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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. I have to admit that I have not, as yet, seen any readers opening dialogues or discussions. Maybe you can be the first? Doesn’t have to be on mine; there are many to choose from.

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.

 

Last week, we met Shade, and this week, we’ll meet his champion. I’ve had to take liberties with the number of setntences, but I think Dory deserves it. Penny, the manager of the Children’s Home has just asked Dory to be Shade’s champion.

Dorien shrugged. “Sure, if you won’t hold me responsible when they fuck him over.”
“Watch your language, Dorien.”
“What? Everyone says fuck.”
“Not when I can hear it.”
“Whatever. Do we get something nice for dinner, just as a welcome, you know?”
“You always have nice dinners.”
“Meh.”
“I’ll see what I can do.”
Dorien treated her to another of his bright smiles which lit up his lively blue eyes. With his messy blond locks, he looked like an angel but certainly didn’t act like one. She tried very hard not to have favourites among the children, but it was impossible not to like Dorien. Although she wouldn’t admit it to anyone, Penny had always had a soft spot for him, and it hurt her when he had an episode.
“Hey you.” Richard ruffled Dorien’s hair as he passed. “What trouble are you getting into now?”
“None. I’m being a champion. A champion-in-training, at least.”

 

I hope this captures Dory’s sweetness and innocence. We see many other facets to him but he remains, through it all, a child at heart with an overflowing love for life and desire to make it that little bit better for everyone around him.

Now, click on the picture at the top of the post and check out the rest of the snippets for this week. Don’t forget to leave comments on the ones you like because they really are like candy to authors – no, make that coffee/wine and chocolate.