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Rainbow Snippet for 3-6-2021

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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.

Taliya has bought a used space ship, had a few (mis)adventures with it, and has gone to look up an old friend from school for help. This picks up from last week’s snippet, in which Taliya filled Josul in on what’s been happening since she bought the ship.

“All this over a used ship?”

“It used to belong to a smuggler, Derring Hessen, who apparently was carrying something illegal – something that everyone apparently wants to get their hands on, but no one will tell me what it is. And here’s the thing – the ship has been searched by at least two, probably three, different law enforcement agencies and neither one found anything. Not to mention that it would have been checked out by Vastyne’s before it was sold.”

“And Hessen?”

“Cooling his heels somewhere very secure and very secret, accused of smuggling marjicia root. Trouble is, he was picked up several sectors away from Moraze in the Arescar Sector.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 2-27-2021

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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.

Taliya has bought a used space ship, had a few (mis)adventures with it, and has gone to look up an old friend from school for help.

“Yes, me.”

“What did you do?”

“I bought a ship.”

“Hot?”

She shook her head. “I bought it from a reputable dealer. Vastyne’s. The night I took possession, Vastyne’s was blown up. I was questioned and my ship was searched. They found nothing and let me go. I made a shipping run and on the way back I was fired on by an unknown ship. Later I was contacted by Gilles Staunton, who apologized for the ‘misunderstanding’ of one of his ships firing on me. He then offered to buy my ship, but wouldn’t say why. I was going to go the Pendelia Four officials about it, but when I went to meet them they were talking to Gilles Staunton – and seemed very chummy. And the berth I was to set down in was surrounded by armed military craft. And it’s gotten worse from there.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 2-20-2021

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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.

Taliya has bought a used space ship, had a few (mis)adventures with it, and has gone to look up an old friend from school for help. Picking up from last week.

They made small talk until their food arrived and then Josul put a small object on the table. It emitted a silent hum and Taliya winced.

“You’ll get used to it in a few minutes,” he assured her. “It keeps us from being overheard.”

She raised an eyebrow.

“You didn’t come all the way out here to rib me about my love life. What’s wrong?”

Taliya sighed. “I don’t know exactly, but I’m being pursued by several law enforcement agencies and even more crime syndicates.”

He stared at her, his fork halfway to his mouth. “You?”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 2-13-2021

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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.

Picking up from last week: Taliya has gone to an old friend for help.

A short time later the two of them were seated at a back table in a small bar.

“The food’s greasy, but good,” he assured her as she surveyed the dim surroundings before studying the menu. 

“Latest conquest, Josul?” the waitress asked.

Josul colored and Taliya’s lips twitched. 

“Just an old friend,” he muttered, and Taliya burst into laughter.

“I see you haven’t changed.” She shook her head. “For someone who wants to settle down you certainly get around.”

“Yeah, well, I haven’t found the right one yet.”

“But not for lack of trying,” the waitress said. “What can I bring you?”

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 2-6-2021

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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.

I decided to skip way ahead in the story. (Onyx Sun, still in perpetual revisions).

Taliya has bought a used space ship, had a few (mis)adventures with it, and has gone to look up an old friend from school for help.

Her lack of identification signal got her met with suspicion by the Station Master’s office on Lansigan Prime, but they accepted her explanation of electrical problems without comment. This was, after all, the border between tame space and wild space, and no one asked questions – or looked too closely at the answers. 

She sealed the ship and went in search of a public comm station, and a few minutes later Josul answered her call.

“Wha– Taliya?” Confusion showed in his green eyes but as he brushed black bangs in need of a trim out of his eyes he smiled. “Where are you?”

“Lansigan Prime. Am I interrupting something?”

“Nothing important. What are you doing here and where here are you?”

She laughed. “I’m at the station – I just set down an hour or so ago.” She took a deep breath. “Can we meet for lunch somewhere?”

He studied her for a moment. “Yeah. Let me pick you up.”

No questions, she thought as she left the booth. He knows something is wrong.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 1-30-2021

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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.

Skipping ahead a bit. Taliya is meeting with Aelind Osbert, the attorney her mother sent her to about her inheritance.

“Miss Swann. Mr. Osbert is expecting you.”  

The receptionist was efficient, polite to the point of being disrespectful, and Taliya did not even attempt to smile at her; she merely bobbed her head briefly in acknowledgement and opened the door to Aelind Osbert’s office.

Ostentatious was too mild of a word for the décor, but Taliya paid no attention to it; she had long ago learned that the gilded woodwork tended to nauseate her, and the chandeliers induced migraines of epic proportions.

Aelind Osbert rose to meet her as she crossed the red, black, and green hand-woven carpet. He was a short, thin, balding man with a pinched face and a predatory air about him. “Ah, my dear Miss Swann. Please accept my condolences for your loss.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 1-23-2021

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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.

Picking up from last week. Taliya has been talked into having dinner with her friend Belyn.

She settled her craft into the lot next to Curtey’s and powered down, closing her eyes for a moment. She really didn’t want to do this. Wearily she opened the door and was immediately grabbed and pulled from the HoverWing.

“Lady, you are just on the brink of losing it,” Belyn said. “I’m thinking we should skip dinner and just go to my place – I have a bottle of white wine chilling for you and your room is all ready and waiting and stocked with tissues.”

She laughed and hugged him, relaxing into the warmth and soft strength of his embrace. “Oh, no. You promised me dinner at Curtey’s. Besides, I know you want to flirt with Robus. Are you making any headway with him?”

Belyn made a face as he took her arm to escort her into the restaurant. “I’m over him. He’s all looks, no substance.”

“Who’s the current heart throb?”

“There isn’t one. I’ve given up.”

Taliya snorted. “Sworn off men?”

“Love.” He flashed her a grin. “But I’ll be over it by next week.”

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 1-16-2021

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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.

Picking up from last week. Taliya has been talked into having dinner with her friend Belyn.

“Honey, what you need right now is to let go of that control and just… let go.”

She felt tears welling in her eyes. “Not yet, Bel. I know I need to, but just… not yet.”

“All right. Tonight, after dinner, at my place.”

“Your place?”

“You do need a place to stay, don’t you?”

“Belyn, no. I can’t.”

“Of course you can. I won’t take no for an answer. See you at Curtey’s.”

Belyn cut the connection before she could reply and she laughed, shaking her head. She had known Belyn Weaver her entire life and she never had been able to say no to him and make it stick.

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 1-9-2021

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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.

Skipping ahead some from last week. Taliya and her mother have had words and Taliya has walked out of her home, with no plans other than to find Luzita, her lover who her mother sold into slavery. She’s also made plans to have her mother’s household staff hired out from under her, courtesy of a friend who owns the best placement agency on the planet. She has just finished telling him what happened.

“What are you going to do now?” Belyn asked, worry in his brown eyes.

“I don’t know yet, Bel, I just left the house.”

“Well the first thing you’re doing is meeting me at Curtey’s. You need a drink and food, and probably more drink than food.”

Taliya laughed in spite of everything; Belyn was hard to say no to and Curtey’s was one of her favorite restaurants, which he well knew.

“All right,” she agreed. “I’ll meet you for dinner. But no alcohol. I need to stay in control.”

“Honey, what you need right now is to let go of that control and just… let go.”

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 1-2-2021

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Yes! I’m back to posting snippets! It’s been a few months, hasn’t it? (My last post was the end of August, I believe.)

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.

Anyhow, I’m here with snippets from Onyx Sun, a science fiction novel. I’m trying to get it ready for a second round of beta readers (just have a section in the middle to sort out) and my goal is to release it sometime this year.

“We’ve reached an agreement on the contract.”

“When are you coming home?”

“Station morning, as soon as the freighters have set down.”

“When you get back I have another assignment for you. Oh, and your grandmother died yesterday.”

“Pendelia Four is now visible on the monitor.”

The automated voice snapped Taliya Swann back to the present long enough for her to silence it and turn off the view screen. She had neither the need nor the desire to see an image of the planet; not even the thought of being reunited with Luzita could kindle any enthusiasm for her return to her home world.

For the first time since she had received her license she turned control of the company ship over to the port’s computers. The ship had been on autopilot for the entire trip from the Roseeba Sector, and so had she.

 

 

 

 

 

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