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What is Rainbow Snippets? Click on the rainbow to be transported to the Snippet page on Facebook. There you will find links to many wonderful places where you will be teased and tormented by snippets from many wonderful works. This is mine.

This is an exciting time for me. We’re working up to publishing Book III in the Enigma series, which is far and away my favourite series of books I’ve written. (Well, okay it’s the first series I’ve written, but the characters are real and I’m in love with Silver – for real.)

I have only published the first two books so far and have hesitated because I’m cautious about the editing of these books. Because they are being published very kindly by a friend, they are practically self published and therefore the weight of editing is down to me. I’m brassic so I can’t pay for anyone to do it for me, therefore they’re rough and I don’t want people to see Silver and his friends that way. However, the alternative is for people not to see them at all and they are no longer happy about that. Ariel, in particular wants to be SEEN and I can’t deny him for long.

Therefore, Red Haircrow, who is a very talented and dear man has been working hard on new covers. The cover of Book I has already been revealed.

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Soon, the cover of Book II will be revealed and for the following week, leading up to the release of Book III, Books I and II will be free. This is because the series is not stand alone and anyone wanting to buy Book III should really read I and II first.

In preparation for all that, I thought I would introduce some of the characters and situations from the first two books.

Book II Fighting the Man

This is the current cover

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Blurb

Silver has been freed from sexual slavery and settled down with River, who adores his lover and former patient, yet cracks begin to form when the stress of constantly having to care for Silver, start to tell on River. When River’s parents die, leaving him to care for his 12 year old brother, at first, it seems the introduction of the lively twelve year old into the mix will to do them all the world of good. However, when spiteful relatives involve Social Services, the added stress on the papered over cracks threatens to tear them all apart.

Faced with the dilemma of keeping either Ben or Silver at home and sending the other to stay with Sam, a personal friend, River chooses responsibility for his brother over his love and concern for Silver. Things come to a head when a series of misunderstandings lead Silver to believe River doesn’t love him anymore and that everyone is secretly ashamed of him because of his past. After running away, Silver reasons the only place he can fit in is with his own kind and he sets out to search of a new “home.”

At the Theatre de la Vie he meets Tony, a club owner with big ideas, who ‘looks after’ a group of young men who dance and “entertain” patrons of the club. There, among others, Silver finds Ariel, an ephemeral little minx with a knack for getting into trouble, and Asher, a former sex slave like Silver. In Asher, he finds a kindred spirit and soon, finds himself falling for the beautiful, broken boy.

Together, Ariel and Asher show Silver a whole new way of looking at the world, a transformation echoing in the sleeping chrysalis of his soul, and soon his inner self emerges as the beautiful butterfly he was always meant to be. Yet as happy as he is with his new friends, Silver eventually realises his heart lies with River and intends to return to his side, but a shadows of his abusive past return to threaten both a possible reunion and the new friends who would protect Silver.

River learns of the danger, and hurries to add his own support of Silver and reaffirm their love, but is it too late for a chance at happiness together?
In this snippet, which is I’m afraid more than 6 sentences, but there’s nowhere in the book that I can take a sensible six sentence snippet rom I’m afraid,

The snippet picks up after the conference. The social workers have told River that until there has been an investigation Ben and Silver can’t live in the same house. Sam offers to take either for as long as it takes. After a long talk with Sam in which he talks about how torn he is between his young brother and his damaged lover he has a mini rant about “why can Silver be normal and support me for a change instead of me always having to take care of him” which Silver ovehears

Now, we’re in Silver’s head.

It was weird though. In the car. River was weird. He wouldn’t look at me, wouldn’t talk to me. I thought as hard as I could about what I might have done to hurt him. There was only one answer. He must have listened to what they said about me, and realised they were right. He must have seen it. He must have.

I know he loves me. I have always known he loves me, but love is not enough. It’s not enough when the person you love is a rotten, stinking whore. How could he ever be proud of me like I am of him? How could he make me part of his life, introduce me to his friends, his family…anyone, knowing what I am? He must be so ashamed of me.

I haven’t thought about that before; about the other people in River’s life. Apart from Sam, he has never introduced me to any of them. I hadn’t realised it was because he was ashamed of me. I should have. I should have thought. I should have seen. It makes me feel…sad inside.

And then…when we got back to Sam’s house he wouldn’t speak to me at all. He hid away with Sam and I got scared. I knew. I knew something was horribly wrong but I couldn’t…I couldn’t do anything about it.

I heard the things he said; the things he said about me. He thinks I’m weak. He thinks he has to take care of me and he hates it─ he hates me. He didn’t say it, but I could hear it in his voice. Has he been lying to me all this time, when he said he loved me? Has he been playing some kind of game with me? Why? Why has he done this to me?