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Rainbow Snippets is speaking in tongues

queen-of-liberty-202218_640I’m nowadays known more for writing very British stuff, but way back in the days of yore I used to occasionally dip into US waters, and today’s snippet is taken from an early story of mine, Epiphany, which is set across the pond. So please read the following in the accent of a native New Yorker:

 

I’m just coming out of the gym when I see him. Damn, I mean that don’t sound like much, but let me tell you, it’s a fucking epiphany. Yeah, I know words like epiphany. Just because I’m built and I got a blue-collar job don’t mean I got a reading age of fucking ‘moron.’ Anyhow, I’m walking out the door, all pumped up and sweaty, ’cause I don’t like the showers at the gym—I got athlete’s foot once there, and it ain’t like on TV, you know, some of these guys ain’t exactly pretty with their clothes off—and there he is, standing on the corner, looking up at the street name like it’s written in Chinese, which it ain’t ’cause we’re not in Chinatown. For a moment I think maybe I’ve seen him somewhere before, but then reality kicks in with In your dreams, buddy.

You probably want to know what he looks like, right?

 

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And yes, that was exactly 6 sentences. I counted. Twice! Winking smile

 


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Epiphany is currently out of print, but will be coming out in a second edition with a new introduction on 14th June in Truly, Madly, Boys, the latest of my mini-anthologies with the ever-lovely Josephine Myles, the Mad About the Brit Boys series.

I’m in the spotlight

Divine Magazine…over at Divine Magazine – why not join me while I witter on about such diverse subjects as UK Meet, gay marriage, and spiders. Smile

 

And, erm, sorry about the frankly scary close-up in the header. You’d rather have had the spiders, wouldn’t you?

In a cunning ploy to distract you from the extreme tardiness of this week’s Rainbow Snippet, today I’m celebrating those heroes in a half-shell, turtles and tortoises, with a snippet from Tortoise Interruptus. Our hero, Tip, has been cursed by a witch to turn into a tortoise at inconvenient moments, and has just been tortoise-napped by a woman with a capacious handbag:

 

Rattling in his shell as the bag lurched from side to side, bumping against the woman’s ample hips, Tip started to wonder if he really should have listened to Janey’s suggestion that she get him microchipped.

She wouldn’t even be able to report him missing. Tip could just imagine how it’d go at the police office: “Yes, Miss? You say your brother’s been kidnapped? Can you describe him, please? I see. Six inches tall, gray in color, with a hard shell. Any distinguishing features? Oh, just that he’s a tortoise? Thank you, Miss. Can I just remind you of the very severe penalties for wasting police time?”


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Tortoise Interruptus


Cursed by an impatient witch to turn into a tortoise at inopportune moments, Tip is horrified to find himself tortoise-napped by a customer at the cafe where he works.

Things start to look up when Tip ends up very literally in the capable hands of drop-dead gorgeous Steve—but Tip soon begins to wonder just how far he can trust Steve, who turns out to have a close connection with his kidnapper.  Tip’s attempts at a normal life seem doomed to remain frustrated in more ways than one!

Inspired by a real-life incident.  Yes, really.  

Available in ebook:  Torquere | Amazon

 

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Daughters on the Stage–win an ebook

HAPHOBIAUMBRELLA2016.pngToday, 17th May, is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

I’m taking part in the Hop For Visibility, Awareness and Equality by blogging over at the Macaronis today on the subject of groundbreaking nineteenth-century American Shakespearian actor Charlotte Cushman, a lesbian who wowed the London stage with her portrayals of male roles.

I’m also offering an ebook of the winner’s choice from my historical backlist to a randomly chosen commenter on the post over at the Macaronis.

There will be lots of other prizes up for grabs on the hop, so make sure you check out the other participating blogs!

Rainbow Snippets is feeling Sapphic

Today’s snippet comes from one of my lesbian short stories, First Time, which appears in the Desire Behind Bars anthology. Mel and Ella are cellmates:

Ella’s been with me a week (not that I’m counting) before she asks about it. “You’re not what I expected,” she says, tracing the curve of my bicep with one dainty little finger. She’s seen me—well, she couldn’t miss it, could she, not when we’re banged up together—doing pull-ups on the bunk. Push-ups and sit-ups on the floor. I like the way I look, like how I can hold my own in a fight against anyone. I don’t mind working hard to keep it.

“What do you mean?” I ask her.

“Well... You never...” and instead of finishing that sentence she takes my hand in her little one and places it on her breast.


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BEL-DesireBehindBarsDesire Behind Bars

When lovers of lesbian erotica imagine the ideal setting for a hot and heavy romance, prison is likely to be low on the list. But desire cannot be banished forever behind bars. From repeat offenders taking pretty new inmates under their wings to wardens giving in to temptation,Desire Behind Bars offers up erotic stories that may earn these inmates time off for good behavior. Whether they escape for a moment or find love for a lifetime, we adore the amazing women you’ll meet in these pages. And we trust that once you’ve met them, you’ll want to read their tales again and again.

Editors Salome Wilde and Talon Rihai cordially invite you behind bars for a glimpse at lesbian desire penned by erotica and romance authors both well-known and new, including J.L. Merrow, Sacchi Green, Katya Harris, Annabeth Leong, Geonn Cannon, L.E. Chamberlin, C.L. Boyle, M. Marie, Claire Caine, Chase Morgan, Kiki DeLovely, Alex Andrea, and Kannan Feng

Available in ebook and paperback:  Amazon

Rainbow Snippets is deep in denial

Caught! is a finalist in the Bisexual Book Awards this year, which seems like a good enough excuse to give you a snippet from it:

Here’s our hero, Robert, musing on romance:

 

Damn it. I was not still hung up on Crispin. I was not.

At any rate, it was safer for me to steer well clear of men for the foreseeable future. So that was what I would do.

I looked at the computer screen and went cold all over as I realised I’d absentmindedly called up the Gentlemen’s Relish dating website—their motto, Huntin’, Shootin’ and Cottagin’.

I shut the laptop with a snap.

 

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Caught72webShamwell Tales, Book 1

Behind Robert’s cheerfully eccentric exterior lies a young heart battered and bruised by his past. He’s taken a job teaching in a village primary school to make a fresh start, and love isn’t part of his plans. But he’s knocked for six—literally—by a chance encounter with the uncle of two of his pupils.

Sean works in pest control, rides a motorbike, and lives on a council estate. On the face of it, he shouldn’t have anything in common with Robert’s bow-tie, classic-car style and posh family background. Yet Robert is helpless to resist Sean’s roguish grin, and a rocky, excruciatingly embarrassing start doesn’t keep the sparks between them from flaring.

Despite Robert’s increasingly ludicrous attempts to keep his past where it belongs, his past hasn’t read the memo. And soon his secrets could be the very things that drive Sean away for good…

Warning: contains the alarming misadventures of a pest control technician, a stepsister with a truly unfortunate name, and a young man who may have more bow ties than sense.

Amazon | Samhain | ARe

Caught72webDelighted to learn today that Caught! is a finalist in the romance category of the Bisexual Book Awards.

Less delighted to see the stiff competition it’s up against… Winking smile

 

Only joking. Honest… Congrats to all the finalists!

 

You can run from the past…but the past runs faster

Shamwell Tales, Book 1

Behind Robert’s cheerfully eccentric exterior lies a young heart battered and bruised by his past. He’s taken a job teaching in a village primary school to make a fresh start, and love isn’t part of his plans. But he’s knocked for six—literally—by a chance encounter with the uncle of two of his pupils.

Sean works in pest control, rides a motorbike, and lives on a council estate. On the face of it, he shouldn’t have anything in common with Robert’s bow-tie, classic-car style and posh family background. Yet Robert is helpless to resist Sean’s roguish grin, and a rocky, excruciatingly embarrassing start doesn’t keep the sparks between them from flaring.

Despite Robert’s increasingly ludicrous attempts to keep his past where it belongs, his past hasn’t read the memo. And soon his secrets could be the very things that drive Sean away for good…

Warning: contains the alarming misadventures of a pest control technician, a stepsister with a truly unfortunate name, and a young man who may have more bow ties than sense.

Amazon | Samhain | ARe

Have you discovered the Macaronis?

Originally posted by charliecochrane at Have you discovered the Macaronis?
Years ago, there was a really cool blog about historical romance (out of the closet), called The Macaronis. Despite none of us posting there in ages, the site still gets lots of hits, especially for such posts as Underwear in the 18th century or Male bodies and beauty through the ages. It's a really good resource.

The blog will be bursting into new life this month so make sure you don't miss out on the fun.

Dreamspinner Anniversary Sale

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Dreamspinner Press is nine years old, and they’re celebrating with a sale!

This week, it’s the turn of all authors who published with them in years 1-3, of which I’m one.

Get ‘em while they’re cheap! Here’s some suggestions… Winking smile

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Rainbow Snippets is ready for May Day

To celebrate the coming of spring (and with apologies to readers presently languishing under a carpet of unseasonal snow) here’s a snippet from my historical short story Jack in the Green, set around May Day in the 1920s:

 

As Arthur exited the garage, a gaggle of young women dressed in simple, workaday fashion crossed his path. Two of them carried baskets laden with primroses, cowslips, and violets, and a third—Lily Ives, Arthur realised as they drew nearer—had her arms full of boughs of flowering hawthorn. He wondered that she didn’t prick herself. They looked at Arthur, and at the garage, and at one another. And then they burst into peals of laughter that echoed up and down the lane as Arthur walked stiffly back to the inn.

Arthur didn’t visit the tap room that evening. He remained in his room, listening to the sounds of conviviality that filtered up from below, and tried not to think of dark eyes, sturdy limbs and a roguish smile.

Did everyone in this unsettling place know everything about his business?

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Stranded in a remote country village in 1920s England by his car breaking down, shy young Arthur finds himself drawn to the rough mechanic who comes to his aid, Bob Goodman. Forced to stay until the May Day holiday is over, Arthur makes the best of it, enjoying the village procession and fete.

But the villagers seem to know more about him than they should, and there’s a second, darker, May celebration that starts when the sun’s gone down. In the drunken revelry that follows, Arthur is whisked off in a wild dance by Goodman, who plays the part of Jack in the Green, the spirit of the greenwood.

Dancing turns to loving, but is everything what it seems? And is one night all Arthur can have?

JMS Books | AmazonARe