Saturday 2 July 2016

Rainbow Snippet 2nd/3rd July

Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook Group that invites authors to post six sentences of their work each weekend. It can be from anything you like, your current WIP, a recent release, the golden oldie that even you had forgotten you had written, or just a scrap of an idea (as long as it has six coherent sentences). Nothing of your own work worth mentioning? How about a six sentence review of your favourite LGBTQ+ story.


It's been a couple of weeks since I posted a snippet. I’ve had visitors and knew I wouldn’t have time and, tbh, I’ve been in a bit of a writing sulk which I’m hoping to emerge from. I do have two books out this month – Choosing Home and Returning Home, but this snippet is from my WIP, again set in Scotland, but in a different location. This snippet is from the first time Connor Sinclair sees Duncan McLeod, owner of a cattle ranch in the Highlands of Scotland. Connor is a clothes designer visiting his sister to finalise ideas for her wedding and bridesmaid dresses, and originally from Scotland himself, but now living in London. I wanted to write a cowboy story with a difference so came up with this. This is a first draft.


“Now, remember be nice. Duncan’s a bit of an old school gentleman, always polite using Sir and Ma’am. The visitors love it but he doesn’t put it on. That’s who he is. I don’t think I’ve ever heard him say anything rude about anyone even when he’s sorely tried. He doesn’t ever cuss or swear either.”

Connor couldn’t wait to meet this paragon of virtue. Did people like him really exist? The door to the house flung open and a vision strode out. Tall, dark, and handsome, dressed in a sky blue and white plaid shirt tucked into jeans held up by a belt with a buckle which looked suspiciously like a highland cow. The outfit was finished off with real cowboy boots and he carried a Stetson.

“Fuck me.” The words escaped Connor’s mouth before he could stop them. He’d always had a soft spot for a cowboy and he had no doubt he could give this one the ride of his life.
Currently, the WIP is at 37,000 words but there is more story to write yet so it should be over 60,000 in the end but we'll see.