Rainbow Snippets Celebrates World Turtle Day

In a cunning ploy to distract you from the extreme tardiness of this week’s Rainbow Snippet, today I’m celebrating those heroes in a half-shell, turtles and tortoises, with a snippet from Tortoise Interruptus. Our hero, Tip, has been cursed by a witch to turn into a tortoise at inconvenient moments, and has just been tortoise-napped by a woman with a capacious handbag:


Rattling in his shell as the bag lurched from side to side, bumping against the woman’s ample hips, Tip started to wonder if he really should have listened to Janey’s suggestion that she get him microchipped.

She wouldn’t even be able to report him missing. Tip could just imagine how it’d go at the police office: “Yes, Miss? You say your brother’s been kidnapped? Can you describe him, please? I see. Six inches tall, gray in color, with a hard shell. Any distinguishing features? Oh, just that he’s a tortoise? Thank you, Miss. Can I just remind you of the very severe penalties for wasting police time?”
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Tortoise Interruptus

Cursed by an impatient witch to turn into a tortoise at inopportune moments, Tip is horrified to find himself tortoise-napped by a customer at the cafe where he works.

Things start to look up when Tip ends up very literally in the capable hands of drop-dead gorgeous Steve—but Tip soon begins to wonder just how far he can trust Steve, who turns out to have a close connection with his kidnapper.  Tip’s attempts at a normal life seem doomed to remain frustrated in more ways than one!

Inspired by a real-life incident.  Yes, really.

Available in ebook:  Torquere | Amazon

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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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7 Responses to Rainbow Snippets Celebrates World Turtle Day

  1. “Inspired by a real-life incident. Yes, really.” << Ha! I'd love to hear about that! 😉

  2. LOL! What is it about boys named Tip and witches? (remembering ‘The Land of Oz)

    • jlmerrow says:

      Heh, I did not know that! Unless I heard/read a reference somewhere and it lodged in my subconscious.
      Consciously, I was just sniggering over Tip the Tortoise… 😉

      I am easily pleased.

  3. P.T. Wyant says:

    Can tortoises throw up? (Horses and rats can’t.) I think he should puke in her handbag… And what’s going to happen when he reverts back to human form? This sounds like a really fun read — I want more!

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