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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 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:

Jack and Marjory are trying to remain inconspicuous as they traverse the Lancashire countryside to rescue the smuggled teaset for the leader of the revolution… I’ve skipped a few bland paragraphs in which they almost fall asleep, forget the time and have to run for the station like a bat out of hell before they miss their train to bring you to this point here…


The one train that passes through here is a treacle carrier, bringing black gold up from Crumbria to York, but it has a couple of carriages too, just enough seats for the odd commuter, travelling business man or visiting aunt. Or the occasional teaset smuggler.

We steamed into the station just as our gleaming stallion was steaming in himself. Nothing – stone cold nanty – could have prepared us for the noise and the heat, the cock-sure venting of power all over the by-standing populous, the smokey breath, the hot sweat beading on his bulging muscles, the oiled up masculine beauty of this incredible beast … Marjory caught her breath.

Never ceases to impress me!” The body who rudely broke our reverie was plain, something almost contrived about its ambiguity, but for one small detail ; a powder blue bowler perched above his amicable and instantly forgetable face.“The power of steam, eh ?” He smiled pleasantly, the way no stranger ever does to a young gentleman travelling alone, and offered us his hand,“The name’s Markham, Henry Markham.”




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. Uh oh, looks like trouble is smiling at them and ready to get way too familiar…

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    March 16, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Yes indeed! And shaking it off won’t be as easy as they imagine… 😉


      March 18, 2019 at 8:21 am

  2. Jack&Marjory might be “trying” to remain inconspicuous, but I don’t get the impression that’s their forté. 😁

    Liked by 1 person

    March 20, 2019 at 2:25 am

    • smithandskarry1

      lol, you have them pegged, it’s really not their strong point at all – what were Max and Kitty thinking? XD

      Liked by 1 person

      March 20, 2019 at 8:37 am

  3. That train description is fantastic. I sense Henry is going to be trouble, though.

    Liked by 1 person

    March 20, 2019 at 7:04 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! And yep Henry is that worst sort of trouble – the type that’s not wriggled out of easily 😉

      Liked by 1 person

      March 20, 2019 at 8:39 am

  4. Beware of smiling strangers.

    Liked by 1 person

    March 23, 2019 at 12:14 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Always! 😉


      March 25, 2019 at 8:56 am

  5. I sense trouble!

    Liked by 1 person

    March 23, 2019 at 3:21 am

    • smithandskarry1

      You sense correctly! 😉


      March 25, 2019 at 8:56 am

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  7. Oh, I think you are all way off. Anyone in a powder blue bowler is bound to be A-okay. I’m glad the kids have lucked into a trustworthy companion. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    March 26, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      I concur with you Icky, Powder blue bowlers – much like powder blue Buicks – are always the signature of a trustworthy individual 😉

      Liked by 1 person

      March 28, 2019 at 8:01 am

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