Rainbow Snippets is running like clockwork

Stopped clockwork, that is. I seem to have missed 2 weeks, when I thought it’d been only one! Oops. 😉

This week’s snippet comes from the same f/f steampunk short story as last time’s, London Lark, and carries on with just a small jump from the previous snippet:

We laid her down on the worktop, her golden hair falling free from its pins and spilling out over the scarred wood like sunshine, and I turned up the gas so’s I could see what I was about.

“Costs money, gas does,” old Arthur griped, and then he clapped me on the shoulder and left to keep a prior appointment with a tuppenny’s worth of gin.

“Chucked out of some toff’s carriage in the night, were you?” I murmured as I unscrewed her head from her poor neck. “Too embarrassed to take you in for repair after what he done, I’ll bet. So he ought to be, being so rough with a fine lady like you.”

I lifted her head clean off her neck, and her eyelids fluttered, then fell shut. Gave me a warm feeling, you know? Like she was trusting me to see her right while she slept.

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Autism Awareness – Communication & Computers


Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function. Individuals with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities.

For more facts about autism, and details of all blogs participating in the Autism Awareness Project, see RJ Scott’s master post here: http://rjscott.co.uk/autism-awareness-month-2018

Communication and Computers


It’s fashionable these days to complain about technology eroding social interaction, and to print pictures of young people staring at screens when they “should” be talking to one another. But in fact technology can be of real benefit to the social lives of autistic people.

For many people with autism, communication can be a challenge. They may be non-verbal, or simply find social interaction difficult and exhausting. Computers can help. They are logical and non-judgemental, and emailing offers a way of conversing with much easier “rules” than speaking face to face.

Computers can also be used to role-play social situations in a safe space, and games programs can help build relationships and encourage co-operation.

Individual computers can be set up to help with individual needs, such as focussing in on a particular area of a website so as to avoid being overwhelmed or distracted by information, and there are resources to help you do that: https://mcmw.abilitynet.org.uk/

But website designers can also help. Autistic people often have sensory issues, so making sure your website is clear, uncluttered and consistent with regard to navigation will help avoid confusion and overload.

Moving elements can be distracting, so it’s best to avoid them or at the very least, make sure the user can freeze them. This won’t just be of benefit to autistic people: I’ve never been diagnosed as autistic but I recently gave up on trying to read the content on a website that had an ad showing people running through the background. I found it incredibly frustrating trying to concentrate on the content—and ultimately, decided it wasn’t worth the bother.

A very little forethought can have very real benefits for consumers, whether they’re neurodiverse or neurotypical.

For further information: https://www.scope.org.uk/Support/Disabled-people/Technology/PCs-and-autism



LockNut_500x750[4]Giveaway: I’m offering a free e-copy of my upcoming Plumber’s Mate Mystery #5, Lock Nut, to a randomly chosen commenter on this post. (If you’ve already pre-ordered Lock Nut, I’ll be happy to substitute winner’s choice from my backlist).

 I’ll send the winner their copy on release date, 14th May.

Just leave a comment on this post (wherever you see it) including your email address by 25th April to be in with a chance – and please do check out the other posts on RJ’s list for more giveaways! 😀

Still waters run deadly.

Tom Paretski, plumber with a talent for finding hidden things, and his private investigator fiancé Phil Morrison have been hired to locate a runaway husband, Jonathan Parrot. The job seems simple enough—until their quarry turns up dead in a canal, and a photofit of Tom’s face is splashed all over the news, making him chief suspect.

The widow, petite ex–porn star Lilah Lovett, is convinced her husband was killed by his gay lover, but Tom and Phil aren’t so sure. Worried they may have precipitated Jonathan’s death, they’re determined to find the real killer. But with a web of incestuous ties linking the suspects, it’s hard to know who to trust. Especially when a second victim dies a gruesome death.

Meanwhile, with their wedding looming and them sharing a house now, Tom’s worried it may all be too much, too fast. The last thing he needs are the mixed messages Phil seems to be sending out. They’ll need to get back on the same track if they want to make it to their honeymoon together—and alive.

Due out in ebook and paperback on 14 May, 2018

and now available to pre-order


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Looking for a sensitivity reader

I’m looking for a sensitivity reader – ideally a gay British man of Indian descent & Christian background. This is PAID work! Let me know if you’re interested and please spread the word. Thanks! 🙂

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Rainbow Snippets is in a steampunk state of mind

I’ll be getting my steampunk on at Chatham Historic Dockyard tomorrow, so here’s a snippet from an f/f steampunk short story I wrote last night and today (and yes, despite what old Arthur says, narrator Hodgkins is female):

The first time I met Miss Pandora Piper, her what was to become the shining star of the Criterion and the darling of London society, she was in a right state, lying in the gutter with both legs broken and her head hanging off to one side.

“It’s proper criminal,” I told my gaffer, old Arthur the tinkerer, as folks call him, although it’s Mr Tunstall to the likes of you and me, “what the toffs’ll do to their playthings.”

Top notch goods, she was, fine featured and with soft ivory skin, so lifelike you’d almost have mistaken her for human, if it hadn’t been for the metal poking out of her poor torn limbs.

“Now then, Hodgkins,” he said in that soothing old gin-and-baccy voice of his. “We’ll see her straight, don’t you fret. Grab her shoulders—I’ll take the other end, wouldn’t want a young lad like you seeing something he shouldn’t, heh heh heh—and we’ll heave her up on the cart. And no letting that head fall, neither. She don’t need no more dents in her poor face, Lord love her.”

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Blow Down is out in 2nd edition

Blow Down – #4 in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery series

Well, this one caught me on the hop a bit, but I’m delighted to say that the last of my previously published Plumber’s Mate Mysteries, Blow Down, is now out in 2nd edition in a gorgeous new cover by Christine Coffee:

Dorien Grey 2016.jpgBlowDown_500x750[5]Death is what happens while you’re making other plans . . .

The last thing newly engaged plumber Tom Paretski needs is to stumble over another dead body. He’s got enough on his mind already as the reality of his impending marriage sinks in. Not only is his family situation complicated, but his heroism at a pub fire has made him a local celebrity, and now everyone knows about his psychic talents—and wants a piece of them.

Hired to recover a missing necklace, Tom and his fiancé, private investigator Phil Morrison, find themselves trying to unmask a killer. And there’s no shortage of suspects, including the local bishop.

As Tom and Phil try to uncover the truth, they’re pulled in all directions by the conflicting pressures of their families and their own desires. But the murderer they’re up against is a ruthless schemer who won’t baulk at killing again. If Tom and Phil don’t watch out, their love—and all their plans for the future—could be blown down like a house of straw.

Amazon paperback | Kindle Riptide 

And there will be a brand new Plumber’s Mate Mystery, Lock Nut, releasing on 14 May, 2018

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One Under Blog Tour Winner


The random number generator has spoken, and the winner of the One Under blog tour is waxapplelover, who commented on my post on Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews. Congratulations, waxapplelover, and I’ve emailed you re claiming your prize.

Thanks to all the blogs that hosted me, and to everyone who read and commented! 😀

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Rainbow Snippets is perfectly calm, thank you.

Today’s snippet follows almost directly on from last week’s, although in the interim we’ve established that there was no apparent reason for Mal to grab the wheel while Jory was driving…

[Jory] put the car back on course, drove along the road until he could turn up a side street, parked the car, and then turned to Mal to ask him calmly what was going on.

“What the bloody sodding hell was that?”

Okay. Maybe he wasn’t quite as calm as he’d thought.

Then he noticed Mal was shaking. “Mal?”

There was no answer. Mal just stared straight ahead through the windscreen, his eyes wide.

Jory was starting to get worried. “Mal?” he said again. “Malory?”


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One Under

A Porthkennack Novel
OneUnder_500x750London Underground worker Mal Thomas is staying in Porthkennack to recover from a traumatic experience. Getting some more bad news from home is the last straw—until big, blond museum curator Jory Roscarrock steps up to offer some comfort.

A doctor of English Literature, Jory should be in a prestigious post at a top university. But a youthful indiscretion has led him to abandon academia to come back to his home town, Porthkennack, and the controlling family he’s never really felt a part of. He’s delighted to find a kindred spirit in the young Londoner.

But Jory’s family hurt Mal’s best friend deeply, and while Jory’s desperate to repair the damage, his own mistakes threaten to keep them apart. Meanwhile Mal’s torn between his feelings for Jory and his duty to his friend—and his fears that a failed relationship could be more than his shattered confidence can take.

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Sex, Lies and Arthurian Legend


To wind up the One Under blog tour, I’ve been talking about King Arthur – and some not so immaculate conceptions over at Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents.  Why not pop on over and see what it’s all about – and don’t forget to leave a comment to enter the giveaway! 🙂

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Pontificating about Pasties


The One Under Blog Tour continues apace. For a full list of stops (with links I’ll update as they go live) see the blog tour post here.  Today, I’m pontificating about Cornish delicacies, and asking When is a turnip not a turnip? over at The Novel Approach.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!  🙂

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Musing on Merrows


The One Under Blog Tour continues today. For a full list of stops (with links I’ll update as they go live) see the blog tour post here.  Today, I’m musing on mermaids (or, as they’re sometimes known, merrows) over at MMGoodBookReviews, and there’s also an excerpt from the book.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!  🙂

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