Rainbow Snippet March 3-4

This week’s Rainbow Snippet is from ONE. I loved writing this book because I was able to imagine myself back in Northern Italy as I wrote it.  I would close my eyes and be right back where the story idea started, a warm sunny day, traveling on a ferry to Bellagio. My partner loves to tease me when she notices I’m distracted by a story idea. A writer herself she is always tolerant of my mental wanderings. I hope you enjoy this snippet. Mac and Lana will always be one of my favorite couples. 

From ONE:

Mac strolled over to stand in front of her. She set her legs wide. “How’d you know you’d catch up with me?” She flicked the zipper on Lana’s jacket with her finger. “You always ride crazy?”

“I didn’t.” She tipped her chin at Mac. “And yes, if I have to.”

Pushback. Mac grasped the zipper pull and eased the zipper down one notch at a time, stopping before Lana’s breasts spilled out. Nothing on underneath. “What if you’d killed yourself?”

Lana looked into Mac’s eyes, her gaze steady. “You’re worth the risk.” She rested her hand on top of Mac’s and forced the zipper the rest of the way down, exposing herself.

Me worth death? Losing a job? Losing money? Mac looked away from Lana’s eyes. “You sure?”

Lana clasped Mac’s hand and brought it to her breast. “Quite.”

 

 

 

Rainbow Snippets 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 the 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.  You can follow this link and check out the rest of the fantastic snippets available each week. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RainbowSnippets/

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 swilling gallons of hot tea and writing, 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

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ONE  

 

 

 

 

Sum of the Whole 

 

 

 

Dominique and Other Stories

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You are Not Your Paycheck

I want every creative person to write this down and put it where they can see it every day. Because it is the number one way non-creatives assign value to what we do. “How much did you make for that? Did it sell? Are you still wasting your time? Why don’t you get a job?” The hidden message in these type of statements is your worth as a person depends on your ability to make money.

After a steady stream of these types of questions, it is easy to think you are wasting your time, that no one will ever pay for your work, that your work is worthless. None of this is true, the act of creating has value. Letting other people suggest that you have no value as a person because you don’t make money with your creative work, is ridiculous, but oh so easy to believe. Stop. Don’t listen. You are not your paycheck. You have value. Your work has value. Do not let other people derail your creative endeavors. So what if you choose to spend your time writing, taking photographs, painting, drawing, or making collages? So what?  Hold fast to your creativity. Hold fast to your dreams. Hold fast to your own values and beliefs. Do not let other people stifle you.

This waterfall starts somewhere as a little trickle. Keep going. 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet February 24-25

A little more from the collection of short stories that started it all. Natalie is my favorite story in the collection. I hope you enjoy this weeks snippet. 

From Natalie: 

“I’ll take that glass of wine now.”

Liv poured a glass for Natalie and patted the barstool beside her own. Natalie turned in her seat to press her thigh against Liv’s knee.

Natalie took a sip of her wine. “Mmm. Nice choice.” She picked up Liv’s hand and kissed the palm, settling it on her thigh. Liv basked in approval as Natalie smoothed her hand over Liv’s shoulder. “Did I hurt you?”

“No more than I wanted.” Liv touched Natalie’s cheek. “No more than I’ve craved.” She dropped her head, shy after her admission.

Natalie brought her fingers up. Tilting Liv’s face to hers, she whispered against her lips. “No, love, don’t hide from me. Let me see your lovely eyes.”

Obedient, Liv looked into Natalie’s eyes, showing her desire and hoping it was all that Natalie might ever want and need.

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I can never keep my posts to six sentences but Rainbow Snippet is a blast. Check out the group on Facebook. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RainbowSnippets/

Rainbow Snippets 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 swilling gallons of hot tea and writing, 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: Writing While Distracted

Books available at

Amazon

NineStar Press

ONE  

Sum of the Whole 

Dominque and Other Stories

 

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Bright Jewels on a Dreary Day

Some photos from my trip last October to Vancouver. It is a wet rainy day here, and looking through these images made my day a little brighter. I hope these photos brighten your day too. 

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

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 swilling gallons of hot tea and writing, 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: Writing While Distracted

Books available at

Amazon

NineStar Press

ONE  

Sum of the Whole 

 Dominque and Other Stories

 

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Rainbow Snippet February 17-18

Hello and welcome to the middle of February. Today’s Rainbow Snippet is from my first novel, Sum of the Whole. 

Sarah pressed harder against Jaya’s leg and tipped her head back, eyes closed. Jaya rocked her hips, pushing back against Sarah. A shout in the distance made her stop.

Sarah looked up, her eyes glassy with desire. “What?”
“I heard…” Jaya released Sarah and steadied her.
“Here, girl! Here, Sassy!”
They broke apart. A beagle puppy jumped on Sarah. Sarah leaned down and scooped the puppy up and held her close. The owner arrived, visibly out of breath. He skidded to a stop on the gravel. A pink leash and collar dangled from his hand. Jaya blew out a breath and tried to smooth her expression.

“Sorry. She slipped her leash. Thank you.” The man spoke to Sarah, avoiding Jaya’s eyes.

“No worries. She’s a sweet girl.” Sarah rubbed the puppy’s head and handed the dog back to her owner. He stuffed the leash into his pocket and headed down the path. Jaya flopped on the bench and groaned. Sarah walked over and settled herself on Jaya’s lap. Scooting her hips, she pressed and rubbed against Jaya before she tucked herself into her arms. Jaya sighed and wished she could summon a djinn to spirit them away, like the stories her mother used to tell.

“I have to teach in an hour, but I would love to continue this discussion.” Sarah kissed her way along Jaya’s neck. Jaya hugged her close.

“Name the place.” Jaya pulled back to look into Sarah’s eyes. “And please can it be somewhere with a bed?”

“Yes. A bed would be nice. If you don’t mind grad school chic, what are you doing tonight?”

“Showing you how much I missed you.” Jaya pulled Sarah into a fierce kiss and Sarah melted against her.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RainbowSnippets/

Rainbow Snippets 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 swilling gallons of hot tea and writing, 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:Writing While Distracted

Books available at

Amazon

NineStar Press

ONE  

Sum of the Whole 

Dominque and Other Stories

 

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What to do when you don’t know what to do

February is difficult for me. It is always cold, cloudy, snowy, icy, and/or rainy. I struggle with grief as it is the anniversary month of several deaths, both family, and friends. I struggle to find my center and don’t know what to do with myself. I usually cope by writing, immersing myself in a world of my own making, where no one dies unless I want them to. This year my timing is a bit off because of some health issues I had in December. So I’m at the brainstorming part of my next book but not ready to write. I haven’t known what to do with my grief, anger, overwhelm, anxiety and stress. I found the answer in an article about resilience. As a parent, I want to model resilience for my kids so they will have an understanding of how to cope with life.  I tell my kids all the time. Don’t worry about things you can’t control. Do your best with the things you can control.

I took my own advice and I made two lists: Things I Can’t Control, and a list of Things I Can Control. Here are some of my entries: I can’t control the weather, other people’s behavior, time, space, the events of the world, or reviewers (for the authors out there). I can control what I eat, what I read, what I listen to, what I do with my time, the way I speak with other people, how I listen, and who I spend time with.

Listing calmed me, reminded me I am in control of the things that can help with the rawness that February brings. If you are as discomforted by February as I am I hope this post helps.  If you are struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts contact this hotline. Call. Text. Use online chat. Reach out.

1-800-273-8255

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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Rainbow Snippet Feb 10-11

Hello and welcome to this weeks Rainbow snippet. More from my novel One. I loved writing this novel because it was like traveling to Italy all over again.

Mac placed the white pastry box on the table. She untied the blue and white ribbon and opened the box and pulled back the wax paper. The cannoli were nestled together and the scent of them filled the air.

Lana picked up the ribbon and wound it through her fingers. “Mmmm. I know this place. What kind did you get?”

“Two traditional and two pistachio chocolate chip.”
Lana’s face was hard to see in the light and Mac wished she could watch her expression as she took the first bite of her cannoli. The tender pastry cracked and a bit of filling squeezed out and onto the corner of Lana’s mouth. Mac wanted to slide over and kiss the sweet cream off Lana’s lips before taking her back to her room and feasting on her body till dawn. She scooted closer on the bench. Lana turned her face to Mac, her eyes wide in the dim light. Mac reached over and used her finger to wipe the spot of filling off the corner of Lana’s mouth. She reached up and caught Mac’s hand and pulled it to her mouth. She licked the filling off Mac’s finger, the touch of her tongue quick and light.

    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 swilling gallons of hot tea and writing, 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:Writing While Distracted

Books available at

Amazon

NineStar Press

ONE  

Sum of the Whole 

Dominque and Other Stories

Rainbow Snippets 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.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RainbowSnippets/

 

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Creativity: Habit or Gift?


One of the questions writers hear over and over is: Where do you get your ideas?, often followed by the statement: I’m just not creative. I don’t have a hard time answering the first. I get my ideas from everything I see, read, experience, and bits of the world I discover, often while looking for something else. Like this picture of my grandmother and her best friend.

One day I will tell a story about this photo. I found it looking through a photo album at my mother’s house.  I made a copy of the photo and added it to my flat file where I keep bits and pieces of ideas until I have enough to put together a project. 

The second statement is so hard to hear. I detest the idea that creativity is a gift. I don’t think it is, because there are so many ways to be creative. It is not only writing, drawing, or painting or any of traditional ideas of what being creative means. Being creative is allowing yourself time to think, to do something only you could produce with your thoughts, and hands, and time.

Lack of time is the greatest barrier to creativity. If you want to create you have to set time aside to think, to plan, to play with your ideas, and to experiment. If you want to create make a plan, schedule it into your life. Set aside time to think and discover. Anyone can create. Fine arts are only one aspect of creativity. Do you like to make changes and adapt recipes? That is being creative. Do you spend time decorating your home or planting a garden? That is being creative. Creativity is what happens when you stop and let yourself imagine, and dream. Give yourself permission to look at life sideways. Take the walk, visit the museum, read, and absorb the world around you. Creativity is a habit. It is work. Rewarding, delightful, soul filling work. Do the work. 

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Rainbow Snippet February 3

Happy Sunday! Sending everyone positive energy and hope you all have an amazing week. This week’s snippet is from a collection of short stories. I love short stories, writing   them and reading them. 

From Genevieve: 

Dar volunteered to take Bobby to daycare every day, but she didn’t see Genny again until Friday morning. On her way back from the house, Dar dropped her keys. Skittering on the driveway, the keys slid under her car.

“Fuck.” Even with her long reach, Dar was going to have to lie down on the driveway to reach them. Stretching out on the blacktop, she extended an arm and grabbed the errant jumble of metal. Hearing the sudden crunch of shoes on gravel, Dar paused, and then pushed herself out from under the car. The black pumps were inches from her face. She looked up as Genny squatted down next to her.

“You okay?” From her spot on the ground, Dar could see the bright red lace Genny had on under her tight skirt. Genny stood up and stepped back.

“Dropped my keys.” Dar pushed up from the driveway, dropping her keys again in the process. Embarrassed, Dar stood up, gripping them hard.

“You have some dirt here.”

Dar’s nipples hardened as Genny stepped close. Reaching up, she brushed Dar’s face with her fingertips. Dar’s cheeks burned as Genny trailed her fingers down her face. She let them rest on Dar’s lips, and Dar trembled under Genny’s touch. They locked gazes.

Genny’s amber eyes held Dar open and exposed. Slowly, she pressed the length of her body against Dar. Mesmerized, Dar watched Genny’s tongue slide over her lower lip, the blood-red paint glistening. Dar clenched her hands. The keys dug into her palm. She ached with need and desire. Not here.  You can’t grab this woman and kiss her right here. She dropped her gaze.

Genny stepped back, lowering her hand. “Sorry. I guess we’ll both be late.”

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I hope you enjoyed this week’s snippet. Please check out their Facebook page. 

Rainbow Snippets 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.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RainbowSnippets/

 

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, is One, published by NineStar Press.  When she is not swilling gallons of hot tea and writing, 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:Writing While Distracted

Books available at

Amazon

NineStar Press

ONE  

Sum of the Whole 

Dominque and Other Stories

 

 

 

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Interview with Hannah Carmack: Seven Sided Spy

The lovely Hannah Carmack is on the blog today answering some questions about her writing process. Her novel Seven Sided Spy, out now and available from NineStar Press and other e-book retailers is fresh, intriguing, and fun. If you are a fan of Spy vs Spy thrillers and Kathrine Dunn’s Geek Love, this book is for you. 

Here are Hannah’s answers about her writing process. 

  1. Where is your favorite place to write?

I hate to admit it, but I’m one of those people that basically owns and operates from their bedroom, so if I’m writing I’m likely at my sewing desk, or sitting on my bed.

  1. Do you write to music? Is there a playlist for Seven Sided Spy?

Yes! I feel like it’s becoming more and more popular to write/publish with music. I mean, Steve Almond did it, so why can’t we? The playlist I listened to while writing SEVEN-SIDED SPY was called KGB Pissbabies, which honestly could have been the name of the book, HA. But, I’ve also put out a new playlist to listen along with while you read. That can be found on my Spotify here

  1. How did you research the settings/time period for Seven Sided Spy?

I was fortunate in that I started writing this while in school. So my research process was going to my AP US History course for 45 minutes a day. On top of that there were case-by-case basis where I’d do a bit more digging, i.e. cars of the time period, music, weapons, so on and so forth. J

  1. If you could time travel what time period would you travel to?

Funny you should mention time travel. If you’ve read SEVEN-SIDED SPY, then you know future sight, backwards sight, it’s all a bit dangerous. If given the option, I’d probably stay right here and not risk fucking up the timeline by going to the past or ruining my ambition by traveling to the future.

  1. What is your favorite genre to read?

I love reading contemporary. I write a lot of “high-concept” genre stuff, but I do have a deep appreciation for a basic, down-to-earth real-world based story. They’re easy to read and tend to make me think.

  1. Pantser or plotter?

This is one of the questions you get a lot as a writer, and I cannot stress enough the benefits of being a plotter. Pantsing is fun for first drafts, but when you get down to the knitty-gritty, having an outline is IMMENSELY helpful in long-term planning.

 

Hannah Carmack enjoys volunteer work and spends most of her time working for the organization STEM Read, connecting reluctant readers and bookworms alike to the world of literature and science. Her debut novel Seven-Sided Spy will be hitting shelves this January with NineStar Press. You can find out about her other works at www.hannahcarmack.com

Teaser: In the midst of the cold war, the CIA’s finest and most fatal female agent, Diana Riley, vanishes. Kidnapped by the KGB and taken to the backcountry of North Carolina, she and her team of unsavory partners are forced to undergo illegal experimentation.

But, when the experiments leave them horribly deformed and unable to reenter society without someone crying monster, the previously glamorous and high-maintenance spies must escape KGB captivity and avoid recapture at the hands of Nikola, a ruthless KGB agent with an intense and well-justified grudge against her former flame.

Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37562881-seven-sided-spy

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Hannah-Carmack/e/B078PYSSSG/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Nine Star Press: https://ninestarpress.com/product/seven-sided-spy/

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