For this week, I thought I’d choose a snippet from Queer Relations, the second story in my Regency romp series, Twelve Letters. Coming of Age, the third story in the series, will be released next Saturday, November 19th, and is currently in the 20% off pre-release/new release sale at JMS Books until November 26th.
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.
The Twelve Letters series is an ensemble piece, but Queer Relations focuses on Percy Havilland, my archetypal Regency himbo. In this snippet, Percy has just received the full impact of a family scandal which threatens to uproot his privileged existence as he indulges in a rare moment of self-reflection.
Percy could not quite recall the short journey to Mayfair, but once there, he found comfort in his familiar, elegant surroundings. Shivering and suddenly chilled, he ordered a bath to be drawn and soon settled in the scented hot water, his arms tightly wrapped around his knees.
His secure and comfortable life seemed like sand slipping through his hands, and he felt as small and vulnerable as the bullied youngest brother he had been at home, or the put-upon shrimp of a boy packed away to boarding school. He had spent most of his childhood either hiding or recovering from the attentions of bullies, including those to whom he was related.
When he had gone up to university at fifteen, he had subsequently shot up in height and filled out from stick-thin to willowy. At this point, the curse of his boyish prettiness developed into startling beauty. Only then did he realize that speculative glances from fellow students and some masters no longer threatened a beating but held the promise of enjoyable physical pastimes.