Rainbow Snippets loves cats. Honest.

The picture on the Rainbow Snippets group shows a cat admiring butterflies. If my experience of cats is anything to go by, that scene will be followed in about 0.3 seconds by a cat chomping down on butterflies. To celebrate our love for what are, when all’s said and done, cute little murder-beasts, today’s snippet is taken from Hard Tail, in which our hapless narrator Tim has gone to stay in his hospitalised brother’s house – and has just discovered his brother apparently has a cat he’s neglected to mention:

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.


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Hard Tail

Southampton Stories #2


rawinnerlFinding 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.

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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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8 Responses to Rainbow Snippets loves cats. Honest.

  1. stephaniedanielsonauthor says:

    Claws hurt!! Another kitty story, love it 🙂

  2. ROTFL!! This cat has the same disregard for body parties both Cinnamon and Sage have (my four footed children). Great snippet!

  3. LOL. Fun with cats! 💞

  4. P.T. Wyant says:

    Love the “dead mouse breath.” (Which reminds me, I really do need to get some Greenies for the dogs.)

    The blurb sounds awesome too. *adds to the TBR list*

  5. aldreaalien says:

    Nothing like a bit of cat-breath and claws first thing in the morning. At least it wasn’t also a 3am wake-up call to be let outside.

  6. louiselyons013 says:

    Lovely wake-up call, lol

  7. EJ Russell says:

    Loved this story! The snippet was a nice reminder to go back and re-read (and perhaps a gentler wake-up call than Tim’s!).

  8. janadenardo says:

    Ha, sounds familiar.

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