Hateful Creature Rainbow Snippets 138

I hope you’re all well and, if at all possible, that you’re socially isolating. This is a good time to read a good book or twelve and right now the ebook version of my award-winning Paranormal Fantasy novel Cleaning House is free on Smashwords and only $.99 on Amazon. You can find them at the links below.

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Welcome to my 138th #Rainbowsnippets*. This one, as always, is uniquely mine, but there are lots of other great snippets to read so after you finish here click the FB link at the bottom of the post to discover other great LGBTQIA authors and their works.

Striking Balance: The Peculiar Making of Beatrice Benjamin Sophia Scott Schnell Gow is a queer Historical Paranormal Fantasy set in, you guessed it, Appalachia. This Appalachia, however, is the frontier, and the story takes place during the Revolutionary War era and the time after, meaning the late 18th century. This explains the narrator’s voice. If you’ve read the letters and journals of the period, you’ll recognize it as reflective of those.

This week I’m picking up where I left off in Chapter Two. Remember that we’re in Ben’s POV.


‘Tis uncomfortable and the bench’s rough boards readily dig into my backside, but Conall frowns at me when I squirm. Charity, however, giggles.

     “Why, Mister Baldwin, your hired boy seems an ill fit for the table.” She covers her mouth and giggles again. “Perhaps he’s better suited for the kitchen.”

     Hateful creature, I’ll have you know… I bite my tongue until it aches, but Charity is somewhat correct. I am indeed ill fit but only because I lack the patience to deal with flippant fickle beings such as her.

If you had any doubt concerning Ben’s opinion of Charity I believe it’s abundantly clear in this snippet. And hired boy? Be calm, Ben. Charity never lives up to her name. You know this. So take a deep breath before you next open your mouth, please.

*RainbowSnippets 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.


  1. Looks like Charity’s opinion of Ben isn’t much higher than Ben’s opinion of her. And to be fair, Ben WANTED to sit in the kitchen but Conall wouldn’t let him so it’s all Conall’s fault.


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