concern for his newest member of staff, Tristan.

I know it is a mistake to mention Danny, as soon as the words leave my mouth. At the mention of his husband, Tristan’s eyes widen. He swallows hard, his skin turning even paler than it already was. In one sentence I have reminded him he is all alone here, and why. I feel awful. What kind of a person am I to be deliberately upsetting my staff by dredging up such painful memories?

Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).

To see what others are sharing this week click here and find the pinned post at the top of the group page.

To find out more about Shetland Trows and why they would steal someone’s pot of gold, click here.

Please don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Facebook. Also find my books and other, even more awesome ones, at Beaten Track Publishing.

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Rainbow Snippets 02/25

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I missed a week. Real life is far too busy at the moment. Every weekend seems to be triple booked at the minute.

Here is my Rainbow Snippet contribution for this week. It’s from my WIP involving the head teacher and his newly appointed head of drama, and there’s plenty of drama, believe me.

In this snippet Jules and Tristan have been trying to avoid each other.They have their reasons. Reasons they have not explained to Jules’s seventeen year old daughter, and she is making it very difficult for them by inviting Tristan over for dinner.

What the hell is she doing asking Tristan over for dinner? Is she mad?

Of course, she has absolutely no clue why this would be a terrible idea and before either Tristan or I can say anything she has answered for us.

“Dinner will take about twenty minutes to cook. Plenty of time for you to go and get changed, Tristan.” She seems to have thought of every possible excuse either of us could make. “We’re watching a movie afterwards. You can bring dessert.”

She isn’t even looking at us as she casually arranges our evening. She’s searching through her bag for something.

Tristan glances at me and I see the look of utter despair and helplessness. The look that says: “what the fuck, Jules?”. I shrug, feeling equally as helpless. I can see he is thinking the same thing I am: It’s surely easier to accept, and suffer through the awkwardness, than to explain to Amy why we have been actively avoiding each other.

“Sorry!” I mouth, with a grimace.

Tristan closes his eyes and shakes his head in resignation.

“Sure, Amy. That’d be great.”

Is it only me that hears the trepidation in his voice?

Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).

To find out what others are sharing this week over on the Rainbow Snippet page click here.

In case anyone missed it, I have a book giveaway over on my face book page. Just follow and comment on the pinned post.