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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: #Rainbow Snippets: Jack and Marjory

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

Jack has just switched clothes and become Marjory in order to avoid the unwanted attentions of a potentially sinister stranger…

Wordsworth might have found something to say about that journey, but for our part the bees in our bonnet were too fast and too furious. Still we calmed down a little when the miles got under us and our friend Henry did not appear to make a nuisance of himself with his rantings about cream.

After a while, we began to consider ourselves ridiculously reactive. The suit might well have been one of these railway madmen the papers like to rattle about. The silent plague they calls it – apparently humans was never s’posed to travel at high speeds, it rocks your brain around in your skull and for some who’s already taken quite a rockin we s’pose it’s the last apple what upsets the cart, as they say.

We smile, and the old bird next to us shifts her parasol a little and smiles back. Sure, he must’ve been one of them railway madmen, and we settle back into enjoying the ride to York.



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 

10 responses

  1. Now, we’re making sense.

    You fooled us, Penny, but that’s okay, we like getting fooled now and then!

    Liked by 1 person

    April 21, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Lol, thanks for being a good sport Icky 😉

      Liked by 1 person

      April 26, 2019 at 1:52 pm

  2. Uh oh, you’ve got to watch out for those little old ladies! Yes, now, I’m truly becoming paranoid for poor Jack and Marjorie (wry grin)

    Liked by 1 person

    April 22, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Oh yes indeed, those fluffy old pussies are seldom what they seem eh? It always pays to be a little paranoid I think, especially on teaset smuggling missions 😉


      April 26, 2019 at 1:55 pm

  3. Bees in the bonnet, fast and furious, last apple that upsets the cart… the English teacher in me is cringing even as the reader in me is delighting at this use of language. I’ll hush the former teacher and tell you nice snippet!

    Liked by 1 person

    April 27, 2019 at 12:34 am

    • smithandskarry1

      lol, thankyou! I’m really glad you’re enjoying it! – I’m an ex English teacher too … think the cockney in me is having a rebellious field day! 😉

      Liked by 1 person

      April 29, 2019 at 6:26 am

  4. I like the idea of a silent plague for some reason.

    Liked by 1 person

    April 27, 2019 at 4:09 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thanks! I like it too but afraid I can’t take credit for that one – it’s what the Victorians really called ‘railway madness’ XD


      April 29, 2019 at 6:27 am

  5. I really do love the voice in this.

    Liked by 1 person

    April 27, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! 😀


      April 29, 2019 at 6:28 am

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