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#RainbowSnippets: Curious Adventures

Happy Saturday! For us here in Steampunk’d Lancaster it is still the annual frost fair, and if you’d like to grab a promo slot there is still time to show of your wares with a guest post, just click the submissions tab above and scroll down for the frost fair template I’ll be squeezing in as many as I can before the end of Feb 🙂 x

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 still snipping from the first book in my Ashton’s Kingdom series, The Curious Adventures Of Smith And Skarry. This story 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 Necromancer snippets, this story takes place 500 years before that. And if you’ve enjoyed 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 to the whole series you can find it here in the INTRODUCTION which is at the start of the book as well.

To recap from where we left off last week, Mercurio Smith and Johnathon Skarry (two undergraduate wizards) are breaking into a baker’s shop in Pendle… (slightly over 6 sentences to avoid cutting it in an awkward place)

 

It wasn’t that he minded going in first. In fact, he preferred it. But he resented being a possible pawn in his companion’s ploy to conceal his own cowardice.
Was Mercurio a coward? Quite probably – Skarry flipped quickly through his mental journal of the last few weeks; first year initiates, at the High Collegium of Magical Arts in the capital city of Lichfield, were granted a six week induction period, during which they spent a cursory amount of hours acquainting themselves with the esoteric practices and theosophies of each of the four Towers Of Magic, and a superfluous amount of the same being ousted from the local inns and taverns (none of whom seemed to welcome the custom of magic users.)
It was one of these ‘oustings’ which had thrown the two wizards into each other’s company. Or was it the other way around? Skarry struggled to recollect, as the memory of those days that had followed their first encounter deliquesced into a whirlpool of clandestine escapades and near-misadventures – the latest of which he was now, like it or not, thoroughly embroiled in.

 

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

17 responses

  1. Yup.
    I’ve had friends like that.
    I was ruminating on an especially heinous moment, just a little while ago.
    I’m sure everything will work out fine for these lads, though…

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    February 8, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Oh come on now Icky you can’t leave us hanging like that! What was the especially heinous moment? XD And, er, yeah… sure it’ll work out just… peachy… (innocent smile) XD

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      February 10, 2020 at 11:07 am

      • Oh, once upon a time I was just out of the hospital from a knee surgery operation. I was still in my hospital gown and I.D. bracelet on my wrist. I had promised that I would not let my band mates down about playing a show. I was at the show with my buddy, when a dude tried to start a fight with us. My buddy, who is substantially bigger than me, pushed me forward to handle the guy, in spite of my being literally stitched together. Not the only incident of it’s sort, but one of the worst. Nothing bad happened, though. sigh. That’s what happens when you are the responsible one among a bunch of hoodlums. Happy Trails!

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        February 10, 2020 at 5:12 pm

      • smithandskarry1

        Gods above and below Icky! You DO pick your mates don’t you! XD I’m very glad ‘nothing bad happened’ lol, although I can’t claim Skarry is going to be as fortunate! 😉 XD

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        February 13, 2020 at 1:09 pm

  2. Ooh, I’m glad you didn’t cut it short…the last sentence is my favourite, its luscious. I loved Skarry’s recollection of their first fabulous encounter🥰 I learned a splendiferous new word too😻 I want to use it all day now…it sounds as delicious as it is to say. It’s p’raps a fine thing that I don’t have a liquidiser or I’d fear for z’s meals today. I’d have to describe what each offering was.😸 xxxx

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    February 8, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      XD tee hee – I eat thesauruses for breakfast 😉 I think I changed that word five or six times before I settled on it (such a word geek – groan!) XD xxx

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      February 10, 2020 at 11:06 am

      • 😆 Yum 😋 It’s fabulous! (no groans here🥰) XD xxx

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        February 10, 2020 at 4:28 pm

  3. Sounds very intriguing, not only the characters but the setting itself (heart)

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    February 10, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! 😀 xx

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      February 13, 2020 at 1:05 pm

  4. This is just so much fun.

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    February 15, 2020 at 4:40 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! I’m super glad you’re enjoying it! 😀

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      February 18, 2020 at 8:23 am

  5. Oh dear. They sure sound like seasoned delinquents.

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    February 15, 2020 at 8:50 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Oh they very much are! (although I think Skarry is in denial!) XD

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      February 18, 2020 at 8:23 am

  6. Love that last sentence especially.

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    February 15, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! 😀

      Like

      February 18, 2020 at 8:22 am

  7. I think I need to read about their first meeting…

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    February 16, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Tee hee! I’ve got it half written as a short story on a back burner.. I can tell you there was a broom involved and not the witchy kind! XD

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      February 18, 2020 at 8:10 am

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