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#Rainbowsnippets: Jack and Marjory

Happy Saturday! Hope the storms haven’t blown you all away! We’re wrestling with the Beast From The East in a far less dramatic and exciting way than Tolkien envisaged (ie: hiding under the duvet watching endless episodes of Once Upon A Time!)

Still posting  from the novella I’m working on. It’s called Jack and Marjory and it gives space for two of my  bigender characters to tell something of their own side-adventure (which played a massive part in the history of Ire in a behind the scenes sort of way.) If you want some world background, check out the Introduction page above 🙂

To see all the other fabulous rainbow snippets of LGBTQIA+ fiction for this week check out the rainbow snippets facebook page 

The previous snippets from Jack and Marjory were posted here:

Snippet 1

Snippet 2 

Snippet 3

Snippet 4

Snippet 5,

And here’s snippet 6 – Jack and Marjory are down on their luck when Eightups Max, the octopus-wielding leader of the revolution, tells them he needs someone to do a big favour for him…


he paused and looked at us earnestly, “…someone who can be discreet…I spoke to Kitty and she suggested you…two…” he grinned and petted his octopus.

“How much?”

He laughed and leaned back in his chair, “You don’t want to know what it is first?”

We shook our head. Max boarded in the old fish factory – that was Montmorency’s gaff and you’d only doss at his place if you was skint and had no other choice. So, whatever this ‘big favour’ is, we doubt our gentleman friend can meet the bill for it.

“Alright then, it’s this,” he pushed a leather satchel across the table.

We took it casually and opened the flap, just enough with two fingers to cop a deek inside,“Blimey!” We swallowed hard and opened the satchel a little wider, it was imprudent, sure, but you have to understand, there must’ve been 8lb of gunpowder tea in there in neat black resin bars.



being an entertaining and informative piece of travel writing by a couple of rogues on the run as they attempt to avoid the machinations of wizards, monarchs and a ruthless band of beatnik poets, deflect a civil war and deliver a priceless, historical tea set before the owner finds himself at the gallows.


rainbow flower image courtesy of mariah22 at

book cover image by Renphoto 

11 responses

  1. Ha! Apparently that’s a currency they’re happy with, eh? 💞

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    December 15, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Oh yes indeed!

      Liked by 1 person

      December 20, 2018 at 1:21 pm

  2. Ooo, the tension rises! (heart)

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    December 16, 2018 at 1:39 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! 🙂


      December 20, 2018 at 1:21 pm

  3. Don’t you go and get my little buddy Colin hurt or in trouble, Max!

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    December 19, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Max says “Fear not Icky, my hope is that this venture will allow both Collin and myself to move away from trouble and harm – the long arm of the law, the long list of jilted lovers, the long and lethal walking cane of our sadistic landlord… and into the welcoming arms of a life of peace and luxury … at least that’s the plan! 😉 )


      December 20, 2018 at 12:14 pm

  4. I’m finding their world fascinating.

    Liked by 1 person

    December 22, 2018 at 5:32 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! 🙂 I’m really glad you’re enjoying it


      December 22, 2018 at 9:09 am

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  6. Love this so much, from the contraband tea to the octopus petting! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    December 30, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Aw thankyou! So glad you’re enjoying it – tea and octopuses is what we’re all about! 😀


      December 31, 2018 at 11:35 am

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