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:

Jack and Marjory have just stepped off the train in York …

We smiled, « I was just wondering where would be the best place to… freshen up » Marjory said. She’s good at that, just the right mix of decorum and scandal that old birds adore. « Not here of course !» she adds like a master, «  I’m afraid I’m still rather fearful of encountering the nortorious ‘railway mad-man’ One reads about in The Times…’

The old aunt type smiled gleefully, and didn’t forget to look scandalised neither – she was a real pro at this – « Goodness, child, I do understand, there is a hotel… » she gripped our arm tightly and marched us unsteadily to the great arched station doors, « there ! » she waved her powder blue parasol, which proved to be the sharp-tipped duelling kind what no old travelling aunt ever carries and most law enforcers ain’t even heard of.i Parasol duelling is the sport of well educated rebels and maverick heiresses ; we’d have been flummoxed if we’d had the luxury of time. « The Lamb and Lion, Dear, they have an excellent powder room that is frequented by travellers in just the predicament you present. » and without making eye contact she marched, to a rather off-beat, out into the crowded thoroughfair


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 

11 responses

  1. Oh, my…well, this new companion appears to be more entertaining company than the last!

    Liked by 1 person

    May 4, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Indeed! 😉


      May 13, 2019 at 7:05 am

  2. Love this! Also, I now want to see a parasol duel – to the death, if possible. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    May 4, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Lol, well I can certainly promise the former at some point… 😉


      May 13, 2019 at 7:05 am

  3. Pike-a-sol.

    Liked by 1 person

    May 7, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Lol! Love that phrase!


      May 13, 2019 at 7:03 am

  4. Wonder if this new companion will stick around…

    Liked by 1 person

    May 8, 2019 at 5:07 am

    • smithandskarry1

      ‘Spoilers’ lol 😉 x


      May 13, 2019 at 7:06 am

  5. Parasol duel… I can see this happening, graceful and deadly at once.

    Liked by 1 person

    May 11, 2019 at 3:22 am

    • smithandskarry1

      I’ve always loved the idea since I heard of bartitsu and saw ye olde pictures of gentlemen cane-duelling… imagine my glee to discover it’s actually a real thing! Better still, it’s currently seeing quite a revival! 😀 The world just gets better and better eh?


      May 13, 2019 at 7:09 am

  6. Parasol dueling! Love it.

    Liked by 1 person

    May 11, 2019 at 3:30 am

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