#RainbowSnippets #ScienceFiction Twenty-Five 12/16:

Yesterday we drove to Berea, KY, and back to pick up our son from college for his winter break. It’s an eight-nine hour round trip so we’re tired today.

The Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook is “for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction– a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation. (no spoilers please!)”

Here’s another #RainbowSnippet* from Surrogate: Hunted, which will be unleashed upon the world in ebook format in February, 2018 from of Supposed Crimes. The hardback version will be available in March.

The Setup:  I’ve picked up this week right where I left off. Brigit is convinced they’re about to be sent to the meat market.

Tip: Remember that Ytr, who speaks in this Snippet, is not a fluent speaker of any language that Etain and Brigit can understand so his words are choppy at best.

     “I— I’m sorry.” Her eyes brimmed with tears. “I really screwed up.”

     Etain hugged her god daughter to her. ‘Whatever happens we will face it together.”

     “They’ve called the meat wagon back here!” Brigit’s eyes widened. “We’ll be dead by dark!” She stood then fell to her knees to hug Etain.

     “Calm.” Ytr crouched in front of them. “House of Znyrs not turn away family.” He patted their heads and returned to the table where a deep sound rose from him. “What named?”

You can read more #Rainbowsnippets from Surrogate Hunted HERE.


*Rainbow Snippets is a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQIA+ authors, readers, and bloggers to share 6 sentences each week from a work of fiction—published or in-progress—or a book recommendation. Feel free to join in!

 

#WIPpet Wednesday #Amwriting 12/13/17: One Cute Cuttah

(working cover)

Have you ever been sick and tired of being sick and tired? Yeah, that’s me right now. This stomach whatever-it-is isn’t letting go easily. Bleh.

This week’s WIPpet Wednesday* comes from Cleaning House, one of my current WIPs.  I finished the LGBTQIA Appalachian Contemporary Fantasy’s first draft last week, and I’m ready to put it away for a month so I can work on something else. But I can’t put it away for long. Cleaning House is scheduled for release by Mountain Gap Books on October 1, 2018.

Here’s this week’s math. 12/13/2017 – I’m grabbing the seven, which means seven paragraphs from Cleaning House.

The Setup: Last week I took you to Hare Creek for a sweet memory, and this week we’re back in North Chicago. It’s early morning, and Cent, on her way to work at a local bodega, encounters one of the prostitutes who inhabit her apartment building.

     “Chupta, Cent? Early shift again?” Betty flicked ashes from her bargain-brand cigarette.

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#RainbowSnippets #ScienceFiction Twenty-Four 12/9: Dead by Dark

Last night, I managed to type those hallowed words for any writer working on a manuscript: The End. Then I went to bed so the plot bunnies could run amok again in my head. But that manuscript isn’t ready for sharing (aside from the beginning chapters) so I’m sharing again from Surrogate: Hunted, which is due for release in February.

The Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook is “for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction– a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation. (no spoilers please!)”

Here’s another #RainbowSnippet* from Surrogate: Hunted.

The Setup: Etain and Brigit have run into a cultural/ language barrier with their Cycalk owners that might well land them in the local meat market.

Tip: If you want to know what Ytr and Atz are saying in this Snippet, try the Surrogate Language Primer. The words are arranged in simple alphabetical order for easy searching.

     “She’s my god child.” Etain drew Brigit to her. “I won’t abandon her.”

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#WIPpet Wednesday #Amwriting 12/06/17: Blackberry Stains

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Oh, the holiday season. So much to do. I just don’t have the spoons these days, but I still try. I really do. Right now, I have a turkey roasting in the oven. Not for any family get-together or the like, mind you, but because this fourteen pound ice bird has been lurking in the bottom of my deep freezer far too long… since last holiday season to be honest. It’s time for it to go so I have room for the, um, next big birdie. Turkeys are cheap this time of year, and I’m a bargain shopper, okay?

Don’t judge me.

This week’s WIPpet Wednesday* comes from my Appalachian contemporary fantasy, Cleaning House. I’m over 85K into the manuscript and hope to have the initial draft finished by the end of this year. Cleaning House is scheduled for release by Mountain Gap Books on October 1, 2018.

Here’s this week’s math. 12/06/2017: 1+2 + 3 (add two zeros to that for 300) 6+7=13, 13-2=11  and that means 311 words from Cleaning House.

The Setup: Cent, all of seven years old in this flashback, is on the homestead in Hare Creek. She’s supposed to be helping Mama and Aunt Tess pick bush beans when she sneaks off to her special hiding spot, but the blackberries she’s picked along the way have stained her shirt. Cent’s scared that Mama’s going to punish her for ruining the shirt and is scrubbing on it alongside the homestead’s springhead when a mysterious but familiar voice comes to her rescue.

     “Take the pebbles I gave you, rinse them in the spring, then rub them on the spots. Your mother will not be angry then, and she will allow you to stay the night with Tess.”

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#RainbowSnippets #ScienceFiction Twenty-Three: 12/2: Meet the Family

     NaNoWriMo is over! *collapses into a heap on the floor* I ended up with an over 79K word count, and I’m still not finished with the novel, but I will be, hopefully, by the end of the year. (WIPpets from that work are available every Wednesday)

     But this RainbowSnippet isn’t about that WIP, it’s about Surrogate: Hunted, which is now available for pre-order on Amazon. I’ve been posting snippets from Hunted for several months now, and will continue to do so until the novel’s release (February 18 ebook, March 1 hardback) but even then I’ll not have given you more than a fraction of what’s really going on in Etain’s world.

The Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook is “for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction– a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation. (no spoilers please!)”

The Setup: Etain and Brigit have landed where the meat wagon was taking them, but it’s not anything like anywhere they’ve been thus far (yes, this snippet is over six sentences, but it is almost all a single, descriptive paragraph so I’m running with it).

Etain speaks first in this snippet, and she’s bravely (or perhaps, foolishly) asking questions to a very tall Cycalk man with a dark brown pelt.

     “Are we safe?” Etain asked in Alyward.

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#WIPpet Wednesday #Amwriting The Homestead 11/29/17

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This week’s WIPpet Wednesday* comes from Cleaning House, one of my current WIPs.  I’m over 73K into the manuscript and working hard on it for NaNoWriMo, which wraps up tomorrow. No, I won’t be finished with the first draft by then, but I hope to finish by the end of the year. Cleaning House is scheduled for release by Mountain Gap Books on October 1, 2018.

Here’s this week’s math. 11/29/2017  – I’m taking the nine, 9 paragraphs from Cleaning House.

     “Cent? When you comin’ home?” Aunt Tess, a bit hard of hearing, all but yelled into the phone.

     “I’m not planning to anytime soon, and you know dead-to-rights why.” Damn, I slide back into the accent far too easily.

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#RainbowSnippets #ScienceFiction Twenty-Two 11/25: Meat Wagon

I am very happy to announce that the ebook version of Surrogate: Hunted is now available for pre-order on Amazon! Take a moment to reserve your copy, but, until the release, you can continue to enjoy snippets here every Saturday.

And, did I say Saturday? Yes, I did, so that means it’s time for another #Rainbowsnippets!

The Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook is “for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction– a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation. (no spoilers please!)”

Here’s another #RainbowSnippet* from Surrogate: Hunted.

A Gentle Reminder: While Surrogate: Hunted is LGBTQIA Sci-Fi with bisexual content, Etain is the forty-four-year-old mother of five children and is seventeen-year-old Brigit’s godmother. They’re relationship is mother-daughter in nature, so please don’t think otherwise.

The Setup: Etain has partially recovered from her injuries, but is now dismayed to discover that the transportation she and Brigit have been shoved into might well be taking them somewhere even deadlier than where they’ve been.

Brigit speaks first in this snippet.

     “What’re we riding in?”

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