Too Much Merriment #Rainbowsnippets 146

Well, that happen. I missed another week of #Rainbowsnippets. I blame most everything around me but most specifically chronic illness. We’re working on it, however, and things are slowly looking up on my end of the universe.

Welcome to my 146th #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 Dark 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.

And, drumroll please, the ebook version of Striking Balance is now available for preorder on Amazon. Woot! You can click the cover inside this post or the one in the righthand column to check out the novel on Amazon.

Blurb: Benjamin Schnell is the possessor of secrets he wishes he could bury beneath the rich Nolichucky river flat dirt he farms alongside his dear friend, Conall. But secrets lead to lies, lead to more secrets, and all eventually come home to roost in a bed of distrust, even on the 1779 Appalachian frontier.

After Ben is injured, he realizes there are odd things happening around him that others cannot see. Corner shadows take human shapes, lightning bugs dance in broad daylight, and the farm’s strange owner, Master Gow, returns with an offer Conall cannot refuse if Ben is to live. But making a deal with Master Gow will take them deep into the mountains to where a haunted king reigns and Fire balances Water in a delicate natural friendship.

Ben must learn self-acceptance and trust if he and Conall are going to survive because there can be no secrets in the mountains, only truth.

Another rich tale from the Appalachian Elementals world focusing on complex families containing rich LGBTQIA+ characters.

This week’s snippet comes from the beginning of Chapter Three, yes, I’m skipping around from here forward so you’ll stay on your toes. Please remember that we’re seeing things from Ben’s POV. I’m picking up where I left off two weeks ago, and the first sentence, in orange comes from then. We’re in Ben’s POV and he’s awakened to find his best friend Conall’s head in his lap so Ben’s stolen a moment to admire the man he’s long wished for himself, but he’s just been interrupted.

The first part, in orange, comes from two weeks ago, and while we begin in Ben’s POV, the question comes from someone else.

…‘Twould ruin everything if anyone did and be the demise of what I have built. No, I cannot—

     “Too much merriment last night?”

     I open my eyes to see someone standing in the open doorway. Oh, no. Oh, “Conall.” I shove him off my leg so he rolls onto his back, hitting his head on the floor.

     “Nub? What…”

     “’Twas merriment, despair, or ire th’ inspiration fer what transpired here last night?” Master Gow shoos out the chicken pecking beneath the table then turns a chair to sit facing us. He pulls his tobacco pouch from his coat and packs his pipe, smirking over our confusion. He is a tall man though not nearly so as Conall. His black beard is always neatly trimmed, and his clothing never looks rumpled from his journey. Master Gow is a fine Scottish gentleman but not a delicate one since he is unafraid of doing the labor he pays others for. “Sit up, gents. Mah farm requires yer attention.”

Oh, crap! The boss has arrived! Poor Ben. He’s hungover and now he’s been caught with Conall’s head in his lap. And Conall… what a way to wake up!

The ebook preorder for Striking Balance if Available now, and the print preorder will be available in early July. I’m excited about this one, folx. Striking Balance has been a true labor of love, and I hope it shows.


*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.

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