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Rainbow Snippets 5/5

Happy snippets day! I’m head down and writing these days, focusing still on a contemporary novel called Mergers & Acquisitions. I make slow progress this time of year, so you’ll be seeing snips from this novel for a few more weeks at least.

Today we have Teague, an attorney who works for a high-powered New York Law firm, whose biggest deal blew up the day before and who is now a little hung over. Just a little.

Fucking hell, morning came early.

Teague groaned and rolled over, the sunlight blasting through his half-closed shades threatening to cleave his skull right in two.

Fucking hell, his head hurt.

He pulled his phone off the nightstand and looked at it. Nine-thirty? Jesus. He’d better get up, right? He was already late to his own firing.

~Mergers & Acquisitions by Jodi Payne

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If you don’t know, 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. It can be a work-in-progress, a finished work or even a six-sentence book recommendation. 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+.

Rainbow Snippets 4/27

Happy snippets day! Today’s snip is from a contemporary novel I’m writing called Mergers & Acquisitions. Jason (aka Dallas, Jason’s dancer persona) is an exotic dancer at a gay nightclub in Hell’s Kitchen. In this scene, Jason and his friend Diego are headed into the nightclub through the side entrance before their shift.

This is more than six sentences, but it’s dialogue so… I know, still cheating. Sorry!


“Come on in, ladies.” The security guard stepped out of their way.

Jason winked. “That’s ‘cowboy’, actually.”

“Oh yeah? Yeehaw, then.” The security guy didn’t even crack a smile.

“Oh, Jackson.” Diego gave the man a poke in the chest and then looked at Jason. “He’s a big softie, honey, don’t let him fool you.”

“Yippee ki-yay.” Jason smiled at Jackson and tipped his imaginary hat. Still not one hint of a smile. Wow.

Jackson blinked at him slowly and he bet the man was stoned. “Bruce Willis.”

“What?”

“That’s not cowboy, that’s Bruce Willis.”

“Oh. But I thought—” Shit, I’m too Brooklyn to be a cowboy. “Thanks.”

~Mergers and Acquisitions by Jodi Payne

Have a great week!

Follow me on FB HERE, or on Twitter, HERE.

To read a wide variety of samples of LGBTQ+ fiction, go to HERE.

If you don’t know, 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. It can be a work-in-progress, a finished work or even a six-sentence book recommendation. 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+.

Rainbow Snippets 3/24

Rainbow Snippets – Jodi Payne

It’s snippets day! Today’s snip is from a holiday story I’m writing called A Whole Latke Love. Matt is an attorney attending his office holiday party, and Ethan is a former one night stand that turns out to be catering the event. Oops. Or is there more to them than one night after all?


Ethan watched Matt leave, watched that dreamy ass walk out of the room, feeling like he’d finally drawn the winning lotto number… like he’d just won BINGO the hard way. If this were Atlantic City, there’d be nickels pouring out of his slot machine right now.

Fuck, yes.

That incredible lay from a month ago, the one he couldn’t get out of his mind, the one that he’d gone back to that bar six times to find again… That sweet, hot guy just showed up out of fucking nowhere.

Even better, Matt wanted to get together again. He was so getting laid tonight.



Have a great week!

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To read a wide variety of samples of LGBTQ+ fiction, go to HERE.

If you don’t know, 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. It can be a work-in-progress, a finished work or even a six-sentence book recommendation. 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+.

Rainbow Snippets 3/10 #rainbowsnippets

For those of you that don’t know, 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. It can be a work-in-progress, a finished work or even a six-sentence book recommendation. 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+.

This is the first six(ish) lines of a WIP I’m writing as a holiday short and the scene takes place at an office holiday party. Matt is an attorney who works there, and Ethan is with the caterer for the party.


Matt set his plate down at the far end of a counter so he’d be out of the way, then cut a big bite of latke, scooped up some apple sauce with it, and put it in his mouth.

“Oh, yum. Mm-mm-mm.” Crunchy, a little garlicky, fried just perfectly. He took another bite. “Oh man.”

“Everything okay, sir?”

Startled, he turned abruptly with his mouth still full and looked right into a pair of sweet blue eyes. Sweet, familiar blue eyes.

He quickly finished chewing. “Ethan?”

“Matt? Oh my God!”

Oh shit.


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Rainbow Snippets – 3/3

Hello again all!

For those of you that don’t know, Rainbow Snippets says it “is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of original fiction. Every story’s main character identifies as LGBTQ+.”

This is the first six (it’s seven, pretend it’s six) lines from a current WIP I’m working on with BA Tortuga, tentatively titled Wrecked. I’m not going to tell you too much about it, but Beckett Adler is an attorney living in Vermont and working in Middlebury.

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The offices of Walker and Adler, LLP closed early on Fridays. That was one of the perks of practicing law in Vermont, weekends were sacred. There were other perks–it was perfectly acceptable to show up late because there was fresh powder on the mountain, you could bring your dog to the office, and you only had to wear a suit on court days.

Of course, the rules, such as they were, didn’t concern Beckett Adler too much since he was the boss.

Beckett locked up and stepped out into the brisk afternoon, but the chill in the air didn’t keep him from stopping by the hardware store for varnish and a couple of foam brushes. In a month or so he’d get his boat back to Lake Champlain. His weekend plans included refinishing the tiller and the cleats, and maybe starting on the companionway.

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Rainbow Snippets – Feb 24

RAINBOW SNIPPETS 2/24

Hello again all!

For those of you that don’t know, Rainbow Snippets says it “is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of original fiction. Every story’s main character identifies as LGBTQ+.”

It’s been a while since I posted one of these, and I miss doing them!

This is a snip from my current WIP, tentatively titled Mergers and Acquisitions. Jason is a stripper that goes by Dallas at a club in Hell’s Kitchen (New York City) and Teague is an attorney who is this close to making partner at his high powered law firm. Teague’s had a bad day and ends up at Jason’s (Dallas’) club. It’s a tiny bit more than six lines, but some of the lines are one word, so… forgive me!

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“Gentlemen!”

“Oh, boy.” Dallas winked at him and Teague raised an eyebrow.

“Oh, boy?”

“Straight outta Texas, everyone give it up for the beautiful boy from the Lone Star State, the Wiggle Room’s own yellow rose. It’s Dallas!”

“Kiss me.”

“What?” Had he heard that right?

A spotlight hit the bar as the music started, making Teague squint, and the next thing he knew Dallas had a hand behind his head and was kissing him. Teague was so startled he just kissed the cowboy right back. A shiver shot up his spine and as Dallas pulled away, Teague got a look into the cowboy’s moss green eyes.

Dallas laughed and winked, delighted, and stood right up on the bar as the first verse kicked in.

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Rainbow Snippets 9/30

I had a new book release this week, and I’ve been so focused on that – posting, promo, blog tour, etc. – that I am so ready to post about something else!

Rainbow Snippets says it “is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of original fiction. Every story’s main character identifies as LGBTQ+.” 

I’m giving you six sentences from my first ever M/M/M WIP. In this snip, Oscar, whose once-stable home life has been an emotional ride for the last handful of years, is finally making himself deal with his late father’s property.

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He’d read over the business card so many times in the last month that he didn’t really need it anymore; he had the damn number memorized.

There was no good reason not to make the call, he’d been procrastinating for weeks already. He’d asked himself why a hundred times and the only thing he could come up with was that maybe he wasn’t ready to close the book on his father’s life. But ready or not, the fact was that the old farm was costing him money every month it sat empty, and he had mouths to feed.

He took a deep breath, picked up his phone and dialed.

“Jeffrey Stokes Realty. This is Janie, can I help you?”

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