Rainbow Snippet March 24-25

This week’s Rainbow Snippet is from my first novel, Sum of the Whole. I once asked a writer friend which of her many novels was the most difficult to write, and she said “The first one.” Never have truer words been spoken, because no matter how many how-to books you read on writing, at the end of the day you have to find a method that works for you. This novel took me a almost a year to write, the one after that I finished in four months. If you’re struggling to get your novel finished remember the first one is the hardest, so be kind to your self and keep writing.

I hope you enjoy this week’s snippet, and if you are of a mind to read the rest of the story Sum of the Whole is on sale at NineStar Press and Amazon.

From Sum of the Whole: 

“I’ve trained in the arts, Mistress, but I’ve not been requested to serve anyone before tonight.”

“Is that why your collar tag is zero?” Jaya flicked the tag with her finger.

“No, Mistress. We choose our numbers. I choose zero because it is the nothing that is.”


“I exist as I am because you exist. I exist for you to empty yourself into me. I exist for your desires and your pleasure. I am the nothing that is.” Sarah’s voice was steady.

“A philosopher.” She held Sarah’s gaze. “Do you wish to serve me, Sarah?”
Sarah met Jaya’s gaze, the fear in her eyes replaced by boldness and want. “Yes.”

The earnest tone of her voice sent tendrils of desire curling through Jaya. “Strip.”

Rainbow Snippets ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/RainbowSnippets/ )is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).

In this group you’ll find anything from romance and historical fiction to mystery and YA. The common thread is that every story’s main character identifies as LGBTQ+. The snippets could range from zero flames to full-on sexytimes, anything goes content-wise. The only rule is snippets will be 6 sentences long–one for each color in the Pride flag.


Brenda Murphy writes short stories and novels. She is a member of Romance Writers of America. Her nonfiction and short fiction have been published in various collections. Her most recent novel, One was published by NineStar Press. When she is not loitering and writing at her favorite tea shop, she wrangles two dogs, twins, and an unrepentant parrot. She writes about life, books, and writing on her blog, https://www.brendalmurphy.com/blog.html

Website: www.brendalmurphy.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Writing-While-Distracted

Books available at


NineStar Press


Sum of the Whole 

Dominique and Other Stories








8 thoughts on “Rainbow Snippet March 24-25

  1. Wow! That’s hot. I like the Zero back story. Very cool. Thank you for sharing. And your encouraging words are appreciated. I know so many folks who give up and it always makes me sad. I’ve learned to accept that I don’t have a novel in my head, just lots of short stories. Heh… Happy Writing!

  2. Love this–the snippet and the opening paragraph of your post. Thanks for sharing your words of support & encouragement! <3

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