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#RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory


Happy Saturday! Here’s my #RainbowSnippets post for this week – if you’re new to this, Rainbow Snippets is a chance to read and share 6 lines of LGBTQIA+ fiction every Saturday. There’s a huge variety from Steampunk like mine to Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Comedy and everything in between. You can join the fun and read all the other fabulous snippets at the wonderfully friendly and supportive official facebook group here 🙂

Last weekend was my birthday and  I’m ashamed to say I was in far too delicate a condition to even consider posting anything, or even opening the laptop, so apologies for that, and this week I’ve had to schedule this post because we are away in the wilds of the Peak District probably snowed up to our eyeballs and without internet  – but I will love catching up with all the wonderful snippets as soon as we’re back again  🙂

So, here is the next snippet from Jack and Marjory – my novella-in-progress which gives two of my Bi-Gendered characters a chance to tell something of their own little side-adventure, which actually had a massive impact on the history of Ire in a ‘behind-the-scenes’ kind of way. It’s a little over 6 sentences (sorry) to wrap this scene up smoothly and move to a change of setting next week.

If you missed last week’s snippet you can catch up here: #RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

If you want to start from the beginning you can do so here:

Following on from last week, Jack and Marjory are fielding difficult questions from their amorous tailor…


We chewed over the thought,  “not just yet.”

She took the pins out of her mouth, like they were some corsage she was throwing down in a ballroom paddy because we’d refused to dance with her. “Well, I ain’t cutting a single pattern, Jack,  ’til I see some dough.”

The feathers were ruffled all the wrong way. We smoothed them back with dull, sweet nothings and stayed to tea as penance for our wickedness – salted oatcakes and lemon barley water. If ever a reminder was needed not to enter into a matrimonial alliance with a puritan, it was that morning in the seamstress’s back parlour.



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 




9 responses

  1. Salted oatcakes and lemon barley water….

    Those poor kids. 😦

    Liked by 1 person

    February 3, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      I think it’s called ‘suffering for fashion’ , lol 😉

      Liked by 1 person

      February 8, 2019 at 1:21 pm

  2. Eep! They have stronger stomachs than I do. 😳

    Liked by 1 person

    February 4, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      The things we do for a pretty dress eh? 😉 lol

      Liked by 1 person

      February 8, 2019 at 1:20 pm

  3. LOL! Love how they described smoothing the feathers…:)

    Liked by 1 person

    February 5, 2019 at 6:55 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thanks! 😀


      February 8, 2019 at 1:19 pm

  4. Loved that last line! LOL

    Liked by 1 person

    February 5, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! 😀


      February 8, 2019 at 1:19 pm

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