Rainbow Snippets 04/22

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Greetings Snippeteers.

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend so far.

My current WIP has a working title now: “A Springful of Winters”

First the Blurb:

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, arising suspicion that this gorgeous man might just have some contingency plans of his own where Kit is concerned.

 

This week my snippet takes place after Kit has just properly met Stephan, the man he keeps bumping into. Stephan has asked him out on a date. Since Kit has difficulties understanding the rules about this sort of stuff he is discussing this with his friend, boss, landlady and mentor, Yenta, while they work together in their bookshop.

 

“I saw the way he smiled at you, Kit. As if you were the world to him.”

“As if I was the what? That’s just nonsense, Yenta. Almost as nonsense as some of the stories in these books.” I wave a hand in a wide arc to incorporate all of the romance section.

Yenta narrows her eyes and leans forward, poking a bony index finger at me. “Nonsense that I see you reading every day, so don’t pretend you don’t know anything about romance.”

“Doesn’t mean I understand it.” I mutter.

How can I be the world to him? The part of my brain that interprets everything literally wants to scream out that I look nothing like the world. The other part, the part that enjoys reading romance novels and dreaming of happy endings, wants to curl up in his lap and let him shower me with silly metaphors like that forever.

 

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Rainbow Snippets 04/14

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Hello, it’s been a while since I posted anything. This was a combination of a manic few months getting ready for a show, and some creative differences: I wanted to be creative, but my brain didn’t.

Anyway, turns out all I needed was a couple of weeks of Easter break and an interesting anthology call from my publisher.

My WIP for this anthology involves a character called Kit Winters.

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 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, arising suspicion that this gorgeous man might just have some contingency plans of his own where Kit is concerned.

In this scene, Kit is walking his dog, Bessie, when he encounters Stephan in the last place he expects to encounter anyone.

Around a bend in the track, I stop. Before me is a sight I just didn’t expect, so it takes me a little while to make sense of it. Alongside this part of the track there is a drainage ditch. It is usually filled with water, or varying degrees of mud. Today it is filled with a combination of icy water, slush, mud and Stephan.

“Stephan?” I exclaim.

“Hello, Kit.” He smiles, but it isn’t as brilliant as usual.

“What are you, er, doing here?”

“I’m sitting in a frozen, slushy pool of water.” He tells me, as if this is something I haven’t already worked out.

“Er, why?”

“For the fun of it, Kit.” He snaps, sounding a bit angry as he splashes the water around him with the palms of his hands.

“Oh, I see.” I frown. What he said doesn’t quite match the expression on his face. “You don’t look like you’re having fun.”

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 snippets others are posting this week click here to find the Rainbow Snippets Facebook Group.

If you want you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter and tumblr.

Checkout my other titles and as well as a range of fantastic books on our revamped Beaten Track website.

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Christmas Book Sale

Beaten Track Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope you’re all enjoying this holiday season.

However you all celebrate at this time of year, be it Christmas, Hannukah, Yule or whatever, who doesn’t love a sale?

Smashwords have a 50% off sale every year between 25th December to 1st January. Beaten Track have a plethora of incredible books listed in the sale, including mine.

This means owning a story about fairies and trolls under the bridges of Paris,

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or reading about the shenanigans of an animal handler, living in the middle of the Cheviot Hills, who names his animal crew after fictional bears,

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won’t leave a very big dent in your Christmas money at all.

Locked in the Moment, is currently available for a stunning £1.50. And of course, Eagle Man and Mister Hawk is available free, as always.

For an even better bargain, go for the anthology that Locked in the Moment is part of.

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Love Unlocked is available for free this week and this week only. This is an unmissable bargain.

I also have a Christmas offering in the form of a 1,500 word flash fiction called “Merry F*cking Christmas”. Follow the link for a free download from Smashwords.

To see all the other amazing titles in the Smashwords/Beaten Track sale, follow this link to the Beaten Track Website and click on the the link to the Smashwords sale, in order to buy them at their discount prices.

Have fun browsing, and even more fun reading.

Wishing you all the best for 2018. See you all in the New Year.

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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

Rainbow fence

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 09/23

It’s Bi Visibility Day, and #BiWeek.

For my Rainbow Snippet this week I thought I’d share a scene with one of my characters who identifies as Bisexual.

Ethan, from my free novel, Eagle Man and Mister Hawk, is about to get a little more than he bargained for when he offers some tea and sympathy to a female colleague.

I’m just about to stand when suddenly I’m accosted by 190 pounds of female rugby player.

“Thank you so much, Ethan, you don’t know how much this means to me.”

The momentum of her hug tips me backwards, and I land in the clean straw on the ground with Kelly on top of me. She takes the opportunity, while she has me in this position, to kiss me full on the lips. I think I might have squeaked as I try to fend her off, but she’s quite a bit heftier than I expected.

She eventually pulls back, and I give her a startled look. I mean, I’ve willingly been in this position with women before, don’t get me wrong, but right now, it isn’t really where I want to be, and besides, I have someone to think about other than myself.

What the hell would Alex think if he saw us like this?

And here’s 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.

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Eagle Man and Mister Hawk is available for free from Beaten Track Publishing. click here.

To celebrate #BiWeek, Beaten Track Publishing have compiled a list of their books that contain bisexual characters and are offering a discount on these books until 24th September. Eagle Man and Mister Hawk is there, among some great titles. Check it out. Of course, my book is free anyway, so it’s a little difficult to discount it any further.

To see Beaten Track’s full list of stories containing bisexual characters 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 see what others are sharing this week click here.

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