Rainbow Snippets is celebrating Shakespeare

Not only is it Will’s 400th deathday today, it’s also (probably) his 452nd birthday, so here’s a little excerpt from Played!, my novel of amateur dramatics centred on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with Tristan being a tad cranky on being woken up in the morning by a knock on the door:


Tristan hurled back the blankets (Nanna Geary hadn’t agreed with new-fangled duvets), marched to the window and flung it open to shout down at the street below. “Whoreson, beetle-headed, flap-ear’d knave!”

Con’s face stared up at him, his brow creased in a frown. “What did you just call me?”

Tristan gulped. His wooing, it appeared, was not getting off to an auspicious start.


rainbow snippits scissorsYou can read a longer excerpt from Played! in my post on the Simply Shakespeare Blog Hop.

And don’t forget to check out all the other snippets on the Rainbow Snippets Facebook Group.

Played72web.jpgAll the world’s a stage…but real-life lessons are hidden in the heart

Though Tristan must join his family’s New York firm at summer’s end—no more farting around on stage, as his father so bluntly puts it—he can’t resist when Shamwell’s local amateur dramatics society begs him to take a role in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The bonus: giving private acting lessons to a local handyman who’s been curiously resistant to Tristan’s advances. Not only is Con delicious, there’s fifty pounds riding on Tristan getting him in his bed.

A late-diagnosed dyslexic, Con’s never dared to act, convinced he’d never be able to learn his lines. But with Tristan’s help, he takes the chance. Trouble is, the last time Con fell for a guy, he ended up getting his heart broken. And with Tristan due to leave the country soon, Con is determined not to start anything that’s bound to finish badly.

Just as Tristan thinks he’s finally won Con’s heart—and given his own in return—disaster strikes. And the curtain may have fallen forever on their chance for happiness.

Warning: contains a surfeit of Bottoms and asses, together with enough mangled quotations to have the Bard of Avon gyrating in his grave.


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About jlmerrow

JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Find JL Merrow online at: www.jlmerrow.com
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17 Responses to Rainbow Snippets is celebrating Shakespeare

  1. This is a great snippet! I loved Played!

  2. YES!! I loved this homage to Shakespeare week! Not to mention this snippet is awesome!

  3. Jana Denardo says:

    That was fun and a nice homage to Shakespeare.

  4. Louise Lyons says:

    Haha, I could picture Con’s face there, as he looked up 🙂

  5. Alexa Milne says:

    That last line made me smile. I suspect he may be right.

  6. AM says:

    *giggle* *snort* Yeah, that’s probably not the best way to woo.

  7. LOL. Tristan has some unique insulting skills. 🙂

  8. Great snippet! And Played sounds like a terrific story. On my TBR list! 🙂

  9. P.T. Wyant says:

    Um, yeah. I agree — his wooing is not getting off to a great start. LOL

  10. Open mouth, insert foot… but he had an excuse. It was before tea.

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