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#RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory


Happy Saturday! If you follow my blog during the week, you’ll have heard that Max and Collin will no longer be hosting their regular Morning Cuppa review slot because I’m taking over the reviews myself in order to free up their tentacles for bigger and better adventures. One of those is unraveling here in the form of Jack and Marjory,  and one ( a small, strange tea-painted book) is available now on etsy thanks to the awesomeness of our dear friends Nimue and Tom Brown at Hopeless Maine who helped with everything from the screaming “you need to publish this” to the logistics of getting it actually done.


“Eightcups Max and his Octopus friend Collin feature in their first LGBTQIA+ book together – Utterly Myself – a small strange book about gender and identity. 

Max may use the ironic handle of Very Quiet Gentleman but everyone who has ever Met Max knows that Very Quite and Gentleman are not accurate descriptions of our beloved tea fiend. Rumors abound about demonic rituals and medical malpractice and there is even a young lady in Bedlam who swears Max has tentacles… 

So what the hell are you Max? – Man? Woman? Monster? 

Join Max and Collin in this lovingly tea-painted Small Strange Book as they ask what it means to be any or all or none of these things and above all, do remain always, Utterly Yourself.  “

So, Max and his octopus friend Collin are still very much around and having adventures and with that assurance well and truly made, here is my rainbow snippet for this week …

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

Snippet 8

And here’s snippet 9 : Jack and Marjory have just agreed to help the leader of the revolution smuggle a dodgy teaset into Lancaster and help save the world (and the lemonade) from the evil machinations of tyranical Tea-Time Lords … but first things first, never embark on a mission to save lemonade without being properly attired… 😉


Tuesday morning we went to see our tailor. She lives in Bridge Street and works out of her back parlour. Theres’ a great many businesses operating out of the back parlours of Lancastrian House Wives these days and she has a lot of competition to contend with, which is how she justifies stichin’ us up each time we go there.

“Somebody die an’ leave you somethin’ then, Jack?” she asks, with her mouth full of pins. She’s got a comely mouth alright, tiny pouty lips pressed together like a tight-skinned plum.



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.


Wishing you all a most splendiferous week and don’t forget to check in at the #rainbowsnippets facebook group for more fabulous snippets of LGBTQIA+ fiction 🙂 


rainbow flower image courtesy of mariah22 at

book cover image by Renphoto 



7 responses

  1. Pingback: #RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory | Blake And Wight . com

  2. Juicy imagery! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    January 20, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! 🙂


      January 25, 2019 at 9:19 am

  3. That gal speaks pretty good considering she has a mouth full of pins.

    Liked by 1 person

    January 23, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Hmm, do you think I should change that line? I used to have an old sewing teacher who always had a mouthful of sewing pins and that was where the image came from (although Jack and Marjory’s tailor is obviously not old!) but if you think it sounds wrong I’ll change it and put the pins somewhere else…like in her hand maybe…(I need them for later you see) Value your opinion Icky 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      January 25, 2019 at 9:23 am

      • Noooooo!!!!!!
        No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no.
        Please don’t change it.
        I love the line and the imagery.
        Besides, I do the same thing with nails.
        Happy Trails!

        Liked by 1 person

        January 25, 2019 at 12:35 pm

      • smithandskarry1

        lol, ok then!!! 😉 … come to think of it there was a chap when I was a kid who had a hardware store my Dad always took us to and he did that with nails too! Many thanks for the fe/-*edback 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        January 25, 2019 at 1:04 pm

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