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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Rainbow Snippets 09/23

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Hello again. It’s been a while. I’ve been so busy, and after UK Meet, needed a bit of a rest. The Meet was fab, though, as always.

It is Bi-visibility day/week/month (take your pick, I’ve been using all three tags on Twitter), so I thought I’d share a snippet from my story, Eagle Man and Mister Hawk, since Ethan, “Eagle Man” in the title, is bisexual.

Also, my publisher, Beaten Track Publishing is offering 25% off all bisexual titles until September 30th, which means absolutely nothing for Eagle Man and Mister Hawk ebook, because it’s free anyway (Or does that actually mean I end up having to pay you to buy it?). However, if you want to get your hands on a paperback, you get 25% off. Fabulous.

Here is the blurb:

Ethan isn’t good at first impressions. His job often gets in the way. It’s his dream job, one which suits Ethan’s big heart to a tee. His chosen career isn’t conducive to forming meaningful relationships, however, and it hasn’t really bothered him until now.

Then Alex appears on the scene… Bookish, shy, but gorgeous Alex, who might be put off by bad first impressions, and who Ethan thinks is quite possibly the most beautiful man he’s ever set eyes on.

Alex’s first impression of Ethan is not a particularly good one. In fact, he thinks the man is a raving lunatic, and their second and third encounter does nothing to change his opinion.

Ethan has his work cut out for him, if he is to pursue any kind of meaningful relationship with the irresistible Alex.

And here is the snippet. The story is told from two points of view, Ethan’s and Alex’s. This is from Alex’s POV. He is doing a spot of grocery shopping when he overhears a conversation about Ethan. He hears just a little too much for his comfort, though.

“Five stitches I heard he needed.”

“Five? He wants to be more careful, the daft bugger.”

I have just walked into the local supermarket and overheard the woman behind the counter gossiping with a woman she is serving. I don’t think they saw me come in. I’m not really eavesdropping, I’m just within earshot, and the place is quiet. I can hear every word.

“He did it over at the Miller’s Cottage, putting up a desk for that new bloke, I think.”

I freeze in the fruit and veg aisle, and for a moment, I battle with the dilemma of either continuing to listen or running a mile in embarrassment. Listening wins, because they are obviously talking about Ethan, and they mentioned stitches. The two women continue talking, oblivious to my eavesdropping.

“What was he thinking, trying to do anything like that? He’s absolutely useless with a screwdriver.”

“Ethan’s absolutely useless with any kind of tool, except the obvious one he’s got between his legs.”

The two women giggle wickedly, and I retreat further up the aisle with a flaming face. That’s what I get for listening to other people’s conversations.

Hope you enjoyed that. Do consider getting a copy and don’t forget to get over to Beaten Track to check out their other bisexual titles.

Happy Bi-Visibility Day, week and month.

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.

For Beaten Track click here.

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Rainbow Snippets 08/26

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My snippet this week is from my story, Not a Word, about to be released with Beaten Track Publishing.

Hot off the heals of my recent release, “A Springful of Winters”, “Not a Word” will be available at Beaten Track and Amazon from 30th August.

Before any of you start thinking “Wow, you’ve had a productive summer.” This story was actually first released in 2015 as part of Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s Don’t Read in the Closet event. I decided to extend it a little and am now re-releasing it with Beaten Track.

Not a Word follows the story of Niall, his dog Zen, and his new neighbour, Zak. They say opposites attract and they don’t come more opposite than Niall and Zak.

The Blurb

Niall doesn’t speak to his neighbours.  He doesn’t speak to anyone.  Avoiding conversation is easier than the pity and impatience he senses from everyone the moment he opens his mouth and nothing comes out.  Since he split up with his partner years before, he hasn’t had much to do with anyone and that has suited him just fine.  He has his dog, Zen, for company.  Zen doesn’t care that Niall can’t get through an entire sentence without stuttering.  Zen is all Niall needs.  And that’s how it would have stayed until the day a new neighbour moves in next door.

Zak is Niall’s exact opposite, twenty three years Niall’s junior, bubbly, gregarious and never shuts up.  His arrival fills Niall’s quiet life with constant noise and constant company.  Zen seems to have defected and Zak doesn’t seem to even notice that Niall rarely speaks. Gradually Zak’s endless patience brings Niall out of his shell.  To Niall’s surprise, he suddenly has a friend, a confidant and perhaps something more, and he didn’t even have to say a word

And now for the snippet. The main players are there: Niall, Zak and Zen the dog.

“Have you really been on your own for five years?” Zak is still stuck on this, and I have no idea why he finds it so fascinating. “Didn’t you ever get lonely?”

“I was f-for a while but then I got Zen, and w-we’re good.” I look down at my sweet-natured Jack Russell, and he wags his little stump of a tail at the mention of his name.

Zen was my life-saver when I thought I couldn’t bear another day of feeling so damn lonely, but I don’t tell Zak this; he doesn’t need to know how pathetic I was after Greg left.

Zak’s questions seem to have come to an end, thankfully. He makes more fuss of my tired dog while I pour the cheese sauce over the macaroni, mix it and put it in the oven to finish it off.

Zak is muttering to Zen, and I sometimes get the impression he tells my dog things he would never tell anyone else, not even me. I guess his secrets are safe with Zen, though. It’s not as if he could tell me what Zak whispers to him. Sometimes, like just now, I get the impression they are discussing me in depth.

Thanks for reading.

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 the Rainbow Snippets group, click here.

Follow my blog, twitter or facebook page to find out how to get your hands on a copy of Not a Word when it’s released on 30th August.

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