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#RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

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Happy Saturday!

An exciting thing has happened this week – I’ve finally bitten the bullet and set up  our Patreon page to try and help get the Ashton’s Kingdom series published properly. There are free books and other goodies at every level and you can chose to become a Lemonade Dealer, Skywayman, Land Pirate or Tea Time Lord and receive tailored posts and goodies designed to inescapably immerse you in our crazy, diverse, inclusive world of tea, cake and punk magic 🙂 Please feel free to share and spread the word if you think it looks like fun 🙂

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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 🙂

So, here is the next snippet from Jack and Marjory – my novella-in-progress which gives two of my Bi-Gendered characters a chance to tell something of their own little side-adventure, which actually had a massive impact on the history of Ire in a ‘behind-the-scenes’ kind of way.

If you missed last week’s snippet you can catch up here: #RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

If you want to start from the beginning you can do so here: https://blakeandwight.com/2018/09/29/rainbowsnippets-jack-and-marjory/

Jack and Marjoy have just decided they will not go to sleep after all but keep careful watch over the tea set all night…

 

We must have woken within seconds of the intruders entering the room, but that’s never really something to boast about is it ? 

“Marjory? Now don’t panic…”

Never in the course of human history have those two words had any effect other than the exact opposite of their intended one. 

We panicked. We tore at the aether and flung shards of white hot energy every which way, damaging ourselves and the room as much, or perhaps more, than  anyone else.

Sparks flew back. Another hex slinger? 

“Damn it to Hull, children, behave will you or we’ll have the entire place up and at us! Marjory…and Jack…quit trying to kill us and help us get this chest out and down to the van before anyone wakes up.”

What? We was distressed to say the least. “Who the Hull are you? Wot the Sunken Hull is goin’ on?” 

 

JACKANDMARJORYCOVER

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 tea set before the owner finds himself at the gallows.

 

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 🙂 

 

rainbow flower image courtesy of mariah22 at http://www.freeimages.com

book cover image by Renphoto 

 

 

#RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

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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 🙂

So, here is the next snippet from Jack and Marjory – my novella-in-progress which gives two of my Bi-Gendered characters a chance to tell something of their own little side-adventure, which actually had a massive impact on the history of Ire in a ‘behind-the-scenes’ kind of way.

If you missed last week’s snippet you can catch up here: #RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

If you want to start from the beginning you can do so here: https://blakeandwight.com/2018/09/29/rainbowsnippets-jack-and-marjory/

 

And the more we sifted the soup of the matter through the cheesecloth of our own grey stuff, the more the railway madmen and little old parasol duellers and sausage wielding barge girls and the laughing policemen all seemed to stand out as sinister flies in the ointment of our peaceful continuation … the more we watched the door… the more we quaked at every floorboard creak … the more we determined we would not test the mattress of that comfy looking bed after all, but keep a careful guard until the first green light of dawn … and then scarper like a jack rabbit back to Lancaster. 

 

JACKANDMARJORYCOVER

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 tea set before the owner finds himself at the gallows.

 

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 🙂 

 

rainbow flower image courtesy of mariah22 at http://www.freeimages.com

book cover image by Renphoto 

#RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

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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 🙂

So, here is the next snippet from Jack and Marjory – my novella-in-progress which gives two of my Bi-Gendered characters a chance to tell something of their own little side-adventure, which actually had a massive impact on the history of Ire in a ‘behind-the-scenes’ kind of way.

If you missed last week’s snippet you can catch up here: #RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

If you want to start from the beginning you can do so here: https://blakeandwight.com/2018/09/29/rainbowsnippets-jack-and-marjory/

 

We bowled back round to the front of the building and in through the sea of bobbies without raising an eyebrow, up the stairs and found our room without any further arse-istance.

Only at this point, when we saw the chest sitting there at the end of the bed, looking for all the world like any other travelling case, did we stop thinkin’ like we was on some pleasure jaunt and start wonderin’ what exactly it was about this particular collection of fine chinaware that could save a city, two lives and an obscene amount of lemonade.

 

 

JACKANDMARJORYCOVER

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 tea set before the owner finds himself at the gallows.

 

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 🙂 

 

rainbow flower image courtesy of mariah22 at http://www.freeimages.com

book cover image by Renphoto 

#RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

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 🙂

So, here is the next snippet from Jack and Marjory – my novella-in-progress which gives two of my Bi-Gendered characters a chance to tell something of their own little side-adventure, which actually had a massive impact on the history of Ire in a ‘behind-the-scenes’ kind of way.

If you missed last week’s snippet you can catch up here: #RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

If you want to start from the beginning you can do so here: https://blakeandwight.com/2018/09/29/rainbowsnippets-jack-and-marjory/

Jack and Marjory have at last arrived at the Inn where the teaset is supposedly waiting for them, only to find it full of law enforcers, one of whom now has them cornered round the back of the Inn…

 

« Here it is then. »

He’s laughin. His great onion peeling out the chimes with ludicrous indiscretion considering his elaborate bloody charade thus far. Thus far, we consider him the Lord High Git… as he dangles the rusted old mortice on its filthy bit of string about an inch between us; when Max had said someone would ‘bump into us and give us the key’, we’d honestly expected somethin’ a little more… subtle.

« Right. Cheers. What a wit. »

« You wot, son ? »

A wit. What a wit. What a wit you must posess eh ? To favour us with such an amusing jest. 

« Nothin, Pal. Stone cold nanty. Thanks for the key, eh? Nicely done.»

The Prune grins, claps us on the shoulder and shuffles off back to whatever school of execrable comedy he graduated from.

JACKANDMARJORYCOVER

 

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 tea set before the owner finds himself at the gallows.

 

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 🙂 

 

rainbow flower image courtesy of mariah22 at http://www.freeimages.com

book cover image by Renphoto 

#RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

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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 🙂

So, here is the next snippet from Jack and Marjory – my novella-in-progress which gives two of my Bi-Gendered characters a chance to tell something of their own little side-adventure, which actually had a massive impact on the history of Ire in a ‘behind-the-scenes’ kind of way.

If you missed last week’s snippet you can catch up here: #RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

If you want to start from the beginning you can do so here: https://blakeandwight.com/2018/09/29/rainbowsnippets-jack-and-marjory/

 

We floundered. We tried not to show it. We tried not to vomit all over his pretty black boots. We tried many things – pockets, hat, mumbles about pickpockets and untrustworthy cab drivers… all we succeeded in doing however was convincing the walrus that we was precisely the puddin’ bowl  he’d pegged us for – the bleedin’ Rake Of The Hesperus.

« You better come wiv me. »

His meat is on our collar and we’re marching two-time round the back of the inn expecting a black-tie-reception or somethin’…

JACKANDMARJORYCOVER

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 tea set before the owner finds himself at the gallows.

 

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 🙂 

 

rainbow flower image courtesy of mariah22 at http://www.freeimages.com

book cover image by Renphoto 

#RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

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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 🙂

So, here is the next snippet from Jack and Marjory – my novella-in-progress which gives two of my Bi-Gendered characters a chance to tell something of their own little side-adventure, which actually had a massive impact on the history of Ire in a ‘behind-the-scenes’ kind of way.

If you missed last week’s snippet you can catch up here: #RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

If you want to start from the beginning you can do so here: https://blakeandwight.com/2018/09/29/rainbowsnippets-jack-and-marjory/

 

What we wasn’t ready for – what we wasn’t expecting in the slightest – what rattled us to the core and fair near sent us For A Burton out of sheer fright – was a tavern full of Her Majesty’s Good Folk.

We never even made it across the threshold.

« Got a room have you, son ? » the big git blocked the door frame with his massive bulk, the ten bowls of porridge a day man-mountain what the propaganda leaflets like to pontificate about, who’s really skimming the cream off the contraband he confiscates and stuffing his jolly red jowls with it.

« As it goes, yes, » we meet his eye, he loves that.

« Where’s your key then, eh ? »

 

JACKANDMARJORYCOVER

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 tea set before the owner finds himself at the gallows.

 

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 🙂 

 

rainbow flower image courtesy of mariah22 at http://www.freeimages.com

book cover image by Renphoto 

#RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

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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 🙂

So, here is the next snippet from Jack and Marjory – my novella-in-progress which gives two of my Bi-Gendered characters a chance to tell something of their own little side-adventure, which actually had a massive impact on the history of Ire in a ‘behind-the-scenes’ kind of way.

If you missed last week’s snippet you can catch up here: #RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

If you want to start from the beginning you can do so here: https://blakeandwight.com/2018/09/29/rainbowsnippets-jack-and-marjory/

The river towards the outskirts was full of barges, a permanent fixture by the look of them and, as we had time to kill, we stopped to chew the fat , and a couple of pork sausages, with a gang of girls who was frying over a metal drum.

It was getting on for nine when we said ‘fair well’ and began our hour long trek across country to Cottingham.

We are not, we realised swiftly, of that indomitable and resourceful breed who can navigate by stars and a dampened finger to the wind. We very near mullered ourselves in the steam powered water works on the outskirts. For certain sure – they have that.

But Hallgate Cottingham after Beverley was like a comfy chesterfield after a night on theatre velvets and we were more than ready for the bed we’d been promised.

 

JACKANDMARJORYCOVER

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 tea set before the owner finds himself at the gallows.

 

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 🙂 

 

rainbow flower image courtesy of mariah22 at http://www.freeimages.com

book cover image by Renphoto 

May Review: The Department Of Curiosities by Karen J Carlisle

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It’s no secret at all that I’ve been a huge fan of Karen J Carlisle’s ineffable knack for storytelling and world building since I fist encountered her Viola Stewart series a few years ago. Her beautifully entertaining paranormal series Aunt Enid has captured my heart too, but I have to confess that I have been missing the mysterious steampunkish world Viola inhabits with its secret societies and artefacts of wonder … so imagine my glee when I was sent an ARC of the first book in her new series The Department Of Curiosities -For The Good Of The Empire, which is set in the same world as the Viola Stewart stories! I couldn’t wait to click ‘open’ and begin reading and I’m happy to say it was all I could have hoped for and more…

Karen J Carlisle is one of those rare gems who’s storytelling captivated me from the first page and carried me expertly through a marvellous world of mysterious occurrences, secret societies, wondrous devices and characters I both loved and loved to hate.

Miss Matilda Meriwether is a strong, independent and resourceful character with secrets to protect and unravel and an agenda that is utterly her own. Having said this she is also realistic for the world and time period in which she exists and she wrangles with all the social and emotional baggage that women in the late Victorian era had to contend with. These both combine to make her an utterly believable and lovable character and I found myself feeling her frustrations and quandaries even as I admired her bravado and ingenuity. She is certainly a character I now want to follow through the rest of the series.

As for the plot I don’t want to reveal to much because the beauty of this book is in the secrets and surprises… young Matilda is trying to unravel a family secret with the help of a very unexpected and comically petulant and cryptic ‘guide,’ when she becomes entangled with The Department Of Curiosities. Tillie hopes that working for the department will bring her closer to solving her own mystery but of course life has a lot more in store for her before she gets there… this is a fabulous ‘gateway’ book for anyone new to Steampunk and for old hands it is an expertly woven tale incorporating everything we love about the genre from mad scientists, secret societies, strong heroines, dastardly villains, marvellous mysteries and incredible devices ; yet another another absolute treat from Karen J Carlisle.

You can pre-order The Department Of Curiosities: For The Good Of The Empire here: 

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And find out more about the book, characters and world and read more reviews on Karen’s website here:

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#RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

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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 🙂

So, here is the next snippet from Jack and Marjory – my novella-in-progress which gives two of my Bi-Gendered characters a chance to tell something of their own little side-adventure, which actually had a massive impact on the history of Ire in a ‘behind-the-scenes’ kind of way.

If you missed last week’s snippet you can catch up here: #RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

If you want to start from the beginning you can do so here: https://blakeandwight.com/2018/09/29/rainbowsnippets-jack-and-marjory/

 

We ordered a hippo’ton cab to Beverley and didn’t raise an eyebrow. Things were once again on track and we felt smug and virtuous and all those idiotic things that invariably lead to the next stumble right ? Yeah, you know.

Beverley in the amber haze of a mild September evening fair took our breath away. It was a jewel, a cabochon, a bizou on the delicate right hand of the realm… we fell in love strolling down beside the glitzy glamour of the Humber, the pink sheen of sunset and the green, blue, red and orange globes of tavern lanterns and street lamps reflected in its glassy surface like ballroom lights in the eyes of a tipsy heiress. How we adored her little string of terraces, her market square and pretty bay-fronted mainstreet, strung with merry flags and the townsfolk all out and about and chattering as if it were noon not suppertime.

 

JACKANDMARJORYCOVER

 

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 tea set before the owner finds himself at the gallows.

 

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 🙂 

 

rainbow flower image courtesy of mariah22 at http://www.freeimages.com

book cover image by Renphoto 

#RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

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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 🙂

So, here is the next snippet from Jack and Marjory – my novella-in-progress which gives two of my Bi-Gendered characters a chance to tell something of their own little side-adventure, which actually had a massive impact on the history of Ire in a ‘behind-the-scenes’ kind of way.

If you missed last week’s snippet you can catch up here: #RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

If you want to start from the beginning you can do so here: https://blakeandwight.com/2018/09/29/rainbowsnippets-jack-and-marjory/

 

This snippet is a bit longer than 6 sentences, sorry, (cringe!) but in my defence it is highly educational … if you ever have to lock yourself in a bathroom … and semi-autobiographical (see if you can guess which bit, lol) … and wouldn’t make sense if I cut it any shorter… sorry…. a-hem…

 

We waited until she was well out of sight then walked off in the opposite diresction. We soon found somewhere ; The Regency Coach House. Here Marjory went into the powder room and locked it from the inside with two bobbies.

It’s an easy thing to do if you have the patience ; first you straighten out the hair pin as best you can, the straighter the better right ? Then you ease just the tip of it – about a cm – into the lock. Now you wants to bend the pin down into a right angle. Done. Now you takes your second pin and put the closed end into the lock, about 2-3cms this time, and again you bend that up into a right angle, this’ll be your ‘bar.’

Insert the bar into the lock again as far as you can and apply just the right ammount of pressure. There are metal pins inside that cylinder and they’ll all be up if the door is open, but if you slide your straigtened bobbi now into the lock above your bar, you can work it up and down until you free each pin from its barrel.

One or two will be enough to hold a door ; it’s a very useful trick to know, certainly we found it useful when we first got free of the pits and hadn’t even heard of Kitty Flynn. Back then on cold nights we’d climb up the drainpipe of house and in through a bathroom window, then we’d lock the door from the inside and sleep in the tub, unlocking it again before we left in the morning of course.

 

 

Lol, I hope you’ll forgive the length of this one and found it informative – it always annoys me in films when someone sticks a hairpin in a lock and suddenly the lock opens when in reality it’s a bit more complicated! 😉

JACKANDMARJORYCOVER

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 tea set before the owner finds himself at the gallows.

 

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 🙂 

 

rainbow flower image courtesy of mariah22 at http://www.freeimages.com

book cover image by Renphoto 

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