#RainbowSnippets – May 11, 2019 – The Contingency Plan (from the Bonus Scenes)

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The Best-Laid Plans, a sequel to The Contingency Plan, will be coming out June 1. As part of the lead up to the new release, this week I’ll snip from the bonus scenes for The Contingency Plan, giving Efren’s POV of a piece of the opening scene. Next week I’ll start snipping from The Best-Laid Plans.

For context, Prince Efren has arrived in Sheburat for his wedding to Princess Marcela to meet the requirements of a treaty between Zioneven and Sheburat, and he learned only minutes ago that she’d died in an accident the day before. The treaty has a contingency plan allowing Efren to then select a replacement from Marcela’s younger sisters. Or rather…from her younger siblings which includes her twin, Prince Marcelo.

This week’s snippet:

The Contingency Plan - BONUS SCENE Snippet - 2019-May-11

One of the last to enter the great hall for this impromptu meeting was Princess Kemble, who entered with the air of someone determined to retain her dignity as she was escorted to the gallows. Her expression was tight. She obviously expected a momentary announcement sealing a fate she did not relish.

Although she would have grown up knowing she was the likely backup should Marcela die before her marriage day, she’d no doubt grown complacent as that date approached. Her expression when he made his announcement would be as interesting to watch as Prince Marcelo’s would be.

Speaking of whom, Efren’s breath hitched as a striking young man with strawberry blond shoulder length curls stepped into place in the doorway. He had a superficial femininity, but his lithe masculinity shone through. Prince Marcelo stood straight and tall as his name was announced, and he strode gracefully to his place below the youngest of his sisters rather than in age order as they were arranged. Efren schooled his features to not display his disgust at that demeaning convention.

Blurb & Links

The Contingency Plan

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.

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Bonus Scenes


The Best-Laid Plans

A death that wasn’t what it seemed…
A kidnapping that isn’t what it seems…
Time is running out.

The morning after his wedding night, Prince Marcelo thought he’d be embarking on a journey to his own personal fairytale happily ever after with his husband, Efren, the crown prince of Zioneven. But when news arrives indicating his sister’s death wasn’t as accidental as previously thought, that journey becomes fraught with danger.

Enmeshed in political intrigue, death, and a kidnapping that might not be what it seems, will Efren untangle the web of misleading clues in time to save the naïve young man he’s already come to admire, or will Marcelo dig deep to discover a previously untapped inner strength and determination to facilitate his own survival?

Coming June 1! – Links Pending

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21 thoughts on “#RainbowSnippets – May 11, 2019 – The Contingency Plan (from the Bonus Scenes)

  1. ‘Efren’s breath hitched as a striking young man with strawberry blond shoulder length curls stepped into place in the doorway. He had a superficial femininity, but his lithe masculinity shone through.’
    Ooh, this is luscious…I love the ‘sibling’ snippet too. I’m so looking forward to Best Laid Plans…I have signed up for my ARC 💜 Only 3 weeks til release day…yay!💜

    1. Yay! Thank you! 🌺💞 I hope ARCs will be ready to go out within about a week. I going to stay on top of my end of the process.

        1. They do “oft go awry” (as one of the chapters is titled), but my fingers are crossed!

          1. 🙈 Ooh…good luck. Fingers ‘n’ toes crossed tight. I sure hope that doesn’t prove portentous😲 Tis a splendid chapter title though😁

    1. Thank you! 💞 Don’t worry, it’s not much of a spoiler to say she has nothing to worry about. 😉

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