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Sunday Snippet, April 24, 2022

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Picking up from last week’s post from a fantasy WiP tentatively titled Wild Worker.  By the way, if anyone has missed previous posts and is curious, just use the calendar in the upper right over there to navigate to them.

“Don’t worry. I’ll be careful not to embarrass you in front of your business friends,” she replied as she opened the door at the top of the stairs and started through it.

Her father grabbed her arm and turned her to face him. “It’s more than just embarrassing me by mentioning it. Some have long memories and might recall some the events around the destruction of the Shenarians, and my part in it, and may piece together some things that are better not associated.”

“Such as?”

“Such as things you’re better off not knowing.” He sighed. “Trust me, Ciana. It’s for your own good even more so than mine.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-23-2022

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).  Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

This snippet picks up from last week’s, from my still unnamed FF vampire novel. It’s also extremely raw (as in I’m pretty much writing this for Rainbow Snippet posts until I get the first draft of a different novel finished) so never mind any head-hopping you’ll see in any snippets.

“One more thing,” Linda said. “Then I think you’ll be ready for hair and nails and make up.”

Before Sam could protest Linda left the dressing room area, leaving her alone with Celia. 

“Hair and nails and make up? All I wanted was something to wear.”

“Seriously, Sam, you can’t go to a club without nails and make up. You’ll look naked. And your hair…” Celia shook her head.

“There’s nothing wrong with her hair,” Linda said, returning with a black “newsie” cap with silver studs. “And this is going to look perfect on it.” She perched the cap on Sam’s head and nodded. “Just the right finishing touch. Now, about the rest… She definitely has to have something done with those nails – they’re basically non-existent. But make up? Something light and natural. Or at least not too dark. Where are you planning to take her?”

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, April 17, 2022

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Picking up from last week’s post from a fantasy WiP tentatively titled Wild Worker.  By the way, if anyone has missed previous posts and is curious, just use the calendar in the upper right over there to navigate to them.

She frowned. “Isn’t there a cult that says the same thing about women?”

“Yes, there is,” her father replied with some annoyance. “But they at least feel that women have a place.”

Ciana snorted. “Yeah. At home, cooking, cleaning, and raising their children. Isn’t there a happy medium somewhere?”

“I didn’t say I agreed with them, just acknowledged that they existed.” He sighed as he opened the back door to the shop and motioned for her to enter and go up the stairs to their home. “Just promise me that you won’t talk about the Cult of Shenaria, not even in passing, not even in jest, and especially not at The Lucky Hammer.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-16-2022

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).  Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

This snippet picks up from last week’s, from my still unnamed FF vampire novel. It’s also extremely raw (as in I’m pretty much writing this for Rainbow Snippet posts until I get the first draft of a different novel finished) so never mind any head-hopping you’ll see in any snippets.

“Not too horrible,” Sam decided, was definitely a matter of opinion. Still, she had to admit that the final choice – made by Linda over some objections from Celia – at least suited her personality.

“What do you think?” Linda asked as Sam studied her reflection. Black work-type boots with silver buckles, black leggings with holes, a black leather mini skirt that looked like something a gladiator would have worn, a white t shirt with black sequins around the collar, and a black leather jacket.

“Well, it’s not something I’d wear often, but it’s better than the frou-frou miniskirts that Celia tried to put me in.”

Linda laughed. “You and your sister are two entirely different people. I could see that the minute you walked in.

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, April 10, 2022

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Picking up from last week’s post from a fantasy WiP tentatively titled Wild Worker.  By the way, if anyone has missed previous posts and is curious, just use the calendar in the upper right over there to navigate to them.

Her father frowned. “True. They were outlawed and have been gone for much of your life. Still, the very mention of them, let alone joking about restarting the cult, is dangerous.”

“Why?”

“Because they were outlawed.”

Ciana shook her head impatiently. “Why were they outlawed? And what happened to the followers of Shenara?”

“Killed, most of them. Wiped out. The few that survived scattered, but if they’re found they’ll be put to death as well.”

“Why? What was so dangerous about them?”

He snorted. “They wanted to change the natural order of things. Live independently from men. Thought that anything touched by a man was profane.”

She frowned. “Isn’t there a cult that says the same thing about women?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-9-2022

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).  Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

This snippet picks up from last week’s, from my still unnamed FF vampire novel. It’s also extremely raw (as in I’m pretty much writing this for Rainbow Snippet posts until I get the first draft of a different novel finished) so never mind any head-hopping you’ll see in any snippets.

Linda shook her head again. “Anyhow, into the dressing room with you. Strip down to bra and underwear so I can see what sort of figure I’m working with and we’ll see what we can find for you to wear.”

“Don’t I get to choose?”

“No,” Celia replied.

Linda laughed. “We’ll give you choices.”

“Will I like them?”

“Probably not,” Celia said. “But you really should wear more than jeans and t-shirts and sweatshirts.”

“Why?”

“So when you get invited to the hottest club in town you don’t end up in a panic with nothing to wear.”

Linda winked at her. “Don’t worry. I’ll rein Celia in and we’ll find you something appropriate and not too horrible.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, April 3, 2022

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Picking up from last week’s post from a fantasy WiP tentatively titled Wild Worker.  By the way, if anyone has missed previous posts and is curious, just use the calendar in the upper right over there to navigate to them.

“What in the name of the Cult of Merkan made you bring up the Shenarians?”

They had left the Lucky Hammer and were on their way home when her father burst out with what she knew would be the start of a long tirade.

“I don’t know. You were asking me about why the old woman insisted that I be the one to make the jewelry and since I didn’t have an answer that was the first thing I came up with.” She paused, puzzled. “I don’t know why, though. I haven’t heard about them or even thought of them since I was a little girl.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-2-2022

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).  Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

This snippet picks up from last week’s, from my still unnamed FF vampire novel. It’s also extremely raw (as in I’m pretty much writing this for Rainbow Snippet posts until I get the first draft of a different novel finished) so never mind any head-hopping you’ll see in any snippets.

“Linda, this is my sister, Sam,” she said, motioning for Sam to join them. “She got invited to Evernight and has nothing to wear.”

Linda eyed Sam up and down, her lips in a disapproving frown. “How?”

Sam started to bristle but Celia laughed. “That was what I wanted to know. Apparently, she changed a flat for Olivia Elder, and she took a liking to her and invited her.”

“Some people have all the luck,” Linda said, shaking her head. “What sort of clothes do you normally wear to clubs?” she asked, turning her attention to Sam.

“I don’t,” Sam admitted. “I’ve never gone clubbing before in my life. That’s Celia’s department.”

Linda’s pink curls shook. “I don’t know if Evernight it the right place to start for someone who’s never been to a club before. I’ve heard stories…”

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, March 27, 2022

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Picking up from last week’s post from a fantasy WiP tentatively titled Wild Worker.  By the way, if anyone has missed previous posts and is curious, just use the calendar in the upper right over there to navigate to them.

He was still muttering about the Shenarian Cult when she had changed clothes, and continued as they walked to the pub. Ciana fervently hoped that once they got there he’d go off with a bunch of his friends and either vent to them or at least end the evening in a better mood.

The Lucky Hammer was patronized almost entirely by men. Wealthy men. Most of them owned the mines that produced the precious metals that her father used in his work. It was here that he did most of his bargaining and deal-making.

Her grandfather, however, had introduced her to some other merchants, and tomorrow when she went to market she would take a side trip to purchase the materials needed for Emella’s order. And, since those merchants were friends of her grandfather but not overly fond of her father, perhaps she could mention her name and see if they knew of her. 

“Emien!” Someone called out in greeting. “How is the jewelry business?”

“Good enough to buy the house a round of stout,” he replied, nodding to the barkeeper.

“And when are you marrying off that pretty daughter of yours?”

“He’s not,” Ciana replied. “I’m considering restarting the Cult of Shenaria.”

A burst of laughter met her reply and her father had no choice but to join in, although she knew he’d likely be taking her to task for it later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 3-26-2022

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).  Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

This snippet picks up from last week’s, from my still unnamed FF vampire novel. It’s also extremely raw (as in I’m pretty much writing this for Rainbow Snippet posts until I get the first draft of a different novel finished) so never mind any head-hopping you’ll see in any snippets. Sam has called her sister for help.

Celia laughed and hooked Sam’s arm with hers, turning her toward the store. “Come on, let’s get you all dolled up. How was she dressed?”

As Sam described the clothes Olivia had been wearing Celia opened the door to the shop. “Sounds about right,” she said, ushering her inside. “I’ve seen people waiting to get inside and it pretty much matches the stuff they were wearing.”

“I have to dress like that?”

“Well, you can’t go in jeans and T shirt.”

“Are you sure?”

But Celia had abandoned her to greet the shop’s owner.

“Linda, this is my sister, Sam,” she said, motioning for Sam to join them. “She got invited to Evernight and has nothing to wear.”

 

 

 

 

 

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