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.
I decided to share a few snippets from The Merchant's Love this month because it's four year book birthday is June 18th. I always call this book a warm hug in book form because that's how it's always felt to me (and what I needed when I was writing it). It's the story of Faelen, a demisexual bookish royal, falling in love over books and baked goods with Maxen, a bisexual merchant who is utterly besotted with him from the start. There's also some family drama and a bit of magic gone wrong. I've skipped ahead quite a bit this week. I did some baking in honor of Faelen and Maxen's anniversary and thought this snippet the perfect one to go with the cinnamon rolls I made. (I went long again—I'm sorry! I promise I'll stick to the line requirements next week!)
Faelen hadn’t thought he’d be hungry after the filling stew, but the pastry was warm and smelled delicious...perhaps he might have room for something sweet.
Outside, Maxen grinned and pressed a kiss to his temple. “I know how you love your sweets. Go ahead.”
Faelen blushed, even as a delightful shiver traveled through him from the place Maxen’s lips had been so briefly. He ducked his head, letting his hair fall forward to shield his face.
“All right, Fae?”
At Maxen’s concerned tone, Faelen looked up at him. He didn’t want Maxen concerned for him now. “Fine. Should we go?”
Maxen looked at him for another few breaths and then nodded. He held his hand out and Faelen put his in it, letting Maxen tangle their fingers together.