Steampunk fiction, reviews and interviews

#RainbowSnippets : Jack and Marjory

Happy Saturday! (Although I’m having to edit this now to Sunday as the weekend has got away from me as usual – eep, better late than never maybe? XD ) I’m over the moon that things are now calming down here enough that I can start taking part in Rainbow Snippets again – I’ve so missed our lovely group and reading all the marvellous array of offerings each week, and I really hope that for all of you things are going smoothly and that the madness in the world is affecting you as little as possible. Hugs all round.

So 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 🙂

Kari Trenten is responsible for this one 😉 – she stirred up my Scarecrow Landlord last week with her mischievous kittens and they haven’t stopped pestering me to post more of their story since! It isn’t really THEIR story of course, it belongs to Jack and Marjory… but try telling the scarecrow that – tsk!

It’s been ages since I posted from J&M so to recap – Jack and Marjory have been hired by the revolutionary leader, Max, to retrieve a stolen priceless tea set. They failed and Max is now going to get hung. The tea set is in the hands of a group of beatnik poets but J&M have a plan to steal it back. All they need now is a buyer…

Exactly how and when and why a scarecrow became so disturbingly animate is the subject of many late night conjectures but nobody knows, or dares ask, exactly who Montmorency is or where he came from.

Of course we know, now. But we didn’t that September afternoon in 1824 and frankly I think we slept sounder untroubled by the history.

What we did know, what everyone knew in Lancaster, was that Montmorency owned the old fish factories along the docks and had turned them into tenements which he rented to the most desperate and destitute citizens in exchange for ‘rent-in-kind.’ That usually meant brewing and selling Lemonade or smuggling tea and cake in and out of the city but Montmorency was a far-sighted, entrepreneurial cove and would turn his eye to anything that might bring in the glim.

 In truth, he was the only person we knew of who would be able to find us a buyer for the Newell with very little trouble or indiscretion.

“Not anover bleedin’ hex slinger,” the scarecrow wheezed, as he pulled the belt buckles tight around a heavy looking travelling case and felt around in his pockets for the key, “I gots no work goin’, I gots no rooms, I’m shuttin’ th’ole place down, gettin’ me head outta th’ noose now, shuttin’ shop an’ gettin’ out and Kitty’s right t’ do th’same.”

Jack and Marjory

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 teaset before the owner finds himself at the gallows.

Wishing you all an utterly fabulous autumnal weekend and don’t forget to visit the offical fb group and see all the other Rainbow Snippets as well 🙂

14 responses

  1. Oh, this is wonderful! (cackles in delight) Thank you for bringing Montmorency into the story, I’ve been dying to meet the scarecrow landlord! (heart)

    Liked by 2 people

    October 4, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    • Penny Blake

      Tee hee! Thankyou my lovely! Oh you’re most welcome, he’s been pestering to be let out of the toy box for years! XD XD xxxxx


      October 9, 2020 at 9:42 am

  2. Oh what a treat to see Jack and Marjorie and o’course, make the acquaintence of the marvellous scoundrel that is Montmorency. He’s so fully formed from the moment we meet, a character as immediate and vivid as say, Cpt. Jack Sparrow. That is your great gift, crafting characters that burst to life in an instant, as rich as they are fully realised. Utterly unique and yet, as familiar as if we’ve known them forever. ❤️

    I love Rainbow Snippets, I look forward to it every week. It’s my favourite group to visit on FB, so warm and supportive of one another. I’m so so chuffed that things have calmed down ’nuff at home that you’re able to take part again.❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    October 8, 2020 at 12:22 am

    • Penny Blake

      Hurray!!!! Your comment got through! I’m sooooo over the moon that wp has finally got it’s act together! 😀 😀 – happy dance- 😀 😀 xxxxxx And thankyou a billion times over for your lovely words as always my treasure! I’m so glad you liked Montmorency – he has been clamouring to get his ‘moment in the spotlight’ for years and was not in the slightest appeased by his little cameo at the end of The Curious Adventures of SnS XD Aw, I’m knocked for a pretty six that you would feel that way about my characters, that means the world – as do you my precious one. I so hope you are starting to feel better my lovely and getting all the rest you need xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
      You’re right, rainbow snippets is such a lovely group I’ve missed it so much and it’s great to be back 😀 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

      Liked by 1 person

      October 9, 2020 at 9:41 am

      • Yay! I’m so glad it did! 🤗I left another on the last chapter of S&S too, perchance that one hasn’t:
        Aw…you’re so very welcome. Oh, I loved the scoundrel, he’s fabulous 🌠 I’m so chuffed he was finally able to claim his moment in the spotlight! He sure knows how to make that moment count, no matter how briefly it shines upon him. 😁 Enscapsulating exactly why I do, indeedy, feel that way about your characters. They’re utterly irresistible, I adore them. ❤️Thank you for sharing them with us my scrumptious one…both here and now, much to my (double) delight, at Rainbow Snippets too!🥰 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Aw…thank you for your well wishes, it’s starting to heal…a smidge😕 Mehopes.😬

        Liked by 1 person

        October 10, 2020 at 4:08 am

      • Penny Blake

        Oh no I’m so so so so sorry my angel but there’s no comments showing on that post 😦 😦 And I’ve checked spam and trash and anywhere random else that wp likes to send comments these days 😦 😦 I’m so cross and frustrated they’re messing about like this 😦 😦 Hugest most-very-sorry-and-utterly-apologetic-hugs my lovely one and thankyou for taking the time to comment even though it didn’t get through. Tentacles crossed they will get this sorted out soon I think I’ll send them an email and ask what is going on xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

        Liked by 1 person

        October 12, 2020 at 7:35 am

      • Oh no…I’m so sorry! Tis my bad…I got in a muddle and c/p the wrong link! 😳 I’m really sorry to have sent you high ‘n’ low hunting on the wrong post…I’m a dunderhead. 🙄 It should have been:
        Aw…you’re welcome, um, it does seem to be where I left it. Before my brain drizzled out of my ears. 😳
        They’re still very hit and miss my end too, but this was all my mishap. Huge sorry hugs of tentacular tightness my scrumptious one ❤️ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

        Liked by 1 person

        October 12, 2020 at 11:06 am

      • Penny Blake

        Oh don’t you dare worry in the slightest my lovely one – if they hadn’t been so hit and miss in the first place we wouldn’t have had to go to these lengths to begin with! It was above and beyond for you to have to link me up to your comments anyway they should come up in notifications… and anyway, all that aside, I was so over the moon and grateful to read your lovely words in the end (although wp won’t let me click like or reply even when I’m logged into my new admin account Grrrrrrr! – I think it will in a day or two there tends to be a lag sometimes for some reason. I will try again today anyway. Hugest love and most tightest of tentacular huggies back to you my gorgeous soul – don’t ever be sorry for going to efforts, even if the efforts don’t pan out how you’d like it’s the efforts themselves that shine like diamond stars in the crown of your beautiful soul my treasure. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

        Liked by 1 person

        October 13, 2020 at 8:25 am

      • Aw…it’s lovely of you to be so gracious about being sent hither ‘n’ thither searching. I am sorry that I hadn’t realised I didn’t leave a comment on the first chapter I linked you to. I’ve remedied that now. I’ve lost my plot (although not yours) methinks.😳 I hope that the scoundrels soon sort your new admin account for you. It’s all going to hell in a hurricane of late.😲’re very welcome, my precious one, thank 𝙮𝙤𝙪 for your scrumptious words❤️ Hugest ‘n’ tightest tentacular huggies back and thank you, for making every day magical by being in it.🌹🥰🌹xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

        Liked by 1 person

        October 14, 2020 at 5:20 am

      • Penny Blake

        Not at all my sweetheart! – I’m so clumsy at the mo I just accidently hit trash on three comments trying to reply to them and then had to ‘undo’ the trashing XD XD Comes from trying to type with tentacles I think! XD XD XD I’m blaming the general 2020ishness for everything that goes wrong now! XD Let’s just hold on monstery0tight to eachother and hopr the storm ends soon! XD xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


        October 20, 2020 at 10:48 am

  3. Welcome back! I’ve missed your snippets!

    Liked by 1 person

    October 10, 2020 at 2:44 am

    • Penny Blake

      Aw, thankyou! I’ve missed the group so much, it’s great to be back 🙂 x


      October 12, 2020 at 7:35 am

  4. Oh this sounds fun.

    Liked by 1 person

    October 11, 2020 at 1:50 am

    • Penny Blake

      Thankyou! 🙂


      October 12, 2020 at 7:30 am

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