#RainbowSnippets 7-April-2018 – The Contingency Plan

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I’m continuing a thread from my upcoming short story/novelette, The Contingency Plan. This isn’t the first scene in the story, but you don’t need much in the way of context beyond the blurb.

Blurb:

A sheltered prince. A sudden death. An unexpected choice. How will Prince Marcelo react to discovering he’s The Contingency Plan?

For eighteen years, there has been peace between Sheburat and the kingdom of Zioneven. The untimely death of a princess throws the marriage arrangement—the final phase to complete the terms of the treaty—into disarray, and the contingency plan is put into motion. Now the Crown Prince of Zioneven gets to make his own choice from among the princess’s younger siblings.

As a rare royal son in the matriarchal sovereignty of Sheburat, Prince Marcelo grew up knowing he would never marry. Never. Royal sons did not marry. Period. Except, Prince Efren isn’t from Sheburat, and he has other plans.

Told from Prince Marcelo’s 3rd-person POV.

Click the spoiler tags below for a quick and easy refresher of earlier scenes in this thread:

The Contingency Plan – 10-March-2018
The Contingency Plan – 17-March-2018
The Contingency Plan – 24-March-2018
The Contingency Plan – 31-March-2018

This Week’s Snippet:

The Contingency Plan – 7-April-2018

With everyone now in attendance, Queen Giselle stepped forward. “Your Royal Highness, Ladies and Lords, and people of Zioneven, please accept our warm welcome to Sheburat, and I hope you’ll accept our sincere apology for the chaos in which you find us today.”

Prince Efren inclined his head. “Of course, Your Majesty. On behalf of Zioneven, I offer our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved daughter.”

“Thank you,” Queen Giselle replied. “Sadly, our loss yesterday affects more than simply causing us private pain.”

“Indeed.” Prince Efren kept his reply short, perhaps diplomatically leaving it to Queen Giselle to either further the conversation toward whether or not he was ready to choose his alternate, or to wait for a time when her grief would be less immediate.


Publisher: JMS Books, LLC
Cover: Written Ink Designs
Release Date: April 14, 2018
Length: Short Story/Novelette – 8,040 words
Genres/Tags: Fantasy Gay Romance, M/M Pairing, Virgin, Arranged Marriage
Heat Level: 3 flames – Moderate – While physical details are described, they are not graphically depicted.

PreOrder Links:

Note: The Contingency Plan is 20% off at the publisher’s site through April 20.

Books2Read Universal Buy-Link

Publisher/JMS Books


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