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.

This week’s sentences, again, come from my short story Kiss Me Kade, which is to be part of an anthology to be put together later this year by the inimitable Miss Rian Duran. I believe there are still opportunities to join the project if anyone is interested.

The project is to write a story between 3k and 15k based (no matter how loosely) on a Shakespeare play. The stories will be edited by Petra Howard from Dragonsfly Edits then collated into an anthology. All proceeds from the anthology will go to It Gets Better Project a charity for troubled LGBT youth.

My story is based on the Shakespeare play The Taming of the Shrew and the title comes from the 1953 film Kiss me Kate with Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson, which was also based on the play.

A very very brief summary of the play is that Lucentio wants to marry Beatrice but her father won’t let her marry unless her older sister Kathryn (Kate) is married first. Lucentio enlists the aid of his friend Petruchio to marry Kate and leave the field free to Lucentio to woo Beatrice. Kate is headstrong and willful and Petruchio resorts to tough measures including withholding sleep and food for days and basically brainwashing in order to ‘tame’ Kate and make her totally submissive. Yeah, lovely guy! My Pete isn’t quite so bad – not quite.

This is the third and final snippet from Kiss me Kade. I hope you enjoy. In the play Petruchio prevents Kate from eating for a few days, by claiming his food wasn’t good enough for her. These days, Pete just steals Kade’s McDonalds. After having eaten half of Kade’s, Pete’s arrives.

Kade ran greedy eyes over the boxed feast. Tentatively, he reached for a piece of popcorn chicken, glancing at Pete for approval. Pete smiled and nodded. Reaching out a second time, Pete covered his hand with his own; not to stop him taking the chicken, but as an intimate gesture that startled Kade, but had his pulse jumping. Kade snatched his hand away and didn’t make any further attempt at sharing Pete’s meal. He picked listlessly at his own, while Pete tucked in heartily.


If anyone is interested in joining the project please contact Rian. The deadline is May, so you have time.