I have a belated Rainbow Snippet for you today. It should've posted over the weekend...but I didn't manage that!
The Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook asks its members to share six sentence snippets from their work each weekend. Check out the group's Facebook page to read all the snippets and add lots of great books to your TBR. You'll find all sorts of books with the common thread that the main character identifies as LGBTQ.
This month, I'm sharing some snippets from A Harmony of Fire and Earth, the second book in the Elemental Magicae duology. This book picks up right where A Dance of Water and Air ends (if you don't want spoilers, proceed with caution!). Arden and Edmund have reached relative safety in Edmund's home kingdom and are preparing for their wedding, but as personally happy as they are, they know their countries are still in danger. They believe there is a way to protect them, but they need powerful wielders of Earth and Fire magic to help. Arden sends for two he trusts—Rhys and Briallen—and they bring Gaz, a powerful Fire wielder, with them. Rhys fell in love with Gaz a long time ago, but his friend doesn't know it. And almost no one, including Rhys, knows that Gaz is actually Prince Gareth, Edmund's brother long thought dead and in hiding for his own safety. Gareth agrees to return home to help his brother, knowing that it could put him in danger and destroy the relationship he begins with Rhys along the way. In this snippet, Edmund and Arden get a look at each other right before their wedding ceremony.
“What?” Without waiting for an answer, he turned, and everything stopped, everything faded away. He wasn’t even breathing.
Arden stood in a doorway watching Edmund. He’d managed to combine Thalassa’s current fashions with some from Aither into an icy blue and silver wedding outfit, flattering to his lithe frame, which would surely be copied by tomorrow. Edmund hadn’t had any doubts Arden could bend anything to his will, including this. His copper curls were crowned by a glittering tiara that had been in Edmund’s family for years and yet seemed made for Arden. Arden looked at him with a small, soft smile on his face.
He came to Edmund and took his hands. “Breathe, love.”
Edmund chuckled with Arden. “Not my fault. Look at you.”
“I’m too busy looking at you.”
He raised Arden’s hands to his lips. “We’re getting married today.”
“Yes, we are.” Arden’s smile was brilliant and open and just for Edmund. He squeezed Edmund’s hands.