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.
A Dance of Water and Air, the first book in my Elemental Magicae series, was published five years ago today, so I wanted to share some snippets with you to mark the anniversary. In A Dance of Water and Air, Prince Edmund has no choice but to make an alliance marriage with the queen of the neighboring country, but when he arrives there, everything seems just a little off. Edmund finds himself becoming closer to the queen's brother, Arden, eventually falling in love with him. When Edmund is framed for an attempt on the queen's life. Edmund and Arden flee together. They have to find a way to save Edmund and both of there kingdoms, and if they can, they just might manage to be together too. This week's snippet is Edmund and Arden's first kiss. Edmund has been accused of trying to kill the queen and thrown in the dungeon, and Arden comes for him.
Arden rushed forward and pulled Edmund into a kiss, a kiss that tasted of fear and desperation and a brilliant sweetness underneath the rest. The suddenness of it, the impulsivity of Arden’s kissing him in front of others—in a dungeon of all places—froze Edmund for half a second, but then he was kissing Arden back, and he never wanted to stop. Edmund brought his hands up and held on to Arden’s arms with chilled fingers, anchoring Arden’s slim, strong body to his. The feel of it went a long way toward warming Edmund through.
A soft noise filtered into Edmund’s consciousness, past the overwhelming feel and taste and scent of Arden. Arden stiffened slightly and broke the kiss, pulling back and releasing his hold on Edmund. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have—”
“Well, not here anyway.”