Rainbow Snippets gives you wings

Today’s snippet comes from quite an early story of mine, Angel, first published in 2010. I’ve always had a soft spot for this one, as I had a few things to say with it – as one lovely review put it, The difference between good and evil in its traditional, fundamentalist sense is examined and thoroughly discarded here – Serena Yates on Goodreads 


“A man?” Michael’s smile was mocking, but there was despair in his eyes.  He was standing right on the very edge of the parapet, now, his back to the ten-story drop.  “Is this a man, Donnie?”

Michael spread his arms out wide in a disturbing, no doubt deliberate echo of the crucified Christ.  There was a ripping, tearing sound, and time seemed to slow as two great black wings  – of which Don would have sworn upon a Bible he’d seen no signs only moments before – unfolded from his shoulders, leathery and foul.

“God,” Don whispered, horrified and yet enthralled.

“Wrong answer,” came the taunting reply, as Michael leaned back and slowly toppled over the edge.

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As a child, Don wanted to be a catholic priest.  That didn’t work out and now he’s a parole officer, but his faith is still strong.  His world is shaken when his latest assignment turns out to be Michael, a young man Don hasn’t seen since he took Michael to church as a child—and saw his parish priest cast Michael out of the church as a demon.

Meeting Michael as an adult re-ignites the obsession Don had with the boy he couldn’t save—but can Michael be saved at all? Or is the demon with the compelling face as damned as he believes himself to be?

Available in ebook.

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 gives you wings

  1. Oh my! I love this snippet and I want to read the book.

  2. AM says:

    Oh, wow. Not only do I love this snippet, I now really want to read the rest. The whole thing is fascinating.

  3. Jana Denardo says:

    Oooo this is creepy and fascinating at the same time. Love it.

  4. louiselyons013 says:

    Wow! I want to know more about Michael.

  5. Layla Dorine says:

    Wrong answer…yeah that right there makes me want to know more 🙂

  6. Intense scene! Love the description of the wings…leathery and foul. *shivers*

  7. jlmerrow says:

    Glad you like it! It’s quite an intense story. 🙂

  8. Sorry. I just went and bought the book….

  9. b10track says:

    I love those two last lines of dialogue, because I can’t tell if it’s a series question – “God?” – or blasphemy, which makes Michael’s comeback wonderfully intriguing.

  10. Wow. Creepy and intriguing at the same time.

  11. P.T. Wyant says:

    Intriguing snippet. Love the blurb, too.

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