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:

The river towards the outskirts was full of barges, a permanent fixture by the look of them and, as we had time to kill, we stopped to chew the fat , and a couple of pork sausages, with a gang of girls who was frying over a metal drum.

It was getting on for nine when we said ‘fair well’ and began our hour long trek across country to Cottingham.

We are not, we realised swiftly, of that indomitable and resourceful breed who can navigate by stars and a dampened finger to the wind. We very near mullered ourselves in the steam powered water works on the outskirts. For certain sure – they have that.

But Hallgate Cottingham after Beverley was like a comfy chesterfield after a night on theatre velvets and we were more than ready for the bed we’d been promised.



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. LOL. I hope their bed is every bit as comfy as they hope it to be! ❤️

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    May 25, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      lol, I can’t promise they’ll get the chance to find out… 😉

      Liked by 1 person

      May 26, 2019 at 12:17 pm

  2. Once more the colorful description brings the characters and their setting to life! (heart)

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    May 27, 2019 at 8:06 am

    • smithandskarry1



      May 28, 2019 at 2:22 pm

  3. I feel as if I need to go back to the beginning and start over, now that I know what is up with these two. ??? … Blast you, Penny!

    Liked by 1 person

    May 28, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Well, in the words of every great super-villain, ‘Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!’ 😉 lol.

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      May 29, 2019 at 6:09 am

  4. Just an observation, but it seems as though the more you’re looking forward to or wanting something, the more likely it isn’t to happen. (Grimaces)

    Liked by 1 person

    May 31, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      So very true! LOL


      June 1, 2019 at 10:18 am

  5. Why do I suspect the comfy bed isn’t in their future

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    June 1, 2019 at 3:25 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Lol, seems a bit to good to be true right now doesn’t it? They’ve been overly paranoid but not overly cautious and subsiding on luck alone can’t sustain you forever…


      June 1, 2019 at 10:21 am

  6. LOL. Also, I doubt getting to that comfy bed is going to be easy for them.

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    June 1, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Lol, you may be right! 😉


      June 3, 2019 at 6:12 am

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