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.

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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.

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Rainbow Snippets 02/12

 

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 follow the link at the bottom of the this post.

First let me share a special Rainbow Snippet with you this week.

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Tuesday will mark the book birthday of the award-winning Love Unlocked Anthology which features my story, Locked in the Moment, among others far more amazing.

Published by Beaten Track Publishing, Love Unlocked contains seven stories based around the fate of the lovers whose locks were removed from the famous love lock bridge, in Paris in 2015. Each story is a unique take on what happens after the locks are removed. When I say unique, I really do mean each story is completely different. The only thing linking them together is the theme of love locks, otherwise, anything goes.

They are all LGBTQ+,  with something for everyone, from M/M to F/F, fantasy, humor, drama, despair, angst, love and of course, happy endings (mostly).

My own story tells the tale of the Sol the Troll who lives beneath the bridge, and what happens to him when he decides to take matters into his own hands and do something about the noise of all those padlocks clanging together on the bridge above his home. He discovers there are consequences to his actions, both alarming and pleasant as he encounters Lucien, the bright, gregarious, fiercely loyal fairy, who helps him when no one else seems to want to.

My snippet is the moment when Sol and Lucien meet. Sol has decided to emerge above ground after many decades in hibernation (or at least he was trying to hibernate. The locks keep waking him up). Lucien is waiting for him.

“Is there anything I can help you with, Monsieur Troll?” This fairy just won’t give up.

“Nuffing, fanks.” I grunt and then turn my back. He’ll get the message.

He doesn’t get the message.

“Ah, but I am forgetting my manners.” He rolls his sparkling eyes that are framed by thick auburn lashes. “Allow me to introduce myself. Je m’appelle Lucien.” And now he’s speaking to me in French. This is going to be interesting. “Would you like some of my ice cream?”

I wish he’d make his bloody mind up about what language he’s going to speak. At least he speaks decent Troll-English, but only doing it when he feels like it is a bit irritating really.

I regard his ice cream with curiosity. I haven’t tasted ice cream before. I wonder what it’s like. Why’s he offering me some of his? What’s his game? I narrow my eyes in suspicion.

“No!” I refuse abruptly, withdrawing my claws, which had reached out to take the tiny spoon he offered me.

To see what others are sharing this week on Rainbow Snippets click here.

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Rainbow Snippets 01/29

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Hi everyone. Here’s another snippet from my current WIP.

I’ve been kind of introducing characters over the last few weeks. Jules is the main character, from whose point of view the story is told. Last week you saw Tristan make an appearance.

This week it is the turn of another character who plays an important role in Jules’ life: his daughter, Amy.

In this snippet, Amy, who is a student in the high school where Jules is head teacher, discusses her first impression of Tristan.

The students disperse, but one of them remains, a seventeen year old girl I know very well. She lingers by the door as I gather some papers and generally tidy my desk.

“He’s a bit nice, isn’t he, that Mr Gilman?” The girl, says, a smirk on her face.

“You are not allowed to speak about teachers in that way, Amy McPherson.” I regard her over the top of my glasses. “It is very unprofessional.”

Amy shrugs, pushes herself away from the door frame and perches herself on the edge of my desk.

“I’m just saying what everyone else was thinking, including you, judging by the colour of your cheeks, dad.” She pokes at my face playfully and I nudge her hand away with fake irritation.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about, daughter mine.” I try to act nonchalant, but inside I am groaning, my stomach churning. Was I that obvious?

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!).

In this group you’ll find anything from romance and historical fiction to mystery and YA. The common thread is that every story’s main character identifies as LGBTQ+. The snippets could range from zero flames to full-on sexytimes, anything goes content-wise. The only rule is snippets will be 6 sentences long–one for each color in the Pride flag.

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Rainbow Snippets 01/22

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My apologies, folks.

I promised, the week before last, to introduce you to Tristan from my new WIP, Term of Living Dangerously. I forgot, but then, this is just like Tristan: to be late.

Here he is turning up late for his first day as a teacher at Jules’ school (seen from Jules POV).

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Despite trying to convince himself, all summer, that he hasn’t, Jules has actually been anticipating Tristan Gilman’s first day with something akin to a kid at Christmas, waiting for Santa.

When Tristan eventually turns up, a day late, Jules finally finds something about Tristan that he does not like.

Tristan makes his appearance and my heart skips a beat. I have to take a deep breath to get it all under control. Then I take a closer look at the man currently fighting his way through a sea of students trying to find their way to classes. He stands out like a sore thumb, and not in a good way at all.

What the hell is he wearing? He’s a school teacher, not a travelling hippy. For god’s sake, if I was looking for something less positive and distracting to focus on that wasn’t his good looks, great hair or striking blue eyes, then his dress sense leaves something to be desired. I may be more relaxed than most head teachers when it comes to school dress code, but a tatty T shirt with dubious, bordering on obscene, wording, and ripped jeans that look like they’ve been worn constantly for at least a week, is a bit beyond the pail.

I don’t care how damn sexy he looks, no one comes to my school, student or teacher, dressed like that.

“Georgia.” I press my intercom and call my secretary using my most professional tone. “Would you please ask Mr. Gilman to step into my office.”

Uh oh, Jules has his Head Teacher head well and truly in place today.

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!).

In this group you’ll find anything from romance and historical fiction to mystery and YA. The common thread is that every story’s main character identifies as LGBTQ+. The snippets could range from zero flames to full-on sexytimes, anything goes content-wise. The only rule is snippets will be 6 sentences long–one for each color in the Pride flag.

To find out what others are posting on their blogs this week, click here.

Rainbow Snippets 01/14

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North Pier and Lighthouse at Tynemouth, during the tidal surge yesterday

There’s been an awful lot of weather happening out there in the world this week. Along the East coast of England there was a tidal surge. Luckily, although I live right on the coast, we are quite high up, so we saw and heard the waves, and even felt them because we’re so close, but we did not have to evacuate. Many people did though.

The photo above was taken yesterday during high tide by a good friend of mine, Simon, who braved the weather to get the perfect picture. Believe me, this is not a usual sight, whilst the waves often crash over the pier itself, they rarely swamp the lighthouse.

Whilst yesterday we had snow and tidal surges. Today was a very different story. The saying goes: If you don’t like the weather in England, then wait a minute. Today has been beautiful blue skies and hardly a wave out to sea.

My snippet this week is from my new WIP, an age gap romance.  I have a working title now and a few more lines to share.

Title: The Term of Living Dangerously.

Background to the snippet: Jules is rendered almost speechless when he first meets Tristan, which is a little embarrassing since Jules is the headteacher conducting an interview and Tristan is the candidate. Luckily, for poor, smitten, Jules, he has several other members of staff on the interview panel with him.

Dave is wearing a triumphant grin as he returns from showing Tristan out.

“I think we’ve just found ourselves a head of drama.” He announces.

I want to agree with him wholeheartedly, but the truth is, if I open my mouth I think I might just squeak. I think I’m recovering from some sort of fugue.

“I agree.” Suzy replies instead when I don’t immediately respond. “I know he has the student panel to contend with now, but I don’t see any problem. There is no way Tristan Gilman won’t charm the socks off them.” She gives her hair an exaggerated flick making the others on the panel chuckle. “He’s certainly charmed my socks off.”

“You weren’t wearing any socks in the first place.” Dave points out, pedantic as always. “What about you, Jules?”

What is Dave asking me? I can’t remember. I’m sitting here in a bloody daze. God, I need to get my shit together and not let on that Tristan Gilman certainly charms me enough to take, not only my socks off but everything else as well.

“I’m wearing socks, yes, and they’re still on my feet, thank you very much.” I say far too defensively, earning me a strange look from Suzy, the kind that tells me I will be grilled extensively by my deputy head when we are alone.

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.

I hope the weather has settled for everyone, and for those of you that have had lots of snow, give thought for us poor cretins with sledges in our attics that haven’t been used for years because we haven’t had a decent snowfall since 2010. Boooo!

Stay warm, everybody.

And because I’m shameless, let me just remind you that my story, Locked in the Moment along with the seven others that make up the Love Unlocked Anthology, is available for download from Beaten Track Publishing. The anthology is a Rainbow Awards runner up. Not bad eh? Click here and here.

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