It's weekend, and time for more Rainbow Snippets! 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+
Continuing my first lines theme, I'm sharing the beginning of A Dance of Water and Air today. Dance is the first book in the Elemental Magicae series, currently complete at two books (though I keep thinking I might return to the world one day). In this book, Prince Edmund is sent to a neighboring kingdom to marry its queen but ends up falling in love with her younger brother, Prince Arden. When Edmund is accused of trying to murder the queen, he and Arden flee. They'll have to unravel treasonous plots to save both their kingdoms and find a way to be together. In this snippet, we're in Edmund's point of view. I went a couple of sentences over because I thought it made a better stopping point.
Edmund swam, long limbs slicing through the clear, warm water. His mind quieted in the repetitive motion, in the weightlessness and the comfort of being surrounded by his Element. Everything washed away, leaving him calm and relaxed, the only time he ever was lately.
If only he could stay there.
He imagined it for a moment. Spending his life swimming and sailing. All his time in the soothing embrace of the water, or at the shore or bank, feeling Water’s power, learning to use its magic. It was a lovely dream. A lovely, impossible dream. With that thought, tension—the tension his morning swim had briefly dispelled—came flooding back.