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 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.

In case anyone missed it, I have a book giveaway over on my face book page. Just follow and comment on the pinned post.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

To find out what others are posting in this group click here.

 

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.

All Romance eBook closure

Here is a statement copied from Beaten Track’s blog.  If anyone has bought either of my books, or the anthology “Love Unlocked”, from ARe, and cannot access them, then please do contact Beaten Track Publishing.

I do not rely on sales of books for a living, and am thankful for that right at this moment.  My heart goes out to those that will have lost a great deal of money.  10 cents in the dollar is nothing, and one does wonder where all that money has gone, and why this is such a rush job.  Writers get shat on once again.

Today, All Romance eBooks, LLC announced the closure of their site and services on 31st December, 2016.

If you have purchased any Beaten Track titles via All Romance eBooks and have been unable to download them, please forward your receipt to us (email store at beatentrackpublishing.com), along with the format of ebook you require (epub, mobi, PDF), and we will send your ebook.

Beaten Track Publishing titles are no longer available from All Romance eBooks.

Many thanks for your support.

That’s all I have to say about that, really.  There’s not a lot that can be done, except please, keep on supporting authors and publishers (buy direct from the author or publisher if you can), and those of you that are feeling disheartened, don’t be.  Keep writing.  You are all awesome. 2017 has to be better than 2016, but it will only be a good year if we get off our arses and do awesome stuff.

See you in the New Year.

Dawn x

Rainbow Snippets 12/18

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Hi, this will be my last post of the year.  The next two weekends will be rather busy I expect.

An amazing thing happened just last week.  Love Unlocked, the anthology that contains my story, Locked in the Moment, won a Rainbow Award.  It was awarded third place for best anthology.  This happened on my birthday as well, which was a nice surprise. Congrats to everyone who won, and special congrats to Beaten Track authors who are all so awesome. I feel humbled to have been part of this amazing project.

My snippet this week is from my WIP with the working title “The Angel and the Magpie”.

Enjoy.

“Wilf’s heart is in the right place, but sometimes he opens his mouth before he’s engaged his brain and he gets himself into real trouble.” Raphael gave a slightly amused grimace. “Mostly from his wife.”

“Oh dear.” Toby grimaced as well, then met Raphael’s eye and they both burst out laughing which set off Toby’s cough. “Gawd, I ain’t coughed all day, I swear.”

“I know.” Raphael said, feeling concerned as he rubbed Toby’s back. “I noticed.”

Toby met his eye again and smiled softly. “Thanks.”

“For what?” Raphael was genuinely surprised by Toby’s gratitude.

“For noticing.” Toby shrugged and watched Raphael’s hand as he withdrew it, as if he wished the contact to continue, or perhaps couldn’t understand why it had been initiated in the first place. “Usually people  don’t, y’know, notice, and they definitely don’t wanna touch, unless they want…” Toby stopped, his expression stricken.  He bit his lip, looking away in embarrassment before getting down from the high stool and struggling the few steps to the kitchen door. “I’m gonna go and lie down, I think.”

He made a hasty exit before Raphael could react or comment.

I say this is my last post of the year, but I really mean it’s my last Rainbow Snippet of 2016. I do have a post scheduled over on Bike Book Reviews for their Coffee, Tea and Christmas Traditions event taking place right now.  Hop on over there to read about the Christmas traditions of all the authors taking part in the event.  I’m not sure when mine will be posted, but the event lasts until 26th December and my post will include a giveaway of Locked in the Moment which I can now say is part of an award winning anthology.  (oh god, that’s so cool).

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.

I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Enjoy the next two weeks however you celebrate the holidays.  See you all next year.