#RainbowSnippets 21-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 third of three snippets giving the opening lines from the new story.

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

Click these spoiler tags if you want a refresher of the snippets leading up to this new one:

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.”

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.”

This Week’s Snippet:

The Best-Laid Plans – 21-July-2018

Hugh was one of the “mice,” the Zioneven spies who had long ago infiltrated the village where Sheburat’s castle was situated. They monitored the general mood of the people, gathered and traced rumors, and were continually on the lookout for anything that might be pertinent to Zioneven’s still-raw relationship and fledgling peace with Sheburat.”

“Where was he?”

“Tracking a man on the road to Gagel.”

Efren closed his eyes and took a calming breath. There was only one likely reason for this.


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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16 thoughts on “#RainbowSnippets 21-July-2018 – The Best-Laid Plans

    1. Thank you! Yes, there wasn’t a good opportunity to show this side of him in the short story. 🙂

    1. Thank you! The title came first, and the story idea sprang from that, including making “mice” fit in somewhere. 😀

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