Steampunk fiction, reviews and interviews

#RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory


Happy Saturday! Sorry I missed a week last week – I fractured my hand playing Dungeons and Dragons (I know, I know, you can go ahead and mock me!) and although it’s healing nicely I’m still having stiffness problems with it, so I was trying to type as little as possible and give it a rest 🙂

But it’s a lot better now so 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:

So, to recap, having resolved to stay awake guarding the teaset all night, Jack and Marjory awake to find intruders in their room who seem to be trying to help them… this snip bridges a chapter but I thought it was best to put those two lines together so please forgive that it’s 7 sentences instead of 6…


One of them laughed, a man by the sound of it, “I’m Michael Biscotti, at your service I suppose, and this is Miss Yogiana Small, at mine; we are your ride back to Lancaster…”


« … I’m afraid something as gone horribly wrong in the Master Plans of our mutual … acquaintance … »

This weren’t what we wanted to hear. 

We might have been receptive to it earlier, we might have been grateful to know it before we’d lugged a heavy chest containing a priceless teaset down  the Inn staircase and along the drizzly Cottingham mainroad half a mile through the midnight muck. 

Then again we might’ve asked. We might’ve queried the fact that a famous painter, poet and known revolutionary – amongst other things – was breaking into the hotel room of two unknown hex slingers what nobody was meant to know was there. 

We might even have found the time to ask before we hopped into the steam powered tramper-van beside the moody looking hex slinger, Miss Small, and were forced to make idle pleasantries with her equally grim and possibly consumptive family, who obviously had no desire to be pleasant to anyone. 

Michael seemed the only cheerful member of the party, practically bouncin’ on his seat like a juck’ on a leash, as the van’s motors thrummed to his verve,  «  Yes, Max is going to be hung next Friday and I’m afraid that no amount of fine china, or indeed anything else, is likely to save him… » 


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. Ooo, it’s quite the mystery! (heart)
    I would never mock you for playing Dungeons & Dragons. I’m currently getting absorbed into Critical Role and still mourn the loss
    of Vax and Molly, particularly Molly. I still have hopes of Vax being the Raven Queen’s saint since he ascended or descended into his goddess’s arms without leaving a body. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, ignore me. 🙂 Welcome back, take care of your hands, and beware of those natural ones! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    July 20, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Aw, thankyou! Yay, I know Critical Role! – Love Vax too 😀


      July 26, 2019 at 1:51 pm

  2. HOW do you fracture your hand playing D&D? Pounding the table after a bad roll? (Talk about a crit fail!)

    Anyhow, interesting snippet. Can’t wait to see where it goes from here.

    Liked by 1 person

    July 21, 2019 at 12:42 am

    • smithandskarry1

      lol, yeah it was an epic fumble – an old basket ball fracture from years back and all I did was knock it accidentally on the table! Doh! Seems to be a weak point now as it’s happened before, ah vie! Glad you liked the snip 🙂


      July 26, 2019 at 1:54 pm

  3. Love the names! Another great snippet. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    July 22, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou1 🙂


      July 26, 2019 at 1:55 pm

  4. Ouch. I hope you heal quickly! ❤️

    Then again we might’ve asked. – LOL, but where would be the fun in that?

    Liked by 1 person

    July 25, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! – and yes, no fun doing the sensible things in life eh? 😉

      Liked by 1 person

      July 26, 2019 at 1:55 pm

  5. Mock you? No. I’ve done far worse to myself while doing far less. And I always enjoy reading your snips!

    Liked by 1 person

    July 27, 2019 at 1:06 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Oh bless you! Thanks honey – and ditto!


      August 6, 2019 at 8:43 am

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