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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

I am dressed for dinner,” he said, at last. The last thing he wanted to do was offend his new companion. Mercurio liked being offended. He actively sought it out and then immersed himself in it for hours, like a long, hot bath.

I know what you expected, Johnny, but I promise this little exploit will not end in disappointment.”

Skarry frowned sceptically up at the diamond-leaded windows of the little town house, peeping out sleepily from beneath their peeling gables. Rain drops dripped from the eaves into his hair and he bitterly regretted heeding the advice Mercurio had given him, to leave behind his hat.

 

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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

18 responses

  1. Never leave a hat behind. Most useful things, hats… But beyond that, I love his way of describing Mercurio. 🙂 We all know one of those, I’m sure.

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    October 26, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! I’m really glad you liked it 🙂 And yes, hats are always useful!

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      November 2, 2019 at 11:38 am

  2. Got to enjoy smart attire, including a hat. (heart)

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    October 26, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Definitely – even when breaking and entering, bets to be well turned out! 😉 XD

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      November 2, 2019 at 11:39 am

  3. Careful! Some promises are made to be broken — and I don’t think I trust Mercurio. (Loved the description of him, though.)

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    October 26, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      You have the measure of him already! – glad you liked the description, thankyou! 🙂

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      November 2, 2019 at 11:43 am

  4. Loved the description of him being offended! A long hot bath indeed.

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    October 27, 2019 at 4:45 am

    • smithandskarry1

      lol, thankyou! I’m really glad you liked it 🙂

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      November 2, 2019 at 11:44 am

  5. Hard not to like (or at least admire) someone who likes being offended that much. 😁

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    October 28, 2019 at 3:58 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Absolutely! lol XD

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      November 2, 2019 at 11:45 am

  6. Love the description of Mercurio wallowing in being offended! 🙂

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    October 28, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! I’m really glad you liked it – he’s fun to write for 😉

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      November 2, 2019 at 11:45 am

  7. If Mercurio loves being offended so much, then I bet he’s also an easy person to offend.

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    November 2, 2019 at 8:07 am

    • smithandskarry1

      You have him pegged! XD

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      November 2, 2019 at 11:49 am

  8. Love his description of Mercurio.

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    November 2, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! 🙂

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      November 5, 2019 at 9:01 am

  9. Mercurio’s reaction to taking offense made me smile.

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    November 2, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      lol, thankyou, he’s an ‘interesting’ character XD

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      November 5, 2019 at 8:59 am

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