Rainbow Snippets is celebrating Burns Night

25th January, as well as being my parents’ wedding anniversary (blimey – 62 years and counting!) is traditionally the day on which premier Scottish poet Robert Burns is celebrated. Happy birthday Rabbie – you’d have been 261 today! 🙂

So I thought it would be appropriate to share a snippet from an old story of mine set in Scotland, Snared. Here are the opening lines:

Martin used his elbow to ring the doorbell of the Callander B&B and did his best not to bleed on the paintwork.

“Good gracious!” The lady who opened the door blinked up at him like a startled lamb, the resemblance enhanced by her spry little figure and tightly curled white hair. She seemed at a loss for any further words. Martin didn’t blame her—after all, it wasn’t every day strange men turned up on your doorstep with their hands all covered in blood—at least, not in Martin’s experience, although maybe they did things differently in Scotland.


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When Martin Lowrie rescues a wildcat from a snare, he thinks a few scratches and a tetanus jab are the worst consequences he’ll have to face. But then he meets the enigmatic and strangely compelling Calum. He spends the night with the handsome, unsettling Irishman and discovers Calum’s secret: he’s the wildcat Martin rescued, in human form.

But Calum’s not the only werecat in the village, and the others aren’t so keen to risk Martin revealing their secret, no matter how much Calum wants to protect Martin from harm.

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And if you prefer mice to cats, you can read Burns’ poem on the subject here: https://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poem/mouse/

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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9 Responses to Rainbow Snippets is celebrating Burns Night

  1. I agree with her–a startling snippet!

  2. Vivid snippet that snaps the reader up and draws them in! (heart) Happy Birthday, Bobbie Burns!

  3. aldreaalien says:

    That’s one heck of an opening. Hope that blood isn’t his.

  4. smithandskarry1 says:

    Ha! That has got to be the best story opener I have ever read! XD

  5. Love the vivid description, and that last line!

  6. janadenardo says:

    THat’s one hell of an opening law.

  7. JLG says:

    Differently in Scotland. Great last line!

  8. P.T. Wyant says:

    Great visuals and the last line made me glad I wasn’t drinking anything when I read it.

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