Saturday means it’s time for Rainbow Snippets, the meme where readers and writers share six lines from a piece of LGBTQ+ fiction. This weekend, I’m sharing from “Careful What You Wish For” by Elizabeth Coldwell in Myths, Moons, and Mayhem, a paranormal anthology of male ménage a trois that I edited. It came out earlier this month and has gotten some fabulous reviews so far, including this one from reader Emily E.:
Each story gives you just enough flavor of the characters to keep you interested and invested in the outcome. Each ends with a happy for now scenario that left me daydreaming about what could happen next. Super steamy and fun!
This six-sentence snippet takes place right at the beginning of the “Careful What You Wish For.”
“It’s just a bit of harmless fun,” Aaron said, reaching for the scissors. “Nothing’s going to go wrong. I promise, Josh.”
I still wasn’t convinced. I was sitting in the drafty attic of the house I shared with Aaron, wearing nothing but my shorts, watching him as he set out everything he needed to perform the love spell. Exactly what had persuaded me to put myself in this position?
Those first lines hooked me right into the story when I read it during the open submission period for Myths, Moons, and Mayhem. A drafty attic, a magic spell, and being half-naked in front of one’s roommate—what could go wrong, indeed? I didn’t put “Careful What You Wish For” down until I reached the last line. The author kept me on my toes, forever wondering what would happen next. It’s a great read.
Elizabeth Coldwell is a multi-published author and the former editor of the UK edition of Forum magazine. She was the launch editor of Erotic Stories magazine and one of the co-founders of the Guild of Erotic Authors. She is now an editor at Xcite Books. Find her online at The (Really) Naughty Corner.
Have a great weekend, and happy reading!
About Rainbow Snippets
Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook group and meme for sharing excerpts from your own or others’ stories about queer/LGBTQIA characters. The goal is to share six or so lines—one for each stripe on the rainbow flag. (Most rainbow flags have six stripes, but there are variations with up to nine, so participants have some leeway with the exact number.)