Hey, Snippetteers. I hope you’re all having a great weekend. I’ve been hiking for a good part of the day so am ready to put my feet up and read everyone’s snippets. I only got around to reading last week’s a couple of days ago!
If you’re new to Rainbow Snippets, this is the place where authors post links to 6-line teasers from LGBTQIA stories. Check out the group HERE.
For the past few weeks I’ve been posting snippets from my recent FREE release, What’s Up, Pussycat? If it’s on your TBR list, don’t hesitate to grab a copy – it won’t cost you a penny! 😀
As for this week, I have something BRAND NEW for you. Literally, so new I’ve only written one chapter so far. I have no blurb, no title, and only a rough outline. So if there are typos, grammar failings, or anything else, please squint your way through that bit! It will of course be tweaked, twisted, and edited to within an inch of its life before it sees the light of day.
Some of you will know I will be trekking up Africa’s highest mountain, and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world – Kilimanjaro – in October. The trip of a lifetime, something I’ve been planning for two years, and actually booked on my birthday in October in 2015. Now it’s only 8 weeks away and training is taking up a lot of time. However, I’d always planned to write a book about the experience, using the setting and adventure of it all for the backdrop for boy-meets-boy and falls in love on the mountain. Allow me to introduce you to my MC, Ashley “Ash” Tomlinson. This is the very first few lines of the story. Ash’s best friend Dave doesn’t have much faith.
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“I’m gonna do that.” I leaned forward in my chair and stared fixedly at the TV, my beer forgotten. “It’s about time I got off my ass and did something interesting.”
“Right.” My best friend, Dave, drained his can of Bud and belched loudly. “I can just see you doing that, man. You’re about as fit as me.”
“I can get fit. It’s not like I’d do it next week. I mean in a few months, or a year.”
“Okay.” Dave rolled his eyes. He was used to me getting ideas about things I wanted to do and never getting around to it, but this was different. It was the second time I’d watched the program, and I’d been interested the first time, but circumstances hadn’t permitted me to consider it then.
As a group of celebrities climbed Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world, raising millions for charity, I imagined myself following in their footsteps. Their event had been years earlier, and I remembered watching it at the time, and making a donation to their cause. They struggled and complained at times, but ultimately succeeded in getting to the summit and raising a ton of money. Could I really do it?