It’s always exciting to share a Rainbow Snippet from a new release. The Long Game, my new 18th-century story set in the artistic salons, gaming hells and political turmoil of London is out this weekend, so I had to pick a snippet from it!
This story is available at all outlets and is currently in the 20% off new release sale at JMS Books. As part of the JMS Books Advent Calendar event, it will be a free download for one day only on Friday, December 16th. It’s worth checking out the JMS Books website throughout the month until December 24th as there will be a recently published story available for free each day. Free books, what’s not to love!
Authors who take part in Rainbow Snippets each weekend are encouraged to post a few lines from one of their stories on their blog and then link back to the group post on Facebook. I always enjoy joining in with Rainbow Snippets, especially to read and comment on everyone else’s choice of snippet.
This snippet is taken from the middle of The Long Game, about the love affair between Joshua Jones, an aspiring artist and young man of colour and Frank Bartlett, an older man and seasoned diplomat, at home amongst the highest political circles.
After trying to carry on with his diplomatic tasks during an illness, Frank collapsed, and his loyal servant, John together with Joshua, nursed him through the fever crisis. Once Frank regains consciousness, Joshua has to think fast in order to deal with the impatient patient…
Joshua walked into the bedroom with the bowl and placed it on the side table. The heartfelt joy of seeing Frank wide awake and fully conscious was tempered by his lover’s obstinate expression.
Frank rasped, “Where is John with the hot water to shave me? And where the hell are my clothes? I have to go out!”
Joshua perched on the edge of the bed. “And good afternoon to you, too, Frank. How pleasant to see that you have finally decided to live. John, being a man of good sense, has taken the precaution of concealing your linen. And if you don’t remain in bed, I’ll personally supervise your clothes to be burned.”