Rainbow Snippets – 5/6/17 – Trustfall

Hello friends! I’m still plugging away at this draft. It is so difficult. I love the characters but I feel like I have no idea where I’m going. I think I’m trying to fit too much into one book. And you know what that means? I MIGHT HAVE TO WRITE A SEQUEL. But I’m not even done with the first draft of the first book! Gah!!! (I certainly love these boys enough to write a sequel with them, though. They’re a lot of fun)

Anyway, picking up where we left off last week (well I skipped like one line for the sake of keeping this at 6… or 7).  Saul and Alex have just met, they’ve realized Saul’s sister Hannah has been talking both of them up to each other, and… here we are.




“Can you grab me a pen and paper?” I asked. If nothing else, he was cute, and it had been a long, long time since I’d been alone with a cute guy. Hannah was certain he was single, and I was reasonably certain he was gay. He stepped away, back to the desk, and grabbed a pen and a sheet of blank paper from the printer. “Write this down,” I said, when he offered them to me. I dictated my phone number and home address. “Tomorrow night at 6, if you’re free.”




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Rainbow Snippets – 4/29/17 – Trustfall

Hi everyone!

I thought up a working title for this piece! I hate it, but it’s better than just calling it “new story” all the time, so we’re going with “trustfall” since a huge part of this novel revolves around trust. I think “trust fall” is actually two words but I’m exercising creative license here and making it one.

Last week, in the first six lines of the novel, POV character Saul was “ogling” a handsome man his sister had told him about. These lines (slightly more than 6, sorry) pick up right after that.




Speaking of my sister… I glanced around, but didn’t see her. Ah well. The man I presumed to be Alex walked around the desk then to head elsewhere, and I caught him with a light touch on his forearm.

“Excuse me.”

He stopped and turned, polite smile in place. “Can I help you?”

“I’m looking for my sister Hannah. Supposed to be picking her up.”

His eyebrows went up and he gave me a quick once-over, taking in my black slacks and tie. “You’re Saul?”

I wasn’t sure what to think of the surprise on his face after that once-over, but I smiled. “Someone’s been talking about me. And I’m willing to bet you’re Alex.”

An adorable reddish flush crept up his cheeks. “Guess someone’s been talking about me, too.”

“She talks a lot.”




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Rainbow Snippets 4/22/17 – New Story!

Hi everyone! I missed the last couple weeks of snippetting due to, well, frankly, a horrible period of self-doubt.

I started a new novel at the beginning of April, and it involves BDSM, which is something I don’t have much experience with. And one of the MCs is asexual, which is something I do have personal experience with, but that’s making it oddly more difficult to write because it’s personal.

Anyway, it took me a few weeks to decide that I don’t hate it and I’m fairly sure I’m going to finish it at this point (29,000 words later…), so I’ll start sharing. I don’t even have a working title yet. Goodness. These are the opening six lines.




I spotted Alex immediately based on Hannah’s description. Tall, with light brown hair styled in that “just woke up” intentional mess. Or maybe it was actually just a mess. A purple t-shirt and track pants did nothing to disguise his impressive musculature. As he chatted with a woman at the desk, his smile was quick and frequent. Yeah, I could see why my sister had wanted me to come ogle him.




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Rainbow Snippets – 3/18/17 – Shipwrecked

Hi everyone! How is everyone doing? I’m not bad. Glad it’s the weekend and ready for warmer weather…

I finished a first draft of this story earlier this week. It ended up being just barely over 6,000 words. It’ll probably get a bit longer after I revise it, but most of the publishers I’ve looked at don’t want anything this short unless it’s for a themed anthology, and I’m not finding any calls for submission that this story would fit. So I’m not sure what to do with it. I could put it up on my blog here, I could self-pub on Amazon I suppose? If anyone has suggestions, I’ll take ’em.

Anyway, this snippet follows right after last week’s. Morgan (POV character) has followed the captain to his cabin. Enjoy. 😉




“What can I do for you, sir?”

“I actually brought you here to see what I can do for you, Morgan.”

“Sir?”

“You spend an awful lot of time looking at me, don’t you? I’m beginning to feel that you have some desire which I am not fulfilling.”

Oh God, he’d noticed.




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Rainbow Snippets – 3/11/17 – New Story

Hello hello! How is everyone doing this fine Rainbow Snippets Saturday?

I’ve started a new short story! A first draft of Jigs and Reels is complete and I’m letting it simmer while I write a first draft of this new story. The plan is basically to just keep leapfrogging stories through writing/editing phases. Write the first one, let it simmer, write a second, edit the first, send it out, write a third, edit the second, send it out, etc… And at some point I need to start editing the novel draft I wrote during NaNoWriMo last November… Ugh, what’s the saying? Got my fingers in too many pots? Too many jars? I don’t know.

Anyway, this new story is something different for me. It’s a historical setting with most of the story taking place on a privateer’s vessel in the 1600s? ish? It’s not going exactly as planned… I came up with the idea around Halloween. I wanted it to be a suspense thing, but of course I am incapable of writing anything that doesn’t involve two men loving each other, so it’s a suspense…. romance… with pirates…? But the “suspense” aspect is difficult for me. I don’t write horror or thrillers or psychological stuff so it’ll need some work. But yay trying new things!

ANYWHO, THE SNIPPET. The POV character is named Morgan. He’s been on the captain’s ship for just under a week. Working title is Shipwrecked.




The captain left the helm and came down the stairs towards me. He wore no shoes—most of us wore no shoes—and his trousers had been rolled up to expose most of his lower leg. Tanned, muscular lower leg with thick black hair. I tried not to stare. There was no privacy at sea and I did not fancy the idea of satisfying my desires tonight in my hammock, surrounded by the rest of the crew.

“Come with me.”




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Rainbow Snippets – 3/4/17 – Jigs and Reels

Good morning, snippet friends, and happy March! Spring is on its way~! I’m starting to clean up my flower beds and get ready to sow seeds towards the end of the month. Right now all my story ideas are based around music, because that’s my current obsession, but as we start to move into spring and summer I’ll likely find myself writing about men who love flowers and keep gardens. There is a distinct lack of flower-loving men in the books I read, so I think I need to write some. I was doing a bit of cleanup a couple weeks ago during a freakish warm spell and got a scene in my head that won’t go away, which involves raking leaves shirtless (and perhaps a nosy neighbor), but I don’t really know where it goes. It’ll have to gestate for a while.

Anyhoo, a few more lines from Jigs and Reels. After agreeing to fill in with the band for the festival weekend, Eli has to go back to work the next day. This is glimpse of his day job and his boss, MaryAnn, talking to his cubicle neighbor Ellen. I went over six lines, I know, but they’re mostly short lines.




MaryAnn waltzed out of her office. She looked like the kind of woman who could be knocked over in a strong wind—“waifish” is the word, I think. Tall, toothpick-thin, with an expression like she’d just popped a handful of extreme sour Warheads into her mouth.

“Ellen, you were six minutes late today. You know the acceptable cut-off is five minutes, right?”

“Yeah, I know,” Ellen sighed. “There was an accident. I had to go around.”

“Oh, that’s fine. Life happens.” MaryAnn smiled brightly. “Just don’t let it happen too much!” And she returned to her office.

“Yeah,” Ellen muttered. “Heaven forbid we let life happen outside this hell hole.”




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Rainbow Snippets 2/25/17 – Jigs and Reels

Hi everyone, and happy Rainbow Snippet day!

Just to recap so far, Elijah has been dragged out by his friend Katie to audition as a fiddle player for an Irish band. He played a few tunes with Peter, the band’s flutist, and they played together like they’d been doing it for years. Peter was so excited he kissed Eli’s cheek and hugged him, and asked his band mates “Can we keep him?” This snip immediately follows that.




“He’s a little stiff,” Hitomi noted, but she was smiling, and I thought if Peter didn’t step back, I would be a little stiff. It had been a long time since I played music for an audience, and it had been a long time since I’d had another man’s arms around me. Approximately the exact same amount of time, actually.

“We can work on that,” Peter said, stepping back. He looked me up and down. “We’ll have to get you a costume, too. Unless you have something?”




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