#RainbowSnippets 14-July-2018 – The Best-Laid Plans

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I’m snipping from The Best-Laid Plans, an unedited Work in Progress. This story continues The Contingency Plan. I’ve decided the good princes could use a little challenge on the way to the HEA we imagined for them at the end of their introductory short story. This is the second of three snippets giving the opening lines from the new story.

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

Click this spoiler tag if you want a refresher of last week’s snippet:

The Best-Laid Plans – 7-July-2018

Crown Prince Efren of Zioneven masked his inner scowl when Gideon Bailey, Zioneven’s ambassador assigned to Sheburat, signaled to him with a subtle tilt of his head. It was early in the morning after Efren’s wedding to Prince Marcelo of Sheburat—no…now of Zioneven. Efren and Marcelo had just entered the great hall of Sheburat’s castle to break their fast before beginning the long journey home to Zioneven.

Efren turned to Marcelo. The younger man’s long, soft, strawberry blond curls shone in the early morning light slanting through an east-facing window. “My darling, please excuse me for a moment.”

This Week’s Snippet:

The Best-Laid Plans – 14-July-2018

Efren lifted the hand he’d been holding and landed a brief kiss to the inside of Marcelo’s wrist. “I’ll join you shortly at the table.”

Marcelo’s manners were too refined for him to voice an objection, but the tilt of his brows conveyed a mild curiosity. He nodded to Efren, and a smile played at his lips. “Of course.”

Efren strode across the hall to face Gideon. “Do you have news of the missing ‘mouse’?”

“I do,” Gideon replied. “Hugh’s returned.”


My sweet short story, The Contingency Plan is available at distributors everywhere (Books2Read Universal Buy-Link | Publisher/JMS Books).

If you’ve already read and enjoyed that one, you might also be interested in the bonus scenes (the opening scenes retold from Prince Efren’s POV).

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