Steampunk fiction, reviews and interviews

#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 sentences 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 🙂

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.

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:

I hope you can forgive me but I’m  afraid this snippet is a bit longer than 6 sentences because this scene really needs to be read in one go (and for those of you who’ve spotted Jack and Marjory’s penchant for acting before thinking and plunging headlong into trouble, there’s plenty more of that just around the corner)

Jack and Marjory are learning to appreciate the Lancashire countryside on their way to pick up the smuggled teaset for the leader of the revolution…



We don’t mind telling you, we were made for better things than the hill that climbs out of Settle.

Settle Village – the Matriarch Of All Curs, the Innocuous Heffa, doe-eyed and peaceful with her hewn-stone paps leaking quaint floral window dressings and lace.

We’d not in a million years of puff have guessed what she kept in her petticoats – that Great Unholy Lovechild of a hill.

We’d have served ourselves better if we’d brought a rack and pinion instead of snap ; or at least those steel teeth, fitted onto the boot toes of adventurous hil’ walkers “who like to fancy that their own local Marilyn is comparable to the nation’s Munroe”, as our friend Peril likes to say. (We say friend, but really the body is dead and all he does is hang about his old underground library moaning at us to be quiet, or put that book down, or get our feet off the chesterfield… he taught us to read though, so he has got some patience, when it comes down to it.)

If the hill were just so steep that we had to go almost crawling up it, that would be bad enough. What added to the jest of it all was the fact – and nobody warned us of this – that every man, woman and dogspawn in the county used it as some kind of go-for-broke-death-run on their mad-cap Penny Farthing Bicycles.

There was a constant stream of the critters and when one came up a little faster than his neighbour in front, he just goes wide of him and sails on past! Not a notion to queue and wait his turn, like a decent Mor-Ire-ish citizen, enters his pill-box!

Three times we had to leap into the ditch, and once we was fair nearly mullered between a high stone house wall on the left and a low stone erection on the right but ( praise The Powers That Tea) the merry party of two bakers girls, on one bicycle, and three records clerks, each with their own steed, granted us right of passage by careering into eachother and forming such a tangle of spokes, blokes ‘n’ petticoats that we was long gone before they’d sorted out who was what again.


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 


13 responses

  1. The landscape becomes a character in its own right due the characters’s colorful language…great snippet!

    Liked by 1 person

    March 3, 2019 at 3:03 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! I’m really glad you liked it 🙂 There’s a bit of irony at play here as they personify the landscape a lot (like it’s ‘out to get them’) and then later on, in a few chapters time, moan about people who personify landscapes in poetry as being pretentious, lol.


      March 6, 2019 at 8:54 am

  2. Love the description in this snippet!

    Liked by 1 person

    March 5, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! It was fun to write 😉


      March 6, 2019 at 8:44 am

  3. Yay!
    Your linguistics make my peepers spin, but I love the challenge.
    Roadways are hazardous, anywhere, and anytime. Those poor kids.
    Thanks for sharing, Penny!

    Liked by 1 person

    March 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Thanks Icky! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Settle hill and the bicycle problem are very real, although of course it’s all racing bikes today!

      Liked by 1 person

      March 8, 2019 at 8:19 am

  4. OMG, you had me literally laughing out loud a couple times with that last paragraph. Great snippet! Again! ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    March 9, 2019 at 12:31 am

    • smithandskarry1

      lol, thankyou! I’m glad it brought some giggles 😉

      Liked by 1 person

      March 15, 2019 at 9:15 am

  5. Love the description here!

    Liked by 1 person

    March 9, 2019 at 4:08 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thanks! Really glad you like it 🙂


      March 15, 2019 at 9:13 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! 🙂


      March 15, 2019 at 9:14 am

  6. I love it when the setting becomes a character in its own right.

    Liked by 1 person

    March 9, 2019 at 5:22 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! It happens a lot in this story 🙂


      March 15, 2019 at 9:13 am

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