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#RainbowSnippets: Curious Adventures

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.
This week I’m snipping from the first book in my Ashton’s Kingdom series, The Curious
Adventures Of Smith And Skarry, which is now available to pre-order on Kindle or free if you sign up to support us on Patreon. Hugest thanks to everyone who has already pre-ordered, I’ve been really blown away by the support from everyone, it really does mean so much, thankyou 😀

 

This story started life on my kitchen wall, scribbled on the backs of envelopes and slips of paper whenever I got the chance and blue-tacked in place until there wasn’t room for any more and I had to start typing it up! It includes diverse characters from across the gender spectrum and beneath the humorous veneer it asks big questions about the important issues of power, identity and, most importantly,  fine china.

 

For reference, if you’ve been enjoying the Jack and Marjory snippets, this story happens immediately before those events, so Jack and Marjory are still working down the treacle mine at this point – and the Pirate Captain on the front cover is Jack Diamond who rescues them in book two 🙂
If you’d like some world background you can find it here in the INTRODUCTION which is at the start of the book as well.

We’re still on the opening of the first chapter and this week follows on from last week’s snippet which you can find here: #RainbowSnippets: Curious Adventures

 

You mean, you’re sure I’m leading you along a certain path, you are simply unsure as to how far down it you may proceed before you end up ‘astray’,” Mercurio sounded bored. “You know, I expected you to be more fun than this, Johnny, I honestly would have thought that Tinker’s blood in you would be crying out for a little mischief after the dull propriety of college life?”

Then, I’m afraid, you have made a grave error in your judgment,” Skarry stiffened slightly at the slur to his Mother’s bloodline but he reasoned that his friend was only displaying a common ignorance and chose to let it slide, “Breaking and entering is not my idea of ‘fun’,” he said evenly, “and, to be quite candid, when you said ‘night on the town’ I…”

You envisaged something different?”

 

 

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The evil overlord Wiz has seized control of all the tea, cake and magic in the universe. In a world crammed with dubious science and cream-powered technology, crippled by sugar tax and loose leaf ration books, overrun by cake smugglers, tea fiends and lemonade dealers, ruled over by Tea Time Lords and policed by vigilante mechanical angels, only a band of truly extraordinary adventurers can bring down this oppressive empire and save the good people of Ire from this tea time tyranny. Could these two would-be wizards, Messrs Smith and Skarry, and their band of land pirates, skywaymen, witches, orphans and other relentless rogues, be the anti-heroes The New World has been waiting for, or have they simply stirred up an enormous storm in a rather tiny teacup?

 

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

13 responses

  1. These two and their conversation is so very intense! (happy shiver) You’re catching me in a Hannigram obsessive state of mind, so this is perfect (heart)

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    October 12, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      OOOooo Hannigram! -heart melt! – there’s an element of that here.. also an element of Watson and a deviant Holmes… without spoilers it’s hard to say much more though! lol.

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      October 18, 2019 at 1:58 pm

  2. Well, yes. To most people “a night on the town” doesn’t include breaking and entering…

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    October 13, 2019 at 12:16 am

    • smithandskarry1

      lol, Skarry has a LOT to learn about his new ‘friend’ 😉

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      October 18, 2019 at 1:55 pm

  3. LOL…Well, to be fair, most people would interpret “night on the town” a bit differently, but perhaps not from that particular source. 😉

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    October 13, 2019 at 3:02 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Absolutely! I think only Smith would fault Skarry for that assumption XD

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      October 18, 2019 at 1:55 pm

  4. JLG

    “Night on the town” leaves a lot open to interpretation, doesn’t it? (cue evil laughter)

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    October 19, 2019 at 12:39 am

    • smithandskarry1

      lol, I think it does but Skarry perhaps needs his mind opening a little… or not as the case may be! 😉

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      October 26, 2019 at 5:32 pm

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  6. I would’ve interpreted “night on the town” a bit differently as well!

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    October 19, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      lol, I confess I may have done too! XD

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      October 26, 2019 at 5:33 pm

  7. Skarry might have cause to be miffed about his friend’s plans

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    October 19, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Oh he definitely does! XD

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      October 26, 2019 at 5:33 pm

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