Rainbow Snippets 10/21

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Hello again. This is a bit worrying, that I have time to do a post for this week’s Rainbow Snippets. That’s three weeks in a row that I’ve posted. I’m sure I’ll discover that there something else I should be doing.

My very colourful cover photo this week was taken by my photographer friend, Russ, whose photos I have used quite a lot over the last few years. This one was taken just two nights ago. Some rather magical effects that makes some local graffiti look quite spectacular. There’s a link below if you want to see more of his amazing photography.

And so to this week’s snippet. From my age gap romance WIP, it is an exchange between Jules and his teenage daughter. Jules has brought Tristan to his house after discovering the man has less than ideal living conditions at present.

In the kitchen I encounter a very confused Amy.

“Dad?” She regards me with a quizzical expression. “I thought you were going round to see How Mr Gilman was.”

“Yes, and I brought him here because…urgh!” I blow out my cheeks and take some deep breaths to calm down.

“Dad, what’s wrong, is he okay?”

“Yes, yes, he’s okay, apart from being the stubbornest, most obstinate and argumentative person I’ve ever met. He’s also very sore because he crashed his car yesterday and then thought it was a great idea to sleep on his floor because he has no bed, no heating, no electricity, no bloody sense….” I throw my hands up in frustration. “Anyway, he’s here, and likely to be staying the night, even if I have to tie him to the bed.”

“Oh.” She giggles wickedly. “Too much information, dad.”

“Amy!” I exclaim, shocked that she would make such an assumption.

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Rainbow Snippets 10/14

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Wow, I managed two weeks in a row.

This week’s snippet once again, comes from my age-gap WIP about a head teacher and his newest member of staff, and takes place a little before the one I posted last week.

The background to this one is that, Tristan is at home resting after a disastrous first day at work that involved delayed flights which made him late and a visit to A&E. His suitcase was lost in transit and has just turned up at the school so Jules signs for it, persuading the delivery guy to leave it with him instead of taking it to Tristan, mostly to save the delivery guy a very long round trip, but Jules may have other motivations he’s not admitting to himself. Jules signs Tristan’s name on the delivery receipt to keep the guy’s records correct.

“Jules McPherson, you’ve just committed fraud.” Suzy gasps, following me as I carry the suitcase back up to my office.

“Oh my god.” I have to sit down, because my legs are shaking. “I did didn’t I? I don’t know what came over me, except it makes sense for me to take the suitcase to Tristan since I live so close.”

“Yes, it makes perfect sense.” Suzy sounds dubious and is giving me a strange look.

I need to get away from her before she starts asking any deep searching questions, like “why?”.

 “I’m helping out a colleague in trouble, Suzy.” I frown at her, answering as if she’s asked the question anyway.

“What?” She raises her eyebrows and feigns innocence but I can see her brain working, the cogs moving at a million miles an hour. “I never said a word. But there’s helping out a work colleague and then there’s committing a felony for a friend. You know, like the: I’m-such-a-good-friend-I-would-help-you-hide-a-body kind of thing?”

“Suzy, what on earth are you talking about? I hardly know the man.” I can’t make out her reasoning at all. “I haven’t offered to hide anyone’s body, and signing Tristan’s name to say I’ve received his suitcase is hardly a crime against humanity. As long as Tristan gets his stuff, what’s the harm?”

Well, there you go. Another week, another snippet.

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Rainbow Snippets 10/08

Happy weekend, Snipeteers all.

This weekend my daughter went off on a school trip to see the sights of London and she bought me the awesome mug you see in the photo above.

The significance of the rose is, obviously, that is a rainbow one and she knows me so well, but our surname is Rose and her first name is so difficult to find that she always finds things with roses on as an alternative.

The mugs have nothing to do with my snippet this week, apart from the fact that the two main characters are drinking coffee while they talk. Perhaps they are drinking from mugs with Shakespeare quotes on them, because they are both English teachers after all.

The snippet is from my age gap romance featuring Jules, head teacher and Tristan, newly employed English teacher with an alarming habit of getting himself into scrapes.

Here is Tristan asking Jules for some advice and not really getting to the point.

“Jules I got a dilemma.” Tristan tells me. “No, a moral issue, is it a moral issue? I don’t know.” He frowns at his coffee, as if he’ll find the answer there, and then shrugs as he continues. “Let’s just call it a sticky situation.” He shakes his head in frustration. “No! it isn’t a sticky situation because that makes it sound as if I’m in some sort o’ trouble but I ain’t. It’s a question of personal values and I think I might need some advice from someone older n’ wiser.” His eyes widen and he turns to face me with a look of horror on his face as he realises the implications of his words. “Not that you’re older by a wide margin, you ain’t, you’re just wiser than me maybe? Jees that sounded awful, I’m sorry.” He turns away, biting his lip.

The movement has separated us, and the gap feels like a thousand miles after having the warmth of his leg pressed against mine. I don’t make any attempt to close the gap, but that doesn’t stop me wanting to. Instead I focus my attention on listening.

“Maybe I should o’ started by sayin’ I respect your opinions, Jules, and we ain’t known each other long, but I kind of trust you’d give me the right advice.” He shakes his head in disgust at himself. “Shit, this ain’t comin’ out right at all.”

“No, obviously not, because if it was I assume I would actually know what you were talking about. Right now I don’t have a clue.” Tristan shoots me a half irritated, half amused look.

“You c’n be such a sarcastic bastard sometimes.”

I raise my eyebrows.

“Not Sarcastic, just British.”

I’m hoping to finish this by the end of the month so I can begin something else for NaNoWriMo, because that is just around the corner. Time flies when you’re having fun.

Anyway, thanks for reading and feel free to share, follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr.

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 on the Rainbow Snippet site this week click here and see the pinned post.

Have a nice week.

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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.

 

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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!).

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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!).

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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.