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#RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

rainbow keeper, put the fairy rainbow on the sky, magic ship in the dreamland, scene from wonderland,

image copyright Nadiaforkosh

Happy Saturday!

Autumn has arrived here with a vengeance but it seems the wind might just have died down enough for the kite festival this weekend – tentacles crossed!  😀

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:

To recap, Jack and Marjory have pretty much failed on their mission to deliver the teaset to Max, Max is now going to be hung for being an evil revolutionary and tea-addict and J&M now find themselves heading into the The Golden Lion and possible poetic peril…  (slightly less than 6 sentences this week, but they are long ones!)


So, The Lion has ghosts; for certain. But there weren’t room for a spirit when we got there; it was crammed from floor to rafters with bodies. Poets, painters, musicians, writers, actors, tea fiends, tiffin madames, gutter wizards, hex slingers, The Garish Regulars were there and even some of the scribes from the Burlington Arcade. 

Michael steered us unerringly through the coterious jungle of flesh and fancy fabrics and faces we recognised from theatre programmes and wanted posters.

“Christina! Darling! Bill! We’re back… yes, this is the Hex slinger, the ‘woman of the hour’…yes, indeed… somebody get Margo here some cake… and get us all a  Black Dragon we’re dry as rocks aren’t we dear?” 

If you’ve never been at a so-hot-you-might-combust party with a so-hot-you-might-combust poet’s hand on your shoulder and his silky voice like a smooth skinned chilli pepper spicin’ up the soup, then you’ve probably no sympathy for us at all, Pal, when we tell you that it was well over an hour before we came to our senses and found ourselves sat on the floor with a hip flask full of  oolong, a belly full of sponge and not the faintest idea what had happened to the teaset or what, exactly, we ought to be doing with ourselves.



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 🙂 


book cover image by Renphoto 

12 responses

  1. ‘Woman of the Hour’… okay, thanks, Penny, that helps.

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    September 7, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    • Thanks for the feedback Icky, I thought – being as this is the first draft – I’d go back and try and put a few more little pointers like that in it to show more clearly whether Jack or Marjory or both is in the driving seat. Sometimes I want to leave it ambiguous but sometimes it seems it would be helpful to visualise whose view point we’re seeing from?

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      September 13, 2019 at 4:12 pm

  2. I’ve met at least one of those poets. bloody dangerous!

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    September 9, 2019 at 12:39 pm

  3. Hahaha…sounds like one heck of a party. And I adore this mix: …faces we recognised from theatre programmes and wanted posters. ❤️

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    September 11, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    • It’s one to go down in history alright (I may have read a little too much Tom Wolf at this point! XD) And thankyou hun, I’m glad you liked that! 🙂

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      September 12, 2019 at 9:15 am

  4. I don’t know whether I want to be part of this group or would be better to stay away. LOL.. point aside, maybe. Big nope there.

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    September 14, 2019 at 12:57 am

    • LOL, I may have been to waaaay too many of these partys… it’s always best to stay away! XD XD


      September 14, 2019 at 9:04 am

  5. his silky voice like a smooth skinned chilli pepper spicin’ up the soup – LOVE this description. Also I just love the title hex slinger

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    September 14, 2019 at 3:22 am

    • Aw, THANKYOU! 😀 (it took me ages to write that line the way I wanted it, lol)


      September 14, 2019 at 9:05 am

  6. Sounds like quite a party!

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    September 14, 2019 at 3:50 pm

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