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#RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory


Happy Saturday! And happy new year! Here’s hoping 2019 brings us all everything we need and enough of what we want to keep us all smiling 🙂

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,

Snippet 6

Snippet 7

And here’s snippet 8 (slightly over 6 sentences so that the next snippet can cleanly move into a new setting) – Jack and Marjory are debating whether to help the leader of the revolution smuggle a dodgy teaset into Lancaster  in exchange for a small fortune in illegal gunpowder tea…


“Marvelous. Then meet me back here Sunday evening and I’ll give you the other half of the tea.” He stood up, scooping the octopus onto his shoulder as he turned to go.

“What if we say no?”

He stopped but didn’t turn to face us again, “then I find someone else ; You’re my first choice, Jack, not my only option.”

We tried again, “It’s not that. We’ll do it. But that’s no common amount of tea… we’d like to know what’s at stake, if you understand?”

He turned this time, and took off his bowler hat, made a mess of his hair and jammed it back on again. “Two lives, one city and an unimaginable amount of lemonade,” he said at last, “will you do it?”

We nodded. Of course we would.




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 


Wishing you all a marvelous start to the new year! Next week we’ll be hosting our annual frost fair here on the blog with guest posts from some fantastic steampunk, sci fi and LGBTQ+ authors as we all open our stalls and take our wares onto the frozen river Lune! The frost fair will run through to the end of February and if you have books you’d like to promote and would like a guest slot, do get in touch via email or facebook and let me know and I will send you a template and information.

Blessings on your brew 😉 x

14 responses

  1. Of course! Anything for the lemonade!

    Liked by 1 person

    January 5, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Always! 😉 XD


      January 11, 2019 at 10:24 am

  2. Gasp! Who are the dastardly fiends who’ve imperilled the lemonade? 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    January 5, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      They are fiends indeed! XD


      January 11, 2019 at 10:25 am

  3. Hahaha! *gasp* Not the lemonade! 💖

    Liked by 1 person

    January 5, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      lol, some evil people have no limits, not content with ruining lives and liberties now they threaten our soft drinks too… 😉

      Liked by 1 person

      January 11, 2019 at 10:28 am

      • The horror! (especially since that happens to be my soft drink of choice) 🍋 🥃

        Liked by 1 person

        January 11, 2019 at 4:19 pm

  4. Such an intriguing answer!

    Liked by 1 person

    January 6, 2019 at 9:08 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! All will be revealed but it will take a while to unravel… 🙂


      January 11, 2019 at 10:29 am

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  6. Tea, lemonade, and… there is a definite catch here. Guess I’ll have to read more. (makes a fake horrified face)


    January 12, 2019 at 1:05 am

  7. I love what’s at stake.


    January 12, 2019 at 2:37 am

  8. Not the lemonade too!


    January 12, 2019 at 3:53 am

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