Rainbow Snippets 02/16

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Beaten Track Publishing did a thing. A Valentine’s thing, just for fun. We each had to pick an ABBA song and use it as inspiration for a short story, poem or prose.

My short story involves Sol and Lucien from my story “Locked in the Moment”. The ABBA song I chose was “I’ve Been Waiting for You”.

I’m sharing six lines from that short story for my snippet this weekend. If you would like to read the entire thing, the link is at the bottom, along with a link to all the other Beaten Track authors’ contributions. There is also a free ebook compiling all the Valentine’s pieces in one place, available from Smashwords. Again, the link is at the bottom of this post.

First here’s my snippet.

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The blurb:

Sol is impatient waiting for Lucien while he talks to the neighbours. Lucien is angry he’s being so impatient. They both have their reasons for being unhappy.

I’ve Been Waiting for You is a short, fluffy story in the Locked in the Moment universe, with Sol the Troll and Lucien the Fairy. May contain spoilers and some choice language because trolls swear, a lot. This story definitely contains fluff.

The story, as with the original, is told from Sol’s point of view and begins with him complaining about how he just can’t seem to get on with his and Lucien’s new nieghbours. (warning: some bad language. I did say trolls swear).

“You’ve tried to get me to interact with the local villagers before with mixed results. I made a kid cry just by smilin’ at them. I know I don’t smile that often, but in human form I’m not that fucking scary, am I?” I gave up after the third baby cried and I saw the horrified look on their parents’ faces. “Why the hell would they want to speak to a grumpy old troll like me?”

“They don’t know you’re a troll, Sol. They don’t even know I’m a fairy.”

“Yeah, but they like you, Lucien. Everyone likes you. They speak to you for hours, while I wait off to one side, coolin’ my heels. Do you think I like watchin’ you flirt an’…”

Lucien stops chopping the salad and turns, waving the knife under my nose.

“Firstly…” He stops when he realises he’s waving the knife close enough for the pointy end to make me go cross-eyed. He puts it down on the bench behind him with a huff and then continues, “…I do not flirt. With anyone. Except you, not that you would ever notice.”

“When did you flirt wiv me? What did I miss?” I ask. Dammit, I missed it? I like it when he gets all flirty.

The full short story is available here A Valentine’s Day Short Story , or you can download it free from Smashwords here.

To find all the other ABBA inspired stories from Beaten Track authors, click here.

To download the free ebook, click here.

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 on their blogs this week, click here.

 

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Rainbow Snippets 02/09

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Hello all, it’s been a while since I posted a snippet. January was a wash out for me. If I could, I’d like to restart this year, without the chest infection, flu and subsequent admission to hospital in respiratory failure. Thankfully, I’m well on the way to recovery and ready to start sharing snippets again.

The snippet I’ve chosen is from my seasonal story, A Frosty Tail, available free on Smashwords. It was the lovely frozen bubble photos on the Rainbow Snippets Facebook post that made me think I had to share something from this story, as the cover is a gorgeous frozen bubble as well.

A Frosty Tail was written for the Rainbow Advent Calendar but it’s not really a Christmas story, even though some of it takes place around Christmas time. The story continues on until the beginning of Spring, which we are all waiting for with anticipation because of the cold and snow and winds we’ve all been experiencing lately. That’s if you’re located in the Northern Hemisphere, obviously. For those of you in the Southern hemisphere, experiencing heatwaves, hopefully this snippet will cool you down (or not).

First, here’s the blurb for A Frosty Tail:

When professional gardener, Liam Walton, falls and hits his head on his way home from work one cold and frosty winter’s night, he is rescued by a beautiful yet mysterious young man with white hair, icy blue eyes and very cold hands.

This story contains scenes of an adult nature involving physical intimacy between two men. There is also an awful lot of weather, a pretty white fox, a vicar that tells ghost stories and some very dangerous behaviour on a frozen lake (do not try this at home).

A bit of context before the beginning of the snippet: Liam has invited the mysterious Jack to his house for dinner. Jack appears wearing the same clothes as he was wearing the night before when they first met, including no shoes or socks. It is freezing outside and has been snowing all day. Liam comments on the lack of footwear.

“B-but don’t your feet get cold?” Liam cursed his mouth for stuttering.

Jack shrugged, jumping up to sit on the low porch wall, his legs dangling. He stretched out one foot, his toes pointing elegantly in Liam’s direction.

“Why don’t you check and see?” He invited.

Jack’s feet did not look like the feet of a man who never wore shoes. They looked smooth and soft and delicious, with slender, almost delicate toes. Liam made a conscious effort not to lick his lips. He was sure this man was going to be the death of him. He took Jack up on his invitation, reaching out to hold the foot with both hands. Jack tipped his head back with a sigh of pleasure.

And here are the links:

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 click here.

A Frosty Tail is available free from Smashwords or Prolific Works. A review on Smashwords or on Goodreads would be greatly appreciated.

I’ll leave you with a request to “watch this space”. On 14th February I’ll be sharing a special Valentine’s short with my characters Sol and Lucien from “Locked in the Moment”. The wonderful authors from Beaten Track Publishing have got together to share some Valentine fluffiness using ABBA songs as prompts. My story will be posted on my blog on Valentines Day along with the link to the BTP master blog where you will be able to find links to all the other authors’ contributions.

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Rainbow Snippets 01/19

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Welcome to my Rainbow Snippet this week.

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 posted on their blogs this week click here to find the pinned post in the Rainbow Snippets Group over on Facebook.

First, here’s my snippet for the weekend.

Snow! We had snow this week. Perhaps not as much as some people, but it was there, big fluffy flakes and a layer of white over everything.

I love snow. I have plenty of amazing memories of days spent sledging and making snowmen which progressed into snow sculptures. I even made a Snow Dalek and a Snow Tardis one year. Someone knocked the top off my dalek as they walked past, shouting “Exterminate”.

The theme seems to be snow, so I’m sharing a snippet from my summer 2018 release, A Springful of Winters.

In this snippet, Kit, who finds it difficult to cope with changes in his routine, is having a great difficulty accepting that, despite it being the first day of Spring, it is snowing heavily.

Snow? On the first day of spring. It goes against all the rules of nature, Yenta.” I huff as I look out the window of the bookshop where I work.

“Oh, come now, Kit,” Yenta says in a soothing tone. “Even if it is the first day of spring, you have to admit, the snow looks beautiful. It’s like Christmas again, or how Christmases used to be when I was a child.”

“Christmas?” I exclaim, giving her a startled, disgusted look. “But it’s nearly Easter. It’s been winter for three flipping months. That was ample time to give us some snow, but nooooo, first day of spring and boom, it’s bloody Snowmageddon out there. What the hell is going on?”

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Kit is a bit socially awkward. In fact, the rules of social encounters are mostly a bit of a mystery to him, but he gets by, with lots of lists and contingency plans. He doesn’t have any plans in place for when he first meets Stephan, however, and he keeps bumping into the man in the most embarrassing situations. The trouble is, Stephan keeps turning up in unexpected places, arousing suspicion that this gorgeous man might just have some contingency plans of his own where Kit is concerned.

Find A Springful of Winters at Beaten Track, Amazon and Smashwords.

A Springful of Winters was written as part of the Seasons of Love Anthology published by Beaten Track and available from there, Amazon and Smashwords. The anthology is just about as diverse as it could possibly be so there really is a story for everyone in there.

I will be joining Ana Newfolk at her Author Chat event over on her Facebook group this weekend. There are 52 authors taking part, with competitions and giveaways and general chitchat. Go on over there to meet new authors and connect with favourite ones. Click here to find and join the group.

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Rainbow Snippets 12/29

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Welcome to my last Rainbow Snippet of 2018. The above picture pretty much sums up how my festive period is panning out. I am knee deep in cheese products right now, with no end in sight.

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.

My snippet this week comes from my recent Rainbow Advent Calendar release: A Frosty Tail. This story is still available free from Smashwords. I’m trying to put it on Amazon, but that may not happen until New Year.

First take a look at the gorgeous cover, designed by Roe Horvat, and read the blurb.

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When professional gardener, Liam Walton, falls and hits his head on his way home from work one cold and frosty winter’s night, he is rescued by a beautiful yet mysterious young man with white hair, icy blue eyes and very cold hands.

This story contains scenes of an adult nature involving physical intimacy between two men. There is also an awful lot of weather, a pretty white fox, a vicar that tells ghost stories and some very dangerous behaviour on a frozen lake (do not try this at home).

And now for the snippet:

Liam’s legs felt weak and his head pounded. Dizziness threatened to topple him again and in desperation he reached out for something solid to hold onto, hoping he’d find a fence post, or a tree trunk. Instead he found an arm.

“Woah, there, big feller.” A cheerful, male voice called in a lilting Scottish accent. A hand grabbed his and held it fast. The other arm snaked around Liam’s waist to stop him from falling. “I got you, don’t worry. Of course, I can’t guarantee we won’t go arse over tit anyway. I’m only just getting used to these legs myself.”

“W-what?” Liam asked in confusion, trying to focus on his rescuer.

“Legs.” The voice by his side repeated. “And feet, really? How do you cope with just two?”

You can download A Frosty Tail for free from Smashwords, or from Prolific Works.

Smashwords are holding their annual end of year sale. All of my titles are either free or at 50% off. Click here to visit my Smashwords author profile.

Beaten Track also have many titles in the sale. Click here to find out which ones.

I also blogged about the sale on my Goodreads page.

Have a Brilliant New Year. See you all in 2019.

Dawn xoxoxoxo

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Rainbow Snippets and Winter Solstice

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Welcome to my festive Rainbow Snippet.

Very early this morning, I gathered with my family and friends to celebrate the Winter Solstice and welcome the return of the light after the shortest day of the year.

We met on the beach, and because we live on the North East Coast of England, we were able to see the sunrise over the sea. It was special, and magical and not as cold as we expected it to be for midwinter. The silhouette in the picture above is my daughter waiting to greet the sun.

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 on their blogs this week, click here.

I couldn’t let this weekend slip by without sharing another snippet from my free story, A Frosty Tail. The story begins on a cold, dark December night, and has a lot to do with magic, a white fox, midwinter and some rather unusual weather.

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First here’s the blurb:

When professional gardener, Liam Walton, falls and hits his head on his way home from work one cold and frosty winter’s night, he is rescued by a beautiful yet mysterious young man with white hair, icy blue eyes and very cold hands.

This story contains scenes of an adult nature involving physical intimacy between two men. There is also an awful lot of weather, a pretty white fox, a vicar that tells ghost stories and some very dangerous behaviour on a frozen lake (do not try this at home).

Now for the snippet.

Liam is listening to his friend, Father Jacob, explain about white foxes and their possible meaning in mythology. Except, instead of shedding some light on Liam’s encounters with a mysterious and beautiful white fox, the stories have only set to make him feel very ill at ease.

Father Jacob smiled, topping up Liam’s mug with more mulled wine.

“The appearance of a fox in a dream often symbolises loneliness, and sometimes a way of pointing you in the right direction.” The priest continued. “Of course, a white fox could be emphasising that symbolism, or in fact could mean something completely different. I’d have to look that up. The Celts respected foxes for their cunning and intelligence. They believed the creatures were the guardians of the gateway to the underworld.”

“Right.” Liam leaned back in his chair, cradling his mug of wine, frowning thoughtfully. “Except I didn’t dream this fox, and I very much doubt there’s any gateway to the underworld on the track that goes past my cottage.”

“I should hope not.” Father Jacob chuckled. “There is also the ancient belief that seeing a fox near a homestead is a bad omen.”

That little snippet did not make Liam smile.

“A bad omen?” He asked, surprised that Father Jacob, of all people would give such stories any credence.

To download A Frosty Tail for free from Smashwords, click here.

A Frosty Tail was written for the Rainbow Advent Calendar, 2018. To enjoy a wealth of free stories (two per day from 1st to 24th December), from a whole host of amazing authors, go over to the Rainbow Advent Calendar group on Facebook. Some of the stories are only available free until the end of the event.

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The Advent Calendar finishes on 24th December, but don’t despair, because Smashwords annual sale Starts Boxing Day (26th December). Many titles will be discounted, with some available for free, including mine and quite a few others from Beaten Track Publishing. To find out which titles are in the sale go to The Beaten Track profile page at Smashwords.

Happy reading, and have a great Christmas and New Year.

 

Rainbow Snippets 12/15

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Welcome fellow Snippeteers and anyone else who happens across my blog on this festive 15th December.

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!). Click here to see what others are sharing this week.

I didn’t post last week because: A) I had a book to release. And B) it was my 50th birthday. So I was rather busy.

Why did I schedule a book release on my 50th birthday? Am I mad?

Not entirely. The release also coincided with the Rainbow Advent Calendar event over on Facebook. For anyone who wishes to mosey on over there to check out the awesome free fiction on offer throughout December, you will find the link at the bottom of this post.

First, I thought I’d entice you all with a snippet from that release. I have shared a snippet before, but I was obviously sworn to secrecy about the title and the date it would be available.

So here’s the blurb and a snippet and all the links, for my free novella as well as all the other Rainbow Advent stories are all at the bottom of the page.

Enjoy.

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The Blurb

When professional gardener, Liam Walton, falls and hits his head on his way home from work one cold and frosty winter’s night, he is rescued by a beautiful yet mysterious young man with white hair, icy blue eyes and very cold hands.

This story contains scenes of an adult nature involving physical intimacy between two men. There is also an awful lot of weather, a pretty white fox, a vicar that tells ghost stories and some very dangerous behaviour on a frozen lake (do not try this at home).

The Snippet

Liam hadn’t realised just how oppressive this tunnel of trees was, and just how intimidating it could be, until now, when his imagination was running away with him. His head was filled with Father Jacob’s stories and he felt his heart pounding as he made his way beneath the dark branches.

The air stilled as he entered the natural tunnel. The silence was oppressive and sinister. Liam felt the hairs rise on the back of his neck and an unpleasant shiver ran down his back.

For a moment he hesitated and considered turning and running back the way he’d come, but that wouldn’t accomplish anything. He might be made welcome for dinner in at least a dozen homes in the village, but he would still, at some point tonight, have to negotiate this dark track alone in order to get home. Better to do it now and get it over with.

Download “A Frosty Tail” for free throughout December from Smashwords.

To join the Rainbow Advent Calendar Facebook Group, click here. For the master link to all the Advent Calendar stories so far, click here. With more free stories to come until 24th December, it’s worth visiting everyday.

Check out my other titles, available from Beaten Track Publishing.

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Rainbow Snippets 11/04

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It’s November already. I can hardly believe it.

I haven’t posted for a while but the year seems to be running away from us. Halloween has been and gone. For those of you that celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s just around the corner. After that it will be *whispers from behind my hand* Christmas, Hanukkah, or however else any of you choose to celebrate the turning of the year.

Some people don’t start their preparations until 1st December. Others have to be a little more organised than that.

I’ve signed up to post a story in the annual Rainbow Advent Calendar that takes place on facebook and across author blogs everywhere during December, with a different author posting a free holiday/seasonal related story with LGBTQ+ characters every day over Advent. What a treat. Even better than the chocolate Advent Calendar I get every year.

Of course, signing up for this means that I’ve had to get my sh*t together and actually write something holiday related in a month that I don’t usually think about anything to do with Christmas at all. I have a December birthday, you see, and traditionally my family don’t think about Christmas until after my birthday is over.

Well, now we come to the snippet. I can’t reveal the story title, or show you any cover art.  I can’t give you a blurb because a: it’s a secret and b: I haven’t actually written one yet. I can’t even tell you when I’m posting it in December. You will just have to check in (link available below) every day from the 1st December in order to see everyone’s contributions. So that means this snippet has to be extra enigmatic.

His legs felt weak and his head pounded. Dizziness threatened to topple him again and in desperation he reached out for something solid to hold onto, hoping he’d find a fence post, or a tree trunk. Instead he found an arm.

“Woa, there, big feller.” A cheerful, lilting male voice called, as a hand grabbed his and held it fast. The other arm snaked around Liam’s waist to stop him from falling. “I got you, don’t worry. Of course, I can’t guarantee we won’t go arse over tit anyway. I’m only just getting used to these legs myself.”

“W-what?” Liam asked in confusion, trying to focus on his rescuer.

“Legs.” The voice by his side repeated. “And feet, really? How do you cope with just two?”

Hope this was enigmatic enough.

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 have posted this week click here.

And do feel free to check out last year’s Rainbow Advent. Incidentally, you will also find this year’s advent links here, posted from December 1st onwards. Not long to wait, really.

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