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Rainbow Snippets is a facebook group where members post six sentences of a LGBT work, their own or in promotion of someone else, together with a link to the group page. The link to this post is then posted on the group page.

The idea is that readers go to the thread and sample the work of multiple authors then have the opportunity to open discussions with the authors either on their post or generally.

Today’s snippet comes from my latest release, SHADE’s CHAMPION which is a young adult book about two young people with mental health problems. Here is the blurb

Shade has been kept in the dark for eight long years. Now he’s facing a world that terrifies him. A world that seems to hold no place for him.

When the authorities are unable to find a home for Shade, Penny, reluctantly accepts him into the secure school she manages, despite thinking it’s the wrong place for him. Penny fears for his safety among the other troubled children. In an attempt to forestall the disaster she predicts will happen she appoints one of them as his champion.

Dory, an engaging seventeen year old with mental health issues, is proud to be chosen as Shade’s champion and throws his heart and soul into the job. In doing so he is forced to face the thing he fears most – his own emotions.

An unexpected friendship begins to grow into something more, until a spiteful act tears them apart and leaves them broken.

When Dory falls ill, Shade is forced to face his demons and struggles to find the strength and courage he needs to fight for the right to love, and to be there for his champion when he needs him most.

This time, Dory explains to Shade how he got his name

“It’s the name of a fish, a girl fish. They thought it was funny. They keep teasing me about being a girl.”
“Are you?” Shade sounded surprised and confused.
“Am I what?”
“A girl.”
“No, of course not. You didn’t think I was, did you? I mean… I’ve got long hair but that doesn’t make any difference. I like long hair. You don’t have to be a girl to have long hair.