Saturday, May 20, 2017

Rainbow Snippet May 20th

Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).

In this group you’ll find anything from romance and historical fiction to mystery and YA. The common thread is that every story’s main character identifies as LGBTQ+. The snippets could range from zero flames to full-on sexytimes, anything goes content-wise. The only rule is snippets will be 6 sentences long–one for each color in the Pride flag.

I would invite everyone to please come check out the Rainbow Snippets group, click on a link, read and comment on the writing available and get involved yourselves in this awesome exercise. The link to the group can be found HERE.  The following Snippet is from Guitars and Choices, the sequel to my debut novel Guitars and Cages. Both will be available on May 26th.  In this snippet, I pick up about a half page away from last weeks, still in the barn, but closer to learning why he's scared. 

They made it halfway through the barn, Earl keeping his conversation light, talking about the general condition and how the old, moldy straw would need to be removed. Asher began to relax, even began to take note of some of the damage, when his eyes landed on the old bullwhip.

Before he realized what was happening, he was trying to bolt for the exit, only to have Earl grab his arm, the older man’s grip like steel from years of toiling on his own ranch.

Asher panted, eyes wide, while Earl looked around, his shrewd gray eyes finally landing on the whip.

“Want me to get rid of that thing?” Earl asked gruffly.

Asher couldn’t find his voice, could only nod. 


  1. The picture of his past is starting to form. (Good thing Earl has good reflexes to catch him before he could bolt.)

  2. Oh, wow, such tension, followed by relief! Congrats on your upcoming release!

  3. What an intense moment! Love the suddenness of it.

  4. Obviously there's a history with bullwhips and Earl's smart enough to see the problem. Great snippet, Layla.

  5. Intense - I liked that Earl figured out what spooked Asher.

  6. Sound like Asher has a ways to go to become whole again.

  7. Looks like Asher has some bad stuff in his history. :-/