Happy weekend, everyone. Welcome to another week of Rainbow Snippets, the group where authors post links to 6-line teasers from LGBTQI WIPs, published works, or recommendations. Check out the Facebook group HERE for lots of sneaky peeks at great reads.
This week I have more from my 2016 thriller romance, Cervena, set in Prague. Hubs and I went there for a city break in around 2003, and I remember it rained a lot. We found it to be a fascinating city, though.
Anyway, in last week’s snippet, MC Joel Jones described what he saw when he first met homeless Russian, Sasha. After giving Sasha some food, Joel considers offering him a job as a dancer in the club. The snippet is a bit more than 6 lines as a lot of is short bits of dialogue.
“Can you dance?”
“Yes. I love dancing.”
“Look, I can’t promise anything, but I might have something for you. Do you know what kind of club this is?”
Sasha nodded. “For gay men.”
“And we have dancers to entertain the crowds. Strippers.”
“And you’d consider that?”
I had to wonder whether Sasha was so desperate he’d agree to anything, but I decided if I watched him dance with the crowd, rather than on a podium, at least I’d be able to gauge his reaction to it all. “Come with me. You need to take a shower and get into some clean clothes.”
Sasha flushed and hung his head. “I’m sorry about my appearance.”
“That wasn’t a criticism. How long have you been living on the streets?”
“Two years off and on. Work’s hard to find for someone who didn’t graduate and has no fixed address. There are more people than jobs as it is. Sometimes I was able to get rooms but not often. It’s been a couple of months since I had either work or a bed for the night.”
When Joel Jones finds homeless Russian, Sasha, outside his gay nightclub in Prague, he cannot find it in his heart to turn him away, so he offers him a home and a job as a dancer and stripper.
Despite a fifteen-year age gap, romance develops between them, but is interrupted when Joel has to return to England for many weeks to deal with a death in the family.
Upon Joel’s return, he is horrified to discover his business partner, Karel, has gambled away the club’s money and put them all at risk. Joel buys him out of the club, but when Karel continues to gamble, the people he owes pursue Joel for the debt instead—and they’ll stop at nothing to get paid.
Suddenly Joel and those he cares about—especially Sasha—are in danger, and Joel finds himself with no choice but to seek the help of known criminal, Vincenc Jankovic. Ensuring a happy future for himself and Sasha will mean a struggle and some difficult decisions, but Joel is determined to protect what they’ve built together.