Rainbow Snippets is Away with the Fairies

Yikes! Almost missed this one coming out today – my m/m fairy tale, The King’s Honour, is now available in ebook. It’s based on the Grimm fairy tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, a cautionary tale about what happens if you try to stop girls having fun. 😉

Here’s a snippet, where Reuben, on his way to the castle, meets Corin, a woodcutter at work:

The soldier took a moment to admire the young man’s figure as he stood there, his hands on his hips, sweat running down his finely-sculpted chest, before answering the woodcutter’s question. “No, I’ve no desire for a princess. But I find I’m strangely inclined to live in a castle, and be king hereafter.”

“Ah, there’s many a man has had such a wish, and all of them lie buried at the foot of the tallest tower. I’m thinking ’twould be a shame to see you there too, that handsome head cut from your shoulders.”

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The King’s Honour

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An m/m retelling of the Grimm fairytale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

Reuben, a soldier, is on his way to the castle to offer his services to the king, who is sorely troubled with the question of his family’s honour. His wayward daughters go out dancing every night, and refuse to tell how or where.

Walking through the forest, Reuben meets a handsome woodcutter, Corin, who offers to help him unravel the mystery of the dancing princesses. With the magical aid of Corin’s grandmother, the two set out together, mindful that their journey could end in sorrow. The king offers a rich prize to anyone who can discover the princesses’ secret—but the penalty for failure is death.

Available in ebook: JMS Books Amazon

Note: this story first appeared in the Bedknobs and Broomsticks anthology.

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Hard Tail is now out on Audible

Very topically, given the location of the 2020 UK Meet *g* I’m delighted to say the second of my Southampton Stories, Hard Tail, is now out on Audible, narrated by the excellent Philip Rose:

Finding love can be a bumpy ride

With his job and his marriage dead in a ditch, Tim Knight doesn’t take much persuading to leave London for the greener fields of Southampton and look after his injured brother’s mountain bike shop. But Tim’s a fish out of water in this brave new world of outdoor sports and technical jargon—not to mention struggling with the realisation he can no longer deny his sexuality, at least to himself.

The reason? Matt Berridge, his brother’s bike mechanic. Fit, tanned and an adorable klutz, Matt takes a tumble the day they meet and falls straight into Tim’s heart. There’s only one problem: Matt’s boyfriend, who Tim’s convinced is abusing him, despite the stories Matt comes up with to explain away the bruises.

A black belt in karate, Tim’s no pushover when it comes to physical confrontation. But he’ll need to step his courage up a gear if he’s ever going to come out, be himself—and save the man he’s coming to love.

Audible US | Audible UK

Also available in ebook: Amazon | Kobo | iTunes | B&N

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Pricks and Pragmatism, the first Southampton Story, is also available on Audible:

Audible US | Audible UK

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Rainbow Snippets is enjoying the scenery

I love Autumn. Summer’s heat is over, and the scenery is amazing – the colours of the trees are so rich and varied.

This week’s snippet is taken from the newly-released-in-standalone-ebook Alpaca My Bags, where Scott is enjoying a rather different type of view! 😉

When I turned away from the window, it was to see a young man approaching me with an alpaca.

I blinked—and then again, to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. Ryan—I guessed—was so exactly the sort of rough-hewn, outdoorsy type I’d been known to conjure up in a fantasy or two.

I’d go for a walk with you any day, I thought dizzily as he ambled over, smiling at me from behind a full, but neatly trimmed dark beard that set off his tanned face nicely. Who needs the alpaca?

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Alpaca My Bags

Silver fox Scott Riley is holidaying on the Isle of Wight with his newborn granddaughter and her parents following the breakup of his relationship. A bit of fun in the sun with rugged alpaca farmer, Ryan, could be just what the doctor ordered for Scott—but first he’ll need to get past his over-protective daughter! Stressed out from new motherhood, Katie’s worried her dad’s going to get his heart broken.

Free spirit Ryan doesn’t believe in relationships. An ex foster child, he’s learned to move on quickly from hook-ups and cut his emotional losses. But with the island’s limited dating opportunities, he’s taken up knitting to while away the lonely evenings. Ryan’s not planning to waste a minute in getting Scott into his bed—but into his life?

They’ve said all along it’s just a holiday fling. When both men realise it could be the start of something more, they’ll need to work hard to counter Scott’s family’s misgivings—not to mention their own.

Available on Kindle and KU

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Alpaca My Bags is out now on Kindle and KU

Yes, it’s a few days earlier than announced, but my Isle of Wight-set summer holiday novella Alpaca My Bags (previously available in the Hot Summer Nights anthology, now out of print) is now out on Kindle and KU, so if you’re feeling nostalgic for warmer weather now there’s a bit of a nip in the air, why not check it out?

Alpaca My Bags

Silver fox Scott Riley is holidaying on the Isle of Wight with his newborn granddaughter and her parents following the breakup of his relationship. A bit of fun in the sun with rugged alpaca farmer, Ryan, could be just what the doctor ordered for Scott—but first he’ll need to get past his over-protective daughter! Stressed out from new motherhood, Katie’s worried her dad’s going to get his heart broken.

Free spirit Ryan doesn’t believe in relationships. An ex foster child, he’s learned to move on quickly from hook-ups and cut his emotional losses. But with the island’s limited dating opportunities, he’s taken up knitting to while away the lonely evenings. Ryan’s not planning to waste a minute in getting Scott into his bed—but into his life?

They’ve said all along it’s just a holiday fling. When both men realise it could be the start of something more, they’ll need to work hard to counter Scott’s family’s misgivings—not to mention their own.

Available on Kindle and KU

Due out at other retailers 3rd December

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All at Sea is out now at JMS Books

Well, this one caught me on the hop – I had it down for release on 28th September and that’s when it seems to be coming out on Kindle. 😉 But my Isle of Wight set short story All at Sea is now available in your choice of e-format at JMS books, and it’s 20% off for a limited time only. 🙂

All at Sea (short story)

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Eighteen year old Londoner Josh feels all at sea, holidaying with his family on the Isle of Wight. He’d rather be living it up in Ibiza, dancing until all hours, and maybe finding out what it’s like to be with another man. What chance does he have of getting lucky with his newly-single mum and little sisters in tow?

Cambridge student Rupe is making the most of his summer job at the boating lake, charming customers with his good looks and theatrical manner. Life looks even sunnier when he meets the cute, inexperienced Josh and asks him out for a date on a boat. But there are dark clouds in Rupe’s life, and even love on an island isn’t always plain sailing.

Available in ebook from JMS Books

Due out on Kindle 28th September

Note: this short story first appeared in the Two Tickets to Paradise anthology, now out of print.

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Hard Tail is out soon in audio

I posted a month or two ago that Hard Tail would be coming out in audio, and I’m delighted to say I’ve just had the final files from the narrator, the wonderful Philip Rose, so after a few final checks, the audiobook should be on sale very shortly. Watch this space for details! In the meantime, here’s a snippet from the book:

I was woken at seven o’clock on the first day of my new life as a shopkeeper by a cat jumping on my chest. As wake-up calls went, it was fairly effective. I opened my eyes to a mouthful of fangs looking like they were about to take my nose off, which, given the dead-mouse breath coming my way, would actually have been a mercy.

“Gah!” I’m never at my most eloquent when I’ve just woken up.

The cat hissed back at me, obviously not a morning person either. I shifted position, hoping it would get the hint and bugger off. Too late, I realised the flaw in that plan.

Claws.

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Hard Tail – Southampton Stories #2

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Finding love can be a bumpy ride

With his job and his marriage dead in a ditch, Tim Knight doesn’t take much persuading to leave London for the greener fields of Southampton and look after his injured brother’s mountain bike shop. But Tim’s a fish out of water in this brave new world of outdoor sports and technical jargon—not to mention struggling with the realisation he can no longer deny his sexuality, at least to himself.

The reason? Matt Berridge, his brother’s bike mechanic. Fit, tanned and an adorable klutz, Matt takes a tumble the day they meet and falls straight into Tim’s heart. There’s only one problem: Matt’s boyfriend, who Tim’s convinced is abusing him, despite the stories Matt comes up with to explain away the bruises.

A black belt in karate, Tim’s no pushover when it comes to physical confrontation. But he’ll need to step his courage up a gear if he’s ever going to come out, be himself—and save the man he’s coming to love.

Available in ebook: Amazon | Kobo | iTunes | B&N

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Alpaca My Bags cover reveal

The Hot Summer Nights anthology is now out of print, and so my light-hearted novella, Alpaca My Bags, will be coming out as a standalone ebook on 6th October in this lovely cover by Candice Gilmer of Flirtation Designs.

I’ll be bringing Alpaca My Bags out exclusively on Kindle and KU for the first 3 months, and taking it wide after that.

Alpaca My Bags

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Silver fox Scott Riley is holidaying on the Isle of Wight with his newborn granddaughter and her parents following the breakup of his relationship. A bit of fun in the sun with rugged alpaca farmer, Ryan, could be just what the doctor ordered for Scott—but first he’ll need to get past his over-protective daughter! Stressed out from new motherhood, Katie’s worried her dad’s going to get his heart broken.

Free spirit Ryan doesn’t believe in relationships. An ex foster child, he’s learned to move on quickly from hook-ups and cut his emotional losses. But with the island’s limited dating opportunities, he’s taken up knitting to while away the lonely evenings. Ryan’s not planning to waste a minute in getting Scott into his bed—but into his life?

They’ve said all along it’s just a holiday fling. When both men realise it could be the start of something more, they’ll need to work hard to counter Scott’s family’s misgivings—not to mention their own.

Due out on Amazon and in KU 6th October 2019

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Blazing June is out today

I have another super-quick read out today. This one is Blazing June, a lesbian short which also appears in the Lesbian Cops anthology and is now available for the first time as a standalone ebook. Here’s a little snippet from the start:

It’s been a proper scorcher for this early in June, and the air’s thick with pollen as they break into Mrs MacReady’s. I feel like a spare part, hovering by the front door with its tell-tale pint of semi-skimmed sitting in a little puddle of dried-up spilled milk. If only I’d been here earlier to see it.

“Is Mrs Mac going to prison?” Billy asks.

“No, love!” I pick him up, though he’s getting too big for that really.

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Blazing June (short story)

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Struggling single mum Carla does her best to look after her elderly neighbour, but has to call the police to help when Mrs MacReady suffers a fall and she can’t get in to help. A good deed brings its own reward when one of the constables who turns up is the beautiful, red-haired Ellen.

Ellen cuts her hand breaking into the flat to rescue the old lady, and as Carla tends the wound, she falls half in love with the golden stranger. She doesn’t expect to ever see her again—but Ellen might just surprise her.

Available in ebook: JMS Books | Amazon

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London Lark is out today

My f/f steampunk short story, London Lark, is released today as a standalone ebook (it previously appeared in the Upstaged anthology). It’s available at 20% off for a limited time only at JMS Books, so grab a bargain!

Here’s a little snippet to whet your appetite:

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. Lying there abandoned in the gutter, like any other beggar what’s fallen on hard times. “It ain’t right,” I muttered.

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Apprentice tinkerer Harriet Hodgkins is skilled in the construction and maintenance of intricate clockwork contrivances. She’s also rather good at masquerading as a man—for of course, no self-respecting craftsman would hire a woman.

Repairing a salvaged automaton becomes a labour of love for Hodgkins, and the object of her affections, Miss Pandora Piper, comes to hold her rescuer in equal esteem. But Hodgkins has yet to confess her true gender, and moreover the clockwork coquette is destined for resale. If Hodgkins can’t engineer a more auspicious ending, Miss Pandora’s restoration will signal their separation.

JMS Books | Amazon

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Rainbow Snippets is excited about audiobooks

And also shockingly late this week, but *cough* we won’t talk about that! 😉

I’ve just been proof-listening (is that a term?) to the first chapter of Hard Tail, my Southampton-set bike shop rom-com, and the narrator is doing a fabulous job. Hopefully we’ll be able to bring you the full audiobook by the end of summer. For now, here’s a snippet:

The bell above the shop door tinkled, and Matt Berridge fell into my life.

Literally.

I’d been staring at that glass door, willing someone to come in and stave off the killing boredom before I stuck a bicycle spoke through my neck out of sheer bloody ennui. So when a broad-shouldered, shaggy-headed lad in mirror sunglasses loped into view, I was all eyes. He wore lived-in jeans and a purple Weird Fish T-shirt, with a battered biker jacket over the top. He looked like he’d just got back from a festival somewhere. At least, he looked like I imagined a guy who’d just been to a festival might look. I’d never been to a festival. Too busy with exams and work and getting married to a girl I didn’t love.

When he pushed open the door, I barely had time to mentally punch the air—and then he was gone, well-shaped arse over tit.

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Hard Tail – Southampton Stories #2

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Finding love can be a bumpy ride

With his job and his marriage dead in a ditch, Tim Knight doesn’t take much persuading to leave London for the greener fields of Southampton and look after his injured brother’s mountain bike shop. But Tim’s a fish out of water in this brave new world of outdoor sports and technical jargon—not to mention struggling with the realisation he can no longer deny his sexuality, at least to himself.

The reason? Matt Berridge, his brother’s bike mechanic. Fit, tanned and an adorable klutz, Matt takes a tumble the day they meet and falls straight into Tim’s heart. There’s only one problem: Matt’s boyfriend, who Tim’s convinced is abusing him, despite the stories Matt comes up with to explain away the bruises.

A black belt in karate, Tim’s no pushover when it comes to physical confrontation. But he’ll need to step his courage up a gear if he’s ever going to come out, be himself—and save the man he’s coming to love.

Available in ebook: Amazon | Kobo | iTunes | B&N

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