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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 🙂

We’re back from the Peaks now after some fab down-time with the family and back here in Lancashire it’s starting to feel like spring 😀

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. This snip is from the start of chapter two so I’ve included the chapter heading quote as well as there are ‘Easter Eggs’ hidden throughout the book linked to the quotes at the start of each chapter.

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:


Jack and Marjory have safely stashed their advance payment, appeased their amorous tailor and are now setting off to pick up the smuggled teaset for Max…



“My soul was singing at a work apart

Behind the wall of sense, as safe from harm

As sings the lark when sucked up out of sight,

In vortices of glory and blue air.”

– Elizabeth Barrett Browning


The Way Of the Roses is an extremely pleasant jaunt if you’re of that stoic breed what thrives on the relentless buffeting of this newly-fangled ‘fresh air’ they bang their drums about at their low teas n bridge parties. That and the perverse self-torture that they glibly labels ‘exercise’.

Well, it’s name might have been pleasant enough but it suited our pins not at all. Nor our lungs. Still we weren’t above taking in the sights as we cursed our way along it under a blue sky, beside the vast, grey Lune; certainly once we’d left the cold brick shoulders of the backs of sandy terraced houses behind us and begun the trek up the valley, with the river our constant companion.



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 


19 responses

  1. Gorgeous visual! I can almost feel the cold off the river…

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    February 9, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! – it is bloomin cold up here in t’North and the river Lune has a different sort of magic it about it to the Thames, which can be said to sparkle and chatter and bubble along while the Lune is like a great grey lady heavy with magic and waiting to pull you into her cold embrace, lol 😉


      February 11, 2019 at 8:09 am

  2. Lol! Love the attitude! 🙂

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    February 9, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! Lol, yes they’re full of that alright… mind you what teenager isn’t? … I may be channeling my DD and DS a bit here, lol 😉


      February 11, 2019 at 8:10 am

  3. Fresh air and exercise… It’s a conspiracy, I tell you.

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    February 10, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      I totally is -who would have thought a career path in the criminal underworld would lead to such evils? Someone should have warned them eh? 😉 lol


      February 11, 2019 at 8:12 am

  4. Rogues on the Run. This sounds like a fun book!

    Liked by 1 person

    February 11, 2019 at 1:31 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! 🙂


      February 11, 2019 at 8:12 am

  5. Interesting voice. Such an attitude behind it. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    February 12, 2019 at 9:03 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! Yeah, to say ‘they have a potato farm on their shoulder’ would be more accurate than to call it a chip 😉

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      February 12, 2019 at 9:46 am

  6. Hahaha…kind of agree with their attitude on exercise, but I’m rather partial to fresh air! 💞

    Liked by 1 person

    February 15, 2019 at 2:54 am

    • smithandskarry1

      lol, personally I like both but it’s fun to write from their perspective 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      February 18, 2019 at 8:35 am

  7. Fresh air and exercise…such a scam. lol

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    February 16, 2019 at 4:39 am

    • smithandskarry1

      It so is! (I may be channeling my teenagers a little for this! lol)


      February 18, 2019 at 8:34 am

  8. Loved the visuals and the snarky attitude

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    February 16, 2019 at 5:39 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! Lancashire has some gorgeous scenery to write about both the urban and the countryside 🙂 Shame Jack and Marjory are a little slow to appreciate it, lol, but they’ll get there!


      February 18, 2019 at 8:33 am

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  10. Not a fan of adventure, are they?

    Me? I’ll take fresh air over the city any day!

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    February 17, 2019 at 12:58 am

    • smithandskarry1

      They really are feeling resentful that to make crime pay requires all this effort! lol. And it amuses me that these hardened street kids who could rip you apart in the Hex Ring are thwarted by a bit of fresh air and exercise! I’m the total opposite myself; love the fresh air, the exercise and the adventure!


      February 18, 2019 at 8:31 am

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