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#RainbowSnippets: Curious Adventures

Happy Saturday! And Happy Valentines / Galentines weekend! 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…


They made their way silently through the blue tangle of overgrowth that might once have passed for lawn, the bulging belly of the house looming in front of them – a squatting crone in the darkness. Reaching the, surprisingly stalwart, back door, Skarry turned and raised his eyebrows in silent question. He was rewarded with a petulant pout and was forced to resort to miming his entreaty, through a series of urgent gestures, until, finally, Mercurio seemed to decide he had sweated and suffered enough and, with an absurdly vitriolic air, drew the mechanical cat from his pocket once more and introduced it to the lock.
The cat considered the apparatus critically, before breathing a puff of dusky purple smoke into the keyhole. He placed the cat on the brick doorstep and shot a haughty, expectant look at his accomplice. Skarry sighed inwardly, but shaped his features into an appeasing smile and inclined his head in thanks.

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

11 responses

  1. Oh, their chemistry is as magnificent as tis magnetic here; all the irresistible spiky frisson of their relationship, captured in a single paragraph. Fabulous.😻They are an utter delight, from Skarry’s raised eyebrows rewarded by that incorrigible pout and the ‘absurdly vitriolic air’ with which Mercurio extracts the mechanical cat to his haughty, expectant look. I loved Skarry’s inward sigh as he ‘shaped his features into an appeasing smile and inclined his head in thanks’… that proves beyond any shadow o’doubt whatsoever that his self respect has not been snaffled alongside his heart. 🤭😏

    …the bulging belly of the house looming in front of them – a squatting crone in the darkness.
    Sublime. 😻

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    February 16, 2020 at 6:01 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Aw thankyou my lovely one I’m sooooo glad you love that chemistry between them! In my head I see them as a kind of deviant Holmes and Watson, having that ‘I’d live and die for you, you incorrigible bastard’ love between them XD And I’m super glad you loved the description of the house too – I wanted to hint at what’s inside before then stripping away the stereotype of what’s inside (if that makes sense?!) XD xxx

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      February 18, 2020 at 8:15 am

      • Aw…you’re welcome. Oh, I do! Sooo muchalots🥰 No finer inspiration can I imagine and you’ve summed both pairs of scoundrels up a treat. …which is exactly what your magical miscreants are to read 😁😍 It does indeedy make splendid sense…and you pulled it off with❤️

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        February 18, 2020 at 5:42 pm

  2. Very mysterious and intriguing! (heart)

    Liked by 1 person

    February 21, 2020 at 5:12 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! 😀


      February 25, 2020 at 9:41 am

  3. I love this interaction between them!

    Liked by 1 person

    February 22, 2020 at 3:35 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Aw thankyou! 😀


      February 25, 2020 at 9:41 am

  4. This was such fun.

    Liked by 1 person

    February 22, 2020 at 5:11 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Yay! I’m glad you thought so! 😀


      February 25, 2020 at 9:42 am

  5. Such a lot to read in a short snippet! Love it. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    February 26, 2020 at 11:42 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou1 I’m really glad you loved it! 😀


      February 28, 2020 at 10:32 am

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